Retro remedies

I suffer from terrible spring allergies. Typically from the first signs of spring until mid-June, I sneeze, itch, and wipe my nose constantly. Obviously, it’s not pretty. Sadly, allergy drugs offer little relief. While I’m going to see an allergist this afternoon, yesterday I was so itchy I couldn’t think straight. I turned to the internet in search of instant relief.

What did people do before over-the-counter drugs became ubiquitous and every malady required a visit to a different medical specialist? Or, what wacky thing would my grandmother have made me do to get rid of the itch?

Norma was a huge fan of vile liquid concoctions, so any remedy requiring me to drink something nasty already has some credibility in my book.

For itching, it’s apple cider vinegar mixed with water, apparently. About 2 tablespoons vinegar to 8 ounces of water. Yup. Tastes nasty. But later in the day, I felt less itchy. Psychosomatic? Maybe. More comfortable and focused? Definitely.

While I’m mixing up more vinegar, what are your favorite tried and true home remedies?



  1. Cayenne pepper does amazing things to mucus. Let me rephrase that… Cayenne pepper is an amazing mucus eliminator. it needs a cape & a spin-off show. I always knew that spicy foods cleared out the sinuses, but I had tried the “master cleanse” for all of 3 days, & what was described in the ebook as “toxins leaving the body” I understood to mean, it burns a bit going down, so it burns a bit coming out. And an added bonus was that the constant drinking of spicy lemonade gave me the clearest nasal passages I’ve ever had…among other bodily passages… Where you suffer the horrible constant creation of mucus, a regular dose of cayenne in your food/drink can help break it up & clear it out. You’ll still need stock in Kleenex, though, for a bit.

  2. The vinegar/water remedy sounds interesting – could of done with that when I had my mono rash. Going to keep it in mind when my summertime rashes come out in force!

  3. I know I am somewhat bias, but…local honey will be your best friend. I keep bees in my garden and my husbands allergies have never been better! Simply eat a teaspoon of raw honey every morning. Your body gets exposed to the allergens in a different way and you start to build up tolerance. It’s the same thinking behind allergy shots.
    Lovely blog by the way! Hope you feel better soon!

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