Following up on retro remedies

Dedicated readers may remember that as soon as the trees started waking up, I became an itchy, hive-riddled mess. To control my raging skin allergies, I started drinking a cider vinegar cocktail every morning. It seemed to work. Then I went to the doctor, who gave me several prescriptions. My husband put the cider vinegar in the pantry. Out of sight, out of mind: I stopped taking it.


Especially in concert with last weekend’s outdoor adventures. My skin hates me.

I resumed the cider regimen yesterday and can feel the difference. Call me crazy, but it definitely works. To quote the Monkees, I’m a believer.

Speaking of bands, tonight we’re going to see J.D. McPherson in Boston. Tim and I both love the album “Signs & Signifiers,” it’s absolutely brilliant. Both of us could listen to it on infinite repeat: deliciously reminiscent of lots of the older music I love without being a complete rip-off or ridiculously predictable. If you haven’t already heard it, go find the video for North Side Gal. I’ll wait while you watch and listen. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the show and hoping J.D. lives up to my expectations. Expect a full report tomorrow.


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?