Every family has their own set of tools to tackle anything from the common cold to a broken bone. Some families believe a special kind of soup can cure any sore throat, while others preach gargling salt water.
Let’s take a look at some of the funniest and most interesting family “cures,” courtesy of Reddit. Maybe even give some a try!
For my mom: Taking precautions and getting yearly vaccines against Influenza and other diseases.
For my dad: Rub some dirt on it. You’ll live. – u/ChocoaQueen
Vicks VapoRub and wool socks. And eat lots of chicken noodle soup and ginger ale. – u/22pop*lls
These were the go-to cures from my old fast food job:
Mustard directly on a burn to keep it from stinging.
Cola, salt, and lemon to fix any problem that wasn’t a burn. – u/demonkittydotcom
My grandmother said white vinegar will cure anything. It does take the heat out of a sunburn. However, one of my older sisters was having some female pains. My grandma told her to sit in her bathtub with some vinegar. The idiot didn’t add water – just straight vinegar. – u/smillb
Garlic! My husband’s mom, who is Romanian, believes garlic cures everything. She even says if you have an earache, stick a clove of garlic in your ear. Stomach hurts? Eat 3 cloves of raw garlic. Diarrhea? Drink mint tea after eating 3 cloves of raw garlic. – u/Shelby1abby1
Booze, tar and sauna. There is a saying in Finland that if those won’t help, the illness is fatal. (And also spruce sap.)
And I have to say, these have actually helped me many times… – u/aavameri
7up and saltines was mom’s go-to. – u/stupidlyugly
Sugar water with saffron for literally everything. I’m actually sipping on some right now. – u/swimminginafishbowl1
I’m disgusted to say it but my grandma and grandpa love to drink apple cider vinegar with honey. Like a whole glass. What. – u/glucksafari
Corn huskers (it’s like petroleum jelly for farmers) on my dad’s side, and “Visualize yourself surrounded by light” on my mom’s side. – u/JadedPlantLady
Some answers edited for clarity.