I have had some interesting remembered remedies contributions!
My friend and fellow Springfield Sanctuary apprentice Jackie, asked me to share with you this lovely memory:)
All through my youth I recall my father keeping in the side cupboard a small tin of 'magic' ointment. That ointment would be produced whenever there was a hurt or accident with the promise that it would make everything better. It would cure all ails, from scraped knees to insect bites, eczema to chicken pox, burns and scolds. I swear as I got older and discovered boys it could even mend a broken heart!
I knew my sister felt the same way but I was a little surprised that my daughter would also recalled her grandad and his 'magic' ointment.
I don't think we've seen the 'magic' ointment for something like twenty years. It was long gone but still got a mention every now and again.
Last year my daughter told me that she had located some. She was in a chemist and just happened to notice it. A buzz of excitement ran through the family. I told my mother. My mother told my sister. My sister, having related the story to her family, went on to tell me! So the next time we saw my daughter she had waiting for us three little tins, one each to treasure. It was so amusing, the first thing each of us did as we were presented with our long lost friend was open the lid and smell the contents. All of us letting out a contented murmur as we inhaled.
I'm thrilled to know that my grandson will grow up soothed and protected by his great grandad's 'magic' ointment.
What was this wonderful ointment that stopped many a tear I hear you ask... Why Zambuk of course..! A green vaseline type gunk with a unique smell.
The reason I'm passing on this story is because having acquired my new tin I looked at the contents list... The ingredients are 100% herbal. Good on ya Dad..!
Lady Barbara, of Lady Barbara’s Garden blog, shared her wonderful memories of how she was cared for so lovingly by her family at this link.
Allison of Allisonian’s blog shared her cool memory of Un-Syrup.
Fellow Sanctuary Apprentice Paules, of Spinney’s Herbal Sanctuary blog, shared with me about her Mum using Camphorated Oil on her for chesty conditions…
“The only thing I remember my Mum using whenever we had sore throat, chesty cough was not only Vicks heat rub but also Camphorated Oil, but she used to buy that
all ready made . .. but even so its the Camphor which is the significant ingredient. It would ease & open the airways. She would rub my chest with Camphorated oil, it was bought in a small glass bottle.”
Shullie, of Tales from the Under Gardener’s Lodge, shared Hot Ginger, Lemon and Honey tea (with an added kick), which sounds just perfect!
And my lovely Latisha shared this lovely rosy remembered remedy for a rose facial steam and a reminder about what it really means to be a strong woman
And my own Remembered Remedies:)
Much love and many thanks to all of you who contributed to make this such a fun and great blog party!
Herbal and Honey Hugs to all who visit Comfrey Cottages xx