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Zei Gezunt with Bubbe's Remedies
For Aches, Pains and Teething

Editor: Yael Rosenberg, RN, B.S.H

Nowadays, trips to the doctor and pediatrician are common for every little complaint. That was not the way our grandmothers conducted themselves. They may have had no medical degree but life rendered them doctors and nurses. Here is what they did when help was needed with:

        • Headaches
        • Earaches
        • Tooth Pain and Teething

 • Cooking Foil - Bubbe had some real unique treatment modes for headaches. One of them was really odd but it sure worked wonders. Bubbe would freeze a piece of cooking foil and then place it on our foreheads.
 • Onions - Another one would be putting an onion on your temples.
 • Lemon Juice and Hot Coffee - Of course there had to be one that required you to put something in your mouth. Bubbe would squeeze a few drops of fresh lemon juice into a cup of black coffee and make us drink it in small sips. Those of us with a sensitive stomach could not use this remedy.

For earaches I don’t recall which remedy worked better. Try these the next time you get an earache and you will feel the difference.
 • Olive Oil - Soak a cotton pad in olive oil. Place loosely in outer ear until pain abates.
 • Grilled Onion - Grill onion, add bitter almond oil, and place in outer ear.
 • Fish Bile - Place some fish bile in the ear.

Those aching mouths that ruin our days and disturb our sleep – what to do? Bubbe has the answer – and it’s easy to follow. And best of all, a trip to the pharmacy is not necessary.
 • Chicken Fat for Adults - Apply butter or chicken fat on the gums
 • Chicken Fat for Babies - chicken fat all around baby’s neck
 • Dog Tooth - Hang a tooth of a dog or horse around the baby’s neck
 • Garlic - Grind up about 100 cloves of garlic and then cook them in just a tiny bit of water (less than Ό cup) until they made a nice syrup... soak a cloth and put it in the mouth and believe it or not, the pain is lessened greatly!!!!
 • Bubbe’s Tea - Make a tea by boiling 5g of fresh peppermint in 1 cup water and adding a little salt.
 • Onion - For an abscessed tooth, apply a piece of onion to that area to draw out infection and encourage circulation for faster healing.

If your grandmother, aunt, or neighbor revealed an old-fashioned remedy to you, and you would like to share it with us all, please send it to

More of Bubbe's Remedies and Health Tips
 • Aches, Pains, and Teething
 • Arthritis
 • Bloating, Constipation, and Diarrhea
 • Colds, Flu, and Sore Throats
 • Hair Care: Dandruff, Dry and Damaged Hair
 • Infected and Irritated Eyes
 • Insomnia and Sleepless Nights
 • Muscle Cramps
 • Nausea and Vomiting
 • Skin Conditions: Canker Sores, Shingles, and More
 • Urinary Tract Infection
 • Whooping Coughs and Hiccups





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