Thursday, October 6, 2011

Folk Remedies

Everyone has their home grown remedies for colds and flu. One of our family favourites (Thanks Auntie Helen) is slathering Rawleigh's ointment all over things. The folklore in Helen's family was that her mother once used it to heal the injured wing of a little bird. Makes sense then that it can also be used on chapped lips!


The active ingredients in Rawleigh's ointment:

*Camphor - Is a ketone. Externally it acts as a rubefacient (increases blood circulation) and mild analgesic and acts in liniments as a counter irritant in fibrositis, neuralgia.
* Oil of Eucalyptus - Essential Oil used as a carminative.
* Menthol - Chiefly used to relieve symptoms of bronchitis and sinusitis. It dilates the blood vessels causing a sensation of coldness followed by an analgesic effect. It relieves itching.
* Lanolin - An emollient cream which penetrates the skin.
* Paraffin Wax
* Ceresin Wax

Made me think of this song which you will be well aware of if you ever attended camp or Woodroffe Public School.


(Tune: Battle Hymn)

John Brown's baby had a cold upon his chest,
John Brown's baby had a cold upon his chest,
John Brown's baby had a cold upon his chest,
And they rubbed it with camphorated oil.

John Brown's ---- had a cold upon his chest,
John Brown's ---- had a cold upon his chest,
John Brown's ---- had a cold upon his chest,
And they rubbed it with camphorated oil.

John Brown's ---- had a ---- upon his chest,
John Brown's ---- had a ---- upon his chest,
John Brown's ---- had a ---- upon his chest,
And they rubbed it with camphorated oil.

John Brown's ---- had a ---- upon his -----,
John Brown's ---- had a ---- upon his -----,
John Brown's ---- had a ---- upon his -----,
And they rubbed it with camphorated oil.

John Brown's ---- had a ---- upon his -----,
John Brown's ---- had a ---- upon his -----,
John Brown's ---- had a ---- upon his -----,
And they ------ it with camphorated oil.

John Brown's ---- had a ---- upon his -----,
John Brown's ---- had a ---- upon his -----,
John Brown's ---- had a ---- upon his -----,
And they ------ it with ----------- ---.

Motions: (not done on verse 1 (do it when words are omitted (which are the hyphens))
baby - rock baby in arms
cold - sneeze
chest - slap chest
rubbed - rub chest
camphorated oil - hold nose and make a face


This will be my next "action" song for Zoë who is well up to the task after many rounds of Skinamarink!
When I stop coughing!


I can see that you're trying it :)

2 comments:

  1. She will love the song....and you clearly have no world problems to solve. That's what being sick does...it gives us chance to get down to the basics: getting well, remembering what's worked in the past and teaching babies.

    I love you.

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  2. Ma Soeur,
    Mildred would be delighted to see her old reliable Rawleigh's Ointment featured on your blog. Your connection between Rawleigh's Ointment and John Brown's Baby would rate you a Level 4 with EQAO! Yes, I know the song; we sang it at Churchill Public School as well. It must have been on Laura Shaw's mandatory list of songs. You have to remember her bouncing into the room, bursting forth with song: the lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue!

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