Season 2019 / 2020 – Talk 15 – Remedies of Days Past
In Remedies of Days Past Lorna Thomas tells us about the remedies and supplements that her mother used. This is a talk full of the traditional cures that many of us will remember! The talk starts with hand washing, something that came back into vogue in 2020.
Lorna continues by telling us of a rather delightful food supplement called Virol. According to the advertising this was a supplement that was essential for all children. Fortunately most children who were fed it were not aware of the ingredients.
The talk continues with a beverage used by many at bedtime. We hear the story of this famous beverage introduced by the Horlick brothers in 1873.
The brand was independent until 1969 when the Beecham Group acquired the company. They then became part of GSK. Today Aimia Foods owns the UK business is owned by and Unilever the Indian part.
Liquorice and Senna Pods
We learn about the importance of these two naturally occurring plants in keeping people healthy.
Germolene and Savlon
These two antiseptic creams have been around for a long time. They are both in everyday use today.
Bicarbonate of Soda
Baking soda, sodium bicarbonate, has many uses in addition to helping cakes rise. We lean of its uses in cleaning and deodorising as well. A very useful item.
Glycerin, lemon and honey
Another remedy, this time to sooth a sore throat. Today often just hot lemon and honey.
Often thought of as a modern activity this was practiced by our parents. I well remember the man who collected salvage from our home. There really is nothing new!
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