Thursday, October 9, 2008

On Home Remedies

Here's some unsolicited advice: If your grandmother/mom/aunt/veritable stranger on the street, has ever told you to gargle with vinegar should you ever find yourself with a sore-ish throat, and if you are even slightly prone to any kind of mishap, DON'T DO IT.

My dear, sweet, precious Grama always whipped out this vinegar and salt concoction each time any of acted like our throat was even a bit tender. I would usually just let it sit there waiting for Kingdom Come because there was NO WAY I was putting that stuff in my mouth.

Fast forward to the day before yesterday. I thought to myself that plenty of my elders' wisdom (which I had formerly discounted) has indeed turned out to be beautifully accurate. So, I walked confidently into my pantry, grabbed the apple cider vinegar bottle, and took it straight up. All was good until somehow, somewhere, someway, my body decided that it needed to inhale. While gargling.

So, to recap: I, Gayle, inhaled and ingested the apple cider vinegar.

You know, there just aren't words to describe how one feels in the immediate aftermath of vinegar inhalation/ingestion. I can tell you that my older boys, while very concerned that I couldn't breathe, were making the case alot stronger within their minds that their Mama is certifiable.

Once my shocked lungs decided to participate with me in the act of breathing again, I coughed so hard and so long that I saw those little silvery stars right before I did That Which I Swore I'd Never Do In My Sink. You know, the word that rhymes with "comet"? Oh the fun never ends!! I still have broken blood vessels around my eyes.

Now, while I must resume this crazy-busy schedule that we have going on, I will tell you, dear friends, to stick to the cough drops.


Caroline said...

BUT...your it better??????

Oh. That's disgusting.

Reminds me of the new fad around those little tea pot looking things that people are using to clean out the nasal passages.


javamamma said...

Yikes, friend! I thought just gargling salt water was bade enough. Vinegar!?!?! Ick.

Mocha with Linda said...

You poor thing. I have NEVER heard of vinegar. We always gargled with warm salt water. I can't even imagine.

Tammy said...

As a Greek girl who loves me some vinegar,on salad, I'm sure inhaling it into your lungs is bad. It seems the older I've gotten, the more often I see those silvery stars!

Stick to the lozenges, sister! :-)

EEEEMommy said...

All of our college nurses said salt water, I've never tried that either, but have been considering it more lately. It couldn't be as bad as vinegar, but I'll heed your warning just the same, because THAT is the type of thing that would happen to ME! Yuck!

Angela; said...


Somewhere in the back of my mind I hear those words my Dad used to say...It goes something like "You're an accident looking for a place to happen" or some such words.

ROFL!! Thanks for the grins this morning.

OH, and we DO gargle with ACV around here - we also mix it with a little honey and drink it if need be. Just 2T, it's not supposed to be much. And not in your lungs! (ROFL!)


Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

Oh Gayle! Just the thought of it is making my eyes water. Ick.

willblogforshoes said...

Oh yuck! My Mema has a great home remedy use for cider vinegar, but it involves the other end. :-0

Hope you have some good concealor for around those eyes!!!

Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae said...

No, no, no. You've got it mixed up. You need to gargle with salt water for a sore throat. For overall health, you take a shot of apple cider vinegar mixed with honey, to help it go down.

My brother and my dad do it every morning. I call it their "daily shot." Which is even funnier if you know my tee-totalling family.

The vinegar always gave me ulcers in my throat, but I did find something recently called "berry well" that has echinacea, honey, apple cider vinegar, and some berries. It goes down easy and makes us feel good.

And, by the way, ew. So sorry.

Growin' with it! said...

you poor thing. what we do to get ourselves by. mama being sick is miserable for everyone! welp, hope somehow that vinegar that did get gargled made a difference. better be worth something for the torture you went thru, huh?

Duckygirl said...

I remember gargling with salt water as a kid... FUN :P I can't even imagine trying vinegar though eeeww! Thanks for making me smile this morning!


Andrea said...

Sounds absolutely awful!!!

Holly said...

Awwww, I am so sorry! I laughed--is that ok? I have an awfully bad sense of humor.

Kristin said...

If you can "stomach" it, apple cider vinegar is a remedy my eldest swears by to ward off a stomach virus. It is ingestible, if mixed with water and downed quickly. I think it makes your stomach unable to rebel any further. I wouldn't want to gargle it.

Distybug said...

Sorry for your sink! I copied you at my blog...

Post pics of the eyes!!

Emily said...

My kids are anti-vinegar so if I came at them w/ some while they were sick?

I'd have a mutiny on my hands.

hope you're feeling a bit better today.

3girlsmom said...

I'm sorry you nearly voluntarily drowned on vinegar, but I'm laughing my head off right now.

Stick with the Halls. They work on sore throats and don't produce "cometing" in the sink.

Ok. now I'm laughing again.

DaNella Auten said...

lol lol sorry lol rofl... sorry...
Only you sweetheart.

Krista said...

LOL! Ha ha. While I am compassionate about your situation, it is a bit too funny.

Apple Cidar Vinegar is really good for you. You should drink a little in your water twice a day for huge benefits to your body, but you have to get used to the taste. I used to do it. Ran out and didn't buy more. =)

But I never inhaled it,

chickadee@afamiliarpath said...

oh that's terrible. please don't try castor oil next.

DeeDee said...

OH Gayle...
you are a mess!

But I will tell you, we are some of the "crazies" who drink Apple Cider Vinegar. But it is the organic stuff - with a little baking soda - and I add a little grape juice to help the taste. Now, you know I am crazy huh?

AND we do not inhale it LOL

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Oh, Gayle, a big ol' swig straight from the bottle?! Really?! It's horrible enough to think about drowning, but drowning in vinegar?? Think of the family story that would be passed from generation to generation: "Great, Great, Great Grandma Gayle, committed suicide by vinegar. That's why we in this family still don't serve dressings on our salad to this very day. Too traumatic."

ConservaChick said...

I've heard apple cider vinegar cures EVERYTHING! Personally, I think they are just marketing geniuses. I like vinegar though... maybe it's worth a try! ( ;

carrie said...

you're so gifted with the word pictures. really.

Reformed Grits said...

Oh to be a fly on the wall...

Michelle said...

oh you poor thing!! Ick! I would have done the same "comet" in the sink!

Guess what my grandmother used to give us. Whisky & a spoon full of sugar. Yes, she did. Swore it took care of everything. Kinda makes me wonder if that's part of my problem now (ha)

Michelle said...

okay, just reread my comment. kinda sounds like I have a drinkin' problem. I don't. I'm talking about all the silly, blonde moments I have.

Fran said...

Well, I wrote about something today over at the ole blog about not wanting to throw up in my pastors office...completely different scenario but oh the same!

And, I'm a Halls kinda girl...or maybe Ricola bc I love their commercials. ;)

Your new BFF,

Growin' with it! said...

just thinkin' about you and wanted to say hi. missed you so much this week. bummer deal both of us being sickies. hope the weekend's restful and you're back in the groove come monday!


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Chen,Shun-Chuan 2002.10.13* Republic of China (Taiwan)

KarenW said...

I've never tried gargling vinegar! I've done peroxide mixed with equal parts of water. Tastes disgusting! But it seems to work. I think salt water is the best idea.

JenIG said...

... are you sure that wasn't gramma's remedy to get the soap scum scrubbed off the tub?