Tuesday, June 8, 2010

CASTOR OIL, FLANNEL, APRON, FARMY-NESS

I'm trying new and different things to help my mother deal with her chronic pain. This is the main purpose for my being here.

Today, we did castor oil poultices. This is where you saturate an area with organic castor oil (it has to be organic), and then wrap the area (her knees) in pure, clean, non-dyed, wool flannel without any synthetic anything in it. I leave it on for 30-40 minutes on each knee. I feel like a character out of a book when I apply old-timey treatments like this. Or maybe someone that is stuck in time and making the best of it. Sometimes I take it to the next level and develop a wise, home-style accent accompanied by an all-knowing wink. Soon, I will sport a large apron with pockets for when I fetch the morning's first offering of fresh eggs in the hen house.

I could pull it off too, if I wasn't typing about it on this here high techy computer thingy, dag burnit....

8 comments:

Emmy Slusser said...

ha! Did it work!?
That picture really looks like she could be a relative of ours. . .shall I purchase a house dress?

Stephanie Jette said...

Em I so had to take another look at the picture too. I so thought she was an auntie or maybe even a grandma. haha

You know what funny about all of this coming out now?! 70 years ago (or maybe longer...who really knows) we couldn't go to the store for an anti-inflammatory pill. You had trial and error. Sometimes it worked and sometime it didn't.

At times, when I'm really having a bad day, I think that I'm living when things were somewhat more simple. I don't know what it is, but it makes me feel better. Cell memory or something.

The Katzbox said...

Who are you people? I haven't had any comments for soooo long.....

:)

Emmy Slusser said...

I read it every night, but I am soooo tired that clicking on buttons exhausts me. . . you can feel sorry for me. I am totally accepting pity at this stage in my pregnancy. :)

The Katzbox said...

I am also accepting pity at this stage in your pregnancy...

:)

Emmy Slusser said...

You should be! Whenever I am down, your workload triples! :)

The Katzbox said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH...oh man, I love you!

Eli Bowman said...

I pity you both...;)