In the good ol' days, cough drops were made with opiates such as morphine and heroin. I remember when we were vacationing in Paris awhile back, I was given at a drug store, some codeine-filled soft chews for a persistent cough. Ahhh, another reason to like the French! I might not have actually improved in health, but with such powerful drugs in my system, I may not have cared! What about using animal droppings as a cure-all?! This practice has been in use since the Egyptian times. I think I would have to be feeling pretty ill to consider this one! I may consider another old remedy that consists of adding crushed raw garlic to warm milk. Hmmm...maybe not!
Here are some fun, old ads for cold remedies:
|1920's print ad|
Photos courtesy of vintageadbrowser.com
|1930's print ad|
|1940's print ads|
Try your own home remedies...