I have always been fascinated with the self sufficiency of those who lived before us. I collect books relating to their care of home, self and family. Although modern advancements are crucial to the health and well being of our society there are some skills that have been lost along the way. So do you have any old "remedies" passed on to you from elder relatives? And advice that you found helpful? I'd love to hear it. I'd even enjoy seeing some of your random "old wives tales". One of my own related to the creation of an onion syrup for my son's croup made on the advice of my grandmother. She suggested layering onion slices and sugar and letting this seep for several hours before straining off the liquid to use as a syrup several times a day. He seemed quite relieved after i gave it to him. After this, i decided to use a few tablespoons of green tea with a tablespoon on the onion syrup whenever anyone has a barking cough. The illnesses seem to run their course quicker. So what are you family's "remedies"?