Folk Medicine

How to get rid of a cold

My ex-husbands mother from Oklahoma in the ’40’s used to give this to the kids when they got a cough or a cold. But the kids didn’t dare to get sick around her for fear of actually having to take this medicine. What you do is you take turpentine, honey, and the white off of chicken poop and mix it together. You give it to the sick person and they should be better in no time.

I do not actually know if this works because my grandmother didn’t know for sure, but it sounds like poison and I think the children were scared out of getting sick when they knew this is what they had to eat/drink to cure themselves