Mother always had a knack for finding ways to help her ailing children. Growing up, my brothers and I never went to see a doctor. Mother was our doctor. Whenever, I had a sore throat, Mother would paint it with iodine. I never swallowed the stuff. Mother made sure of that!
I frequently caught a sore throat more often than most children, since I was a mouth breather. So, Mother had painting my throat down to a science. It always worked!
I suffered from double-bronchial pneumonia as a young child. From this affliction, it was easy for me to catch a chest cold. Mother developed her own brand of cough suppressant. Here’s the recipe: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Stir in 2 sliced lemons, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, 2 tablespoons honey, and 2 tablespoons sugar. Bring to a boil again, reduce the heat and simmer until mixture becomes a thick syrup. Add one ounce of brandy. Take 1 to 2 teaspoons after mixture cools.
Mother gave me this homemade concoction every few hours. It took care of my cough.