“Raising children is like trying to nail jello to a tree.”
I need to begin this entry by telling you a fact or myth or something from my family’s lore. It’s been said that before my grandmother immigrated to America, she used to consort with gypsies. From these gypsies she learned a lot about folk medicine which caused my mother to gather leaves and weeds from hither and yon and make awful tasting teas whenever we showed any sign of being ill. Other kids got to stay home from school and watch TV. My sister and I were sentenced to drink weed tea. OK. So it usually worked.
One of the “cures” that I carried with me into motherhood was a sure fire cure for diaper rash. Remember, my motherhood years occurred before the widespread use of disposable diapers. Pampers were invented in 1961, but not in widespread use until sometime in the 70’s. By that time it was too late for me as I already had 4 children.
Full Disclosure: We did have something called Diaper Service, which means that a nice man with a strong stomach would show up once a week and pick up the dirty diapers and bring a large package of fresh diapers. Women concerned about their sanity chose this option.
But I digress. We did have to deal with the curse of diaper rash, which is something like jock itch for babies. However, diaper rash, if left untreated, can be very serious and uncomfortable for the little ones. Of course, Mama had a cure for diaper rash. It’s not necessary to list the ingredients, as there is only one. Flour
Sprinkle a half cup or so of flour, regular or whole wheat, on a baking pan. Bake at about 300 degrees until the flour turns a golden brown and has a nutty aroma.
Allow the flour to cool. Sprinkle on baby’s bottom. Do this with every diaper change. Diaper rash will quickly disappear.
You can also use this concoction on any itchy part of an adult body. Even if you’re gluten intolerant? Get a grip!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.