Traditional remedies often have a reputation of tasting or smelling bad. This is true of some, but there are a few that children find a pleasure to take. Some taste good, but others are applied in a different manner; the relief offered is the reward for taking them.
One of the former is a combination of honey and lemon. This combination is used for sore throats and coughing. The lemon cuts the mucus, causing coughing and pain while the honey coats the throat. If you are allergic to bees or some pollens, you may have difficulties with honey. It should also be avoided for children two and younger, as it can cause them problems.
An old remedy for bronchitis can be found in onions. The pungent bulbs are sliced, sauteed, then allowed to cool enough not to cause a burn. The still warm slices are placed on the chest, to be replaced when they’ve cooled off too much. It’s a recipe that’s been around for centuries, and many swear by it.
As a child, I had frequent ear infections. My mother would pour sweet oil into my ears, and it seemed to help. I should point out that putting a foreign object in the ear can cause problems, so check with the doctor before using this remedy.