A tribute to home remedies

By ADRIAN MILLER

amiller@dailyexaminer.com.au

FROM lemon juice and honey for colds, to cod liver oil once a week, home remedies have always been a part of growing up in Australia.

A new exhibition, which opened at the Port of Yamba Historical Society Museum on Friday night, celebrates the 'old fashioned' home remedy, while teaching people a thing or two about the days before modern medicine.

A travelling exhibition from Sydney's Powerhouse Museum, 'Works Wonders ? Stories About Home Remedies', is the first national exhibition to ever show in Yamba.

In opening the display, Clarence Valley Council Mayor Ian Tiley said it was fantastic for the town.

"It's the first national exhibition to come to Yamba and it is an outstanding achievement, a real coup for Yamba to get it here," he said.

"It's really important to encourage schools to come and see it because everyone can relate to this in some special way ? it shows how we were raised."

Powerhouse Museum Health and Medicine curator, and exhibition curator, Megan Hicks, said it was all based on real tales.

"The whole exhibition is based on stories people have told me," she said.

"No matter where you go there are some universal home remedies. I've been told many times 'kerosene for the outside, castor oil for the inside'.

"We laugh about home remedies, but people didn't go to the doctors as much as they do now.

"Lots of people have said to me mum was the doctor, and home remedies were part and parcel of growing up."

The exhibition will run until September 5, and the museum will be open seven-days-a-week until then.

Every Wednesday throughout August a guest speaker will also feature covering a range of health issues.

Port of Yamba Historical Society president Keith Redman said education would be one of the main aims of the exhibition.

"It certainly will be a bit of fun, but it will also teach the kids some things about the so-called 'good old days' of medicine," he said.

Mr Redman said schools throughout the Lower River would be invited to bring students to the exhibition to learn how medicinal treatments had evolved.



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