Some believe weather changes create additional cold and allergy symptoms. Our grandfather professed this, and on his nightstand would place a bowl of apples, onions and garlic -- laced with whiskey -- when he experienced chest congestion.

As noted in a previous column, mom would send us to school with Vick’s Vapor Rub piled on our chests and throats, often preventing me from getting a date.

Another application was a “mustard plaster.” This combination included: flour, baking soda, dried mustard mixed with shortening, butter, lard or Oleo. Mixed with hot water, this concoction is packed into muslin or flannelette then applied to one’s chest and layered with Vaseline.

Two weeks ago, I tried this application and was escorted from the bedroom.