My grandfather believed weather patterns caused colds, and placed a bowl of apples, onions and garlic - laced with whiskey - on his nightstand when he experienced congestion. Sharing this story with my mom, she laughed when I reminded her of sending us to school with Vick's Vapor Rub piled on our chest and throat, preventing me from getting a "date." She shared another application called a "mustard plaster." This combination included: three tablespoons of flour, a teaspoon of baking soda, two tablespoons of dried mustard and a tablespoon of shortening, butter, lard or Oleo. Mix this with hot water, place some Vaseline on your chest then load the concoction into a piece of muslin or flannelette. I tried this last week and was asked to immediately remove myself from the bedroom. Fastcast: Wow!