When grandma got an earache, she might have used freshly-squeezed lemons to restore the pH balance. If that didn’t work, she’d go for the garlic. It was common back in the day to take a peeled clove of garlic and place it in your ear to kill the bacteria and germs in the inner ear.
Find out how sickness was battled in your grandma’s time period. Read this great Jen Miller story in the Herald.