For scraped knees and elbows we dreaded the thought of Mercurochrome™, the orange paint it on liquid that stung like crazy. Fortunately, Mom didn't use that much. I remembered it enough though, that for my girls I got the plastic bottle of Bactine that you sprayed on the "owie" so it would hurt less.
I remember the horribly bitter tasting yellow medicine that came in a tall bottle with a giraffe on it for sore throats. I was shocked when I saw it on a Drug store shelf here in North Carolina. This is the bottle I remember. The other is how it looks now. I must have been about 7 or 8 when I had it but it packs a memory. That's for sure. I do remember that it worked.
The other over the counter remedy I remember using was Pepto Bismol, which made me sick, just to think of it, for most of my adult life. I had such a strong physical reaction to that and the flu.
The things that made it all better were Boston Baked Beans, Neccos (that I still love), Slo Poke suckers (that tough caramel would last all day), Red Hots, cinnamon toothpicks, and so very un PC now, candy cigarettes. Notice there is no chocolate in there. I'm not a chocolate person so those didn't tempt me. OK,maybe Junior Mints did occasionally. Now, I'll follow you anywhere for a jelly bean, especially a black one.
Once in a while I can still find these gums from the 1950s and 1960s.
There was Tab Cola, the only sugar free soda ( they used Saccharin for a sweetener ) and Metracal and Ayds candy for dieters. They were horrible. I remember this 110 pound 14 year old trying to loose pounds to be the same size as my 95 pound friends.
What remedies do you remember and what made you feel better?