I have had something twirling around in my mind since Julie asked about home remedies and folk cures. If you've been to her site lately, you might have noticed my comment about urine. Somewhere, in the back recesses of my warped brain, I remember hearing about using it as a cure for an earache. I have been thinking about this topic since I made the comment, and this morning, I was compelled to do research.
I am constantly amazed at what people do in this wide, wide world of insanity. This phenomena of using your own (or possibly someone else's) urine has a NAME. Urine therapy. Want to know something REALLY gross? Well, according to one web site, "Most devotees drink the midstream of their morning urine." Now, I remember trying to catch that ever elusive "midstream" during pregnancy...but...uh...in my MOUTH?!? Let's just say that guys have a distinct advantage.
One of the most BIZARRE websites I found on the topic suggested that urine be used as a gargle, with these instructions: "Urine is kept in the mouth 20-30 minutes, or as long as possible, for gum problems and other lesions of the mouth and tongue." Suddenly, that full minute I endure Listerine gargles seems like a walk in the park.
Oh, and just in case you are curious, I was right. A few drops of urine in the ear helps to cure an earache.