Staying healthy is really important, but with all those factories and mines in the Black Country, doing that was easier said than done.
People would get ill and injured a lot back then but not everyone could go to the doctors to get their health problems fixed. The NHS wouldn’t be around until 1948 and doctors back in the day were expensive, far too expensive for normal factory workers like so many of the people living in the Black Country were. These people would often rely on their local chemist to give them remedies for their illnesses, and the chemist would design and create these remedies themselves!
Find out all about it in this episode of ‘Adventures through Time’.
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You might not be able to mix pills and create complex remedies like the chemists used to in The Black Country, but there are plenty of home remedies you could try and make.
Mixing honey and lemon into warm water is a great remedy for a sore throat! Just make sure you have an adult around to help you.