Thursday, May 22, 2008

What Good Is This?

Well might you ask. All these pennies we get as change that just jingle around in our pockets and purses and accumulate until they get so heavy we have to stick them in a jar and then find someplace to put the jar, and, well, you know what I mean. So I am quite happy to share this bit of amazing information that I received from my brother about what pennies are good for. This is news to me and, I believe with my penchant for getting stung while working in the garden, will come in quite handy as an addition to my gardening tools. . .a roll of pennies. Anyway, here's the email I got recounting the healing properties of pennies:

"This information may be something to remember, as this season will soon be here again...It might be wise to carry a penny in your pocket while working in the yard for......... BEE STINGS !A couple of weeks ago, I was stung by both a bee and hornet while working in the garden. My arm swelled up, so I went to the doctor. The clinic gave me cream and an antihistamine. The next day the swelling was getting progressively worse, so I went to my regular doctor. The arm was infected and needed an antibiotic. The doctor told me ' The next time you get stung, put a penny on the bite for 15 minutes.' That night, my niece was stung by two bees. I looked at the bite and it had already started to swell. So I taped a penny to her arm for 15 minutes. The next morning, there was no sign of a bite. We decided that she just wasn't allergic to the sting. Soon, I was gardening outside and got stung again twice by a hornet on my left hand. I thought, here I go again to the doctor for another antibiotic. I promptly got my money out and taped two pennies to my bites, then sat and sulked for 15 minutes. The penny took the sting out of the bite immediately. In the meantime the hornets were attacking, and my friend was stung on the thumb. Again the penny. The next morning I could only see the spot where the hornet had stung me. No redness, no swelling. My friend's sting was the same; couldn't even tell where she had been stung. She got stung again a few days later on her back---cutting the grass! And the penny worked once again. Wanted to share this marvelous information in case you experience the
same problem. We need to keep a stock of pennies on hand. The doctor said that the copper in the penny counteracts the bite. It definitely works! Please remember and pass this information on to your friends, children, grandchildren, etc."

So, there it is. The magical power of pennies. I mean, please! Why didn't I ever hear about this before? I could have saved myself a lot of trouble.


Angela said...

I'll have to try this the next time! Thanks for the helpful hint!

may said...

wow, that's pretty informative. thanks for the penny tip!

Amy said...

Mom, You so need those pennies this time of year. Get them out. Keep them handy.

Meredith said...

Update: the penny cure really seems to work. I went out to weed yesterday and got bit. I think I get more bites than actual stings, but they always itch and swell up. So we were sitting on the deck and playing Yahtzee and I started to feel the itch. "Wait," I said. "I need to get a penny." I held it on the itch for about 15 minutes and this morning the itch is gone. PLUS, I won 5 straight games of Yahtzee (an unheard of accomplishment). So it really was a lucky penny.