When I grew up we could not afford to visit a doctor for an illness, we relied on old timey home remedies.
For instance if you had a chest cold there were two or more things my mother tried. She pinned a flannel cloth coated with Vicks salve inside next to my body after she had heated it by the stove.
Often that worked. Another was a few drops of turpentine on a spoon of sugar. That loosened the tightness in my chest. Folks who could not afford to buy turpentine used kerosene.