Croup

July 23rd, 2016

Croup, it is said, can be cured in one minute, and the remedy is simply alum and sugar. Take a knife or grater and shave off in small particles about a teaspoonful of alum; then mix it with twice its amount of sugar, to make it palatable, and administer it as quickly as possible. Almost instantaneous relief will follow. Turpentine is said to be an excellent remedy for croup. Saturate a piece of flannel and apply it to the chest and throat, and take inwardly three or four drops on a lump of sugar.

Another remedy.–Give a teaspoonful of ipecacuanha wine every few minutes, until free vomiting is excited.

Another recipe said to be most reliable: Take two ounces of the wine of ipecac, hive syrup four ounces, tincture of bloodroot two ounces. Mix it well.

Dose for a child one year old, five to ten drops; two years, eight to twelve drops; three years, twelve to fifteen drops; four years, fifteen to twenty drops; five years, twenty to twenty-five drops, and older children in proportion to age. Repeat as often as shall be necessary to procure relief. If it is thought best to produce vomiting, repeat the dose every ten or fifteen minutes for a few doses.

Source: The White House Cookbook, F.L. Gillette

For a Burn

July 21st, 2016

For a burn one of the best aids is to immerse the part in kerosene for ten or fifteen minutes, if possible, or cover closely for some time with a cotton cloth dipped in the oil. The soreness will soon leave.

Source: Audel’s Household Helps, Hints and Receipts

For Salt-Rheum

July 19th, 2016

Get sweet fern; if it does not grow in your locality you can procure it at the druggist’s. Steep and use it for a common drink; also bathe the parts affected and it will cure you. It is far better than any doctor’s medicine.

Source: 76: A Cook Book

To Prevent Quinsy

July 17th, 2016

Drop one drop of oil of pennyroyal on a lump of sugar and take it just before going to bed, also rub the throat with the oil. If done when the symptoms first appear, it is very sure to prevent. If one application does not cure, repeat it the next night.

Source: 76: A Cook Book

To Cure a Sting of a Bee or Wasp

July 15th, 2016

Bind on common baking soda, dampened with water. Or mix common earth with water to about the consistency of mud.

Source: The White House Cookbook, F.L. Gillette

For Headache

July 13th, 2016

For headache, drink a cup of strong black tea, in which has been squeezed the juice of a lemon. Half a teaspoon of common baking soda dissolved in hot water is also good.

Source: Audel’s Household Helps, Hints and Receipts

Cough Mixture

July 11th, 2016

Two quarts of rain water, one pound of raisins, five cents worth of licorice, a fourth of a pound of rock candy. Boil this to one quart and strain it. Take two tablespoons three times daily; adding
a little vinegar.

Source: 76: A Cook Book

For a Felon

July 9th, 2016

Spread strong mercurial ointment on a linen cloth and apply when the sore first appears.

Source: 76: A Cook Book

For Sprains or Bruises

July 7th, 2016

Take one pint of lard-oil; half a pound of stone-pitch; half a pound of resin; half a pound of beeswax, and half a pound of beef-tallow. Boil together for half an hour, skim off the scum, pour the liquid into cups. When needed, it must be spread upon coarse cotton cloth, or kid (the latter is best), and applied to the sprain or bruise. It will give quick relief, as it entirely excludes the air. One or two plasters of it will cure the worst case. It acts like splints on a sprained ankle or wrist. It is also good for cattle, horses, or dogs in all cases of injury.

Source: Audel’s Household Helps, Hints and Receipts

Acute Inflammation of the Bladder

July 5th, 2016

Ten grains of bicarbonate of soda in a half ounce of an infusion of uva ursi (bearberry, kinnikinic, foxberry) every two hours will relieve acute inflammation of the bladder immediately.

Source: Audel’s Household Helps, Hints and Receipts