Dried Flour for Teething Children

March 31st, 2019

1 cup of flour, tied in a stout muslin bag and dropped into cold water, then set over the fire.

Boil three hours steadily. Turn out the flour ball and dry in the hot sun all day; or, if you need it at once, dry in a moderate oven without shutting the door.

To use it—

Grate a tablespoonful for a cupful of boiling milk and water (half and half). Wet up the flour with a very little cold water, stir in and boil five minutes. Put in a little salt.

Source: Common Sense in the Household, Marion Harland

Excellent Tonic for the Hair

March 29th, 2019

1 teaspoonful of quinine, 1 tablespoonful of salt, 1 pint of whisky.

Source: Flint Hills Cook Book

For Convulsions

March 27th, 2019

A poultice made of tobacco and warm water, put between two cloths and placed over the breast and pit of the stomach will relieve convulsions when nothing else will. It will do no harm.

Source: The Just-Wed Cook Book

Slippery-Elm Bark Tea

March 25th, 2019

Break the bark into bits, pour boiling water over it, cover and let it infuse until cold. Sweeten, ice, and take for summer disorders, or add lemon-juice and drink for a bad cold.

Source: Common Sense in the Household, Marion Harland

For the Sting of a Bee or Wasp

March 23rd, 2019

Rub the part with hot tallow, or with hartshorn, or wet clay.

Source: The Philadelphia Housewife, Mary Hodgson

For a Nose Bleed

March 21st, 2019

Dr. H—— recommends for the treatment of bleeding at the nose, the plunging of the face and hands of the patient in water, as hot as can be borne. He says that the most rebellious cases have never resisted this mode of treatment.

Source: Flint Hills Cook Book

To Relieve Burns

March 19th, 2019

To relieve burns get a small bottle of picric acid and with a feather paint the burned or scalded parts, allowing it to dry. In a few minutes all the pain will be gone and you will never feel it again. Where the burns are very severe more than one application is sometimes necessary. This is an invaluable remedy, especially where there are children in the home, for they are getting burned continually.

Source: The Just-Wed Cook Book

Iceland or Irish Moss Lemonade

March 17th, 2019

1 handful Irish or Iceland moss, washed in five waters.
2 quarts boiling water, poured upon the moss, and left until cold.
2 lemons, peeled and sliced, leaving out the peel.
Sweeten very well and ice.

Do not strain, and if it thicken too much, add cold water.

Excellent for feverish colds and all pulmonary troubles.

Source: Common Sense in the Household, Marion Harland

Sulphur Tea for the Hair

March 15th, 2019

There is nothing better than sulphur tea for the hair. It cures dandruff, promotes the growth, makes the hair soft and glossy and is very good to keep the hair from turning gray.

Source: The Just-Wed Cook Book

Sangaree or Porteree

March 13th, 2019

One-third wine or porter mixed with two-thirds cold water. Sweeten, grate nutmeg on the top, and ice.

Serve dry toast with it. Taken hot, it is good for a sudden cold.

Source: Common Sense in the Household, Marion Harland