Corn Remedy

November 15th, 2018

Soak a piece of copper in strong vinegar for twelve or twenty-four hours. Pour the liquid off, and bottle. Apply frequently, till the corn is removed.

Source: Our Knowledge Box, ed. G. Blackie

Egg for an Invalid

November 13th, 2018

Put two tablespoonfuls of boiling water in a sauce pan on the stove; break a fresh egg into it; stir briskly until the egg is slightly set, but not at all stiff; season with salt, and a little pepper. Serve at once on a thin slice of buttered toast.

Source: Recipes Tried and True

Lung Medicine

November 11th, 2018

Take Black Cohosh one-half oz., Lobelia one-fourth oz., Canker root three-fourths oz., Blackberry Root three-fourths of an oz., Sarsaparilla one oz., Pleurisy Root one-half oz., steeped in three
pints of water. Dose, one tablespoonful three times a day, before eating. Sure cure for spitting blood.

Source: One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed, C. A. Bogardus

A Certain Cure for Drunkenness

November 9th, 2018

Sulphate of iron, 5 grains; magnesia, 10 grains; peppermint water, 11 drachms; spirits of nutmeg, 1 drachm; twice a day. This preparation acts as a tonic and stimulant, and so partially supplies the place of the accustomed liquor, and prevents that absolute physical and moral prostration that follows a sudden breaking off from the use of stimulating drinks.

Source: Our Knowledge Box, ed. G. Blackie

Whooping Cough Syrup

November 7th, 2018

One ounce flax seed, one ounce slippery elm, one ounce boneset, one ounce stick liquorice, one and one-half pounds loaf sugar, one pint Orleans molasses. Put first three ingredients in thin muslin bag, and boil one hour in sufficient water to cover well. Dissolve the liquorice in one pint of water; then boil all together a few moments.

DOSE.–One teaspoonful every hour or two, as the case may require.

Source: Recipes Tried and True

Bites

November 5th, 2018

Apply vaseline and burnt alum; lemon juice for bee stings ; common bluing for bites of any insect, or vaseline, lard and burnt alum can be applied.

Source: 1001 Household Hints, Ottilie V. Ames

To Soften The Skin and Improve The Complexion

November 3rd, 2018

If flowers of sulphur be mixed in a little milk, and, after standing an hour or two, the milk (without disturbing the sulphur) be rubbed into the skin, it will keep it soft, and make the complexion clear. It is to be used before washing.

Source: The Ladies’ Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness, Florence Hartley

Relief for Burns

November 1st, 2018

For a burn or scald apply kerosene. It will allay the pain almost instantly and quickly heal the injured parts.

Source: 1001 Household Hints, Ottilie V. Ames

A Cheap But Good Tooth-Powder

October 30th, 2018

Cut a slice of bread as thick as may be, into squares, and burn in the fire until it becomes charcoal, after which pound in a mortar, and sift through a fine muslin; it is then ready for use.

Source: The Ladies’ Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness, Florence Hartley

News: Molecular mechanisms of ancient herbal remedies

October 28th, 2018

Scientists have analysed a traditional African remedy for seizures and found that one of its active components is the same as that in valerian. They’ve also been able to combine it with another active ingredient to make a more efficient treatment.

Read the full article at Science Daily.