Oil for the Hair

January 13th, 2023

A very excellent ready-made oil for the hair which answers all common purposes, is made by mixing one part brandy with three parts of sweet oil. Add any scent you prefer.

Source: Our Knowledge Box, ed. G. Blackie

For Bilious Diarrhoea, attended with Wind and Headache

January 11th, 2023

Take Mountain Flax, 1 ounce.

Turkey Rhubarb, 1/4 ounce.

Ginger Root, 1 ounce.

Calumba Root, 1 ounce.

Bruise all the roots, and boil together with the Mountain Flax in one quart of water until reduced to a pint and a half, let stand till cold, and strain off.

Dose– Half a wineglassful two or three times a day according to its aperient effect, two hours after a meal.

Source: Baldwin’s Herbal Guide To Health, G. Baldwin

Heart Disease

January 9th, 2023

Heart disease is greatly relieved by taking a tablespoonful of whisky in a little milk.

Source: Fray’s Golden Recipes for the use of all ages, E. Fray

Pearl Water for the Complexion

January 7th, 2023

Castile soap, one pound; water, one gallon. Dissolve, then add alcohol, one quart; oil of rosemary and oil of lavender, each two drachms. Mix well.

Source: Our Knowledge Box, ed. G. Blackie

For Rickets

January 5th, 2023

A blacksmith, whose fathers have been smiths for three generations, must carry the child in his apron three times round the anvil for seven days in succession, repeating the Paternoster each time. But no money must be accepted for the cure.

Source: Ancient Cures, Charms, and Usages of Ireland, Lady Wilde

Almond Paste

January 3rd, 2023

Take 1 ounce of bitter almonds, blanch and pound them to a fine powder, then add 1 ounce of barley flour, and make it into a smooth paste by the addition of a little honey. When this paste is laid over the skin, particularly where there are freckles, it makes it smooth and soft.

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

Blood Purifier, A Recipe Invaluable

January 1st, 2023

The simplest and best blood purifier known is a sliced lemon, two tablespoonsful of black currant preserves, and ten red sage leaves, to a quart of boiling water, sweetened to taste, which makes a most agreeable drink.

Source: Fray’s Golden Recipes for the use of all ages, E. Fray

Milk of Roses

November 21st, 2022

Take 1 ounce of Jordan almonds; 5 ounces of distilled rose-water; 1 ounce of spirit of wine; ½ a drachm of Venetian soap, and 2 drops of otto of roses. Beat the almonds (previously blanched and well dried with a cloth) in a mortar, until they become a complete paste, then beat the soap and mix with the almonds, and afterwards add the rose-water and spirit. Strain through a very fine muslin or linen, and add the otto of roses.

The common milk of roses sold in the shops, frequently contains salt of tartar, or pearlash, combined with olive oil and rose-water, and therefore it is better to make it yourself to ensure it being good.

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

To Make The Complexion Fair

November 19th, 2022

Take emulsion of bitter almonds, one pint; oxymuriate of quicksilver, two and a half grains; sal ammonia, one drachm. Use moderately for pimples, freckles, tanned complexions.

Source: Our Knowledge Box, ed. G. Blackie

Corns

November 17th, 2022

For a troublesome corn, rub it now and again with spirits of turpentine and it will soon depart company; or, corns are speedily cured by first paring, then bind a slice of lemon over them. Tried with good effects.

Source: Fray’s Golden Recipes for the use of all ages, E. Fray

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    NOTE: these remedies are listed only for information and/or amusement. They are not to be construed as medical advice of any type, nor are they recommended for use. Consult your doctor or other medical professional for any medical advice you require.