Eye-Washes

January 11th, 2016

The best eye-wash for granulated lids and inflammation of the eyes is composed of camphor, borax and morphine, in the following proportions: To a large wine-glass of camphor water–not spirits–add two grains of morphine and six grains of borax. Pour a few drops into the palm of the hand, and hold the eye in it, opening the lid as much as possible. Do this three or four times in twenty-four hours, and you will receive great relief from pain and smarting soreness. This recipe was received from a celebrated oculist, and has never failed to relieve the most inflamed eyes.

Another remedy said to be reliable: A lump of alum as large as a cranberry boiled in a teacupful of sweet milk, and the curd used as a poultice, is excellent for inflammation of the eyes.

Another wash: A cent’s worth of pure, refined white copperas dissolved in a pint of water, is also a good lotion; but label it poison, as it should never go near the mouth. Bathe the eyes with the mixture, either with the hands or a small piece of linen cloth, allowing some of the liquid to get under the lids.

Here is another from an eminent oculist: Take half an ounce of rock salt and one ounce of dry sulphate of zinc; simmer in a clean, covered porcelain vessel with three pints of water until all are dissolved; strain through thick muslin; add one ounce of rose-water; bottle and cork it tight. To use it, mix one teaspoonful of rain-water with one of the eye-water, and bathe the eyes frequently. If it smarts too much, add more water.

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

To Improve the Eyelashes

April 26th, 2015

Many people speak highly of this secret. Trim the tiny points slightly, and anoint with this salve: Two drams of ointment of nitric oxida of mercury, and one dram of lard. Mix the lard and ointment well, and anoint the edges of the eyelids night and morning, after each time, with milk and water. This will restore the lashes when all other remedies fail. It is not known in this country, and is a valuable secret.

Source: The Ladies’ Book of Useful Information

India Prescription for Sore Eyes

November 16th, 2008

Sulphate of zinc 2 grs; tincture of opium (laudanum) 1 dr.; rose water 2 ozs; mix. Put a drop or two in the eye 2 or 3 times daily.

Source: Dr Chase’s Recipes, or Information for Everybody, A.W. Chase

Removing Granulations from the Eye

November 9th, 2008

Take a stick of tag-alder about two feet long, boring a hole nearly through the middle of the stick, filling it with salt, and plugging it up; then put one end into the fire and char it nearly to the salt, then the other end the same way, and finally pulverizing and applying the salt, the same as the above, once daily only.

Source: Dr Chase’s Recipes, or Information for Everybody, A.W. Chase

Eye Water

October 26th, 2008

Table salt and white vitriol, of each, 1 table-spoon; heat them upon copper or earthen until dry; the heating drives off the acrid or biting water, called the water of crystallization, making them much milder in their action; now add them to soft water 1/2 pt.; putting in white sugar 1 table-spoon; blue vitriol a piece the size of a common pea. If it should prove too strong in any case, add a little more soft water to a vial of it. Apply it to the eyes 3 or 4 times daily.

Source: Dr Chase’s Recipes, or Information for Everybody, A.W. Chase

Sore Eyes, Rose Leaves Rest

October 6th, 2008

“Steep rose leaves and apply often.” Apply the leaves as a fomentation and relief will soon follow. This is very soothing and very easily applied.

Source: Mother’s Remedies: Over One Thousand Tried and Tested Remidies from Mothers of the United States and Canada, T. J. Ritter

Inflammation of Eyes, Common Potato Will Cure

September 26th, 2008

“Scrape raw potato and apply to the temple until relieved.” This helps to draw the blood away and relieves the inflammation.

Source: Mother’s Remedies: Over One Thousand Tried and Tested Remidies from Mothers of the United States and Canada, T. J. Ritter

Sore Eyes, Soothing Remedy for

September 25th, 2008

“Use a wash of borax and water. One-half teaspoonful to a cupful of water.” This is very good.

Source: Mother’s Remedies: Over One Thousand Tried and Tested Remidies from Mothers of the United States and Canada, T. J. Ritter

Inflammation of Eyes, Tried Remedy for

September 16th, 2008

“Boric Acid 10 grams
Camphor Water (not spirits) 1/2 ounce
Water 1/2 ounce

Apply this with a soft cloth.

This trouble usually results from or is associated with constitutional disease and requires treatment for same, but the above wash is good for local applications. This prescription was given me by an oculist.”

Source: Mother’s Remedies: Over One Thousand Tried and Tested Remidies from Mothers of the United States and Canada, T. J. Ritter

Inflammation of Eyes, Sassafras, Excellent Remedy for

September 2nd, 2008

“Take sassafras bark and make into a tea. Apply this externally to the eyes, and it will be found very beneficial for this trouble.” This is a very good remedy, on account of its oily soothing nature.

Source: Mother’s Remedies: Over One Thousand Tried and Tested Remidies from Mothers of the United States and Canada, T. J. Ritter