A Cure for Warts or any other Excrescence

April 28th, 2022

On the third day of the increase of the moon, in the evening you see the new moon for the first time: then take out your patient and putting your finger on the wart and looking up to the new moon, speak as follows: what I look upon is increasing and what I now touch is decreasing: after repeating this three times walk home again.

Source: Recipes: Information for Everybody, J.F. Landis

A Cure for the Retention of the Urine

April 22nd, 2022

Any person that cannot make his water, may take a little cinquefoil, a few plantain leaves with the root, and a little sheep’s dung, and drink it as a tea.

Tea, made of nettles, is a good remedy also for the above complaint.

Source: Recipes: Information for Everybody, J.F. Landis

Another Cure for the Consumption

April 18th, 2022

Take a newly laid hen’s egg on the third day of new moon in the morning before breakfast, break it into a glass and stir it well with a chip of pine wood, then add a gill of good wine and drink it for seven or nine days.

Source: Recipes: Information for Everybody, J.F. Landis

Another Receipt for Purifying the Blood and Strengthening the Stomach

April 6th, 2022

Take mace, flour of sulphur, cloves, cinnamon, half an ounce of each, eleven penny bits worth of saffron and about half an ounce small snake root, put it altogether into a bottle and add one quart good wine, let it stand 24 hours and it will be fit for use. A teaspoonful may be taken in the morning before breakfast, or it may be taken three times a day.

Source: Recipes: Information for Everybody, J.F. Landis

A Cure for the Stomach and Purification of the Blood

March 1st, 2022

Take gentian root, ginseng root, elder bark, elder root, the rind of sassafras root, hoarhound, burdock, half an ounce of each and rosin of pine, as much as the size of a hickory nut, put the whole together into a bottle and add a quart good rye whisky. After this has stood for 24 hours you may use it.

A grown person of a strong constitution may take a teaspoonful of it at a time, and it can easily be ascertained whether more or less will do. It is to be taken in the morning before breakfast, at noon and in the evening.

Source: Recipes: Information for Everybody, J.F. Landis

A Certain Cure for the Tooth-ache

February 11th, 2022

Take a goose quill and cut it off where it begins to be hollow, then scrape off a little from each nail of the hands and feet, put it into the quill and stop it up, after which bore a hole towards the rise of the sun, into a tree that bears no fruit, put the quill with the scrapings of the nails into the hole and with three strokes close up the hole with a bung made of pine wood. It must be done on the first Friday in new moon in the morning.

Source: Recipes: Information for Everybody, J.F. Landis

Frostbitten Feet

September 20th, 2020

One of the best cures ever invented for Frostbitten Feet.

Take about six quarts chicken dung and stir it with about two gallons boiling water in a bucket, then place a small board across the bucket, on which you can put your feet and cover your feet up till the mixture is sufficiently cool to put them in, then keep them in till it gets cold.

Source: Recipes: Information for Everybody, J.F. Landis

Pills for the Toothache

June 3rd, 2020

Put a little brown sugar into a pan and boil it over the fire till it gets bubbles, then add as much ground pepper as there is sugar, take it from the fire and stir together after which make it into pills of a size that can be put into a hollow tooth.

Source: Recipes: Information for Everybody, J.F. Landis

A salve to cure the Itch in twelve hours

May 28th, 2020

It also destroys lice and nits in twelve hours, and bedbugs, if put in the cracks containing the nits, likewise the weavils.

A person having the itch, must rub himself all over where the pustules are, with this salve, before going to bed, and after rising in the morning, take off the shirt and cleanse himself with a wet rag, after which he has to put on a clean shirt and cleanse the bed, and the itch will have left him. Children are to be greased on the head with this salve, till the hair is all greasy, then the head is to be tied up with a handkerchief. This will kill the lice and nits in one night. The salve is not injurious to children. To be prepared as follows:

To 4 ounces Venice turpentine and 4 ounces red precipitate add one pound fresh butter that has not been in water. This mixture is sufficient for twelve men to rub themselves with for the itch, but the Venice turpentine ought to be washed nine times before it is used for making the salve, which is to be done in the following manner: put one ounce Venice turpentine (or more if a greater quantity of salve is required) into an earthen vessel that will hold a pint, then take a chip of wood and go to where there is running water and holding the vessel containing the turpentine towards the water, take in a full gill and with the chip stir the turpentine well together with the water about two minutes, then pour off the water carefully and take in another gill of water (holding the vessel towards the stream) and stir it well together as before. Thus the turpentine is to be washed nine times, after which it will be very pure. The last water must be poured off completely, then take a quarter of a pound of butter, good weight, just out of the buttermilk and melt it in a pan, but do not suffer it to get hot, then pour it into the vessel with the turpentine and stir it well with the chip of wood; lastly add one ounce red precipitate, stir it again thoroughly, and the salve is done.

N.B. The salve ought every time to be stirred up before it is rubbed on.

Source: Recipes: Information for Everybody, J.F. Landis

Oil for Diarrhoea

May 18th, 2020

Take Mullen blossoms, fill a bottle and hang it in the sun until the oil is all extracted, then drain into another bottle. Dose, from a half to a tea-spoonful, until a cure is effected.

Source: Recipes: Information for Everybody, J.F. Landis