Cough Syrup

July 25th, 2015

Take horehound herb, elecampane root, spikenard root, ginseng root, black cohosh, and skunk cabbage root, of each a good-sized handful. Bruise and cover with spirits or whisky, and let stand ten days; then put all in a suitable vessel, add about four quarts of water and simmer slowly over a fire (but don’t boil) for twelve hours, or till reduced to about three pints, then strain and add one pint of strained honey, half a pint each of number six, tincture lobelia, and tincture bloodroot (the vinegar or acetic tincture of bloodroot is the best) and four ounces of strong essence of anise, and you will have one of the best cough syrups known. Dose: A tablespoonful three to six times a day, according to circumstances. Good in all kinds of coughs and incipient consumption.

Source: The Ladies’ Book of Useful Information

Bitters for Chronic Rheumatism

November 30th, 2008

Prickly-ash berries, spikenard root, yellow poplar and dog-wood barks, of each 1/2 lb; all pulverized and put into a gallon jug, and fill it up with brandy. Dose — A wine-glass of it is to be taken 3 times daily before meals.

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

Remedy for Asthma

October 12th, 2008

Elecampane, angelica, comfrey and spikenard roots, with hoarhound tops, of each 1 oz; bruise and steep in honey 1 pt. Dose: a table-spoon, taken hot every few minutes, until relief is obtained, then several times daily until a cure is effected.

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