Toad Ointment

September 7th, 2008

For sprains, strains, lame-back, rheumatism, caked breasts, caked udders, &c., &c.

Good sized live toads, 4 in number; put into boiling water and cook very soft; then take them out and boil the water down to 1/2 pt, and add fresh churned, unsalted butter 1lb, and simmer together; at the last add tincture of arnica 2 ozs.

This was obtained from an old Physician, who thought more of it than of any other prescription in his possession. Some persons might think it hard on toads, but you could not kill them quicker in any other way.

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

Lobelia and Cayenne Liniment

August 17th, 2008

Take a quart bottle and put into it 1/4 oz of cayenne, pulverized, then put in 2 oz of lobelia herb, and fill up the bottle with whisky; in two weeks it is ready for use, and applicable for cuts, bruises, strains, sprains &c.; and it will heal cork cuts in the feet of oxen or horses, without stopping them from labor, and with but very little soreness, by applying 2 or 3 times daily.

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