Remedies, Etc.

(Personal note: It is not, in my opinion, advisable to try any of these remedies!)


Cure For Chills:   The plant, commonly called hoarhound, is said to afford a certain cure. Boil it in water, and drink freely of the tea.

For Dysentery:   Dissolve as much salt in pure vinegar as will ferment and work clear. When the foam is discharged cork it up in a bottle, and put it away for use. A large spoonful of this in a gill of boiling water is efficacious in cases of dysentery.

Gargle For Sore Throat, Diptheria or Scarlet Fever:   Mix in a common size cup of milk two teaspoonfuls of pulverized charcoal and ten drops of spirits of turpentine. Soften the charcoal with a few drops of milk before putting into the cup. Gargle frequently, according to the violence of the symptoms.

To Relieve Asthma:   Take the leaves of the stramonium dried in the shade, saturated with a pretty strong solution of salt petre, and smoke it so as to inhale the fumes. It may strangle at first if taken too freely, but it will loosen the phlegm in the lungs. The leaves should be gathered before frost.

For A Troublesome Cough:   Take of treacle and vinegar six tablespoonsfuls each, add forty drops of laudanum, mix it well, and put into a bottle. A teaspoonful to be taken occasionally when the cough is troublesome. The mixture will be found efficacious without the laudanum in many cases.

For Sick Headache:   One teaspoonful of pulverized charcoal and one-third of a teaspoonful of soda mixed in very warm water.

Cure For Toothache:   Powdered alum will not only relieve the toothache, but prevent the decay of the tooth. Salt may advantageously be mixed with the alum.

Cure For A Burn:   Wheat flour and cold water, mixed to the consistency of soft paste, is an almost instantaneous cure for a burn. Renew before the first gets so dry as to stick.

Cure For Camp Itch:   Take iodide of potassium, sixty grains, lard, two ounces, mix well, and after washing the body well with warm soap suds rub the ointment over the person three times a week. In seven or eight days the acarus or itch insect will be destroyed. In the recipe the horrible effects of the old sulphur ointment are obviated.

Cure For A Felon:   A poultice of onions, applied morning, noon and night for three or four days, will cure a felon. No matter how bad the case, splitting the finger will be unnecessary, if this poultice be used.

To Cure Corns:   The cause of corns, and likewise the pain they occasion, is simply friction, and to lessen the friction you have only to use your toe as you do in like circumstances a coach wheel -- lubricate it with some oily substance. The best thing to use is a little sweet oil rubbed on the affected part (after the corn is carefully pared) with the tip of the finger, which should be done on getting up in the morning, and just before stepping into bed at night. In a few days the pain will diminish, and in a few days more it will cease, when the nightly application my be discontinued.

To Destroy Warts:   Dissolve as much common washing soda as the water will take up, wash the warts with this for a minute or two, and let them dry without wiping. Keep the water in a bottle and repeat the sashing often, and it will take away the largest of warts.