Collected from old newspaper articles, these old time remedies and cures are for entertainment purposes only. Read and enjoy, but please don’t follow this advice. Although I am a firm believer and herbs and other homeopathic remedies over modern day pharmaceuticals, these have been chosen just to amuse.
Torpid liver is responsible not only for many a poor complexion, but for warped views of life as well. One noted physician declares that every woman over 35 should take a dose of calomel at least twice a month.
Those whom calomel affects injuriously can easily find some simple home remedy that will keep the liver from getting sluggish. Lemon and water, if nothing more active is needed, will be found helpful in this respect.
Stewed rhubarb has a well-known medicinal value; besides being a complexion beautifier it is said to be valuable for rheumatic troubles.
SURE CURE FOR ROUP:
One tablespoonful of lard, one teaspoonful of coal oil, ten drops of carbolic acid; melt lard; put all in a sewing machine oil can. In cold weather warm before using, insert in nostril, squirt a few drops in each nostril. Will cure any case.
Take sunflower seed and brown like coffee, and grind and boil like coffee, and sweeten (use no milk); to be taken either hot or cold; to be taken often as long as the cough lasts.
FOR CROUP OR COLD ON LUNGS:
Take one teaspoonful of white pine tar and two teaspoonfuls of lard; melt together; then dip flannel cloth in in which has been cut to fit the neck; lay between a thin cotton cloth and sew together on sides.
A SURE CURE FOR TONSILITIS:
One ounce of chlorate of potash, one ounce of murate of iron, seven ounces of water. Shake well and take one tablespoonful and gargle every hour. After using wash the teeth thoroughly with a tooth brush, for this is hard on the teeth. This will cost you 25 cents.