Home Remedies: Internal
We were fortunate enough to find a collection of home remedies, scattered through a bundle of recipes. A few of these are below - but we cannot recommend that you try them at home!
The page with the choking remedy also contained two recipes for invalids.
The following two cough remedies both contain opium derivatives: laudanum and paregoric. Paregoric was made of powdered opium, camphor and glycerine; laudanum was a stronger compound of opium.
Syrup of squills was made from the bulbs of Urginea maritima and was used as an expectorant. Tincture of Tolu was derived from the tree Myroxylon Toluifera and was also used as an expectorant. Sal volatile is more commonly known as smelling salts.
For a cough
Recipe for a cough
Two teaspoonfuls to be taken three times a day in a little cold water. The dose may be taken oftener if the cough is very troublesome.
Whooping cough, a more serious ailment, required stronger measures.
As always, indigestion was occasionally a problem:
This remedy for toothache will at least take your mind off the pain . . .
Remedy for the
Dropsy, according to the Harcourt Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology, is "an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the tissues or in a body cavity".
Cure for Dropsy
Take half a teacupful of blackberry jam - pour on it three wineglass fuls of boiling water - stir it well and drink the liquor off it during the day. Continue every day until the patient is better.
Many thanks to http://www.ibiblio.org/herbmed/eclectic/main.html for the searchable transcriptions of classic herbal texts.
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