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Recipes from the Lewis Lloyd Collection: Physic for Dogs
The recipes in the Lewis Lloyd collection even included some medicine for man's best friend:
"Occasional Physic for dogs
1 oz Jalap
Dose for a full sized dog.
½ oz White Hellebore
As for the other home remedies on the site, we cannot recommend you try these at home!
Jalap "consists of the dried tubercules of Ipomoea Purga, Hayne (N.O. Convolvulaceae), a climbing plant indigenous to the eastern slopes of the Mexican Andes." (The British Pharmaceutical Codex, 1911). It was used (in humans) as a purgative, as was Buckthorn syrup (The Physiomedical Dispensatory, William Cook, MD, 1869).
White hellebore ". . . is an irritant. When applied . . . [as an] ointment . . . it excites a singular sense of heat and tingling, or prickling pain, which, however, does not last long, but is followed by a coolness and more or less numbness" and "sometimes it gives rise to headache, nausea, griping, slight diarrhoea, and depression of the action of the heart. When swallowed it is a violent, irritant poison . . ." (King's American Dispensatory, 1898). Brimstone, a preparation of sulphur, was used to reduce itching (The Physiomedical Dispensatory, William Cook, MD, 1869).
Again many thanks to Henriette's Herbal Homepage.
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