Pitch Burgundy, 2 pounds.
Bees’ Wax, 1 pound.
Hog’s lard, one pound.
Mix all together and simmer over a slow fire until the whole are well mixed together; then stir it until cold. Apply on muslin to the parts affected.
Olive oil, 6 ounces.
Camphor beat fine, 1/2 ounce.
Mix, dissolve by gentle heat over slow fire and when cold apply to the hand freely.
A man who is helplessly intoxicated may almost immediately restore the faculties and powers of locomotion by taking half a teaspoonful of chloride of ammonium in a goblet of water. A wineglassful of strong vinegar will have the same effect and is frequently resorted to by drunken soldiers.
Fluid extract of scullcap, 1 ounce.
Fluid extract American valerian, 1 ounce.
Fluid extract catnip, 1 ounce.
Mix all. Dose, from 15 to 30 drops every two hours, in water; most valuable.
A valuable tonic in all conditions of debility and want of appetite.
Comp. tincture of cinchona in teaspoonful doses in a little water, half hour before meals.
Tincture of gentian, 1 ounce.
Tincture of Columba, 1 ounce.
Tincture of Collinsonia, 1 ounce.
Mix all. Dose, one tablespoonful in one tablespoonful of water before meals.
When doing housework, if your hands become chapped or red, mix corn meal and vinegar into a stiff paste and apply to the hands two or three times a day, after washing them in hot water, then let dry without wiping, and rub with glycerine. At night use cold cream, and wear gloves.
Very hot water is a prompt checker of bleeding, besides if it is clean, as it should be, it aids in sterilizing our wound.
Wherever friction can be conveniently applied, heat will be generated by it, and the muscle again reduced to a natural condition; but if the pains proceed from the contraction of some muscle located internally, burnt brandy is an excellent remedy.
A severe attack which will not yield to this simple treatment may be conquered by administering a small dose of laudanum or ether, best given under medical supervision.
Castor oil, given as soon as the symptoms of colic manifest themselves, has frequently afforded relief. At any rate, the irritating substances must be expelled from the alimentary canal before the pains will subside. All local remedies will be ineffectual, and consequently the purgative should be given in large doses until a copious vacuation is produced.