- Take two pounds of fat from the outside of ham or smoked meat, six onions, resin and beeswax, each the size of an egg (use the common dark resin and wax, and for summer use increase the proportion of both). Fry ham fat until partly done, add onions sliced, fry to a light brown, skim out onions, press through a colander, and add this to lard in skillet; add resin and wax, heat and stir until thoroughly dissolved, and pour into a pan to cool. Like all salves, it must be kept closely covered or it will lose its strength, but if well covered will keep a year. A mother writes, " I never feel safe without a supply of it in the house, and have found that my children seldom need any other medicine. I use it in croup, whooping cough, diphtheria, colds, scarlet fever, lung fever, asthma, felons, boils, healings of all kinds, burns, and sore and inflamed breasts. For the first seven, it is spread on a fine piece of Canton flannel and placed over the entire chest, and in severe cases over the back also, joining them on the shoulders and under the arms. It should be put on thick and covered with flannel or cotton batting. Keep on until it gives relief, or if it becomes uncomfortable or rough, remove, and apply a fresh poultice if necessary. It is cooling in its nature and very quieting. For burns and healings it should be used in the form of a poultice, also for sore throat. My physicians have always encouraged its use for the above complaints. For breasts, cut a piece of cloth round with a hole in the center for the infant, then cover the breast entirely over with the cloth on which the salve has been spread.