A simple and effectual remedy for ivy poisoning, is said to be sweet spirits of nitre. Bathe the affected parts two or three times during the day, and the next morning scarcely any trace of the poison will remain.
A quart (or less if too strong) of tar, stirred six minutes in a gallon of water, and one-fourth, or a tumbler, taken four times a day, an hour or two after meals, is said to clear the lungs, and give greater ease in public speaking.
- Wet a cloth in cold water, and lay it on the back of the neck. Fold a towel smoothly over it, and very often it will soothe the weary brain, and quiet the nerves better than an opiate. It is particularly useful in case of a dull headache.
Any absorbent will give relief from bee stings, but perhaps nothing is more effectual than lean raw meat. The sting of a bee or wasp may be almost instantly relieved by it. It is said to cure the bite of a rattlesnake, and relieve erysipelas.
Cayenne pepper-tea for a cold. Put a quarter of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a tea-cup; pour over hot water and sweeten with sugar. Or, steep horseradish in a gill of vinegar, add a gill of honey, and take a tea-spoon every twenty minutes.
Corn-flour makes the best paste for scrap-books. Dissolve a small quantity in cold water, then cook it thoroughly. Be careful not to get it too thick. 'When cold, it should be thin enough to apply with a brush. It will not mould or stain the paper.
Should the eye or any other part be blackened by a fall or blow, apply a cloth wrung out of very warm water, and renew it until the pain ceases. The moisture and heat liquefy the blood, and send it back to its proper channel. Never use cold water to a bruise.
A simple poultice made from cranberries pounded fine, and applied in a raw state, is said to be a certain cure; or slip off the outer bark of elder, break up the wood with the inner bark, and steep in buttermilk; drink and apply to the parts affected.
Take 'five cents worth of chlorate of potash, dissolve, and take a tea-spoon every- hour, and also gargle with it. Or, to a tea-cup vinegar add salt and cayenne pepper, making it as strong as can be taken (some add a little pulverized alum), and gargle often with it.
- Common baking soda - the bicarbonate - has been found to cure burns or scalds, affording immediate relief when it is promptly applied. For a dry burn, the soda should be made into paste with water. For a scald or wet burned surface, the powdered soda (or borax will do as well) should be dusted on.
Apply powdered alum, or fill mouth with warm water, and immediately after with cold; or saturate a piece of cotton with a strong solution of ammonia, and apply to the tooth. For toothache and inflamed face caused by it, apply a poultice of pounded slippery-elm bark and cold water.
A Good Cure for Colds is to boil two ounces of flaxseed in one quart of water; strain and add two ounces of rock candy, one-half pint of honey, juice of three lemons; mix, and let all boil well; let cool, and bottle. Dose - One cupful before bed, one-half cupful before meals. The hotter you drink it the better.
Tape Worms are said to be removed by refraining from supper and breakfast, and at eight o'clock taking one-third part of two hundred minced pumpkin seeds, the shells of which have been removed by hot water; at nine take another third, at ten the remainder, and follow it at eleven with strong dose of castor-oil.