Shake well in a bottle one ounce of olive oil, one ounce of water or rosewater, one teaspoon of cooking-soda, and a tiny bit of soap. (The latter may be omitted.) This can be used when the skin is stiff, red, and sore.

In Spanish tropical countries the ladies thickly powder the face to prevent sunburn, which in acute cases is always painful.


Bathe with Ivory, or any good soap; rub on a little alcohol, and powder with a mixture of cooking-soda and talcum powder.

Soap Jelly For A Shampoo

Make a jelly by dissolving a large cake of green castile soap, or any pure soap, in a quart of boiling water. This will keep, and can be used from time to time. First wet the hair with warm water, then take two tablespoonfuls of the jelly (a very little soda if desired) and rub thoroughly into the hair and well into the scalp. Rinse several times, making the water colder each time. Dry the hair in the sunlight and open air if not too cold.

Shampoo For White Hair

The best shampoo is four ounces of white castile soap, dissolved in one pint of boiling hot water. Cool and keep in glass. When ready to use, beat the white of an egg into as much soap as you need to use at one time. Rub into the scalp well before using any water, rinse in several waters and to the last water add a drop or two of bluing. Borax, soda, or ammonia should never be used on white hair, as it will give a most undesirable yellow tinge.

For Falling Hair

Kerosene oil vigorously rubbed into the scalp will stop the hair from falling out.

For Vermin (Lice)

Wash the scalp and hair thoroughly with ammonia and water; repeat each day till there is no sign of life. Undiluted kerosene answers the purpose and does not injure the hair, but gives it a beautiful gloss. A little sulpho-naphthol in water is another good remedy. In obstinate cases, it is often necessary to cut the hair besides using the remedies, before one can be quite sure the head is clear of the vermin.

For Rough Hands In Winter

Try one ounce of glycerine, two and a half ounces of rosewater, one half pint of alcohol, and twenty drops of Fowler's solution of arsenic. Corn or Indian meal is excellent for the hands and quite equal to the more expensive almond meal. A bowl of the meal kept in the bathroom, or near the kitchen sink, if faithfully used will keep the hands smooth and soft, and when chapped or sore will often heal them. After washing and drying the hands, dip them into the bowl of Indian meal, and rub diligently several times a day if chapped. A few drops of olive oil used on the hands occasionally will keep them smooth.

To remove stains from the hands after paring vegetables, fruits, etc., dip the hands into a dish of strong tea, rub well with a nailbrush, and rinse in tepid waters. Ripe tomatoes, also the juice of a lemon, will remove stains from the hands. Always remember that, after washing the hands with soap, they should be rinsed in clear water.