This section is from the book "Manual Of Household Work And Management", by Annie Butterworth. Also available from Amazon: Manual Of Household Work And Management.
I ounce vaseline or lard (if not for facial use), 2 dessertspoonsful of finely powdered borax or boracic acid. If lard is used it should be freed from salt, but if this is the basis the ointment will not keep good for long, as lard quickly becomes rancid. Mix the powder and the fat until the borax is thoroughly incorporated. Place in a jar, using a knife dipped into boiling water to render the surface smooth and even.
Dissolve I teaspoonful of boracic acid in 1 pint of water. This will be found useful for bathing sore or tired eyes, as a mouth wash, or for any sore or inflamed surface.
Mix together and cork securely equal parts of lemon juice and eau-de-cologne. After the hands have been washed in warm water and rinsed in cold and carefully dried, this refreshing scented lotion should be well rubbed in.
1 ounce glycerine
2 ounces rosewater
1/2 teaspoonful of boracic acid.
1/2 ounce tincture of jaborandi 1 1/4 „ cocoa-nut oil 1 1/4 „ lanoline
2 grains of pilocarp hydrochlor.
These ingredients should be gently heated till the lanoline is liquid, well mixed, and bottled. This is sometimes of use in promoting the secretion of natural pigment or colouring matter, thus preventing the fading of the hair and the formation of dandruff.
1d. worth of quassia chips 5 ounces fluid ammonia 1 pint hot water.
Steep the chips overnight in the hot water; next day strain, add the ammonia, and bottle and cork immediately.
This mixture should be vigorously rubbed into the scalp every alternate night.
1/2 ounce purest lanoline 1/2 „ white vaseline 1 1/2 teaspoonsful oil of lavender.
Melt the two ingredients in a very hot basin, mix well, adding the lavender while mixing. This is supposed to strengthen the growth of brows and lashes.
1 ounce precipitated chalk 1/2 „ orris root 1/4 „ castile soap.
Pound well in a mortar, mixing the three ingredients very thoroughly.
One part camphor added to twelve parts of chalk. Precipitated chalk is the foundation of many tooth powders; the camphor is used as a disinfectant for the mouth and gums.
2 ounces finely powdered borax 2 teaspoonsful of tincture of myrrh, 4 1/2d per oz. 1 tablespoonful of spirit of camphor, 4 1/2d. „ 1 quart of hot water.
Dissolve the borax in the hot water, and when cool add the myrrh and camphor. Bottle and cork. Use 1 tablespoonful to 1 tumbler of water when brushing the teeth.