Take as much cream of tartar a slies on a nickel, every morning and evening. Or, make a leaf of dried burdock into a pint of tea; take one-half pint twice a day for four months. I have known this to cure hundreds. M. E.
Roast four large onions. Peel them quickly and slightly pound. Add to them a little sweet oil. Place them while hot in a thin muslin bag that will reach from ear to ear, first thoroughly rubbing the throat and in this way getting up a good circulation of blood. Apply as warm as possible to the throat. Change when the strength of the onions appears to be exhausted. Flannel must be worn round the neck after the onion is removed. A Nurse.
Wash thoroughly with Green's soft soap, rinse well and then saturate a piece of absorbent cotton with peroxide. Let this come to a foam and then sprinkle over a little iodoform; tie up carefully and repeat in six hours. Or, boil walnut-tree leaves in water with a little sugar. Apply absorbent cotton dipped in this, changing it once in two days. This has done wonders. This has cured foul bones; yea, and a leprosy. Foment morning and evening with a decoction of mint; then sprinkle on it finely-powdered rue. Nurse.
An abscess requires the application of warm poultices and a cooling aperient medicine. The poultice may be made of bread and water, oatmeal or linseed meal. These should be applied till the abscess bursts when it should discharge freely. After it has ceased, apply moist linen for a day or two; then apply absorbent cotton saturated with peroxide. This will draw out the poison. If the healing is slow, dust the abscess over with iodoform. It is sometimes necessary when the bursting is slow and the pain great to open the abscess with the point of a lancet, which prevents much suffering. H. C.
This is a complaint which comes when the sleep is disturbed. It is the dreaming of something horrible and the person feels that it is something from which he cannot escape but is the victim. He attempts to scream for help but usually his effort is in vain. Nervous and overworked people are especially subject to it. It is due to poor circulation. It is not only unpleasant but dangerous. The best remedy is to bathe each morning in cold water on arising, eat plain foods, little or no meat, tea or coffee, and breathe deeply for fifteen minutes each night before retiring. B. S. Y.
There are few diseases attended with more pain, although not at all dangerous. It is a spasmodic affection of the bowels. It is caused by indigestible food, gas, and bile in the system.
Apply hot flannel cloths wrung out in hot water. If the bowels are tight an injection of hot water is excellent; so, also, is a hot foot bath. O. M.
Take of powdered alum, one drachm, water, one-half pint; enough to make a lotion. A little of the lotion should be put into the palm of the hand and sniffed up the bleeding nostril. If this does not succeed some of the lotion ought to be syringed up the nose. Dr. P. B. Saur.
I consider tobacco smoking one of the most injurious and deadly habits a boy or young man can indulge in. It contracts the chest and weakens the lungs, thus predisposing to consumption. It impairs the stomach, producing indigestion. It debilitates the brain and nervous system, inducing epileptic fits and nervous depression. It stunts the growth and is one cause of the present race of pigmies. It makes the young lazy and disinclined to work. It is one of the greatest curses of the present day. Dr. Murphy.
A decayed root of a tooth causes inflammation and abscess of the gum, which abscess breaks, and becomes a gumboil. Foment the outside of the face with a hot camomile and poppy-head fomentation and apply to the gumboil, between the cheek and the gum, a small white bread-and-milk poultice, which renew frequently. As soon as the gumboil has become quiet, by all means have the affected tooth extracted, or it may cause disease, and consequently serious injury to the jaw. Whenever the patient catches cold there will be a renewal of the inflammation of the abscess and the gumboil, and, as a matter of course, renewed pain, trouble and annoyance. Decayed fangs of teeth often cause the breath to be offensive. Dentist.