This section is from the book "Smith's Family Physician", by William Henry Smith. See also: Natural Physician's Healing Therapies: Proven Remedies that Medical Doctors Don't Know.
Borax and Honey. For Children's sore mouths, and sore nipples. One dram of finely powdered Borax mixed with an ounce of Honey.
Calamine Powder. To be dusted over places where the skin is tender.
Starch Powder. To be used in the same way as the Calamine Powder.
Blistering Ointment. For dressing blisters for- the purpose of keeping them open.
Carrot Poultice. The Carrots to be boiled soft.
Hemlock Poultice. 1 ounce of powdered Hemlock Leaf, mixed with 13 ounces of Linseed Meal Poultice.
Linseed Meal Poultice.
The highest authority on poultices was Mr. Abernethy, who seemed to revel in the idea of them. "Scald your basin," he says, "by pouring a little hot water into it, then put a small quantity of finely-ground linseed meal into the basin, pour a little hot water on it, and stir it round briskly until you have well incorporated them: add a little more meal and a little more water, then stir it again. Do not let any lumps remain in the basin, but stir the poultice well, and do not be sparing of your trouble. If properly made it is so well worked together that you might throw it up- to the ceiling, and it would come down again without falling to pieces; it is in fact like a pancake. What you do next, is to take as much of it out of the basin as you may require, lay it on a piece of soft linen, let it be about a quarter of an inch thick, and so wide that it may cover the whole of the inflamed part."
"I shall now speak," says Mr. Abernethy, "of the bread and water poultice. The way in which I direct it to be made is the
Put half a pint of hot water into a pint basin, add to this as much of the crumb of bread as the water will cover; then place a plate over the basin and let it remain about ten minutes; stir the bread about in the water, or, if necessary, chop it a little with the edge of the knife, and drain off the water by holding the knife on the top of the basin, but do not press the bread, as is generally done; then take it out lightly, and spread it about one-third of an inch thick on some soft linen, and lay it upon the part."
A very admirable soft poultice for parts that are excoriated, or that threaten to slough from pressure, during long illnesses, may be made by mixing together equal parts of bread crumbs and of mutton suet grated very fine, with a little boiling water, and stirring them in a saucepan over the fire till they are well incorporated.