This section of the book is from "The Complete Herbalist" by Dr. O. Phelps Brown. Also available from Amazon: The Complete Herbalist: The People Their Own Physicians By The Use Of Nature's Remedies.
BARLEY WATER. -- Pearl barley, two ounces; boiling water, two quarts. Boil to one quart and strain. If desirable, a little lemon-juice and sugar may be added. This may be taken freely in all inflammatory and eruptive diseases: Measles, Scarlet Fever, Small-Pox, etc.
RICE WATER. -- Rice, two ounces; water, two quarts. Boil one hour and a half, and add sugar and nutmeg to suit the taste. When milk is added to this it makes a very excellent diet for children. Should the bowels be too loose, boil the milk before adding.
SAGE TEA. -- Dried leaves of Sage, half an ounce; boiling water, one quart. Infuse for half an hour and strain; may add sugar if desired. Balm, Peppermint, Spearmint, and other teas are made in the same manner.
A REFRESHING DRINK IN FEVERS. -- Boil an ounce and a half of tamarinds, two ounces of stoned raisins, and three ounces of cranberries in three pints of water until two pints remain. Strain, and add a small piece of fresh lemon-peel, which must be removed in half an hour.
ARROW ROOT JELLY. -- Stir a tablespoonful of arrow root powder into half a cupful of cold water, pour in a pint of boiling water, let it stand five or ten minutes, and then sweeten and flavor it to suit the taste.
IRISH MOSS JELLY. -- Irish Moss, half an ounce; fresh milk, one and a half pints. Boil down to a pint. Strain and add sugar and lemon-juice sufficient to give it an agreeable flavor.
ISINGLASS JELLY. -- Isinglass, two ounces; water, two pints. Boil to one pint. Strain, and add one pint milk and one ounce of white sugar. This is excellent for persons recovering from sickness, and for children who have bowel complaints.
TAPIOCA JELLY. -- Tapioca, two large spoonfuls; water, one pint. Boil gently for an hour, or until it apears like a jelly; add sugar, wine, and nutmeg with lemon-juice to flavor.
RICE JELLY. -- Mix a quarter of a pound of rice, picked and washed, with half a pound of loaf sugar, and just sufficient water to cover it. Boil until it assumes a jelly-like appearance. Strain, and season to suit the taste and condition of the patient.
GRAPES. -- In all cases of fever, very ripe grapes of any kind are a beneficial article of diet, acting as both food and drink, and possessing cooling and soothing properties. They are also extremely grateful to every plate.
TOAST. -- To make a most excellent toast for a reduced or convalescent patient, take bread twenty-four or thirty-six hours old, which has been made of a mixture of fine wheat flour and Indian meal, and a pure yeast batter mixed with eggs. Toast it until of a delicate brown, and then (if the patient be not inclined to fever) immerse it in boiled milk and butter. If the patient be feverish, spread it lightly with cranberry jam or calves'-foot jelly.
RICE. -- In all cases where a light and nice diet for parties who have been or are afflicted with diarrhoea or dysentery is required, rice, in almost any cooked form, is most agreeable and advantageous. It may be given with benefit to dyspeptics, unless costiveness accompanies the dyspepsia. To make rice-pudding, take a teacupful of rice, and as much sugar, two quarts of milk, and a teaspoonful of salt. Bake, with a moderate heat, for two hours. Rice flour made in a batter, and baked upon a griddle, makes a superb cake; and rice-flour gruel, seasoned to the taste, is most excellent for the sick-room.
BREAD JELLY. -- Boil a quart of water and let it cool. Take one-third of a common loaf of wheat bread, slice it, pare off the crust, and toast it to a light brown. Put it in the water in a covered vessel, and boil gently, till you find, on putting some in a spoon to cool, the liquid has become a jelly. Strain and cool. When used, warm a cupful, sweeten with sugar, and add a little grated lemon-peel.
RICE GRUEL. -- Ground rice, one heaping table-spoonful; water, one quart. Boil gently for twenty minutes, adding, a few minutes before it is done, one table-spoonful of ground cinnamon. Strain and sweeten. Wine may be added when the case demands it.
WATER GRUEL. -- Oat or corn meal, two table-spoonfuls; water, one quart. Boil for ten minutes, and strain, adding salt and sugar if desired by the patient.
SAGO GRUEL. -- Sago, two table-spoonfuls; water, one pint. Boil gently until it thickens; stir frequently. May add wine, sugar, and nutmeg, according to circumstances.
ARROW-ROOT GRUEL. -- Arrow root, one table-spoonful; sweet milk and boiling water, each one half pint. Sweeten with loaf-sugar. This is very good for children whose bowels are irritable.
DECOCTION OF BRAN. -- New wheat bran, one pint; water, three quarts. Boil down to two quarts, strain off the liquor, and add sugar, honey or molasses, according to the taste of the patient.
TAPIOCA. -- Tapioca is a very delightful food for invalids. Make an ordinary pudding of it, and improve the flavor agreeably to the desire of the patient or convalescent, by adding raisins, sugar, prunes, lemon-juice, wine, spices, etc.