This section is from the book "Mrs. Rorer's Diet For The Sick", by Sarah Tyson Rorer. Also available from Amazon: Mrs. Rorer's Diet For The Sick.
Pare the lime carefully, cut it into halves, squeeze the juice into a tumbler. Stir two teaspoonfuls of powdered sugar in a glass of water, when the sugar is dissolved, add the lime juice. Add ice if necessary.
Add syrup to the lime juice and siphon the tumbler full of soda, and you will have Lime Squash.
Wash thoroughly a half ounce of Irish moss and soak it in a pint (eight ounces) of water for two hours. Boil ten minutes and strain. You should now have a thick, mucilaginous water. Boil two tablespoonfuls of sugar and a half pint of water together for two minutes; when cool add the Irish moss water and the juice of a good-sized lemon, and stand aside for use.
This is exceedingly grateful to persons with throats irritated from coughing. Omit sugar and use for whooping cough, quinsy and tonsilitis.
Use a half ounce of powdered slippery elm to a pint of water; soak for a half hour, bring to a boil, boil two minutes, and strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth. Add the juice of a lemon and stand aside to cool.
In fever cases this makes a good swab mixture for the mouth.
1/2 pint of red currants, fully ripe 1/2 pint of raspberries, fully ripe
1 quart of water
Mash the currants and raspberries together; strain them carefully through a jelly bag or two thicknesses of cheesecloth. Wash the residue in the given quantity of water, strain again and add it to the first juice. Stand in a cold place to keep. Ice may be added, or not, as directed.
Pare the yellow rind from one lemon and put it in a good-sized pitcher; add the lemon sliced, one ounce of loaf sugar, one pint of boiling water, one tablespoonful (a quarter of an ounce) of granulated gelatin that has soaked in two ounces of cold water for a half hour; cover the pitcher and let it stand until the contents are cold. Strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth. Use in fever cases.
Pare the thin rind from one orange, put it in a pitcher, add two ounces of sugar and one quart of boiling water; cover and stand aside to cool. When cold, strain, add a tablespoonful of orange juice and it is ready for use.
Put one ounce of linseed, crushed, and two drams of licorice root into a jug, pour over a pint of water, cover and stand in a pan of hot water, at a temperature of 200o Fahr. for three hours. Strain through two thicknesses of cheesecloth and cool.
This is exceedingly good to allay irritation from coughing, or for persons with pulmonary troubles. The flavoring may be changed by adding at one time lemon and at another orange.
Soak a half ounce of white powdered gum Arabic in a quart of cold water for at least two hours, or over night. Add' a bit of lemon peel, in the morning, stand the pitcher in a saucepan of hot water and stir until the gum is dissolved. Strain through two thicknesses of cheesecloth.
This is nice in febrile or inflammatory complaints.