This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Family Doctor" book
A sweet, transparent liquid, obtained from fatty substances. Only pure glycerine (Bower's or Price's) should be used. Its principal employment is as an external application; to chapped hands, ears, lips, etc. To a very delicate skin it is, when pure, somewhat irritating. Adding the same amount of rose-water makes a very nice preparation. Glycerine and borax mixed make a good paste to put upon sores in the mouth.
In teaspoonful doses, glycerine is gently laxative to the bowels. It is given sometimes for this purpose to children.
Glycerine is antiseptic; that is, it tends to keep dead animal matter (meats, etc.) from putrefaction; and to ward off the effects of decay-poison upon or within surfaces of the body. It is therefore a good ingredient in washes for the parts involved after child-birth.
Glycerine with tannin makes a very good astringent lotion for frosted feet, also for enlarged tonsils, sore nipples, running from the ears, and fissure of the arms. For the glycerole of tannin, rub together one ounce of tannin (tannic acid) and four fluidounces of glycerine, in a mortar; heat this mixture gently (best in a porcelain dish) until a perfect solution is made.