This section is from the "Encyclopedia Of Practical Receipts And Processes" book, by William B. Dick. Also available from Amazon: Dick's encyclopedia of practical receipts and processes.
5032. Poultice for a Fester. Boil bread in lees of strong beer; apply the poultice in the general manner. This has saved many a limb from amputation.
5033. Alum Poultice. Take of alum, in fine powder, 1 drachm avoirdupois, and the white of 2 eggs; shake them together until they coagulate. Formerly much used in broken chilblains, chaps, sore nipples, chronic inflammation of the eyes, etc., applied on linen, and covered with a piece of fine muslin.
5034. Hemlock Poultice. Make a poultice of 41/2 ounces linseed meal in 1/2 pint boiling water; spread on its surface 1 ounce extract of hemlock softened with a little hot water. This is an anodyne application for irritable and painful cancerous, scrofulous, and syphilitic sores, tumors, etc..
5035. Gout Poultice. Dissolve 6 drachms balm of Mecca in 16 ounces rectified spirit; next digest for 48 hours, 1 ounce each of red cinchona bark, sarsaparilla, and sage, and 1/2 ounce saffron, in 32 ounces rectified spirits; filter this, mix it with the solution of balm of Mecca, and add twice their weight of lime-water. Sprinkle 2 fluid ounces on the surface of a hot linseed meal poultice, large enough to surround the affected part.
5036. Soap Poultice. Dissolve 1 ounce scraped or sliced white soap in 1/4 pint boiling water, and mix with sufficient bread to make a poultice. This is good for scalds and burns.
5037. Vinegar Poultice. Soak bread in vinegar and apply cold; for bruises, extravasations, black-eyes, etc..
5038. Chlorinated Poultice. Mix gradually 41/2 ounces linseed meal with 6 fluid ounces boiling water; add 2 fluid ounces of a solution of chlorinated soda (chloride of sodium), applied to foul ulcers, etc..
5039. Spongio-piline. This is the name of a very ingenious contrivance, recently introduced abroad, which may bo used either as a poultice or as a means of fomentation. It consists of wool and small particles of sponge, apparently felted together, and attached to a skin of India-rubber. It is about half an inch in thickness. It will be found of great value and convenience for either of the purposes referred to. It retains heat for a considerable time, and vinegar, laudanum, camphor, hartshorn, etc., can be, by its means, placed on the skin, accompanied by heat and moisture, much more readily, and with greater cleanliness, than by means of ordinary poultices.