ASHLAND – Many of us are looking for ways to avoid disease and help improve our health and appearance.
It turns out that it was common to look for cures and homemade concoctions more than a century ago. Listed below are some colored concoctions that were considered useful in the 1800s.
Or maybe not.
The best way to avoid a cold, even if it seems a paradox, is not to be too afraid of a cold. That the exercise is not interrupted because it is wet, or even raining. Allow these conditions to be met with proper clothing and feet protected by sturdy shoes. The risk of catching a cold is greater in windy weather due to the evaporation of the skin.
Colds in the lungs and chest are best treated with kerosene oil or Vaseline applied to the flannel and placed on the chest.
For recent colds, use equal parts flaxseed oil, honey, Jamaican rum, or equal parts of the bone paste and molasses. This is prepared by first placing the set of bones and filtering, then adding the syrup and reducing it to the original consistency of the syrup. Take several teaspoons every 2-3 hours.
The liniment can be made from 2 ounces of camphor gum, 1 castile dramatic soap, 1 tablespoon of turpentine oil, ½ ounce of origanum oil, ¼ ounce of opium and 1 pint of alcohol. Sit beside for more than a week or more and then bathe 2-3 times a day.
For coughs and mucus, smoke dried mullen leaves in a clean clay tube while wearing little around the neck.
Nothing helps insomnia more than the night air. There is a popular prejudice regarding the malignant effects of night air. Previously it was believed that the night air was very harmful. But the fact is that it is generally useful. Nothing leads more to healthy sleep than good ventilation.
Even the humidity of a bed is not so frightening if the person heats up with a lot of clothes.
Wrinkles – tar and almond oils, thin, at night – old cloths on the pillow
Hair loss – cold water every day. Burdock-ammonia root tea, ½ ounce of club oil, one pint of alcohol, an intelligent ammonia wash brush.
To stay cool in summer, salt baths night and morning. Sour drinks.
Fat people should eat acid fruits; Lemons, limes, tamarinds, biscuits, beef, lamb, fish, green vegetables, poultry and game.
Thin people should eat vegetables and fatty foods – almonds.
Treatment of cholera. Enemas of hot salt water and an almost absolute safeguard.
German cure for diphtheria with surprising success: one teaspoon in the morning and evening of rectified turpentine oil for children and one spoonful for adults. Warm milk afterwards to relieve the burning in the throat.
Leg cramps: instead of sending by the family doctor, give a good long cable. A long league will serve if nothing else is useful. When the cramp comes, wind it around the tight leg over the place that is tight, take one end with each hand and give it a strong pull, one that will hurt a little. Instantly the cramp will subside. For permanent healing, administer about six or eight cells of galvanic battery, with the negative pole in the cramp and the positive in the thigh. Give it ten minutes and repeat each week for a month.
To dye the hair use cold potato water.
Hair dressing: four ounces of wax, nine ounces of olive oil, two ounces of burnt cork, melts in a cup placed in hot water.
Drinks for the sick: water, flaxseed lemonade, tamarind water, barley water, toasted water, apple tea, rice water.
How to strengthen: one of the secrets of muscle recovery is to stop when fatigue begins with exercise. The gain in strength is shown and felt in the growing ability to do more and more without exhaustion. There are frequent enough occasions in which people in the struggle for life are forced beyond their powers of resistance, and there is no need to continue in the pursuit of recreation the fatigue imposed by demanding work.
I laughed a lot with some of these, especially the recommendation to permanently cure cramps in the legs and how the night air was thought to be harmful.
The phrase "everything old is new again" came to my mind when I wrote this. Although most of us are not familiar with elements such as boneet and origanum, some of these antiquated ingredients and remedies are still considered useful today.