« PreviousContinue »
Compound Tincture of Bark. Take of Peruvian bark, two ounces; Seville orange-peel and cinnamon, of each half an ounce. Let the bark: be powdered, and the other ingredients be bruised; then infuse the whole in a pint and a balf of brandy, for five or six days, in a close vessel, afterwards strain off the tincture. This tincture is not only beneficial in intermitting, fevers, but also in slow, nervous, and putrid kinds, especially towards their decline. The dose is froin one drain, to ibree or four every fifth or sixth hour. It may be given in any suitable liquor, occasionally sharpened with a few drops of the vitriolic acid.
Decoction of Bark. Take two ounces of the best bruised or powdered Peruvian bark, and put it into a pint and a half of boiling water, in a tin saucepan, with a cover, with some cinnamon and a little Seville orange-peel. Boil it together for twenty minutes, then take it off the fire, and let it stand till quite cold: afterwards strain it through flannel, put it up in small phials, and take four table spoonfuls three times a day.
Carminative Powder, Take of coriander-seed half an ounce; ginger, one dram; nutmegs, half a dram; fine sugar, a dram and a halt. Reduce them into powder for twelvę doses.—This powder is employed for expelling flatulencies arising from indigestion, particularly those to which hysteric and hypochondriac persons are so liable. It may, likewise be given in small quantities to children, in their food, when troubled with gripes.
Pills for the sick Headach. A dram and a half of Castile soap; forty grains of rhu. barb in powder; ail of juniper, twenty drops ; sirup of ginger, enough to form the whole into twenty pills. The dose is two or three of these pills, to be taken occasionally.
For an habitual headach, arising from costiveness, take of socotrine aloes, one dram ; precipitated sulphur of antimony, and filings of iron, each half a drain; and simple sirup enough to make into twenty-four pills ; two to be taken night and morning.
T'incture of Rhubarb. Take of rhubarb, i wo ounces and a half; lesser cardamom secds, half an ounce; brandy two pints. Digest for a week, and strain the tincture. Those who choose to have a vidous tincture of rhubarb may infuse the above ingredients in a bottle of Lisbon wine, adding to it about two ounces of proof spirits. If half an ounce of gentian and a dram of Virginian spake-root be added to the above ingredients, it will make the bitter tincture of rhubarb.-All these sinctures are designed as stomachics and corroborants as well as purgatives. In weakness of the stomach, indigestion, laxity of the intestines, fluxes, colicky and such like complaints, they are frequently of great service. The dose is from half a spoonful to three or four spoonfuls, or more, according to the circumstances of the patient, and the purposes it is intended to answer.
Stomachic Elixir. Take of gentian root, two ounces; Curassas oranges, one ounce; Virginian snake-root, half an ounce. Let the ingredients be bruised, and infused for three or four days in iwo pints of French brandy; afterwards strain out the elixir.-This is an excellent stomach bitter. In flatulepcies, indigestion, want of appetite, and such like complaints, a small glass of it may be taken twice a day. It likewise relieves the gout in the stomach, when taken in a large dose.
Infusion for the Palsy. Take of horse-radish root shaved, mustard seed bruised, each four ounces; outer rind of orange peel, one ounce. Infuse them in two quarts of boiling water, in a close vessel, for twenty-four lours. In paralytic complaints, a tea cupful of this stimulating medicine may be taken three or four times a day. It excites the action of the solids, proves diuretic, and, if the patient be kept warm, promotes perspiration. If two or three ounces of the dried leaves of marsh-trefoil be used instead of the mustard, it will make the anti-scorbutic infusion.
Balm of Gilead Oil. Put loosely into a bottle, of any size, as many balm of Gilead flowers as will come up to a third part of its height; then nearly fill up the bouile with good sweet oil; shake it a liuele occasionally, and let it infuse a day or two; it is then fit for use. If closely stopped, it will keep for years, and will be the better for keeping. When about half used, the bottle may be again filled up with oil, and well shaken; and,
in two or three days, it will be as good as at first. Cuts and bruises of the skin, are completely cured in a few days, and sometimes in a few hours, by this oil. It is excellent for all green wounds, burns, bruises, scalds, &c.
Cures for the Cramp. Bathe the parts afflicted every morning and evening with the powder of aınber; and take inwardly, at the same time, on going to bed at night, for eight or ten nights together, half a spoonful, in from a gill to half a pint of white wine. - For sudden attacks of the cramp in the legs, relief may be instantly obtained by stretching out the limb affected, and elevating the heel as much as possible, till the toes bend backward toward the shin.—This, also, may be considered as an infallible remedy, when only in the leg. A hot brick, in a flaunel bag, placed for the feet, at the bottom of the bed, all night; and friction with the hand, warm flannels, coarse cloths, or the flesh-brush, well applied, to restore the free circulation of the blood in the contracted part, are all recommended as efficacious expedients for relieving this terrible pain, as well as for preventing its return.— In Italy, as an infallible cure, a new cork is cut in thin slices, and a narrow ribbon passed through the centre of thein, and tied round the affected limb, laying the corks flat on the flesh; this,while thus worn, is said to preventany return of the cramp).
Oils for a Sprain. Take of oil of john's wort, oil of swallows, oil of worms, oil of whelps, oil of camomile, and spirits of wine, each half an ounce; mix them together, and apply theın to the part affected, with a feather, by the fire-side when going to bed; keep it moist with the oil as fast as the fire dries it for half an hour, and, in the most obstinate case, it will effect a cure in a few days.
Cure for a recent Sprair. Put an ounce of camphor, sliced or coarsely pounded, into a pint bottle ; add half a pint of rectified spirits of wine ; and nearly fill up the 'bottle with bullock's gall. Let it stand two or three days by the fire-side, shake it frequently till all the camphor be completely dissolved, and keep it very closely stopped for use. The sprained part is to be bathed plentifully every three or four hours, till relief be obtained. This embrocation may be hastily prepared, by at once mixing.common spirits of wine and camphor with ao equal quantity of ox.gall,
Receipt for the Rheumatism. Take of garlic, two cloves; of ammoniac, one dram; blend them by bruising together; make them into two or three bolusses, with fair water; and swallow them, one at night and one in the morning. Drink, while taking this medieine, sassafras tea, made very strong, so as to have the teapot filled with chips. This is generally found to banish the rheumatism, and even contractions of the joints, in a few times taking.
Cure for Ague. Take thirty grains of snake root; forty of worinwood; half an ounce of the best powdered Jesuit's bark; and balf a pint of red port wine. Put the whole into a bottle, and shake it well together. It should be taken in four equal quantities, the first thing in the morning, and the last thing at night, when the fit is quite over. The quantity should be made into eight parts for a child, and the bottle should always be well shaken before taking it.
This medicine should be continued some time after the ague and fever have left.
Pill for an aching Tooth. Take half a grain of opium, and the same quantity of yellow slib-sulphate of quicksilver, formerly called Turpeth mineral; make them into a pill, and place it in the hollow of the tooth soine time before bed-time, with a small piece of wax over the top
Sirup of Angelica Root, for the Influenza, &c. Boil down gently, for three hours, a handful of angelica root, in a quart of water ; then strain it off, and add liquid Narbonne, or best virgin honey, sufficient to make it into a balsam or sirup; and take two tea spoonfuls every night and morning, as well as several times iú the day. If there be any hoarseness, or sore throat, add a few nitre drops. Sirup for the Scurvy, King's Evil, Leprosy, and all Impurities
of the Blood. Boil together, in two gallons of soft water, over a slow fire, till one half is reduced, half a pound of angelica root sliced; four ounces each of the leaves of male speedwell' or fuellen, the roots of comfrey and of fennel, both sliced three ounces of Winter's bark, and two ounces of bark of elder, Strain off the decoction into an earthen pati, abd
let it stand all night to settle. In the morning, pour the liquor carefully off from the sediment; and dissolve, in the clear liquid, three pounds of treble-refined sugar, and two pounds of virgin honey; then simmer the whole into a thin sirup. Take a large iea cupful night and morning, or, in some cases, morning, noon, and night; adding to each. dose, at the time of taking it, a small tea spoonful of Dr. Huxanı’s celebrated essence of antimony, which greatly heighteus and improves the virtue of the former medicine.
Ointment for Burns, Scalds, Cuts, Bruises, &c. Set over the fire, in a glazed pipkin, a quarter of a pound of the best olive oil: and when it boils, put in a quarter of an ounce of the best white lead, finely powdered and sifted; stir it with a wooden spoon, till it is of a light brown colour: then add four ounces of yellow bees' wax cut in small pieces; and keep stirring till it is all melted and mixed together. Take it off the tre, and continue stirring till it gets cool; then put in a quarter of an ounce of camphor, cut or pounded in small bits, and cover it up close with white paper for a short time. Afterward, stir it up, put it into gallipots, and let it be well secured with bladder, to keep out the air. This ointment is to be spread on linen cloth, and applied to the part affected; the plaister must be changed every twelve or twenty-four hours, as occasion may require; and great care must be taken not to let the air get to the wound.
Calamine Cerate. Take of olive oil one pint, calamine prepared, and yellow wax, of each half a pound. Melt the wax with the oil, and as soon as the mixture begins to thicken, mix with it the calamine, and stir the cerate until it be cold. This composition is formed upon the plan of that which is commonly known by the name of Turner's Cerate, and which is an exceedingly good application in burns, and in cutaneous ulcerations and excoriations from whatever cause.
Remedy for the Gout. Mix two ounces of finely pounded gum guaiacum, with three quarts of the best rum, in a glass vessel ; stir and shake it from time to time. When it has remained for ten days. properly exposed to the sun, distil the liquor through cotton or strong blotting paper, and bottle the whole, corking it up tight. The more there is made of it at a time the better,