The American Pictorial Home Book
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A reference manual of household management in Victorian times.

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For the Hair.—For dark hair use 2 ozs. of strong green sage steeped in a quart of water to wash the hair with. For light or blond hair, use dried sage tea. Boil both till reduced to a pint and then apply it to the hair.—Mrs. Dr. French.
To turn the Hair a Gold Color Gradually.—Wash it several times a day with champagne wine.
To Color Gray Hair a Gold Color.—A small portion of the nitrate of silver, dissolved in sweet oul.
To Prevent One's Bonnet from being Injured by the Hair. —Past a piece of oiled silk in the part where the crown of your bon­net meets the brim, spreading it some distance up the crown and some distance down into the hair between the outside and lining. Or an oiled bonnet or cap may do.
scald heads
Cure for Scald Head.—This disease commences with the symp­toms of the common ring worm in its earliest stages, only the rings are not so red as the former; the skin in the center does not appear very different from the surrounding healthy parts, but when examin­ed careiully it is found full of minute pustules which are highly con-tageous and full of a yellow matter, capable of communicating the disease even to adults. Though there is no fever, the health is not perfect, which may be either the cause or the effect of the disease. If carefully noticed previous to the outbreak, the ordinary scurf be­comes thicker and browner than usual; then the eruption spreads rapidly, and if not arested extends over the face, neck and shoul­ders, causing the hair to fall from the head, eyebrows and lashes, and the person to appear almost a leper; sometimes the skin appears covered with white scabs, and to fall off like bran, and unless care­fully washed becomes highly offensive. The treatment is almost entirely local and the remedies will be useless, if the reduction of the general health is not supported by good living and tonics. The first thing to be done is to cut off the hair with scissors or shave the diseased spot as closely as possible with a razor, then make a lather as strong as possible with castile soap and rub it on the sores; let it remain a moment to soften the scabs, then wash them clean in warm water and wipe them dry. The parts being cleansed, the applica­tions can act on them; then place on them a large flaxseed meal poultice. After removing this valuable poultice wash the place again with mild soap and water, and wipe dry ; after this, make a plaster of ointment composed of 1 drachm of iodide of mercury to 1 oz. of lard; let it remain a day and night, then cleanse the scalp with yellow or domestic soap and apply the ointment again. Re­peat this every day, but if the mercury causes too much irritation, on