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

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strain while hot through a cloth, then mix together 10 drops each of oil of sassafras and spruce and add it to the decoction; let it stand till cold, and then add 1-2 cup of yeast and 1-2 pound of brown sugar or molasses. After 12 hours in the jar, closely covered, draw off and bottle. Drink plentifully with ice in it in summer.
For Jaundice.—French physician.—Drink strong water in which carrots have been boiled, instead of water, and eat the carrots.
eggs in hot water until they are thoroughly warm, without suffering the whites to get hard, then make a small hole in the top of each, pour off the whites as expeditiously as possible, and fill up the eggs with rose water, powdered sugar and cinnamon ; warm them again in the embers or stove and eat them as soon as sufficiently done. This may be taken twice a days will be found very strengthening.
Lemon in Consumption.—London Lancet.—Put a dozen lemons in cold water and bring to a boil; boil slowly until the lemons are soft, but not too soft; then squeeze until all the juice is extracted; add sugar to your taste and drink. In this way use i dozen lemons a day. If they cause pain or loosen the bowels too much, lessen the quantity to 5 or 6 a day, until you are better, and then begin again with a dozen a day. After using 5 or 6 dozen the patient will begin to gain flesh and enjoy food. Hold on to the lemons and still use them very freely for several weeks more. A free use ol lemon or lime juice will always relieve a cough. Most people feel poorly in the spring, but if they eat a lemon before breakfast every day for a week, with or without sugar, as they like, they will find it better than any medicine. Lemon juice used according to the above recipe will sometimes cure consumption, and is good for en­feebled persons. It certainly is "not bad to take," besides possess­ing the negative virtue that " it will do no harm, if it does no good."
Food for Consumption.—Strong mullen tea sweetened* with brown sugar, and drink freely for 6 months. It is good for the blood, and strengthens the system.
N. B. Gather it in July, dry it in the shade, and keep in clean paper bags.
Pulmonary Disease.—Go early in the morning, and when the pine bushes begin to put out tender buds, eat the buds on a fasting stomach. The taste is a little acidulous and not unpleasant. The resinous oil contained in the pine buds will do good to weak lungs. The tea of these is good, closely bottled, with a little Holland gin