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into a large pitcher, add a pint of N. O. molasses and pour over them 1-2 gal. water. Stir up thoroughly, steep and cover closely ; when cold, add 2 pints of pure Holland gin and bottle closely. A wineglass-ful 3 times a day, but if the cough is troublesome, take a tablespoon-ful every hour in the day until you go to sleep at night. If you wake up with a spell of coughing, take a spoonful, and the first thing in the morning. It is good for hoarseness, asthma, &c. Nearly all of these valuable herbs can be grown in the garden. The blood root, poplar and boneset are easily found in nearly all of the southern, western and middle states, where they can be had fresh, if in the country.
For Cough.—Genuine German.—One pint of flax-seed, 3 oz. rock candy, 1 oz. root liquorice, 1 ball root liquorice, 10 cents ex­tract of dandelion. Boil the flaxseed in 3 quarts of water, till re­duced to 2 quarts, then strain out through a thin bag, and add to this liquid the rock candy, the liquorice and dandelion ; boil down to 2 pints and strain again; bottle and take a spoonful when the cough is troublesome. I have tried this valuable remedy.
Cough Remedy.—Add 4 or 5 lumps of sugar to a tumbler of ice water and every few minutes take a teaspoonful for a hacking cough or tickling in the throat; take it often, ice cold.
An old Lady's Domestic Remedy for Cough.—Make a syrup of a strong decoction of the common mullen. Allow 1-2 lb. of rich sugar to 1 pint of the tea, boil to a syrup and bottle for use. It is very healing to the lungs, even for inflammation and bleeding of these vital organs. It is better to gather the plant in July, dry it in the shade, and keep in paper bags.
Dry Cough.—Wesley.—Chew Peruvian bark and swallow the spittle. It seldom fails to cure.
Stomach Plaster for a Cough.—Melt together an oz. each of resin, Burgundy pitch and beeswax, in a clean pipkin, and then stir in 3-4 oz. of common turpentine and 1-2 oz. cfoilof mace. Spread it on a sheep's leather or stiff cloth, grate some nutmeg over the whole plaster and apply it warm to the region of the stomach.
Syrup of Garlic—Dr. Warren.—Take 8 or 10 bulbs of fresh garlic, sliced and bruised, 1 pint of diluted fruit vinegar, 2 lbs. of refined sugar; macerate the garlic in 10 ozs. of the diluted apple vinegar in a glass vessel, to express the liquor, then mix the rest with what remains of the acid and again express, till enough has passed to make the whole, when filtered, measure a pint; then pour the filtered liquor on the sugar in a bottle; and shake till dissolved.
Blood Root Syrup.—Mash up 3 ozs. of blood root or less, a