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

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great power of arresting cold in the head, and if repeated 2 or 3 times a week, will prevent its occurrence in individuals who are con­stantly subject to them from slight causes.
To Relieve Night Sweats.—Dissolve 15 grains of sulphate of quinine in 1-2 oz. essence of tansy, 1-4 oz. alcohol, 1-4 oz. water, 30 drops muriatic acid. A teaspoonful taken 2 or 3 times a day. In connection wtth this remedy, cold sage tea, or a tablespoonful of the fresh juice and a gill of water is recommended to be used freely.
Night Sweats and Consumption.—From 1-2 to 1 1-2 drachms daily of phosphate of lime. In the majority of cases, it will remove the trouble or diminish it.
Remedy for Hoarseness.—Chewing the green root or leaves of horseradish will give instant relief to the most obstinate case of hoarseness. The green root, of course, possesses the most virtue, though the green leavei are good; both lose their strength when dry. Persons, just before begining to speak in public, will not be troubled with hoarseness if they use the the radish freely.
For Hoarseness.—In a pint bowl squeeze the juice of 1-2 lem­on, add 2 tablespoonfuls of loaf sugar, 1 teaspoonful of glycerine and 1 full tablespoonful of whiskey ; pour over this boiling hot water to nearly fill the bowl and drink hot, just before going to bed.
For Loss of Voice, or Hoarseness.—Beat the white of an egg, the juice of 1 lemon and white sugar together; from time to time take a teaspoonful.
for weak lungs
Dandelion Coffee.—Dried dandelion roots, 1-2 lb.; chickory, 1 oz.; coffee, 3 lbs., all powdered after parching, or roasting; mix and prepare as common coffee. Said to be a tonic, when used as a beverage once or twice a day. It has been greatly puffed in papers under a strange name.
Marsh Mallows.—A tea of the green or dried leaves is excellent for a cough, sweetened with honey, sugar or molasses. N. B.—It is good for kidney affections, diseases of the bowels, and also, if made into a paste candy, for coughs.
Weak Lungs.—Make a strong tea of a large handful each of hoar-hound and mullen, mixed, then add a cupful of molasses and stew to a syrup, the quicker the better. A tablespoonful 2 times a day.