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

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bromine is so volatile that the solution should be renewed within 24 hours after its preparation. N. B.—This should be welcome news to campers out and picknickers generally.
Sweet Oil an Antidote for Poison of any kind.—Every house­keeper should keep a bottle of it; no one should hunt in woods where there is a probability of meeting with poisonous reptiles, without a supply of it. The patient must take a spoonful immediately and bathe the wound for a cure. To cure a horse, requires 8 times as much as for a man. It is good for even extreme cases of snake bite, even those of long standing. It will cure bloat in cattle, caused by eating too freely of green herbage, (grass or clover), stings of bees, spiders, or other insects. The poison of ivy and other poison­ous herbage.
Elder Bark Salve for Sore Eyelids.—Remove the outer and take the inner bark of elder, stew in lard. Apply the salte to sore eyelids.
Plantain, good, combined with lard, for salt rheum. Its juice will cure the bite of snakes. It should be beaten.
Salve for all Scroffulous Sores, Etc.—Mrs. J. A. Stephenson, Arizona.—To a teacupful of lard, free from salt, add and mix thor­oughly, sulphate of zinc or white precipitate, about the size of a bean.
A valuable Liniment for Sprains, Bruises and Burns.-—Equal parts of spirits ammonia and petroleum.
Rheumatism Liniment.—Steep for ro days 4 tablespoonfuls of cayenne pepper in 6 gills of whiskey and a gill of neat-foot oil or lard, then strain it. Wet a flannel with it and apply it to the joints, and to the side for pleurisy, or any numbness. It will afford relief.
Blue Flag.—This grows in gardens, but particularly in swampy places, by the banks of streams of water and in meadows. Its flow­ers are blue, variegated with yellow, white and purple. It is an excellent and active cathartic, given in doses of a teaspoonful of the juice, diluted in a little water. If a decoction of it is drank constant­ly, it is good in all kinds of ulcerous complaints.
DECOCTroN of Poppies—Poppy heads, sliced, 4 ozs.; 4 pints wa­ter; boil 1-4 hour and strain. This decoction is employed for its soothing effects in painful swelling and excoriations, etc. Its effi­cacy is increased by adding a cupful of vinegar.