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An Agreeable Egyptian Drink.—Made of tamarinds, honey and water, proportioned to taste. Good (when much diluted with water) in fevers.
Drink.—Grecian.—Made by expressing the juice of the toma­toes, honey and a small portion of lime or lemon juice; some water or pure vinegar ; mix ; wholesome. Proportioned as desired.
Lime Water.—Make the lime water according to the directions given, then mix with a decoction of peruvian barks. A most valua­ble tonic, frees the bowels from morbid matter, corrects acids, aids digestion, strengthens the system; good for hindering affections ofall kinds, scrofula and the whites and worms ofall kinds.
Nourishing Drink for Fever Patients.—Three or 4 teaspoons (even) of arrow-root made into a thin paste with cold water, then pour into a quart vessel, then add the juice of 1-2 lime or lemon. Stir in 2 or 3 tablespoonfuls of white sugar, then pour over boiling water to fill the bowl, stirring all the time. Keep covered and let the patient drink freely.
High Blackberryroot Tea or Cordial.—Aunt Nancy Patterson, (colored.)—Make a strong decoction of the root of the tall blackber­ry and loaf sugar, and boil down to a thick syrup or cordial, then strain. Dose: a small wineglassful 3 times a day, putting 1-8 of spirits to keep it. This is valuable for obstinate diarrhea or dys­entery and typhoid fever, commencing at first with only a teaspoon-ful or more.
Drink for an Invalid.—A new laid egg well beaten; a cup of hot coffee or chocolate poured to it, stirring it well, is a good drink.
Buttermilk. — If made of sweet cream, is a delicious and most wholesome food. Those who can relish sour buttermilk find it still more light. Buttermilk, if not very sour, is also as good as cream to eat with fruit sweetened with white sugar and mixed with a very little milk. It likewise does equally well for cakes and rice puddings, and of course it is economical to churn before the cream is too stale, otherwise it is not- fit for anything but to feed pigs.
Dr. Bocehaave's Sweet Buttermilk.—Turn the milk of 1 cow into a small churn, in about 10 minutes begin churning, and continue till the flakes of the butter swim aboutthickand the discharged milk appears thin and blue. Strain it through a sieve and drink it as frequently as possible. It is good for consumptive cases, but in order to its producing decidedly good effects should be the only drink of the patient, and the food taken with it should be biscuits, rusks, and ripe and dried fruits, of various kinds, when a decline is apprehended. Baked and dried fruits, raisins in particular, make an excellent supper for invalids with biscuits or common cake.