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MONDAY MUSINGS: Can you believe that people were once afraid of bathing in water?

The following is from a book published in 1883 Ladies Guide in Health and Disease, on applications of water.dogfearofwater

  1. Water, applied in the various modes in which it may be, is one of the most potent of remedies. Wrongly applied, it may be productive of great harm. The following are a few general rules which should always govern its use:
  2. Never bathe when exhausted or within three hours after eating, unless the bath be confined to a very small portion of the body.
  3. Never bathe when cooling off after profuse sweating, as reaction will then often be deficient.
  4. Always wet the head before taking any form of bath, to prevent determination of blood to the head.
  5. If the bath be a warm one, always conclude it with an application of water which is a few degrees cooler than the bodily temperature.
  6. Be careful to thoroughly dry the patient after his bath, rubbing vigorously, to prevent chilling.
  7. The most favorable time for taking a bath is between the hours of ten and twelve in the forenoon.
  8. The temperature of the room should be at about 85º or 90º F.
  9. Baths should usually be of a temperature which will be the most agreeable to the patient. Cold baths are seldom required. Too much hot bathing is debilitating.

Vinegar of the Four Thieves was a recipe that was known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and antifungal properties for years. It was even used to cure the Bubonic Plague. See Thomas Jefferson’s recipe in VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past

VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey



  1. KellieAnne Smith Foreman

    i can, ppl got sick from water before sanitation and they all used the river as a toilet and to wash clothes = polio is water born, as are many other diseases and parasites

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