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RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Get a muskrat skin and wear it over the lungs?

This are some home remedies for common ailments from 1880 cookbook! I’m glad I’m living in this century.

  • Nervous spasms are usually relieved by a little salt taken into the mouth and allowed to dissolve.
  • Sleeplessness, caused by too much blood in the head, may be overcome by applying a cloth wet with cold water to the back of the neck.
  • A drink of hot, strong lemonade before going to bed will often break up a cold and cure a sore throat.
  • A cupful of strong coffee will remove the odor of onions from the breath.
  • Sufferers from asthma should get a muskrat skin and wear it over their lungs with the fur side next to the body. It will bring certain relief.


See more old remedies and recipes in: VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past now in paperback

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About Donna R Causey

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

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One comment

  1. Sheri Lyon Reese

    Think my asthmatic daughter will freak if I get her a muskrat skin

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