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RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Slippery Elm Tea and more warm drinks for cold days

Recipes for some unusual tea from The Perfect Woman 1903 by K. T. Boland for these cold winter days.



SLIPPERY ELM TEA – Pour one cup hot water over one teaspoonful of powdered slippery elm bark, or on a piece of the fresh bark. When cool, strain through wire strainer and flavor with very little lemon. Add a little sugar. This is soothing for inflamed mucous surfaces.

ACID FRUIT DRINKS – Poor boiling water on mashed cranberries, barberries, whortleberries or cherries. When cold, strain and sweeten as desired. No. 2. – Stir a tablespoonful of any acid jelly or fruit syrup into a tumbler of ice water. No. 3. – Dissolve one tablespoonful cream of tartar in one pint of water. Sweeten to taste.

APPLE TEA – Roast two large, sour apples, cover with boiling water. When cool, pour water off, strain and sweeten to taste.

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 (Kindle Edition)

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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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  3. Lindley Lott Mary

    I use the capsules often!

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