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RECIPE WEDNESDAY: 1856 Recipe to cure a cold, cough, or croup

1856 Recipe to cure cold, cough or croup

(From The Alabama Historical Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 01 & 02, Spring and Summer 1960)

Receipt To prepare a tincture for Colds and Coughs Croup & c

Take 1 pint of good vinegar 1 teaspoon full of lobelia Seed l/2 tea Spoonful of Cayenne pepper put in a bottle and Mix by Shakeing (sic) occationally (sic) let it Stand four or five days.

For use, Mix equal parts of the above tincture and honey in a vial, shakeing (sic) always before use,—Dose 1/2 to 1 teaspoon full according to Size give occationaly. (sic)

This receipt given by Joe Cunninghan

Representative of Macon County Ala 1856

Receipt for Flux Cordial

Take a large Single handfull of the inside of red oak bark” Ditto of the inside bark of the black Haw Root ” Ditto of Dewberry Brier Root Boil them together in a gallon of water, down to half a gallon; then Strain through a Coarse Muslin Cloth; then put it into a pot, and add to it one ounce of powdered Ginger, one ounce of powdered Nutmeg, one ounce of powdered Cinnamon bark, and boil it down to a quart then add to it one quart of French Brandy and two pounds of loaf Sugar. Keep it Covered close while boiling, and let it boil about fifteen Minutes; then Strain into bottles, and Set it away in a Cool place,

Directions For a dose if the Case is bad, take a large table Spoonful every three hours untill the disease is Checked, and if not a bad case, a table Spoon full three times a day, Morning Noon & night.

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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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