RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Unusual Home Health Remedies from 1880s and 1890s

RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Unusual Home Health Remedies from 1880s and 1890s

Here are some unusual Home Remedies for common ailments from 1880 cookbook!

  • 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.

Preventive health tips from 1890s

  • A New York doctor says that five-sixths of the people who come to him to be treated for catarrh can trace the beginning of it back to colds caught in an opera house. He adds that the theatre is a breeder of colds, sore throats, pneumonia, and consumption. He has no free pass. – (Detroit Free Press)
  • It is said that a small piece of gum camphor burnt on a hot stove, two or three times a day, will rid a house of flies and mosquitoes without the use of screens, besides purifying the air, and making the building more healthful.

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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

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One comment

  1. Edith Mayes

    I need to try this tomorrow night and see if I go to sleep.

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