Remedies prove they bred them tough in the old days

THESE household remedies were taken from the 1901 edition of The Housewife's Friend - a recipe book compiled by the Grafton Cathedral, NSW to pay off the debt on their hall.

Hair restorer: Into an earthenware jar, put quarter of a pint of fresh oil of sweet almonds.

Set it into a vessel of boiling water. Gradually melt it by that heat.

Add a quarter of an ounce of spermaceti and 1 ounce of purified beef marrow. When cold, fry up gradually with as much tincture of cantharides as it will absorb. Add whatever perfume is desired when it is cold.

Rheumatism: Rub the part affected with raw chillies.

Another cure: Hot fomentations, then gently rub in warm castor oil (every household had that evil brew in its distinctive blue bottle).

Indigestion cure : 1 egg, 1 tablespoon chilli vinegar, a little pepper and salt. Break the egg out of shell, taking care to keep yolk whole, then add other ingredients and swallow altogether.

If not successful with one dose, repeat in two hours. Bet nobody admitted to lack of success.

Either people were tougher then or more desperate.


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