The following home remedies are from the book “Library of Health.” Published in 1927.
Chittim Bark- A shrub about seven or eight feet in height, with branches terminating in a sharp spine. The leaves, on the short footstalks, ovate and veined. The bark is officinal and the part employed. It stands without an equal in the treatment of constipation in all its varied forms. An infusion of one ounce of the bark to a pink of boiling water; infuse for one hour and strain. Dose: One teaspoon, morning and evening, according to symptoms or until the bowels are thoroughly regulated.
Stone Root- This plant is used in numerous complaints in practice. A decoction of the fresh root, one ounce to the pint of water, has been used with advantage in hemorrhoids or piles, catarrh of the bladder, gravel and dropsy. The dose is one tablespoon four times a day. The leaves are applied in the form of fomentation to wounds, bruises and sores, and in cases of internal abdominal pains.
Santal Wood- White sandalwood is a small tree indigenous to India. The volatile oil distilled from the wood is the part used. Given internally in moderate doses of 5 to 10 drops for gonorrhea. It is sometimes used as a stimulant to the respiratory tract in bronchitis and certain forms of asthma.
Ague Root- Height, from a foot to eight inches; leaves, pale and smooth; grows mostly in sandy soils. It has proved useful in Dyspepsia and flatulent colic, and is especially useful for the purpose of restoring the activity of the generative organs, giving them vigor and healthy action. A valuable agent to prevent tendency to miscarriage and falling of the womb. The dose of the tincture is from six to ten drops three times a day, and of the powdered root five to eight grains.
Saffron- This plant is common in orchards and of a deep orange color. It is used as an infusion (tea); boiling once ounce of leaves in two pints of water. It is pleasant home remedy in the beginning of scarlet fever, measles and chicken-pox, serving to bring out the eruptions. Dose, from half to a whole wineglassful, three times a day. It is also good as a gargle in sore throats.
Yellow Goat’s Beard- A tea of the root, bark and leaves of this plant is used for diarrhea in children. Boil one ounce of root in two pints of water. Take two or three tablespoonfuls three of four times a day.
Hedge Mustard- Used cooked for table purposes as a stimulus to the stomach and to relieve coughing. Also used in the form of an infusion (tea) to cleanse ulcers and wounds. Boil an ounce of seeds, or a quantity of leaves, in a quart of water and wash the sore parts twice a day.
Common Hedge Nettle- Made into a tea and drunk freely is excellent for hemorrhages of lungs and stomach. In doses of half a wineglassful four times a day it relieves neuralgia. A poultice of the leaves also relieves neuralgic pain and aids in the cure of wounds. Used at times as a tea, and drunk in wineglass doses twice a day, to promote menstruation and kill worms.
Cathartic Ramno- A tea of the bark, taken in tablespoonful doses, three times a day, opens the bowels. But caution is needed, lest it lead to purging.
Fennel- The seeds and leaves in the form of a strong infusion (tea) are excellent for colic. The seeds in form of a powder are also good for cramps. Doses of the tea, a wineglassful, repeated at half-hour intervals, if necessary. Dose of the powdered seeds, ten to twenty grains.
Tansy- Tansy tea, in doses of a teacupful twice a day, promotes menstruation. In the form of bitters, it strengthens weakened constitutions. Cold tansy tea, drunk freely, is good for dyspepsia.
Wood Sorrel- a poultice of the leaves was once a popular application in cases of cancer. Sorrel tea, drunk freely, also aids in giving relief to cancerous affections.
Stavesacre or Lousewort- The crushed seeds, made in a paste and rubbed on the head, is an effective way to kill lice.
Golden Thistle- A tea of one ounce of leaves or stems to two pints of water will relieve colic. Dose, a wineglassful, repeated every half hour, if necessary.
Lime-Tree- The juice of the lime, mixed with water, is a refreshing drink, in frequent sips, for fever sufferers. Lime juice in large quantities is carried on board ships as a preventive of scurvy.
Red-Berried Trailing Arbutus- A strong tea, made of one ounce of the leaves to a quart of water, and taken in doses of two tablespoonfuls three times a day, is used to relieve bladder trouble. It diminishes the irritation caused by the urine, and the inflammation and pain.
Henbane- This plant, like belladonna, is a powerful poison. It is used in the form of an extract to soothe pain. Dose, one-eighth to one half a grain once or twice a day. It is frequently used in cases of delirium where opium cannot be used. Great caution is needed in its administration.
Mountain Balm or Calamint- Make a tea of the root, dilute with water and sweeten. Give in teaspoonful doses at intervals of half an hour to relieve wind colic in children.
Sage of Salvia- Sage tea, either alone or mixed with vinegar, honey or alum, is an excellent gargle for sore throats. Drunk freely it cured night-sweats. Simmered in lard and taken four or five times a day in doses of two spoonful’s each cures quinsy.
Mustard- Powdered mustard seeds are used o the table and in medicine. One or two teaspoonfuls in a glass of hot water is used to provoke vomiting. If necessary, repeat the dose till the desired result is reached. Mustard seed, in doses of a teaspoonful three times a day, relieves dyspepsia. Mustard plasters, applied to the extremities, serve to bring out again the eruption where it has gone in, in such cases as measles and scarlet fever.
Common Thorn-Apple- This plant belongs to the same family as henbane and belladonna. Cigarettes made from the dried leaves, and smoked, are good for asthma difficulties.
Asparagus- Used as a table dish gently stimulates the kidneys. In the form of tea, drunk at three or four hour intervals, it promotes a free flow of urine.
Marshmallow- The powdered root may be used as a poultice in cases of gangrene. A fresh infusion (tea), drunk freely, is of service in children’s diseases, and especially in Bright’s disease. Marshmallow drops are useful in sore throat, in scarlatina and diphtheria. The dose is indefinite. An infusion, drunk freely, is good for acute gonorrhea, and all affections of the mucous membrane of lungs and bowels, and inflammations of kidneys and bladder.
Hops- The root, used as a powder or pill, soothes the irritation of the urinary organs and pains of gonorrhea. Infusion of hops, or hop tea, is made by taking a tablespoonful of hops to a pint of water and is given in doses of two to five ounces, twice to three times a day. In delirium tremens hop-tea quiets drink craving and settles the stomach. In insomnia and restlessness it is useful in producing sleep. A hop poultice gives relief in local painful affections. Or the hops may be placed in flannel and moistened with hot whiskey and applied to painful cases, as in toothache or earache, where the warmth and steam are very soothing. The inhalation of the vapor of hops is often attended with good results, especially in diseases of the throat and chest.
Common Scurry-Grass- This plant is popularly eaten as a salad and is useful in scurvy, chronic rheumatism and chronic malaria. The juice has been used externally for the purpose of stimulating indolent ulcers and, diluted with water, as a mouth-wash for spongy gums and ulcers of the mouth.
Meadow Saffron- Saffron-tea, drink freely, is used in domestic practice to bring out the eruption in measles and scarlet fever and to cause sweating. Externally it is used in bruises, rheumatic and neuralgic pains and in the form of ointment for bleeding piles.
Garlic- Garlic, onion and leek are use in bronchitis and chronic cough. Here it can also be applied to the chest in the form of a poultice, or the oil can be used externally. A garlic poultice may also be successfully employed in the convulsions and intestinal and stomach troubles of children. Garlic is also given for worms. It is a domestic remedy in whooping-cough. Syrup of garlic is given in doses of five drops to a tea-spoonful, two to three times a day, or oftener, if the coughing spells are frequent and violent.
Horse-Radish- Used as a tonic for the digestion, and to promote the secretion of the kidney. Syrup of grated horse-radish and honey or sweetened water, taken in teaspoonful doses every hour, will cure hoarseness. Horse-radish tea, drunk freely, is beneficial in rheumatism and neuralgia.
Common Juniper- By boiling an ounce of the barriers (pounded) in two pints of water an infusion is obtained which stimulates the action of the kidneys. A pint is drunk through the day in Bright’s disease with its attendant dropsy. The juice of the berried has been successfully used in doses of two or three teaspoonfuls daily in children to promote the secretion of urine. The oil may be dropped in boiling water and inhaled to produce the same effect.
Currant- The juice of the berry, boiled and sweetened, and in teaspoonful doses three or four times a day, is binding in infantile diarrhea.
Common White Hoarhound- The herb may be used in infusion (an ounce to a pint of water), taken hot and frequently in recent colds to produce sweating. The cold tea, drunk freely, is serviceable in chronic lung affections. Cough-drops are used for sore throat and cough.
Colt’s foot- The infusion of the dry leaves is used to soften the phlegm in chronic catarrh. It may be drunk freely.