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Medical Wonders

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 10
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1978
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 323735
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6pz56z9

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Title Medical Wonders
Description Out came the tooth! Toothache was bad, but a bit of oil of cloves placed at the root of the trouble seemed to ease the pain. And, a mixture of nutmeg and sugar or a mixture of salt and soda usually cured small mouth canker sores. I hated warts! Once, when I had a wart on one of my fingers, a kid at school told me the wart would disappear if I rubbed it with a dirty dish rag and then buried the rag. Sure enough the advice worked. Cross my heart and hope to die... ing with sharp knives, from stepping on nails, from "fal 1 ing out of trees, or maybe, from climbing over barbed wire fences. Infections, however, were prevented by applying poultices made of bread and milk, one of Grandma's hand-me-down remedies, to the injury. The poultice was good for bringing a sliver and ingrowing toenails, too. Another medical wonder! Pinkeye was cleared up with hot water packs and a sty was cured by placing hot tea 1 eaves over the affected eye. A single flaxseed placed in the eye somehow attached itself to any foreion (natter, such as a imnute particle of dus t, and made removal possible. Various blood infections and boils were treated with a solution made by boiling a lead bullet in plain, ordinary cow's milk. And, nervous disorders and stomach ailments were trea ted with store™ bouoht tonics, such as* Tan lac . women doted on headache powders which came in paper wrappers. Mustard plasters worked miracles in our home. A hot kind, made from powdered mustard and flour, literally burned the skin off a patient's chest. But, it did the job and the chest congestion and the wheezes disappeared, as they usually did with an application of a less powerful concoction made from lard, ground pepper and a pinch of mustard. Mustard foot baths,--they were for grown-ups as well as for kids like me. Soaking one's feet in a wash basin filled with steaming hot water, to which several spoonsfull of dry mustard had been added was the world's best for clearing up bad colds and fevers. But, the treatment was effective only if the footbath was kept piping hot with boiling water -87-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 10
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 323697
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6pz56z9/323697