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REMARKABLE ESCAPES FROM FIRE.

DOMESTIC REMEDIES.

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DOMESTIC REMEDIES. A number of domestic remedies are ready to otlr hand, which we rarely employ for such special pur- poses. To begin with coffee. Its great use in France is supposed to have abated the prevalence of gravel. In the French colonies, where coffee is more used than in the English, as well as in Turkey, where it is the principal beverage, not only gravel, but the gout is scarcely known. A case is mentioned in the Pharrta- ceutical Journal of a gentlemen who was attacked with gout at twenty-seven years of age, and had it severely till he was upwards of fifty, with chalk stones in the joints of his hands and feet; but the use of coffee, then recommended to him, completsly removed the complaint. We know a recent instance of the drink of a person afflicted with gravel being confined to strong coffee, by which the patient was restored in a few days. A cup of strong and hot coffee is a remedy for colic. Chocolate, drunk very cold, is a remedy for diarrhoea. We have known two very aged persona restored to sound health by this means. Saffron formerly enjoyed a high repute, both as a perfume and as a stomachic and narcotic drug. It is now worn in bags to prevent infection, and is a popular remedy for eruptive diseases, as measles. Sage, in cookery, is supposed to, assist the stomach in digesting fat and luscious food. Sage tea is also a stomachic and slight stimulant. Clary is a kind of sage, and is used for making wine, which resembles, Frontignao, and is remarkable for its narcotic quali- ties. Gisger has medicinal properties- which are much neglected. When chewed it relieves toothache, rheumatism of the jaw, and relaxed uvula. When received into the stomach, it promotes digestion and relieves flatulent colic. Gouty subjects axe usually benefited by ginger; for such persons, pre- served ginger, taken at dessert, after a mixture of viands, is most beneficial. Ginger tea is an excellent stimulant for languid habits. Some headaches are relieved by applying to the forehead a poultice of y scraped ginger and warm water. Camomile tea, when tepid, may be given beneficially in dyspepsia, and, at the commencement of influenza and whooping-cough. Either warm or cold it is excellent for weak eyes, after exposure to the wind in travelling, especially by railwaythis usad early, will often ward off inlfammation. Very many persons are not aware that they have in their house a medicine chest in the shape of a set of well-filled cruets. The salt, for example, is a decided purgative in the dose of half-an-ounse or an ounce; it is also a vermifuge in large doses, and its power is great in preventing as well as killing wornls,- Many readers may remember the popular remedy of "brandy and salt." The vinegai- is refrigerant and moderately stimulant, and astrigent when applied externally. Vinegar and water is a restorative øt overworked eyes; or. this mixture is better-into e. pint of pump-water put a table-spoonful of brandy and a tea-spoonful of vinegar. The mustard next. In ou-r time, every medicinal virtue has been attributed to mustard-seeds. A mustard emetic ha,g been extolled as infallible in cholera, to be succeeded by salt and water. A mustard poultice (two fuls of bread-crumbs and one of mustard, mixed wi^ vinegar and hot water) is no mean rival to a blister* Olive oil is demulcent and laxative, it is a g°0<Z antidote to acrid poisons, and seems to be obnoxiogs to worms. Nor is our cruet-frame deficient in White pepper, infused in water, will cure a relaX0tl sore throat. Ointment of black pepper has beeP. recommended for ring worms. Cayenne, in stiøl1. lating ulcerated sore throat, is very efficacious ill gargle.âIrorfo Cassetl's Illustrated Family PY,

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