October 13, 2008

Early 1800's Information

We can just go to the store or mall to get whatever we want for cosmetic or medicinal purposes. However, the people who lived in the early 1800's didn't have that option. Here are the recipes for some of the things they used.

Almond Paste.—Mix 2 ozs. of almond powder, 2 tablespoonfuls of brandy, 2 oz. of honey, 2 of rose water, and the yoks of 2 eggs.

Another way—Take one-half pound of bitter almonds, rub them clean, but do not blanch them; pound them very fine in a mortar; then take one-half ounce of oil of tarter, 2 ozs of oil of sweet almonds, 1 oz of spermaceti; melt them together, and when warm, mix them with the almonds which will make a paste. In winter you may add a lemon.

Burns. Best Remedy For.—Pound and sift wood soot, and mix it with sweet lard, and apply it, spread on linen rags. It will ease a burn quicker than anything. If the skin is off, the great thing is to keep it covered close from the air. If the burns are large and bad, give salts or cream of tartar as a cathartic.
Camphor Julep.—Take 1 drachm of camphor, 2 or 3 lumps of sugar, 3 tablespoonfuls of spirits of wine; rub them all together in a marble mortar, and add thereto one pint of boiling water. Let it be close covered till cold.

Cold Cream.—Take 2 ozs. of oil of almonds, one half oz of spermaceti, 2 ozs of white wax and one half pint of water; melt them in a new pipkin, and when all is melted, whip it till cold; then let it lay in a little rose water till you put it in pots.

Faded Silks—Salt of tartar dissolved in water, will recover lilac or purple silks, when faded, rubbed over with a piece of flannel.

Flies. Liquid to destroy.—Take 4 ozs of quassia chips and boil for 10 minutes in soft water, strain it, and add a small quantity of sugar, then set in saucers where the flies are troublesome.

Ginger Tea.—Pour one half pint of boiling water on a teaspoonful of ginger; add sugar and milk to taste.
Lavender Water.—To a pint of the best rectified spirits of wine, add one quarter oz. of oil of lavender. 8 drs. of essence of ambergris, and 6 drachms of essence of musk; mix them together, and shake the bottle often. It is the better for the keeping.

Linen, To Perfume.-Take dried rose leaves, cloves and mace beaten to a powder, with a very small proportion of bay salt; sew it up in little bags. You may add a few grains of musk if you please.

Lip Salve, To Make.—Take 2 oz. of the best white wax, 2 ozs. of ox marrow, that has been well steeped in water for 3 days; melt them in a bath heat, then squeeze in a pound of best musk grapes, through a fine sieve; add a drachma of alkanet. Let them simmer, then beat it with a silver spoon till nearly cold, when you must run it into the boxes.
These are just a few of the remedies and cosmetics that were in How to Cook published in 1810. I'm sure people used that book for reference for many years.


brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Wow, Lena! Great information I will be able to use. If the economy doesn't improve, we may have to go back and commbine some of the treatments ourselves! LOL.

Vickie McDonough said...

Very interesting, Lena! We have it sooo easy now-a-days.

What was the Almond Paste used for?

Jeanne Marie Leach said...

Great post, Lena. I remember as late as 1960 when my mom still used some home remedies and strange concoctions. The first time I ever visited a doctor was when I was a senior in High School. None of her home remedies had helped me with my sore throat and laringitis. Turns out I had tonsilitis and needed a tonsilectomy as soon as I got off the antibiotics.

I agree with Maggie. In these tough times, we may very well need to use some home remedies of our own. It's good to know what worked in days long past.

Thanks again for the great info!

Rhonda said...

Great information Lena... I just wonder how readily available some of those ingredients were. I have a friend who still makes her own soaps, lotions and bath oils. I maybe taking lessons from her soon.

Molly Noble Bull said...

Interesting stuff, Lena. I will check this one out again later when I really need to know this stuff.