These Natural Home Remedies are descriptions of the herbs, natural ingredients, and materia medica listed in this website. This listing is presented solely for purposes of historical information and interest. Do not attempt to use any of these ingredients without prior consultation with a physician.
You may be surprised to see references to morphine, laudanum and opium. The sale of these drugs was not restricted by federal legislation until the Harrison Act of the early 20th century. In the old days of Drs. Gunn and Chase there was no differentiation between legal and illegal drugs. You could obtain morphine and opium (derivatives of the poppy plant) from your local pharmacist and prepare the remedies at home! These substances are copied from old medical receipts for information only. We are not recommending that you try to buy opium or morphine to make your own remedies at home!
Most of this information was taken from the Guide to Therapeutics and Materia Medica by Robert Farquharson, M.D. Edin., F.R.C.P. Lond., published 1882.
Polemonium reptans also called Greek Valerian, Blue Bells, Sweat Root.
Used for: consumption, lung and liver affections, scrofulous complaints, boils
Roots are fibrous, all growing from one head. Flowers are small, blue, appear early in the season and produce small seeds. Several stems often arise from the same root. Grows in damp woods to the height of one or two feet.
Employed in consumption and all affections of the lungs and liver, also in chronic complaints of a scrofulous character. The Indians used it in fevers and pleurisies to produce copious perspiration.
Abscess Root Remedy
Used in decoction, a small handful of the crushed root to three pints of boiling water, steeped down one half. Dose, 1/2 teacupful every four hours. A tincture made in Whiskey, of which the dose is 1/2 wineglassful three times a day, will cleanse the system and blood, and is valuable to persons afflicted with boils.
Source: The Favorite Medical Receipt Book and Home Doctor, edited by Dr. Josephus Goodenough and published in 1910.
Aconiti folia, the leaves of Aconitum napellus. Aconiti radix, the root of Aconitum napellus. Aconitia (from the root). Crystallized and amorphous, or Aconitine, Pseudo-aconitine, Napellina, Napeline, etc. Extractum aconiti of the leaves. Emplastrum aconiti from the root. Linimentum aconiti from the root. Tincture aconiti radicis.
"Aconite, locally applied, causes a sensation of tingling, followed by numbness of the skin, from a paralyzing influence, no doubt, on the sensory nerves. It may also bring about some local vasomotor paralysis.
"Aconite is a most valuable sedative in painful nervous affections, and more especially in facial neuralgia, where the tincture or liniment, applied along the course of the affected nerve, will often allay and even remove suffering.
"Aconite is one of our best remedies in facial neuralgia, given either alone or in combination with quinine. In sick headache also it is of service, and here it will be prescribed along with tincture of Indian hemp.
"Aconite is essentially a cardiac sedative, slowing the action of the heart at first from inhibitory stimulation, but then causing an increase in the rapidity of the pulsations, with feebleness and irregularity, ending in death by arrest of all movement of diastole. At the same time the arterial pressure falls in very marked degree."
Alumen - Alum
Aluminii et Ammonii sulphas Alumen exsiccatum = Dried Alum Alum is used as an astringent, which contracts blood vessels. It also condenses the tissues by coagulating their albumen.
It is used for conjunctivitis, leucorrhea, gonorrhea, and as a gargle for sore throat. Since it affects the circulation by constricting the blood vessels it is used to check hemorrhage, excessive sweating, and for whooping cough.
A.k.a. Geum Virginianum, Aven's Root, Evan Root, Chocolate Root, Throat Root This plant grows about two feet high. The roots are small, brittle, brown and crooked. The flowers, few in number, are a white color and grow on the ends of the stems. The fruit is a small oval-shaped berry which is brown and smooth. A decoction of Avens with sugar and milk resembles chocolate and makes a very pleasant drink.Used for dysentery, chronic diarrhea, colic, weakness, asthma, sore throat, leucorrhea, hemorrhage.
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