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Dancing in the nude and other healthy remedies

October 23, 2011

Rain water for the face with nutmeg oil was a good complexion wash, a mixture of olive oil and oil of roses was good for the hair, citric acid and salt put out in the bright sun removed stains from clothes, and alum removed vermin as well as relieved croup when mixed with sugar. These are just a few of the remedies provided in the early 1890s "Every-Day Cook-Book" by Miss E. Neil. Last week, for a nostalgic look into early American history, this column shared some of its hearty recipes such as head cheese and others using ingredients including a calf's head and brains; not for the squeamish or faint of heart. Keeping in mind it was from a time when women labored to prepare meals from scratch and worked so hard to manage a household, it is no wonder that they also had a bag of tricks for nursing sick family members and their own beauty, exhausted as they must have been.



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