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Causes of Death in 1600's

My husband told me,that gun powder taken on a sixpence, cured boils...his great grandfather gave it to him when he was a boy. It was given daily then followed by a teaspoon of honey....and it worked.:eek:
Joan:rolleyes:
 
My husband told me,that gun powder taken on a sixpence, cured boils...his great grandfather gave it to him when he was a boy. It was given daily then followed by a teaspoon of honey....and it worked.:eek:
Joan:rolleyes:

CRIKEY!!!!
You did say taken as in swallow :eek::eek:
Hope he didn't pass wind near an open flame :2fun::2fun::2fun:
 
Yes! taken orally, enough to cover a sixpence, and it was awful tasting, according to him. It was probably equal to a half teaspoon?
I asked him if he was a fire hazard afterwards:2fun::2fun:
He said he didn't remember, but it sure cured his problem.
Another old health salts was Kruschens,
http://www.healtheries.co.nz/health-blog/comments?disc=1&thread=164
the same amount,enough to cover a sixpence.(I don't know why a sixpence was so important as a measuring device?) followed by a cup of black tea with lemon, it was a daily ritual for my father.
Or his hangover cure?? 2 raw eggs ( not beaten) in half a cup of Worcester sauce, and drink it straight down.
:)Joan
 
My husband told me,that gun powder taken on a sixpence, cured boils...his great grandfather gave it to him when he was a boy. It was given daily then followed by a teaspoon of honey....and it worked.:eek:
Joan:rolleyes:

Should imagine he blew a few toilet seats to kingdom come as well.:eek:
 
Thank heavens we know the risks and sometimes benefits of old remedies :biggrin::biggrin:

My gran drank liquid paraffin oil daily to stay regular...if you know what I mean ;)

Still cringeing about the gunpowder :rolleyes::2fun::2fun::2fun:
 
My grandfather used to swear by half a raw onion every night. Don'y know if it worked but he lived to nearly 98. Not sure how my grandmother felt about raw onion breath. Think the ripe old age was more likely to be genetics than onions.
 
I agree DW, his family have a history of longevity, 102,98,95,88,and so on.
Not bad for cotton spinners.. They also outlived 2 or 3 wives each...:eek::eek:
 
Yes! taken orally, enough to cover a sixpence, and it was awful tasting, according to him. It was probably equal to a half teaspoon?
I asked him if he was a fire hazard afterwards:2fun::2fun:
He said he didn't remember, but it sure cured his problem.
Another old health salts was Kruschens,
http://www.healtheries.co.nz/health-blog/comments?disc=1&thread=164
the same amount,enough to cover a sixpence.(I don't know why a sixpence was so important as a measuring device?) followed by a cup of black tea with lemon, it was a daily ritual for my father.
Or his hangover cure?? 2 raw eggs ( not beaten) in half a cup of Worcester sauce, and drink it straight down.
:)Joan

Break open a round and pour the cordite into a wound and it will not heal. Old trick used by Squaddies in the Great War to avoid being sent back up the line.
 
The Form In Which It May Be Taken.

In the first place it may be advisable to say a few words about the form in which the remedy may be taken. In the old days of black powder, gunpowder was recognised by our soldiers as a remedy for certain forms of suppuration, and by them it was taken crude in teaspoonful doses mixed in hot water.

It is also used crude by shepherds, as the Rector of Stradbroke has told us, sprinkled on bread and cheese, to cure and prevent wound-poisoning acquired in shearing and handling sheep.

But crude gunpowder is neither a convenient nor a pleasant remedy to take, though I have no authority for stating that it would not be efficacious.

The preparation I have most frequently used is the homoeopathic third decimal (3x) trituration, either prescribed in the form of powders or of compressed tablets.

For war purposes the last are the most convenient.

In this form I find gunpowder a most powerful and efficacious remedy.

The 3x trituration is what is called a " low attenuation " that is to say, it is not highly infinitesimal but it is sufficiently so to have lost all taste or smell of crude gunpowder, and to be in no sort of way explosive.

Dosage And Directions For Use.

The great sphere of action of gunpowder is in cases of septic suppuration or, in other words of wounds that have become poisoned with the germs of putrefaction.

My directions in such cases areas follows :

One tablet every two hours when there is fever.

Two tablets three or four times a day when the temperature is normal.

But Gunpowder may also be used as a prophylactic.

That is to say, it will not only cure septic suppuration when present, but it will afford such protection to the organism against harmful germs, that wounds will be less likely to become septic in one who is under its influence.
 
Loving these posts. I'd love to hear more about the cures you are collecting.

Smokimg was difinitely considered a serious cure for all sorts of ills as late as the early 1900's. My mother began smoking because her mother was hospitalized with "consumption". They had a smoking room where you were required to smoke a cigarette before going to visit the sick so as to kill any germs you were bringing in and then again on the way out so as not to spread any germs you may have picked up while on the wards.

And the story of CocaCola having cocaine is absolutely true. It was originally a tonic for headaches and many other illnesses. The original recipe sounds like it must have tasted awful. When cocaine became suspect it was changed out for caffeine.

I used to grow for fun a medicinal garden which a doc friend made me swear on all I hold holy never to treat any ills with. My kids called it Mom's poison patch as anything that cures usually can also kill. Dose of wormwood anyone?

Oh and Mom also believed in sulpher soap for cooling the blood????

Rune
 
Should imagine with all that gunpowder in him he should have no problem lighting his own candles.

And no trouble blowing them out either:biggrin:

He doesn't need gunpowder to blow out any of his birthday candles...:rolleyes::rolleyes: but he says he has an explosion occasionally>:D
;)Joan
 
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