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330 HEALTH-SUGGESTIONS.

Cut slices of salt pork or fat bacon, simmer a few minutes in hot vinegar, and apply to throat as hot as possible. When this is taken off as the throat is relieved, put around a bandage of soft flannel. A gargle of equal parts of borax and alum, dissolved in water, is also excellent. To be used frequently.

Camphorated oil is an excellent lotion for sore throat, sore chest, aching limbs, etc. For a gargle for sore throat, put a pinch of chlorate of potash in a glass of water. Gargle the throat with it twice a day, or of tener, if necessary.

WHOOPING COUGH.

Two LEVEL tablespoonfuls of powdered alum, two-thirds of a cup- ful of brown sugar, dissolved in two quarts of water ; bottle and put in a dark closet where it is cool.

For a child one year old, a teaspoonful three times a day on an empty stomach. For a child two years old, two teaspoonfuls for a dose. For a child five years old, a tablespoonful. The state of the bowels must be attended to, and the doses repeated accordingly. No other medicine to be taken, except an emetic, at first, if desirable. Except in the case of an infant, a milk diet is to be avoided.

DIARRHCEA.

TAKE tincture of Jamaica ginger one ounce, tincture of rhubarb one ounce, tincture of opium half ounce, tincture of cardamom one and one-half ounces, tincture of kino one ounce. Mix. Dose for an adult, half to one teaspoonful, repeated every two to four hours ; and for children one year old, five drops ; two years old, five to ten drops ; three years old, ten to twelve drops, and older children in proportion to age.

FOR CONSTIPATION.

ONE or two figs eaten fasting is sufficient for some, and they are especially good in the case of children, as there is no trouble in get- ting them to take them. A spoonful of wheaten bran in a glass of water is a simple remedy, and quite effective, taken half an hour be- fore breakfast ; fruit eaten raw ; partake largely of laxative food ; ex- ercise in the open air ; drink freely of cold water during the day, etc. It is impossible to give many of the numerous treatments in so short a space, suffice it to say that the general character of our diet and ex-

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