Mothers Remedies for Burns
Published in 1921
|Mothers Remedies published in 1921
had a section on Burns Treatments, and as a relatively modern 3rd degree burns survivor I
was interested to see how I would've fared in those days.
Apart from the obviously erroneous (as we know these days)
of various oils, butter, molasses or 'Crushed Onion
Poultice' to burns sites, the book of nearly 1200 pages contains many
recipes that include kerosene (coal oil), turpentine, ammonium
chloride, lead, lye (sodium hydroxide), strychnine, arsenic, mercury,
creosote, sodium phosphate, opium, cocaine and other, nowadays,
illegal, poisonous or corrosive items.
Many of the recipes do not
state whether it is to be taken internally
or externally, so one wonders how many patients actually
swallowed Lye (Caustic Soda).
In those days people were
totally preoccupied with poultices (applied
to the skin, 324 references) and "keeping the Bowels open", to cure
One can only imagine the
terror endured by mothers and family members
when a child or adult took ill. The doctors available (if you could
afford one) could offer little more than this book. The guilt of the
cure not working for the
patient was probably easier to endure than the helplessness of doing
One of the passages in Mothers Remedies amused
'For Third Degree Burns.--In this kind there is a great
shock. Stimulate the patient with whisky, etc. Put one ounce in a glass one-half full of water, and
give two teaspoonfuls frequently, dependent upon how much stimulant the patient has ever used; or an enema of one ounce of hot coffee can be given.'
And this was from the section on Physicians' Treatments!
I could've used the shot of whisky, but
would've passed on the hot coffee enema!
|The Titlepage of the
Over One Thousand
Tried and Tested Remedies from Mothers of
the United States and Canada.
Symptoms, Causes, Prevention, Diet, Nursing,
Treatments, Etc., of Every Known Disease.
Poisons, Accidents, Medicinal Herbs and
Special Departments on Women, Children and
DR. T. J. RITTER
Formerly connected with Medical Faculty of
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Mich.
DR. W. E. ZIEGENFUSS
G.H. FOOTE PUB. CO.
M I C H
|ACCIDENTS AND POISONS
Page 387 of Mothers Remedies
A Burn is caused by dry heat.
A Scald is caused by moist heat.
A superficial burn, upon a young child, that involves the third of the
almost certainly prove fatal, while a very deep burn, provided it is
localized, may not be so serious, unless important nerves and blood vessels have been
Burns may be divided into three degrees:
First degree are those burns that only affect the outer or superficial
layer of the skin, producing a redness with some small vesicles.
Second degree burns: These extend through the true skin and blisters
Third degree burns: This goes down underneath and involves the deeper
tissues. Charring and destruction of tissue takes place.
- Burns, Linseed Oil for.-- "Quick application of linseed
oil." The oil forms a coating and is very soothing.
- Burns, Common Soda for.--"There is nothing better than
common baking soda for burns and scalds; apply a thick coating of dry soda. Bind a cloth
over it, and keep on until the pain ceases, after which any good
healing salve will do."
- "Apply crushed onion poultice ; cover to keep out the air.
This will soon extract the
heat and pain." Onions seem to possess many medicinal properties. They
are very soothing, and in a case of scalds keep out the air and relieve
- Burns, Molasses Takes Pain from.--"Apply New Orleans
molasses to the burn and cover with flour. This forms a coating over the affected parts,
keeping the air from it, thereby relieving the burning. This is an
excellent remedy and one easily prepared."
- Burns, Butter a Relief for.-- "Spread butter on the
affected parts and bandage well. This is one of the remedies our grandmothers used to use and is a
- Burns, Oil of Peppermint Draws Fire Out of.--"Apply oil of
peppermint; it will take the fire out almost immediately."
- Burns, Sweet Oil and Cotton Batting Relieves.-- "Saturate
cotton batting in sweet oil and cover the burns and keep covered until the fire is out. I
had my hand burned with steam until the skin peeled off, and this remedy relieved
- Burns, Vinegar Prevents Blistering from.-- "Vinegar applied
every few minutes will keep it from blistering." This is a remedy
always at hand, and will do just what it says.
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