This is part 6 of a of a 6 part series on the book called Useful Family Recipes for Curing Diseases of Man Beast by William Munger.
There were many different cures for some of the same ailments in this book. Recipes for curing animals of different ailments are at the end of the book. Botts, spavins and ringbones were some of the animal diseases mentioned in this section of the book. Mainly there are cures for horse diseases. There were a few dental diseases which had prescription recipe on these final pages of the book.
Cures for some dental health issues in this section:
“For the Quinzy and Sore Throat – Take one pint of new milk from a red cow, and one gill of water, put them into a new red earthen pot, keep a piece of rusty steel so hot as to make the milk boil, and apply flannel cloths hot and wet with the milk to the throat. The person will not be likely to have it again.” – Page 83
This recipe has a red theme to it. The reason for a red cow was not given but a red earthen pot was also required for this recipe to work. Rusty steel is an orange-red color as well. It is not explained in this recipe what is done with the piece of rusty steel. Since the cloth was applied to the throat and it was for quinsy, which now translates to tonsillitis or an abscess on a tonsil, it is unlikely this recipe had any effect. It must have taken some time to locate a red cow if most of the cows around were black and white Holsteins. A gill is mentioned as a measurement which is equal to a half cup.
“THRUSH– Mix juice of sulendine with honey to the thickness of cream, add a little powdered saffron; let this simmer a while; and skim it; apply when needed, with a feather, a few grains of rheubarb.” – Page 84
Sulendine is actually two types of plants with yellow flowers called Greater Celandine and Lessor Celandine. They were mainly used in ointments during the 19th century.
“TO CURE A SORE MOUTH MADE BY SCARLETT FEVER OR CANKER ASH-Take one teaspoon full of borax, three teaspoons full of loaf sugar, pulverize the whole and mix it together; sift it through book muslin, sprinkle it dry in the mouth and let it dissolve slowly.” – Page 86
Many of the ingredients for these recipes could only be found in certain areas of the country in 1845. That may explain why there were so many different recipes for some of the same illnesses. If you didn’t have a red cow in your area maybe you had a rattle snake gall bladder nearby to cure the same problem with a different recipe.
Little was found about William Munger. There were many William Mungers in the state of New York at the time of the 1840 census. E.Shepard published many books during that time from his print shop in Rochester, NY. If anyone knows more about these two men please use the email button and the top to send more information about them.
This is the last in a six part series. Enjoy the slideshow. It shows the pages from this section of the book.