Monday, August 06, 2007

July 1852

July, 1852
Godey's Lady's Book
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Vol XLV Page 103

TO PRESERVE FLOWERS IN WATER.— Mix a little carbonate Of soda with the water, and it will preserve the flowers for a fortnight.

TO RESTORE COLOR TAKEN OUT BY ACIDS.— Sal volatile or hartshorn will suffice for this purpose. It may be dropped on silk without doing any injury.

HOARSENESS.— A piece of flannel, dipped in brandy, and applied to the chest, and covered with a dry flannel, is to be worn all night. Four or six small onions, boiled, and put on buttered toast, and eaten for supper, are likewise good for colds on the chest.

To MAKE EAU-DE-COLOGNE.— Rectified spirits of wine, four pints; oil of bergamot, one ounce; oil of lemon, half an ounce; oil of rosemary, half a drachm; oil of Neroli, three-quarters of a drachm; oil of English lavender, one drachm; oil of oranges, one drachm. Mix well, and then filter. If these proportions are too large, smaller ones may be used.

A VERY PLEASANT PERFUME, AND ALSO PREVENTIVE AGAINST MOTHS.— Take of cloves, caraway seeds, nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, and Tonquin beans, of each one ounce; then add as much Florentine orris-root as will equal the other ingredients put together. Grind the whole well to powder, and then put it in little bags, among your clothes, &c.

LADIES, BEWARE.— The use of white paint as a cosmetic affects the eyes, which it renders painful and watery. It changes the texture of the skin, on which it produces pimples; attacks the teeth, destroys the enamel, and loosens them. It heats the mouth and throat, infecting and corrupting the saliva. Lastly, it penetrates the pores of the skin, acting by degrees on the spongy substance of the lungs, and inducing disease. Powdered magnesia, or violet powder, is no further injurious than by stopping the pores of the skin; but this is quite injury enough to preclude its use. The best cosmetics are early hours, exercise, and temperance.

AN EXCELLENT DISH.— Potatoes a la Matre d'Hotel: Boil the potatoes, and let them become cold; then cut them into rather thick slices. Put a lump of fresh butter into a stewpan, and add a little flour— about a teaspoonful for a middling-sized dish. When the flour has boiled a little while in butter, add by degrees a cupful of broth or water; when this has boiled up, put in the potatoes, with chopped parsley, pepper, and salt. Let the potatoes stew a few minutes, then take them from the fire, and when quite off the boil add the yolk of an egg beat up with a little lemon juice and a tablespoonful of cold water. As soon as the sauce has set, the potatoes may be dished up and sent to table.

CREASES may be removed from velvet by passing the under side of the velvet over a warm smoothing iron. Let one person hold the velvet tight, and another pass the iron; then spread out the garment, and brush gently, yet briskly, with a velvet brush.

To CLEAN LACQUER.— Make a paste of starch, one part; powdered rottenstone, twelve parts; sweet oil, two parts; oxalic acid, one part; water to mix.