that should definitely not be tried at home
An Ointment for all kinds of Aches
This old Welsh cure calls for gander's fat, the fat of a male cat, red boar's fat, three drams of blue wax, watercress, wormwood, the red strawberry plant and primrose.
Boil the ingredients in pure spring water and, when boiled, stuff a gander with them and roast at a distance from the fire.
The grease coming from it should be carefully kept in a pot.
It is a valuable ointment for all kinds of aches in a man's body and is like one that was formerly made by Hippocrates and is proved though not by Grandpa Pencil.
A cure for Malaria ?
The Housekeeper's Pocketbook, 1750 recommends that you take a live spider and cover it with soft crummy bread without bruising it (the spider).
Let the patient swallow it fasting as it is an effective cure, though many are against it.
It has frequently been given to people who did not know the contents and has had the desired effect.
Texans find some cures for the Pain of Colic
Close the windows and doors of the baby's room and have someone smoke and keep smoking a pipe or cigar
The negroes, at the south, consider a cockroach cut in two and applied to the ear the most certain cure.
A Canadian cure for a bad Cold
Place your hat on the table and drink well from a large bottle of whisky until you see two hats.
A cure for the excess drinking of Wine
U.S. Practical receipt Book ,1844 suggests that you put into a sufficient quantity of wine three of four large eels.
Some great Texan remedies for Asthma
Get a hairless Mexican Chihuahua and keep it nearby (It must be your own dog)
Take a field toad which, during harvest, has been put upon a stick and placed in a position toward the rising sun to be dried.
A number of ways to cure the Croup
Drawn from 'A number of receipts for curing man and beast - 1855'.
Some amazing Texan Cold remedies
Apply fresh cow dung to your chest in the form of a cross
I think I heard these weird cures for Bad Hearing
Take oil with which the bells of churches are greased and smear it behind the afflicted ears.