Fruits and their medicinal uses and health benefits

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Fruit is a vital food; it supplies the body with something over and above the mere elements that the chemist succeeds in isolating by analysis. Fruit should always be eaten at the beginning of a meal. Again, when the diet consists of a mixture of cooked and uncooked foods, the uncooked should always be eaten first. Also when the meal consists of two courses, a sweet and a savory dish, people suffering from indigestion should try by taking the sweet course first.

Fruits and their medicinal uses

• Almond soup is an excellent substitute for beef-tea from the recovering of illness. It is made by simply blanching (bleaching) and pounding a quarter of a pound of sweet almonds with half a pint of milk, or vegetable stock. Another pint of milk or stock is then to be added and the whole warmed. After this adds another pint and a half of stock if the soup is to be a vegetable one or rice water if milk has been used.
An emulsion of almonds is useful in chest affections. It is made by well macerating the nuts in a nut butter machine, and mixing with orange or lemon juice.
• Almonds should always be blanched, that is, skinned by pouring boiling water on the nuts and allowing them to soak for one minute, after which the skins are easily removed. The latter possess irritating properties. Bitter almonds should not be used as a food. They contain a poison identical with prussic acid.

• Apple contains a larger percentage of phosphorus than any other fruit or vegetable. For this reason, it is an invaluable nerve and brain food. People who suffer from nerve and brain exhaustion should eat at least two apples at the beginning of each meal. At the same time, they should avoid tea and coffee, and should take instead barley water or bran tea flavored with lemon juice, or even apple tea.
• Apples are also invaluable to people who suffer from the stone or calculus. It has been observed that in cider countries where the natural unsweetened cider is the common beverage, cases of stone are practically unknown. The reformers do not deduce from this that the drinking of cider is to be recommended, but that even better results may be obtained from eating the fresh, ripe fruit.
• Apples will afford much relief to people who suffer from gout. The malic acid contained in them neutralizes the chalky matter which causes the gouty patient’s sufferings. When Apple is eaten ripe and without the addition of sugar, it diminishes acidity in the stomach. Certain vegetable salts are converted into alkaline carbonates and thus correct the acidity. An old remedy for weak or inflamed eyes is an apple poultice.
• A good remedy for a sore or relaxed throat is to take a raw ripe apple and scrape it to a fine pulp with a silver teaspoon. Eat the pulp with a spoon, very slowly, holding it against the back of the throat as long as possible before swallowing.
• A diet consisting chiefly of apples has been found to be an excellent cure for inebriety. Health and strength may be fully maintained upon fine whole meal unleavened bread, pure diary or nut butter, and apples.
• Apples possess tonic properties and provoke appetite for food, hence the old-fashioned custom of eating an apple before dinner.
• To make apple tea:
i. Take 2 sound apples, wash, but do not peel, and cut into thin slices. Add some strips of lemon rind. Pour 1 pint of boiling water (distilled). Then strain when cold.
ii. Bake 2 apples, pour 1 pint of boiling water over them. Then strain when cold.

3. ASPARAGUS: Asparagus is said to strengthen and develop the artistic faculties. It also calms palpitation of the heart. It is very helpful to rheumatic patients on account of its salts of potash. It should be steamed, not boiled, otherwise part of the valuable salts is lost.

4. BANANAS: Banana is invaluable in inflammation of all kinds. For this reason, it is very useful in cases of typhoid fever, gastritis, peritonitis, etc. and may constitute the only food allowed for a time. Not only does it actually subdue the inflammation of the intestines, but, in the opinion of at least one authority, as it consists of 95 percent nutrient, it does not possess sufficient waste matter to irritate the inflamed spots. But great care should be taken in its administration. The banana should be thoroughly sound and ripe and the entire stringy portion carefully removed. It should then be mashed and beaten to a cream. In severe cases, it is better to keep it neat, but if not liked by the patient, a little lemon juice, well mixed in, may render it more acceptable. And it may also be taken with fresh milk.
In the absence of perfectly ripe bananas, baked bananas may be used. But, although better than no fruit at all, cooked fruit is never as valuable as the fresh fruit, if only the latter be perfectly ripe.
Bananas should be baked in their skins, and the stringy pieces carefully removed before eating. From twenty minutes to half an hour’s slow cooking is required.
Bananas are also an excellent food for anemic patients on account of the iron they contain. A very palatable way of taking them is with fresh orange juice.
A comparatively old-fashioned remedy, for sprained or bruised places that show a tendency to become inflamed, is to apply a plaster of banana skin.

5. BARLEY: Barley is an excellent food for anemic and nervous on account of its richness in iron and phosphoric acid, it is also useful in fevers and all inflammatory diseases, on account of its soothing properties. From the earliest times, barley water was the recognized drink for the sick.
Barley water: When using pearl barley for making barley water, it must be well washed. The fine white dust that adheres to it is most unwholesome. For this reason, the cook has generally directed to first boil the barley for five minutes, and throw the water away. But in this way, some of the valuable properties are thrown away with the dirt. The best results are obtained by washing it well in cold water, but it must be done over and over again. Half-a-dozen waters will not be too many. After the last washing, the water should be perfectly clear.
When barley water is being used for curative purposes it should be strong. The following recipe is an excellent one: A ½ pint of barley to 21/2 pints of water (distilled if possible). Boil for three hours, or until it’s been reduced to 2 pints. Strain and add 4 teaspoonfuls of lemon juice to sweeten the taste with pure sugar cane.
Fine scotch barley is to be preferred to the pearl barley if it can be obtained.

6. BLACKBERRY: The fresh blackberries are one of the most effectual cures for diarrhea known. A doctor records the case of a child who was cured by eating an abundance of blackberries after five doctors had tried all they know to cure the disease, but in vain.
Blackberry tea: In the absence of the fresh fruit, a tea made of blackberry jelly and hot water (a large tablespoonful of jelly to half a pint of water) will be found very useful. A teacupful should be taken at short intervals.
Blackberry jelly: To make blackberry jelly, get the first fruit of the season if possible, and see that it is ripe or it will yield very little juice. Put it into the preserving pan, crush it, and allow it to simmer slowly until the juice is well drawn out. This will take from three-quarters to half an hour, strain through a jelly bag or fine clean muslin doubled will do. Then measure the juice, and to every pint allow ¾ Ib. the best sugar cane. Return to the pan and boil briskly for twenty minutes to half an hour. Stir with a wooden spoon and keep well skimmed. To test, put a little of the jelly on a cold plate, and if it sets when cold it is done. While still at the boiling point, pour into clean, dry and hot jars, and tie down with parchment covers immediately.

7. BLACK CURRANT: Blackcurrant tea is one of the oldest of old-fashioned remedies for sore throats and colds. It is made by pouring half a pint of boiling water on to a large tablespoonful of the jelly or jam. To make the jelly use the same recipe as for blackberry jelly. The fresh juice pressed from the fruit is of course, better than tea made from the jelly, but as winter is the season of coughs and colds, the fruit is least obtainable when most needed.

8. BRAZIL NUTS: Brazil nuts are excellent for constipation. They are also a good substitute for suet in puddings. Use 5-oz. nuts to 1 lb. flour. They should be grated in a nut mill or finely chopped.

9. BEET: The red beet is useful in some diseases of the womb, while the white beet is good for the liver. It is laxative and diuretic. The juice mixed with olive oil is also recommended to be applied externally for burns and all kinds of running sores.

10. CABBAGE: All the varieties of the colewort tribe, including cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels-sprouts, broccoli, and curly greens, have been celebrated from the very ancient times, for their curative virtues in pulmonary complaints. An Athenian doctor prescribed cabbage for nursing mothers. On account of the sulfur contained in them. Cabbages are good for rheumatic patients. They may be eaten steamed, or, better still, boiled in soft water and the broth only taken. The ordinary boiled cabbage is an indigestible “windy” vegetable, and should never be eaten.

11. CARAWAY SEED: Caraway seeds sharpen the vision, promote the secretion of milk, and are good against hysterical affections. They are also useful in cases of colic. When used to flavor cakes, the seeds should be pounded in a mortar, especially if children are to partake thereof.
When used medicinally, 20 grains of the powdered seeds may be taken in a wineglassful of hot water. But for children, half an ounce of the bruised seeds are to be infused in cold water for six hours, and from 1-3 teaspoonful of this water given.
A poultice of crushed caraway seeds moistened with hot water is good for sprains. Caraway seeds are narcotic, and should, therefore, should be used with caution.

12. CARROT: Carrots are strongly antiseptic. They are said to be mentally invigorating and nerve restoring. They have the reputation of being very indigestible on account of the fact that they are generally boiled, not steamed. When used medicinally it is best to take the fresh, raw juice. This is easily obtained by grating the carrot finely on a common penny bread grater, and straining and pressing the pulp thus obtained.
I. Raw carrot juice or a raw carrot ate fasting, will expel worm. The cooked carrot is useless for this purpose.
II. A poultice of fresh carrot pulp will heal an ulcer.
III. Fresh carrot juice is also good for consumptives on account of a large amount of sugar it contains.
IV. Carrots are very good for gouty subjects and for derangements of the liver.

13. CELERY: Celery is almost a specific for rheumatism, gout, and nervous indigestion. The most useful plants for this purpose are neither small, not too rapidly grown nor very highly manure. It may be eaten raw, steamed, or in soup. Strong celery both flavored with parsley is excellent.

14. CRESSES: Cresses are anti-scorbutic, that is, useful against the scurvy. The ancient Greeks also believed them to be good for the brain. The ordinary “mustard and cress” of our salads is good for rheumatic patients, while the water-cress is valuable in cases of a tubercular disease. Anemic patients may also eat freely of it on account of the iron it contains. But care should be taken, however, from whence it is procured, as a disease peculiar to sheep but communicable to man may be carried by it. It should not be gathered from steams running through meadows inhabited by sheep.

15. CHESTNUT: Chestnuts, when cooked, are valuable for food for people with weak digestive power. They should be put on the fire in a saucepan of cold water and cooked for 20mins from the time the water first boils.


• Cinnamon is a very old-fashioned remedy for soothing the pain of internal or unbroken cancer. One prescription is the following; take 1Ib. of Ceylon sticks, simmer in a cold vessel with 1 quart of water until the liquid is reduced to 1 pint. Then pour off without straining, and shake or stir well before taking. Take half a pint every twenty-four (24hrs). Divide into small doses and take it regularly.
• Cinnamon has a powerful influence over disease and germs, but care must be taken to obtain it pure. It is often adulterated with cassia.
• Cinnamon tea may be taken with advantage in cases of consumption, influenza, and pneumonia.


Cocoanut is an old and very efficacious remedy for intestinal worms of all kinds. A tablespoonful of freshly ground cocoanut should be taken at breakfast until the cure is complete. The desiccated cocoanut is useless for curative purposes.

Coffee is a most powerful antiseptic, and therefore very useful as a disinfectant. It has been used as a specific against cholera with marvelous results and is useful in all cases of intestinal derangement. But only the pale-roasted varieties should be taken, as the roasting develops the poisonous, irritating properties. There is always danger in the roasting of grains or berries on account of the new substances that may be developed. Some doctors recommend coffee as a medicine, not as a beverage.

19. DATE:
The nourishing properties of dates are well known. They are easily digested, and for that reason, they are often recommended to consumptive patients. Half a pound of dates and half a pint of new milk will make a satisfying result for a person that is engaged in a sedentary work.

The elderberry is one of the most ancient and tried of medicines, held in such great esteem in Germany, that, according to the German folklore, men should take off their hats in the presence of an elder-tree.
The berries of the elder tree are not palatable enough to be used as a common article of food, but in the days when nearly every garden boasted its elder-tree few housewives omitted to make elderberry wine in due season.
• It is not permitted to “food-reformers” to make “wine but to those who fortunate enough to possess an elder-tree might well preserve the juice of the berries against winter coughs and colds.
• The juice of the elderberry is famous for promoting perspiration, hence its efficacy in the cure of colds. Take two tablespoonfuls at bed-time in a tumbler of hot water.
• The juice of the elderberry is excellent in fevers and is also said to promote longevity.
• Elderberry poultice – The leaves of the elderberry should be boiled until they are soft, and with a little linseed oil added to it, and laid upon a scarlet cloth and applied, as hot as it can be borne, to piles, has been said to be an infallible remedy. Each time this poultice gets cold it must be renewed for “the space of an hour.” At the end of this time the final dressing is to be “bound on,” and the patient “put warm to bed.”

21. GRAPE: The special value of the grape lies in the fact that is a very quick repairer of bodily waste, the grape sugar being taken immediately into the circulation without previous digestion. For this reason, grape juice is the best possible food for fever patients, consumptives, and all who are in a weak and debilitated condition. The grapes should be well chewed, the juice and pulp swallowed, and the skin and stones rejected.
In countries where the grape cure is practiced, consumptive patients are fed on the sweeter varieties of grape, while those troubled with liver complaints, acid gout, or other effects of over-feeding, take the less sweet kinds.
• People who suffer from malaria may use grapes with great benefit. The grapes with its skins and stones should be well pounded in a mortar and allowed to stand for three hours. The juice should then be strained off and taken. Or a person with good teeth may also eat the grapes, including the skins and stones if they thoroughly macerate the latter.
• In the absence of fresh grapes, raisin-tea is a restoring and nourishing drink. It is noted to be of the same value as milk is made in the proportions given below. It is much easily digested than milk and is therefore of great use in gastric complaints.
People suffering from chronic gastritis could not do better than to make raisin-tea their sole drink and bananas their only food for a time.
• To make raisin tea, take half a pound of good raisins and wash well, but quickly, in lukewarm water. Cut up roughly and put into the old-fashioned beef tea jar with a quart of distilled or boiled and filtered rainwater. Cook for 4hrs, or until the liquid is reduced to 1 pint, then scald a fine hair sieve and press through it all except the skins and stones. If desired a little lemon juice may be added.


The juice of green gooseberries “cureth all inflammations,” while the red gooseberry is good for bilious subjects. But it has been said that gooseberries are not good for a melancholy person. Gooseberries are an excellent “spring medicine.”

It is very much to be regretted that the nerve-soothing vegetable perfumes of our grandmothers have been superseded, for the most part, by the cheap mineral products of the laboratory.
• Lavender flowers were formerly used for their curative virtues in all disorders of the head and nerves.
• Oil, prepared by infusing the crushed lavender flowers in olive oil, is recommended for anointing palsied limbs, and at one time a spirit was prepared from lavender flowers which were known as “palsy drops.”
• A tea made with hot water and lavender tops will relieve a headache that comes from fatigue.
• A doctor advises taking 1 dessertspoonful per day of pure lavender water for eczema.
• The scent of lavender will keep away flies, fleas, and moths.

24. LEMON:
Lemons are invaluable in cases of gout, malaria, rheumatism, and scurvy. They are also useful in fevers and liver complaints.
• The juice of one lemon taken in a little hot water will remove dizzy feelings in the head, accompanied by specks and lights dancing before the eyes, consequent upon the liver being out of order, in half an hour.
• The juice of a lemon in hot water may be taken night and morning with people suffering from rheumatism.
• In the “lemon cure” for gout and rheumatism, the patient should begin with one lemon per day and increase the quantity until they arrive at a dozen or more. A doctor recommends the juice of one lemon mixed with an equal proportion of hot water, to be taken pretty frequently, in cases of rheumatic fever.

Here is a prescription of lemon juice for malaria.
• “Take a full-sized lemon, cut it in thin transverse slices, rind all, and boil it in an earthenware jar containing a pint and a half of water, until the decoction is reduced to half a pint. Let it cool on the window-sill overnight, and drink it off in the morning.”
• A doctor discovered that fresh lemon juice will alleviate the pain of cancerous ulceration of the tongue. His patient sucked slices of lemon.
• Another doctor also found that fresh lemon juice kills the diphtheria bacillus, and advises a gargle of diluted lemon juice to diphtheria patients. Such a gargle is excellent for a sore throat.
• Lemon juice is recommended for nervous palpitation of the heart.
• Lemon juice rubbed on to corns will eventually do away with them, and if applied to unbroken chilblains will affect a cure.
• Lemon juice is also an old remedy for the removal of freckles and blackheads from the face; it should be rubbed at bedtime, after washing the face with warm water.

Fruits health benefits continued

Lettuce is noted for its sedative properties, although there are not great in large, highly-manure, commercial specimens. It is very easily digested, and may, therefore, be eaten by those who have problem eaten salad.

The tender tops of young nettles picked in the spring (rainy season) make a delicious vegetable, somewhat resembling spinach. They are excellent for people who suffer from gout and skin eruptions. Fresh nettle juice is prescribed in a dose of from 1-2 tbsp. for loss of blood from the lungs, nose, or internal organs.

27. NUTS:
Nuts are the true substitute for fresh meat. They contain everything in the way of nourishment that meat contains. They are very rich in protein (flesh and muscle former) and fat. In addition, they possess all the constituents that go to make up a perfect food. Nuts and water form a complete dietary, but not suggested for anyone to try it.
No one should eat more than a quarter of a pound of nuts per day, in addition to other food. A pound per day would be sufficient if no other food were taken. Almonds nut are the most nourishing, then follow by walnuts, hazel or cobnuts, and Brazil nuts. The protein value of these three does not differ much. After these, comes the chestnut and cocoanut, and then lastly come to the pine kernel.
The walnuts, hazelnuts, and brazil nuts can be likened to beef for flesh and muscle forming value, while pine kernels correspond more nearly to fish. Almonds are nearly double the value of beef.
NUT CREAM – A doctor recommends the following nut-cream for brain-workers. A pound in a mortar, or mince finely, 3 blanched almonds, 2 walnuts, 2 ounces of pine kernels. Then steep overnight in orange or lemon juice. It should be made fresh daily, and may also be used in place of butter.

28. OAT:
• The oat is generally cited as the most nourishing of all cereals and a good nerve food. Like wheat, it is a complete food. A good preparation of groats (ground oats from which the husk has been entirely removed) may be taken by those who find other preparations indigestible.

29. OLIVE:
• Olive is slightly laxative and is therefore useful for people who suffer from constipation. It is also an excellent vermifuge (a medication which is capable of causing the evacuation of parasitic intestinal worms).
• Olive oil has been used with great success in the treatment of gallstones. A physician reported of twenty-one cases treated by “the ingestion of a considerable quantity of olive oil, only two failed of complete recovery).
30. ONION:
• The uses of onion are many and varied. Fresh onion juice promotes perspiration, relieves constipation and bronchitis, induces sleep, and is good for cases of scurvy and for people who suffer from lead colic. It is also excellent for bee and wasp stings. Onions are noted for their nerve-soothing properties. They are also beautifiers of the complexion. But moderation must be observed in their use or they are apt to disagree. Not everyone can digest onions, but they can be more easily digested raw than cooked.
• A raw onion may be rubbed on unbroken chilblains (inflammation of the hands and feet caused by exposure to cold and moisture) with good results. If broken, the onion should be roasted. The heart of a roasted onion placed in the ear is an old-fashioned remedy for an earache.
• Raw onions are a powerful antiseptic. They also attract disease germs to themselves, and for that reason, they may be placed in a sick room with advantage. Garlic also possesses the same properties as the onion, but in a very much stronger degree. Leeks are very much milder than the onions.

• ONION JUICE: The following prescription is excellent for people who suffer from bronchitis or coughs; slice a Spanish onion, lay the slices in a basin and sprinkle well with pure sugar cane. Then cover the basin tightly and leave it for 12hrs. After this time, the basin should contain a quantity of juice. Take a teaspoonful every now and then until the relief is afforded. But if too much is taken, it may induce a headache and vomiting.

• ONION POULTICE: An excellent poultice (dress by covering with a therapeutic substance) for the chest may be made by placing one or two English onions in a muslin bag and pound them to a pulp. This should be renewed every three or four hours, and the chest washed.


• The orange possesses most of the virtues of the lemon but in a modified form. And has the advantage of being more palatable.
• The juice of oranges has been observed to exert such a beneficial influence on the blood as to prevent and cure influenza. Taken freely while the attack is on, they seemingly prevent pneumonia that so often follows. The quickest way to overcome influenza is to subsist solely on oranges for three or four days. Hot distilled may be taken in addition.
• The peel of the bitter Seville orange is an excellent tonic and remedy in cases of malaria and acute illness.
• The “orange cure” is used with great success for consumptive patients, for chest affections of all kinds, for asthma, and some stomach complaints. Oranges are taken freely at every meal. The “navel” kinds are generally used.

32. MARMALADE TONIC: This is a drink made with half a pint of hot water poured over a tablespoonful of good, home-made marmalade will often give relief in cases of neuralgia and pains in the head.

• Parsley is useful in cases of menstrual obstruction and diseases of the kidneys.
• The bruised leaves applied to the breasts of nursing mothers are said to cure painful lumps and threatened abscess. It may also be taken with advantage by cancerous patients.
• Parsley can be taken in the form of a soup, which consists of onions, tomatoes, celery, and parsley, stewed together in distilled water.
• A doctor remarks that when uncooked parsley has been eaten to excess, it has been observed to produce epilepsy in certain bodily systems.
• The oil made from parsley has also been found to be useful in cases of epilepsy.

34. PEAR: Pear possesses most of the virtues of the apple. But, unlike the latter, it is credited with producing a constipating effect if eaten without its skin.


• The peanut or monkey nut is especially recommended as a cure for indigestion.
• It is such a highly concentrated food that, unless taken in very small quantities, it is liable to upset weak digestions.
• Almost any kind of nuts will cure habitual indigestion induced by “bolting” the food, if only it be chewed until it is liquid. Whatever is taken must be chewed and chewed until it is all reduced to liquid.
• Peanuts contain a good deal of oil, and for this reason, are recommended for consumptives. They are the cheapest to buy, for the reason that they are not really nuts but beans.

• Pineapple juice is the specific treatment for diphtheria. The pineapple should be cut up and well pounded in a mortar. The juice then is pressed out and strained through well-scaled muslin. The patient’s mouth must be washed out with warm water. The juice may now be given with a silver teaspoon. It is possible that the patient may be quite unable to swallow any of it. If this is the case, the juice will serve as a mouth and throat wash. It will gradually dissolve the membrane and enable it to be scraped gently away with the spoon. The juice should be given, and the throat scraped as far down as the nurse can reach, as often as the patient can bear it. The time will come, sooner or later, when the juice is swallowed. No other food should be given. The nurse may have to walk away for some hours before any juice is swallowed, but is assured that if the scraping is done gently and skillfully, even children will bear it patiently, only a silver or bone spoon should be used, and, needless to say, it must be well scalded in boiling water in the intervals of using.
• It is a remarkable fact that while pineapple juice exercises this remarkable corrosive power upon diseased mucous, its effect upon the most delicate, healthy membrane is absolutely harmless.
• Sliced pineapples, laid in pure honey for a day or two, when used in moderation, will relieve the human being from chronic impaction of the bowels, re-establish peristaltic motion, and induce perfect digestion.
• A slice of fresh pineapple can be taken by way of dessert after a substantial meal. This is because fresh pineapple juice has been found to act upon animal food in very much the same way that the gastric juice acts within the stomach. But vegetarians should eat fresh fruit at the beginning of meals rather than at the end.
• Pineapple is useful in all ordinary cases of a sore throat. One pineapple of average size should yield half a pint of juice.
• Tinned or cooked pineapple is useless for curative purposes.

Pine kernels are recommended to those who find other nuts difficult to digest. They are the most easily digested of all the nuts. They are often used for cooking in the place of suet (hard fat around the kidney), being very oily.

The disapproval with which “stone fruits” especially plums, are generally regarded owes it's being to the fact that they are too often eaten unripe.
• When ripe, they are as wholesome as any other fruit. When unripe, they provoke choleric diarrhea.
• The prune, a variety of dried plum, has been recommended as a remedy against viciousness and irritability. An American doctor declares that there is a certain medicinal property in the prune which acts directly upon the nervous system, and that is where the evil passions have their seat. He reports that he tried the experiment of including prunes in the meals of the vicious, intractable youths of a reformatory and that by the end of a week they were peaceable as lambs.

39. PRUNE TEA: Prune tea is an excellent drink for irritable people. The preparation to make the tea is as follows:
To every pint of washed prunes allow 1 quart of distilled water. Soak the prunes all night and afterward, simmer to rags in the same water-strain, and flavor with lemon juice if desired.

• The potato is a cheap and homely remedy against gout, scurvy, and rickets. A doctor tells how he cured a case of scurvy solely with raw potatoes. One of the favorite dishes of that good old doctor was a salad composed of sliced raw potatoes and olive oil.
• In order to preserve the medicinal properties of potatoes when cooked, they must be always steamed in their jackets. The skin may be removed before eating, but care should be taken not to allow a particle of the potato to adhere to it.
• A raw potato scraped or powdered to a pulp is an excellent remedy for burns and scalds.
• The following decoction is recommended to bathe the swollen and inflamed joints of people suffering from rheumatic.
• Take 1Ib. potatoes, cut each into four but do not peel them. Then boil it in 2 pints of water until reduced down to 1 pint. Strain, and use the liquid.
• Eaten excess potatoes are apt to cause dullness and laziness.

41. RADISH: A syrup of the juice made from pounded radishes and sugar cane is recommended for rheumatism, bronchial troubles, whooping cough, and acne eruptions.
Notes: The black radish is especially useful against whooping cough, probably by reason of its volatile, sulphureted oil.

RASPBERRY: Raspberries are excellent against the scurvy, and, like the blackberry, good for relaxed bowels. They are a very wholesome fruit, and should be given to those who have “weak and queasy stomachs.”

42. RICE:

• The chief medicinal value of rice lies in the quickness with which it is digested. “It can be taken four times a day and the patient still gets twenty hour’s rest.”
• It is consequently of great value in digestive and intestinal troubles. But it should be unpolished otherwise it is an ill-balanced, deficient food.
• It should likewise be boiled in only just enough soft water to be absorbed during the cooking.
• One cup of rice should be put on in a double saucepan with three cups of cold water and tightly covered. When the water is all absorbed the rice will be cooked.

• Rhubarb is a wholesome and cooling spring vegetable, and may well take the place of cooked fruit when the latter is scarce. But it is generally forbidden to rheumatic and gouty patients on account of its oxalic acid.
• This oxalic acid is supposed to combine with the lime in the blood of the gouty person, and to form crystals of oxalate of lime, which are eliminated by the kidneys. At the same time, the general health suffers.
• Rhubarb is apt to be over-valued as a “spring medicine” on account of its association with the Turkey rhubarb of material medica. It should be thoroughly ripe before eating.

44. SAGE:
• Sage is said to promote longevity, to quicken the senses and memory, and to strengthen the nerves.
• Sage tea is recommended for pulmonary consumption and for excessive perspiration of the feet. A teaspoonful of dried sage, or rather more if the fresh leaves are used, is steeped in half a pint of water for twenty-four hours. A teacupful is to be taken night and morning.
• Sage, like so many of the fragrant herbs, is antiseptic.

• The strawberry is exceptionally wholesome on account of its being so easily digested. It is recommended for gout, rheumatism, and the stone. And also for anemic patients on account of the iron, it contains.
• Advice for anemic girls, they should take 1 quart of strawberries per day, and if the strawberries are not available, they can take several ripe bananas instead.

• It declared that iron should never be taken in its mineral form, but that those who are in need of an iron tonic should take it as it exists in vegetables and fruit. To this end, spinach is especially commended.
• Spinach is very easily digested, and so juicy that no added water is needed in which to cook it.

• Tomato is one of the most powerful deobstruents (removal of disease particles, and opener of the natural channels of the body) of the material medica. It should be used in all affections of the liver, etc., where calomel is indicated.
• The superstition that tomatoes are a cause of cancer is absolute without foundation. The evil agency in the tomato is supposed to be oxalic salt which it undoubtedly contains. But it has been shown by experiment how certain chemical compounds as obtained from plants act quite differently to the same compounds artificially prepared in the laboratory. So that the contention of those who assert that the tomato is not only harmless but even beneficial to gouty subjects, is not unreasonable.

• A tomato poultice is said to cleanse foul ulcers and promote their healing. It should be renewed frequently and applied hot.

• Turnips are anti-scorbutic. An old remedy for chronic coughs was turnip juice boiled with sugar. The turnips were grated, the juice pressed out, and 21/2 OZs candied sugar was allowed to 1 pint of juice. This was boiled until it slightly thickened. A teaspoonful to be taken several times a day.
• The green turnip tops, steamed until tender, are a good “spring medicine.”

49. THYME:
• The common garden thyme, used for flavoring is credited with many virtues. It is said to inspire courage and enliven the spirits, and for this reason, should be taken by melancholy persons.
• It is good against a nervous headache, flatulence (gas), and hysterical affections. It is antiseptic.

• Walnut has been called vegetable arsenic because of its curative value in eczema. The oil obtained from the kernel has been found to be of great service when applied externally in cases of skin diseases.
• The leaves of the walnut tree are also used for the same purpose, both externally and internally.
• One ounce of the leaves to 12 tablespoonful’s of boiling water to make a tea and half a tea-cup should be taken several times a day. The affected parts should also be washed with it.
• Walnuts, to be well masticated, have been given to gouty and rheumatic patients with great success. About one dozen per day is the quantity prescribed.
• The green, unripe walnut is useful for expelling worms.

51. WHEAT:
• Whole wheat is a perfect food, in the form of white flour; however, it is an imperfect, unbalanced food, on account of its deprivation of the valuable phosphates which exist in the bran.
• Rickets and malnutrition are generally the outcomes of the habitual use of white flour unless the loss of mineral matter is counterbalanced by other foods.
• Only the very finest whole meal, such as “Artox”, for example, should be used for making bread, etc. the ordinary coarse whole meals are apt to produce intestinal irritation.

52. CRACKED WHEAT: Cracked wheat soaks overnight in water and boiled for a couple of hours, is a favorite prescription for habitual constipation.

BRAN TEA: Nervous or anemic patient will derive great benefit from a course of bran tea. It is made as follows:
To every cup of bran allow 2 cups distilled water. Wash the bran well in cold water. It is generally full of dust. Then put it in a saucepan with the cold distilled water, cover tightly, and boil for thirty minutes. Strain, and flavor with sugar and lemon juice to taste. Then take a teacupful every night and morning.


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