In Which I Catch a Cold: 18th century cold remedies

In Which I Catch a Cold: 18th century cold remedies

The 18th century physician attributed the common cold to the “sucking in” of, essentially “noxious and moist” air, and “nitrous salts” which were inclined to “thicken the blood” and obstructing the “finer secretions.”  18th century cold remedies were designed to soothe the sufferer and cure the cold.. before it developed into something more serious. In some
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Toilet of Flora Olive Oil Soap c. 1779

Toilet of Flora Olive Oil Soap c. 1779

The Toilet of Flora has an entire chapter on Wash-Balls, most of which call for using “the best White Soap” in the ingredient list.  Fortunately, she provides a recipe for White Soap: This foap is made with one part of the Lees of Spanifh Pot-afh and Quick-lime, to two parts of Oil of Olives or
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18th Century Hand Pomade for Winter: A Hand Cream Recipe

18th Century Hand Pomade for Winter: A Hand Cream Recipe

I’ve been using Claire’s Cold Cream for a couple of weeks now, and I’m still amazed at how well a 1779 recipe for cold cream performs in 2013.  It makes a lovely night face cream, and easily substitutes for any body cream I’ve used, leaving appendages smooth and silky.  It’s quite impressive. What it won’t do is hold
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“Well not that bad, really.” : Claire’s Cold Cream

“Well not that bad, really.” : Claire’s Cold Cream

It was something of a revelation to me to realize, when I hit the half century mark, my husband’s vision is deteriorating in direct proportion to my looks.  As crinkles appear around my eyes, and lines cross my brow, my dearly beloved’s eyeglass prescription is climbing ever higher.  I figure by the time I’m a
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The Lallybroch Lather: soap at home in the 18th Century

The Lallybroch Lather: soap at home in the 18th Century

Claire, returning to Lallybroch with Jamie, knows Jenny is suspicious of her… and the proof is in the soap she’s been given to use.  Instead of the brown homemade wood ash lye soap everyone else makes do with, Claire is given a bar of French milled soap. By the time Jamie and Claire return to Lallybroch,
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Lost Lamb Soap: a recipe for milk soap

Lost Lamb Soap: a recipe for milk soap

Lost Lamb Soap is an Outlander inspired attempt to salvage something from a terrible situation.  We had an ewe try to lamb, outside no less, into a winter day hovering around 10 degrees F.  We might have been able to save the lamb if he hadn’t been too big to be born in the first place,
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