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through nutrition, I found this book a fascinating account of what was
considered food at this time and what was considered medicine.
This book written 100 years ago was this perceptive without
scientific data is amazing and proves once again, the power of
perception and personalized nutritional trials.
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FACTS ABOUT FOODS AND THEIR MEDICINAL USES
HEALTHY LIFE BOOKLETS
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HEALTHY LIFE BOOKLETS
NO. 1. THE LEAGUE AGAINST HEALTH.
By ARNOLD EILOART, B.Sc., Ph.D.
NO. 2. FOOD REMEDIES.
By FLORENCE DANIEL.
_Ready in September, 1908._
NO. 3. INSTEAD OF DRUGS.
By ARNOLD EILOART, B.Sc., Ph.D.
NO. 4. HEALTHY LIFE COOK BOOK.
By FLORENCE DANIEL.
_Ready in December, 1908._
NO. 5. MIND _VERSUS_ MEDICINE.
By ARNOLD EILOART, B.Sc., Ph.D.
NO. 6. DISTILLED WATER.
By FLORENCE DANIEL.
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FACTS ABOUT FOODS AND THEIR MEDICINAL USES
C. W. DANIEL
11 CURSITOR STREET, E.C.
There is a sentence in the Talmud to the effect that the Kingdom of God
is nigh when the teacher gives the name of the author of the information
that he is passing on. With every desire to fulfil the rabbinical
precept and acknowledge the sources of this booklet, I find myself in a
quandary. If I make my acknowledgments duly I must begin with my
grandmother and Culpeper's Herbal. Following upon those come the results
of my own and friends' practical experience. After this I should,
perhaps, give a list of the periodicals from whose pages I have culled
much helpful information. But as space and memory preclude individual
mention I must content myself with this general acknowledgment. Lastly,
I desire to record my thanks to Dr. Fernie, whose _Meals Medicinal_, a
large and exhaustive collection of facts about food, has afforded not
the least valuable assistance.
While there is Fruit there is Hope 1
Fruit and the Teeth 5
Fruit is Food 6
Objections to Fruit 8
A Pioneer of Food Remedies 10
The Simple Life 12
Fruit or Fasting 13
Acute Illness 14
PART II.--FOODS AND THEIR
Black Currant 26
Brazil Nuts 26
Beans, Peas, and Lentils 27
Caraway Seed 29
Pea Nut 59
Pine Kernel 64
Plum, Prune 64
Index to Diseases and Remedies 79
Index to Prescriptions and Recipes 86
_While there is Fruit there is hope._
While there is life--and fruit--there is hope. When this truth is
realised by the laity nine hundred and ninety-nine out of every thousand
professors of the healing art will be obliged to abandon their
profession and take to fruit-growing for a living.
Many people have heard vaguely of the "grape cure" for diseases arising
from over-feeding, and the lemon cure for rheumatism, but for the most
part these "cures" remain mere names. Nevertheless it is almost
incredible to the uninitiated what may be accomplished by the
abandonment for a time of every kind of food in favour of fruit. Of
course, such a proceeding should not be entered upon in a careless or
random fashion. Too sudden changes of habit are apt to be attended with
disturbances that discourage the patient, and cause him to lose patience
and abandon the treatment without giving it a fair trial. In countries
where the "grape cure" is practised the patient starts by taking one
pound of grapes each day, which quantity is gradually increased until he
can consume six pounds. As the quantity of grapes is increased that of
the ordinary food is decreased, until at last the patient lives on
nothing but grapes. I have not visited a "grape cure" centre in
person, but I have read that it is not only persons suffering from the
effects of over-feeding who find salvation in the "grape cure," but that
consumptive patients thrive and even put on weight under it.
The _Herald of Health_ stated, some few years back, that in the South of
France where the "grape cure" is practised consumptive patients are fed
on grapes alone, and become quite strong and well in a year or two. And
I have myself known wonderful cures to follow on the adoption of a
fruitarian dietary in cases of cancer, tumour, gout, eczema, all kinds
of inflammatory complaints, and wounds that refused to heal.
H. Benjafield, M.B., writing in the _Herald of Health_, says: "Garrod,
the great London authority on gout, advises his patients to take
oranges, lemons, strawberries, grapes, apples, pears, etc. Tardieu, the
great French authority, maintains that the salts of potash found so
plentifully in fruits are the chief agents in purifying the blood from
these rheumatic and gouty poisons.... Dr. Buzzard advises the scorbutic
to take fruit morning, noon, and night. Fresh lemon juice in the form of
lemonade is to be his ordinary drink; the existence of diarrhoea should
be no reason for withholding it." The writer goes on to show that
headache, indigestion, constipation, and all other complaints that
result from the sluggish action of bowels and liver can never be cured
by the use of artificial fruit salts and drugs.
Salts and acids as found in organised forms are quite different in their
effects to the products of the laboratory, notwithstanding that the
chemical composition may be shown to be the same. The chemist may be
able to manufacture a "fruit juice," but he cannot, as yet, manufacture
the actual fruit. The mysterious life force always evades him. 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. The
vegetable kingdom possesses the power of directly utilising minerals,
and it is only in this "live" form that they are fit for the consumption
of man. In the consumption of sodium chloride (common table salt),
baking powders, and the whole army of mineral drugs and essences, we
violate that decree of Nature which ordains that the animal kingdom
shall feed upon the vegetable and the vegetable upon the mineral.
 This was the original treatment; now other food is added, although
excellent results were obtained under the old _regime_.
_Fruit and the Teeth._
I mention the above because one of the objections that I have heard
cited against the free use of fruit is that "the acids act injuriously
upon the teeth." Until I became a vegetarian I used to visit a dentist
regularly every six months. I had done this for ten years, and nearly
every tooth in my gums had its gold filling. The last time I visited the
dentist I told him that I had become a vegetarian, and he replied that
he rather thought my teeth would decay quicker in future on account of
an increased consumption of vegetable acids. But from that day, now
nearly six years ago, to the present time, I have never been near a
dentist. My teeth seem to have taken a new lease of life. It is a fact
that the acids in fruit and vegetables so far from injuring the teeth
benefit them. Many of these acids are strongly antiseptic and actually
destroy the germs that cause the teeth to decay. On the other hand, they
do _not_ attack the enamel of the teeth, while inorganic acids do.
Nothing cleanses the teeth so effectually as to thoroughly chew a large
and juicy apple.
_Fruit is a Food._
Until quite recently the majority of English-speaking people have been
accustomed to look upon fruit not as a food, but rather as a sweetmeat,
to be eaten merely for pleasure, and therefore very sparingly. It has
consequently been banished from its rightful place at the beginning of
meals. But fruit is not a "goody," it is a food, and, moreover, a
complete food. All vegetable foods (in their natural state) contain all
the elements necessary to form a complete food. At a pinch human life
might be supported on any one of them. I say "at a pinch" because if
the nuts cereals and pulses were ruled out of the dietary it would, for
most people, be deficient in fat and proteid (the flesh and
muscle-forming element). Nevertheless, fruit alone _will_ sustain life
if taken in large quantities with small output of energy on the part of
the person living upon it, as witness the "grape cure." The
percentage of proteid in grapes is particularly high for fruit.
Those people who desire to make a fruitarian dietary their daily
_regime_ cannot do better than take the advice of O. Hashnu Hara, an
American writer. He says: "Every adult requires from twelve to sixteen
ounces of dry food, _free from water_, daily. To supply this a quarter
of a pound of _shelled_ nuts and three-quarters of a pound of any dried
fruit must be used. In addition to this, from two to three pounds of
any _fresh fruit_ in season goes to complete the day's allowance. These
quantities should be weighed out ... and will sustain a full-grown man
in perfect health and vitality. The quantity of ripe fresh fruit may be
slightly increased in summer, with a corresponding decrease in the dried
 Recent years have witnessed a modification of the original cure.
Other food is now included, but I have not heard that the results are
_Objections to Fruit._
Some vegetarians object that it is possible to eat too much fruit, and
recommend caution in the use of it to people of nervous temperament, or
those who seem predisposed to skin ailments. It is true that the
consumption of large quantities of fruit may appear to render the
nervous person more irritable, and to increase the external
manifestations of a skin disease. But in the latter event the fruit is
merely assisting Nature to throw the disease out and off more quickly,
while in the former case the real cause lies not in the fruit but in
some nerve irritant, tea, for example, the effects of which are more
acutely felt under the new _regime_. The nervous system tends to become
much more sensitive upon a vegetarian, especially fruitarian, diet, and
people often attribute their increased nervousness and irritability to
the diet when it is simply that they now react more quickly to poisons.
This is not a bad thing, on the contrary, it shows that the system has
become more alert. Under the old _regime_ we tend to store up poisons
and impurities in the body, but the effect of a vegetable diet,
especially when united with the use of distilled water, is to cause all
our diseases and impurities to be expelled outwards and downwards. Tea
is a slow poison, and so is coffee except under exceptional conditions
when it is used as a medicine, and then it should always be
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 savoury dish, sufferers from indigestion should
try taking the sweet course first. I have known several cases where this
simple expedient has resulted in a complete cessation of the discomfort
of which the patient complained.
_A Pioneer of Food Remedies._
The pioneer, in England, of the treatment of all sorts and conditions of
disease by means of a vegetable (chiefly fruit) dietary was Dr. Lambe, a
contemporary of the poet Shelley. His last book appeared in 1815, and in
it and the one preceding are recorded some wonderful cures, especially
in cases of cancer. It is only fair to add here that in Dr. Lambe's
opinion no system of cure is completely efficacious so long as the
patient is allowed to drink the ordinary tap or well water. Distilled
water was the only drink he advised. But he held it better still not to
drink at all if the necessary liquid could be supplied to the body by
means of fresh, juicy fruits. He contended that man is not naturally a
drinking animal; that his thirst is a morbid symptom, the outcome of a
carnivorous diet and other unwholesome habits. And I think that anyone
may prove the truth of this for him or herself if he or she will adopt a
fruitarian dietary and abstain from the use of salt and other
I have cited so out-of-date a personage as Dr. Lambe for two reasons.
The first is that I know many of the so-called new and unorthodox ideas
are more likely to appeal to some readers, if it can be shown that they
originated with a duly qualified medical practitioner who recorded the
results of his observations and experiments in black and white. The
second is that the principles and practices of Dr. Lambe are
incorporated with those of the Physical Regeneration Society, a large
and ever-increasing body of enthusiasts having its head-quarters in
London, to whose annals I must refer those readers who desire up-to-date
instances of the efficacy of the use of fruit in disease. Lack of space
will not allow me to quote them here.
_The Simple Life._
We hear a great deal about the "Simple Life" and "Returning to Nature"
nowadays, but most of us are so situated that the proposed simplicity
simply spells increased complexity. The "vegetarian chop" costs the
housewife more than double the time and labour involved in preparing its
fleshly namesake. And when it comes to illness some of the systems of
bathing and exercising prescribed by the "naturopath" are infinitely
more troublesome to the patient and his friends than the simple
expedient of sending for the doctor and taking the prescribed doses. I
do not want to be misunderstood here. I am not condemning treatment
with water and exercises. On the contrary, I hope to pass on what I have
learnt about these methods of treatment. But so many people lack the
time, help, and conveniences necessary to carry them out successfully.
It is to these that I would say that the patient's cure may be effected
just as surely, if more slowly, by means of fruit alone.
_Fruit or Fasting._
Treatment of disease by fasting has come into fashion of late, and there
is really no lack of proof as to the benefits to be obtained from
abstaining entirely from food for a short period. I know of an elderly
man who fasts for a fortnight every spring, and gains, not loses, weight
during the process! He accounts for this by explaining that certain
stored up, undigested food particles come out and are digested while he
fasts. Whether this is the correct explanation I do not know, but the
fact remains, and it is not by any means a solitary case. Of course, the
majority of people lose weight when fasting, but this is very quickly
recovered. Now I do not think fasting should be undertaken recklessly,
but only under competent direction. But an excellent and safe substitute
for a fast is an exclusive fruit diet.
The simplest and quickest method of recovering from attacks of acute
illness, fevers, inflammatory diseases, etc., is to rest quietly in bed
in a warm but well-ventilated room, and to take three meals a day of
fresh ripe fruit, grapes by preference. If the grapes are grown out of
doors and ripened in the sun so much the better. I have found from two
to three pounds of grapes per day sufficient. If there is thirst, barley
water flavoured with lemon juice should be taken between the meals.
PART II.--FOODS AND THEIR MEDICINAL USES
Almond soup is an excellent substitute for beef-tea for convalescents.
It is made by simply blanching 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
add 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
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.
It is hardly possible to take up any newspaper or magazine now a days
without happening on advertisements of patent medicines whose chief
recommendation is that they "contain phosphorus." They are generally
very expensive, but the reader is assured that they are worth ten times
the price asked on account of their wonderful properties as nerve and
brain foods. The proprietors of these concoctions seemingly flourish
like green bay trees and spend many thousands of pounds per annum in
advertising. From which it may be deduced that sufferers from nervous
exhaustion and brain fag number millions. And surely only a sufferer
from brain fag would suffer himself to be led blindly into wasting his
money, and still further injuring his health, by buying and swallowing
drugs about whose properties and effects he knows absolutely nothing.
How much simpler, cheaper, and more enjoyable to eat apples!
The apple contains a larger percentage of phosphorus than any other
fruit or vegetable. For this reason it is an invaluable nerve and brain
food. Sufferers 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 supply their place with barley water or bran
tea flavoured with lemon juice, or even apple tea.
Apples are also invaluable to sufferers 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.
Food-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 periodically appear upon the tables of carnivorous feeders in the
form of apple sauce. This accompanies bilious dishes like roast pork and
roast goose. The cook who set this fashion was evidently acquainted with
the action of the fruit upon the liver. All sufferers from sluggish
livers should eat apples.
Apples will afford much relief to sufferers from gout. The malic acid
contained in them neutralises the chalky matter which causes the gouty
Apples, when eaten ripe and without the addition of sugar, diminish
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. I am told
that in Lancashire they use rotten apples for this purpose, but
personally I should prefer them sound.
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 this pulp by
the spoonful, 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 an excellent cure for
inebriety. Health and strength may be fully maintained upon fine
wholemeal unleavened bread, pure dairy or nut butter, and apples.
Apple water or apple tea is an excellent drink for fever patients.
Apples possess tonic properties and provoke appetite for food. Hence the
old-fashioned custom of eating an apple before dinner.
The following are two good recipes for apple tea:-- (1) Take 2 sound
apples, wash, but do not peel, and cut into thin slices. Add some strips
of lemon rind. Pour on 1 pint of boiling water (distilled). Strain when
cold. (2) Bake 2 apples. Pour over them 1 pint boiling water. Strain
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 are lost.
The 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 per
cent. nutriment, 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 all the stringy portion carefully
removed. It should then be mashed and beaten to a cream. In severe cases
I think it is better to give this neat, but if not liked by the patient
a little lemon juice, well mixed in, may render it more acceptable. It
may also be taken with fresh cream.
A friend who has had a very wide experience in illness told me that she
was once hurriedly sent for at night to a girl suffering from
peritonitis. Not knowing what she might, or might not, find in the way
of remedies when she arrived at her destination, my friend took with her
some strong barley water, bananas, and an enema syringe. She found the
girl lying across the bed screaming, obviously in agony. First of all my
friend administered a warm water enema. A pint of plain warm water was
injected first, and after this had come away as much warm water as could
be got in was injected and then allowed to come away. The object of this
was to thoroughly wash out the bowels. Then the barley water was warmed,
the bananas mashed, beaten to cream, and mixed in with the barley water.
A soothing nutrient lotion was thus prepared, and as much as the patient
could bear comfortably was injected in the bowel and retained as long as
possible. The effect was magical. The pain subsided, and the patient
In the absence of _perfectly_ ripe bananas, baked bananas may be used.
But, although better than no fruit at all, cooked fruit is never so
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 excellent food for anaemic persons on account of the iron
they contain. A very palatable way of taking them is with fresh orange
A comparatively old-fashioned remedy, for sprained or bruised places
that show a tendency to become inflamed is to apply a plaster of banana
Barley is excellent food for the anaemic 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 has been the recognised drink of the
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 is generally directed to first boil the barley for five
minutes, and throw this water away. But in this way some of the valuable
properties are thrown away with the dirt. The best results are obtained
by well washing it in cold water, but this 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 1/2 pint of barley
to 21/2 pints water (distilled if possible). Boil for three hours, or
until reduced to 2 pints. Strain and add 4 teaspoonfuls fresh lemon
juice. Sweeten to taste with pure cane sugar.
Fine Scotch barley is to be preferred to the pearl barley if it can be
Fresh blackberries are one of the most effectual cures for diarrhoea
known. Mr. Broadbent records the case of a child who was cured by eating
an abundance of blackberries after five doctors had tried all the known
remedies in vain.
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 water) will be
found very useful. A teacupful should be taken at short intervals.
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 one hour.
Strain through a jelly bag, or fine clean muslin doubled will do. Then
measure the juice, and to every pint allow 3/4 lb. best cane sugar.
Return to the pan and boil briskly for from 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 boiling point pour into clean, dry, and _hot_
jars, and tie down with parchment covers immediately.
Black currant 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.
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.
_Beans, Peas, and Lentils._
Beans, peas, and lentils are tabooed by the followers of Dr. Haig, the
gout specialist, on account of the belief that they tend to increase the
secretion of uric acid. But this evil propensity is stoutly denied by
other food-reformers. For myself I am inclined to believe that their
supposed indigestibility, etc., arises from the fact that they are
generally cooked in hard water. They should be cooked in distilled or
boiled and filtered rain water. The addition of lemon juice while
cooking renders them much more digestible.
According to Sir Henry Thomson haricot beans are more easily digested
than meat by most stomachs. "Consuming weight for weight, the eater
feels lighter and less oppressed, as a rule, after the leguminous dish;
while the comparative cost is greatly in favour of the latter."
Lentils are the most easily digested of all the pulse foods, and
therefore the most suitable for weakly persons. A soup made of
distilled water and red lentils may be taken twice a week with
advantage. Lentils contain a good percentage of iron, and also
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.
All the varieties of the colewort tribe, including cabbage, cauliflower,
brussels-sprouts, broccoli, and curly greens, have been celebrated from
very ancient times for their curative virtues in pulmonary complaints.
And Athenian doctors prescribed cabbage for nursing mothers. On account
of the sulphur 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.
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 flavour 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 to 3
teaspoonfuls of this water given.
A poultice of crushed caraway seeds moistened with hot water is good for
Caraway seeds are narcotic, and should therefore be used with caution.
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.
Raw carrot juice, or a raw carrot eaten fasting, will expel worms. The
cooked carrot is useless for this purpose.
A poultice of fresh carrot pulp will heal ulcers.
Fresh carrot juice is also good for consumptives on account of the large
amount of sugar it contains.
Carrots are very good for gouty subjects and for derangements of the
Celery is almost a specific for rheumatism, gout, and nervous
indigestion. The most useful plants for this purpose are small, not too
rapidly grown nor very highly manured.
It may be eaten raw, or steamed, or in soup. Strong celery broth
flavoured with parsley is excellent.
All the 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 tubercular
disease. Anaemic patients may also eat freely of it on account of the
iron it contains. 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 streams running through
meadows inhabited by sheep.
Chestnuts, when cooked, are valuable food for persons with weak
digestive powers. They should be put on the fire in a saucepan of cold
water and cooked for twenty minutes from the time the water first boils.
John Evelyn, F.R.S., a seventeenth century writer, says of them: "They
are a lusty and masculine food for rustics at all times, and of better
nourishment for husbandmen than cole and rusty bacon, yea, or beans to
Cinnamon is a very old-fashioned remedy for soothing the pain of
internal or unbroken cancer. One prescription is the following: Take
1 lb. of Ceylon sticks. Simmer in a closed vessel with 1 quart of water
until the liquid is reduced to 1 pint. Pour off without straining, and
shake or stir well before taking. Take half a pint every twenty-four
hours. Divide into small doses and take regularly.
Cinnamon has a powerful influence over disease 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 dessicated 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
marvellous 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.
I do not recommend coffee as a beverage, but as a medicine.
The nourishing properties of dates are well known. They are easily
digested, and for this reason are often recommended to consumptive
According to Dr. Fernie half a pound of dates and half a pint of new
milk will make a satisfying repast for a person engaged in sedentary
The elderberry has fallen into neglect of late years, owing to the lazy
and disastrous modern habit of substituting the mineral drugs of the
chemist for the home-made vegetable remedies of our grandmothers.
Nevertheless, the elderberry is one of the most ancient and tried of
medicines, held in such great esteem in Germany that, according to the
German folk-lore, men should take off their hats in the presence of an
elder-tree. In Denmark there is a legend to the effect that the trees
are under the protection of a being known as the Elder-Mother, who has
been immortalised in one of the fairy tales of Hans Andersen.
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
It is not permitted to "food-reformers" to make "wine," but those
readers who are fortunate enough to possess an elder-tree might well
preserve the juice of the berries against winter coughs and colds.
_Preserved Fruit Juice._
The following is E. and B. May's recipe for preserving fruit juice. Put
the fruit into a preserving-pan, crush it and allow it to simmer slowly
until the juice is well drawn out. This will take about an hour. Press
out the juice and strain through a jelly-bag until quite clear. Put the
juice back into the pan, and to every quart add a quarter of a pound of
best cane sugar. Stir until dissolved. Put the juice into clean, dry
bottles. Stand the bottles in a pan of hot water, and when the latter
has come to the boil allow the bottles to remain in the boiling water
for fifteen minutes. The idea is to bring the juice inside the bottles
to boiling point just before sealing up, but not to boil it. See that
the bottles are _full_. Cork _immediately_ on taking out of the pan,
and then seal up. To seal mix a little plaster of Paris with water and
spread it well over the cork. Let it come a little below the cork so as
to exclude all air.
The juice of the elderberry is famous for promoting perspiration, hence
its efficacy in the cure of colds. Two tablespoonfuls should be taken at
bed-time in a tumbler of hot water.
The juice of the elderberry is excellent in fevers, and is also said to
"The leaves of the elder, boiled until they are soft, with a little
linseed oil added thereto," 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." If necessary the whole
operation is to be repeated; but the writer assures us that "this hath
not yet failed at the first dressing to cure the disease." If any reader
desires to try the experiment I would suggest that the leaves be steamed
rather than boiled, and pure olive oil used in the place of linseed oil.
It must also be remembered that no outward application can be expected
to effect a permanent cure, since the presence of piles indicates an
effort of Nature to clear out some poison from the system. But if this
expulsion is assisted by appropriate means the pain may well be
alleviated by external applications. (Pepper should be avoided by
sufferers from piles.)
A "lump of figs" laid on the boil of King Hezekiah, as recorded in 2
Kings xx. 7, brought about that monarch's recovery. The figs used were
doubtless ripe figs, not the dried figs of our grocers.
"This fruit," says Dr. Fernie, "is soft, easily digested, and corrective
of strumous disease." The large blue fig may be grown in England, in the
milder parts and under a warm wall. The fresh figs were rarely seen at
one time outside of the large "high-class" fruit shops, but for the last
year or two I have seen them peddled in the streets of London like
apples and oranges in due season.
Green figs (not unripe) were commonly eaten by Roman gladiators, which
is surely a sufficient tribute to the fruit's strength-giving qualities.
The best way of preparing dried figs for eating is to wash them very
quickly in warm water, and steam for twenty minutes or until tender.
The special value of the grape lies in the fact that it is a very quick
repairer of bodily waste, the grape sugar being taken immediately into
the circulation without previous digestion. For this reason is grape
juice 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 practised, 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
Dr. Fernie deprecates the use of grapes for the ordinary gouty or
rheumatic patient, but with all due deference to that learned authority,
I do not believe the fruit exists that is not beneficial to the gouty
person. One of the most gouty and rheumatic people I know, a vegetarian
who certainly never over-feeds himself, derives great benefit from a few
days' almost exclusive diet of grapes.
Cream of tartar, a potash salt obtained from the crust formed upon
bottles and casks by grape juice when it is undergoing fermentation in
the process of becoming wine, is often used as a medicine. It has been
cited as an infallible specific in cases of smallpox, but I do not
recommend its use, as it probably gets contaminated with other
substances during the process of manufacture. In any case its value
cannot be compared with the fresh, ripe fruit. I have little doubt but
that an exclusive diet of grapes, combined with warmth, proper bathing,
and the absence of drugs, would suffice to cure the most malignant case
Sufferers from malaria may use grapes with great benefit. For this
purpose the grapes, with the 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 persons with good teeth may 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. Dr. Fernie notes that it is of the same proteid value as milk, if
made in the proportions given below. It is much more easily digested
than milk, and therefore of great use in gastric complaints. Sufferers
from chronic gastritis could not do better than 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 _rain_ water. Cook for four hours, or until the liquid is
reduced to 1 pint. Scald a fine hair sieve and press through it all
except the skins and stones. If desired a little lemon juice may be
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 melancholy persons.
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. Scents really prepared
from the flowers that give them their names are expensive to make, and
consequently high-priced. The cheap scents are all mineral concoctions,
and their use is more or less injurious. A penny-worth of dried lavender
flowers in a muslin bag is even cheaper to buy, inoffensive to
smell--which is more than can be said of cheap manufactured scents--and
possesses medicinal properties.
Lavender flowers were formerly used for their curative virtues in all
disorders of the head and nerves.
An 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 was known as "palsy drops."
A tea made with hot water and lavender tops will relieve the headache
that comes from fatigue.
Dr. Fernie advises 1 dessertspoonful per day of pure lavender water for
The scent of lavender will keep away flies, fleas, and moths.
Lemons are invaluable in cases of gout, malaria, rheumatism, and scurvy.
They are also useful in fevers and liver complaints.
I have found the juice of one lemon taken in a little hot water 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
The juice of a lemon in hot water may be taken night and morning with
advantage by sufferers from rheumatism. In the "lemon cure" for gout and
rheumatism, the patients begin with one lemon per day and increase the
quantity until they arrive at a dozen or more. But I think this is
carrying it to excess. Dr. Fernie recommends the juice of one lemon
mixed with an equal proportion of hot water, to be taken pretty
frequently, in cases of rheumatic fever.
A prescription for malaria, given in the _Lancet_, is the following:
"Take a full-sized lemon, cut it in thin transverse slices, rind and
all, boil these down in an earthenware jar containing a pint and a half
of water, until the decoction is reduced to half a pint. Let this cool
on the window-sill overnight, and drink it off in the morning."
A Florentine doctor discovered that fresh lemon juice will alleviate
the pain of cancerous ulceration of the tongue. His patient sucked
slices of lemon.
A German doctor found that fresh lemon juice kills the diptheria
bacillus, and advises a gargle of diluted lemon juice to diptheric
patients. Such a gargle is excellent for sore throat.
Dr. Fernie recommends lemon juice 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 effect a cure.
Lemon juice is also an old remedy for the removal of freckles and
blackheads from the face. It should be rubbed in at bedtime, after
washing with warm water.
Lettuce is noted for its sedative properties, although these are not
great in the large, highly-manured, commercial specimens. It is very
easily digested, and may, therefore, be eaten by those with whom salads
disagree in the ordinary way.
The tender tops of young nettles picked in the spring make a delicious
vegetable, somewhat resembling spinach. They are excellent for sufferers
from gout and skin eruptions.
Fresh nettle juice is prescribed in doses of from 1 to 2 tablespoonfuls
for loss of blood from the lungs, nose, or internal organs.
Nuts are the true substitute for flesh meat. They contain everything in
the way of nourishment that meat contains, minus the poisonous
constituents of the latter. They are very rich in proteid (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, although I do not suggest that any reader should try it. If he
did so he would probably eat too many nuts, not realising how great an
amount of nourishment is contained in a concentrated form. 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 more than sufficient if no other food
were taken. I have little doubt but that the diet of the future will
consist solely of nuts and fresh fruit. After all it is the food most
favoured by monkeys, and our teeth and digestive apparatus more nearly
resemble those of the monkey than the carnivorous and herbivorous
animals so many of us seemingly prefer to imitate.
The chief objection to nuts is supposed to be on account of their
indigestibility. But this has its foundation, not in the nut, but in the
manner of eating it. I recommend all those people who find nuts
indigestible to pay a visit to the Zoo and see how the monkey eats his
nuts. He chews and chews and chews. And after that he chews!
I know, alas! that the majority of people do not possess teeth like the
monkey, and to these I can only suggest that they macerate their nuts in
a nut butter machine. There are several of these machines on the market,
and they are stocked by all large "Food-Reform" provision dealers. They
cost anything from six or seven shillings. The daily allowance of nuts
may be thoroughly macerated and eaten with fruit in the place of cream.
Ordinary people may use a nut-mill, which flakes, not macerates, the
nuts. But people with bad teeth and a weak digestion will do better to
invest in a nut butter machine. I may add that the nuts will not
macerate properly unless they are crisp, and to this end they must be
put in a warm oven for a short time, just before grinding. I have found
new, English-grown walnuts crisp enough without this preparation. But if
the nuts are _not_ crisp enough they will simply clog the machine.
Now to our nuts! Almonds are the most nourishing. Next in order come
walnuts, hazel or cob nuts, and Brazil nuts. The proteid value of these
three does not differ much. After these come the chestnut and cocoanut,
and lastly we have the pine kernel. Speaking very roughly, we may liken
walnuts, hazel nuts, and Brazil nuts to beef for flesh and
muscle-forming value, while pine kernels correspond more nearly to fish.
Almonds are nearly double the value of beef.
Doctor Fernie recommends the following nut-cream for brain-workers.
Pound in a mortar, or mince finely, 3 blanched almonds, 2 walnuts, 2
ounces of pine kernels. Steep overnight in orange or lemon juice.
It should be made fresh daily, and may be used in place of butter.
The oat is generally cited as the most nourishing of all the cereals,
and a good nerve food. The fine oatmeal gruel of our grandmothers has
gone almost entirely out of fashion, but its use might be revived with
advantage. 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.
Some persons seem unable to take oatmeal, its use being followed by a
skin eruption. This is supposed to be due to a special constituent
called "avenin," the existence of which, however, is denied by some
There is little doubt but that persons of weak digestive powers and
sedentary habits cannot digest porridge comfortably. In any case
quickly-cooked porridge is an abomination.
The chief use of the olive, at least in this country, consists in the
oil expressed from it. Unfortunately our so-called olive oil is
generally cotton-seed oil. Captain Diamond of San Francisco, aged 111,
and the oldest living athlete in the world, attributes much of his
health to the use of olive oil. But he lays great stress upon the
importance of obtaining it pure. Cotton-seed oil consists partly of an
indigestible gum, and its continued ingestion tends to produce kidney
trouble and heart failure.
A simple test for purity is to use, the suspected sample for oiling
floors or furniture. If pure, it will leave a beautiful polish minus
grease. But if it contains cotton-seed oil, part of it will evaporate,
leaving the gummy portion behind.
When pure olive oil is shaken in a half-filled bottle, the bubbles
formed thereby rapidly disappear, but if the sample is adulterated the
bubbles continue some time before they burst.
Pure olive oil is pale and a greenish yellow.
If equal volumes of strong nitric acid (this may be obtained from any
chemist) and olive oil are mixed together and shaken in a flask the
resulting product has a greenish or orange tinge which remains unchanged
after standing for ten minutes. But if cotton-seed oil is present, the
mixture is reddish in colour, and becomes brown or black on standing.
Olive oil is slightly laxative, and therefore useful to sufferers from
constipation. It is also an excellent vermifuge.
Olive oil has been used with great success in the treatment of gall
stones. A Dr. Rosenberg reported that of twenty-one cases treated by
"the ingestion of a considerable quantity of olive oil, only two failed
of complete recovery."
The uses of the onion are many and varied. Fresh onion juice promotes
perspiration, relieves constipation and bronchitis, induces sleep, is
good for cases of scurvy and sufferers 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,
although I believe them to be more easily digested raw than cooked.
A raw onion may be rubbed on unbroken chilblains 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 earache.
Raw onions are a powerful antiseptic. They also attract disease germs to
themselves, and for this reason may be placed in a sickroom with
advantage. Needless to say, they should afterwards be burnt or buried.
Culpeper, the ancient herbalist, says that they "draw corruption unto
them." It is possibly for this reason that the Vedanta forbids them to
Garlic possesses the same properties as the onion, but in a very much
stronger degree. Leeks are very much milder than the onion.
The following prescription is excellent for sufferers from bronchitis or
coughs: Slice a Spanish onion; lay the slices in a basin and sprinkle
well with pure cane sugar. Cover the basin tightly and leave for twelve
hours. After this time the basin should contain a quantity of juice.
Give a teaspoonful every now and then until relief is afforded. If too
much be taken it may induce headache and vomiting.
An excellent poultice for the chest may be made by placing one or two
English onions in a muslin bag and pounding them to a pulp. This should
be renewed every three or four hours, and the chest washed. I have been
told that, at the age of six weeks old, I was saved from dying of
bronchitis by such an onion poultice applied to the soles of my feet.
The orange possesses most of the virtues of the lemon, but in a modified
form. But it 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 the pneumonia that so
often follows. By far the quickest way to overcome influenza is to
subsist solely on oranges for three or four days. Hot distilled water
may be taken in addition.
The peel of the bitter Seville orange is an excellent tonic and remedy
in cases of malaria and ague. A drink may be prepared from it according
to the prescription under the heading "Lemon."
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" kind are
Herbalists sell dried orange pips to be crushed to a powder and taken in
the proportion of 1 teaspoonful to a cup of hot water. This is a
harmless sedative, and useful in hysterical affections.
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. In all these cases parsley
may be taken in the form of a soup, in common use among members of the
Physical Regeneration Society, which consists of onions, tomatoes,
celery, and parsley, stewed together in distilled water.
Dr. Fernie remarks that when uncooked parsley has been eaten to excess
it has been observed to produce epilepsy in certain bodily systems. The
oil of parsley has also been found useful in cases of epilepsy. This
would naturally follow on the homeopathic principle of similars.
The 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. In an old recipe book I found the following tribute to
Bergamot pears. The writer says: "I had for some years been afflicted
with the usual symptoms of the stone in the bladder, when meeting with
Dr. Lobb's "Treatise of Dissolvents for the Stone and Gravel," I was
induced on his recommendation to try Bergamot pears, a dozen or more
every day with the rind, when in less than a week I observed a large red
flake in my urine, which, on a slight touch, crumbled into the finest
powder, and this was the same for several succeeding days. It is ten
years since I made the experiment, and I have been quite free from any
complaints of that nature ever since. The pears were of the small sort
and full of knots."
The pea nut--or monkey nut--is especially recommended as a cure for
indigestion. I have not been able to find out why. As a matter of fact
it is such a highly-concentrated food that, unless taken in very small
quantities, it is liable to upset weak digestions. I suspect the secret
to lie in the chewing. Almost any kind of nut will cure the habitual
indigestion induced by "bolting" the food, if only it be chewed until it
is liquid. Hard biscuits will do instead of nuts, although an uncooked
food like the nut is the better. But whatever is taken must be
"Fletcherised," that is, chewed and chewed and chewed until it is all
reduced to liquid.
Pea nuts contain a good deal of oil, and for this reason are recommended
for consumptives. They are the cheapest nuts to buy, for the reason that
they are not really nuts but beans.
Pine-apple juice is the specific for diphtheria. This seems to have
been first brought to the notice of Europeans by the fact that negroes
living round about the swamps of Louisiana were observed to use it with
great success. A writer who records this says: "The patient should be
forced to swallow the juice. This fluid is of so pungent and corrosive a
nature that it cuts out the diphtheria mucous and causes it to
The above direction looks satisfactory enough on paper, and it is
eminently cheering to read of how the pine-apple juice causes the
diphtheria mucous to disappear, but anyone who knows anything about
diphtheria knows that to "force" a diphtheria patient to swallow is more
easily written about than accomplished. Fortunately I have been able to
obtain the following explicit directions from an experienced nurse and
The pine-apple should be cut up and well pounded in a mortar. The juice
must then be pressed out and strained through well-scalded 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 be so, 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 work away for some hours before any juice is swallowed, but
my friend assures me that if the scraping be done gently and skilfully,
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 pine-apple juice exercises this
remarkable corrosive power upon diseased mucous, its effect upon the
most delicate, healthy membrane is absolutely harmless. I have seen
sweet pine-apple juice given to six-months-old babies as a supplement to
the mother's milk, with excellent results.
Dr. Hillier, writing in the _Herald of Health_ in 1897, says "Sliced
pine-apples, laid in pure honey for a day or two, when used in
moderation, will relieve the human being from chronic impaction of the
bowels, reestablish peristaltic motion, and induce perfect digestion."
"A slice of fresh pine-apple," writes Dr. Fernie, "is about as wise a
thing as one can take by way of dessert after a substantial meal." This
is because fresh pine-apple 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.
The pine-apple is useful in all ordinary cases of sore-throat.
One pine-apple of average size should yield half a pint of juice.
Tinned or cooked pine-apple 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, being very oily.
The disfavour with which "stone fruits," especially plums, are generally
regarded owes its being to the fact that they are too often eaten when
unripe. When ripe, they are as wholesome as any other fruit. Unripe they
provoke choleraic diarrhoea.
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. Most writers who comment
on this seem to suggest that any fruit which is mildly aperient would
produce the same effect. But the mother of a large family tells me that
she has observed that prunes seem to possess a soothing property that is
all their own.
Prune tea is an excellent drink for irritable persons. It is made as
follows: To every pint of washed prunes allow 1 quart of distilled
water. Soak the prunes all night, and afterwards simmer to rags in the
same water. Strain, and flavour with lemon juice if desired.
The potato is a cheap and homely remedy against gout, scurvy, and
rickets. Dr. Lambe tells how he cured a case of scurvy solely with raw
potatoes. One of the favourite 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 always be 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. The valuable potash salts chiefly lie just under
A raw potato scraped or powdered to a pulp is an excellent remedy for
burns and scalds.
Dr. Fernie recommends the following decoction with which to bathe the
swollen and inflamed joints of rheumatic sufferers. Take 1 lb.
potatoes, cut each into four, but do not peel them. Boil in 2 pints of
water until stewed down to 1 pint. Strain, and use the liquid.
Eaten to excess potatoes are apt to cause dullness and laziness.
The radish is commonly cited as indigestible, but for all that it is
commended by old writers as a potent remedy for stone. If not too old,
well masticated, and eaten at the beginning of a meal, I do not think it
is more indigestible than the majority of vegetables.
A syrup made with the juice expressed from pounded radishes and cane
sugar is recommended for rheumatism, bronchial troubles, whooping-cough,
and pustular eruptions.
Dr. Fernie notes that the black radish is especially useful against
whooping-cough, probably by reason of its volatile, sulphureted oil.
"It is employed in Germany for this purpose by cutting off the top, and
then making a hole within the root, which hole is filled with treacle,
or honey, and allowed to stand thus for two or three days; afterwards a
teaspoonful of the medicated liquid is to be given two or three times in
the day, with a dessertspoonful of water, when required."
I am not acquainted with the "black radish," but mothers might do worse,
in cases of whooping-cough, than give their children the juice of
pounded radishes mixed with pure honey.
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."
The chief medicinal value of rice lies in the quickness with which it
is digested. One authority says that "it can be taken four times a day
and the patient still get twenty hours' 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.
The large-grained, unpolished rice sold at "Food-Reform" stores at 3d.
per lb. absorbs the water and cooks much more easily than a smaller
variety sold at 2d. I have found the latter most unsatisfactory.
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. "Dr. Prout," writes Dr. Fernie, "says he has seen well-marked
instances in which an oxalate of lime kidney attack has followed the use
of garden rhubarb in a tart or pudding, likewise of sorrel in a salad,
particularly when at the same time the patient has been drinking hard
water. But chemists explain that oxalates may be excreted in the urine
without having necessarily been a constituent, as such, of vegetable or
other foods taken at table, seeing that citric, malic, and other organic
acids which are found distributed throughout the vegetable world are
liable to chemical conversion into oxalic acid through a fermentation or
I think the moral of the above is: "Do not drink hard water."
Especially do not cook fruit and vegetables in hard water. They are
nearly always rendered indigestible by such a process, and
"vegetarianism," not the hard water, is often blamed for the sufferings
of the consumers.
Rhubarb is apt to be over-valued as a "spring medicine" on account of
its association with the Turkey rhubarb of _materia medica_. It should
be thoroughly ripe before eating.
I am _not_ recommending Turkey rhubarb.
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 be 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.
Also for anaemic patients on account of the iron it contains.
H. Benjafield, M.B., advises anaemic girls to take 1 quart of
strawberries per day, and when these are not obtainable several ripe
Professor Bunge 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 he especially commends
Dr. Luff puts spinach first on a list of vegetables recommended to
those who suffer from gouty tendencies.
Spinach is very easily digested, and so juicy that no added water is
needed in which to cook it.
The tomato, according to an American physician, is one of the most
powerful _deobstruents_ (remover of disease particles, and opener of the
natural channels of the body) of the _materia 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 absolutely
without foundation. Vegetarian cancer patients who have recovered after
being given up as "hopeless" by the orthodox faculty eat tomatoes
freely. Another belief, strongly supported by some otherwise "advanced"
scientific men, is that tomatoes are bad for those who suffer from a
tendency to gout, or uric acid disease. But this has been contradicted
by others. The evil agency in the tomato is supposed to be the 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. Speaking from experience, I can only say that one of the
goutiest subjects I know eats tomatoes nearly every day of his life, and
continues to progress rapidly towards health.
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 were 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
The common garden thyme, used for flavouring, 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
nervous headache, flatulence, and hysterical affections. It is
The walnut has been called vegetable arsenic because of its curative
value in eczema. An oil obtained from the kernel has been found 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 tablespoonfuls of boiling
water make a tea, half a tea-cup of which may 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. It is possible that herein lies the secret of the fact that
our ancestors invariably took walnuts with their wine.
The green, unripe walnut is useful for expelling worms.
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
generally are the outcome of the habitual use of white flour, unless the
loss of mineral matter is counter balanced by other foods.
Only the very finest wholemeal, such as "Artox," for example, should be
used for making bread, etc. The ordinary coarse wholemeals are apt to
produce intestinal irritation.
_Cracked wheat_, soaked overnight in water and boiled for a couple of
hours, is a favourite prescription of American writers for habitual
constipation. It may be obtained at most large "Food-Reform" stores.
Nervous or anaemic persons 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. Well wash the bran in cold water; it is generally full
of dust. Put in a saucepan with the cold distilled water, cover tightly,
and boil for thirty minutes. Strain, and flavour with sugar and lemon
juice to taste. Take a teacupful night and morning.
INDEX TO DISEASES AND REMEDIES
Green Figs 38
Black Currant 26
Caraway Seed 29
Brazil Nut 26
Cracked Wheat 77
Olive Oil 53
Cabbage, etc. 28
Grape 2, 40
Pea Nut 60
Black Currant 26
Pea Nut 60
EYE, INFLAMMATION OF--
Olive Oil 53
HEART, PALPITATION OF--
Caraway Seed 29
Orange Pips 57
Pea Nut 60
Green Gooseberry 43
Red Gooseberry 43
White Beet 28
Seville Orange 57
PALPITATION OF HEART--
Cabbage, etc. 28
Grape 1 _et seq_
Cabbage, etc. 29
Black Currant 26
Caraway Seed 29
Red Beet 28
Pine Kernal 64
Olive Oil 53
INDEX TO PRESCRIPTIONS AND RECIPES
Almond Soup 15
Apple Tea 19
Banana and Barley Injection 21
Barley Water 23
Blackberry Tea 25
Blackberry Jelly 25
Black Currant Tea 26
Bran Tea 77
Cinnamon Tea 33
Chestnuts, Boiled 32
Elderberry Leaf Poultice 37
Figs, Steamed 39
Fruit Juice, Preserved 36
Lemon Prescription for Malaria 45
Marmalade Tonic 57
Nut Cream 50
Onion Juice 55
Onion Poultice 55
Orange Pips, Dried 57
Pine-apple Juice 60
Potato Lotion 67
Prune Tea 65
Radish Juice 68
Raisin Tea 42
Rice, Boiled 69
Sage Tea 71
Turnip Juice 75
Walnut Leaf Tea 76
Artistic Faculties, to Strengthen 20
Cabbage, for Nursing Mothers 28
Caraway Seeds, promote Secretion of Milk 29
Cresses, good for Brain 31
Lavender, prevents Flies, Fleas, and Moths 44
Nuts, true Substitute for Flesh Meat 47
Nut Butter Machine 49
Olive Oil, Tests for Purity of 52
Pulse, not Indigestible 27
Tomato, not bad for Cancer or Gout 73
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+A WORD ABOUT THE ADVERTISEMENTS.+
Readers of the Healthy Life Booklets will doubtless be glad to know that
only those advertisements of foods that can be conscientiously
recommended are accepted. This necessarily limits the number of
advertisements, but has the advantage of making them really serviceable.
The publisher has no pecuniary interest in any of the firms mentioned,
and therefore feels quite free to give his testimony to the worth of
This is so finely ground that, although wholemeal, it may be used in the
manufacture even of sponge cake, while for bread it is unsurpassable.
Tea-drinking is considered to be very injurious, but the habit is
difficult, apparently impossible, for some people to overcome, and
therefore the Universal Digestive Tea supplies a real need. A tea minus
tannin is a boon to everyone, but especially to the sufferers from
dyspepsia and nervous complaints.
This cocoa has stood the test of time and chemists for so long now as
hardly to need further testimony as to its genuineness.
+International Health Association.+
They supply thoroughly pure foods, and readers will do well to take
advantage of their offer to send samples to test for themselves.
+Mapleton's Nut Foods.+
Their Nutter is quite the best vegetable cooking fat on the market, and
makes excellent pastry. A pie-crust made of Nutter and "Artox" Flour is
a revelation to the uninitiated. The Nut Butters are also very good,
especially the uncoloured varieties labelled "Wallaceite."
Mr. Shearn is the acknowledged "Fruit King" of the Food Reform movement.
The grand fruit shop in Tottenham Court Road, to which is now added a
vegetarian restaurant, is familiar to most Food Reformers who live in or
near London. Others will be glad to know of Shearn's Stores where all
the latest "Food Reform" specialities are stocked. A catalogue can be
obtained on application.
This is the only bakery in existence which supplies bread, cakes, etc.,
made with very fine wholemeal flour, and entirely free from yeast and
chemicals. The Wallace Bakery is a boon and a blessing to Physical
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+A HEALTHY LIFE BOOKLET FREE+
It has many valuable recipes for Food Reformers and Invalids, and tells
+"ARTOX" WHOLE MEAL,+
which is made from the finest whole wheat, and is so finely ground by
old-fashioned stone mills that it can be digested by the most delicate.
It makes the most delicious Bread, Cakes, Biscuits, and Pastry, and is
an entire safeguard against Constipation when used regularly in place of
white flour. It is strongly recommended by _The Lancet_ and by Mrs.
Leigh Hunt Wallace (_Herald of Health_) and is used exclusively in the
Wallace Bakery. Sold by Health Stores and Grocers everywhere in 7 lb.
sealed linen bags, or 28 lbs. sent direct for 4s. 6d. carriage paid.
_Important._--"Artox" Wholemeal is only retailed in our sealed bags, and
is _not_ sold loose.
+APPLEYARDS, LTD.+ (Dept. M.)
_Mention Healthy Life Booklets._
[Illustration: Grains of Common Sense for Housewife and Epicure.]
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+WILL YOU TRY A CUP OF TEA+
that, instead of injuring your nerves and toughening your food, is
+Absolutely Safe and Delightful?+
2s. 2d.; 2s. 10d.; and 3s. 6d. per lb.
+THE UNIVERSAL DIGESTIVE TEA+ is ordinary Tea treated with oxygen, which
neutralises the injurious tannin. Every pound of ordinary tea contains
about two ounces of tannin. Tannin is a powerful astringent subject to
tan skins into leather. The tannin in ordinary tea tans, or hardens, the
lining of the digestive organs, also the food eaten. This prevents the
healthful nourishment of the body, and undoubtedly eventuates in nervous
On receipt of a post card the UNIVERSAL DIGESTIVE TEA CO., Ltd.,
Colonial Warehouse, Kendal, will send a sample of this Tea and name of
nearest Agent, also a Descriptive Pamphlet compiled by Albert Broadbent,
Author of "Science in the Daily Meal," &c. Where no agent, 1 lb. and
upwards will be sent post free.
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+Ideal Foods for Every Day.+
The I.H.A. Health Foods are called Health Foods because they do actually
build up the body, and make directly for better health all round.
They are Ideal Foods because they are made only from such products as
wheat, nuts, etc.; because they are thoroughly cooked and easily
digested; because they are absolutely pure; because they are
manufactured with scrupulous care and cleanliness in an ideal factory in
the open country.
They are ideal foods for every day because they furnish a wide variety
of dishes at a low cost, and because they are all pleasant to the taste.
The I.H.A. Health Foods are sold by all Health Food Stores, or direct on
We offer to send you three liberal samples and a beautifully illustrated
price list, containing full details and many valuable recipes, for 2d.
stamps, or price list post free on application.
The International Health Association
The Factory in the Beech Woods,
Stanborough Park, Watford, Herts.
_Please write for "Food Remedies."_
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+A Word about Nut Foods.+
The high value of Nuts has long been known, but until lately no attempt
has been made to manufacture them in a form available for domestic use.
This, however, is now changed, as a splendid variety of excellent
preparations are ready to hand, owing to the enterprise of +Messrs.
Mapleton+, in the shape of such useful products as +Nutter+ and +Nutter
Suet+, which supersedes Lard, Suet, and Cooking Butter in the kitchen.
Also delicious Table Butters--+Walnut+, +Cocoanut+, and +Cashew+--all of
which are four times as nutritious as Dairy Butter. Other goods are +Nut
Meat, Nut Gravy, Nut Biscuits, Nut Cakes, Fruitarian Cakes,+ &c. A Post
Card will bring a Booklet describing these goods, with Recipes for their
use, on application to
Mapleton's Nut Food Co., Ltd.
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+A GUIDE TO GOOD THINGS.+
There are thousands of folk all over the country who are beginning to
feel vaguely that their usual diet is not all it should be, and that it
tends to produce discomfort and disease. Many of them would be glad to
make a change if they knew how. Our booklet, "A Guide to Good Things,"
will help them. It contains an interesting article on "How To Start,"
and gives a complete menu for a week in which the foods that supply the
place of the less wholesome fish, bacon, or meat, are clearly indicated.
There are also several pages of delightful recipes that will help to
gladden the table of any housewife in the kingdom, and in addition there
is a complete price list of every health food upon the market that can
be recommended, and of the most up-to-date and novel appliances for
cooking and preparing food.
There is an all but endless array of breakfast foods--bread, cakes,
biscuits, etc., etc., that are not only beneficial because of what they
contain, but are free from the injurious chemical adulterants so largely
But send for our booklet and see for yourself what it contains, or if
you are near give us a call. You may shop, lunch, dine, and take tea
with us. Our Health Food Stores will supply everything you need for a
perfect health diet. Our Fruit Stores will supply you with the choicest
fruit on the most moderate terms, and in large quantities at wholesale
prices. Our Fruit Luncheon Rooms are the talk of London, and you can get
a delightful fruit meal amid flowers and palms from 6d.
If you cannot call, send six penny stamps, and in return we will send
you, together with the booklet, a sample of our Frunut, reg. (a
preparation of selected nuts and fruit that is as delightful as it is
sustaining); samples of Stamanut Wholemeal Biscuits (a valuable and most
economical food), and of our Afternoon Tea Biscuits, and a good sample
of our Special Pale Roasted Coffee. The whole post free for 6d.
You will be delighted with it all.
Write to-day to B. Shearn & Son, 234, Tottenham Court Road, London, W.
Mention this book.
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+A Bakery based on Principle.+
When so many manufactured foods are more or less adulterated--even such
everyday articles as Bread and Biscuits being no exceptions--it is good
news to know that Delicious Biscuits, Bread, Cakes, &c., can be obtained
which are guaranteed, and proved by frequent analysis to be, absolutely
free from any impurity whatever. The goods referred to are made by
+The WALLACE P.R. FOODS Co.,+
which was founded on certain definite scientific principles, and those
principles are unswervingly applied to every detail of its varied
Within its clean and airy precincts are manufactured the famous Barley
Malt Biscuits (and some thirty other varieties), rich and wholesome
Cakes, air-raised Bread, pure Preserves, a specially prepared Barley
Malt Meal, Pale Roasted Coffee, and Stamina Food--this last being the
best-balanced food for Infants and Invalids yet produced. In the making
of these foods only the very choicest ingredients are employed; the only
flour used is a very fine wholemeal; the butter and milk are sterilised
and the water distilled, while all such impurities as Yeast, Baking
Powder, and Chemicals are strictly avoided.
The experience of thousands proves that the daily use of "WALLACEITE"
(reg.) P.R. Foods is a veritable highway to health. They build up the
body and keep it in working order as do no other foods.
They can be obtained from all Health Food Stores.
30 Samples of Delicious Bread, Cakes, and Biscuits, Carriage Paid, 1/6
or Box of Larger Samples, 2/6.
_Interesting explanatory literature Free._
+THE WALLACE P.R. FOODS CO.,+
+465, Battersea Park Road, London, S.W.+
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