1800s Cure for Deafness and Other Maladies

Sunnispace has posted some excerpts from a book published in 1852 that she recently bought called Ladies’ Indispensable Assistant, which claimed to help women of the time with everything from caring for canary birds to curing cancer (a recipe which called for the patient to drink a concoction made from, among other things, the very poisonous plant, hemlock). 

Here is the cure for deafness, according to the author:

Take ant’s eggs and onion juice, mix and drop into the ear; or, drop into the ear at night six or eight drops of warm chamber lye.

This becomes even more disturbing when you realize that “chamber lye” is actually urine.

Read the entire post titled Advice from the 1800’s at Sunnispace’s blog.  It’s a very nice little blog, mostly about family life, and you can visit the homepage here.

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  1. Thank you for the feature! I’m honored… Sincerely, Jen at Sunnispace.


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