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THINGS FOR THE SICK ROOM.
Many people are ignorant of what constitutes good, nourishing,
refreshing food and drink for sick people. The following dishes are
all palatable and nourishing, and are very refreshing to an invalid.
Every one should have these recipes for "Things for the sick room":
Pearl barley, two ounces; boiling water, two quarts. Boil to one
quart, and strain. If desirable, a little lemon juice and sugar may be
added. This may be taken freely in all inflammatory and eruptive
diseases: measles, scarlet fever, small-pox, etc.
Rice, two ounces; water, two quarts. Boil one hour and a half, and add
sugar and nutmeg to suit the taste. When milk is added to this it
makes a very excellent diet for children. Should the bowels be too
loose, boil the milk before adding.
Dried leaves of sage, half an ounce; boiling water, one quart. Infuse
for half an hour, and strain. May add sugar if desired. Balm,
peppermint, spearmint, and other teas are made in the same way.
A REFRESHING DRINK IN FEVERS.
Boil one ounce and a half of tamarind, two ounces of stoned raisins,
and three ounces of cranberries in three pints of water until two
pints remain. Strain, and add a small piece of fresh lemon peel, which
must be removed in half an hour.
Stir a tablespoonful of arrowroot powders into half a cupful of cold
water, pour in a pint of boiling water, let it stand five or ten
minutes and then sweeten and flavor it to suit the taste.
IRISH MOSS JELLY.
Irish moss, half an ounce; fresh milk, one and a half pints. Boil down
to one pint. Strain, and add sugar and lemon juice sufficient to give
it an agreeable flavor.
Isinglass, two ounces; water, two pints. Boil to one pint; strain, and
add one pint milk and one ounce of white sugar. This is excellent for
persons recovering from sickness, and for children who have bowel
Tapioca, two large spoonfuls; water, one pint. Boil gently for an
hour, or until it appears like a jelly. Add sugar, wine, and nutmeg,
with lemon juice to flavor.
Mix a quarter of a pound of rice, picked and washed, with half a pound
of loaf sugar and just sufficient water to cover it. Boil until it
assumes a jellylike appearance; strain, and season to suit the taste
and condition of the patient.
In all cases of fever, very ripe grapes of any kind are a beneficial
article of diet, acting as both food and drink and possessing soothing
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