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The ladies of Oriental nations commonly dye the nails; and amongst
many savage tribes the same practice is adopted, and is not confined
to the gentler sex. Amongst Western Europeans, and Americans, white
and regularly-formed nails are alone esteemed.
=Chapped Hands= are common among persons with a languid circulation, who
are continually "dabbling" in water during cold weather, and
particularly among those with a scrofulous taint, who, without the
last, expose their ungloved hands to bleak, cold winds. The best
preventives, as well as remedies, are the use of warm gloves out of
doors, and the application, night and morning, of a little glycerine,
diluted with twice its weight of water, or a little cold cream,
spermaceti cerate, salad oil, or any other simple unguent or oil,
which should be well rubbed in, the superfluous portion being removed
with a towel. This treatment will not only preserve the hands from the
effects of cold and damp, but also tend to render them soft and white.
Deep chaps which have degenerated into sores should be kept constantly
covered with a piece of lint wetted with glycerine or spread with
spermaceti ointment, the part being at the same time carefully
preserved from dirt, cold, and wind. It is said that a once favorite
actress, celebrated for the beauty of her hands, even when in the
"sere and yellow leaf," covered them nightly with the flare of a calf
or lamb, with the fat attached, over which was drawn a glove or mitten
of soft leather. The application of a little glycerine or fatty
matter, in the way just indicated, would have been equally effective.
=Warts=, like chilblains, are too well known to require description.
They chiefly attack the hands, and particularly the fingers, but
sometimes occur on other portions of the body. They may be removed by
rubbing or moistening their extremities every day, or every other day,
with lunar caustic, nitric acid, concentrated acetic acid, or aromatic
vinegar, care being taken not to wash the hands for some hours after.
The first is an extremely convenient and manageable substance, from
not being liable to drop or spread; but it produces a black stain,
which remains till the cauterized surface peels off. The second
produces a yellow stain, in depth proportioned to the strength of the
acid employed. This also wears off after the lapse of a few days. The
others scarcely discolor the skin.
=To Cause the Skin to become Satin-smooth, and to Smell like a bunch of
Violets.=--Any one using the following preparation will be noted for
the fair softness of her complexion and the delicate perfume which
emanates from her person. For ladies who like perfume, and care for a
satin-smooth skin, the following is an invaluable toilet
Have your druggist mix for you one ounce tincture of orris, one ounce
tincture of benzoin, ten drops oil of neroli, and ten drops oil of
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