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Page 62 - The Lynch Family

"...Many of the cures used by Ralph Lynch for both man (mainly his
own family) and beast centered around the use of kerosene --
internally and externally. Kerosene and sugar were supposed to cut
phlegm to relieve colds and congestion, and kerosene mixed with lard
was the forerunner to Vick's Vapo-Rub. Constipation or 'stoppage of
the bowels' was treated with a mixture of fresh horse manure mixed
with boiling water. The liquid was strained and used as a drench, or in
the case of humans, one tablespoon was said to do the trick..."