Grandmother Praises Recipe for Eyewash

Recipe for eyewash is grandmother's favorite, as she claims it as the best eye water ever made.

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This is Grandmother's recipe for eyewash that she claimed to be "the best eye water ever made for man or beast."

"Take three fresh eggs and break them into one quart of clear, cold rain water; stir until thoroughly mixed; bring to a boil on a slow fire, stirring often. Then add half an ounce of sulphate of zinc (white vitriol); continue boiling for two minutes, then set it off the fire. Take the curd that settles at the bottom of this and apply to the eye at night with a bandage. It will speedily draw out all fever and soreness. Strain the liquid through a cloth and use for bathing the eyes occasionally."

Mrs. Ambrose Fischer
Strawberry Point, Iowa


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