Depression Era Castoria Recipe

Iowa woman offers her castoria recipe from the depression era.

| Good Old Days

Here is my recipe for the way I made Castoria for us during the depression era.

2 oz. Senna leaves
2 oz. rochell salts
5 cent oil of winter green
Boil leaves in 1 quart of water and boil down to 1 pint. Strengthen boil with 2 cups of granulated sugar.
Add salts, remove from stove and add wintergreen. Cool and bottle.

Alice Jenkins
Lamoni, Iowa

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