Recipe Combats Spring Fever

Old receipt book contains recipe used to cure spring fever, or spring laggins.

| Good Old Days

"For Curing Spring Laggins" is an interesting title for this recipe to combat spring fever that I found in my mother's "receipt" book, as her cookbook was called in those days.

"Take sarsaparilla, yellow dock, black alder bark, burdock root, sassafras bark, wintergreen. Of each one ounce mixed with four pints of syrup. A wine glass of this three times a day."

Mrs. E.A. Stowell
Boscobel, Wisconsin

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