[ Inflammation in the Eyes: or Decay in the Sight ] Sarah Creighton Wilkins
Date: Late 18th or early 19th century; exact date unknown.
Source: Manuscript Notebook of Sarah Creighton Wilkins
Institution: Nova Scotia Archives | Source Origin: MacDonald Family Fonds | Reference: MG 1 No. 1 / Microfilm Reel 10,618
A recipe to relieve tired or inflamed eyes.
Inflammation in the Eyes: or decay
in the sight.
3 onces of the best rectified spirits of wine
1 dram of Camphor dissolved in it
add as many dried elder flowers
as you can take up in your fingers &
thumb & infuse them for 2 or 3 days
pour it off quite clear closely stop it up
this mixture or Lotion will relieve
the Eyes when tir’d with reading or
work -- Wet your fingers & bathe
the Eyelids, it will feel as if the
Lids were burning, but in a very
short time will be easy & cool. If you
have the tooth ache or face, rub them
with this lotion, & it will harden
the parts to bear cold weather or
wind. Do not drop the lotion into
the Eyes __