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Dorothy Davies
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posted 11-09-2004 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dorothy Davies     Edit/Delete Message
just a thought ... surely they would have suffered with them, or did they muffle up more than we do? I imagine thick furs and thick velvet robes and possibly extra heavy fur lined boots to protect against them.

posted 11-10-2004 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maria   Click Here to Email Maria     Edit/Delete Message
Some remedies: http://podiatry.curtin.edu.au/super.html#endure

posted 11-13-2004 04:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Levan   Click Here to Email Levan     Edit/Delete Message
Alcohol was used on chilblains - Port and Stout often recommend (and also to drink as alcohol was assumed to improve circulation).

Recipies for unbroken chilblains:

1. a mixture of hydrochloric acid, diluted with camphor water.

2. a liniment of belladonna, aconite, carbolic acid and collodion.

3. quinine applied and drunk.

Finally, for broken chilblains: wooly socks (not so daft as in those days wool still contained lanolin) and sometimes they tried to repair broken skin using the sac of a hens egg.

posted 11-13-2004 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
Fat was used greatly to protect the feet and hands.
There was no vasaline then.
Goose fat was popular, which was melted with elderflower flowers, then put into pots.
I tried it once with vasaline, goosefat, and the flowers.
My wife played hell with for nearly ruining one of her pans and stinking the kitchen out.
Yes, it does work great on the feet.
Doesn't do much for modern socks or the relationship with your wife though!

Dorothy Davies
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posted 11-14-2004 04:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dorothy Davies     Edit/Delete Message
it might be wiser to ask first, Peter ...

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