This section is from the book "Cook Book", by The Ladies of the Church of the Good Shepherd.
The first relief came from the use of a kind of home-made hop beer. Two ounces of hops, two ounces of sarsaparilla, about one-third ounce of sassafras (used only for flavor, and can be left out if desired). Having the hops in bulk loose, instead of getting them at the drug store, use one pint. Put the herbs in the largest kettle the house affords, and add three gallons of cold water. Let it stew all day, adding water as it cooks down, to keep the original amount, tilL the strength is entirely out of the herbs. Then strain, add three cupfuls of sugar (brown is the best), and two yeast cakes dissolved in warm water. Of course, the mixture must be also lukewarm when the yeast is added. The soft yeast is better—add one cupful. Now stand the kettle in a warm place, till the mixture ferments, which will be in two or three days, and when it has fermented, which will be shown by bubbles on the surface, bottle it and put in a cold place for use. Dose, one-half cupful about fifteen minutes before each meal, and between meals, if wished. This simple remedy was the beginning of a cure of an obstinate dyspepsia case, and it seems reasonable, as Äàðè-line, the bitter principle extracted from hops, is given in gastric fever, a most severe form of etomacb trouble. The recipe is alio used for a spring tonic, and hops are very useful for nervousness and sleeplessness. The second part of the cure consisted inaljvays drinking something hot at meals, not before them, as the hot-water people advocate. In this case it was principally hot milk, which is one of the best things for the.stomach at any time. People found out some time ago that ice water was injurious, and the reaction was to drink nothing, which seems to be now, not only useless but unpleasant; whereas, if something hot is taken, the stomach is toned and the work of digestion is helped. The third part of the cure, is to eat at all times very slowly. And that is all. To recapitulate: Before meals, the beer. At meals, hot milk or other hot drinks. Slow eating.—Good Housekeeping.