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Virtues Of Hot Water

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Nnt a jjhrase couveying an impression ,-f entire felioity, yet it inay be found that water, hot, has raanifold uses and is peculiarly able in certain places to afford comfort and relief. A pbysioian who has tried it says that no agent so qtiickly relieves nausea and vorniting as water, hot as it can be taken. For constipation drink of het ■water a short time before retiring at night. Dyspeptics are benefited by sippiug a cup of hot water au honr before eating. The same practice tends to flesh production, and is one of the rules given sometimes in prescriptions for the cure of lameiiess. As water is so considerable an element in the pbysical structure, it is in some sense a food, though - knowing, too, that without it life cannot be supported - it is not usually regarded in that manner, and the knowledge that a weak stomach will retain hot water when it will uothiug else may be oftentiiues of valué. Let those who are inclined to sneer at "only hot water" try a cup of it, fresh water, quickly heated and brought to a boil, usod with cream and sugar as for coffee. If coffee, as many believe, encourages dyspepsia, and tea renders its consamers subject to headaches, while a cold fluid with warm fluid is not hygieuic, it answers to reason that if any drink must be used at meals, the one we are considering (or else hot milk), having noneof theirobjectionable qualities, is preferable. To ward off the cold threatened by a chilly sensation, drink a cup. To loosen a tight cough, sip water as hot as it can be borne. A hot compress, with a dry flaunel over it, persisteutly applied to the throat and chest will cure a stubborn cough, a sore throat and cut short in its incipieney congestión of the lungs. To dip a cloth in hot water and lay it qniekly over the seat of pain is sometimes a relief in neuralgia. The same application on tbe stomach will banish colic. Iu croup place about the ueck a flannel wrung out of hot water. For sprains hot fomentations are excellent. In such cases care should be taken that the clothiug is protected froin dampness by thfi iutervention of a dry cloth, aud in all the uses for it thus far given it must be kept in mind that the water is to be really hot. In spasms place the afflicted child as quickly as possible iu a hot bath - that is, one heated as rnucb as comfort will allow. The convulsed frame will be relaxed and soothed by its contact with the warm water. A hot bath after exposure will do much to prevent the taking of an iufectious disease. An occasional full hot bath upon retiring is of great benefit ininducing sleep. Even a footbath will be found a help as a means to the same. Wben a person is tired and heated, batbing the tace with warm water will prove more comfortable as well as less dangerous thau the use of cold. Weak eyes are made stronger by bathing them regularly iu water as hot as can be borne. If they are tired, such bathiug, to which is sometimes added a little salt, will wonderfully rest them. For a fine complexion and velvety skin never use cold, but warm water in washing the face. It may be first washed with soap and hot water, then rinsed with tepid water. To bathe the face daily iu hot water will, it is said, remove pimples. And the appearance of wrinkles may be greatly delayed, it is believed. bv the use of tbe hot bath. -


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