Friday, December 30, 2011

Horsford's Acid Phosphate ~ Vintage Holistic Hangover Remedy

There are almost as many hangover remedies as there are beverages that cause a hangover. i found a most intriguing vintage holistic remedy in the Rumford Cookbook. Check with your doctor or pharmacist before using this or any remedy.

"Eben Norton Horsford [27 July 1818 – 1 January 1893] was an American scientist who is best known for his reformulation of baking powder, his interest in Viking settlements in America, and the monuments he built to Leif Erikson."

"Eben Horsford probably is best remembered today for reformulating baking powder. Previously, baking powder had contained baking soda and cream of tartar. Horsford replaced the cream of tartar with the more reliable calcium biphosphate [also known as calcium acid phosphate and many other names]. He did this a little earlier than August Oetker. In 1854, Horsford, with partner George Wilson, formed the Rumford Chemical Works. They named it after the title of Horsford's position at Harvard. It was in that enterprise that Horsford created his commercially successful baking powder."

Horsford's Acid Phosphate


A solution of the phosphates of lime, magnesia, potash and iron in phosphoric acid. It is not a compounded patent medicine, but a scientific preparation recommended and prescribed by physicians of all schools.

INDIGESTION AND DYSPEPSIA. Half a teaspoonful Horsford's Acid Phosphate in half a glass of hot or cold water, or tea without milk, taken with each meal, or half an hour thereafter, makes the process of digestion natural and easy, and creates a good appetite.

NERVOUSNESS, EXHAUSTION, ETC. Horsford's Acid Phosphate supplies the waste of phosphates caused by every mental and physical exertion. It imparts new energy, increases the intellectual and physical power, and is an agreeable and beneficial food and tonic for the brain and nerves.

IntemperanceHEADACHE. Horsford's Acid Phosphate relieves headache caused by overwork, nervous disorders or impaired digestion.

Horsford's Acid Phosphate

TIRED BRAIN. Horsford's Acid Phosphate acts as a brain food, increasing the capacity for mental labor, relieving the tired brain, and imparting new energy to that organ.

WEAKENED ENERGY. Horsford's Acid Phosphate acts as a nutrient to the cerebral and nervous systems, giving vigor and renewed strength where there has been exhaustion.

SLEEPLESSNESS. Half a teaspoonful Horsford's Acid Phosphate in half a glass of water just before retiring brings refreshing sleep.

A DELICIOUS DRINK is made by adding a teaspoonful of Horsford's Acid Phosphate to a tumbler of water and sweetening to the taste.


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