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Seidlitz Powders


  • 1 drachm of Rochelle salts
  • 20 grains of tartaric acid
  • 25 grains of carbonate of soda


Fold in a white paper the Rochelle salts. In a blue paper a mixture of the tartaric acid, and carbonate of soda. They should all be pulverized very fine. Put the contents of the white paper into a tumbler not quite half full of cold water, and stir it till dissolved. Then put the mixture from the blue paper into another tumbler with the same quantity of water, and stir that also. When the powders are dissolved in both tumblers, pour the first into the other, and it will effervesce immediately. Drink it quickly while foaming.


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Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches (1840).

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