Sassafras as a healer? You have an itch? Your horse has an itch? Fret not, gentle reader. Your condition has been noted and its happy resolution is freely provided in this small column: Springfield Globe-Republic, 11/20/1885 Springfield, OH (Image 2). Courtesy of the Library of Congress. Tap the plus to render the teeny invisible visible.
Summations: Veterinary and humanitary. Veterinary: pertaining to beasts of burden, see etymonline, Veteran: old enough to bear burden?
The Itch. As to a horse, change the diet and sponge the horse daily with one ounce of the following: "a weak dye of saleratus water" to which has been added equal parts of sassafras and sulphur. Cover the parts to which the solution has been applied with linen, not flannel.
Mange. Mange in man is generally denominated Itch instead. This is a contagious condition, so isolation is recommended. For an animal topical treatment, sponge with lime water. Mix and shake well the following: 4 oz. pyrolygneous acid, 1 oz. spirits of turpentine, 3 oz. linseed oil, 1 oz. sulphur.
As a medicine for the horse, rub the following in a mortar: 2 oz. sulphur, 2 oz. cream of tartar, 2 oz. sassafras, 2 oz. powdered mandrake. Divide the result into 12 equal parts, and mix one part with fodder for the morning feed, and one part with the fodder for the evening feed. Also, make "some change" in the feed, and avoid musty grain and ground meal.
Q. Is the reference to sassafras for a tea, as from peeled, tender roots? Or a powder of some other part? We await.