Black tea 2 ozs.: water 1 gallon; bay rum 1 quart; glycerin 3 ozs.; tinct. cantharides, 1 oz. Exhaust the tea with the water heated to boiling, filter, and stir in the remaining ingredients previously mixed.— [Ex. [The cantharides should never be used; they injure the hair far more than the borax; they were first employed by the French perfumers. Some honey added to either oJ these hair waters greatly improves their quality for thickening the growth of the hair.
This article was originally published with the title "Hair Tonic" in Scientific American 8, 38, 297 (June 1853)