Wellcome Collection: Brumwich, Anne (& others) (MS160)


Mrs Anne Brumwich her Booke of Receipts or Medicines ffor severall sores and other Infermities.

With many additions, by several later 17th cent. hands.

The original compiler, Anne Brumwich, writes in an early 17th cent. hand, but some of the additions are much later, one dated 1681 is found on p. 12.


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153 98 Brumwich (Anne) [& others] Booke of Receipts or Medicines [? out] [bookplate] MS. No. 160. Wellcome Historical Medical Library Accession Number 18663 Press Mark [/bookplate] 41 D (3) 18663

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November the 29

Miss R Rhoda Hussey

Septembore the



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Garthwait Rhoda Hussey

Vrsula Fairfax March the 30 1663

Maddam Rhoda ffairfaxe Miss Fairfax

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XAn excillent Soveraighne balsome called the Lady Ropa Ropeues

Take a quarter of a pound of yellow wax cutt into small peices & putt itt into a new earthen pott or panne then melt itt & putt with itt a pint of Sacke & when itt is quite melted take itt from from the fire then take halfe a pound of venus Turpentine & wash itt in Redd Rose water then take a pinte & a half of Sallettt oyle & powder both the oyle & the Turpentine into the panne wh[...] the wax is well melted in the sacke then boyle them all togeather on a Soft fire vntill they bee well incorporated then take from fire & lett itt coole & when it is thoroughly cold take away the ca[k]e from the sacke then melt the cake in the Panne againe, & when itt is melted putt in one ounce of the best redd Sanders & soe stirringe continually vntill itt bee cold the sanders must bee beaten & sifted fine

The vertues of this Balsome

{1st} It helpeth the headach by anointinge the temples or nostrills therewith butt better by applyinge a playster of the same

{2ly} It helpeth any burne or scald happeninge by fire or water

{3ly}It will heale any wound either inward or outward Inward with a Serringe or by beinge powred warme into the wound Outwardly by applyinge fine Linte dipped in the balsome melted & then a warme playster of the same balsome vppon the soare it not only taketh away the paine but also helpes to draw forth all broken bones or splints or anythinge ese that might putrify or fester if the braines or inward parts as the hart gutts or liver if they bee nott perishd itt will heale in 7 dayes or 7 times dressinge provided no other thinge bee applyed thereto

{4ly} It healeth any bruise or cutt by dippinge of Linte in this balsome melted & a playster of the same layd thereto itt will heale itt without Scarre remaininge.

{5ly} It helpeth the Sciatica or Ach comminge of cold in what joynt so ever itt bee & taketh away painefull greife proceedinge of moisture & cold taken in the bones & Sinnews by anointinge the place soe oftended with warmed balsome & a playster of the same layd vppon itt

{6ly} It helpeth a ffistula vlcer or any old soare bee itt never soe deepe in any part of the body being applyed as afore said for a cutt

{7ly} It is present remedy for one that is poysoned beinge presently taken the quantity of an ounce melted & soe drunke

{[...]ly} It helpeth the Runninge of the Reigns beinge rapped in Nutmegg & Sage & taken 3 or 4 pills at a time for certaine dayes together

{[...]ly} It cureth the feaver beinge taken in halfe a pinte of sacke or broth

{[...]ly} It helpeth the wind Collect or Stich in the side by applyinge thereto a good quantity playsterwise 4 mornings togeather

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{11ly} It helpeth the prickinge of a Thorne & draweth out the same or any other prickinge whatsoeuer {12ly} It helpeth the Stinginge of Adders or any such like Venemous beast beinge drunke in warme milke {13ly} It is good for those that are infested with the plague or mezells beinge presently taken the quantity of an ounce 4 mornings together {14ly} It helpeth the bitinge of a madd dogge beinge applyed as for a cutt {15ly} It is good for breasts to dissolve or breake or ripen them to dresse the breast twice a day anoint itt & lay a cloth on itt & keepe the cloth to it without changeinge it att all

A precious balsome that cureth sores old or new. the goute paine in the ioynts or bones the crampe any manner of bruise itt is good against burnes & scalds

Take halfe a pinte of white wine that is old, oyle oliue the best a pinte put them together & putt ^into them St Johns wort, two ounce Cardus benedictus, sage, valerian, Rosemary, Bugell, Prunella, Egremony, betony, of each an ounce of each of these you must take the leaues and flowers if itt bee possible shred them very small & let them infuse & steepe in a close potte in your oyle & wine 4 & twenty houres then boyle them in a well velled pipkin on a soft fire till you thinke the wine bee consumed often stirringe itt with a sticke then take itt of the fire & strayne itt from the Hearbs & putt itt againe into the pipkin & putt thereto of Venis Turpentine unwasht four ounces stirre itt well sett itt on the fire againe & boyle itt softly a quarter of an houre then putt thereto Olibanum one ounce myrre halfe an ounce dragons blood two dramms soe lett itt boyle softly vntill the Olibanum & the Myrre bee dissolued then straine itt againe & lett itt coole then putt itt up into a glasse stoppe itt close & sett itt in the sunne 8 or 10 dayes & soe keepe itt for your vse itt will last in perpection 4 or 5 years Apply itt with Rubbinge or with a feather for the goute or anye payne or bruise for the space of a quarter of an houre on the place greiued for sore burne burne or scald putt itt into them or vppon them if itt bee for a cutt or wound lay a playster vppon them.

Lucattilly his precious Balsome

Take oyle of swallowes 3 pound oyle of Hypericon or St Johns worte 2 oz oyle of Juniper one Ounce oyle Despecke one ounce Venice Turpentine washed white one pound, naturall balsome one ounce red Saunders 4 ounces yellow wax halfe a pound dissolue the wax in the oyle of swallowes ouer a soft fire then mix the rest of the oyle in itt after that mixe the Saunders whilst itt is pretty hott but stirre itt continually lastly take itt from the fire & when itt comes to bee little more then lukewarme putt in the Turpentine & stirre itt stil till itt bee thorough cold both to incorporatethe Turpentine the better with the rest & to helpe the Saunders from fallinge all to the bottome

The Virtues {1st} It healeth any wound either inward or outward beinge squirted in warme beinge inward & Outward being aplyed with fine [[..]t] & itt will cure itt in 4 or 5 dressings {2ly} It healeth any burninge or scaldinge or any bruise or cutt beinge anointed & applyed warme {3ly} It taketh away the paine & ach in bones & sinews applyed warme like wise {4ly} It helpeth the headach anointinge the temples & nostrills therewith {5ly} It is good against the wind Collect or stich in the side takeing euery morninge a quarter of an oz thereoff & anointinge it warme for 4 mornings {6ly} It is good against poyson & helpeth a surfett takinge the quantity of an oz thereoff in a little sacke warme & helpeth the bitinge of mad dogs or any other beaste {7ly} It is good against the plague anointinge the lips & nostrills therewith before the party goes abroad {8ly} It healeth a fistula or vlcer bee itt neuer so deepe in any part beinge applyed as afore said to the Cutt {9ly} It is very good for one infected with the plague mezells & the like soe itt bee presently taken in warme broth the quantity of a quarter of an oz 4 mornings together & sweate vppon itt {10ly} It allso keepeth one from varmin {11ly} It allso helpeth digesture anointinge the nable & stomach therewith when the party goes to bed {12ly} It will stanch any blood presently of a greene wound puttinge a playster of linte vppon itt & ty itt very hard the said oyle or balsome may bee kept 20 years & never loose its vertue butt bee much the better

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A Soueraigne Balsome which will cure any greene wound presently

Take of oyle oliue 3 pints of cleare well water one pinte of venis Turpentine one pound of virgin wax half a pound Hypericon or St Johns wort 6 oz of liquid Storax 4 oz of Mumma 1/2 an oz of dragons blood one oone oz of naturall balsome one ounce of red Saunders one oz of [Plantan] & Rosewater of each halfe a pint of greene bay leaves, of Rosemary of balme Time Tutson of each one handfull

Take a brasse bason that will contayne 5 or 6 qtsquarts & putt into itt the oyle oliue the well water the venis Turpintine the Liquid Storax and stirre them well about that they may bee well mix ed together then putt itt on the fire & wax and the hearbs therein shredd the hearbs before you putt them therein butt never wash them lett them bee cleane gathered then lett them boyle verry untill the Hearbs bee tender & strayne itt whilst itt is very hott which done cast away the Hearbs & drosse & lett the strayned liquor stand untill itt bee cold & then cutt itt in 4 peices & take away the drosse & afterwards putt itt into a vessell with the Rose & Plantan water & when itt is melted Styrre into itt the powder of Mumma of dragons blood & off Red Saunders & adde into itt the oyle of St Johns wort &the naturall Balsome which done bury itt in the ground in a temperate place for the space of 12 months & after vse itt (butt itt may bee vsed presently after itt is made) allbeit that buried is of greater virtue It is good for all Aches Strains or Synewes anointinge the place greiued

Tis good for any surfett plague or small pox if you giue itt inwardly

An excellent Balsome curinge many disseases & all desperate wounds in the space of 24 hours

Take of Myrre of Aloez heaped of Spiknard of sanguis draconis of frankinscense of Mommee of Opopanax of Bdellium of carpobalsa of ammoniacum of Sarcocolla of Safron of Masticke of Gumme Arobacke of Storax liquida of each 2 ounces of the iuice of Castorummum 2 oz, of Muske, 8 oz of Turpentine

Take the waight of all these powders that will bee powdered & mix them well with Turpentine putt them all into a Limbec & distill itt ingenioussly Take the liquid distilled & keepe itt well in a glasse

The virtues

{1st} Dead bodys anointed therewith will nott corrupt or putrify

{2ly} It Restoreth pined bodys that are falne away temperd with Rose Water & anointed from the necks to the Reigns

{3ly} It taketh away the Shakinges of agues if one houre before the fitt you anoint the backbone warme leauinge itt soe vppon a cloth

{4ly} In soundinge itt is the as itt were the last refuge to anoint the backbone

{5ly} ffor losse of speech lay a little thereoff vnder your tongue

with MS. 160

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