Royal College of Physicians: A collection of medical receipts (MS504)

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7 Take ye Juice of ye flowers of Broom, & ye juice of Scala coeli, & honey, as much of one as of another, & seeth it all together, till it be of ye thicknes of honey, & anoint ye Gouty place therewith. severall have been cured by this. {9}Take of black sope as much as is sufficient, whereunto adde of ye Yolks of raw eggs, half as much as ye Sope, & mix them well together in a dish, untill ye Sope hath lost his proper colour; which done lay thereof upon fine flax, & spread it like a plaister, & apply it to ye grieved plaice, then take ye whites of Eggs mixt with wheat flower, & wet a Limmen clothe well in ye same, & lay ye same upon ye said plaister, & tie it well upon it, yat ye plaister remove not away, of all ye said time unless there be great occasion. {10}For ye sciatica, Ach, Gout, or other pain. Take a pint of pure Aqua composita, one beasts Gall, & one ounce of pepper beaten into powder, boyl them all together, untill half ye Aqua vitae be consumed; yen lay some thereof on a Cloth like a plaister, & apply it something hot to ye grieved place; & let it ly 12 hours unremoved, & thus do 4 or 5 times, if need be. It is a sure help. {11}One never had ye Gout, untill he hath known woman carnally. Hippocrates. {12}For ye Sciatica or Ach in ye huckle bone. Take a pound of good black sope, one pint of good Aqua vitae, half a pint of Sallad Oyl, & a quarter of a pint

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8 of ye Juice of Rue, seeth them & stir them all together over an easie fire, untill it be something thick, & then it may be made into a plaister, & then spread some thereof upon a piece of Leather, & apply it to ye pained place, & let it lye thereon unremoved 3 days & 3 nights, & if ye pain be not then gone, apply Such another plaister thereto, & remove it not off so long, & it will help it certainly. {1}If any carry about him ye seed of sorrell, gathered by a boy being a Virgin, his sperm shall not goe from him, neither sleeping nor waking: therefore it is said to be good against any pollution in ye night. {1}The leaf of ye greater Bur, born or laid on ye top of ye head, doth draw ye Matrix upwards; but laid under ye sole of ye foot, it draweth downward, which is a notable Remedy against ye suffocacions, falling & displacing of ye Matrix. {1}To cause speedy delivery in a woman, & to help ye af= ter-birth. Betony drunk with water or Wine, causeth easy & speedy delivery, yea, though ye child be dead; or if it be turned contrary to a right Course: Also it brings forth ye after-barthen: ye like effect hath peneroyall as some affirm.

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9 {2}Vervin Stampt & strained with Wine, water or Vinegar, and then given to a Woman yat travels, & cannot be delivered, causeth speedy delivery. {3}Oak fern (called Polypodium) stampt & plaistered upon ye feet of a woman in Labour, causeth ye birth of ye Child alive or dead. This a secret. {4}Myrrhe given to drink in warm wine, ye quantity of a big Nut, causeth ye deliverance of ye Child, quick or dead. See most excellent Receipts in Culpeppers midwife. {1}For sores & aches. Ale sod till it be thick like a salve, help, all sores, & Aches applyed thereto marvellously. {2}Sugar (especially Valentia sugar) made in pouder & put into a wound or cut, doth not only cleanse all corruption, but heals etc. If you will, you may mix a little fresh butter therewith, whereby it will not be of ye less virtue. This is sure & excellent. {3}Carduus benedictus stamped, & then well sodden with sewet, or swines grease, wine & wheat flower, untill it be like an ointment, is excellent for sores & ulcers; yea, though ye bones therewith be bare, but you must anoint ye sores twice every day, washing first ye Corrupcion from ye sore with White-wine {4}If yow stamp Harisse a little, & lay it in fair spring-water for ye space of 24 hours, & then wash any sore or scabby place therewith, it will heall it wonderfully. {5}Seeth ye Leaves of an Oak, & ye middle rind thereof in water, & wash ye head that is sore or full of Pustles, therewith, & it will help it p[erfe]ctly

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10 {6} This will surely heall a scald head. Take Oyl-olive & put it into a dish with fair water, & beat & stir them well together, as yow would make butter, then take it up & put it into a vessell, & put pouder of Brimstone & May butter thereto, & make an Oyntment thereof, wherewith anoint ye forehead, & doubtles it will heall it. {7}Take of fresh Liquor or fresh buter, bees wax & tur= -pentine a certain quantity, melt them all together {[manicule]} & use it for a salve. 'Tis good to apply to any green wound & proved. The more yow would have it draw, ye more Turpentine put into it. {1}For an Ach or Stitch . Take Butter, Aqua-vitae, & beasts Gall of each a like Quantity mixt together, & an Ach or Stitch anointed therewith something hot, every morning & evening, for 7 or 8 days, doth perfectly help. {2} The seeds of Carduus benedictus stamped & drunk, doth help ye pains, prickings & stitches of ye side, & ye gripings in ye Guts. {3}Take brandy warm'd & bath the place therewith before ye fire, then take London-brown paper & wetting it in ye brandy, {[manicule]} apply it to ye pained place, & let it there continue, ye bosome bound up warm, this doe as often in ye day as yow can conveniently, still after bathing wetting ye paper & applying it as before; if yow drink also some of brandy burn'd well it will be more effectuall; especially if yow are troubled with gripings. Proved.

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11 1 peny-worth of ye oyl of Exeter & 2 peny-worth of ye oyl of Dal[...] mix 'em well together, & ye grieved place therewith well before a fire [pleporter]. {4}An excellent medicine for ye Ach in ye bones or Arms, or any other place of ye Body. Anoint ye grieved place with good & pure Aqua Composita by ye fire & let it drink in, do this 3 or 4 times together; then at ye Last Time, while it is wet, cast upon it ye pouder of Olibanum (which is ye fairest & whitest of the ffrankincense) & so lay a Linnen Cloth upon ye pouder, & sew it fast, & let it lye there 3 or 4 days, untill it be well, which will be by that time God willing. {5}Take of good Aqua Composita & Oyl of Roses, of each a like quantity, mix them both together, & anoint ye grieved place therewith (morning & evening) untill it be well, which will be quickly, but rub ye place with warmed Clothes well before. Proved. {6}Take of Oyl-olive, Aqua vita, Oyl of Exeter, & of beasts Gall of each a like quantity, mix all together, & anoint ye Lame member therewith twice every day ye space of a fortnight, be= ing well rubbed before, & 'twill help certainly. A woman in Worcester shire helpt many therewith. {7}A prinicipall medicine for all bone Aches, in what part soever [...]ke a penny worth of Aqua vitae & another of Oyl debay, [...] them together, & anoint ye grieved place therewith hot by ye fire & it will drive away ye pain for ever using it often, but you must warm ye ointment a little in a sawcer first, & chafe it well untill it be dryed in, & cover it warm at all times untill it be whole. {8}Take all ye whole horn yat a Buck casts off, ye latter ye better, cast away ye scaupe, take nothing but the horn, cut ye same into pieces, then seeth ye same in a Gallon of fair

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