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

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12 1 peny worth of o oyl of Camomil & an half peny worth of Aqua Vitea, shake well together in a bottle & put on with a feather & rubb in well before a good fire is w[m] whites Receipt water, untill all become to a pint or something more; then cast away ye pieces of horn, & let yat in ye vessell stand still untill it be cold, which then will be like a Gelly; & when yow will use thereof, warm some of it in a saucer, & anoint ye grieved place therewith by ye fire, morning & evening & let it drink in, & it will heall it throughly / by Gods Blessing / at 9 or 10 dressings. This is a rare secret for any Aches in ye joynts whatsoever, & hath helpen when all other means hath failed. {9}Take ye stones out of raisins of ye Sun, yen stamp ye said Raisins, & apply a Plaister thereof to any Ah, & it will cease it presently, & if yow use it 5 or 6 in such order, it will throughly cure ye same. {1} If one suspect himself to be infected with ye Pleurisie let him hold in his breath as long as he can; & then if he can let it goe without coughing, he hath not ye pleu= -rise; if not, he hath ye pleurisie, or is in danger thereof. {1}Stinking & corrupt Wine will be marvellously mended, if according to ye bignes of ye vessell, a sufficient Quantity of clean wheet in a bag, be hanged in ye said vesell, & after be taken out of ye same. {2}To prove whether any water be mixt with wine; put an Egge into ye Wine, & if ye Egge sink into it, there is water mixt with it; but if ye Egge swim; tis pure wine.

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13 {1}A wort-leaf laid to ye Crown of ye head draweth up the Uoula, or flap in ye throat. Also a plaister made of bean flower & ye white of an egge and laid to ye mould of ye head ye hair cut off a little first, helpeth if any thing will {1}A Little bay-salt stamped small, mixt with ye Yolk of an Egge, & applyed to a Felon, & so used divers times, doth per= -fectly & speedily heall ye same; & also draws out all ye pain of ye Arm, & ceases the swelling, if any such be xc {2}Soap mixt with a little salt helpeth perfectly a felon, uncome or other sore or swoln finger with speed. Proved. {1}The juice of Broom mixt with ye Oyl of Radish or Mustard, is a very safe remedy for ye killing and destroying of Lice. {2}Olibanum (which is a kind of frankincense) in pouder, mixt with as much swines-grease, & boyled together, wherewith if Childrens heads yat are full of lice, or apt to breed lice, be anointed, they shall be afterwards free from Lice. This is better & safer than Ointment made with Quicksilver, which is dangerous. {1}To make ye hands white. Mix ye dung of sparrows in warm wa= -ater, & wash your hands therewith; or seeth yeroots of nettles in that water & therewith wash your hands. {1}To take away hair. Salt finely stamped & mixed with fasting spittle, laid on a fillet (& applyed certain times) to ye place where superfluous hair is, doth cause yat hair will grow there no more. A thing certainly proved. Pigeons-dung doth work ye like effect, applyed in such sort. {1}The water of distilled hony makes well rolled hair, if it be often used or spunged therewith. Proved.

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14 {1}For ye Cough. Aqua vitae mixt with white sugar Candy finely poudered, so that it be not too thick thereof, but indifferent, & a spoonfull thereof taken last at night, for 3 or 4 nights, doth presently help ye Cough & hoarsnes, & breaks flegm mar= vellously. Proved. Also ye sirrup of Ground-ivy, or ale-hoof. or gill-go by-ground (they are all one) is singluar good for hoarsnes & consumpt take a spoonfull of it first & last, for sometime. ---------------- {2}The pouder of ye root of Emula campana mixt with ye pouder of Liquoris, & of white Sugar-Candy, if it be often eaten, a spoonfull at a time; effects as yeformer. ------------------------------ {1}An approved medicine for shortnes of breath, taken thrice a day viz: 3 hours before dinner, 2 hours before supper, & about midnight, continuing y{e} same 3 or 4 days, & no more, heals. Take of manna elect, called manna granata 2ounces; yeflowers of Cassia newly drawn half an ounce, penydes 3 ounces: Oyl of sweet Almonds being new, one ounce, ye lungs of a fox finely beaten & pudered 2 ounces (make ye rest in pouder that are to be poudered) mix all together, & make thereof an Electuary with ye syrrup of hysop. Yow may have it well made at ye Apothecaries. see ye 3th on ye next page. -------------- {2}Take of ye Roots of hollyock dried in ye shadow one pound made in fine pouder, clarified honey one four pound, seethe them over a fire, & stir them together till it be in ye form of an E= -lectuary, whereof take often & yow shall be whole. ----------- {1}Whosoever hath ye pleurisie, or is stuffed in ye stomach with toug flege flegm, Let him take a scruple of ofye pouder of ye seeds of nettles, with ye syrrop of Violets, & swallow ye same as by licking it a little & little; & he shall spit out ye tough flegm more easily. A rare secret.

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15 {1}To help a stinking breath, yat comes from ye stomach. Take two handfulls of Cumin-seed, & beat it to pouder, then seeth it in a pottle of White Wine, until a Quart thereof be Wasted, then give ye party a good draught thereof first & last as hot as he may suffer it, & he shall have a sweet breath with 12 dayes. [Carses re] {1}For a clear voice: Drink ye wine of Centory, once every morning 4 days together, & it will make thee sing clear, & speak with a good voice. It cleanseth ye breast marvellously. ---------------------------- {3}For Cough and Shortnes of breath. Take ye roots of Enula Campana, cut in small peeces, of hyssop & peneroyall, & also of scapod Liquoris of each 2 handfulls, seeth them all in a gallon of pure & fair water, untill ye water comes to one pottle, then strain it well, & keep it in a clean vessell, close stopt or covered, & so use it. Drink a good draught something warm of it thrice every day first & last, and one hour after dinner, for ye space of 7 or 8 days, & it will help them. A most excellent thing. ---------------------- {1}For ye Squinamy or swelling & sore throat. The pouder of ye tooth of a boar mixt with ye Oyl of Linseed, doth presently help, if ye grieved place be toached with ye end of a feather or pen, smeared with ye same mixture. ------------------- {2}Dip a silk thread in ye blood of a mouse, & let ye patient swal= -low, & 'twill help. ----------- {3}Mark where a swine doth rub him, & then rub your hand on ye same wood, post or stone, with which hand rub your sore or swoln throat; & as some say that hait, have provod it, cut of a

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16 peece of ye same wood which ye swine did rub himself, & rub ye grieved place therewith; but ye rubbing of ye swines nneck is best for ye neck, ye leg for ye leg & this is often proved. -------------- {4} Take a Jews-ear (which is to be had at ye Apothecaries, & lay it to steep in Ale a whole night, & let ye party drink a good draught thereof every day once or twice. ^Also hony & allom boild over ye coals in a pottinger till ye allom be dissolved and beaten a little at a time, helpeth.^ ----------------------- {5} Rub your hand on ye bare earth or ground, & then rub therewith ye swoln throat, if presently yow do thus 3 severall times, ye swelling & pain will marvellously go away. ---------------------- {6}{manicule}Album Groecum (or white dogs-dung) made into pouder, mixt w{i}th hony; & eaten helpeth. proved, ----------------- {7}{manicule} Take a Linnen napkin (a peece of new blue-linnen is best) dip it in cold spring water, wring out ye water & roull it about ye naked neck: it will in a short time become so hot, that 'twill smoke again, & lying on some considerable time heats marvellously. A rare secret. ------------------------ {1}For spots in ye face. The blood of a white hen, smeared on a freckled or spotted face, & thereon suffered to dry, & afterward wiped away, clearly takes away all spots. ------------------ {2}The Oyle of Tartar, doth take away all spots, freckles & filthy wheals of ye face, with his cleansing strength. proved ------------------- {3}Anoint ye freckled face with ye blood of an hare or of a Bull, & it will do them away & make ye skin fair. provved

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