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

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27 {1}Against moths. If Wormwood be laid or wrapt with Clothes, they are safe from moths; or if there any, it will drive yem away.

{2}If brambles or Bay-tree be wrapt or laid among Clothes or book, it will keep them safe from worms, moths & ye wood or saw-dust of Cedar also doth ye same.

{1}To know whether a woman be with Child. Give a woman 2 spoonfulls of water, & one spoonfull of clarified hony, mingled together to drink, when she goeth to sleep: & if she feels gripings & pains in her belly in ye night she is with Child; if she feell none, she is not. This is often proved.

{2}Let a woman make water in a Copper or brazen vessell, & let a needle ly therein a whole night that is bright & clean, & if she be with child, ye needle will have red spots on it; if not, then it will be blackish or rusty.

{1}Women yat use to lye & sleep on their right side, seldome or never bring forth any wenches.

{1}If one yat hath eaten Garlick or Cummin-Seed, breath on ye face of a woman yat is painted, ye colour will vanish away straight; if not, her colour remains as before.

{1}Let a woman make water in a Urinall yat is faire & clean, or rather new, upon certain Corns of barley; & set ye same in a cold place for ye space of 8 days, & if ye said bar-ley Corns will grow again& bring forth new corns, then ye fault is not in ye woman yat she conceives not, but rather in ye man; If otherwise, then 'tis in her.

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28 {1}To stop women Courses. If a woman that is too much weakned with manner her Courses, doth cast ye same, or let yesame run into a hole made in ye Ground, with a three square stake (ye same stake imediately after) being put or drove into ye same hole, & so remain there -in unremoved; her saif flux will cease, being thought before incurable. An honest woman revealed this who had proved it to be true; & she learn'd it of a poor woman yat required Alms at her door.

{1}Terns provoke. Seeth sage & drink it (or stamp it, & lay it to ye Matrix) both ways it provoke ye flowers and after burthens.

{1}For womens breasts. If an handfull of figs be stampt till ye Kernels be broken, then tempered with a little fresh grease, & a plaister thereof laid to a Womans breast that is sore, as hot as she may sufer ye same, it will take away ye swelling & pain thereof; & if it be ready to break, it will break it, or else not. An excellent & tryed thing.

{1}For ye Cough in an horse. Five Eggs laid in ye evening in strong & tart vinegar, & taken out of ye same ye next morning, so yat yow peile their shells therewith to be something soft, else let them lye in longer, then peel or thrust them down into ye throat of an horse yat hath ye Cough, his tongue being holden all yat while out of his mouth, will heall him presently of ye same.

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29 {1}To take away Grossnes, & to make slender. Let him eat 3 or 4 Cloves or Garlick, with as much of bread & butter every morning & evening, first & last, neither eat - ing nor drinking 3 or 4 hours after their taking of it in ye morning, for ye space of 14 days at least & drink every day 3 draughts of the decoction of ffennel (1) of ye water wherein ffennell is sod & well strained 14 days after at ye least, at morning, noon & night: I knew ([sth] ye [Apishr] a man marvellous gross, yat could not go a Quarter of a mile without resting a dozen times at ye least, yat with this medicine, took away his grossness, & afterwards could goe a iourney on foot. --------------------------- {1}Mousear, any manner of way ministred to horses, brin this help unto them, yat they cannot be hurt whilst ye Smith is shoeing of them, therefore 'tis called of many herba clavorum ye herb of nails. ----------------------- {1}For ye memory. The Gall of a partridge, anointed once a moneth on ye Arteries of ye Temples of ye head, so that it may penetrate and sink in, doth profit very much for ye confirming of ye memory. ------------------------------- {2}Grind mustard with vinegar, and rub it well & hard on the Palms of ye hands, or Soles of ye feet, & it will help and quicken forgetfull persons.

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{1}A precious medicine to preserve them yat take it safe from Poyson or plague: Take of Juniper berries two drams, of earth of Lemney, called by Physicians Terra Lemniae, as much & one scruple more: when yow have made them into fine pouder, mix them with honey, & keep it for your use in a clean vessell : Give as much thereof at one time as an Hazell nut, in 3 ounces of Aqua Mulsa, which is made of Water & hony, viz: 1ld of water honey, & 8ld of water sodden & scummed over an easie fire, untill ye 4 part be consumed. This Antidote did King Nicomedes use, when any did bid him to a banquet & iff there be no poyson taken before it, it will remain quietly in ye sto= mach; but if there be any poyson, it will procure vomit, so yat thereby ye poison & medicine will come both forth. ------------------------------ {2}The pouder of Betony put in Wine, viz: a spoonfull of ye pouder to a draught of Wine; a little boyled on ye fire be drunk; doth presently help such as have drunk poyson before; whoever drinks ye same in a morning fasting, no poyson taken after ye same day can hurt him. proved. ------------------- {1}For ye stomach. Take 3 drams of good Cinnamon, one dram of Mastick, one dram of ye parsnips of Pomegranades, & half a dram of Gallingale, & stamp all these together, & temper it with clarifyed

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31 honey, & then use to eat as much thereof as a Nut every day (during10 days) fasting, & it will procure a good stomach, & also Keep ye same from any evill humors to breed therein. This is an excellent medicine, often proved, & easily made --------------------------- {2}If 3 grains of Mastick be given to a person, & by him swallowed every night at his going to bed it doth preserve him from ye pains in ye stomach, & cure him. Proved, & a secret. ------------------------- {3}Take a spoonfull of Aqua vita, & put therein half a spoonfull of ye pouder of Liquoras, & let it remain therein 3 hours, & drink it fasting, or at evening when yow goe to bed. It is a sovereign thing for all sudden sicknes, & especally ye stomach & breast. -------------------- {4}An excellent remedy for many diseases, & chiefly for ye stomach. Mix two spoonfulls of Sallad oyl with two spoonfulls of pure Aqua vitae, & drink all ye same in ye morning at one time, do so 6 or 7 mornings together. proved. ----------------- {1}For yefalling sicknes. Take a frog, & cut her through ye midst of ye back with a knife, & take out ye Liver, fold it in a Colewort-leaf & burn it in a new earthen pot well closed, & give ye Ashes thereof unto ye patient to drink with Wine, & it will help; & if ye party be not healed at once, then do so by another frog, & so do still & without doubt it will help him, if he use it. -------------------- {2}The root of Piony (which is an herb of ye sun) (ye male Piony is best) being pulled out of ye earth on a sunday, in the

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