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

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37 {8}Take two little peeces of good Liquorish (the bark scraped away) of the Length of a pin, & of the bignes of two barley straws & put either of them into your mouth, between your Gums & your Cheeks; (1) on either side one; & so let them lye all the whole night: use this every night for a fortnight at the least, & doubtles it will stay the Rheum, for it Congealls the thin Rheum into thick fleym, so that you may spit it out. This helpt one that was without all hope.

{1} Against Gnats. If any list to sleep, and lay by him the branches of moist hemp, Gnats will not trouble him

{1} To stop any flux. [Culver]-dung- stampt & used for a plaster with strong vinegar, and applied to the Navell, bindeth incontinently all fluxes of the belly.

{2} Whoever hath the bloody-flux (be it never so grievous) let him drink the wine wherein the Roots of holliocks cut in pieces are sodden & strained. If the party have an Ague, then let the roots be sod in water with some Plantane Leaves, & so strained, which is a sure Medicine for that disease: whether the party have an ague or not.

{3}Take Yarrow & plantane, of each alike much, stamp them well together, & put there to red Wine, & strain it well, & drink a good draught thereof first & last, 3 or 4 days together, & it will certainly stay the bloody-flux. It is a precious & easie thing

{4} The blood of an hare dryed, doth stay the bloody flux or any other lux though never so grievous. so doth the bones of a man or woman made into fine pouder, & taken in red wine.

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{1}For a Canker. This precious medicine will bring forth the Canker, plucking it up by theroots, out of any sore what -soever, either in man or woman. Take Rosager, & make pouder thereof; then take barrows-grease or hors -grease that is new & fresh (first meted & after Cold) then mix the pouder therewith very well: then put thereof upon Sheeps Leather, which may cover the sore; then sprinkle honey, & then put upon the honey womans milk, then put the said plaister for the sore where the Canker is, & put the nether Crust of a new white Loaf upon that plaister, & tye it fast upon the same that is remove not; & in the morning yew shall find the Canker dead on the plaister. This is true

{2}The Leaves of wild Ivy sod in Wine, & lid upon any Canker, doth kill & heale the same.

{1}Against the Hickup. Stop both your ears with your fingers, & the hickup will go away within a while often proved.

{1}The flower of ointments called flos unguentorum. Take of Rosin & perrosin of each half a pound, Virgins wax & olibanum of either a quarter of a pound, mastick one ounce, harts tallow or sheeps tallow a quarter of a pound, Camphire two drams: make your Gums into fine pouder & seach them: then melt the wax & tallow & mix the pouder therewith well, & boyle them well together, then strain it thorow a Canvas-bag into a

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39 pottle of white wine, then let it seeth untill it be blood warm, then put there ye Camphire & a quarter of a pound of Turpentine, by little & little, evermore stirring it well till it be thorow cold; then make it up in rowles, & keep it for your use, for ye best salve for all things following that ever was was made, by ye sufferance of God. Wherefore esteem of it above any other, for it hath been put in experiense & substantilly proved, even to wonder. It healls wounds, old & new, it cleanseth very well & it gathereth good flesh. It health head-ach, Impostume in ye head or body; swoln ears or Cheeks, , saws fleam in ye face; Sinews cut, [slerk] or sprained in Travell: It draws out Iron & Thorn: It helps venemous biting & pricking, it healeth all manner of bolthes, all swelling & ach in ye Cods, & all other members: it ceases ye flux of ye Emerhoids; & is specieall good to make a seare cloth for all manner of griefs. {1} For ye Spleen. Whosever hath ye spleen never so much, & hath had it for a long time; If he heat ye ends of a pair of Tongs in ye fire, till they be red hot, & then quech ye same in half a pint of whilte wine; & thus heat them & quench them 5 or 6 times, & then drink ye said wine; & thus do 4 or 5 monrings together, shall find great help. {2 }Wine warm ye rind of an Ash-tree hath been sodden, drunk fasting, 6 or 7 mornings together, doth perfectly help such that have ye spleen (whiwhichch makes one to ease a great pain in ye left side; & their most grief is after meat). And

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If yow anoint thye grieved place, so long with an oyntment called Dealthea, every morning & evening, it is excellent also.

{1}Young Children whose Gums are anointed with thye brains of an hare, do breed their teeth easily: And it hath also been proved with thye brains of a Cony.

{1}To destroy warts. Cut off thye head of a quick Eel, & rub thye warts all over with the said blood then as it runs from thye Eell Eells: then bury thye head of thye said eell deep in thye ground, & when ye head is rotten they will fall off.

{2}Rub warts with thye leaf of a fig tree, & then bury thye said leaves in thye earth, & thye warts will be consumed.

{3}Warts rubbed with a peece of raw beef, & thye same beef buried in thye ground, as thye beef rots, thye warts consume

{4}Woodbine leaves stampt & laid on warts (using them six times) will destroy them.

{5}Take thye Juice of Elder-berries, & anoint warts therewith & it will destroy them {Also a shell snaill thrust with a stick & prickt, & thye froth rubd upon thye warts 5 or 6 times destroys them. probatum e.

{1}A precious water for frantick or madmen. Take thye flowers of Rosemary, of burrage & of thye root of Buglosse, of each half a pound, of Saffron two drams, of Quinces, four ounces of thye best white wine two pints, mix them all together, & then let them stand so for thye space of a neall day: after that bury thye Glass bottle wherein all the same is in horse dung for 15 dayes: & then take it out

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& distill a water thereof according to art, 2 or 3 times over: This water is a most precious thing against all Melancholy sick -nesses, & in thye pain & trembling of thye heart: The quantity to be given at / one time is a dram, which is thye weight of 72 barley Corns.

{1}Mugwort steeped in Rose-water, help trembling or shaking hands, if they wash therewith in thye morning before they wash in any thing else.

{1}To know if a person be perfectly dead; hold a little burning Candle at thye parties nose whose mouth is open: Or else set some little Cup or glass full of water to thye brim upon thye said parties bely or Navell: for by thye moving of thye flame of thye Candle , or of thye vessell with water, yew shall be perceive his secret breathing if any there be. Tis good not to bury too hastily such as dy of thye Apoplexy, falling sicknes, or thye Mother.

{1}For thye French-pox, a marvellous water, thayt may be soon pre -pared more precious than gold. Put fair & clear water into a vessell wherein there was never before any liquor, or before never used, & when thye water is very hot, pour it to quick Lime, being before in another new & clean vessell, & let it re -main so long until thye have taken all thye foull spume that floats above from thye same, & thayt all thye Lime be setled to thye bottom, & thye water very clear, then pour out thye water very softlt without moving thye Lime to thye bottome, & keep thye same water in a fair clean Glass or Some other clean vessell well

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