c.17th-18th century herbal manuscript referencing 'Parkinson', presumed to be herbalist John Parkinson (1567-1650), author of the most popular printed herbal during this period "Theatrum Botanicum - Theatre of Plants". The manuscript appears to have been written in 2 different hands and contains 15 pages of recipes with indexes (index on first page, as well as middle of volume and end). Includes recipes: 'for the falling sickness', 'for the biting of a mad dog', 'A salve for any sore', 'To increase breath in a consumption', and 'To stay the inordinant courses of women'. The herbal is bound within a soft stitched cover which is damaged extensively at the back.


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One ounce containeth 8 dramms; one dramm 3 scruples; one scruple 20 graines of Barley: a graine is the least of all weights. A handfull is as much as you can take up with all your fingers & thumbe & not in the middest of all your hand. A Pugill is as much as you can take up with your thumbe & two fingers.

Parkinsons Herball./

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The merit of Docter Steevens his Watter

Take a gallon of good gascoine wine ginger gallingall [camamite nutmukes] graines [cloue] anyseid fenillseeds and coyander seeds of each a dram then take sage mint red roses fine pelitory rosmary wild marjeram organo penyroyall [pelly] mountaine; wild fine camell lavender and [amend]: of [miry of thorn] 1 handfull then beat the [spires] small and chop the hear[ts] and put all into the wine and let it stand full 12 howers stiring it divers times then still it in a limbeck & keep the first by it self : their will coin another but that is not soe good

This water doth [comfort] the spirits [uytnll] and preserveth the youth of man [...] exceedingly it helpeth [.] inward diseases that com of cold it is good against shaking of palsey it cureth the contraction of [san[.]res] and helpeth the conception of women it killeth wormes in the bely it helpeth could goutes stinking breath the toothach it comforteth the stomacke it curth a cold drop[...] it helpeth the stone it riveth [cankerd] and [what] soe [with] this water and not too oft it preserv[...] eth him in good liking and maketh him [seen] yong very longe: probatum

A salue for any sore

Take the white[st] virgine [....] wax and melt it in a pane then put in a quantity of buter and hony and seeth them [.]together then straine it into a dish of [faner] watter then woorke it with your handes and make it in pound balles and soe keep it for your use: when you use it you [...] [[....]] werke and chafe it well with your hands and spread it thin on a cloth: it will both [draiband] heale

for a felon

Take ron blacke [sope resty] barron and the yolke of a new layd egg and stampe it all together an and lay it to the [sore]

To make a drawing salve

Take a good peice of Rozen, & break it smalle & a little wax, & a good quantity of green box & mince it very smale & a little hony & put them all together in a pott, & let them seeth togather till they be melted.

To recover breath in a consumption + III Ten or 20 graynes of safern at the most beeing giuen with new milk or sweet wine is a speciall remedy for those whoe having the consumption of the longes ar almost past breathing

x for the byting of a mad dog III Onions stamped with salt rue and hony and applyed to the sore is good against the biting of a mad dog

To stay the inordinate courses of women Plantin leaves stamped & made into a tansy with the yolkes of eggs hath been proued excellent for that infirmity

X For childrens nauells that stand out ouer much The sap or the iuice of horstrange, or sulphurwort mixed with III the oyle of Roses & vinegar is good against ruptures or burstings in young children & is very good to be applyed to the nauells of children that stand out ouermuch.

To force one to make water

X Take the shells of 6 newlayd eggs, & lay them uppon a fierharth that is III hott, & made cleane, there dry them, & then beate them to fine powther & drink them with whitewine, & stirr or ride plenty after

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Another for the like X

Take a quantity of fine powder of English safron, & pure blacke sope mingle them togather, then spred them uppon the flakey side of Allome [Ceaker] III & lay it upon the navell, the plaister is to be but a little more then the breadth of the navell, & it will cause you to make water within an houer.

To make oyle of Roses after the best manner

Take red rose budds (the white ends cutt of) put them into a good X bigg double glasse, putt their unto soe much oyle olive as will wett them, then stopp the glasse close, sett them soe in the sunne, then lett III them stand a moneth yet soe as noe raine come to it, afterwa[...] wrap the glasse with hay, & then sett it ni a pott of could water laying some hay at the pott bottome for the glasse to stand on, then set it on an easy fier to boyle, about 3 quarters of an hower, then take the pott from the fire & lett the glasse stand in it till the water bee could, you may either streyne the roses out of the oyle or let the roses remaine in the glasse at your pleasure

To make the oyle of Charity

Take about the 10th of may, wormwood, and sage, Rosemary, Camomile X Lauander with the great leafe of each a like quantity, for want of the Lauander take other, Chop them very smalle then infuse them in III as much oyle oliue as will wet them all, & lett them stand a month in the sunne, stirring them once in 2 dayes, (noe rayne must come to them) then strayne out the hearbs, & put new hearbs into them the like quantity of Valerian (or Charity) & boyle them on an easy fire till the strength of the hearbs be in the fire oyle; then streyne it againe, & lett the oyle settle 2 or 3 dayes then boyle it againe & that will take the mother out of the oyle, then you shall see it very cleare & of a perfect green colour. The use is, drinke 3 or 4 drops of it in posset ale if one have gott any great bruise inwardly; & anoynt the bruised place therewith: if it be a wound dresse it with lint; it is very good for sore breasts.

Ffor wind in the side & [riseing] from or of the Spleene. X Take a peice of a rose cake, as broad as the greiued place, boyle III it in a dish, upon a Chafeingdish of coales, with a little malmesy & for want thereof with a little vinegar, then strew some of the powder of cummin seed on that side of the peice of the rose cake that shall lie to the side, & lay it to the grieued place as hott as the patient can suffer it.

X To stay the [rume] when it falls from the head to the throate

Take a newlayed egg, & lay it in embers till it be stone hard, III stampe some of the hearbe called Longwort, & when you are goeing to bedd cutt the egg in two longwaies shell & all, take out the yolk , & putt soe much of the stamped longwort as will fill up the place of the yolk, & lay one part to the forehead & another part to the nape of the necke with the shells on, as hott as it may be suffered for 3 or 4 nights bind it hard

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+ ffor falling of the vuela

Take some white salt & burne it, & take the like quantity of pepper, & beate it very small, & them mixe them very well togather, then lay some of it IIIupon the bark part of a wooden spoone, & therewith put up your vuela if it be fallen, soe dresse it 4 or 3 times a day, & afterwards gargarise with warme milke where in woodbine & cinquefoyle hath been sodden.

+ ffor a Rupture

Take 3 cumfrey leaves wash them cleane, swing them in some cloath to gett out the water, then lapp them up in white paper, & lay them in wood embers as you would rost a warden, soe rost them and afterIII wards the patient is to eat them with sweet butter, the next morneing & fast 2 howers after this doe for 3 morneings togather, the party is this while to use noe exercise & to lye on his back as much as he can, the best time is in the Spring for this cure.

+ ffor the could palsy

Take a great basket full of sage, & sett it on the fire in a great pan III then take a gallon of white wine, & sprinkel it on the sage as it dryeth, till all the wine be spent, then lay the patient, in a cleane dry sheet in a bed, & lay the Sage underneath & above him as hot as he can suffer it, this doe 2 or 3 times

+ ffor the Collicke

Take a handfull of the topps & flowers of camomila, & seeth it in a III pint of white wine or sack a pretty while till it be better, then streyne it & drinke of this fasting & at night & it will cure you.

ffor the swelling in the face or eyes & for heate. Take the oyle of creame the juice of Planten, of each near a like quantity, mix them togather & dip a fine cloath therin, & lay it to the place greiued.

+ ffor the shingles

Take of doues dung that is moist & of Barley meale, of each alike stampe them well togather, then put theronto soe much good wine III vinegar as with stirring will make it a body, that is thicke to spread as a plaster, lay it could to your sore & wort leaves upon it, & bind all about him with a cloath to keepe it on, & in 3 times dresing you shall find good effects.

+ ffor the Crampe

Take the oyle of spick, & of the oyle of rue of each one ounce of the oyle of mastick 2 oz: of the oyle of teribinthia 1 oz & of III malmesy 4 spoonfulls, & of good aquae vitae 3 spoonfulls, mix them all well togather, till they bee well incorporated, then anoynt the greived place very well before a good fire, lay warme cloathe therto, salt meats as very ill espatially at supper.

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