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Wellcome Collection: English Recipe Book, 18th century (MS6956)

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For the Dropsy

Take 6 long Broom=stalks, in all containing 6 Brooms heat an Oven hott being cleane swept, let your Broome burn to Ashes infuse it in a gallon of white=wine 24 hours let the party drink of the clear when the Ashes are setled at the Bottom morning & Evening, till it be spent then take the juice of scurvy=grass, & water=Cress a pint of each & let the party drink of it, 3 spoonsfulls morning & evening till it be done

To make the oyntment of White=Roses

Take a quart of Larde & 3 pecks of White=Roses beat your Roses very small & put your Larde, & Roses together then let it stand 9 days close covered, then heat it with 3 spoonfulls of Red=Rose=water, & when you have beaten it over the fire then let boyle softly, then take it up, & strain it for your use, this is good for burnings or inflamations

For a Strain

Bake treacle and crumbes of bread a quantity of sallet oile and boile these together to a poltis and lay it to the place as hot as you can suffer it

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An Oyntment for Swellings & Wormes

Take Featherfern, Rue, Worm=wood, & double Baume, Tansy, white=mints, smallage, speermints, Basill=mints, Box= leaves, camomell, peny-ryall, mother time, Feenchworm =wood, Mastic, sweet-marjorma, rosemary, syprus, Sage, peach-leaves, Angelica, rose=leaves, Isope, of eachofthese a good handfull, Cardums, Lavendar flowers,- Basill of each of these 2 good handfulls, Dill sweet= =Maudlin, pot=Marjorum, Mugwort, shred all thesethogether as hearbs for a pott, then put it into a great earthen pott & put to it 8 or 10 Ox Galls let them stand 3 or 4 days in steepe being every day stirred one; take 3 pot of Hogs=grease & 2 pot of may butter, boyle all these together till te Galls be consumed straine out the Hearbs & reserve the Oyntment

To make awater to heal any wound

Take 4 ounces of Bolearmanack & 2 ounces of white Copris, half an ounce of Camphire, 4 quarts of running water, you must boyle your Camphire in an earth= =en pot till it come to a powder, & beat the Bolearmanack very small

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A good pules to break any sore

Take half a pint of Creame & a spoonfull of Hony & a spoonfull of Flower, & a piece of wax as big as a Walnutt & set it over the fire alltogether, & let it stand, till it grow thick but it must not boyle, the spred it upon a cloth & lay it on warme

A good water for a Canker or green wound

Take Arbe-grease, penny=royall, Red Sage, Rosemary Red Fennell, Hore=hound of these half a handfull, & of them which follow 1 handfull, of Sallendine singue foile, collembine, Isop pot marjerome, Featherfen, Plantime, red Bramble= leaves, wood-bine, white arkangell, Ladder to Heaven, tutsan leaves, boyle all these in 2 gallons of running water & let them boyle together till half be consumed & a little beofre you take it from the fire put 1 pint of white =wine to it, & half a pint of Hony, & two spoonfulls of Grai[?] beaten to a powder, a good piece of Roch Allum & let them boyle a litle then take it of the fire & straiine it into a glass, & it will keep a whole year. Probatum est

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For a cunsumption

Take a make Conny, & 4 pints of Muscadine, & a good hand= full of white Arkangell, & the pith of Beate 2 Ounces of Dates, & Reasons of the sunn a quarter of a pint the stones pict out 9 nutmegs 2 pennyworth of Cynnamon a pennyworth of Mace & a pennyworth of Cloves boyle all this from a potle[?] to a quart, & drink 5 or 6 spoonfulls every morning, this is a very rstoring drink for any weake body Probatum est

For the Cold

Take a handfull of Isop, & some Liquorish boyle it with running water till half be consumed then straine it, take sugar & boyle in the Liquor till it come to Sirrup, you may eate it any time you may take a little Barrows flick & some garlick, & put it very small, & mingle your flick & Garlick together, & anoint the bottoms of your feet before you go to bed

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For the Falling sickness

Take Froggs, & extract by incision their Livers wash them & dry them in a cloth wrap them up in a colwort= leafe put them into a covered pipkin, & set it into Oven ley them stand there till they be dry, then beat them with the Colworth=leafe to a powder, seach it, & then 3 days after 3 days before every change, give the patient as much of this powder as will ly on a shilling, & 3 or 4 spoonfulls of white=wine take this 9 times, let the patient take eat the pouder of the single Piony root always & at all times during the 9 days or after then for thee conclusiomn take a Vomit 5 grains in thee substance

For the faint Purples

Take a Purple grass & boyle it in milk & drink it in the morning fasting, then take Purple silk & knitt it in 3 knotts, & 5 knotts & 7 knotts & so swallow it down in a little milke or Bear, & you must drink a little Mothrioate & Unicornes horne to put from your heart,

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To Make Ipocrist

Take to a quart of whie wine half an ounce of Cynnamon bruise it a little & stepp it in a little of your whitewine the space of 2 hours take 2 Almonds & bruise them a little, & when you lett it run through your bagg, put in your Almonds & soe let it runn till it be cleare & if your please, you may hang a little bagg of Musk in it, you must use your [wd?] Ipocrist in every respect like this but put no Almonds in it;

To Make Perfumes

Take 3 ounces & a half of Benjamin & lay it anight in Rose=water then beat it fine, & take a pint of Damaske Roses, the whites being taken away then beate them, then take the Benjamin & put to them & beate them both toge= ther, till it comes to a Paist, then mingle it with halfe a quarter o an ounce of Musk, finely beaten, put to it a quarter of an ounce of Civet & mold them with an ounce of white sugar=candt searched, & make them up in little cakes & lay them on a paist board, that hath no savour there on come

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To make a very good Oyntment for any bruises that the skin is not broken or cold Ache or swelling

Take half a pd of Wormwood, & half a pd of Bay=leavs, & a pd of Rue & a pd of Sage, but you must beat your Bayleavs by themselfs you must cut them very small first, then you must take 3 pd of mutton suet all of the kidnies & picke the skin very clean fro it then take your herbes & beate them very small together, then take your Mutton suet all of being bruised & mingled with your hearbs, then take your suet & your hearbes, & beat them altogether till no suet be seen then take a potle of very sweet Oyle then mingle it altogether with your hands in the Oyle then put it into an earthen pott & stop it very close 9 or 10 dyas then take it & put it into a brass pan or pott & boyle it over a soft fire for an houre or more til it look green ^ clear the greener the better then take a new piece of Canvas, & betwixt two wrings it out, & then put it into an earthen pott, & so you may keep the longer you keep it the better you must make it in May:

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A Purge

Take a quarter of a Pint of Succory water, & a thimble full of Anniseeds bruised, 20 Reasons of the sun stoned, & pennyworht of Rhubarbs, set it upon embers all night, then strain it out in the morning & put to it 4 spoonfulls of Sirrup of Roses, & str it togehter & drink it & an houre after you may drink a little broth

To preserve Quinces white

Take some Pipens & pare them, & cut them in pieces small, then put them into a skillet, & put a little faire water, & boyle the Pipens till they be all papp, & the water boyled away then strain out the liquor from the pipens, & save the liquor then waigh your Quinces, & put twice the waight of Sugar to your Quinces then take your Sugar piece by piece, & dip it in faire water & put it into a dish till it be all melted, & become sirrup, then take the quinces & pare them, & core them, & lay him in water then take your sirrup & put it into your skillet, & put a litle or the pipen water with it, & let it boyle, & scume it very well then take the Quince out of the water, if he begin to turn red, pare him again, & boyle him very quick in the sirrup, then scume them, & take them up

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up, then flat your Quince on a plate with a spoon, then put him into the skillet again untill it be tender, you must boyle your Quince till your Sirup Jelly on the plate, then put one Quince in a pot with his jelly, & he will come out round with his jelly about him when you servie it at Table

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An excelent Medecine to cure the green sicknes & often proved & never failed

Take a half pound of the best sugar 1 Ounce of Nutmeggs & 4 Drams of Cloves, 4 Drams of Mace half an ounce of good steele forged or filed into fine pouder half a quarter of a pound of seed =pearl 40 Ash keyes, a little quantity of Ellecam= =pan dryed & beaten to pouder a little tartar the quantity of a nutmeg a stone of Amber all these must be beaten into pouder, & compounded thether then search it through a fine search, & put this pouder into a clean box, the party must eat the same morning & evening or as often as you list remember always that the keep herself soluble & stor, her body to walk or other exercise this is an exellent medecine to comfort the stomacke to increase bload & to strengthn the liver it is to be taken on the point of a knife of in a litle sirup or sweet wine

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