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

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Another water of the same but of loss Price

Take a gallon Glass & fill it with Levonder flowers as above fill it up with Spirit of wine or Malmasie this digest Five wooks then distill your water & Oyle & Separate the Oyle, then digest in this water sage flowers Rose=mary flowers sweet margorom of each one handfull, [?????] motherwort Pyony roots, orgnum of each one Ounce, Cotomio flowers, Rose half an Ounce Poppy seeds hulled Cardamony cucubes citrons grille dried of each 2 Drams then put into them half a pound of Ininibos or Reasons of the stones taken out being digested 6 weeks straine this & drink it at your mood Probatum Est

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The Swallow Water

Take 12 young swallows out of the nest, tare them asunder a live, add unto it of Oake mistletow one ounce and halfe an ounce of peony flowers seeds, halfe an ounce of peony rootes, of Lilliom Conuallium water water, of thee water of Elder blossomes of Piony flowers and the water of Beach Tree flowers of each 16 ounces lett it stand infused 24 hours in a warme place and then distill it and keepe this water as a means against thee falling sickness and dead plasies and against giddiness and convultions proved

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To Make thee hart water

Take 2 harts of Piggs and cut them in small slices take 3 harts of Oxen or Staggs of Cloves Galingale Mace & Basill see of each 3 drams, of the flowers of Buglose Burrage and Rosemary blossomes of each 2 Pugills, infuse it in 4 Pints of Malmesie and distill itt in a close still this water is good against all diseasies of the heart being given with Manus Christi

To Make the Plague Water

Take the juice of greene walnut shells 2 pound of the Juice of Rue 1 pound, and halfe of the Juice of Carduus; Benedictus, and Bee Bame of each 1 pound, of the Rootes of Butter burrs halfe a pound, of the Rootes of Angolica and Masterwort of each 3 ounces of Scordium 2 handfulls, of Von us treacle and Methridate of each 4 Ounces, of the Canary wine 6 pints, of the best white wine vinegar 3 pints, 1 pinte of the Juice of Lemons lett all these digest in Psalmeo[?] in a glasse, close stoped and afterward distill in Lawere, and keepe the

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A Snail Water for a Consumption

Take of Snails being boyled in wine one pound of conserve of Violette Buglose and water of Lillies of each 2 Ounces, 1 pound of Capons flesh, 1 Ounce of Diatragantum firdigum, 4 quarts of milke distill in a glass, keep it for yore use

For one that Spitts blood

Take the Juice of Botony mix it with new milk and give the party to drink

For the Stick

Take a quart of beere and a handfull of Dandellium a spoonfull of Red Saunders, soothe it till halfe be consumed drink it morning and evening

For the Pain of the Back Take Oyle of Roses, Oyle of Camomoll of each a like quantity mingle them together and anoint the back every morning & evening

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To make oile of Excetor

Take a pound of the flowers of cowslipes ga= =thered in the month of may and put them in a gallon of oile in a faire glasse and stop the mouth of the glasse and then in the same month gather calamints Johnsory ambroes sothernwood wormewood pellitory of spaine the flowers of lillies penyroiall of lavender pellitory rosemary hayrise of each one hand= full grinde them altogether in a mortar= very small when this is done take out the flowers of cowslips out of the oile and wring the oile from them with a cleane hand then put them in a mortar with the other herbes and grinde them all together in a mortar very smale put all these herbes in white wine and lett it stand all that night Elizabeth Smith 1700/ to[?]

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night together an the next day till the afternoone then put all in the vessell and boile them altoge= ther with the oile and lett them boil over the fire softly wil lthe wine and the iuyce of the herbes be consumed away and for the knowledge when tis boiled enough then you must take a spoonfull of the liquor from the bottome of the pott and if your see now more water remaine in the spoones bottome then it is boiled enough then take it from the fire and put it in a cleane linnen bagge and with a cloven stick you may straine into a cleane vessell and put it into a bottle of tynn or glasse and soe you may keep it three yeares this oile is good for all brusies for the goute and for the plasie for any ache in the armes or leggs you winter again shall understand to annoint the sore place in winter against the fire in sumer aganst the warme June and after you have

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have will nnoynted the sore place you must take black wool and put over the sore place and it will a bate the swelling and the Ache

For an Ache

take raw craime crumbes of white bread the yolkes of 2 eggs & handfull of red rose leaves unsoiled a pennyworth of english saffrom boile it till it be a poultis and apply it hott to the partgrieved

A Receipt fore a cold Take Take a pound of Penante & soft thorn wooll in fire shovell. Then putt them into half a pint of Brandy, with a spoonefull of Honey, then putt half an ounce of flower of Brimpstone & half and ounce of Spanish Liquorish then lett it stand twenty four hours & Pivill horne to a jelly, & take of itt morning & Evening

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How to make the Leaden plaister coled to pollin ton plaister

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take two pounds and four ounces of the best oil olive of good red lead one pound white lead one pound well beaten into dust twelve ounces of Spanish Sope oncorporate all those well together in an earthen pot well glased before you put them to boil and when they are well incorporated that the sope cometh upward put upon a smalle fire of coals continuing the fire for the space of one hour and half still stirring it with an iron ball upon the end of a stick then make the fire somewhat bigger untill the redness be turn ed into a gray colour but you must not leave stirring till the matter be turned into the colour of oil or darker then drop it upon a wooden trencher and if it cleave not to the finger it is enough then make it into roules it will keep twenty years the older the better

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A restorative Snail water

take a peck of garden snails wash them in 4 or 5 waters afterwards in small beer pound their shells and all then take a quart of earthwormes and scower them with salt and chop them in pieces then take angellica Egremony sallendine red burdock roote rose mary wood sorrell the inner rind of a barberry tree of each a handfull rue and baresfoot of each half a handfull w drams of saffrom 5 ounces of harthorne fenegrik and turmerick of each one ouce and 2 drams of cloves steep all in a earthen vessell clos stopt 24 hours in two gallons of strong beer and a gallon and half of strong white wine and then distill in a worme of alembeek remember before you distill it to steep your saffrom over night in a quart of your white wine

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Doctor Shorts milk water for a cough

take the tops of rosemary mint sage rue of each three handfull firr and Pine tops of each two handfulls half an ounce of nutmegs sliced a handful of cowslips bruise and slice these together and pour upon them a gallon of milk and a quart of canary distill them and mixe the water together

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