They are convenient in Catarrhal Affections of the Head and parts adjacent, in elongation of the Uvula and Toothach. And although they do not procure an immediate Evacuation from the Brain it self, yet in as much as they bring away Lympha, they thereby avert it from the Brain; and so by Consequence do good in a Cephalalgy, Megrim, Lethargy, Apoplexy, Palsy, &c.
Take Tincture of Castor 2 drams; Oil of Sage, Rosemary, Cloves, Marjoram, each 2 drops, mix.
It Roborates the interior parts of the Ear, new braceth the relaxed Tympanum, cleareth the obstructed Auditory Nerve, opens a free passage for the Spirits through it, and availeth much against noise in the Head and Ears, and thickness of Hearing.
But if the Ear be stuff 'd up with Wax, or other Foulness, it must be syrenged and cleansed with a proper Injection, before this can do any good.
Let 3 drops be put into the Ear with Cotton or Wooll, every Night as Bed time:
The following general Rules, to be observ'd in all Maladies of the Ears, are taken out of Sennertus.
1. Let Medicines to be put into the Ears be lukewarm, not intensly hot nor cold.
2. Put no new Medicine into the Ear, 'till it be well clear'd from the foul Relicts of the former.
3. Three of four drops are enough at a time.
4. When a Medicine is put into the Ear, let the Patient lie down upon the well Ear.
5. Let the Medicines to be put in, be neither too Unctuous nor Viscous.
6. In all sorts of Deafness, let the Head be carefully Roborated, by both internal and external Medicines.
The two following are out of Wedelius.
7. Fumes are best for Exsiccation, humid Vapours for Mollifying and Easing, oleose and spirituous Things for Discussing and Roborating. But in all ever bear it in Mind, that too much of any thing is good for nothing.
8. When Topics are put into the Ear, its convenient to Masticate, that the Medicine may penetrate the deeper.
An Aromatic Mixture.
Take Tincture of Salt Tartar 6 drams; Oil of Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, each 6 drops; Oil of Pepper, Wormwood, Mint, each 4 drops, mix.
Or you may make it a Volatile Aromatic, by taking Tincture of Salt of Tartar half an ounce; Spirit of Salt Armoniac 2 drams, and the aforesaid Oils.
Its a very useful thing for a Cold and weak Stomach; cherishes its natural Heat and Strength, discusses crude Inflations, stirs up Appetite, promotes Concoction.
The Dose is 20 drops in a glass of Canary or white Wine.
An Asthmatic Mixture.
Take erratic Poppy Water 9 ounces; Oxymel of Squills 3 ounces, mix.
In this Disease, for the most part the Blood boils vehemently, the Bronchia are clam'd up with Phlegm, and the Fibres spasmodically constringed.
Upon all which accounts this is a direct Remedy. Let 4 ounces be given twice a Day, in the time of the Paroxysme.
A Balsamic Mixture.
Take Balsam of Capive half an ounce; dissolve it in the Yolks of 2 Eggs, and add white Sryrup 2 ounces; white Wine 8 ounces; at last strain it.
Copayba I know, by great Experience, to be a most noble Medicament, and had I the placing of it, it should stand in the fore front of the very best Balsams. But because its not commonly known so well as it deserves, I shall not grudge a little Pains in setting forth, and briefly explaining some of its Properties.
It hath a bitter, hot Terebinthine Taste, very penetrating and durable in the Mouth, and though it seems to be of the Turpentine Class, yet it gives not the Violent smell to Urine, but imbues it with a manifest bitter Taste, and wonderfully takes off the muriatic Saltness of it, and of the Serum of the Blood, and of Saliva.
It impresseth a Balsamic character on the Mass of Blood cures it scorbutic, rancid, and putredinous Cachexy. Is prevalent (both externally and internally) against Ulcers, the Palsy, Gout, Weakness and Pains of the Back, as also Fluor Albus and Gonorrhaea.
It in a wonderful manner deterges the Reins, Ureters and. Bladder, when obstructed with Sand, Mucous or Pus; strengthens them when relaxed, and heals them when ulcerated.
It provokes Urine, extinguishes its Heat, and cleanses off its bloody, soul and purulent Contents, more effectually, than any thing I ever yet met with. A Patient of mine (now living) who voided meer Chyle instead of Urine, and not one drop of Water with it, and had great Pains and Weakness, was restor'd to perfect Health and Soundness by the use of this Medicine.
It may very justly be accounted the best of all Thoracics: Deterges the Bronchia and Vesicles, recovers the Tone of the Lungs, heals their Breaches, and (as I have thought) even dissolves the Tubercula cruda, for I have seen, where this Balsam alone, hath (beyond all Expectation) perfectly cur'd dry, deep Coughs, that appeared horribly dangerous, and manifestly threatned a Consumption. And I have more than once, cured with it Coughing up of Blood and Pus in frightful quantities. At this very time of writing, I have a poor Workman, that is an eminent Instance of it.
And notwithstanding it is intensly Bitter, and manifestly Hot, yet (which is an admirable Advantage of it) I have found it mighty agreeable to Hectic Persons, and rather abates,
than augments their Heats, as one might fear it would. The reason of which is, I suppose, because it so powerfully subdues Saltness and Acrimony, and obliterates putredinous Inquinations.
If it be given 2 or 3 drams, in the form of a white Potion, it purges like Turpentine.
Some cry it up for a Diarrhea and Dysentery; but of these Virtues, I know not much yet by Experience.
But to conclude, this Mixture cannot be accus'd of any Inconvenience, except you'l blame it (forsooth) because though its an honest benign Medicine, yet its not very complaisant to the Palate.
Let a spoonful be given every Night and Morn daily, for a long time together. If it loosen the Belly more then you desire, either lessen the Dose, or now and then at times omit it.
A Balsamic Nephritic Mixture.
Take Balsam of Captive half an ounce; Oil of Juniper half a dram; dissolve it in the Yolks of 2 Eggs, and add Syrup of Marsh Mallows compound 2 ounces and a half; Arsmart Water 10 ounces, mix.
The Communicator saith, its endow'd with most noble Virtues in the Cure of internal Ulcers, the Gout, Weakness and Pain in the Back, Fluor Albus and Gonorrhaea.
Also it provokes Urine and expels Stones, as well out of the Gall Bladder, as the Kidneys, of which we had an amazing Instance of late, in a certain Artificer at our Town of Peterborough, who being horribly tortur'd with Nephritic and Colic Pains, fell into such strong Convulsions of all his Members, that several strong Men could not hold him in his Chair. When I consider'd the Symptoms I judg'd that Volatile Salts and Antepileptics would never reach the Case. And therefore I thought with my self, I'd give this Mixture: Well, upon taking a few spoonfuls, he brought away a great quantity of Urine, together with Gravel and Sand: And (which is the remarkable thing) several Stones, as big as Capers, by Stool; which without doubt, must come down by the choler Passage, out of the Gall Bladder. And thus was he (to the wonder and satisfaction of his Friends) restored to his former Health.
A Bechic Mixture.
Take Syrup of Meconium 1 ounce and half; Fracastorius's Electuary, Mithridate, each 1 dram; Lohoch Sanans 2 drams; Penny- royal Water 4 ounces, mix.
Its a great Remedy against such a Cough as proceeds from catching Cold, whilst its recent, and a thin Rheum distils out of the Glands. For it incrassates, obtunds, lubricates; and it pacifies the fury of the Spirits,
takes off the irritation of the Fibres, and advances Diaphoresis. Let it be taken at one Draught at Bed-time.
A Mixture with Bole.
Take Barly Cinnamon Water 4 ounces; Mint Water, Syrup of Myrtle (or of dried Roses) each 1 ounce; finely powder'd Bole 2 scruples; Diascordium 2 drams Oil of Cloves 1 drop; Liquid Laudanum 30 drops, mix for 2 Doses.
It comforts, corroborates and moderately constringes the Intestines, qualifies their gripping, spasmodic Plunges, tempers and absorbs Acidity, drives the steams of acrid Humours to the extream Parts, and so away by Diaphoresis. Thus it is a Remedy, every way well appointed for the cure of a symptomatic Diarrhea, and Hypercatharsis.
Now Bole (which is an Alcali) being one of the Ingredients of this Mixture; I'll here, by the by, take this opportunity of translating the following paragraph out of Wedelius, for the great Patrons of, and Sticklers for, Acid and Alkali, to read and consider of.
Its to be noted, and Experience testifies it, that Medicinal Earths precipitate Bile, as well as absorb, acid and serous Juices, whence it cannot absolutely be concluded, that wherever Alcaline Medicaments do good, there an Acid did the Mischief; for common Experience assures us, that Earthy ones give Relief to many Patients in divers Distempers,
where by the consent of all, an Acid is not in fault, but Bile is, being too much excocted, whereupon it regurgitates, flies, foams, and makes wild Mischief, and these Earths mix in with it, and dissociate it, and put a restraint upon its preternatural exestuation.
To which Sir John Floyer's Experiment is Consentaneous, that the Species of the bitter Decoction being boil'd in a Lixivium of calcin'd Oyster-shells, lay by their bitterness, and become sweetish. But since the writing if this, I have made the Experiment, and did not find it so.
A Cardiac Aquose Mixture.
Take black Cherry and Alexiterial Milk Water, each 12 ounces; Barley Cinnamon, Epidemial Water, each 8 ounces; Aqua Caelestis 2 ounces, mix.
A Cardiac Edulcorating Mixture.
Take Syrup of Gilly flowers 4 ounces; of Raspberries 1 ounce and half; Confection of Alkermes half an ounce; Oil of Nutmegs 4 drops, mix.
These two Mixture were invented for Expedition sake, that a Cordial Julep may be thrown together in an instant; for if both be kept ready in the Shop, the whole Composition will not cost a Minutes time to put up thus.
Take of the Aquose Cardiac Mixture 10 ounces and half; of the Cardiac Edulcorating mixture 1 ounce and half; mix.
A Cardiac Oleose Mixture.
Take the Yolks of 2 Eggs, Oyl of Cinnamon, Nutmegs, each 4 drops; refined Sugar half an ounce; Juice of Kermes 2 drams; Canary Wine 8 ounces, mix and strain.
Give 3 spoonfuls in sick Fits, and when the Spirits want support.
A Carminative Mixture.
Take Canary and white Wine, each 6 ounces; Spirit of Wine rectify'd 2 ounces; the Yolk of 1 Egg; fine Sugar 1 ounce; Oil of Juniper 32 drops; Oil of Nutmeg, Caraway, Fennel and Anise, each 8 drops, mix.
A full Dose is 5 spoonfuls.
1. A Colic Mixture.
Take Tincture of Rhubarb simple 1 ounce and half; powder'd Rhubarb half a dram; Syrup of Roses solutive half an ounce ; powder'd long Pepper 3 grains; Oil of Anise 2 drops, mix.
Sometimes it may be expedient to add Spirit of Salt Armoniac 10 drops, and sometimes (as the Case may require) Liquid Laudanum 20 or even 30 drops, Salt of Wormwood half a scruple, namely when there are enormous Vomitings, and horrid Pains and sick Fits.
2. Colic Mixture.
Take Mint Water half an ounce; strong Cinnamon Water 1 ounce and half; Elixir Proprietatis tartarised 1 dram; Oil of Juniper 2 drops; powdered Rhubarb 1 scruple (or half a dram;) Salt of Wormwood half a scruple; Spirit of Salt Armoniac 15 drops, mix, for one single Draught.
A Consolating Mixture.
Take Sherry Wine half a pint; strong Cinnamon Water 4 ounces; Rose Water, white Sugar Candy, each 2 ounces; Juice of Kermes strain'd 1 ounce; Species called Laetificans Galeni 2 drams; Leaves of Gold 4; Oil of Nutmeg 4 drops, mix.
This Medicine I Fish'd out of a very worthy Gentleman, in whose Family it had been kept as a sacred Depositum, and great Secret, and was religiously delivered down, from Mother to Daughter, in a constant succession of several Generations.
It helps Concoction, corrects Crudities, dissipates Flatus, cherishes native Heat, specifically recreates Women with Child, when drooping and languid, comforts the weak, feeble Foetus, prevents Miscarriage from dejection of Spirits, and cold flaccidity of the Womb, and supplies desir'd Strength, Vigour and Ability for the happy performance of the great work of Child-birth.
Its proper for such only as are cold, weak, and languishing. I should by no means advise it to any of a strong and hot Constitution, nor to those that plethoric, or apt to Flouding.
Let 2 ounces be allow'd Night and Morn, whensoever failure of the Spirits make it needful, and more especially the last Month of Ingravidation, even 'till Delivery.
A Corollate Mixture.
Take red Coral Finely levigated 2 drams; Salt of Wormwood 4 scruples; Juice of Lemons fresh drawn 4 ounces; strong Cinnamon Water 2 ounces mix in an open glass, and let them stand uncork'd, least their Fermentation break the Bottle.
It wonderfully, and almost miraculously (like A God in a Machine, as the say) represseth subversions of the Stomach, and motions to Vomit. I have many times observ'd, that in continual Fevers miserably afflicting with Anguish at Stomach, and symptomatic Vomiting, more good hath been done with this Medicine alone, than with all that ever I could, by anxious Study and various Trials, find out.
Let 2 spoonfuls be given every hour, or a spoonful every half hour, 'till the Symptom be overcome, the Glass being first well shaken.
A Diuretic Mixture.
Take white Wine 12 ounces; Oil of Juniper 24 drops; Oil of Anise 12 drops; white Sugar 1 ounce and half, mix.
Let it be for 4 Doses, with 20 drops of Spirit of Armoniac in each. To force away Sand, Gravel and Mucous.
An Ecphractic Mixture.
Take Pine tops cut small 6 handfulls; boil in Water 2 quarts to 1; strain, wringing it hard through a Cloth; add to the Liquor depurated Juice of Scurvy-grass 1 pint; of Brooklime, Water- cresses and Dandelion, each half a pint; Radish water compound 1 pint and half. In this whole Mixture dissolve Vitriol of Mars 8 scruples; set it by a Night, 'till the yellow Faces are settled, then decant the clear Liquor, to which add Salt of Wormwood 4 scruples, white Sugar 12 ounces, mix.
It enricheth the Blood when impoverish'd, depurateth it when feculent, new mixeth it, when run asunder into parts, and quickeneth it when sluggish.
Also it dissolves scorbutic or atrabilarious Feculencies, deposited and fixing obstructions in the Mesentery, Spleen, Liver, Ureters, or Habit of the Body: Opens the Pores, and Passages for the Fliuds, scours the common Sewers, procures a free Circulation through the minutest Conveyances of the Humane
Machine, sets all the Offices of the vital Functions at work again, and enables them to do it well. The Dose is 4 ounces Mornings and Afternoons.
An Epileptic Mixture.
Take Lime tree flower and Fennel Waters, each 2 ounces; Syrup of Stechas and of Meconium, each 1 ounce; Spirit of Salt Armoniac 1 scruple, mix, for 2 Doses.
See the Cephalic Draught and Julep. This Prescript was sent me from Leyden, and said to be a Secret of Fred. Deckers, which he highly esteems, and frequently orders. And truly such things as dissipate Flatus's, depurate the Spirits, repress Explosions, and roborate the Nervosum Genus (which are the manifest Intentions of this Remedy) seem rightly contriv'd for the breaking off of a spasmic Paroxysme.
An Erysipelas Mixture.
Take Spirit of Wine half a pint; Venice Treacle 2 ounces; long Pepper, Cloves, each 2 drams, mix.
Dr. Sydenham (whose Prescript this is) due Phlebotomy and Purging premised, useth an Emollient, Discutient, and Diaphoretic Foment, and then binds upon the part Cap Paper dipt into this Mixture, to the end that he may vent and discuss the impacted Matter.
For such things as are Emplastic, Refrigerant and Repellent, are (especially if the Erysipelas seize the Face or Head) extreamly dangerous. But the Spirit of Wine is very agreeable (saith Heide) by reason of the subtilty and motion of its Particles, which reduce the distorted Tubuli of the Cutis, and the entangled Fibres into their natural Order, and so let open the Pores, and bring forth the Matter by Diaphoresis.
And here I'll drop in a small Observation, which perhaps may not be quite useless; and that is, that this Medicine useth to change the Colour of the part and turn it black, which may possibly impose upon young Practitioner (that never used it before, and don't consider the reason) as though it were Sphacelated; whereas that blackness portends no ill, for it proceeds not from the Distemper mortifying the Spirits, but the Medicine staining the Skin.
1. Expectorating Mixture.
Take Tincture of Benjamin half an ounce; Tincture of Saffron (extracted in Spirit of Wine) Tinctures of Myrrh, of Gum Ammoniac and Spirit of Salt Armoniac, each 1 dram; Hyssop Water 6 ounces; Magistral Worm Water 3 ounces; Syrup of Horehound 2 ounces, mix.
Its made up of volatile, brisk, acrious, penetrating, gummy and balsamic things,
and its Title denotes its virtues. Let 2 spoonfuls be taken as often as clammy, tough Phlegm, sticking in the Throat or Breast, occasions shortness of Breath, or a laborious straining Cough.
2. Expectorating Mixture.
Take Hyssop Water 8 ounces; Tincture of Benjamin half an ounce; Tincture of Gum Ammoniac, Spirit of Salt Armoniac, each 40 drops; Oil of Anise 8 drops; white Sugar 1 ounce, mix.
A Mixture for Glysters.
Take Domestic Syrup 2 ounces; Lenitive Electuary 1 ounce; Species of Hiera 1 dram, mix.
Concerning this, see the Purging Glyster.
A Golden Mixture.
Take Juice of Kermes strain'd half an ounce; Syrup of Gilly flowers and Rasberries, each 2 ounces; Oil of Nutmeg 2 drops; Oil of Cloves 1 drop; Leaves of Gold 5, mix.
This Medicine (truly Golden, more from its virtue, than Substance) does so singularly refresh the Mother and child; and give to both such a Vigour and Vitality, that (as saith my Communicator) if a spoonful be taken twice a day , for a Month before lying in, 'twill produce an happy Delivery, and a lively Child.
An Hysteric Aquose Mixture.
Take Waters of Mugwort, black Cherries, each 12 ounces; of Rue, Penny royal, Bryony compound, each 8 ounces, mix.
This would I have kept always ready mixt in the Shops, to make up the Hysteric Juleps, in an instant, without expense of time, like these Formulae, viz.
Take of the Hysteric Aquose Mixture, 12 ounces; Pearl prepared 1 dram; white Sugar candy 3 drams; mix. Or,
Take of the Hysteric Aquose Mixture 10 ounces and half; Tincture of Castor 4 scruples; Syrup of Gilly flowers (or Baulm, of Mugwort, or Stechas, or Piony compound) 1 ounce and half, mix.
An Hysteric Spirituose Mixture.
Take Tincture of Asa Foetida (extracted with Spirit of Wine) Tincture of Galbanum, of Castor, and Spirit of Salt Armoniac (or Hartshorn) each 1 dram; Oil of Amber 32 drops, Mix.
Because the Elements of this are Heterogeneous, they can't be so perfectly mixt, but after that they'l easily run assunder, and after a little standing appear separate; but this is no great Inconvenience, 'tis just a shaking the Glass, and they'll all run in order, and unite again into a white Liquor like Milk.
Its an extraordinary Medicine for Hysteric People, and is singularly to be noted for Women in Labour, whensoever the Spirits being Hysterically confused, do not flow in plentifully, and powerfull enough to the Muscles of the Abdomen, and other Parts promoting the Birth, and so the necessary Pangs thereupon slacken and fail, and the Womb it self riseth not up to make strong efforts of Expulsion. In this Case, I say, this useth to bring as 'twere Divine help, beyond almost anything else, if 20 or 30 drops be ministred in an appropriate Vehicle, and repeated at due times.
A Juniper Mixture.
Take Oil of Juniper 1 dram; Subigate it perfectly with the Yolk of 1 Egg, mix in white Syrup 2 ounces, and strain.
By the same Artifice may most efficacious Mixtures be contriv'd, of any sort of Chymical Oils, according to the various Intention of the Prescriber.
It very signally relieves the Ventricle and Intestines when refrigerated, relax'd, troubled with Wind, Pains, and Sickness. It egregiously refreshes, stimulates and cleanses the Reins and Ureters, when being debilitated and obstructed, they perform not their Office duly.
The Dose is a spoonful twice or thrice a day, upon an empty Stomach.
A Musk Mixture.
Take depurated Juice of Mint 4 ounces; compound Wormwood and strong Cinnamon Waters, each 1 ounce; powder'd Castor 1 dram; Musk 4 grains; white Sugar candy 3 drams, mix.
Its design'd against pain of the Stomach, Vomiting, and especially a Singultus; See the Musk Julep. Let 3 spoonfuls be exhibited, and repeated as shall be judged needful.
A Oleose Mixture.
Take Oil of sweet Almonds (or rather Oil of Walnuts) 2 ounces; Syrup of Marsh Mallows 4 ounces; water of Pellitory of the Wall 6 ounces, Salt Prunel 1 dram, mix.
It lubricates, relaxes, obtunds Acrimony, and moderately promotes Diuresis. Its ever to be observ'd, that in a Nephritic Paroxysme, the greater the Pain is, the less ought Diuretics to be used, and the milder must they be. The reason of which is to be found under the Title of Draught for Gravel, and Diuretic Aromatic Julep. The Dose is 3 or 4 ounces.
A Pacific Mixture.
Take Liquid Laudanum tartarised 2 drams; Oil of Nutmeg and Cinnamon each 4 drops, mix.
It has the common Virtues of Laudanum, but in a more especial manner, respects Vomiting and Looseness;
besides which, its a good blind for Laudanum, to hide it from the knowledge of Patients and By-standers; which Trick is sometimes exceeding necessary, when they are curiously impertinent and medling, or have taken up a foolish aversion to Opium.
The Dose is 15, 20 or 25 drops.
A Paralytic Mixture.
Take Spirit of Scurvy grass 2 drams; compound Spirit of Lavender, Tincture of Castor, each half a dram; Elixir Proprietatis tartaris'd 1 dram; Oil of Nutmeg 4 drops; Oil of Cinnamon and Cloves, each 2 drops; Spirit of Salt Armoniac 2 drams, mix.
It quickens the flat Ferment of the Stomach, repairs its decay'd Vigour, attenuates the Blood, when polluted with a pituitous Colluvies, prepares pure fine defecated Materia Subtilis out of it for the Brain, recovers the Elasticity of the Spirits, deoppilates the obstructed Nerves, and deterges the Fibra Motrices.
Its most commodious for a weaken'd or relax'd Stomach, occasion'd by reason of the Nerves being somewhere obstructed, or over strain'd, for a Palsy, (especially a scorbutic one;) and in a word, for all sorts of Maladies depending on the failure of the Animal Spirits and imbecillity of the Nerves.
But these high, hot Medicines, that abound with mighty active Particles, are so far from
being agreeable to Choleric Paralytics (whose Blood is Acrid and Fervid, without much Serum to temper it) that they often do hurt, whereas they are signally serviceable to the Phlegmatic, whose Blood being colder, holds much Serum, and but little Active Elements.
You may allow 30 drops in a proper Vehicle, thrice a day.
A Pectoral Mixture.
Take of the Pectoral Decoction 30 ounces; Tincture of Saffron (made in Treacle Water) 6 drams; Tincture of Benjamin 2 drams; Syrup of Ground Ivy 1 ounce and half; Oil of Anise 1 drop, mix.
The Pectoral Decoction (by means of it's mucilaginous, incrassating and mollifying Substance) generates soft Juices, retunds the Acrimony of the Blood, freshens its muriatic Saltness, and hinders its Colloquation. And then Saffron, Benjamin, Aniseed and Ground Ivy, (upon account of their Aromatic, Balsamic and Volatile parts) roborate the Lungs themselves, delicately stimulate and instigate the excretory Efforts.
And so this Mixture prevents the breeding of such irritating Humours as provoke a Cough, frees the Lungs from the offensive load of Phlegm gathered in them, and fortifies 'em against the Incursion of more of the same.
Let 6 ounces be supped up as hot as Coffee, thrice a day.
A Peruvian Mixture.
Take very finely powder'd Peruvian Peel 1 ounce; Alexiterial Milk Water 1 pint; Mint, Cinnamon, Epidemial Waters, and Syurp of Gilly flowers, each 4 ounces; Oil of Nutmeg 4 drops, mix.
This is such a neat and agreeable form of giving the great medicine in Substance, that it seldom goes against any ones Stomach, and very rarely exciteth a Diarrhea, which are two desirable Advantages.
Let a quarter of a pint be advised every 3 or 4 hours, in the absence of the Fit. See the Peruvian Electuary.
A Pleuritic Mixture.
Take Waters of Hyssop 2 ounces; Fennel 1 ounces; Epidemial and Treacle Water, each half an ounce; Crabs Eyes, Bezoar Mineral, each 1 scruple; Spirit of Salt Armoniac 15 drops; London Laudanum 2 grains; Syrup of the Juice of Erratic Poppy 1 ounce, mix.
The Communicator saith, its (after due Bleedings) convenient in a Pleurisy, take away the pricking Pain and short Cough. The Sick may take a spoonful or two every hour. But as to my own Part, I advise no Body to trust Pleuritic Internals, so as to neglect, or be too sparing of Bleeding,
for upon it depends safety, and in a manner the whole Cure.
A Saline Mixture.
Take Penny royal water 6 ounces; Salt of Tartar 2 drams, mix.
Let it be taken by spoonfuls in Broth, so as that the Stomach be continually imbued with it; thus its good to stop Vomiting. Taken a Mornings for some time, it lays a good Foundation for a Course of Steel in the Green Sickness.
A Saponaceous Mixture.
Take fine Venice Soap scraped thin 1 dram; mix it with Oil of Aniseed 3 drops; Add Syrup of Maiden Hair 3 ounces; Syrup of Horehound 1 ounce; Penny royal water 2 ounces, mix all according to Art and strain.
It most effectually lubricates, attenuates, removes, stimulates and expectorates from the bottom, and inmost recesses of the Lungs. Let 2 spoonfuls be given often for tough Phlegm, Orthopnea and straining laborious Cough.
Its good also to provoke Urine and bring away Gravel.
A Scorbutic Mixture.
Take Horse Radish water compound half an ounce; Spirit of Scurvy grass 3 drams; Elixir Proprietatis tartaris'd 2 drams;
Spirit of Salt Armoniac 1 dram; Oil of Juniper 40 drops, mix.
This Aromatic, Volatile Mixture is used, with much Advantage, by such Scorbutic Persons, as are troubled with a relaxation of the Ventricle, want of Appetite, ill Digestion, also Listlesness, weariness of the Body, and Stupor or Resolution of the Members.
Let 30 drops be taken, if it be to rectify the Stomach, an hour before Dinner and Supper, and that in a small quantity of a solid Vehicle. But if an alteration of the Fluids in general, and the habit of the Body be intended, then in a pretty large liquid Vehicle, every Morning and Afternoon, fasting 2 hours after.
A Mixture with Sperma Ceti.
Take Canary Wine, Linseed Oil, each 3 ounces; Oil of Turpentine 10 drops; Sperma Ceti, Crabs Eyes, each half a dram; white Sugar 3 drams; mix artificially, and it give warm for one Dose.
Its profitable (after due Bleeding) for those that being hurt by a fall and bruis'd, have Blood extravasated, settled and coagulated.
A Stomach Mixture.
Take strong Cinnamon water 1 ounces; Oil of Vitriol 1 dram; Oil of Cloves 24 drops; mix.
It excites Appetite, roborates the Stomach, takes off Nauseousness, stays Vomiting, and in a word, performs all that can be expected from that operose Elixir of Mynsicht.
Let 40 drops (more or less) be given in a glass of Canary upon an empty Stomach.
A Sulphurate Mixture.
Take Syrup of Juice of Hounds tongue 4 ounces; Balsam of Sulphur Anisated 80 drops, mix.
Its for a Cough that troubles mostly at Nights, and proceeds from a thin, sharp Rheum. The Dose is a spoonful at Night and Morn.
A Tartareous Mixture.
Take Spirituous Cinnamon Water 6 ounces; Oil of Tartar by Deliquium 3 drams; Spirit of Salt Armoniac 90 drops, mix.
Let it be taken, by a spoonful at a time, in a Bilious Colic after Purging, Liquid Laudanum being added, as the Case shall require.
The Thebane Mixture.
Take Thebane Juice (or, for want of it, London Laudanum) 12 grains; dissolve it in black Cherry Water 12 ounces; and rectify'd Spirit of Wine half an ounce; add white Sugar half an ounce; strain and drop Spirit of Salt Armoniac 36 drops, mix.
Its for 6 or 9 Doses, the Glass being well shaken before it be pour'd out.
A Mixture for the Throat.
Take Seeds of Flea wort and Quinces, each 2 drams; Decoct in Water half a pint to 4 ounces; to the strained Mucilage add one white of Egg well beaten, Damask Rose Water 2 ounces; Syrup of Raspberries 1 ounce and half; mix.
This is for heat, dry Parchedness, asperity and soreness of the Throat. Let a spoonful be taken after every time the Mouth is Gargled.
An Hysteric Nodule.
Take Asa Foetida half a dram; Castor, Camphire, each 1 scruple; Oil of Amber half a scruple; mix, and tie up in a rag or piece of Silk.
Being often held to the Nose, it helps Vapours and Fits, for it represses the rageing Spirits, drives them back from their wild excursions and exorbitancies; forces them into order, and hinders 'em from running into Tumults and Convulsive Explosions.
An Acovistic Oil.
Take Oil of bitter Almonds 1 dram; Oil of Nutmeg, Cummin, Marjoram, Petre, each 4 drops, Civet 2 grains, mix.
It hath the same Virtues with the Ascovistic Mixture, but is more durable in the Ear.
A Cephalic Oil.
Take Balsam of Peru 1 dram; Oil of Rosemary, Sage, Marjoram, Nutmegs, each 4 drops; Camphire half a dram, mix.
Outwardly used it warms, discusses, and roborates, and therefore is of use for cold, catarrhous Affections of the Head, especially of the Pericranium.
A Paralytic Oil.
Take Oil of Amber, Sassaphras, each 1 dram; Oil of Rosemary, Pepper, each 1 scruple, mix.
Let it be rubbed hard with a warm Hand, on the part primarily affected; but it signifies not so much on a Member that suffers a second Hand by Consent. See the Paralytic Liniment.
Oil of Rhubarb.
Take Oil of sweet Almonds and Rhubarb powder'd, each as much as you please; put it into a glased Pot, lain upon lain, give it a warm Digestion for a Nights space, and then press out a golden colour'd Oil, strongly in a Press, as you would do Oil of Almonds.
As I have Heard, its frequently in use at Heidelbourgh, for the Colic, Dysentery and Worms. They give it to a child half an ounce. Indeed I never used it; but because its an odd Medicine, and has something singular in it, I would not omit it.
An Asthmatic Oxymel.
Take Zedoary 1 ounce; boil in Water 1 quart to 1 pint and half; in the strained Liquor, mix Gum Ammoniacum (first dissolv'd in Vinegar 4 ounces) 1 ounce; strain and add Honey 4 ounces; boil, scum and strain it out.
This is the Experiment of Sir J.F. (a late Author) for persons labouring under an Orthopnaea and Asthma. It attenuates tough Phlegm, clears out Obstructions of the Lungs, and maintains and fortifies their Tone. Let 3 spoonfuls be given Night and Morn for some Months.
A Purging Pectoral Oxymel.
Take Raisins of the Sun stoned, and cut small, Orris Root, each 1 ounce; Elecampane, Calamus Aromaticus, each half an ounce; Senna 2 ounces; Agaric (tied up in a Rag) half an ounce; white Horehound, Savory, Hyssop, Ground Ivy, each 1 handful; Tobacco dried 1 dram; Ginger 3 drams; Spring water 2 pints and half; Vinegar half a pint; boil away to 1 quart, throwing in at last Aniseed 2 drams, strain, and add Honey 1 pint; boil it again to a fit Consistence, carefully scumming it.
It powerfully attenuates, removes, and carries out, thick, slimy Phlegm, which sticking in the Stomach, Guts, Lungs, or Habit of the Body, and occasioning various Obstructions, produces Oedematous, Catarrhous,
Consumptive, or Paralytic Diathesis.
The Dose is 3 ounces every, or each other Morning, as the Case calls for it.
An Oxymel of Tobacco.
Take Tobacco leaves (powdered and tied up in a Rag) 1 ounce and half; Agaric (likewise tied up) Liquorice, each 1 ounce; Senna, Raisins of the Sun, each 2 ounces; Vinegar 2 quarts, boil to 2 pints and half, adding towards the last, Thyme, Hyssop, each 2 handfuls; Aniseed half an ounce; Cloves 3 drams, having strained and clarified it, add Honey 1 pint and half; and then boil it up to a due Consistence.
When you have occasion to use it (saith Quercetan, who composed a mighty operose Oxymel of Tobacco, of which this an Epitome) give Cochlearia aliquot, some spoonfuls, either alone, or with a Pectoral Water.
Truly this Medicament most excellently and strongly purges, exhausts, deterges, extirpates the Saburra, and Eluvies of depraved Humours out of the whole Body in general, and the Ventricle and Thorax in particular, and is most accommodated, and specifically peculiar, to Asthmatic People.
But in giving it there's need of Caution and Distinction, to increase or diminish, and nicely adjust the Dose, so as to fit the Age and Strength of the Sick.
Sometimes (because of the Tobacco) it provokes Vomiting; but then the other Purgers that are mixt with Vinegar (which is it self a prime Corrector and Mollifyer) divert its vehemence, by drawing it downward, and so render it a good and effectual Remedy for Pituitous Maladies of the Ventricle and Thorax. Thus he.
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