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like of each, bruising them well in stale goat's milk whey, and boiling afterwards. Let the patient drink some thereof every morning, and it will cure him.
TOOTHACHE. A STRANGE REMEDY, AND STRANGER
$ 52. For the toothache. Take a candle of sheep's suet, (some eringo seed being mixed therewith,) and burn it as near the tooth as possible, some cold water being held under the candle. The worms (destroying the tooth) will drop into the water, in order to escape from the heat of the candle.
A TUMOR OF THE ABDOMEN.-POULTICE. TUMOR OF THE
§ 53. For a tumor of the abdomen. Take sheep's suet, oatmeal, foxglove, and pimpernel, making a poultice of them, and apply it thereto. If it contains matter this will bring it to a head.
For a tumor of the abdomen again. Take goat's milk whey, being fresh, mix ramsons therewith, and drink of it for three days, and the swelling will disappear.
FALLING FITS. TREATMENT, ROUGH, BUT READY.
§ 54. For falling fits. Burn a goat's horn, directing the smoke upon the patient, and in consequence of the smell he will forthwith arise. Before he has risen from the ground, apply dog's gall upon his head, and that disease will not attack him any more.
INTERMITTENTS OR AGUES. A STRANGE MODE OF
§ 55. For all sorts of agues, write in three apples, on
If you would know how it will happen to a man who sickens, whether he will live or die of his disease, take the herb called violet, bruise it, and bind a portion to both legs, and if the patient will live, he will sleep, and if he cannot sleep, he will die.
TO PREVENT INTOXICATION.
TO PREVENT WEARINESS.
§ 56. If you would not be drunk, drink in the morning as much as will fill an egg-shell of the juice of the hemp agrimony.
If you would not be weary on a journey, drink in the morning an egg-shell full of the juice of mugwort and garlic, and you will neither be hurt nor tired, whatever distance you may walk that day.
DRUNKENNESS. TO REMOVE.
§ 57. If you would remove a man's drunkenness, let him eat bruised saffron with spring water.
HOW TO BE MERRY.
$ 58. If you would be at all times merry, eat saffron in meat or drink, and you will never be sad: but beware of eating over much, lest you should die of excessive joy.
TO CURE ENVY.
§ 59. If you would never be in an envious mood, drink as much as would fill an egg shell of the juice of the herb called wild clary, and you will not after fall into an evil temper. If you would be always in good health, drink a spoonful of the juice of the herb mallows, and you will always be so.
TO PRESERVE CHASTITY.
$ 60. If you would always be chaste, eat daily some of the herb called hart's tongue, and you will never assent to the suggestions of impurity.
PROLAPSUS UTERI. TREATMENT.
§ 61. For prolapsus of the womb (that is an extrusion thereof.) The best remedy is to take wheaten flour, and knead it with the yolks of nine eggs1 and honey, working into it the breast fur of two hares; then bake it under ashes, and (making a potion thereof) drink it till the organ returns.
TOOTHACHE. TO PREVENT.
§ 62. If you would always be free from toothache, whenever you wash, rub the inside of your ears with your fingers.
SMALL TUMOR. A FOWL APPLICATION.
§ 63. For a small tumor. Take a cock or hen, (as the patient may be a man or a woman,) and apply the rump feathered, to the part, till the bird dies. This will extract the venom.
WARTS. TO REMOVE.
$ 64. Whosoever would remove warts, let him apply daisy bruised in dog's urine thereto, and they will all dis
FLEAS. TO DESTROY.
§ 65. Whosoever would destroy fleas, let him steep wormwood in the sea for an hour, and afterwards dry it in the sun. When sufficiently dry, any fleas coming in contact therewith will die.
FLIES. TO DESTROY.
$ 66. To destroy flies, let the mugwort be put in the place where they frequent, and such of them as shall come in contact with the herb will die.
BITE OF A VIPER.
§ 67. For the bite of a snake. Let the juice of the elder be drank, and it will disperse all the poison.
1 Or as it may be also read, simply "the yolks of eggs."
LOSS OF REASON OR SPEECH.
§ 68. Whosoever shall have lost his reason or his speech, let him drink of the juice of the primrose, within two months afterwards, and he will indeed recover.
STRANGE DIAGNOSTIC OF PREGNANCY.
§ 69. Whosoever would know whether a woman be enceinte with a boy or girl, let him observe her sitting and standing, and if she moves the right foot first it signifies a son, but if the left, a daughter.
STRANGE DIAGNOSTIC OF VIRGINITY.
$ 70. If you would distinguish between a wife and a virgin, scrape some jet into water, and give it her to drink. If she be a wife, she will without fail pass water, but if a virgin she will not have a more urgent call than usual.
TO SILENCE A COCK.
§ 71. If you should wish that a cock should not crow, anoint his crest with oil, and he will be mute.
OPACITY OF THE EYE.
$ 72. For an opacity of the eye. Let some ground ivy juice be put therein, and the opacity will be removed, the eye becoming spotless and clear.
A WEEPING CHILD.
$73. Let the two lower extremities of the babe, much given to weeping, be anointed with hart's marrow, and he will weep the less.
TO REMOVE A SMALL TUMOR.
§ 74. Should a man have a small tumor in a dangerous part of his body, and you should wish to remove it, your
object can thus be accomplished.
Take the leaves of the
foxglove, and press them well on any part (of the tumor,)
and it will remove it an inch and a half from the herb.
HYGEIAN OF THE YEAR. JANUARY.
§ 75. Month of January.
Do not bleed. Drink three
cupfuls of wine, fasting. Take a potion. Let your diet be goat's flesh and wholesome vegetables.
§ 76. Month of February. Bleed from the thumb of the left hand. Obtain a confection and a potion, which will render your eyes healthy.
$ 77. Month of March.
Use enemata, the roots of
vegetables, and the bath. Do not bleed frequently. not take an emetic, as it generates cold within. Drink sweet wine, fasting.
§ 78. Month of April. Bleed. Take a gentle emetic, eat fresh meat, use warm drink. Eat two mouthfuls of hart's tongue twice a day. Avoid the roots of vegetables, as they will occasion an obstruction. Drink hemp agrimony.
§ 79. Month of May. Do not eat sheep's head or trotters, use warm drink. Eat twice daily of hart's tongue, fasting. Use cold whey. Drink of the juice
Take a gentle emetic.
of fennel and wormwood.
§ 80. Month of June. Take a cupful of cold water, fasting daily. Do not drink ale or mead. Drink milk warm,
and eat lettuce.