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FOR A HEADACHE.
§ 40. Take a piece of raw beef, and lay it on the nape of the neck, taking it away each night in going to bed; do this as often as needful. It is proven.
FOR THE GOUT.
§ 41. This disease is mostly confined to the feet and hands. Take wood sage, pellitory of the wall, wheat bran, cow's dung, and salt, boil together in wine or cider vinegar, and apply as a plaster to the painful part.
TO MAKE A PLASTER FOR ALL KINDS OF ACHES.
§ 42. Take a pound of crude wax, half a pound of rosin, one sixth of a pound of thus, and a pound and a half of ram's suet, boil together and strain into a clean basin, then place the basin on a cinder fire in a stove; saturate a piece of linen in this, and apply to the painful part.
FOR A COUGH.
§ 43. Take mustard seed coarsely powdered, boil with some figs in strong ale, and drink.
FOR A RINGWORM.
$ 44. Take the roots of red dock and salt them, then put the same in vinegar, and give them a boil, then wash the ringworm with the liquor.
§ 45. Take rosin and pound it well, then put it in white wine, and the gum of the bay tree, swallow it, and you will obtain benefit thereby.
TO CURE ONE WHO TALKS IN HIS SLEEP.
§ 46. Take southernwood, and pound it well, and add thereto some wine or old mead, strain well and let the patient drink a portion thereof night and morning.
FOR THE TOOTHACHE.
§ 48. Take shepherd's purse and pound into a mass, then apply to the tooth.
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§ 49. Take the root of the water flower de lys,* and masticate. If there be a cavity in the tooth put therein a fragment of the root, but avoid swallowing the saliva, as the juice of this root is poisonous, and if you swallow it you will become delirious for days, if it does not prove fatal.
FOR A DANGEROUS COUGH.
§ 50. Take sage, rue, cummin, and pound them like pepper, then boil together in honey, and make into a confection. Take a spoonful thereof night and morning, and by the help of God you will obtain benefit.
FOR SORENESS AND GANGRENE OF THE MOUTH.
§ 51. Take rosemary tops, sage, honeysuckle, and mallows, of each half a handful, and boil together well in as much spring water as will cover them, until it is reduced to a third, then take some pure honey boiled in spring water with as much as a pigeon's egg of alum, and boil in the filtered decoction of herbs till reduced to a third, then keep in a glass bottle well corked, and wash your mouth therewith.
A DRAWING OINTMENT.
§ 52. Take mercurial ointment, May butter, rosin, suet, and new wax, then take round birthwort, great ox eye, betony, milfoil, hoary plantain, sage, smallage, marigold, and pound well; boil the butter and herbs together on a slow fire for two or three hours, and if the butter dries up add more as there may be occasion. When this boiling is finished strain off the butter well under a press, and add the wax and the mercurial ointment thereto as well as the rosin and the suet, and boil together on a fire for an hour, then let it cool in a clean vessel and keep.
AN ANTIDOTE FOR POISONED FOOD OR DRINK.
§ 53. Take rue, bruise well and pour white wine thereon, (as much as will cover it) and if there be no wine, then ale, or mead; let the liquor and the herb be stirred well
* Vide Davies, under "Gellhesgen."
and strained. Let a draught of this be given to the patient in the morning fasting, and another in an hour, and he will be cured.
FOR INFLAMMATION OF THE MAMMÆ.
§ 54. Take agrimony, betony, and vervain, and pound well, then mix them with strong old ale, strain well, and set some milk on the fire; when this boils add the liquor thereto and make a posset thereof, giving it to the woman to drink warm. Let her do this frequently and she will be
FOR A HOARSENESS.
§ 55. Take the spotted persicaria and boil, then pound in a mortar well; rub the throat with it, and the patient will be cured.
FOR A STRANGURY,
§ 56. Seek some mouse chickweed, and wild sage, as much of the one as of the other; then make into a powder, and mix with drink, cider being best, or else old mead, if no cider can be got.
TO EXTRACT A TOOTH WITHOUT PAIN.
§ 57. Take some newts, by some called lizards, and those nasty beetles which are found in ferns during summer time, calcine them in an iron pot and make a powder thereof. Wet the forefinger of the right hand, insert it in the powder, and apply it to the tooth frequently, refraining from spitting it off, when the tooth will fall away without pain. It is It is proven.
§ 58. Take agrimony, bruise well, and mix the mass with wine, ale, or mead to drink, and you will obtain a cure.
FOR A DIARRHEA.
$ 59. Take the roots of the red fennel, (pyrethrum inodorum) pound in a mortar well, and mix with goat's milk, drinking for nine mornings; it will be of benefit, and stay the purging. It is proven.
FOR AN OBSTINATE PAIN IN THE STOMACH.
60. Drink the juice of the tansy in old ale, and you will be effectually cured.
FOR DYSPNEA IN THE CHEST.
§ 61. Seek the roots of the elecampane, wash clean and scrape, then boil in white wine vinegar when scraped. Dry them, reduce into powder, and boil the powder in honey, and add powdered pepper thereto; keep in a box and take a spoonful night and morning. This will cure the patient.
If there is dyspnoea and cough with expectoration in a person, seek three cinders and set before the sick person, then let him spit upon the cinders; if the expectorated matter smells offensively he will die, if not he will recover.
FOR THE BITE OF A MAD DOG.
§ 62. Seek some plantain, and a handful of sheep's sorrel, then pound well in a mortar with the white of eggs, honey, and old lard, make into an ointment and apply to the bitten part, so that it may be cured.
TO PROMOTE THE FLOW OF MILK IN A WOMAN'S BREAST.
§ 63. Seek some red fennel, and administer to a woman in ale, and it will produce enough milk to nurse her child.
$ 64. Seek red onion, and boil in oxymel, then add thereto a handful of oat malt, rue, and red fennel, and boil in the liquor; put this, in the warmth of milk, in the ear night and morning, plug the ear with black wool, so that it may not come out; it will improve the hearing wonderfully. It is proven.
TO PREPARE A BLESSED COLLYRIUM TO CLEAR THE EYE.
§ 65. Take red roses, wild celery, vervain, red fennel, maiden hair, house leek, celandine, and wild thyme, wash them clean and macerate in white wine for a day and a night, then distil from a brass pot. The first water you
obtain will be like silver, this will be useful for any affection of the eye, and for a stye.
FOR AN EPIPHORA.
$ 66. Take the flowers of betony, and eat, and it will clear the eye.
§ 67. Anoint the eye with the juice of celandine and fresh honey, and you will obtain great benefit.
§ 68. Take white wine, the juice of celandine, and the juice of red fennel; boil in the white wine until it is reduced to a third; anoint your eye with this and it will keep it clear and strong.
FOR A STYE OR PAIN IN THE EYE.
§ 69, Obtain the yolk of an egg, and wheaten meal, add a little sulphate of copper, incorporate them together and lay upon a cloth, and apply to the eye in going to sleep. It will cure it by the following day; let this be done for three days.
FOR PAIN IN THE EYE.
§ 70. Seek the gall of a hare, of a hen, of an eel, and of a stag, with fresh urine and honeysuckle leaves, then inflict a wound upon an ivy tree, and mix the gum that exudes from the wound therewith, boiling it swiftly, and straining it through a fine linen cloth; when cold insert a little thereof in the corners of the eyes, and it will be a wonder if he who makes use of it does not see the stars in mid-day, in consequence of the virtues of this remedy.
TO STRENGTHEN THE EYE.
§ 71. Seek house leek, red rose leaves, and celandine, pound together and boil in white wine, or strong and clear old ale; boil briskly, and strain through a fine clean linen cloth, wash your eyes therewith night and morning, and you will be cured.
FOR A COLD OR CATARRH, AND ALL KINDS OF PAIN IN THE SHOULDERS, ARMS, AND LEGS.
§ 74. Take wild thyme, and bruise small, boil in the lees of strong ale till it is thickened, and apply thereto as hot as