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The Gentlewoman's Companion: or, A Guide to the Female Sex, an electronic edition

by Hannah Woolley [Woolley, Hannah, fl. 1670]

date: 1675
source publisher: Printed by A. Maxwell for Edward Thomas
collection: Early Modern through the 18th Century

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For young Children who by reason of the weakness of their Limbs can neither stand nor go.

Take Marjoram and Sage, of each a like quantity, beat them very well together, then strain out the juice, and put it into a double GlassVial, filling the Glass as full as it will hold; stop it then with paste very close all over, let it into an Oven, and there let it stand the time of an Houshold-loafs baking; taking it out, let it stand till it be cold; then breaking the paste round about it, see if the juice be grown thick; if so, break the Glass, and put what was therein contain'd, | | 171 into a Gally-pot, and keep it. When you use it, take the quantity of two spoonfuls at a time and as much Marrow of an Oxleg, melt them together, and mingle them well, and both morning and evening anoint therewith (as warm as canbe endur'd) the tender parts of the Childs legs, knees and thighs, chafing them well with your hands; and in a short time (Deo volente) the child will be able to go and stand; this receipt hath been ever found successful.