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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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How to cure the Green-Sickness.

Laziness and love are the usual causes of these obstructions in young women; and that which increaseth and continueth this distemper, is their eating Oat-meal, chalk, nay some have not forbore Cinders, Lime, and I know not what trash. If you wuould prevent this slothful disease, be sure you let not those under your command to want imployment, that will hinder the growth of this distemper, and cure a worser Malady of a love-sick breast, for business will not give them time to think of such idle matters. But if this Green- sickness hath already got footing in the body, use this means to drive it away: Take a Quart of Claret-wine, one pound of Currans, and a handful of your Rosemary-tops, with half an ounce of Mace, seeth these to a pint, and let the Patient drink thereof three spoonfuls at a time, Morning and Evening, and eat some of the Currans after.