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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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An Universal Medicine of wonderful use both for Man and Woman.

Take ten ounces of the seeds of Quinces, six ounces of the pills of Citrons; Balm and Nettles, of each fourounces; beat all these grosly, and infuse them in six quarts of good White-wine, thus let it remain six days, then distil it with six ounces of Honey, and fifteen ounces of Sugar, until you have received a quart of water; | | 177 then put it in a place to cool, then add thereunto eight grains of Musk dissolved, with about two ounces of Rose-water; put thereunto two scruples of oyl of Vitriol, and incorporate them well together; then keep this water in a Glass well-closed to keep out the air; and of this take one ounce in the Morning, and fast thereon two hours. This Experiment is a wonderful preserver of health, and continuer of life to long age, if constantly used, which may appear by the excellency of the Ingredients, for the Quince-feeds are admirable for the removing of ill humours which clog the Stomach, and are very cordial; the Pomo-citron-pills preserve and help digestion; the Balm purifieth the Blood, healeth the Liver, incourageth Concoction, and comforteth the heart; the Nettles provoke Urine, mundifie the Reins, and correct the malignity of the sinews; as for the Wine, you cannot be ignorant of its Virtues; Musk purgeth the Blood of Windiness; the oyl of Vitriol healeth all the excoriations of the Mouth, Breast, and Stomach, and is excellent against malign humours that oppress it.