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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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Dr. Stevens his famous Water.

Take a gallon of Gascoin-wine, of Ginger, callingal, Cinamon-Grains, Cloves, Mace, Nutmegs, Anniseeds, Carraway-seed, Coriander-seed, Fennel-seed, and Sugar, of every one a dram; then take of Sack and Ale a quart of each, of Camomile, Sage, Mint, Red- roses, Time, Pellitory of the Wall, wild-Marjoram, wild-Time, Lavender, Penneroyal, Fennel-roots, Parsley-roots, and Set-wall-roots, of each half a handful; then beat the Spice small, and bruise the Herbs, and put them all together into the Wine, and so let it stand | | 196 sixteen hours, stirring it now and then, then distil it in a Limbeck with a soft fire, the first pint of the Water by it self, for it is the best.

The principal use of this water is against all cold Diseases, it preserveth Youth, comforteth the Stomack, cureth the Stone of what nature soever using but two spoonfuls in seven days: It preserved Dr. Stevens ten years Bed-rid, that he lived to ninety eight years.