A Book of Fruits and Flowers: Of Purges


A Purge to drive out the French Pox, before you use the Oyntment.

Take halfe a pint of goodAqua vitæ, one ounce of Treacleof Gene, one quarter of an ounce ofSpermacæti, boyle all these together on a soft fire halfe a quarter of an hour, and let the Patient drink this as warme as he can, and lye downe in his bed, and sweat, and if any of the Disease be in his body, this will bring it forth, and bring him to an easie loosnesse; this is thought the best and surest of all other Cures for this infirmity.

The Oyntment for the French Pox.

TakeBarrowesgrease well tryed from the filmes, beat it in a Morter till it be small and fine, put thereto ofLethargyone ounce, of Mastickin fine powder, two ounces, ofOlibanum in powder, one ounce, of Oyle ofSpike one ounce, Oyle of Paliolumone ounce, ofTerpentineone quarter of a pound, beat all these together into a perfect Oyntment, and therewith annoynt these places.

What place to annoynt for the French Pox.

The principall bone in the Nape of the Neck, without the shoulder places, taking heed it come not neer the channell bone, for then it will make the throat swell, else not, the elbowes on both sides, the hip bones, the share, the knees, the hammes, and the ankles; if the Patient have no Ache, annoynt not these places, but only the sores till they be whole; if there be any knobs lying in the flesh, as many have, annoynt them often, and lay lint upon them, and brown paper upon the lint, and keep the Patient close out of the aire, and this used will make him whole in ten dayes by the grace of God.

For a paine in the ears, or deafnesse.

Take a hot loafe, of the bignesse of a Bakers penny loaf, and pull or cut it in two in the middest, and lay the middle of the crummy side to the middest, or to the hole of the ear, or ears pained, as hot as they may be endured, and so bind them fast together on all night, and then if you find any pain in either or both ears, or any noyse, put into the pained ear or ears, a drop ofAqua vitæ, in each, and then againe binding more hot bread to them, walk a little while, and after goe to bed; this done three or four dayes together, hath taken away the paine, hearing noyse in the ears, and much eased the deafnesse, and dullnesse of and in many.