An Admirable Receipt for a Consumption

[ An Admirable Receipt for a Consumption ]

Date: 1774/05/03

Publication Format
Print

Type
Medicine

Ingredients
Madeira wine
balsams of Gilead
tolu
gum olibanum in tears
flowers of Benjamin
Narbonne honey
Canadian maiden hair
capillaire

Places
Nova Scotia
France
Portugal
South America
Canada

Source: Nova Scotia Gazette and the Weekly Chronicle
Institution: Nova Scotia Archives | Source Origin: Nova Scotia Newspapers on Microfilm | Reference: Microfilm Reels 8155, 8156, 8158

Description

A cure for consumption with ingredients with origins around the world. Vol. 4 No. 189. Microfilm Reel 8155.


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Transcription

An Admirable RECEIPT for a Consumption
TAKE of Madeira (or good generous Moun-
tain) wine, two quarts; balsams of Gilead
and Tolu, each two ounces; gum olibanum in
tears, (groisly powdered) two ounces; flowers of
Benjamin, half an ounce. Let the mixture stand
near the fire for three or four days, frequently shak-
ing the vessel; then add thereto, or Narbonne ho-
ney, four ounces; extract of Canadian maiden
hair, eight ounces. Shake the bottle well, and 
strain off the liquor. The dose, two tea spoonfuls
to be taken once in four hours, in coltsfoot-tea, or
water, sweetened with capillaire.
 

Annotations
Tolu
A South America balsam distilled to an oil for use in cough remedies, skin rash treatments, and perfumery.
Narbonne
A honey that has been made in Narbonne in southwest France since the 12th century. Often medicinal, its unique flavour comes from Mediterranean scrub, which includes rosemary, thyme, lavender.
capillaire
"A syrup or infusion of maidenhair fern" (OED).