Culpeper's Last Legacies
SELECT MEDICINAL APHORISMS AND RECEIPTS
FOR MANY DISEASES OUR
FRAIL NATURES ARE
1.A general Caution
Let such as love their heads or brains, either forbear such things as are obnoxious to the brain, as Garlick,
Leeks, Onions, beware of surfeiting and drunkenness.
2.To purge the Head
The head is purged by Gargarisms, of which Mustard, in my opinion, is excellent, and therefore a spoonful
of Mustard put into the mouth, is excellent for one that is troubled with the lethargy: also the head is
purged by sneezing; but be sure if you would keep your brain clear, keep your stomach clean.
3. For a rheum in the Head, and the Palsy
Take a red Onion, and bruise it well, and boil it in a little Verjuice and put thereto a little clarified honey,
and a great spoonful of good Mustard, when it is well boiled, raise the sick upright, and let him receive
the smell up his nose twice a day, whilst it is very hot.
4. For a rheum in the Head
Boil Pimpernel well in Wine, and drink a draught of the Wine in the evening, hot, but in the morning
Stew Onions in a close pot, and bathe the head and mouth, and nose therewith.
6. For the falling off of the Hair
Beat Linseeds very well, and mix them with Sallad-oil; and when you have well mixed them, anoint the
head therewith, and in three or four times using it will help you.
7. To purge the Head
Chew the root of Pellitory of Spain, and chew it on both sides of thy mouth, and as the rheum falls down
into thy mouth, spit it out, but retain the root there still, till you think the head is purged enough for that
FOR THE EYES, AND THEIR IMPEDIMENTS
8. For Eyes that are blasted
Only wear a piece of black Sarcenet before thy eyes, and meddle with no medicine; only forbear wine
and strong drink.
9. An excellent water to clear the Sight
Take of Fennel, Eyebright, Roses, white, Celandine, Vervain and Rue, of each a handful, the liver of a
Goat chopt small, infuse them well in Eyebright-water, then distil them in an alembic, and you shall have
a water will clear the sight beyond comparison.