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The Pharmacopeia Extemporanea

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A Camphorate Foment.

Take Vinegar 1 pint; dissolve it over the Fire Nitre 1 ounce; Camphire dram.

A Colic Foment.

Take Camomile flowers 2 ounces; Juniper and Bay berries, each 1 ounce; Crude Salt Armoniac half an ounce; boil in water 3 quarts to 2 quarts, adding at last, Seeds of sweet Fennel, Caraway, Cummin and Anise bruis'd, each half an ounce; to the strain'd add...

A Diuretic Foment.

Take roots of Smalage 4 ounces; roots of Fennel, Linseed, each 2 ounces; Herbs Pellitory of the Wall, Mallows, Arsmart, Camomile flowers, each 2 handfuls; boil in Water 3 quarts to 2 quarts; in the strain'd dissolve crude Salt Armoniac ( or if you cannot...

A Dysenteric Foment.

Take Oak leaves green 10 handfuls; boil them in a close cover'd Pot in a strong Wine Vinegar as much as needful for a Foment, with which let the Anus be fomented, and the hot Vapor received up into it.

A Foment for a Tympany.

Take Nitre 2 ounces; Salt Armoniac 1 ounce; Spirit of Wine with a great deal of Phlegm in it 1 quart; mix and dissolve in a glass.

A Foment for Inflammations.

Take the roots of Marsh Mallow, white Lily, each 1 ounce and half; Herbs Mallows, Mullein, Henbane, flowers of Elder, Camomile, Melilot, each 1 handful; Seeds of Flax, Fenugreek, each 6 drams; boil in Water 3 quarts to 2 quarts, and strain.

A Foment for the pain of Haemorrhoids.

Take Onion, Linseed, each 4 ounces; Herbs Henbane, Toad flax, Tarrow, Mullein, each 2 handfuls; boil in Water 3 quarts to 2 quarts; in the strain'd dissolve Opium 2 drams; mix and use it

A Foment in flux of the Haemorrhoids.

Take Mullein, Tarrow, Plantain, Elder leaves, each 4 handfuls; Pomgranate peel 1 ounce; Boil in Water and rough red Wine, each 3 Pints to 2 quarts; in the strain'd dissolve Alum half an ounce; Sugar of Lead 2 drams, mix.

A Foment of Elder.

Take green leaves (or in the Winter time, inner Bark) of Elder 4 handfuls; boil in Water 3 pints to 1 quart; in the strain'd dissolve common Soap 1 ounce.

A Foment with Bitters.

Take round Birthwort roots 1 ounce; common Wormwood dry'd, Lavender Cotton, Tansy, tops of Savine, each 1 handful; Bears foot half a handfuls; Coloquintida, Aloes, each 1 dram; make a Decoction in Water 3 pints to 1 quart, and strain.

A Lateral Foment.

It mollifies, discusses, eases Pain. Is certainly very helpful in a spurious, pituitous or flatulent Pleurisy, where the Matter lieth outward, and there's no great Inflammation, for it relaxeth the rigidly tense Fibrilla; quieteth the painfully agitated...

A Pacific Foment.

Take Vine and Willow leaves, Lettuce, each 2 handfuls; whitewater Lily flowers, red Roses, each 1 handful; white Poppy heads (with the seeds) 2 ounces; boil in Water 1 gallon to 2 quarts; in the strain'd dissolve Opium 2 drams.

A Podagric Foment.

Take Ground Pine, Southernwood, each 4 handfuls; boil in Water 3 quarts to 2 quarts; in the strain'd dissolve (168, 169) Salt of Tarter, and Salt Armoniac, each 2 ounces.

A Scorbutic Foment.

Take Ground Pine, Henbane, each two handfuls; Winters Cinnamon half an ounce; Horse-Radish root, Earth Worms (added at last) each 2 ounces; boil in Limewater 3 pints to 1 quart; to the strain'd add Spirit of Scurvy grass 2 ounces; Opium 1 dram, mix.

A Splenetic Foment.

Take dry'd Tobacco leaves 1 ounce; infuse warm two hours in Water 2 quarts; in the strain'd dissolve Gum Ammoniac half an ounce.

A Stomachic Foment.

This is indeed a noble Remedy, notably comforting, warming, strengthening, and is used with good Success, when the Stomach being grown cold and flaccid, is troubles with Flatus, Pain, Queasiness, Vomiting, loss of Appetite and ill Digestion. Its good also...

An Anodyne Foment.

Take white Poppy heads (cut, and bruis'd with their Seeds) Dill seeds, each 2 ounces; leaves of Henbane, Hounds tongue, common Night shade, each 2 handfuls; boil in Water 3 quarts to 2 quarts, and strain it out.

An Astringent Foment.

Take Oak bark 2 ounces; Pomegranate peel half an ounce; Balaustines, red Roses dry'd, each 1 handful; boil in Water 2 quarts to 1 quart, stain and add rough red Wine half a pint; to these may also be added Alume 2 drams or half an ounce.

An Emmenagogue Foment.

Take roots of white Bryony 4 ounces; round Birthwort 2 ounces; Zedory, Bayberries, each 1 ounce; Herbs Feverfew, Mugwort, Savine tops, Camomile flowers, each 2 handfuls; boil in Water 1 gallon to 5 pints; to the strain'd add Brandy 1 pint; mix for a...


A Frontal Unguent.

Take Unguent of Alabaster 1 dram and half; Oil of Mace by expression 1 scruple; Opium (dissolv'd in a little Rose water) half a scruple, mix.

A Frontal with Camphir.

Take Camphire 8 grains; Vinegar 1 ounce; red Rose Water 7 ounces; dissolve.

A Frontal with Mastic.

Take powder'd Mastic, Frankincense, each 2 drams; white Chalk, Bean Meal, each half an ounce; white of Egg well beaten, Oil of Roses, each 6 drams; Vinegar as much as needs to make it fit for spreading on a Cloth.

A Frontal with Opium.

Take Breast Milk, white of Egg well beaten, each 1 ounce; Opium 10 grains; Camphire 5 grains; mix and use it to the Forehead cold.

A Rosaceous Frontal.

Take red Rose Water 4 ounces; Vinegar of Roses 2 ounces; Oil of Roses 1 ounce; white of one Egg, mix.


1. A Fume in a Catarrh.

Take Olibanum, Amber, Benjamin, Storax calamite, Gum of Guaiacum, Balsam of Tolu, each 2 scruples; reduce all into a course Powder to sprinkle upon live Coals for a Smoak.

1. An Odiferous Fume.

Take Benjamin 1 ounce; Storax calamite half an ounce; Labdanum 2 drams, Musk, Ambergrise, each 1 grain and half; with mucilage of Gum Tragacanth, make Troches; of which and dust of Willow coals being added, odiferous Candles may be made.

2. A Fume in a Catarrh.

Take Gum Guaiacum, Gum of Juniper, Mastic, Benjamin, Myrrh, Orpiment, each 1 dram; Cloves 2 drams; Balsam of Peru 16 drops; make them into a gross Powder, to be strew'd on Coals to perfume a Night Cap with.

2. An Odiferous Fume.

Take Cyperous roots 1 ounce and half; Calamus aromatic, Willow coals, each 1 ounce; Storax calamite, Benjamin, each 2 drams; with mucilage of Gum Tragacanth (Extracted with the Spirit of Wine) make Pastils according to Art.

A Fume for falling out of the Anus.

Take Male Frankincense, Amber, Cloves, each half a dram; red Roses, Balaustines, each 2 drams; make a gross Powder, the Fume of which is to be receiv'd (after the Anus is put up) through a close Stool Chair.

A Fume for falling out of the Uterus.

Take Beetles 3 drams; Eel skins minced small 1 dram; make a Powder.

A Fume in a Consumption.

Take Fistic nut peel, Myrrh, Amber, each 2 drams; Sulphur vive, Orpiment, each 1 dram; make all into a gross Powder, the Smoak of which is to be receiv'd into the Mouth, be the help of a Funnel inversed.

A Fume in a Tenesmus.

Take white Poppy heads half an ounce; Mullein half a handful; red Roses; Balaustines; Frankincense each half a dram; Mastic 1 dram; make a gross Powder; the Smoak whereof ( cast upon the Coals) is to be received through a perforated Chair.