directions for making syrups, &c. 411
6. As for chemical oils, I have nothing to say here.
7. The general use of these oils is for pains in the
limbs, roughness in the skin, the itch, Sec. as also for
ointments and plaisters.
8. If you have occasion to use it for wounds or ul¬
cers, in two ounces of oil, dissolve half an ounce of
turpentine, the heat of the fire will quickly do it; for
oil itself is offensive to wounds, and the turpentine
Physicians make more a quoil than needs by half
about electuaries. I shall describe but one general
way of making them up: as for ingredients you may
vary them as you please, and as you find occasion,
by the last chapter.
1. That you may make electuaries when you need
them, it is requisite.that you keep always herbs, roots,
flowers, seeds, <fcc. ready dried n your house, that so
you may be in readiness to beat them into a powder
when you do need them.
2. It is better to keep them whole than beaten; for
being beaten, they are more subject to lose their
strength, because the air soon penetrates them.
3. If they be not dry enough to beat into powder
when you need them, dry them by a gentle fire till
they are so.
4. Having beaten them, sift them through a fine
tiffany searce, that no great pieces may be found in
5. To one ounce of your powder add three ounces
of clarified honey; this quantity I hold to be suffi¬
cient. If you would make more or less electuary, vary
your proportion accordingly.
6. Mix them well together in a mortar, and take
this for a truth, you cannot mix them too much.
7. The way to clarify honey, is to set it over the