Folio 2. Page 45. Recto

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Folio 2. Page 45. Recto

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Recipe or Medicine for Decoction of Sarsaparilla and White Decoction.
alt text on image Sarsaparilla, Jamaica Root, (Smilax ornata)

Description

Decoction of Sarsaparilla
Fresh Sarsaparilla root, slice'd &
bruised, three ounces; shavings of
Guiacum Wood one ounce- Boil
over a slow fire from in three
Quarts of Water to one, adding
towards the end, half an ounce of
Sassafras Wood & Tthree drams of
Liquorice- Strain the decoction-
it may be taken in the Rheumatism
& cutanious disorders- it is prefer-
-able to the decoction of Woods
& may be taken from a pint &
a half to 2 Quarts in a day-

White Decoction
of the purest Chalk in powder 2 Ouncez,
Gum Arabic half an ounce; Water
3 pints. Boil to one Quart & strain
the decoction. It is proper for children
afflicted with sourness of the stomach,
& for the Heartburn. 1 Ouncez of powdered
chalk mixe'd with two pints of water will
supply the place of the decoction & the chalk
julep.
Raised (superscript) letters are lowered, contractions are expanded, and added letters italicised retaining the apostrophe.

Creator

Charlotte Starkie

Publisher

Gillespie Family

Date

1782 to 1808

Rights

Site licence

Format

Handwritten text on a page of a paper document

Language

English

Type

Paper document

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Decoction of Sarsaparilla
Fresh Sarsaparilla root, slic'd & bruised, three ounces; shavings of Guiacum Wood one ounce- Boil over a slow fire from in three Quarts of Water to one, adding  towards the end, half an ounce of Sassafras Wood & Tthree drams of Liquorice- Strain the decoction- it may be taken in the Rheumatism & cutanious disorders- it is preferable to the decoction of Woods & may be taken from a pint & a half to 2 Qts in a day-

White Decoction
of the purest Chalk in powder 2 Oz, Gum Arabic half an ounce; Water 3 pints. Boil to one Qt & strain
the decoction. It is proper for children afflicted with sourness of the stomach, & for the Heartburn. 1 Oz of powdered chalk mix'd with two pts of water will supply the place of the decoction & the chalk julep.
Probably refers to Jamaican Root sarsaparilla (Smilax ornata). It was considered by Native Americans to have medicinal properties, and was a popular European treatment for syphilis when it was introduced from the New World.
They used different parts of Sassafras albidum for many medicinal purposes such as treating acne, urinary disorders, and sicknesses that increased body temperature, such as high fevers. It is also a primary ingredient in old fashioned style as root beer, popular in N. America. Because Sassafras was banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration due to the carcinogenicity of its constituent safrole, most commercial recipes do not contain sassafras

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Citation

Charlotte Starkie, “Folio 2. Page 45. Recto ,” The Huntroyd Receipts, accessed February 26, 2021, https://huntroyd.co.uk/items/show/91.

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