Wednesday, September 4, 2013

How to Cure Nausea, 1693

John Gerard, Herball (1597)
"A speedy Remedy for Fits of Vomiting. Take a large Nutmeg, grate off one half of it, and toast the flat side of the other, till the Oily part begin to ouze or sweat out, then clap it to the Pit of the Patient's Stomach as hot as he can well endure it, and let him keep it on whilst it continues warm, and then if need be put on another."  
Robert Boyle, Medicinal Experiments (1693) 
If you're lucky, the patient will be so surprised by the sizzling, oily nutmeg on his abdomen that he will forget all about his nausea.

(Wondering what to do with the other half of the nutmeg? Pink pancakes!)

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