Friday, August 28, 2015

How to Get Rid of Stinging Insects, 1633

Francesco Stelluti, Persio (1630)
University of Oklahoma
"The Generall Method of Preventing, and Curing all venemous Stingings and Bitings. Prevention is onely two wayes: By having an eye to all places where they are likely to be abroad: And by driving them from the place of a mans habitation. All venomous Creatures are driven from the house by these fumes and washings following. Fume your roomes with the smoake of Harts-horne shavings, burnt in a chafing-dish or firepanne: or the shavings of sheepes hoofes: or the parings of old shooes. Wash the walls with the Gaule of any beast boyled a little in water." 
Stephen Bradwell, Helps for Suddain Accidents Endangering Life
Got an infestation? Time to light the old-shoe incense. (Simply whacking the insects with your old shoes is also effective.)


  1. I wonder if it's the harts horn plant or an actual hart's horn? #willtryanything

  2. What exactly is the gaule of a beast? I've got a hornet problem on my balcony and sheep hoof shavings on hand. Ready for battle.

  3. Michelangelo MaccabeeAugust 31, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Considering the gaule of the beast is used, which I believe is old french for "bile" because of the term "Gaule of Eeles", while means "gall (or bile) of eels", and the method for which it's burnt, I would say this is discussing coal of hartshorne which was used as smelling salts and to treat insect bites.

    I could be totally wrong though.


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