QR 2 An ointment for Haemerroids

This recipe for Haemorrhoids (Piles) was taken from Martha Bradley's Companion The British Housewife 1756 "Receipts from Lady Hewet's Book ART 1".

Modern research shows that honey kills staphylococci, including Staphylococcus aureus, within a few hours; it also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. However, clinical data on the effect of honey on wound management is controversial, often because of the poor quality of studies and possibly because different types of honey have varying antimicrobial effects.

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Wellcome Trust's recipe books

The British Library

Unicorn Cookbook

Illuminated Manuscript

Culpepper's English physician; and complete herbal

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