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  For an Imposthume in the Eare

Image of herbal remedy for an abscess in the ear

This remedy is for an 'imposthume' - a collection of purulent matter or an abscess. It suggests that the sufferer should "boil some milk: and put it in to a stone pot with a narrow mouth and hold the sore ear over the pot while the milk is very hot: this ease the pain and brack the imposthume".

This remedy comes from a manuscript course in herbalism dating from the early 18th century. The volume is held by the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow
(reference: RCPSG 20/3/1)