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  A Remedy for Removing Headaches

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To remove the exstreem paine of the heade and to cause sleepe wasche yo[ur] temples very well w[i]t[h] puor redrosswater warmed then dresse ij plaisters upon lynnen w[i]t[h] rossewater & a good nutmeg beaten in fine powder. temper th[a]t together uppo[n] hoot coalls and make th[a]t very thicke. then spread th[a]t uppo[n] yo[u]r plaisters. Laie on ether plasiter v or vj good  cheves of safforne all holl. and as hoot as maye be suffered binde them to the temples. and so laie you downe to reste use this morning and eveninge. and th[a]t will soone bringe you to quyet sleepe.

A remedy for headaches which also claims to induce sleep in the sufferer.
This remedy comes from an anonymous volume of miscellaneous remedies and recipes dating from the 17th and 18th centuries which forms part of the collection of the Mackenzie family, Earls of Cromartie.
This volume is held by the National Archives of Scotland
(reference: GD305/1/165).