For anyone who may be suffering from a cough, here is a home remedy from my lovely old Victorian (handwritten) recipe book.
For a Cough:
1lb of treacle
18 grains of opium
2oz of juniper berries
2oz of Spanish Juice
1 quart of rain water
To be simmered down in an earthenware jar to 3 gills.
Take a dessert-spoonful on lying down in bed. (Something to do with the opium?)
A really yummy way to use:
Take one gang of sheep's trotters, put 2oz of heartshorn shavings, one quart of milk and quart of water. Leave it in the oven to simmer all night, and when used add a little milk and sugar and lemon to your taste.
Mmn. Sounds tasty. Almost looks as though it could be two completely unrelated recipes mixed together, but that is how it appears in my lovely old recipe book.
Apologies for such a brief post - we have spent yet another delightful day visiting the aged aunt, and then for a bit of R&R we spent this afternoon filling in the trench which we so carefully created the other day.