Extra Classical Formulas – Electuaries
The following are formulas which were not as commonly used and were generally not in use by the 17th century.
Fry the Myrobalans in Sweet Almond oil, then mix everything with clarified Honey (three times the weight of the other ingredients.). Next add an equal (or half) weight of Scoria Ferri, prepared with Wine Vinegar.
Warms Stomach and Kidney, stimulates Coitus, Stomach debility, attenuates and dissolve Wind, improves Color, heals Hemorrhoids
Electuarium de Aromatibus (Mesue / Galen)
*This was often listed as Electuarium de Aromatibus Mesuae, but in the texts of Mesue, Galen is listed as the source.
Cold disorders of the Stomach and Liver, crass pituitous humors; dissipates Flatus; stops acid regurgitation; Nausea; Loathing; improves complexion; retards old age/grey hair; improves smell of mouth and sweat; warms Liver and Kidneys; promotes semen and cotius.
Dose: 2 drams
Electuarium Alfesera (Alphescera),
Diabryonias, Electuary of Bryony (Democrite)
Form an Electuary.
Purges Head and Nerves of Cold and Damp Humors, Epilepsy, Paralysis, Vertigo and similar diseases from Cold-Wind-Phlegm.
Dose: 2 drams
Diaturbith of Mesue is similar in effect.
Form a Confection with Honey.
Cleanses the skin, removes blemishes, improves complexion, clears Humidity and Wind from the Stomach, promotes Urine, eases Pain of the Bladder, improves Voice
Electuarium Alkanzi (Alcanzi)
Boil in old wine, allowing it to bubble once, then remove and dry; boil in Quince juice briefly, then dry. Powder finely and mix with Syrup of Quinces to form an Electuary.
Triturate all in odoriferous wine and dry; triturate in Quince water or Pomegranate water, then dry. Mix with Miua aromatica and form an Electuary.
Dose: 3 drams with Syrup of Quince or Syrup of Myrtle.
Used for diseases of the Eyes (by Nicolaus Florenti)
Musa Aenea, Egetea, or Zazenea (Mesue)
Form a Confection with Honey. Used for Coldness with Wind; Eases Pain; Pains of the Stomach, Uterus, Colic, resists Poison, promotes Sleep.
Dose: 1 scruple–1 dram
Musa, Aenea (Nicholas)
Some versions don't list White Pepper)
It has the virtues of the preceding, but is narcotic
Dose: ½ scruple–2 scruples
Electuary of Horehound (Diaprassium) (Nicholas)
Form a confection.
Vertigo, Darkness of the Eyes, clears Breathing, eases Toothache, Asthma, clears the Lungs easily; Stomach and Liver pain and debility; all interior faults, inflammation
Nephritis, Stones, Strangury, Kidney pain; Pale complexion; promotes Menstruation; Quartan and Quotidian Fevers; prevents from many sicknesses.
Dose: size of a walnut; when going to bed, with hot wine; for Lung conditions in decoction of Hyssop; for Rheum, with decoction of Rose.
Hiera Hermetis, or Hiera Luf (Mesue)
(Luf = Dracunculus)
Cleanses the Stomach, purges the Nerves and Joints, for Paralysis, Tremors, Kidney pain, purges the Kidneys; Pains of the Head, Migraine, Vertigo, Epilepsy, Paralysis, Tremors;, Arthritis, Gout, Sciatica, diseases of the Sinews, Pain and spasms of the Uterus
Dose: 1–2 drams
Used similarly to the Dialacca formulas of Mesue.
Dose: 2-3 drams
Warms the Stomach and Spleen, clears Cold and Damp.
Diarrhodon Commune Mesue
Form Electuary with Syrup of Rose and Rose water
Strengthens Stomach and Liver; promotes digestion; mitigates Bile; Dose: half oz.
Blanca purges White Humors, hence the name; for Phlegm and Wind-Phlegm disorders; used for Headache, Epilepsy, Tremors, and all diseases of the Brain and Nerves associated with Wind and Phlegm; also Eye pain.
Electuarium Justinum (Nicholas)
With Sugar, form an Electuary.
Kidney pain, breaks and expels Stones; strangury.
Dose: as much as a walnut, with decoction of Couch grass or Saxifrage.
Esdra Antidotus ex Actuario
This is used the same as Esdra of Aetius, which is a much larger formula. Used for lethal poisons, Harm, Faults and Pain of the Head. Coughing up Blood and Purulent matter, difficult Labor, female sterility, Liver pain, various other Liver disorders, Intestinal pain including severe pain; and for Tumors.
Mix with Honey.
Used for pain of Liver, Spleen, Kidneys, Uterus etc. Dose: 2 drams
Electuary of Sulphur (Diasulphur) Mesue
Chronic Fever, Melancholy, Phlegm; purges pituitous and crass humors from the Thorax and Lungs; old coughs and difficulty breathing; hardness of the Spleen; Edema, promotes Urine, break Stones; for deadly poison
Dose: 2 scruples