Syrup of Hyssop
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The Source Recipe
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Syrup of Hyssop. Take an ûqiya of hyssop and two of fennel and anise, and an ûqiya each of jujubes, watermelon seeds and cucumber seeds, and a handful of cleaned figs, two handfuls each of lavender and cilantro of the spring, and two ûqiyas each of the skin of fennel stalk and the skin of celery stalk. Cook all this in water to cover until its substance comes out; then take the clean part of it and add it to two ratls of sugar, and cook all this until it takes the consistency of syrup. Drink an ûqiya and a half of this in three of hot water when fasting. It benefits in moist coughs and stops abscesses of the brain; it dissolves phlegm from the other parts of the body and causes urine and menstrual fluid to flow, it fortifies the stomach, and it is admirable.
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with two ûqiyas of hot water. Its benefits are in the various kinds of dropsy; it fortifies the stomach and prevents jaundice rising to close the liver, it excites the appetite, cools fevers, and is not harmful to the chilled.

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hyssop: A member of the mint family (Hyssopus officinalis).
various: Verjuice. The juice of unripe grapes or sometimes apples. Used for its acidity and sour taste.

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