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A Syrup Which Dries Black Bile And Phlegm


This is an excerpt from An Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook
(Andalusia, 13th c. - Charles Perry, trans.)
The original source can be found at David Friedman's website

A Syrup which Dries Black Bile and Phlegm. Take a ratl of basbâyij, peeled in its upper part, and another of sanâ, and half a ratl of agaric [? ghâriqûn], and two ûqiyas each of fennel and ground licorice wood, and a handful each of lavender mashashtir, and spring cilantro. The bag: put an ûqiya of cinnamon and another of cloves, grind them coarsely and put them in the bag. Cook the roots in two ratls of water until their substance comes out, then take the clear part of it and add it to two ratls of honey and four more of sugar, and cook all this until it takes the form of a syrup. Drink three ûqiyas of this with half a ratl of hot water, after taking a few seeds of good musk. Its benefits: in all the heats of the body, in all black ringworm infections, and in phlegm; it cleans all the residues from the body and purges it gently for a good evacuation.

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