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To Make Water To Wash The Hands At Table

This is an excerpt from Le Menagier de Paris
(France, 1393 - Janet Hinson, trans.)
The original source can be found at David Friedman's website

TO MAKE WATER TO WASH THE HANDS AT TABLE. Boil sage, then strain the water, and let cool until it is luke-warm. Or instead you can use camomile or marjoram, or rosemary : and cook with the peel of an orange. And also laurel leaves [bay leaves] are good for this.


Other versions of this recipe:

An excellent hand water or washing water very cheape (Delights for Ladies)

Diverse sorts of sweet handwaters made suddenly or extempore (Delights for Ladies)

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