Infusion of Foxglove

March 21st, 2016

Take of

  • Dried leaves of foxglove, one drachm;
  • Boiling water, eight ounces;
  • Spirit of cinnamon, one ounce.

Macerate for four hours, and filter.

This is the infusion so highly recommended by Withering. Half an ounce, or an ounce, of it, may be taken twice a day in dropsical complaints. The spirit of cinnamon is added to improve its flavour, and to counteract its sedative effects.

Source: The Edinburgh New Dispensatory, Andrew Duncan

2 Responses to “Infusion of Foxglove”

  1. Kristin on March 24, 2016 6:40 am

    Foxglove contains a deadly poison, digitalis, that causes the heart to malfunction. TERRIBLE advice. Dreadful. Deadly results.

  2. remedies-admin on March 24, 2016 7:39 am

    Please note the disclaimer on all these postings — they are not to be taken as medical advice. The state of medical science has moved on since the 18th century (thankfully).

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