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Friday, June 12, 2015

ITERICIA WITH A 13TH C SANDALWOOD SYRUP TO RELIEVE IT


treatment for jaundice (today)
Photo from: Jonathan Thompson
 OCast tericia, icterus, Eng. a person suffering from jaundice, yellow jaundice or yelllow skin (jaundice). Avenzoar maintained that this was caused by a person looking at yellow objects. The Anon Andalus cookbook provides a recipe for a medicinal syrup containing sandalwood, manna and sugarcane to combat this. Another cure was a drink of hydromel with mountain spinach seeds. Rosemary water was used also. For other cures see achicoria, agua de romero, endibia, fumaría, hisopo, mirabolán, nuez, and piorno serrano

SANDALWOOD SYRUP, RECIPE FOR MAKING IT TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH FROM HUICI’S TRANSLATION OF ANÓN AL-ANDALUS #496 JARABE DE SÁNDALO. RECETA PARA HACERLO, p 271[1]


Sandalwood
Photo from: pat saltmarch
Ingredients

2 red sandalwood
2 oz white sandalwood
1 oz white extract from sugar cane
5 qts rosewater
2 lbs sugar

Preparation

Take two ozs each of red and white sandalwood, and an 1 oz of manna, the white extract from sugar cane. Pound the sandalwood and cook it in 5 qts of rosewater until the substance is extracted.

Remove the part which is clean and mix it with 2 lbs sugar, using bamboo shoots. Put this in a bag and boil until it turns into syrup.

The advantages are: it helps reduce fever caused by jaundice; it quenches thirst, relieves all other illness. It does not cause retention or thinness of urine. It fortifies the stomach, the liver, and the other organs, and in this it is extraordinary.
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[1] This recipe was not tried by the Medieval Spanish Chef due to the difficulty in obtaining the ingredients.

ANÓN AL ANDALUS
#496 JARABE DE SÁNDALO. RECETA PARA HACERLO, p 271
AMBROSIO HUICI’S TRANSLATION

      Se toma d sándalo rojo y blanco, dos onzas de casa uno y del extracto blanco de la caña de azúcar una onza; luego se majan los dos sándalos y se cuecen en agua de roas hasta que salga su sustancia y será cinco libras las del agua de rosas; luego se coge lo limpio de ello y se añade a dos libras e azúcar, se toma țabāšir[1] y se pone en una bolsa y se cuece toda hasta que se haga un jarabe completo. Sus ventajas son: calmar el ardor de la ictericia, cortar la sed y aprovechar en las demás enfermedades y en las fiebres de ictericia; deja a la naturaleza en su estado sin causar en ella retención de orina ni delgadez; fortalece el estómago, el hígado y los demás órganos y es en eso muy extraordinario.
[1] Brotes de bambú. Véase al-Saqātī, pp 42-43.


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