|To make the
face faire and the breathe sweette
flowers or blossomes of Rosmary boille them
in whytt wynne. then straine out yo[ur]
blossomes and wasche well youreface ?mouthe
teethe and gomes threw[i]the morninge noune
& Eveninge and let th[a]t drie againe of
it selfe this will make a fayre whytt skynne
and make a sweet breathe and will scoure
the teethe & gomes greatly & p[re]serve
the[m] from the cankar
This remedy for improving the complexion contains
an infusion of the herb Rosemary and white wine.
Rosemary was traditionally used for a great
variety of ailments including colds, giddiness
and digestive complaints.
This remedy comes from an anonymous volume
of miscellaneous remedies and recipes dating
from the 17th and 18th centuries which forms
part of the collection of the Mackenzie family,
Earls of Cromartie.
This volume is held by the National Archives