Receptaria: Tansy & gin

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Very much recognised as an emmenagogue…..

A strong decoction or infusion of the herb is in common use. Some prefer a syrup made thus:

Put into the oven a jar of Tansy, just covered with water. Bake it an hour or two; add a pint of GIN to the strained liquid, sweeten it, cork it in bottles. Half a wine glass to be taken two to three times a day.

The Family Nurse; Or, Companion of the Frugal Housewife. 1837. Lydia Maria Child.