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Will be very difficult to get Hermodatteln.
Acc. to Hahnemann, Hermodatteln were, even 200 years ago, "fast ganz außer Gebrauche".

Hermodatteln seem to be the rhizome of some kind of iris, no dates at all. So you can start growing it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermodactylus.
Anyway, garden work relieves melancholy in a perfect way.


Could be exciting, what you get when you let Google translate "der knötichten China=Wurtzel, Pöonien=Männlein, … Zienfeilicht in ein Läppgen gebunden acht Loth…"!
I would advice to make sure to have medical staff at hand.
But my favourite part is the concluding part: "rostig Eisen ein Pfund, thue alles zusammen in ein Säckgen."


White wine sounds good, but the recipe calls not for wine but for "weißer Wein-Stein", or cream of tartar. Not as appetizing.


One and a half Pounds (Pound ~0.45kg) of schwarzer Nieswurtz, 14 Lot (Lot ~15g) of Jalapa-Wuzel (Rhizom of the Wunderblume, probably), one and a half pounds of Hermodatt (which is something mentioned in old texts as Google tells me. A form of /Krokus/?). Cook in 24 Kannen (Kanne ~ 1L) of young beer until 1/4 is evaporated (?) lastly add, while simmering... (Senna alexandrina, Rhubarb Root, white wine stone, Coriander, Süßholz(wurzel) Stahlfeilich... a mixture of Vitriol and Vinegar it seems... and Cochlearia officinalis. Fairly readable. Peculiar is the construction of "gib ihm zu gären" which modern German would probably parse as "lass(e) es gären". Measurements are dependent on time and place where the recepie was written and are roughly parsed here.
I, too, would offer to join your exerience against ennui. Actually part of the number of ingreients stems from the fact that an alternate recepie is given in the second half.


no philologist required, google quite sufficient.

Set a date, I'm in...

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