|Source- The Saturday magazine Volume 18 -1841|
While the formula is "period" It should be pointed out that this preparation in no way resembles the acetum formula that Rosemary Gladstar has popularized in modern herbalism. It is a fairly typical rosemary water which are mentioned in herbals as old as Bankes Herbal published in 1525 and making it requires distillation of an alcohol preparation.
| Source : Pharmacologia Vol. II -1825 John
Ayrton Paris |
Jean Valnet, a noted aromatherapist, claims to have found the original formula in the archives of the Parliament of Toulouse 1628-1631 as follows: 3 pints white wine vinegar, a handful each of wormwood, meadowsweet, juniper berries, wild marjoram and sage with 50 cloves, 2 oz each of elecampane root, angelica, rosemary, horehound and 3 grams of camphor. (Valnet). I've not been able to locate a translation of these documents, so cannot verify his source. So if Valnet is to be believed, the story may be true. Regardless the use of these aromatic vinegars such as the "Acetum Aromaticum" has been documented as "period" preparations. I would probably opt for that name as being more appropriate for SCA purposes.
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