Thousand-Year-Old Medical Book Yields Potent Antibiotic

You might imagine that a book of medical treatments from the ninth century would be filled with recipes for mostly worthless concoctions—similar to the secret potions you made when you were five. But at least one recipe for an eye salve, found in the medieval English tome Bald’s Leechbook, proved to be much more valuable than vile.

The recipe called for just four ingredients: onion, garlic, cow bile (produced in the liver), and wine. Researchers were astonished to find that the salve easily wiped out a tough strain of bacteria—called MRSA—which is notoriously resistant to the powerful antibiotics used in hospitals today.

The English healers of the Middle Ages probably didn’t just get lucky, the researchers say. They likely used some degree of experimentation and testing to find the most effective remedies. And, no FDA approval required.

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anonymous asked:

Do all grimoires have to be pretty or gorgeous, I mean, you Repub a lot of nice looking grimoires so that's what I assume.

No not at all. Above all a grimoire just needs to be practical and functional. If your grimoire is just a spiral notebook, that’s brilliant. If your grimoire looks like a medieval tome, that’s brilliant too.