Aqua omnium florum
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Aqua omnium florum or all-flower water was water distilled from cow-dung in May, when the cows ate fresh grass with meadow flowers. It was also known less euphemistically as aqua stercoris vaccini stillatitia (distilled water of cow dung). This was used as a medicine to treat a variety of ailments including gout, rheumatism and tuberculosis.
The latter prescription was used as a panacea by a female doctor in Bate's time. Many incurable cases were brought to her which she treated in this way and she made a great fortune of £20,000 from this practice.
- Charles Alston (1770), Lectures on the Materia Medica, Vol. 2, Edward Dilly, p. 551
- T. Laycock (1858), "On the New Pharmacopœia", The Pharmaceutical Journal and Transactions Vol. XVIII: 312-313
- Samuel Frederick Gray (1821), A Supplement to the Pharmacopœia, Thomas and George Underwood, p. 310
- Saint Bartholomew's Hospital Reports, 1884, p. 299