Aqua omnium florum

From a home for articles deleted from Wikipedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article was considered for deletion at Wikipedia on December 25 2013. This is a backup of Wikipedia:Aqua_omnium_florum. All of its AfDs can be found at Wikipedia:Special:PrefixIndex/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Aqua_omnium_florum, the first at Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Aqua_omnium_florum. Purge

A cow pat.

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).[1] This was used as a medicine to treat a variety of ailments including gout, rheumatism and tuberculosis.[2][3]

The 17th century court physician George Bate favoured it and it appeared in the Pharmacopœia BateanaBate's Dispensatory.[4] Recipes included:[2] Template:Quote Template:Quote Template:Quote

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.[2]

Urina vaccina

Cow tea or urina vaccina (cow's urine) was sometimes called aqua omnium florum too. This was drunk by women in May to clear their complexion. It was also used as a purgative.[1]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Charles Alston (1770), Lectures on the Materia Medica, Vol. 2, Edward Dilly, p. 551 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 T. Laycock (1858), "On the New Pharmacopœia", The Pharmaceutical Journal and Transactions Vol. XVIII: 312-313 
  3. Samuel Frederick Gray (1821), A Supplement to the Pharmacopœia, Thomas and George Underwood, p. 310 
  4. Saint Bartholomew's Hospital Reports, 1884, p. 299