Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Haydens Viburnum Compound

Dr Hayden's Viburnum compound. 1866 which Michael Moore touted as the "Queen of Cramp Recipes" 
or more officially for the "symptomatic treatment of dysmenorrhea"

Hayden's Viburnum Compound:
Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium) 6 parts
Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus) 4 parts
Beth root (Trillium erectum) 4 parts
Clove (Eugenia caryophyllus) 4 parts
Cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum cassia) 3 parts
Orange peel (Citrus reticulata) 2 parts
Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) 2 parts
Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) 1 parts

Coarsely grind herbs together, moisten with alcohol and let sit overnight. Add enough alcohol to make a 1:4 tincture, macerating for 2 weeks, or by making a percolation. Add 1 part simple syrup to the strained tincture to bring the strength to 1:5. Dosage is 5 ­ 15 mL, taken 3 ­ 4 times daily for severe cramping.