In past centuries, when medical knowledge was almost scarce or nil, we took care of what we had available and, between “drugs” common, there were also the so-called medicinal wines.
The came it was always the basis of the remedy, but they were added to it other ingredients depending on the result you wanted.
The That’ Great, which at the end of the 15th century was a state-of-the-art hospital in Milano, has left us important testimonies in this regard.
His archive indeed, it is an inexhaustible source of medical documents and treaties.
One of them is exclusively dedicated to preparation of medicinal wines, deemed useful to combat various ailments.
Here are the most used.
The gold wine cleansed the blood, healed from epilepsy and gave relief to lepers.
The flaming wine it was considered excellent for improving the no longer brilliant eyesight of older people.
The sweet and pleasant garnet wine made use of the beneficial effects (royalty) pomegranate.
Between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, it was used against pestilential fevers and cholera.
Furthermore, it was thought to improve the health of the arms and legs.
The admirable wine it was a kind of “antidepressant”, because good against the “melancholy”.
It was also considered valid for liver health and to limit excessive anger.
Finally there was the rosemary wine, to drink in case of fever, tisi e, even, cancer.
To make matters worse, this wine added with rosemary was considered to help improve fertility and in case of loss of appetite.
E’ well specify that, although most of the time it was mild, these medicinal wines really had a beneficial effect, so much so that their preparation continued also in the following centuries (photo: donnemagazine.it).