|Mortar and Pestle from bronze alloy - Greece|
I’ve explored the internet and I’ve found a few interesting sites I thought you might enjoy if you're interested in this fascinating subject. Here’s one that will give you a description of a poultice. http://www.healing-from-home-remedies.com/make-a-poultice.html
What I like about this video where you will learn how to make a garlic poultice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0Bn2DbPIg8&feature=related
is that the instructor uses a mortar and pestle that was used during the Regency and long before that time but the types and styles are many. I like the picture of the mortar and pestle in the above picture from Greece.
I learned more about how to make a poultice when I wrote Chameleon, book two of The Ravensmoore Chronicles.If you are an expert on the making of a poultice during the Regency era or if you make them today, please jump in here and comment. I’m researching to find out if anyone at Bethlem's lunatic asylum, aka Bedlam, used any kind of poultice related to mental illness. I bet someone tried it.They tried so many awful things a poultice would have been a kind relief.
Now, I’m also intrigued with alternative medicine, acupressure, acupuncture, herbs, etc. but I better save that for another time. I'm sure that the Native American Indians must have too. I’m wondering what type of cloth would have been used during the Regency and how they got the poultice to remain in place. I'm thinking these things moved easily and would slip without much effort. If you actually know a bit about using a poultice during the Regency, another time period or today please jump in and share your knowledge.
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