Regency Health and Medicine: A Receipt for Pomade Divine

The New Practice of Cookery, Pastry, Baking, and Preserving (1804) A multipurpose skin balm for a variety of ailments, Pommade Divine is still made today (although the recipe is different than the homemade version).  For a complete history, see their website here: https://pommadedivine.com/pages/our-history  

Regency Advertisements: Superior Principle Artificial Teeth

This ad appeared in the November 1807 issue of La Belle Assemblee.

Regency Health and Medicine: Guestonian Medicine

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Mr. Guest was a boot and shoemaker who had a business on Blackfriars Road, on the Surrey side of the Thames.  This coin, issued in 1795, reflects his profession as a wholesale manufacturer of ladies shoes and boots.  Sometime later, Mr. Guest became a purveyor of of medicinal pills and lotions and author of the book Guestonian Medicines (1809), which sounds like its basically a … Expand

Regency Health and Medicine: Worm Lozenges

La Belle Assemblee, December 1817 John Ching patented a medicine for “destroying worms” on July 11, 1796.  The two types of lozenges, brown and yellow, were for morning and night respectively (Operative Chymist, 1997). Sold until the 1860s, both contained mercury. Here is a recipe (The Family Oracle of Health: Economy, Medicine, and Good Living, 1824)  To read about a child’s death from and the father’s campaign against these lozenges: … Expand