Ortus - Museum für medizinhistorische Bücher Muri

ORTUS SANITATIS DE HERBIS ET PLANTIS

ANONYMOUS, 1497

Petrol as a medicine
The section of the book about rocks also looks at petrol or rock oil. It originates from the rocks. Used as a medicine, it banishes pain from the limbs and cold earache. Used with a little warm water, it calms stabbing stomach pains and flatulence.

Birthing stones
Here a woman with an elaborate coiffure and a distinguished headdress is sitting at the table. On the table are lots of "Peanites" stones. It was believed that this stone could give birth itself and help women giving birth.