Eucharius Roesslin

EUCHARIUS ROESSLIN

KREUTERBUCH (HERBAL), 1538

Distillation was introduced into European medicine by Arabian culture. At the beginning of modern times, it turned out to be a veritable fad and could not be omitted from any pharmacopoeia. While some alchemists tried to produce gold using the art of distilling, physicians wanted to use herbal distillation to obtain a panacea. Here we see the steps for making an herbal distillate.

A woman sits in the herb pharmacy and prepares the plant parts. A man heats the distilling oven and watches over the distilling process. A woman pours the distillate into bottles for sale, which she then places on the shelf.