Eucharius Roesslin - Museum für medizinhistorische Bücher Muri
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.