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Albarello drug jar used for Simple Honey of Roses, Italy, 1701-1800

Rhodomel Simplex (Latin for “Simple Honey of Roses”) would have been stored in this earthenware drug jar. The recipe required equal amounts of juices of red roses and honey to be heated together to form a liquid. Intended to cure throat and mouth ulcers, the liquid was probably drunk or applied directly.

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Glossary: drug jar

A (usually earthenware) container designed to hold apothecaries' ointments and dry drugs.

Glossary: pharmacy

The preparation and medicinal dispensing of drugs.

Glossary: ulcer

An open sore caused by erosion of the body surface. An ulcer can occur on the inside or outside of the body. The two most common types are mouth ulcers and stomach ulcers.