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Syrup jar for Syrup of Roses, Venice, Italy, 1601-1700

The abbreviated inscription Sciroppo Rosato Solutivo translates into English as “Laxative Syrup of Roses”. It was made from 5 lb (2.6 kg) of pale roses and 4 lb (2.6 kg) of sugar, which were heated to a syrupy consistency. This syrup was then used to treat fevers and purge bile from the body by acting as a laxative. The mixture was probably taken as a drink or by the spoonful and would have been very sweet.

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Glossary: syrup jar

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Glossary: pharmacy

The preparation and medicinal dispensing of drugs.

Glossary: laxative

An agent that acts to encourage evacuation of the bowels