Trotula of Salerno was a female physician, alleged to have been the first female professor of medicine, teaching in the southern Italian port of Salerno, which was at that time the most important center of medical learning in Europe. She is regarded as the world’s first gynecologist.
Her works on women’s health, collectively called The Trotula, served as the primary manuscripts on women’s health in Europe for more than 400 years, and set the course for the practice of women’s medicine for centuries.
Here are some recipes from her work which are still applicable today 🙂
500ml of infused marigold oil (Calendula officinalis)
40g cocoa butter
Warm the oil gently, melt in the cocoa butter and beeswax and stir until melts, allow to cool where it will thicken into an ointment/salve. You can store this in sterilised glass jars.
Use for wounds, infected grazes, athletes foot and burns 🙂
This next one is great for fighting off infections which are more prevalent as the weather changes:
25g coltsfoot leaves
10g fresh ginger root
900ml boiling water.
Add the herbs to the water and simmer till the liquid has reduces to 300ml. Once the liquid has cooled add the honey. For people who have a cough, are feeling chills or are experiencing catarrh. Take 5ml three to four times a day.
10g ladies mantle
Make a herbal infusion/tea with the herbs and take for up to 3 months to strengthen and repair the womb – do not take in pregnancy.
15g marshmallow root
Decoct the root on a hob simmering for 10 minutes then add the mugwort and take off the heat to make a herbal infusion/tea. Use 1 cup of the herbal infusion to douche twice a week having a nourishing and tonifying effect.
10g dried hawthorn flowers
10g dried lime flowers
15g lemon balm
Mix together the dried herbs and place a 5ml spoonful of the mixture in a cup of boiling water, allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink one cup daily for 4 weeks, rest for 1 week then repeat the dose.
I hope you have found these recipes interesting – As a herbalist these are herbs which are still used today for similar conditions. As a pioneering woman she was definitely ahead of her time and intelligent in her understanding of herbs and how they are used to support health and wellbeing.