"Put a cut-up chicken, a pound of veal cutlet, and a calf's foot into a stew-pan, with three pints of water, boil and skim; then add a dozen crayfish and a pint of garden snails, both bruised and raw, in a mortar; add also a handful of balm, burrage, and chervil, three ounces of prepared Iceland moss, and a small quantity of salt. The broth must boil very gently by the side of the fire for about two hours, without much reduction, and when done is to be strained into a basin for use".
This is a powerful demulcent, and is much in use in France, in cases of phthisis, catarrh, bronchitis, etc., etc.
Oil of Black Snails - Spanish Cure for Consumption.
* Old MS. B.
- Make a flannel bag of a triangular shape (like a jelly bag), fit the corner into a wide-mouthed bottle, fill it with black snails, in the hottest time of the year; tie up the mouth, and suspend the bottle and bag on a wall, the hottest you can find. The proper place is the sunny angle of a wall, where the south and west sun fall longest. The snails will give out a large quantity of frothy liquid, which will drain into the bottle; cork it close for use, and give a teaspoonful at a time, three or four times a day, in milk or any other liquid.
The common garden snail, Helix aspersa, also gives out a frothy liquid, which might be collected in the same manner, and used with benefit by consumptive patients. The friend who kindly gave me the above recipe tells me that these black snails resemble Helix aspersa, but the colour is much darker, and at a distance looks almost black. In an old English medical book, dated 1756, syrup of snails is recommended for coughs, weaknesses, etc., and is made by hanging snails up in a bag, with some sugar, by which means the syrup drops into a vessel placed to receive it. In Sussex the old women thread the snails through the shell and the animal, and hang them up till they exude the frothy liquid, which they collect and give as a remedy in coughs and colds.
Take three handfuls of shell snails (off a rabbit-warren), pound them very fine, and mix them with some new milk (not too thin); put them between two pieces of fine linen cloth, and apply them on the part. This is to be applied once a day, or as often as it gets dry.