Aqua Mirabilis A seventeenth-century panacea, rumoured to have been a favourite of Louis XIV and the French court, its ingredients comprise cinnamon, galingale root, ginger, thyme, rosemary and a little, no more, of grated nutmeg. These should all be finely ground and steeped in claret for a week, after which the wine is strained in a glassful taken daily. This concoction was alleged to restore vigour, refresh the spirit and bring warmth and comfort in old age. The claret no doubt played a part in it.

Conway, David. The Magic of Herbs (Kindle Locations 485-489). The Witches’ Almanac. Kindle Edition.