What could you get in medieval pharmacies and apothaceries

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    Hans Hellinger
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    The pharmacy of Raeapteek in Talinn, Estonia (the city known as Reval in the medieval period) was established in 1422.

    According to town records, in the pharmacy you could buy mummy juice, burnt hedgehog powder, burnt bees, bat powder, snakeskin potions (possibly this means Theriac), unicorn horn powder (this was narwhaal horn), earthworms, swallow’s nests, a wide variety of herbs, aqua vitae / alcoholic spirits (which could be combined with the herbs on the spot to make tinctures) as well as cookies, candies, preserves, marizpan, and jellied peel. A special spiced cookie called a ‘morsell’ was a specialty.

    Sugared Rhine wine (called Klaret by the pharmacy) and later French cognac.

    They also sold paper, ink, sealing wax, dyes, gunpowder, bullets, spices, candles, and torches.

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