Here's a recipe to cure a cough!
Take 30 garden snails and 30 Earth Worms of middling sise, bruise ye snails and wash them and ye worms in fair water, cut ye worms in pieces. Boil these in a quart of Spring water to a pint. Pour it boiling hot on 2 ounces of Candied Eringo root sliced thin. When it is cold strain it thro' a flannel bag. Take a quarter of a pint of it warm, with an Equal quantity of Cow's Milk. Continue this course till well.
The Reseipt Book of Mrs. Ann Blencowe, 1694 (with original spelling)
.....or you could try this one.....
Take a half pound of the best honey and squeeze the juice of four lemons upon it; mix well together, and add a small portion of sugar candy. A teaspoonful may be taken every time the cough is troublesome, and in a short time, a cure will be effected.
Housekeeper's Book, 1838
my ladies think that the second one sounds better,,,