Hedge-hogge licorice and common licorice, John Gerard, 1633
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Gorgeous Golden Locks

Medical texts in the early modern period included much material that modern readers may not consider medical. They often included remedies for making the skin clear and blemish free or for removing excess and unwanted facial and bodily hair. Peter Leven’s medical treatise also offered a range hair dyes. In particular he offered several recipes…