Conserves are one of the varied forms of medicine compounded by 18th-century apothecaries. They are plant matter ground with sugar. Conserve of mint, one such medicine, was prescribed to settle the stomach and stop vomiting.
Mark Henley is the Apothecary Assistant at Colonial Williamsburg’s Apothecary Shop. As part of his training he will use period recipes and techniques to make forms of medicine compounded by 18th century apothecaries.
William Lewis, The New Dispensatory […]. (Dublin: James Potts, 1768) 333-34.