For ye Dropsie
Take good store of Elder roots wash them & make them very Cleane then splitt & steepe them in strong ale wort & Lett them stand together while ye Ale is working then when it is 2 days old drinke of it morning Noone & at night till leath be obtained Lett there be as many of ye Roots as Can well be steeped in the Ale.
Zerobabel Endecott (c 1635-1684). Synopsis Medicinae. ed George Francis Dow. 1914 Reprint of 1677 Manuscript. Salem, Massachusetts.