The month of harvest and falling leaves is the ideal time to make
sympathetic and magical potions for the treatment of wounds; these
as tradition dictates are applied to the weapon that makes the wound
instead of the wound itself.
"Take the moss on the skull of a strangled man two ounces; of the
mummia of man's blood an ounce and a half; of earthworms
washed in wine or water an ounce and a half; of the hemetitis two
ounces; of the fat of a boar and a boar pig, two drams each; oil of
turpentine two drams. Pound them and keep them in a narrow pot
and make this cure when the sun is in Libra. Dip into the ointment
the iron or wood of the weapon, or if the weapon cannot be had a
sallow stick made wet with blood in opening the wound. And let the
patient wash his wound in the morning with his own urine and
bind it with a clean cloth, always wiping away the matter."
Excerpt from the Fairfax Household Book, 17th/18th century.