They contained such objects and substances as consecrated hosts, cosmetics (quicksilver, rouge, white lead), electuaries
, herbs and spices, jewelry, locks of hair, medicinal oils and unguents, perfumes and fragrant resins (ambergris, balsam, civet, mastic, musk, myrrh), poison, stones, tar (pitch), victuals, and water; in figurative terms, they could also house anguish, evils, and memories.
to enteric coating: a brief history of dosage forms.
These were often prepared as electuaries
, soft substances designed to be licked in the same way that nougats are.
, tinctures, elixirs, pills, plasters and poultices.
At the time, sugar was largely treated as a flavoring used in medicine, electuaries
, and other solid pills made by apothecaries, where the sweetener acted as a binding agent and masked unpleasant flavors from medicinal ingredients.
(53) Three Dominican provincial chapters of the mid-thirteenth century banned the use of electuaries
, syrups, and laxatives, all compound medicines, unless they were absolutely necessary: Douais, Acta, I, pp.