9th c. eye balm fights modern antibiotic-resistant super bugs
"Equal amounts of garlic and another allium (onion or leek), finely chopped and crushed in a mortar for two minutes.
Add 25ml (0.87 fl oz) of English wine - taken from a historic vineyard near Glastonbury.
Dissolve bovine salts in distilled water, add and then keep chilled for nine days at 4C."
Scientists are amazed at how effective the recipe is against modern illness. Who knows how well it worked for the eyes. Healers then tried various things and observed, a form of scientific observation still used today. Of course they also believed in witches and bleeding people to set their humors right, so you have to consider that as well. I wonder if the modern scientists will try other recipes. How wonderful that someone wrote it down and that someone who read it tried it again for another purpose.
Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-32117815