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|A lavender water clue from Mr Tilney
Written by Tom P2
(10/10/2006 4:42 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Home remedies, penned by Barbara
So yes, it seems like ladies routinely carried a supply of lavender water about their persons.
I imagine that in a hot stuffy room, it would do some good with a refreshing smell, and as a ladylike alternative to sweat when sprinkled onto the skin.
As for the wine, alcohol dilates the blood vessels, which according to a quick web search is also how some anti-depressant and anti-hypertensive drugs work. So it could give short-term relief for some sorts of headache, but would aggravate a dizzy faintness. Perhaps JA meant something specific and different by "a general nervous faintness", e.g. a feeling of weakness?
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