“Talc became popular during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. People were very conscious of body odor but rarely bathed. Instead, they would run their bodies with a powder made of sweet-smelling herbs. The talc was also dusted on their clothes and gloves. Here is a recipe that was fashionable in Elizabethan times, taken from Phillipe Guibert, Physician Regent, Paris.
2 pounds orris root
2 ounces dried sweet marjoram
1/2 pound dried rose petals
2 ounces calamus root
1/16 ounce musk
Grind orris root into a powder; then finely grind dried sweet marjoram and dried rose petals. With a mortar and pestle, grind calamus root with cloves and musk. Combine and store airtight for up to one year.”
(From “Mother Nature’s Herbal” by Judith Griffin, Ph.D. .. if re-blogging please keep author credit!)