1934Sunday Times 24 June (Swart)Paregoric, krampdruppels, lewensessens and the host of other old Dutch remedies and patent medicines can now only be brought from chemists.
1934C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 106Lewensessens,..The name of a well-known Dutch medicine — an essence with curative properties.
1943I. FrackS. Afr. Doctor 118The millions of bottles of ‘bors-druppels,’..‘levens-essens,’..that are sold must really be staggering.
1949L.G. GreenIn Land of Afternoon 44When ‘Lewens Essence’ ceases to give instant relief to the troubled stomach.
1958E.H. BurrowsHist. of Medicine 191Levens essens (lit., Essence of Life): used for indigestion, biliousness, headache and for ‘swellings’.
1972S. LynneGlittering Gold 16‘Levensessens,’ an old Dutch remedy — very good; puts you right in two ticks; one of the few medicines my old Voortrekker forefathers took with them when they trekked north to get away from the English.
1992Guide to Lennon’s Dutch MedicinesLewensessens — A famous stomach tonic. For constipation, stomach disorders resulting from incorrect diet or excessive eating or drinking.
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