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The Ash.

Botanical name:

Fraxinus.

A COMMON tree in our hedges and woods. The bark of the branches is grey, and the leaves are winged; the small ones of which they are composed are oblong and dented. The flowers are of a whitish green, and come before the leaves: the seeds are what they call ash-keys, these ripen in September.

The bark of the young branches is good in obstructions of the liver and spleen, and therefore is of great service in dropsies, jaundice, and other complaints of that origin: it works by urine. The seeds have the same virtue, but in a less degree.


The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.



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