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Beet.

Beta alba.

A COMMON garden plant eaten at our tables, but these often afford medicines as well as food. The white beet, which is the medicinal kind, grows three or four feet high. The stalk is robust and strong, the leaves are broad and undulated, the flowers are inconsiderable, they are of a greenish white colour; the root is large and long.

The juice of fresh beet-root is an excellent remedy for the head-ach, and tooth-ach when the whole jaw is affected; it is to be snuffed up the nose to promote sneezing.

The red beetroot is good for the same purpose, but it is not so strong as the white.


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



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