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Cowslip.

Botanical name:

Paralysis.

A PRETTY wild plant in our meadows. The leaves are broad, oblong, indented, rough, and of a whitish green colour; the stalks are round, upright, firm, thick, and downy; they are six or eight inches high, and are naked of leaves. At the top of each stand a number of pretty yellow flowers, each upon a separate foot-stalk, and in its own separate cup.

The flowers are the part used. They have been celebrated very much against apoplexies, palsies, and other terrible diseases, but at present in such cases we do not trust such remedies. They have a tendency to procure sleep, and may be given in tea or preserved in form of a conserve.


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



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