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Dittander.

Botanical name:

Lepidium.

A TALL plant, with broad leaves and little white flowers; wild in some places, and frequent in our gardens. It grows a yard high. The stalks are round, firm, of a pale green, and very much branched. The leaves are large towards the bottom, smaller upwards; and the flowers stand in a kind of loose spikes; the lower leaves are beautifully indented, the others scarce at all: the seeds are contained in little roundish capsules, and are of a hot and pungent taste.

The leaves of dittander fresh, gathered and boiled in water, make a decoction that works by urine, and promotes the menses: they are also good to promote the necessary discharges after delivery.


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



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