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Chap. 035. Of Common Asphodel. // NOT DONE.

Botanical name:

Asphodil, Great White. Asphodil, Small Yellow. Asphodil, Smalest. The beginning of this chapter (page 84 / page 85) hasn't been proofread yet.


  • ... whole Plant.
  • 8. An Oil.
  • 9. An Ointment.
  • 10. A Balsam.
  • 11. A Pouder of the Roots.
  • 12 A Cataplasm.

The Virtues

XII. The Juice of the Root. It cleanses, and takes away the white Morphew in the Face, or other parts of the Body, the place being first chafed well and rubed with a course Linnen Cloth. If it is mixed with Sherry Sack in which a little Myrrh has been dissolved, and a twelfth part of the Tincture of Saffron, it makes an excellent Collyrium for the Eyes to heal Inflamations, take away Mists, Cloudings, dimness of Sight, and other disaffections, being dropt into them.

XIII. The Essence. It may be taken from i. to ii. ounces in Mead or Wine against the Kings Evil, Coughs, Colds, Asthma's, shortness of Breath, or any Vehement obstructions of the Lungs. If the Stomach is foul, it will Vomit the Patient: it evacuates evil Humors, and is contributary to the Cure of running Sores, old Ulcers, Fistula's, and the like, Bathing and Washing the Swelling and Sores with it also.

XIV. The Decoction in Wine. It is Emetick if it meets with a foul Stomach, is opening and cleansing, good for a Cacoethick habit of Body, and prevails against the bitings of any venemous Creatures, Stone and Gravel, or any stoppage of the Urinary parts. I know it to be an excellent thing to be constantly taken by such as are troubled with the Evil, Oedema, or other like Tumors, for it consumes the Morbifick Matter which Composes them. It may be given to iii. iv. or vi. ounces, or less, &c.

XV. The Syrup. It has the same Virtues with the former Preparations, but much weaker, yet pleasanter to be taken by such as are queasy Stomached: It is an excellent Pectoral, and causes easy expectoration in stoppages of the Lungs. Dose ii. ounces morning, noon and night. 'Tis fit for Children.

XVI. The Saline Tincture. It works downwards, and carries off the Causes of Diseases by Urine: given from i. to ii. drams in White Port Wine, it provokes Urine and the Terms powerfully, is good against Pleurisies, and an old Cough, Pains and Stitches in the side, &c.

XVII. The Oily Tincture. It is Excellent being Bathed with, against Punctures and Wounds of the Nerves, bitings of Mad Dogs, Vipers, and other Venomous Creatures.

XVIII. The Ashes of the whole Plant. Galen says, that if they are mixed with Ducks Grease, the mixture is good against an Alopecia, and brings Hair again where it was fallen οff, by means of that Disease.

XIX. The Oil. It is good against cold Tumors, and to anoint with in Cramps, and for any Ach or Pain in any part, proceeding from a cold Cause; and is good to discuss Tumors and Swellings in Womens Breasts, Testicles, and other Glandulous parts,

XX. The Ointment. It cleanses old running Sores, putrid Ulcers, and rebellious Fistula's, disposes them to healing, and puts a stop to fretting and eating Ulcers: Discusses Inflamations in Womens Breasts, and Testicles, and is good against Fellons in the Fingers ends.

XXI. The Balsam. It is an Excellent thing indeed, for healing all sorts of Green Wounds; cleanses Ulcers to the bottom, incarnates and heals them, and is also profitable against the Gout from a cold Cause.

XXII. The Pouder of the Roots. It may be given to i. dram in a Glass of White Port Wine, it provokes Urine and the Terms in Women, helps Pains in the Sides, Ruptures, Convulsions, and old Coughs: Used as an Errhine, it purges the Head and Brain of cold and moist Humors which cause Head-Aches, Lethargies, Vertigoe's, Epilepsies, Apoplexies, &c. And i. dram taken in Broth provokes Vomit, and helps such as are bitten with Venomous Creatures.

XXIII. The Cataplasm. It is singular good to discuss Contusions, Inflamations and the like, to give ease in a cold Gout, or any Ach or Pain from a cold Cause, strengthens the Nerves, and cures Cramps, in what part soever: and is good to be apply'd in Tumors of the Kings Evil, Kernels and Swellings in the Neck and Throat, &c. I have had large Experience of the Virtues of the Root of this Herb; and I write little more of it, than what is true to my own knowledge.


Botanologia, or The English Herbal, was written by William Salmon, M.D., in 1710.
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