241-244 Stechas, Rocket, Sweet-Cicely, Broom.

241 Stechas. 241c Stechas. Text page 061. 241. Stechas, or French Lavender. Stoechas arabica or purpurea.

1. This Shrub grows about three Foot high, the Leaves are a whitish Green, and the Flowers a deep Purple.
2. It grows naturally in Spain, and the Southern Parts of France, and is planted here in Gardens, flowring in April and May.
3. The Flowers are accounted cordial & cephalic. Strengthening the Genus Nervosum, and are usefull in Apoplexies, Palsies & Convulsions. They are also opening & attenuating, promoting the Catamenia and resisting Poisons.
4. Greek, Στιχας or Στοιχας. Latin, Stoechas arabica or Steochas purpurea. Spanish, Tomani or Cantuello. Italian, Stechade. French, Stechados. German, Stichascraut. Dutch, Staechas.

242 Rocket. 242c Rocket. 242. Rocket. Eruca.

1. The Stalks grow about three Foot high, the Leaves are a grass Green, and the Flowers white with purple Veins.
2. It is sown in Gardens, and flowers in April and May.
3. The Leaves are often eat as a Sallad with other Herbs; Some account it a Stimulus to Venery, & a good Diuretic. Matthiolus commends the Syrup of the Leaves as good for Children's Coughs. Cammerarius that an equal Part of Rocket and Cummin Seed powdred is a good Preservative against the Apoplexy.
4. Greek, Ειζωμον. Latin, Eruca latifolia alba. Spanish, Oruga. Italian, Rucola. French, Roquette. German, Beiss Senff. Dutch, Rakette.

243 Sweet Cicely. 243c Sweet Cicely. 243. Sweet-Cicely. Myrrhis.

1. The Stalks grow about four Foot high, the Leaves are a bright grass Green. and the Flowers white.
2. It is sown in Gardens, and flowers in April and May.
3. This Plant is often eat as a Sallad, being much of the same Nature as Chervil, consisting of hot & thin Parts, being good for cold windy Stomachs, opening Obstructions of the Liver and Spleen, & provoking Urine.
4. Greek, Μυρρις. Latin, Myrrhis major, & Cicutaria odorata. Spanish, . Italian, Mirrade. French, . 
German, Belscher Gorbel. Dutch, .

244 Broom. 244c Broom. 244. Broom. Genista.

1. The Stalks grow about Eight or ten Foot high, the Leaves are a dark Green, and the Flowers a bright yellow.
2. It grows in Fields and on Commons, flowring in May.
3. The Stalks, Flowers & Seed are used, & are esteem'd good to provoke Urine & open Obstructions of the Liver & Spleen. It is esteem'd good for ye Dropsy infused in common Drink or ye Ashes infused in Wine, causing great Discharges of Water by Urine. Some pickle ye Flowers, before they are full blown, with Salt & Vinegar, and use them instead of Capers, esteeming them good against Diseases of the Liver & Spleen.
4. Greek, . Latin, Genista angulosa et Scoparia. Spanish. Genestra. Italian. Ginestra. French, . German, Ginst. Dutch, Brem.

A Curious Herbal, Containing Five Hundred Cuts of the Most Useful Plants, Which Are Now Used in the Practice of Physick was written, drawn, engraved and coloured by Elizabeth Blackwell in 1737 (Vol. 1) and 1739 (Vol. 2).