CHAP. 14.—THE PARSNIP: FIVE REMEDIES. THE HIBISCUM, WILD MALLOW, OR PLISTOLOCHIA: ELEVEN REMEDIES.
The hibiscum, by some persons known as the wild mallow,1
and by others as the "plistolochia," bears a strong resemblance
to the parsnip;2
it is good for ulcerations of the cartilages, and
is employed for the cure of fractured bones. The leaves of it,
taken in water, relax the stomach; they have the effect, also,
of keeping away serpents, and, employed as a liniment, are a
cure for the stings of bees, wasps, and hornets. The root,
pulled up before sunrise, and wrapped in wool of the colour
known as "native,"3
taken from a sheep which has just
dropped a ewe lamb, is employed as a bandage for scrofulous
swellings, even after they have suppurated. Some persons
are of opinion, that for this purpose the root should be dug
up with an implement of gold, and that care should be taken
not to let it touch the ground.
too, recommends this root to be boiled in wine, and
applied in cases of gout unattended with swelling.