CHAP. 27. (8.)—BEET: TWENTY-FOUR REMEDIES.
Nor are the two varieties of the beet without their remedial
The root of either white or black beet, if hung by
a string, fresh-gathered, and softened with water, is said to
be efficacious for the stings of serpents. White beet, boiled
and eaten with raw garlic, is taken for tapeworm; the root,
too, of the black kind, similarly boiled in water, removes porrigo; indeed, it is generally stated, that the black beet is the
of the two. The juice of black beet is good
for inveterate head-aches and vertigo, and injected into the
ears, it stops singing in those organs. It is a diuretic, also,
and employed in injections is a cure for dysentery and jaundice.
This juice, used as a liniment, allays tooth-ache, and is good
for the stings of serpents; but due care must be taken that it is
extracted from this root only. A decoction, too, of beet-root
is a remedy for chilblains.
A liniment of white beet-root applied to the forehead,
arrests defluxions of the eyes, and mixed with a little alum it
is an excellent remedy for erysipelas. Beaten up, and applied
without oil, it is a cure for excoriations. In the same way,
too, it is good for pimples and eruptions. Boiled, it is applied
topically to spreading ulcers, and in a raw state it is employed
in cases of alopecy, and running ulcers of the head. The
juice, injected with honey into the nostrils, has the effect of
clearing the head. Beet-root is boiled with lentils and vinegar,
for the purpose of relaxing the bowels; if it is boiled, however, some time longer, it will have the effect of arresting
fluxes of the stomach and bowels.