CHAP. 49.—ROCKET: TWELVE REMEDIES.
The seed of rocket1
is remedial for the venom of the scorpion and the shrew-mouse: it repels, too, all parasitical insects which breed on the human body, and applied to the face,
as a liniment, with honey, removes2
spots upon the skin.
Used with vinegar, too, it is a cure for freckles; and mixed
with ox-gall it restores the livid marks left by wounds to their
natural colour. It is said that if this plant is taken in wine
by persons who are about to undergo a flogging, it will impart
a certain degree of insensibility to the body. So agreeable is
its flavour as a savouring for food, that the Greeks have given
it the name of "euzomon."3
It is generally thought that
rocket, lightly bruised, and employed as a fomentation for the
eyes, will restore the sight to its original goodness, and that
it allays coughs in young infants. The root of it, boiled in
water, has the property of extracting the splinters of broken
As to the properties of rocket as an aphrodisiac, we have
mentioned them already.4
Three leaves of wild rocket
plucked with the left hand, beaten up in hydromel, and then
taken in drink, are productive of a similar effect.