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There is another plant, which bears a very strong resem- blance to cummin, known to the Greeks as "ammi;"1 some persons are of opinion, that it is the same as the Æthiopian cummin. Hippocrates gives it2 the epithet of "royal;" no doubt, because he looks upon it as possessed of greater virtues than Egyptian cummin. Many persons, however, consider it to be of a totally different nature from cummin, as it is so very much thinner, and of a much whiter colour. Still, it is employed for just the same purposes as cummin, for we find it used at Alexandria for putting under loaves of bread, and forming an ingredient in various sauces. It has the effect of dispelling flatulency and gripings of the bowels, and of promoting the secretion of the urine and the menstrual discharge. It is employed, also, for the cure of bruises, and to assuage defluxions of the eyes. Taken in wine with linseed, in doses of two drachmæ, it is a cure for the stings of scorpions; and, used with an equal proportion of myrrh, it is particularly good for the bite of the cerastes.3

Like cummin, too, it imparts paleness of complexion to those who drink of it. Used as a fumigation, with raisins or with resin, it acts as a purgative upon the uterus. It is said, too, that if women smell at this plant during the sexual congress, the chances of conception will be greatly promoted thereby.

1 The Ammi Copticum of modern botany.

2 The Æthiopian cummin, namely, which Pliny himself seems inclined to confound with ammi.

3 Or "horned" serpent. See B. viii. c. 35, and B. xi. c. 45.

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