CHAP. 82.—CORIANDER: TWENTY-ONE REMEDIES.
There is no wild coriander1
to be found; the best, it is
generally agreed, is that of Egypt. Taken in drink and ap-
plied to the wound, it is a remedy for the sting2
of one kind
of serpent, known as the amphisbæna:3
pounded, it is healing
also for other wounds, as well as for epinyctis and blisters.
Employed in the same state with honey or raisins, it disperses
all tumours and gatherings, and, beaten up in vinegar, it re-
moves abscesses of an inflammatory nature. Some persons
recommend three grains of it to be taken for tertian fevers, just
before the fit comes on, or else in larger quantities, to be bruised
and applied to the forehead. There are others, again, who
think that it is attended with excellent results, to put coriander
under the pillow before sunrise.
While green, it is possessed of very cooling and refreshing
properties. Combined with honey or raisins, it is an excellent
remedy for spreading ulcers, as also for diseases of the testes,
burns, carbuncles, and maladies of the ears. Applied with
woman's milk, it is good for defluxions of the eyes; and for
fluxes of the belly and intestines, the seed is taken with water
in drink; it is also taken in drink for cholera, with rue.
Coriander seed, used as a potion with pomegranate juice and
oil, expels worms in the intestines.
Xenocrates states a very marvellous fact, if true; he says,
that if a woman takes one grain of this seed, the menstrual
discharge will be retarded one day, if two grains, two days,
and so on, according to the number of grains taken. Marcus
Varro is of opinion, that if coriander is lightly pounded, and
sprinkled over it with cummin and vinegar, all kinds of meat
may be kept in summer without spoiling.