CHAP. 83.—ORAGE: FOURTEEN REMEDIES.
again, is found both wild and cultivated. Pytha-
goras has accused this plant of producing dropsy, jaundice, and
paleness of the complexion, and he says that it is extremely
difficult of digestion. He asserts, also, to its disparagement,
that every thing that grows near it in the garden is sure to
be drooping and languid. Diodes and Dionysius have added
a statement, that it gives birth to numerous diseases, and that it
should never be boiled without changing the water repeatedly;
they say, too, that it is prejudicial to the stomach, and that
it is productive of freckles and pimples on the skin.
I am at a loss to imagine why Solo of Smyrna has stated that
this plant is cultivated in Italy with the greatest difficulty.
prescribes it with beet, as a pessary for affections of the uterus; and Lycus of Neapolis recommends it to
be taken in drink, in cases of poisoning by cantharides. He
is of opinion, also, that either raw or boiled, it may be advantageously employed as a liniment for inflammatory swellings,
incipient boils, and all kinds of indurations; and that, mixed
with oxymel and nitre, it is good for erysipelas and gout. This
plant, it is said, will bring away mal-formed nails, without
producing sores. There are some persons who give orage-seed
with honey for jaundice, and rub the throat and tonsils with
it, nitre being added as well. They employ it, also, to purge
the bowels, and use the seed, boiled, as an emetic,3
by itself, or in conjunction with mallows or lentils.
Wild orage is used for dyeing the hair, as well as the other
purposes above enumerated.