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Fennel has been rendered famous by the serpent, which tastes it, as already1 stated, when it casts its old skin, and sharpens its sight with the juice of this plant: a fact which has led to the conclusion that this juice must be beneficial, also, in a high degree to the human sight. Fennel-juice is gathered when the stem is swelling with the bud; after which it is dried in the sun and applied as an ointment with honey. This plant is to be found in all parts of the world. The most esteemed preparation from it, is that made in Iberia, from the tear-like drops which exude2 from the stalk and the seed fresh-ga- thered. The juice is extracted, also, from incisions made in the root at the first germination of the plant.

1 See B. viii. c. 41. This plant is the Anethum feniculum of Lin- næus. The seed and roots are still used in medicine, being sudorific, diuretic, and aperitive.

2 This resinous juice of fennel is no longer employed, or indeed known, Fée says, to the curious.

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