CHAP. 103. (29.)—SIX REMEDIES DERIVED FROM THE ANTHYLLIUM OR ANTHYLLUM.
The people of Egypt eat the anthalium,1
but I cannot find
that they make any other use of it; but there is another plant
called the "anthyllium,"2
or, by some persons, the "anthyllum," of which there are two kinds: one, similar in its leaves
and branches to the lentil, a palm in height, growing in sandy
soils exposed to the sun, and of a somewhat saltish taste; the
other, bearing a strong resemblance to the chamæpitys,3
smaller and more downy, with a purple flower, a strong smell,
and growing in stony spots.
The first kind, mixed with rose-oil and applied with milk,
is extremely good for affections of the uterus and all kinds of
sores: it is taken as a potion for strangury and gravel in the
kidneys, in doses of three drachmæ. The other kind is taken
in drink, with oxymel, in doses of four drachmæ, for indurations of the uterus, gripings of the bowels, and epilepsy.