CHAP. 104. (30.)—EIGHT REMEDIES DERIVED FROM THE PARTHENIUM, LEUCANTHES, OR AMARACUS.
is by some persons called the "leucanthes," and by others the "amaracus." Celsus, among the
Latin writers, gives it the names of "perdicium"2
and "muralis." It grows in the hedge-rows of gardens, and has the
smell of an apple, with a bitter taste. With the decoction of
it, fomentations are made for maladies of the fundament, and
for inflammations and indurations of the uterus: dried and
applied with honey and vinegar, it carries off black bile, for
which reason it is considered good for vertigo and calculus in
the bladder. It is employed as a liniment, also, for erysipelas, and, mixed with stale axle-grease, for scrofulous sores.
For tertian fevers the Magi recommend that it should be
taken up with the left hand, it being mentioned at the time
for whom it is gathered, care being also taken not to look back
while doing so: a leaf of it should be laid beneath the patient's
tongue, after which it must be eaten in a cyathus of water.