CHAP. 96. (25.)—ELEVEN REMEDIES DERIVED FROM THE HELICHRYSOS.
The helichrysos is by some persons called the "chrysanthemon.1
It has small, white branches, with leaves of a
whitish colour, similar to those of the abrotonum. The clusters,
disposed around it, and glistening like gold in the rays of the
sun, are never known to fade; hence it is that they make
chaplets of it for the gods, a custom which was most faithfully
observed by Ptolemæus, the king of Egypt. This plant grows
in shrubberies: taken in wine, it acts as a diuretic and emmenagogue, and, in combination with honey, it is employed topically for burns. It is taken also in potions for the stings of
serpents, and for pains in the loins; and, with honied wine, it
removes coagulated blood in the abdominal regions and the
bladder. The leaves of it, beaten up and taken in doses of
three oboli, in white wine, arrest the menstrual discharge
when in excess.
The smell of this plant is far from disagreeable, and hence
it is kept with clothes, to protect them from the attacks of