CHAP. 76.—HORMINUM: SIX REMEDIES.
Horminum resembles cummin, as already stated,1
seed; but in other respects, it is like the leek.2
It grows to
some nine inches in height, and there are two varieties of it.
In one of these the seed is oblong, and darker than that of the
other, and the plant itself is in request as an aphrodisiac, and
for the cure of argema and albugo in the eyes: of the other
kind the seed is whiter, and of a rounder form. Both kinds,
pounded and applied with water, are used for the extraction
of thorns from the body. The leaves, steeped in vinegar, disperse tumours, either used by themselves, or in combination
with honey; they are employed, also, to disperse boils, before
they have come to a head, and other collections of acrid hu-