CHAP. 77.—DARNEL: FIVE REMEDIES.
Even more than this—the very plants which are the bane of
the corn-field are not without their medicinal uses. Darnel1
has received from Virgil2
the epithet of "unhappy;" and yet,
ground and boiled with vinegar, it is used as an application for
the cure of impetigo, which is the more speedily effected the
oftener the application is renewed. It is employed, also, with
oxymel, for the cure of gout and other painful diseases. The
following is the mode of treatment: for one sextarius of vinegar, two ounces of honey is the right proportion; three sextarii having been thus prepared, two sextarii of darnel meal
are boiled down in it to a proper consistency, the mixture being
applied warm to the part affected. This meal, too, is used for
the extraction of splinters of broken bones.