CHAP. 29. (8.)—THE PLANE-TREE: TWENTY-FIVE REMEDIES.
neutralizes the bad effects of bites inflicted by the bat.2
The excrescences of this tree, taken in
of four denarii, in wine, act as an antidote to the
venom of serpents of all kinds and of scorpions, and are curative of burns. Pounded with strong vinegar, squill vinegar
in particular, they arrest hæmorrhage of every kind; and
with the addition of honey, they remove freckles, carcinomatous sores, and black spots of long standing on the skin.
The leaves again, and the bark of this tree, are used in the
form of liniments for gatherings and suppurations, and a
decoction of them is employed for a similar purpose. A decoction of the bark in vinegar is remedial for affections of
the teeth, and the more tender of the leaves boiled in white
wine are good for the eyes. The down which grows upon the
is injurious to both the ears and eyes. The ashes of
the excrescences of this tree heal such parts of the body as
have been burnt or frost-bitten. The bark, taken in wine,
reduces the inflammation caused by the stings of scorpions.