CHAP. 82.—THE CHAMELÆA: SIX REMEDIES.
The leaves of the chamelæa1
resemble those of the olive:
they are bitter, however, and odoriferous. This plant is found
growing in craggy localities, and never exceeds a palm in
height. It is of a purgative2
nature, and carries off phlegm
and bile; for which purposes, the leaves are boiled with twice
the quantity of wormwood, and the decoction taken with
honey. The leaves, applied to ulcers, have a detergent effect.
It is said, that if a person gathers it before sunrise, taking care
to mention that he is gathering it for the cure of white specks3
in the eyes, and then wears it as an amulet, it will effect a cure:
as also that, gathered in any way, it is beneficial for the eyes
of beasts of burden and cattle.