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Nymphæa heraclia, used as already stated,1 acts most powerfully as an ant aphrodisiac; the same too if taken once every forty days in drink. Taken in drink fasting, or eaten with the food, it effectually prevents the recurrence of libidinous dreams. The root too, used in the form of a liniment and applied to the generative organs, not only represses all prurient desires, but arrests the seminal secretions as well; for which reason, it is said to have a tendency to make flesh and to improve the voice.2

The upper part of the root of xiphion,3 taken in wine, acts as an aphrodisiac. The same is the case too with the wild crethmos,4 or agrees as it is called, and with holmium,5 beaten up with polenta.6

1 In B. xxv. c. 37. This alleged property of the Nymphæa is entirely fabulous.

2 See B. xx. c. 13.

3 See B. xxv. cc. 88 and 89.

4 See B. xxv. c. 96.

5 See B. xviii. cc. 10 and 22.

6 See B. xviii. c. 14.

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