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1 The Menta pulegium of Linnæus.
2 Its medicinal properties are similar to those of mint; which is a good stomachic, and is useful for hysterical and hypochondriac affections, as well as head-ache. We may therefore know how far to appreciate the medicinal virtues ascribed by Pliny to these plants.
4 "Cubiculis:" "sleeping-chambers." It was very generally the practice among the ancients to keep odoriferous plants in their bed-rooms; a dangerous practice, now held in pretty general disesteem.
5 Strong odours, as Fée remarks, are not generally beneficial for head-ache.
6 Dioscorides makes no such distinction, and botanically speaking, as Fée observes, this distinction is faulty.
7 See B. xiv. c. 5.
8 "Defunctos partus" is certainly a better reading than "defunctis partus," though the latter is the one adopted by Sillig.
9 "Salsitudines." Hardouin is probably right in his conjecture, that the correct reading is "lassitudines," "lassitude."
10 "Pulices." It is to this belief, no doubt, that it owes its Latin name "pulegium," and its English appellation, "flea-bane."
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