There is also an eye-salve1 which is indebted to this plant
for its name. The lees2 of the extract of saffron, employed in
the saffron unguent known as "crocomagma," have their own peculiar utility in cases of cataract and strangury. These lees
are of a more warming nature than saffron itself; the best
kind is that which, when put into the mouth, stains the teeth
and saliva the colour of saffron.
1 "Collyrium." Saffron is still the base of certain eye-salves.
2 Formed, most probably, of all the insoluble substances contained in
the oil employed in making the "unguentum crocinum."
The Natural History. Pliny the Elder. John Bostock, M.D., F.R.S. H.T. Riley, Esq., B.A. London. Taylor and Francis, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street. 1855.
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