CHAP. 34. (3.)—THE LEAVES OF THE OLIVE: TWENTY-THREE REMEDIES.
The next rank, after the vine, clearly belongs to the olive.
The leaves of the olive-tree are astringent,1
binding in the highest degree. Chewed and applied to sores,
they are of a healing nature; and applied topically with oil,
they are good for head-ache. A decoction of them with honey
makes a good liniment for such parts of the body as have been
subjected to cauterization, as also for inflammations of the gums,
whitlows, and foul and putrid ulcers: combined with honey,
they arrest discharges of blood from the nervous2
parts of the
body. The juice of olive leaves is efficacious for carbuncular
ulcers and pustules about the eyes, and for procidence of the
pupil; hence it is much employed in the composition of eye-
salves, having the additional property of healing inveterate
runnings of the eyes, and ulcerations of the eyelids.
This juice is extracted by pouring wine and rain-water
upon the leaves, and then pounding them; after which the
pulp is dried and divided into lozenges. Used with wool,
as a pessary, this preparation arrests menstruation when in
excess, and is very useful for the treatment of purulent sores,
condylomata, erysipelas, spreading ulcers, and epinyctis.