CHAP. 93. (22.)—ONE REMEDY DERIVED FROM THE LEUCANTHEMUM. NINE REMEDIES DERIVED FROM THE AMARACUS.
mixed with two-thirds of vinegar, is
curative of asthma. The sampsuchum or amaracus,2
Cyprus being the most highly esteemed, and possessed of the
finest smell—is a remedy for the stings of scorpions, applied
to the wound with vinegar and salt. Used as a pessary, too,
it is very beneficial in cases of menstrual derangement; but
when taken in drink, its properties are not so powerfully developed. Used with polenta, it heals defluxions of the eyes;
and the juice of it, boiled, dispels gripings of the stomach. It
is useful, too, for strangury and dropsy; and in a dry state, it
promotes sneezing. There is an oil extracted from it, known
as "sampsuchinum," or "amaracinum," which is very good
for warming and softening the sinews; it has a warming effect,
also, upon the uterus. The leaves are good for bruises, beaten
up with honey, and, mixed with wax, for sprains.