CHAP. 47.—OIL OF BALSAMUM: FIFTEEN REMEDIES.
The oil of balsamum is by far the most valuable of them all,
as already stated1
by us, when treating of the unguents. It
is extremely efficacious for the venom of all kinds of serpents,
is very beneficial to the eyesight, disperses films upon the eyes,
assuages hardness of breathing, and acts emolliently upon all
kinds of gatherings and indurations. It has the effect, also,
of preventing the blood from coagulating, acts as a detergent
upon ulcers, and is remarkably beneficial for diseases of the
ears, head-ache, trembling,2
spasms, and ruptures. Taken in
milk, it is an antidote to the poison of aconite, and used as a
liniment upon the access of the shivering fits in fevers, it modifies their violence. Still, however, it should be used but sparingly, as it is of a very caustic nature, and, if not employed in
moderation, is apt to augment the malady.