Aconitum Napellus. There are many poisonous Aconites not used. It is also called Wolf's Bane, or Monk's Hood. The Purple Monk's hood, formerly called the Purple Helmet-flower, is the most common. It is well known by its purple flowers resembling a Monk's hood. Children and delicate persons should not approach too near it, as even inhaling the scent has sometimes produced sickness and fainting.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Aconite:

The leaves and roots are medicinal. In proper doses they are anodyne, sedative, diuretic, and diaphoretic; and very useful in dropsy, consumption, and enlargement of the heart. The Tincture of Aconite may be procured at the shops, and is a valuable external application for Rheumatism, Lumbago, Neuralgia, etcetera. Liniment as follows; Extract of Aconite, 1 scruple; Soap Liniment, and Compound Camphor Liniment, of each 1 ounce, rubbed into the affected part night and morning, or oftener. No one should take it inwardly except under the direction of a skilful physician.
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