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DOCK

Dock (bloody dock)
Dock (blody dock)

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Dock:

The red Dock is commonly called Bloodwort; it cleanses the blood, and strengthens the liver; but the yellow Dock root is best to be taken when either the blood or liver is affected by choler. It has a cooling drying quality. The seeds stay fluxes of all sorts, the loathing of the stomach through bile, and is good for those that spit blood. The roots boiled in vinegar remove itch, scabs, breaking out of the skin, if it be bathed therewith. The distilled water of the herb and roots have the same virtue. Blood-wort is very strengthening to the liver, and procures good blood, being as wholesome a pot-herb as any that grows in a garden.

Hydrolapathum maximum. This is the largest of all Docks. It is much like the Sharp-pointed Dock, but much larger. It grows about waters, five or six feet high. In all respect, it is the same as the former, except its great size.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Dock:

Like the rest it is renowned for the cure of scurvy. So it was with the ancients; and it possesses great astringent qualities, and is good therefore for diarrhoea. In skin disorders it is a good remedy. In powder it is healing to old sores, ulcers, cleansing and healing them. The powdered root is a capital dentrifice for the teeth; removing scurvy from the gums As a tonic, to strengthen the stomach, ten or twelve grains will be sufficient. A decoction of it may be used for the same purpose. Take two ounces of the root sliced, to three pints of water, with a little cinnamon, or liquorice in powder, and boil down to a quart. A wine-glassful two or three times a day.

Lapathum folio acute. A common plant, like the ordinary Dock, but handsomer, and distinguished by its sharp-pointed leaves, being narrower and longer. It grows three feet high. The stalks are erect, round, striated, green and branched. The leaves are of a fine green, smooth, with large ribs. Flowers, small, at first greenish, and when ripe, brown.

The root is the part to be used. It is excellent for scurvy, and is one of the best herbs for sweet­ening or purifying the blood. It is best given in diet-drinks, and decoctions. Used externally, it is good for cutaneous eruptions, and for this purpose it should be beaten up with lard.