Senecio Vulgaris.—This plant is well known; and it grows everywhere.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Groundsel:


Groundsel is now chiefly used as food for birds. It was formerly much used for poultices; and it was reckoned as good for sickness of the stomach. A weak infusion of the plant is now sometimes given as a purgative, and a strong infusion as an emetic, as it causes no irritation and pain. As a weak decoction it is safe and friendly to the body of man. It is a great cooler. It relieves pain at the stomach arising from choler or bile. The juice taken in weak wine has the same effect.

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