— Melilotus Officinalis.—It grows wild in the English hedges, in corn fields, and in field borders. It is also called King's Clover. It has three leaves at a joint, and long straggling spikes of yellow flowers. It is about eighteen incises high. The stalk is weak, slender, and striated. The leaves are oblong, and blunt at the ends. The flowers are small, shaped like those of tares by a rough roundish green pod. The plant has a singular, but not unpleasant smell. The plant is prolific of honey, and makes excellent pasturage for bees; hence the Latin name is derived from Mel.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Mellilot:

—Mellilot boiled in wine, and applied, softens hard tumours, and inflammation of the eyes, fundament, or privities; sometimes the yolk of a roasted egg, or fine flour, or poppy-seed, is added. A ley made of it is a good wash for ulcers in the head, especially if affected by mania. It relieves pains of the stomach, applied fresh, or boiled with any of the afore-named things; also pains in the ears, being dropped into them; and steeped in vinegar, or rose-water, it eases the head­ache. The flowers of Mellilot and Camomile form a good clyster to expel wind and ease pains; and poultices for the same purpose, and to assuage swelling tumours in any part of the body. The juice dropped into the eyes, is a singular good medicine to take away the film which dims the sight. Boiled with lard, it makes an excellent ointment for sores, and for dressing blisters.
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