Monarda Punctata.—This plant is much used in American practice. Like all the Mints it is aromatic and carminative, and yields a volatile oil, very stimulant, and having a powerful odour. It grows besides ditches, and in America it is cultivated.
" I have known," says an American Doctor, " its efficacy in removing flatulency, colic, and difficult breathing. It is a great purifier of the breath.—It is excellent for earache, and snuffed up the nose, for headache. The oil is given as a carminative in doses of two or three drops, on a lump of sugar. Outwardly, it is a good rubefacient. The leaves and twigs are made into an infusion, which is excellent in flatulent colic. This plant is also an emmenagogue.
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