Paronychia Rutula Foliosa. It derives its name from its virtues. This small and common herb has no roots, but a few strings; it grows about four inches hugh, leaves very small, rather long, not unlike those of chickweed, among which rise up several slender stalks, bearing many very small white flowers one above another, after which come small flat pouches containing very small seed, of a sharp taste. It grows upon old stone and brick walls, and in dry gravelly grounds, if there be grass or moss to protect it. It flowers in February; for before the end of April it is not to be found.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Nailwort:

It is held to be exceeding good for those imposthumes in the joints, and under the nails, which they call whitlows, felons, and nail-wheals.

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This page and the rest of the encyclopedia of medicinal herbs was reproduced from old herbals written in the 1700 and 1800s. They are of historical interest to show the traditional uses of various herbs based on folk medicine and ancient wisdom. However the traditional uses for these herbs have not been confirmed by medical science and in some cases may actually be dangerous. Do not use the these herbs for any use, medicinal or otherwise, without first consulting a qualified doctor.

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