—Potamogiton Natans. Called also Crab's Claw, Water Houseleek, etcetera. It grows plentifully in the Lincolnshire fens. It has long narrow leaves, with sharp prickles on the edges. The stalks have a forked head, like a crab's claw, out of which comes a white flower of three leaves with yellowish hairy threads in the middle. It roots in the mud in the bottom of the water.
Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Pond Weed:
—It is a great strengthener of the kidneys; it is beneficial in Erysipelas, and reduces swellings, inflammations, etcetera. An ointment made of the leaves with Hog's Lard is very healing. It is one of the most valuable remedies for diseased kidneys.
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