Plantago Aquatica. Water plantain is a very common tall plant in ditches, and having not the least resemblance of any kind of plantain, except in the leaves; from which, however, it has received its name. The root is composed of a great quantity of fibres. From this, there rise in spring a number of leaves, oblong, broad, smooth, and of a beautiful green colour, and having in shape, though not at all in colour or consistence, some slight resemblance of plantain : they arc perfectly smooth, of a glossy surface, and brittle. These stand for many mouths without the stalk; and doubtless in this state it got the name. The stalk is two feet or more in height; round, firm, and up­right; and at the top it sends out a vast number of branches, which send out other smaller; and even these last are again divided. On the tops of the last divisions stand the flowers with their buds, and the seed-vessels; so that the whole has the appearance of a cone. The flowers are little and white, and consist of three leaves each; they stand but a little time, and only a few are seen together.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Water Plantain:

The seed of the water plantain is the part used: the plant is to be suffered to stand, till this is thoroughly ripe, and then cut up gently, and laid to dry two or three days upon a table : a smart stroke or two, will dislodge a great quantity of the seeds; they are very good against the overflowing of the menses, and all other bleedings; and are given in powder, in electuaries, small doses to be taken at a time and often repeated.

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