Salvia Verbeneca. Some know it by the name of Clear-eye. Garden Clary has four square stalks, with broad, rough, wrinkled, whitish, or hairy green leaves, evenly indented on the edges, and of a strong sweet scent. The flowers grow at certain distances, with two small leaves at the joints under them, somewhat like the flowers of sage, but smaller and of a whitish blue colour. The seed is brownish, and some­what flat. It is propagated by seed annually.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Clary:

The whole of this herb is used fresh or dry. It is cordial and rather astringent. It strengthens the stomach, relieves headaches, and cures the whites. A decoction is good for inflamed eyes. The mucilage of the seed diluted with water, and applied to tumours, or swellings, takes them away; the leaves used with vinegar, or with a little honey, cures boils, felons, and inflammations caused by the same. The powder of the dried root provokes sneezing, and purges the head of much rheum. It is of much use both for men and women who have weak backs; and it strengthens the reins.

WILD CLARY grows on the banks of ditches, and in dry ground. It is less than Garden Clary. Its medicinal virtues are rather More powerful. It is a capital remedy for dimness of sight. The plan is to put the seed into the eyes. They immediately collect a coat of mucilage about them, and this catches hold of any little thing it meets with in the eye—the seeds drop out of themselves, and cause little pain.
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