Cardamine Pratensis. It is also called Cuckoo-flower. It is a beautiful wild plant, frequent in meadows in Spring. The root is composed of many small white threads, from whence spring long stalks of winged leaves consisting of round, tender, dark green leaves, set one against anther upon a middle rib, the greatest being at the end, amongst which rise up weak, round, green stalks, streaked, with longer and smaller leaves upon them; on the tops of which stand flowers almost like the Stock Gilliflowers, but rounder, and not so long, of a blushing white colour; the seed is reddish, and of a sharp biting taste, and so also the herb.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Ladies' Smock:

-The plant has the same virtues as water-cresses, and is good for the scurvy. It provokes urine and breaks the stone, and warms a cold and weak stomach, repairing lost appetite, and promotes digestion. It is very useful in jaundice, and green sickness.
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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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