Pastanaca Sativa. It is a wild plant, common on our road-sides, and in marshy places. The wild Par≠snip differs little from the garden; but it has not so many leaves, and the root is shorter. It flowers in July, the seed is ripe early in August.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Parsnip (Wild Parsnip):

The garden Parsnip is good and wholesome, but it has a tendency to produce flatulency. It is a very nutritious and wholesome food, easy of digestion, and as a vegetable, it ought to be more frequently eaten. It removes obstructions of the urine.

The wild Parsnip has a cutting, attenuating, cleansing, and opening quality therein. It relieves pains and stitches in the sides, and dissolves wind, both in the stomach and bowels, which is the colic, and provokes urine. The root is often used, but the seed much more.

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