— Saracenica.—It is also called Saracen's Woundwort. Sometimes it grows with brownish stalks, and also green, to a man's height, having narrow green leaves snipped about the edges, like those of the peach-tree, or willow leaves. The tops of the stalks have many yellow star-like flowers, standing in green heads. The seed is rather long and brown, downy when ripe, and is blown away. The root is fibrous. The taste is strong and unpleasant, and so is the smell. It grows in moist and wet grounds, by wood-sides, and in the moist places of shadowy groves and by the water side.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Saracen's Confound:

—Among the Germans this wound herb is preferred before all others of the same quality. Being boiled in wine and drank, it reduces inflammation of the liver, and frees the gall from obstructions; and therefore it is good for yellow jaundice, dropsy, inward ulcers of the reins, mouth, or throat, and inward wounds and bruises. Steeped in wine, and then distilled, it is good to ease gnawings in the stomach, or other pains of the body. A decoction in water is good for the ague; and it is very effectual to heal any green wound, or sore or ulcer. Briefly, the medicinal virtues of Bugle or Sanicle belong also to Saracen's Confound.
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