— Pimpinella Saxifraga. It grows with long stalks of winged leaves, set directly opposite one to another on both sides, each being rather broad, and a little dented at the edges, of a sad green colour. At the top of the stalks stand umbels of white snowy flowers, after which come small blackish seed. The root is long and whitish. The lesser Burnet Saxifrage has much finer leaves than the former, and very small, set one against another, deeply jagged about the edges, and of the same colour as the former. The umbels of the flowers are white, and the seed and root very small. The taste is very hot. These grow in moist meadows, hid among the grass. They flower in July.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Saxifrage:

—They are hot as pepper. They have the same properties as Parsley; but in provoking urine, easing the pains thereof, and of wind and colic, are more effectual, the roots or seed being used either in powder, or in decoction. They are diuretic, and good against gravel and stone. They assist to expectorate. It has been used for the removal of tumours and obstructions of the glands, and in scorbutic and cutaneous diseases. The juice of the herb dropped into the most grievous wounds of the head, dries up their moisture, and heals them quickly. Some women use the distilled water to take away freckles or spots on the skin or face.
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