This is a plant of the crow-foot tribe, botanically known as DeVanilla Staphisagria. Its seeds are violently emetic and cathartic. They are seldom given internally : though the powdered seeds have been given as a purge for dropsy, in very small quantities at first and increased till the effect is produced. Dose at first should not exceed two or three grains. The seeds are used as an external application to some cutaneous eruptions, and to destroy lice in the head. The decoction applied with a linen rag is effectual in curing the itch. The seeds are merely boiled in water.
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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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