¶ The Vertues.
The tops, seed, and leaues of Atractylis, saith Dioscorides, being beaten and drunk with pepper and [ A] wine, are a remedie for those that are stung of the scorpion.
Blessed Thistle taken in meat or drinke, is good for the swimming and giddinesse of the head, it [ B] strengthneth memorie, and is a singular remedie against deafenesse.
The same boiled in wine and drunke hot, healeth the griping paines of the belly, killeth and 〈◊〉 [ C] pelleth wormes, causeth sweat, prouoketh vrine, and driueth out grauel, clenseth the stomack, and 〈◊〉 very good against the Feuer 〈◊〉.
The iuice of the said Carduus is singular good against all poison, as Hierome Bocke witnesseth, in [ D] what sort soeuer the medicine be taken; and helpeth the inflammation of the liuer, as reporteth 〈◊〉 Camerarius of Noremberg.
The pouder of the leaues ministred in the quantitie of halfe a dram, is very good against the pe∣stilence, [ E] if it be receiued within 24. houres after the taking of the sicknes and the party sweat vpon the same: the like vertue hath the wine, wherein the herbe hath been sodden.
The green herb pounded and laid to, is good against all hot swellings, as Erysipelas, plague sores, [ F] and botches, especially those that proceed of the pestilence, and is also good to be laied vpon the bitings of mad dogs, serpents, spiders, or any venomous beast whatsoeuer; and so is it likewise if it be inwardly taken.
The distilled water thereof is of lesse vertue. [ G]
It is reported that it likewise cureth stubborne and rebellious vlcers, if the decoction be taken [ H] for certaine daies together; and likewise Arnoldus de Villanoua reporteth, that if it be stamped with Barrows grease to the form of an vnguent, adding thereto a little wheat floure, it doth the same, be∣ing applied twice a day.
The herbe also is good being stamped and applied, and so is the iuice thereof. [ I]
The extraction of the leaues drawne according to Art, is excellent good against the French dis∣ease, [ K] and quartaine agues, as reporteth the foresaid Camerarius.
The same Author reporteth, that the distilled water taken with the water of Louage, and Dod∣der, [ L] helpeth the sauce-flegme face, if it be drunke for certaine daies together.