Of Menta. chap. 106.
MEnta is an hearbe with good smell hot and drye, and comforteth the stomacke, & thereof is double kind, wilde and tame, one groweth in gardens, & the other in woodes and in mountaines: and this heateth more then the first: and this Page 306 hearbe is called Colocasia in Gréeke, and Nepta, or Calamentum in Latine, as I∣sidore sayth, libro. 17. cap. penul. This hearbe is full medicinable. Other man∣ner Mintes grow in moores & in medes, and be not so mightie in vertue or in heate, but they haue more heauie smell and sauour then Mint of gardens, that is an hearbe that multiplyeth it selfe, and springeth soone out of the ground. And if the stalke therof be bended downe to the ground, and heeled with earth, it turneth into a roote, & bringeth forth anon a new Mint.
Mint of Gardeines is full vertuous, both gréene and drye. And dissolueth and tempereth and wasteth by proper qualy∣ties thereof. And comforteth and exciteth appetite by odour and good smell, and by sharpnesse therof. If it be sod in vinegar, it both away stinch of the mouth: and cleanseth and purgeth corrupt and rotted gums. And abateth with vineger perbra∣king and casting, that commeth of féeble∣nesse of the vertue retentiue. And help∣eth by sauour and smell against sown∣ding and féeblenesse of spirites, and com∣forteth & cleanseth superfluitie of the mo∣ther. And abateth if it be sodde in wine, ach of the guts and of the reines. If it be sod with Wine and with Oyle, and laid too, it cureth and healeth hardnesse of breasts, and teates that come of running and crudding of milke. The iuyce there∣of withstandeth venim, and slayeth if it dronken wormes of the wombe, and of the cares also. And Mint sodde in Wine and in Oyle, dissolueth and healeth colde Postumes, and healeth the cough. Huc vsque Dioscorides & Pla. And also Isaac sayth the same, libro. 2. in Dietes. That it taketh away abhomination of wamb∣ling, and abateth the yoring. And clean∣seth & smootheth the tongue, if it be froted therewith, and exciteth Venus.
(*There are sixe kindes of Mintes, Curd mint, crispe mint, Baliac, Spere mint, Hart mint, horse mint, and water mint. Read Dodo. fol. 245.)