Of Nardo. chap. 110.
NArdus is a little hearbe with pricks, and is hot, and smelleth well. And so among the Gréekes, Nardus spica is called Nardostartes, as Isidore sayth li∣bro .17. And thereof is treble manner kinde, Indica, Sinaca, and Celtica, but none groweth in Siria, but in a land ha∣uing many mountaines, that stretcheth to Siria in one side, and to Indie in the other side. The best is smooth and light, browne, and plaine, with small ciles, and dryeth the tongue when it is chewed. And Nardus Celtica hath that name of the Countrye of Gallia, for it groweth therein, & is lyke to Nardus, or to Spicis Nard•, but it is more white, and com∣forteth by good smell, as Dioscorides & Platearius meane. And helpeth against swowning and sayling of the heart, and also agaynst féeblenesse of the sto∣macke.
(*Nardus, after Doctour Turnar, is called Spickenarde, which as he say∣eth, groweth in the Indie, and smel∣leth lyke vnto Cyperus: of the which hearbe, it appeareth, the greatest Doc∣toures are in doubte, it is rare Page [unnumbered] and no common hearbe, some will haue it a roote, others the toppe like vnto our common Spike Lauender. Read more of this at large in the second booke of D. Turnar. fo. 62. b.)
And it comforteth the braine, if it bée held to the nose. And abateth colde rume, and helpeth against deafnesse & postumes of the eares, and doth awaye oft euill smell of the mouth, & purgeth the gums, and openeth the stopping of the lyuer and of the splene. And exciteth menstru∣all bloud, and cleanseth the mother, and helpeth conception, & breaketh the stone both in the bladder and reines. This hearb tempereth and softneth, and depar∣teth hard matter, and thirleth and passeth into the inner partes. And helpeth a∣gainst Palsie of the tongue, and comfor∣teth the sinewes, and wasteth humours that let the tongue. Also it is sayde, that it helpeth against the falling euill, if it be ministred in due manner to the pati∣ent: and is ful good to many other things. And out thereof woseth the Oile that is called Oleum Nardinum, and is most ne∣cessarie to all the foresaid things, and to many other.
(*In Dod. is set foorth thrée sortes of hearbes, called Nardus, which is called in English, Ualerian, & hath a sharpe leafe, the second, hearbe Benet, the third Asa∣rabecca, yet suppose I none of these thrée to be the true Nardus.)