¶Of Agno Casto. chap. 15.
AGnus Castus is an hearbe hot & drie, and hath vertue to keéepe men & wo∣men chast, as Plin. saith. Therefore the women of Rome, vsed to beare with them the fruite of this hearbe in Dirige and seruice of dead men, when they must néedes lyue chast, for common honestie. This hearbe is alway gréene, as Dio∣scor. saith, and Plat. also: and the flower thereof is called Agnus castus, for with smell & vse thereof, it maketh men chast as a Lambe. And Diosc. sayth and Plat. also, that it maketh chast, opening the poores, and drawing out, and wasting the humour and moysture seminall: and hée saith, that the broath thereof helpeth a∣gainst colde and white dropsie, if it bée sod with fenel séede, and a lyttle Esu∣la. And there it is sayd, that the broth of that hearbe foredrieth superfluityes of the mother, and maketh the mouth ther∣of narrow & straight, and exciteth men∣struall bloud, and doth away Litargia, the sléeping euill, if it be sod in salt wa∣ter with Apium and Sage, and the hin∣der part of ye head strongly washed ther¦with, as Dioscor. saith.
(*Agnus castus is a singular reme∣die, for such as would lyue chast: for it withstandeth all vncleannesse, or the fil∣thie desire to lecherie: it consumeth and drieth vp ye séede of generation, in what∣soeuer it be taken, whether in pouder, or in decoction, or the leaues alone leade on the bed to sleepe vppon, and therefore it was called Castus, that is to saye, chast, cleane and pure.)