Batman vppon Bartholome his booke De proprietatibus rerum, newly corrected, enlarged and amended: with such additions as are requisite, vnto euery seuerall booke: taken foorth of the most approued authors, the like heretofore not translated in English. Profitable for all estates, as well for the benefite of the mind as the bodie. 1582.
Bartholomaeus, Anglicus, 13th cent., Trevisa, John, d. 1402., Batman, Stephen, d. 1584.

Of Beta. chap. 22.

BEta is a cōmon a hearb of gardeins, as Diosc, saith and therof is double kind, blacke & white, & of either the iuyce drop∣ped into ye nosethrils, purgeth the head, & abateth ach of the eares and amendeth & doth away nits, & other vncleannesse of ye head, & speckles & moles of the face, and restoreth & saueth haire: and the leaues therof shoare & laid to, quencheth ye euill, which is called Sacerignis, the holy fire, & swageth gréene wounds, & nourisheth euill humours, if it be oft vsed, as Diosc. saith. Aristotle speaketh of Beta & sayeth, & men may graffe on a Bete stocke, as men doth on a Caustocke, & then ye Bete stock taketh strength, & turneth into a trée, as it is saide before, de natura Plan∣tarum.

(*Beta candida, Beta nigra, Beta nigra Romana. Beetes are hot & drie, & abster∣tiue especially the white Béete, yt which is of a more cleansing nature.)