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The ‘Cecil’ Glossary of Materia Medica and Medical Terminology
Word From Document Chemical or Mineral? Other Contemporary Name or Alternative Spelling Modern Botanical: Stace/Grin Dioscorides ref Alternative Names explanation: D = Dioscorides Imported Source of Info
saxifraga n many varieties used Piminella saxifraga saxifrage helps fever, cures stones in bladder n Green, Turner 1965
scabies n scabiosa Scabiosa arvensis field scabies hot & dry; good for old coughs, procures sweats n Gerard 725
scamonii n diagridium Convolvulus scammonia IV 170 scammony gum resin from root: a drastic purgative according to Culpeper. y Gerard 868-9, Culpeper p45
schoenanthe n squinanth. Cymbopogon schoenanthus I 17 camel's hay for dropsie, cramps: warms & softens n Gerard 43, Blagrave
sciatica n hip gout grievous pain in joint of huckle bone n Barrough p207
scillitico n of scilla eg oxymel scillitico also used with vinegar: squill pill-Estes n Barrough p391, Pharmaco-Pinax p25
scoliosis n caused by blows etc: to treat, put herbs in warm bag, plaster. n Barrough described p212-3
scorbute grass or scurvy grass n spoon-wort Cochlearia officinalis: also sciatica grass for ulcers & stench of mouth: for those who eat salt meat n Gerard 402
scordium (teucrium) n Teucrium scordium III 97, 98 water germander leaves smell of garlic: D- astringent, diuretic when green, cough, gout, y Gerard 661
scurvy / scorbut n affects gums, joints caused by poor diet eg by those who travel by sea on long voyages n Epitome p119
searce n sift or sieve n
seercloth / cerecloth n materia medica applied to thin linen cloth n Culpeper p118
seethe n boil or stew n
sem. apii n seminum apium III 64 celery seed see apium n
semina carthami n Carthamus tinctorius seeds of bastard saffron provokes stools, causes desire to vomit n Gerard 1170
sem. hyoscam n henbane Hyoscamus niger IV 68 seed . see hyoscamus n
seminum papaverum n poppy Papaver somniferum IV 64 seed . often used in comfits; causes sleep: pressed for oil y Gerard 370
sempervivum n Sempervivum tectorum IV 88 houseleek cooling, binding, good for gout n Wirsung, Gerard 511-2
senecio n Senecio vulgaris IV 96 groundsell leaves & flowers, cooling, apply leaves to wounds n Gerard 279
sengrene n Sempervivum tectorum IV 88 evergreen houseleek also solidago media: cooling, good for heart burn n Wirsung, Gerard 525
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