The Universal Herbal: Areca Catechu.

The Universal Herbal;
or botanical, medical and agricultural dictonary.
Containing an account of All the known Plants in the World, arranged according to the Linnean system. Specifying the uses to which they are or may be applied, whether as food, as medicine, or in the arts and manufactures.
With the best methods of propagation, and the most recent agricultural improvements.
collected from indisputable Authorities.
Adapted to the use of the farmer - the gardener - the husbandman - the botanist - the florist - and country housekeepers in general.
By Thomas Green.
Vol. I
Printed at the Caxton Press by Henri Fisher.
Printer in Ordinary to His Majesty.
Fronds pinnate; leaflets folded back, opposite end bitten. — This palm is forty or fifty feet high, the trunk six or eight inches in diameter. The fruit does not fall, off even when ripe. The Indians call it Chotool, and present it to all their guests green when it can be procured, and stripped of the outer rind, but otherwise dried. They are continually chewing it, and swallowing their saliva tinctured with the juice, which is esteemed to be an excellent anti-[]butic for the gums, and a strengthener of the stomach and appetite. It is also used in constipations of the bowels, and in worm cases. A decoction of the nuts is employed in dyeing, and is supposed both to set and enliven the colour. A native of the East Indies and of China.

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