The Universal Herbal: Chenopodium Vulvaria; Stinking Goosefoot.

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.
Leaves quite entire, rhomboid, ovate; flowers conglomerate, axillary; the whole plant is sprinkled with a white pellucid meal; stems numerous, spreading, round, somewhat striated, and thinly beset with leaves, which are alternate, petioled. — This species is easily known by its decumbency, and its permanently disagreeable odour, both green and dried, resembling that of stale salt fish. It is common on dry banks, and at the foot of walls and pailings. It is reckoned a useful antihysteric: some recommend a conserve of the leaves, others an infusion in water, and others a spirituous tincture of them: on some occasions it may perhaps be preferable to the fetids, which have been more commonly made use of, as not being accompanied by any pungency, or irritation, and seeming to act merely by virtue of its odorous principle. It is omitted in the last edition of the London Pharmacopoeia, and, as Alione affirms, is not undeservedly neglected. This herb dyes a good strong greenish lemon-colour.

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