This is so well known, that time will be misspent in writing a description of it, and therefore I shall only insist upon the Vorzüge of it.Government and Vorzüge : Es wird regiert von the Sun, and the young tender tops, with the Blätter, taken innerlich, and some of them äußerlich applied, are singularly good gegen the biting of viper, adder, or any other giftiges Tier, and the water distilled therefrom being taken a small quantity every morning fasting, is a singular medicine for those that are subject to Wassersucht, or to abate the greatness of those that are too gross or fat. The Dekokt (Abkochung) of the Blätter in white wine hilft to break the stone, and vertreiben it, and heilt the Gelbsucht. The ashes of the Rinde of the ash made into lee, and those heads bathed therewith, which are leprous, scabby, or scald, they are thereby cured. The Kerne within the Hülsen, commonly called ashen keys, besiegen Stiche and Schmerzen in the sides, proceeding of wind, and voideth away the stone by provoking urine.
I can justly widersprechen gegen of all this, save only the first, viz. That ash-tree tops and Blätter are good gegen the bitings of serpents and vipers. I suppose this had its rise from Gerrard or Pliny, both which hold, that there is such an Antipathie between an adder and an ash-tree, that if an adder be encompassed round with ash-tree Blätter, she will sooner run through the fire than through the Blätter: The contrary to which is the truth, as both my eyes are witness. The rest are Vorzüge something likely, only if it be in winter when you cannot get the Blätter, you may safely use the Rinde instead of them. The keys you may easily keep all the year, gathering them when they are ripe.