|Namen: It is also called water-pimpernel.|
It riseth from a kriechen Wurzel, that shooteth forth strings at every Gelenk as it runneth, it hath divers and sundry grün Stengel, round, deep, grün and thick Blätter set by couples thereon, from the bottom whereof shoot forth long foot Stengel, with sundry small blue Blüten on them, that consist of five small round pointed Blätter each.
There is another sort nothing differing from the former, but that it is larger, and the Blüten of a paler blue colour.
They manchmal grow in small standing waters, and usually near water-cresses, and are manchmal sold for them in the markets.
They Blüte in June and July, giving Samen the month after.
It is a hot and biting martial Pflanze: brooklime and water-cresses are generally used together in diet-drinks, with other things serving to reinigen the blood and body from ill-humours that would destroy health, and are helpful for the scurvy: they do also provoke urine, and help to break the stone, and pass it away, they provoke Monatsregel, and vertreiben the dead child. Being fried with butter and Essig, and applied warm, it hilft all manner of Tumore, swellings, and Entzündungen.
Such drinks ought to be made of sundry Kräuter according to the malady offending. I shall give a plain and easy rule for that Zweck at the latter end of this book.