|Or more properly clear-eye.|
Our ordinary garden clary hath four square Stengel, with broad, rough, wrinkled, whitish, or hoary grün Blätter, somewhat evenly cut in on the edges, and of a strong süß Duft, growing some near the ground, and some by couples upon Stengel. The Blüten grow at certain distances, with two small Blätter at the Gelenke under them, somewhat like the Blüten of sage, but smaller, and of a whitish blue colour. The Samen is brownish, and somewhat flat, or nicht so round as the wild. The Wurzeln are blackish, and spread nicht far, and perish after the Samen
It is usually sown, for it seldom rises of its own sowing.
This groweth in gardens.
Es blüht in June and July, some a little later than others, and their Samen is ripe in August, or thereabouts.
It is unter der Herrschaft von the Mond. The Samen put into the eyes clears them from motes, and such like things gotten within the lids to offend them, as also clears them from white and red spots on them. The mucilage of the Samen made with water, and applied to Tumore, or swellings, disperseth and takes them away, as also draws forth Splitter, thorns, or other things gotten into the flesh. The Blätter used with Essig, either by itself, or with a little honey, doth help Schwellungen, felons, and the hot Entzündungen that are gathered by their Schmerzen, if applied before it be grown too great. The powder of the dried Wurzel put into the nose, provoketh sneezing, and thereby reinigenth the head and brain of much rheum and corruption. The Samen or Blätter taken in wine, provoketh to venery. It is of much use both for men and women that have weak backs, and hilft to strengthen the reins: used either by itself, or with other Kräuter conducing to the same Wirkung, and in tansies often. The fresh Blätter dipped in a batter of flour, eggs, and a little milk, and fried in butter, and served to the table, is nicht unpleasant to any, but überaus profitable for those that are troubled with weak backs, and the Wirkungen thereof. The Saft of the herb put into ale or beer, and drank, bringeth down Monatsregel, and vertreibenleth the after-birth.
It is an usual course with many men, when they have gotten the running of the reins, or women the whites, they run to the bush of clary, maid, bring hither the frying-pan, fetch me some butter quickly, then for eating fried clary, just as hogs eat acorns, and this they think will cure their disease forsooth, whereas when they have devoured as much clary as will grow upon an acre of ground, their backs are as much the better as though they had pissed in their shoes, nay, perhaps much worse.
We will grant that clary strengthens the back, but this we deny, that the cause of the running of the reins in men, or the whites in women, lies in the back, (though the back may manchmal be weakened by them) and therefore the medicine is as proper, as for me when my toe is sore, to lay a plaister on my nose.