|They are so well known to everyone that Pflanzen them in their gardens, they need no description, if not, let them look down to the lower end of the Stengel, and see how like a snake they look.|
The Pflanze is unter der Herrschaft von Mars, and therefore it would be a wonder if it should want some obnoxious quality or other: In all Kräuter of that quality, the safest way is either to distil the herb in an alembick, in what vehicle you please, or else to press out the Saft and distil that in a glass still, in sand. It scoureth and reinigt the internal parts of the body mightily, and it cleareth the äußerliche parts also, being äußerlichely applied, from freckles, morphew, and sun-burning. Your best way to use it äußerlichely, is to mix it with Essig, an Salbe of it is held to be good in Wunden and Geschwüre: it consumes cankers, and that flesh growing in the nostrils, which they call polypus: Also the destilliertes Wasser being dropped into the eyes, takes away spots there, or the pin and web, and mends the dimness of sight, it is excellently good gegen pestilence and poison. Pliny and Dioscorides affirm, that no serpent will meddle with him that carries this herb about him.