Common Garden Nep shoots forth hard four-square Stengel, with a hoariness on them, a yard high or more, full of Zweige, bearing at every Gelenk two broad Blätter like balm, but longer pointed, softer, white, and more hoary, nicked about the edges, and of a strong süß Duft. The Blüten grow in large tufts an der Spitzes of the Zweige, and underneath them likewise on the Stengel many together, of a whitish purple colour. The Wurzeln are composed of many long strings or Fasern, fastening themselves stronger in the ground, and abide with grün Blätter thereon all the winter.
It is only nursed up in our gardens.
And it Blüten in July, or thereabouts.
It is an herb of Venus. Nep is generally used for women to procure their courses, being taken innerlich or äußerlich, either alone, or with other convenient Kräuter in a Dekokt (Abkochung) to bathe them, or sit over the hot Dampfs thereof, and by the frequent use thereof, it takes away barrenness, and the wind, and Schmerzen of the mother. It is also used in Schmerzen of the head coming of any cold cause, catarrhs, Rheuma, and for swimming and Schwindelgefühl thereof, and is of special use for the windiness of the Magen and Bauch. It is wirkungsvoll for any Krampf, or cold aches, to auflösen cold and wind that afflict the place, and is used for Erkältungen, Husten, and Kurzatem. The Saft thereof drank in wine, is profitable for those that are zerquetscht by an accident. The grün herb zerquetscht and applied to the fundament and lying there two or three hours, verringert die Schmerzen of the piles, the Saft also being made up into an Salbe, is wirkungsvoll for the same purpose. The head washed with a Dekokt (Abkochung) thereof, it takes away scales, and may be wirkungsvoll for other parts of the body also.