Gout-Wort, or Herb Gerrard

Descript : It is a low herb, seldom rising half a yard high, having sundry leaves standing on brownish green stalks by three, snipped about, and of a strong unpleasant savour. The umbels of the flowers are white, and the seed blackish, the root runs in the ground, quickly taking a great deal of room.

Place : It grows by hedge and wallsides, and often in the border and corner of fields, and in gardens also.

Time : It flowers and seeds about the end of July.

Government and virtues : Saturn rules it. Neither is it to be supposed Gout-wort hath its name for nothing but upon experiment to heal the gout and sciatica; as also joint-aches, and other cold griefs. The very bearing of it about one eases the pains of the gout, and defends him that bears it from the disease.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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