... it is thought to strengthen and comfort the heart very much, and also to withstand poison, as also to be good against pestilent Agues, being taken any way. Fuchsius hath written, That being drunk with wine it bringeth down the terms, and the fume thereof expelleth the secundine or after-birth.

But the leaves of the herb are hotter; for there is in them a certain biting, but by reason of the moisture joined with it, it doth not by and by show it self; by means of which moisture they mollify the belly, and procure solubleness if it be used as a pot-herb....

The flowers and leaves of Marigolds being distilled, and the water dropped into red and watery eyes, ceaseth the inflammation, and taketh away the pain.

Conserve made of the flowers and sugar taken in the morning fasting, cureth the trembling of the heart, and is also given in time of plague or pestilence, or corruption of the air.

The yellow leaves of the flowers are dried and kept throughout Dutchland against Winter, to put into broths, in Physical potions, and for divers other purposes, in such quantity, that in some Grocers of Spice-sellers houses are to be found barrels filled with them, and retailed by the penny more or less, insomuch that no broths are well made without dried Marigolds.

Gerard, p. 741.

Köhler, 61. Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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