Butterbur (Pestilent Wort)

The roots of Butter-Bur stamped with ale, and given to drink in pestilent and burning Fevers, mightily cool and abate the heat thereof.

The roots dried and beaten to powder, and drunk in wine, are a sovereign medicine against the plague and pestilent fevers, because they provoke sweat, and drive from the heart all venom and ill heat: it killeth worms, and is of great force against the suffocation of the mother.

The same cureth all naughty filthy ulcers, if the powder be strewed therein.

The same kills worms in the belly: it provokes urine, and brings down the monthly terms.

Gerard, p. 814.

Blackwell, A curious herbal, p. 222. Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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