from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the milkweed family, Asclepius tuberosa : so named from its medicinal use. Also called butterfly-weed.
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Blennerhassett was convoyed to the depths of the island forest, where the strangely assorted pair conversed intimately on the virtues of pleurisy-root, Indian physic and columbo.
Domestic treatment may be given as follows, until a physician can be obtained: Catnip, pennyroyal, or pleurisy-root tea, containing one teaspoonful of the Extract of Smart-weed, may be given, to drive the rash to the surface.
It is best to use daily an alkaline bath, and, as a drink, the tea of pleurisy-root, catnip, or other diaphoretics, to which may be added from one-half to one teaspoonful of the Extract of Smart-weed.
Drinking freely of pleurisy-root tea, or of a strong decoction of boneset is frequently useful.
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