Ail - Garlic
Allium sativum

Ail Allium sativum Garlic

AIL. Beaucoup de gens regardent l’ail comme un préservatif universal, & le préferent à l’orviétan, la thériaque, le mithridate, & autres compositions de cette nature. En effet, c’est un trè-bon cordial, très-capable de résister au venin & au scorbut, tant pour les hommes que pour les bêtes. Plusieurs le mêlent avec les ailmens dans les ragoûts, pour éguiser l’appétit & échauffer l’estomac. On s’en sert en lavement dans la colique venteuse, & bouilli dans le lait; pour pousser les urines & le gravier. Lorsqu’on le mange crud, rien n’empêche mieu l’haleine d’en être insctée, que de manger ensuite un peu de racine de persil, ou de racine de poirée, cuite sous la cendre.

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GARLIC. Many people regard garlic as a universal preservative, & prefer it to orvietan [a medical concoction popular during the 17th and 18th centuries. It was used as a panacea against poisonings with criminal intent, as well as against mushroom poisonings, snakebite, scorpion stings, bites by rabid animals, and the plague], theriac [medical concoction originally formulated by the Greeks in the 1st century AD and widely adopted in the ancient world as far away as Persia, China and India via the trading links of the Silk Route. It was an alexipharmic, or antidote, considered a panacea, for which it could serve as a synonym: in the 16th century Adam Lonicer wrote that garlic was the rustic's theriac or Heal-All.], mithridate [Mithridatism is the practice of protecting oneself against a poison by gradually self-administering non-lethal amounts. ... The word is derived from Mithridates VI, the King of Pontus, who so feared being poisoned that he regularly ingested small doses, aiming to develop immunity], & other such compositions. Indeed, he is a very good cordial, very capable of resisting venom and scurvy, both for men and for animals. Many mix it in stews, to whet the appetite & warm the stomach. It is used as an enema in windy colic, & boiled in milk; to push urine & gravel. When eaten raw, nothing better prevents the breath from being offensive, than to then eat a little parsley root, or perry root, cooked under the ashes.


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