(Portulaca sativa). See also GREEN PURSLANE (Portulaca oleracea). One of the many supposed to be aphrodisiac (Haining). It has certainly been used as a medicine for a long time, as a cure for erysipelas, while Thomas Hill was of opinion that it "helped the shingles". He also recommended it as helping "the burning Fever.", for worms and for toothache. It also "helpeth swolne eyes, and spitting of bloud ... it stayeth the bleeding at the Nose, and the head-ache ..." (T Hill. 1577).

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