Typhoid

HENNA, in addition to its cosmetic and protective roles, is also used as a medicine (see Westermarck. 1926), as for instance in Morocco, where, mixed with water, it is applied to the forehead of a person suffering from fever. In the Balkans, too, in cases of acute fever, like typhoid, henna is heated in water, allowed to cool and the juice of some twenty heads of garlic added, the mixture re-heated, and then the henna is applied solid to the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet, in exactly the same way as for cosmetic staining, "in order to draw out the fever" (Kemp). This use of a red dye to allay fever is in all probability an example of the doctrine of signatures, just as in Britain at one time, fever patients were wrapped in red blankets to allay the symptoms. WHITE HOREHOUND (Marrubium vulgare) is used for fevers, especially typhoid in Africa (Watt & Breyer-Brandwijk). Having SUNFLOWERS growing in the garden would prevent typhoid striking, so it was once believed in Indiana (Brewster).

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