1 purgeth. flush unhealthy toxins from the system.
General note on herbal cures: The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes by John Gerarde [or Gerard], (Norton and Whittaker: London, 1633), p.1263, lists the medicinal properties of roses. Some are included below [Return]:
¶ The Vertues..
| The distilled water of roses is good for the strengthing
of the heart, & refreshing of the spirits, and likewise for all things
that require a gentle cooling.
| The same being put into iundetting, dishes, cakes,
sauces, and many other pleasant things, giveth a fine and delectable taste.
| It mitigateth the paine of the eies proceeding of
a hot cause, bringeth sleep, which also the fresh roses themselues prouoke
through their sweet and pleasant smell.
| The iuice of these roses, especially of Damask, doth
moue to the stoole, and maketh the belly soluble: but most effectually that
of the Musk roses: next to them is the iuice of the Damask, which is more
| The infusion of them doth the same, and also the
syrrup made thereof, called in Latine Drosatum, or
Serapium: the Apothecaries call it Syrrup of roses solutiue,
which must be made of the infusion in which a great number of the leaues
of these fresh roses are diuers and sundry times steeped.
| It is profitable to make the belly loose & soluble,
when as either there is no need of other stronger purgation, or that it is
not fit and expedient to vse it: for besides those excrements which stick
to the bowels, or that in the first and neerest veines remaine raw, flegmaticke,
and now and then cholericke, it purgeth no other excrements, vnlesse it be
mixed with certaine other stronger medicines.
| This syrrup doth moisten and coole, and therefore
it alayeth the extremitie of heat in hot burning feuers, mitigateth the
inflammations of the intrails, and quencheth thirst: it is fearce good for
a weake and moist stomache, for it leaueth it more slacke and weake.
| Of like vertue also are the leaues of these preserued
in Sugar, especially if they be onely bruised with the hands, and diligently
tempered with Sugar, and so heat at the fire rather than boiled.
¶ The Temperature of Red Roses.
There is in the red Roses, which are common euery where, and in the other that be of a deep purple, called Provence roses, a more earthie substance, also a drying and binding qualitie, yet not without certaine moisture ioined, being in them when they are as yet fresh,which they lose when they be dried : for this cause their iuice and infusion doth also make the bodie soluble,yet not so much as of the others aforesaid. These roses being dried and their moisture gone,do bind and dry, and likewise coole, but lesser then when they are fresh.
[The letter "u" may be a modern "v," or visa versa, and "i" = "y" and "i" = "j"] See also a
Modern Herbal. [Return]
Music Interpretation: "The Rose" by Red Dragon.