Animal Simples. Approved for Modern Uses of Cure by W. T. Fernie

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The propolis, or glutinous resin of bees with which they cement their hives, yields when burnt an anti-asthmatic fume. It contains benzoic acid, such us is employed in making fragrant pastilles. This has served usefully to check diarrhoea and dysentery. A very effectual stimulating ointment for healing BEE. 47 indolent sores is made from beeswax with olive oil, resin, Burgundy pitch, and turpentine. This is Basilicon (Kingly) unguent, or that of "Compound resin," and is supposed to be identical with Hollo way's ointment, of widespread and lucrative repute.

Ten drops of the tincture reduced to first decimal strength should be given every three or four hours with a tablespoonful of cold water. That kind of sore throat is specially amenable to this medicine wherein a watery swelling spreads over the tonsils with a brilliant redness, looking as if a bee had flown in and stung the sufferer there, like the sore throat of scarlet fever, and of incipient diphtheria. , burning, tingling, and itching of the skin, with a diffuse swelling in white and red wheals, the tincture of bee sting.

After about twenty-four hours there was a decided increase in the quantity of urine ; and from this time the symptoms continued to steadily improve, whilst the dropsical effusions diminished day by day, and at the end of a few weeks the patient was entirely cured. The grubs of bees are relished as food 48 ANIMAL SIMPLES. by many persons, even in this country. That " Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness," was the riddle of Samson when he had slain the young lion, and taken honey to eat from the carcase thereof; and the secret of his animal simple, so pleasant to the taste, was discovered to the Philistines by plowing with Samson's heifer; for bees abhor carrion, and must in this instance have been more or less symbolical!

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