“Powerful Grace Lies in Herbs and Plants”

Zea mays [Frumentum Indicum] (Poaceae)
Indian corn.

“The Indian corn has a temperate, neutral nature and substance; it bends (reacts) to heat and humidity only a little, and is easy to digest. This by itself explains why and how the Indians used it in their medicine: what power it had, and what kind of preparations were made out of it. . . . It contains much transient salt and oil, can help urination or ease the pain in the lumbar region, and temperate the acidity of the body humours” (Weinmann, Phytanthoza)

Indian corn

Regensburg: Hieronymus Lenz, 1737-45.
(Washington University, Becker Library)

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