This section is from the book "An Experimental History Of The Materia Medica", by William Lewis.
Botrys: a low domewhat hairy plant, full of branches, bearing numerous imperfect flowers: the flower stands in a five-leaved cup, which forms a covering to a small roundish seed.
1. Botrys five ambrosia Pharm. Paris. Bo-trys ambrosioides vulgaris C. B. Chenopodium Botrys Linn. Jernsalem oak: with oblong pointed, deeply sinuated leaves like those of the oak tree, of a yellowish green colour on the upper side, purplish underneath, marked with large red veins, and placed alternately: the flowers stand in clusters, on divided pedicles, in the bosoms of the leaves.
(a) Observationum medico-chirurg. fasciculus, p. 18.
(b) Biffet, Essay on the medical constitution of Great Britain, p. 303.
2. Botrys mexicana Pharm. Paris. Botrys ambrosioides mexicana C. B. Chenopodium ambrosioides Linn. Mexico tea: with pale green triangular leaves, and undivided flower-stalks: greatly resembling the wild orach.
Both these plants are natives of the southern parts of Europe, and sown annually with us in gardens. The leaves and flowery heads have a pretty strong and not unpleasant smell, and a moderately aromatic somewhat bitterish taste: on much handling them, an unctuous resinous juice adheres, in considerable quantity, to the fingers. The proper menstruum of their active matter is rectified spirit: they nevertheless give out their more valuable parts to boiling water also, which they impregnate strongly with their smell, and considerably with their taste. The infusions, which are not unpalatable, drank as tea, are said to be of service in humoural asthmas and coughs, and other disorders of the bread: they are supposed also to be antispas-modic and antihysteric.