(From to eructate; because it causes eructations). Eryngo. Eringus, eryngium maritimum, inguinalis, aetherea herba, aster atticus, hyophthalmos, crocodilion,iringus, and sea holly, eryn-gium campestre Lin. Gen. Pi. 337; supposed to be the of Dioscorides, who with other ancient writers, speak highly of its efficacy.
The eryngium maritimumlan. Sp. Pi. 337, does not differ in quality or power. It is a bluish branched plant, with mallow-like, thick, prickly leaves, angular or jagged about the edges; the flowers are white; the roots slender and long, brown on the outside, and white within. It is perennial, growing plentifully an some of our sandy and gravelly shores; and flowers in July.
The root has an agreeable sweet taste, which on chewing is followed by a light aromatic pungency. Freely used, it is aperient, diuretic, and antiscorbutic. It has been extolled as an aphrodisiac; but it is now very seldom used except as a comfect.
The candied roots, bought at the confectioners, are ingredients in artificial asses' milk, which is thus made:
Take of candied eryngo root one ounce; pearl barley, half an ounce; liquorice root, three drachms; boil them in two pints of water to one pint, to which add a pint of new milk from the cow; boil them gently together, and strain the decoction. Half a pint should be drunk three times a day.