Figs. (Latin, Ficus) The fruit of the Ficus Carica, winch comes to perfection chiefly in hot climates; the pulp is whole-some, and somewhat aperient, but the tough skin is indigestible, and should not be eaten by those whose organs of digestion arc at all weak. Children who are subject to constipation, may take the pulp with advantage. Green figs, as we call those which grow in this country, are more laxative than the preserved ones from abroad, but they have a mawkish, and, to most persons, an unpleasant flavour. The finest foreign figs come from Smyrna, and other parts of Turkey; if good, they are large and plump, not shrivelled and leathery, as those in the shops too frequently are, being in this state very unwholesome. Pigs are sometimes used externally, boiled in milk, or roasted ; they are applied to boils and small abscesses, to promote suppuration ; in this way they are particularly applicable to gum-boils. They are also an ingredient in the compound Decoction of Barley and Confection of Senna. In the following combination, they make a good demulcent gargle for inflammatory sore throat - Mallow Roots, 1 ounce; or if these cannot be obtained, Linseed, 1 ounce; to 2 or 3 figs, split open ; Water, 2 pints; boil to a pint, and strain.

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