And for drynken strong wyn, reed as blood.
Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
This was antiently accounted the Poormans Treacle, it beeing a remedy for all diseases or hurts (except those which it self breeds). It provoketh Urine and womens Courses, helpeth the biting of a Mad Dog and of other Venemous Creatures, killeth Worms in Children, cutteth and avoydeth tough flegm purgeth the head, helpeth the Lethargie, is a good preservative against, a remedy for any Plague sore, or foul Ulcer: taketh away spots and blemishes in the Skin, easeth pains of the eares ripeneth and breaketh Impostumes or other swellings: And for all these diseases the Onyons are also effectual; But the Garlick hath some more peculiar vertues besides the former: viz. It hath a speciall quality to discuss the inconveniences coming by corrupt Agues or Mineral Vapours or by drinking corrupt and stinking waters; as also by taking of Wolfbane, Henbane, Hemlock, or other poysonfull and dangerous herbs. It is also held good in Hydropick diseases, the Jaundice, falling-sickness, Cramps, Convulsions, the piles or Hemorrhoids or other cold diseases.
My Author quotes here many diseases this is good for, but conceals its vices: its heat is very vehement, and al vehement hot things send up but ill favor'd vapors to the brain; in chollerick men 'twil ad fuel to the fire, in men oppressed by melancholly t'wll attenuate the humor and send up strange fancies and as strange visions to the head, therfore let it be taken inwardly with great moderation, outwardly you may make more bold with it.
Mars owns the herb.
Nicholas Culpepper, The English physitian: or an astrologo-physical discourse of the vulgar herbs of this nation. 1652