Demulcent and emollient; principally used for poultices and fomentations.
Fomentations must be given to the feet and legs, if any feeling of chill is felt.
I cannot bear to have the fomentations taken off for a moment.
Head-baths are equally indispensable, as well as fomentations, to these organs.
Fomentations are chiefly employed to allay pain or irritation, or to promote suppuration or the healthy action of the parts.
If the pain be severe, it can generally be relieved by fomentations.
Fomentations will also here be serviceable, and should be preferred to poultices.
I have been busy bursting a bad quinsy with inhalers and fomentations.
I had tried frictions of the skin and fomentations of the abdomen, both simple and medicated.
It is used in medicine in various ways, the leaves for fomentations, the juice in treating ulcers, and the seeds as purgatives.