DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING SYRUPS, &C 403
4. Such roots as are soft, your best way is to dry in
the sun, or else hang them in thechimney corner upon
a string ; as for such as are hard, you may dry them
5. Such roots as are great, will keep longer than
such as are small; yet most of them will keep all the
6. Such roots as are soft, it is your best way to keep
them always near the fire, and take this general rule
for it. If in winter time you find any of your herbs,
roots, or flowers begin to be moist, as many times you
shall (for it is your best way to look to them once a
month) dry them by a very gentle fire, or, if you can,
with conveniency, keep them near the fire, you may
save yourself the trouble.
7. it is in vain to dry roots that may commonly be
had, as parsley, fennel, plantain, &c. but gather them
only for present need.
1. Barks, which physicians use in medicine, are of
these sorts: of fruits, of roots, of boughs.
2 The barks of fruits are to be taken when the fruft
is full ripe, as oranges, lemons, &c. but because I have
nothing to do with exotics here, I pass them without
any more words. „
3 The bark of trees are best gathered in the spring,
if of oak or such great trees ; because then they come
easier off, and so you may dry them it you please ;
but indeed the best way is to gather all barks only for
present use.^ ^ark of roots> .tis thus to be gotten:
Take the roots of such herbs as have a pith in them,
as parslev, fennel, &c. slit them in the middle, and
when you" have taken out the pith, which you may
easily do, that which remains is called, though im¬
properly, the bark, and indeed is only to be used.