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(note:  herbs/plants ref. w/"The English Physitian", Culpeper, Nicholas, 1616-1654. -- where possible.)

or   (Botanical.com, A Modern Herbal, Mrs. M. Grieve)


Ibis - A fowl of the genus Tantalus,and grallic order, a native of Egypt. The bill is long, subulated,and somewhat crooked; the face naked,and the feet have four toes palmated at the base. This fowl was much valued by the Egyptians for destroying serpents. It is said by Bruce not now to inhabit Egypt, but to be found in Abyssinia. The ibis of the Egyptians is a species of the genus Scolopax. It was anciently venerated either because it devoured serpents, or because the marking of its plumage resembled one of the phases of the moon,or because it appeared in Egypt with the rising of the Nile.

"...The Egyptians say, they never learned of men to minister Clysters, but the bird Ibis, which uses it to herself or the looseness of her body. And of the same bird also they learned their diet, to eat largely at the waxing and sparingly at the waning of the Moon..."

"...The eagle is killed with Comfrey.  The Ibis with the gall of hyena..."


(probably 'Mongoose')

"...The Indian Rat, called Ichneumon, does harness himself with some of the Lote-tree and so fights against the asp..."

Ides Of March       

Ides - In the ancient Roman calendar, eight days in each month; the first day of which fell on the 13th of January, February, April, June, August, September, November and December, and on the 15th of March, May, July,and October. The ides came between the calends and the nones, and were reckoned backwards. This method of reckoning is still retained in the chancery of Rome,and in the calendar of the breviary.

"...This if you practise before the Calends of March, or between the Nones and the Ides of March, you shall have your purpose..."

"...It  (Broom)  is broken and pulled from the Ides of May, until the Ides in June.  This it the time when it is ripe..."

Igne revererationsis        

"...How to Extract a Magistery of Gems, Coral and Pearl.  Beat the gems, and set them in Igne revererationsis, until they be Calcined..."

"...Distil the Lemons with their peels and juice.  Reserve the water, and dry the rest in the Sun, if the season permits.  Or do it in an oven.  Put them in a pot close luted, and Calcine it in Igne reverberationis..."

Ilium / Illium (Trillium)   

Trillium, wood lily, wake-robin -- (any liliaceous plant of the genus Trillium having a whorl of three leaves at the top of the stem with a single three-petalled flower) .

See:  Wakerobin

"...In like manner Winter-cress or Ilium, and Pennyroyal, though they begin to wither being gathered, yet if you hang them upon a stick about the time of the Solstice, the will for a time florish..."


Immersion - . The act of immersing, or the state of being immersed; a sinking within a fluid.

"...and now that we may not further protract our speech, we shall from ancient examples show how fruit by Immersion into several things, may be long kept from putretude. .."


"...Because the corrosive Salts in them, are not perfectly and absolutely dissolved into water.  Wherefore you must learn by continual solution and Immistion, so to Distil them, that the whole substance of the Salt may be melted..."


Imposture - The act or conduct of an impostor; deception practiced under a false or assumed character; fraud or imposition; cheating.

"...The Imposture is discovered by the easy dissolving of it in water. .."


Inclination - The act or state of bending downward; inclination; as, declination of the head.

 "...Geber defines it thus, Distillation is the elevation of moist vapors in a proper vessel.  But we will declare the true definition of it elsewhere.  He makes three sorts of it, by Ascent, by Descent, and by Filtration.  But I say, by Ascent, by Descent, and by Inclination, which is a middle between the both, and is very necessary..."


Incubation - A sitting on eggs for the purpose of hatching young; a brooding on, or keeping warm, (eggs) to develop the life within, by any process.

"... But Aristotle says that bird Eggs and Eggs of forefooted beasts are ripened by the Incubation of the Dam..."


Index - That which guides, points out, informs, or directs; a pointer or a hand that directs to anything, as the hand of a watch, a movable finger on a gauge, scale, or other graduated instrument.

"Index of the Poles "

 "...It is a common opinion among Seamen, that Onions and Garlic are at odds with the Loadstone.  And Steersmen, and such as tend the Mariners Card are forbidden to eat Onions or Garlic, lest they make the Index of the Poles drunk..."

Indian Dog