The Cayce Herbal 
 A Comprehensive Guide to the  
Botanical Medicine of Edgar Cayce

Botanical Name: Urginea maritima

Common Names and Synonyms: Sea onion, scilla

Background: Squill is a bulb which has fleshy leaves. The outer leaves range in color from red to white as they first sprout from the ground.  After a stem appears, the upper third of the stalk  buds with white flowers; followed by  fleshy, lance-shaped leaves.  The onion-like plant should be collected shortly after flowering.  Squill is a powerful expectorant, particularly to relieve dry irritable cough.  Herbalists use squill in the treatment of bronchitis, bronchial asthma and whooping cough.  Squill's stimulating action on the heart makes it useful for heart failure and fluid retention brought on by the heart problems.

Squill in the Cayce Readings
  • Edgar Cayce recommended squill for many conditions, especially as an expectorant and relaxant for the respiratory system, an emit for the intestinal tract, and as cardiovascular stimulant.  Edgar Cayce noted that syrup of squill was especially appropriate for children.  Over half of the readings in which squill was prescribed were for children under the age of 13 years.
  • Syrup of squill was often recommended by itself or in conjunction with other simple remedies.  In those few readings where squill was included as part of a complex formula, the following amounts were prescribed:
      1/4 ounce 4 readings
      1/2 ounce 1 reading
      2 drams 1 reading
      15 drops 1 reading
  • The most common substances mentioned in the same readings with squill were:
      Camphor  14 readings
      Turpentine 10 readings
      Tolu 5 readings
      Wild Cherry 5 readings
      Mutton Tallow 5 readings
      Sarsaparilla 4 readings
      Sassafras 4 readings
      Senna  4 readings
Cayce Quotes on Squill

    Into the system an emitting from the intestinal tract, lower part of the stomach, - this squill here will produce an emitting up or down and we want the body or what we take into the stomach to be of itself.
    The stomach is weaker until we got this out; won't want much to eat with the squill in it.

    This external application will materially aid, as well as the Syrup of Squill to act with those of the stimuli for the system.
(Q)  What would be the dose of Syrup of Squill?
(A)  The NOMINAL dose, which is from quarter to half teaspoonful.

    We would take, internally, these properties:  At evening time, we would take Sweet Spirits of Nitre - one to two drops with two drops of Syrup of Squill.  Now the activities of these in the system, is to MODIFY that distress as is seen in this portion of the system, about the kidneys.  The CAUSE of this condition is the strain as HAS existed for a period of time in this particular region.

    We would also use with these at least few drops of syrup of squill.  This will aid in the action of the respiratory system.  We would also take care of that condition that exists in the lungs itself through the application of those as may be found in antiphlogistine or hot onion poultice.  Either of these will relieve the pressure.

    First, as the stimuli for the cardiac forces, we would change to the usage of Syrup of Squill as a cardiac and as an aid in the respiratories, and ESPECIALLY easing conditions in the bronchia and lungs.  Dosage would be from five to fifteen (5 to 15) drops given at least three to five (3 to 5) hours apart, or dependent UPON the heart's action and the tendency of the throat and bronchia as to irritation.

    In the applications, then, as we would find, would be in those in the medicinal nature of small quantities of Syrup of Squill, given 5 to 7 drops twice each day.  This as a cardiac stimuli.

    We would, then, administer in the beginning those of small quantities of Syrup of Squill.  Five to ten minims may be given every three to four hours, until same acts as an active force in the cardiac activities ...

    In meeting the needs of the conditions in the present, we would find that there should be tepid baths - especially along the spine; hot foot baths, basting with equal parts of mutton tallow, camphor and turpentine, rubbed well into the soles of the feet after such a hot bath.  Following the tepid bath - at least once or twice - or to reduce the temperature - especially this along the spine and across the diaphragm, we would rub with the rub alcohol; giving internally - every three or four hours three to five drops of Syrup of Squill.  This is a heart stimuli, or cardiac but will loosen the condition in the respiratory system.

(Q)  What is best relief for breathing that the body can have?
(A)  That that will act the quicker with the respiratory system.  As we will find, ONE of the best will be that of the Syrup of Squill.

    We would take the Syrup of Squill, five to eight drops every three to four hours....
    The oil and the Squill, especially, will reduce the temperature.

    When there is the irritation, so that there is picking or rubbing of the ears and nose, from this constant irritation in portions of the face, small quantities of Syrup of Squill will be of material aid in clearing and clarifying the circulation; both the superficial and the deeper circulation to the head, and in clarifying the whole respiratory system.  This would be given in drops of three to five at a dose, and may be given every two or three hours until the condition is allayed.

(Q)  Is Syrup of Squill good for anyone to help clear a head cold?
(A)  Depends upon what is the cause of such a cold.  And ordinarily, as in reference to this particular body, would be well.  But not for all grown or matured bodies; for Syrup of Squill acts with, especially, the developing influences in a growing body.
    But under conditions where there is being created a force within the body, or elements within the body that are structural building (as with this particular body), half to a teaspoonful would be beneficial in conditions where cold or indigestion disturbs the body.

Syrup of Squill would be well to have on hand for the periods when nausea may arise from having to take too great quantities of the Creosote, for this becomes rather hard, to be sure, in the stomach itself.  Syrup of Squill would be taken in the small doses, half a teaspoonful three or four times a day, which would be helpful for the digestive forces acted upon by the Creosote, see?  But this is not too great a quantity, for - as seen - there's very small doses, but this in the homeopathic dose makes for an activity that would be most beneficient and helpful, as we find, for the body.

    We would change somewhat the applications being used in the present.  As we find, it would be well to continue with the syrup and the compounds in same.  It is not necessary for the Syrup of Squill unless there is the nausea or paroxysm of coughing.

    During the rest period we would add only to the assimilating forces small quantities of Syrup of Squill, that would be active for the respiratory system.  This would be given a quarter of a teaspoonful, with syrup or honey or plain, about twice a day during the periods when the treatments osteopathically are NOT being given, see?

    Also we would find it beneficial to give at least once or twice a day small quantities of Syrup of Squill.  This will enable the breathing in the lung, keep down temperature.

    Take internally small doses of Syrup of Squill; meaning from six to ten drops two to three times a day.  These properties tend to relax without carrying any of the influences that are of a narcotic or even a hypnotic or sedative nature.

    Secure a small (900 drop) bottle of Fletcher's Castoria.  Take out at least a teaspoonful (you can take that yourself, if you like!) and in its place put 1/2 grain of Senna, a teaspoonful of the Syrup of Figs, and 2 minims of Syrup of Squill.  See?  Shake this together each time the dose is taken, and give it every half hour - not more than a quarter teaspoonful.  And only give water with every other dose.  There's a special reason for this; for you want those activities along the bronchi and throat and different points to adhere to the circulation through these portions, to make for the variation in the activities of the circulation through the system - which they will do if they are not washed down, see?  Take the whole quantity until there are the thorough eliminations.

    With the existent disturbances in the bladder, or clitoris area, as we find, a HELPFUL condition would be to take small quantities of Syrup of Squill - we will say in the morning; ten to twenty drops - and in the evening five to six drops of Sweet Spirits of Nitre.  These will be not only helpful in RELIEVING the flow of the tissue but will make for the prevention of further disorders in this direction.

    As we find, not all at a time but being consistent (else we may find there will be disturbances that may become very aggravating to the body), we would occasionally take small doses of Syrup of Squill.  Do not gulp same, but allow to TRICKLE down, so that it will slowly pass through the throat. To be sure, it does not enter the portions of the system, but its reaction upon the system - taken in this way and manner - will be upon this portion of the organism in the impulses created by the activity of these forces or influences in the body.  The dose would be a teaspoonful, sipped; allowed to trickle down.  Take occasionally, dependent upon the distress in the area.  It may be taken as often as twice a day, or once a day for a few days; then rest from it for a period and take again.

    For the body-building, that will add to the assimilating forces of the system influences that will bring about better conditions in the lymph, in the blood, in the activity of the glandular system as related to the bodily functions for resistances, we would take periodically the Syrup of Squill.

    Then about every two to three hours, until there is the release from the rattling and the heaviness, we would give about ten to fifteen drops of the Syrup of Squill at a dose.

    But we would replace same [Calcidin] by the use of Syrup of Squill.  This we would take almost in the same manner that has been indicated for the Calcidin; until there is an allaying of this burning in the throat and a better activity or a full activity of the Squill forces through the alimentary canal.  That is, take little sips about every hour; this means about a quarter teaspoonful in a little water, see?
(Q)  Is the heart action too fast?
(A)  As indicated, leave off the Calcidin and take the Squill; and it will become near normal.

    After the cleansing of the alimentary canal, begin with about twenty drops of onion juice or the equivalent in its activity upon the system (as Syrup of Squill) every four hours.  The onion juice or the properties of the same nature; or the Syrup of Squill will be very well.  This will aid in cleansing or clarifying through its activity of assimilation upon the respiratory system, the heaviness through the chest, throat and nasal passages.

    After this has acted thoroughly, then take for a few days five to six drops of Syrup of Squill (each day) as a laxative for the mucous membranes of the throat, lungs and chest.

    Occasionally, if there is a little cold, the use of Syrup of Squill is beneficial to produce a better relaxing of the mucous membranes of bronchi and larynx, as this affects the system.

    As soon as this BEGINS to act, commence with a good stimuli to the muscular and nerve forces of the bronchi, - Syrup of Squill.  We would give about twenty drops of this every three hours.


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