School: Behey (roll number 8222)

Location:
Behy, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Meadhbh, Bean Uí Dhochartaigh

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1029, Page 74

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Tormentil known in this district as “Torment Root” is a cure for a sick animal

The bark and juice of the alder for heart burn.
Janeper bush cures a beast of “Red water”
Garlic is good for a cold. It is boiled with milk
Eyeweed is used for sore eyes
Peppermint is good for a cold.
Daudelion boiled and the water drunk relieves a sick stomach
Marshmallow is sometimes used for a poultice
Elder Flowers for Rheumatism
Bogbine is very frequently used in this district in the spring. It is said to be excellent for the blood. It is boiled and mened with licquorice candy sugar and lemon also cream of tartar and boiled. A Spoonful is drunk every morning before breakfast.
Houselick is grown on the side walls of some old houses in Behey (Robert Phillips for example) for sore eyes and the old people believed that the house on which houselick grew could never be burned.
Nettle Tea that is nettles boiled +the water drunk is a cure for measles

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