Herbs.The most harmful weeds which grow on our farm at home are nettles, coltsfoot, buttercups, rgwort (beenweeds) thistles whins and rushs, ox eye daisies, dandelions, preshaugh or charlock and scutchgrass and dockins, day nettles and chicken weed, robin-run-the-hedge, yarrow, burdocks, seven sisters, sperry, redshark, soologs, biolar or watercress, mares tails, cuckoo flower and blackheads and grounsel and bishop weed. Other herbs are: - mouse peas or wild vetches, bog bean which always grows in a wet marshy place, mushrooms, corn flowers, Goats beards, gilgowans or [?], silverweed, pimpernel and wee folks' thimbles or fairy fingers.
Ragwort or ragweed's or benweeds will only grow where land is good. Coltsfoot, preshaugh and buttercups and clover, will grow only when the land is very good. Rushes are found in poor land and also thistles and "sperry".
Boiled dandelion leaves and boiled bog bean are excellent blood tonics. Nettles are cut fine and put on soup as a cure for measles. Garlic bulbs are cut in to halves and one of the halves placed in each boot or shoe as a cure for whooping cough. Garlic boiled in sweet milk is a cure for common colds. The leaves of dockings are used to cure nettle stings. They are vigorously rubbed over the place which was stung. The blossoms of red clover brewed in boiling water gives relief from pain in cases of cancer
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- Jim Roulston
- Cloghfin, Co. Donegal