School: Mullach Dubh

Location:
Lisgorman, Co. Leitrim
Teacher:
Pádhraic Ó Blioscáin

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Herbs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0203, Page 189

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Herbs.
The harmful weeds which are most common in this locality are the docken, the nettle, the mouses ear, chicken-weed and the dandilion. These weeds only grow in rank ground and they spread rapidly and impoverish the soil. It is very hard to destroy the docken and if the least bit of a root is left in the ground it will spread and grow up quickly. The slimy stuff which is found in the centre of the docken root, is good for a cold on the lip. The nettles are boiled for young turkeys and some people cook them and use them as vegetables because it is said they are healthy and good for the stomach. There is also the cure of the measels in the nettle juice. The juice of the mouse-ear is a good cure for heart failure
The chicken used is used as a cure

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Collector
Patricia Flynn
Gender
female
Address
Drumahaire, Co. Leitrim
Informant
Mrs Flynn
Gender
female
Age
49
Address
Drumahaire, Co. Leitrim
Language
English