School: Dromad (roll number 16781)

Location:
Drumod, Co. Leitrim
Teacher:
Millicent "Nuabhroinn"

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Herbs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0214, Page 045

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Dockins, chicken weed, scutch grass, dandelions, boholawns, fairy fingers, thistles, bloodweed, comfrey, nettles and crow foot grow on our farm. Dandelion leaves when picked up and washed and eaten raw are good for weak kidneys.
Fairy finger roots if washed and cut up fine and given raw to a dog that has the fits it will cure him.
The moisture out of the stem of a dandelion will cure a wart if it is squeezed out and rubbed daily on the wart.
Comfrey roots will cure the leg of a horse or cow if broken. The roots are to be mashed up and put to the broken part. Some herbs are used for food as nettles, water cress, sorrel. Horses and cows eat whins mashed up and then mixed through them. Herbs were used long ago to cure diseases and to ease pains as many people used to believe in eating nettles when boiled to ease pain and putting garlic in their boots if they had corns. Some herbs were good and some were not.

Collector
Susan Crowe
Gender
female
Age
14
Address
Drumod Beg, Co. Leitrim
Informant
James Crowe
Gender
male
Age
66
Occupation
farmer
Address
Drumod Beg, Co. Leitrim
Language
English