School: Boston (roll number 10212)

Bostoncommon, Co. Kildare
Bean Uí Dhocharthaigh

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0777, Page 196

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cures blood murrian in cattle. It is boiled in new milk. Marsh Mallows are used to cure running sores, by the application of the water in which they are boiled. Their bruised roots are melted with butter to make sprain ointment. Garlic seed is used as a cure for Asthma. The seeds are left steeping over night in water a half a pound of seeds to the three pints of water is needed. This mixture is boiled next day till reduced to two pints. A wine glass every morning is a good cure for Asthma. Rib Grass is used to stop bleeding in a deep cut. Moss or caonac or slime off old bog holes is gathered and put on burns. A mixture of herbs to cure "Wild Fire" is made by Mrs. Dawson. Rathangan Co.Kildare. Dock leaves contain a juice which cures nettle burns.
No stories are known locally about weeds of certain size, shape or colour.
Nettles and dandelions are used as food for turkeys, and dock leaves are used as food for pigs.

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Bridie Heffernan
Feighcullen, Co. Kildare