School: Scrabagh (roll number 11202)

Scrabbagh, Co. Roscommon
Mrs Rose Ffrench

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0254, Page 043

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In former years people sought relief from their ailments by their own cures which were generally made up from herbs.
The blackcurrant was used for a sore throat.
Camomile was used for indigestion and spasms. Clover was used as a blood purifier, strong infusion, also used for whooping cough, said to be used in cancer cures. Cimfrey is used for lung trouble ; for fracture used a poultice and a few drops of tincture taken internally for a spasm. Elder was used for Elderberry wine which is good for sciatica. The leaves of the elderberry mixed with pepperment is used as a common herbal remedy for colds.
Ground Ivy is used for chest troubles. It is also used as a remedy for kidney and skin trouble.
Hawthorn berries are used in preparing a powerful heart tonic.

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