School: Ballyloghane, Caisleán Nua Thiar (roll number 8783)

Location:
Ballinloughane, Co. Limerick
Teacher:
S. Condún, Úna Nic Ádhaimh

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Local Cures

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0487, Page 308

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People in former times visited no doctor but cured their ailments at home with herbs. The chamomile is a great herb when mixed with poppy heads for a good poultice to cure neuralgia and nervousness and a tonic. The Comfrey is good for chest and lung troubles, also for a poultice. Dandelion was used for kidney and liver disorders. Rhubarb root would cure diarrhoea. Nettle seed was used for consumption and as a blood medicine. Tansy was used for kidney weakness and worms in children.
In former times wells were visited and several cures were obtained. A certain man and his wife in this district got sore eyes and lost their sight, they paid rounds at St. Brigid's well, a short distance outside Newcastle West. When they had their rounds paid they washed their eyes and came home with their sight perfect. The sevent son of a family was looked upon to be able to cure all diseases. In olden times the cure for the whooping cough was, if the parent met a man with a white horse and asked him for a remedy, whatever he would say would cure the child.

Collector
Nora Dillane
Gender
female
Address
Rooskagh West, Co. Limerick
Informant
(name not given)
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Age
49
Address
Rooskagh West, Co. Limerick
Language
English