School: Rathkenny (roll number 15483)

Location:
Rathkenny, Co. Meath
Teacher:
Tomás Mac Cárthaigh

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Local Cures - A Cure for Whitlow Locally Called Bust

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0714, Page 218

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(This is a disease which attacks the joints of the fingers, and often people lose portion of the finger as a result.)

Take a handful of each of the following herbs:-
Yarrow
Key of the Gentry (local name of herb)
Common Nettle
Common Sorrel
Wild Water Grass
* Rib Grass } The Rib grass here mentioned is that found growing up through furze or gorse on "Whin Hills".
Put 1 lb of unsalted butter - goats' butter if possible and melt in saucepan over the fire. Then put in the herbs in equal quantities and allow all to boil for a short time. Then add the white of two eggs and stir well. When cool apply to the whitlow
(P.S. This woman makes up this ointment without fee for any person needing it. I have recently seen two whitlows cured by this ointment. The person cured was once a pupil of mine - Patrick Meade, Foolstown, Ardee)

Collector
Thomas Carty
Gender
male
Address
Rathkenny, Co. Meath
Informant
Mrs Kate Doherty
Gender
female
Address
Mullagha, Co. Meath
Language
English