School: Finea (roll number 10599)

Location:
Finnea, Co. Westmeath
Teacher:
Kathleen Hackett

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Herbs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0719, Page 100

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Many weeds grow in the land around Finea Co Westmeath, namely, dock-weed, dandelion, crow-foot, cow-foot, prassie, nettles, marsh-mallows, wild garlick, sweet meadow, and chicken-weed and thistles.
Dandelion when made into tea is a good drink for consumptives.
Nettles when brewed are a cure for the heart - especially blood pressure as it softens the blood vessels.
Wild garlick is used for cattle diseases. It grows in dry rocky places, with bunches of small bulbs about the size of vetches at the roots. It is supposed to cure 'Black leg' in cattle.
Dandelion is a splendid food for fowl and pigs. Nettles are given to young ducks to feather them.
The dock leaf is a great cure for stings by extracting the juice from it and applying it to the parts affected.
Mint-hour-hound & Thyme are sometimes used in Cookery.
Garlic is the best known herb of all. It is grown in most garden and forms the principal

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Collector
Kathleen Hackett
Gender
female
Occupation
teacher
Address
Finnea, Co. Westmeath
Informant
Mr M. Mulligan
Gender
male
Age
50
Address
Williamstown, Co. Westmeath
Language
English