School: Baile an Chnuich (Hilltown)

Hilltown, Co. Wexford
Simon Murphy

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Weeds Used as Food and Cures

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0882, Page 192

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Nettles, sorrells, dandelions:-
used to cure diseases of the heart and the water in which it is boiled is said to be good for the liver.

Brooklime :- dipped in salt and eaten fasting is said to be good for a cough
Bluebell :- A bluebell leaf applied to the roof of the mouth was believed to be a certain cure for bleeding from the nose.
Foxglove :- The water from boiled foxglove was said to be a great stimulant for the heart used as an injection, and also used as a wash for sore eyes
Blackcurrant jam :- mixed with hot water used as a cure for hoarseness and coughs.
Dock leaves :- were used as a cure for stings of nettles.
Blackberry juice :- was a favourite dye of the people in olden times.