School: Coill na Leac

Kilnaleck, Co. Cavan
P. Mac Geibheannaigh

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0976, Page 069

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There are several sorts of herbs to be found in this country, such as Chicken Weed, the Seven Sisters, and Comfrey. There are cures in each of those herbs, the Chicken Weed is usually found growing in boggy ground. It is a very nice herb, and it only grows a very short distance above the ground. The weed is pulled by the root, then it is put in a saucepan and left stewing on the fire until no juice remains. Then the juice is poured into boiling water, and if it is your foot is swollen you bathe it in the water for about 1/2 hour. The Chicken Weed is a cure for swollen joints. The Seven Sisters is a cure for warts, and it is found in bog. It has a very thick stem, and this stem contains juice similiar to milk. This juice is squeezed out on the warts, when this done six or seven times will cure the warts.

It is a plant used for curing a deep cut and a burn. It grows in bog ground. The root of it is used. The brown skin is peeled off the root, and the white of the root is grated and boiled, and put on a cloth, which is tied tightly on the cut or burn.
Planting leaf is used for putting on a cut. It is a plant that grows in grassy bank, with a broad dark green leaf on it. It is put on a coal until it withers. Then

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Mary Masterson
Inishbeg, Co. Cavan