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  1. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Nan E. Rogers
    Informant
    Mr N. N. Rogers

    docken, and the nettle. Chicken-weed is used for a sprain. You can dip the chicken-weed into warm water and bathe your leg with it. The docken can be used for a sting of a nettle. You can pull it and get the root of it. Then you can squeeze it tightly to get the juice of it and rub it on your sting. If you have rheumatism you can sting yourself all over with nettle. This will ease the pain inside and you will be cured.


    There are plants used for eating also. Some of them can be used for animals, fowls, and people. Pigs eat dockens and ferns and ornes. (?) Fowls eat some of these plants too. The hens eat dockens and little turkeys are very fond of nettle porridge. People can eat Biolar. They can also make nettle broth with nettles and they can eat Sulogs, and dandelion leaves.

  2. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    May Mc Mahon
    Informant
    Andrew Mc Mahon
    Age
    48

    These are some weeds that inhabit the farm, Dockens, rushes, ben weeds, Red shanks, thistles, yare, cra-tae, meadow sweet, pirl, suligs, bahrim, nettles, day nettles, chicken weed, yarrow, canigo hosig, muggarts, and dandelion. They spread very rapidly and make soil very poor.

    Thistles, chicken weed and ben weeds, grow on good land, all the rest grow on bad wet land. Bahrim grows ins a soft marshy place. Bahrim is used for putting in medicine.
    Broom is used for swelling, it is boiled and the swollen part is washed with it.
    Meadow sweet is used for gravel. It is boiled and then it is taken. Nettle ten is a cure for the measles. There is a cure in a docken for a nettle sting. While you are rubbing you must say, “Nettle in nettle out, Docken in nettle out.” Bahrim is used for purifying the blood. Canigo hosig is a cure for wind in the heart. It is boiled and then it is drunk. This is an old saying about herbs. “Bahrim

  3. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Matilda Coyle

    The most harmful weeds in this part are chicken-weed, creeper, yarrow and nettle. Chicken weed spreads very rapidly and will smother up anything that gets in contact with it. Where land is good thistle and dockens are the most common, and where land is bad bogwood and nettle are to be seen. A nettle will sting but if you rub the sore with a docken three times it will cure it. Chopped nettles and oaten meal is good feeding for young turkeys.
    Dandelion, gentian, chicken-weed

  4. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Bella Mc Dowell
    Informant
    Robert Mc Dowell
    Age
    58

    people say "Dockleaf in and nettle out". This is a cure. Nettle tea is used for curing children when they have measels. Bogbea is used for rheumatism.

  5. Luibheanna

    Language
    English
    Collector
    John Sweeney
    Informant
    Dan Sweeney
    Age
    42

    The benweed and crowfoot are weeds that grow on good land. There is an other weed called chicken weed and it grows near a big wall, and climbes up. The bree of the nettle is the cure for the Measles. The Docking is the cure for the sting of a nettle.

  6. Weeds

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Margaret Jacob
    Informant
    Thomas Jacob

    There are a lot of weeds round here. The names of some of them are Benweed, Thistles, Gealgown, Mugwort, Dalkens, Wild Cale, Nettle, Coldfoot. The Dalkan can cure a nettle sting. Some people pull the Dalken weed to give it to the pigs and hens. There is a cure in the nettles.

  7. Luibheanna

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Laetitia Coll
    Informant
    Edward Coll
    Age
    50

    it is very good for cows and helps them to give more milk. Chicken-weed grows in grassland and is good for a sprain. "Brioscain" poisons sheep. Mug-wood has a long stem with a head somewhat like corn. Long ago people used to dry it and then smoke it. Wild kale or gillgows grow in corn and smothers it up. Purl is another weed which grows in potato ground. Fairy kale or danger daisies grow on rocks. Colt's foot has a low broad green leaf with a yellow blossom and grows in poor, damp ground. Dock-leaves grow in dry ground. They have oval shaped leaves which cure nettle sting. The nettle has a dark, green leaf all nicked around the edge which causes a sting. Thistles are very destructive. They have a purple blossom and green prickles. The seed spreads very quickly.
    It is said that one time Our Lord was out cutting daisies with a knife and he cut his fingers. Some of the blood fell on the daisies and ever since some daisies have a pink of touch in them. Dandelion wine can be made from dandelions and is very good for consumption.
    Nettle soup can be made from nettle leaves.

  8. Local Cures

    Nightshade is an herb that grows commonly throughout the country...

    Language
    English
    Collector
    May Armstrong
    Informant
    William Armstrong

    Nettles boiled and the water in which they are boiled in drunk, is a good cure for “nettle rash” or “hay fever.”

  9. Luibheanna

    Language
    Mixed
    Collector
    Pádraig Mac Eiteagáin
    Informant
    Séamus Mac Eiteagáin

    4) The Nettle

    The nettle is a very useful herb. It is good for making drinks for cows or for feeding young turkeys. There are several cures in it - measles for instance but if you touch it gently it will sting you.
    "If you gently touch a nettle it will sting you for it pains
    Grasp it like a lad of mettle and as soft as silk remains"

    Sgéalaidhe:- Seámus Mac Eiteagaín, Mín Riabhach

  10. Old Cures

    Language
    English
    Collector
    James Devine

    There is a holy well at Leck graveyard beside the wall, and people say that if you have any warts, and if you wash them in the well the next morning they will be gone. If you put a baby under a donkey it will never take hooping cough. If you cut your finger, chew ripple grass and put it on the cut and it will stop the blood from coming out. If you get stung with a nettle, rub a docken on it and say, "docken take nettle out". When a cow has ringworm, put on cart grease on it. Here is an old cure for warts. Rub the wart with the third skin of an onion. Here is another old cure for warts. Get a black snale and rub it on the wart, and then stick it on a hawthorn bush and when the snale rots the wart also rots.

  11. Nettle tea, this is the tops of nettles boiled in water, and then strained into a jug or other vessel, is still drunk as a cure for measles.
    A variation is "nettle brew" the above liquid mixed with whiskey- used in the same way.

  12. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Tony Donaghey
    Informant
    Willie Gill

    There are many herbs growing on the farms now. The most common of these are the Dandelion, the nettle and the Sea docken. They are all harmful to the land because they impoverage the soil. There are certain herbs which medicine can be made out of them, Medicine can be made out of the Sea docken and nettle soup can be made from the nettles. When medicine is made from the Sea docken it must be boiled. When it is boiled it can be taken to sugar. The

  13. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    David Mc Feeters

    Herbs.
    The most harmful weeds growing on our farm are Benweeds, Fairyhorses or Yellow-horses, Nettles, Thistles, Dalkens, Eye Bright, Daisy, Chickweed, Bogbean, Arnuts. These are nearly all harmful because they spread rapidly. The nettle and Dalken take the good out of the soil. The farmers say that its bad land that doesn't grow Benweeds.
    If you get a sting of a nettle rub it with the leaf of a Dalken saying Dalken in and nettle out and it will go away.
    Eye Bright is a cure for they eyes. The juice dropped into the eyes for several days relieves infirmities of the eyes

  14. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Seamus Cutliff

    Bogbine is used for taking pimples of your face. Boil the bogbine and keep the soup. Take a spoonful after every meal, for about a month.

    Nettle
    Nettle soup is good for a the cold. Boil the nettles and put the soup into a jug. Take half a cup-full every day for about a week.
    Docking
    A docking can cure a sting of a nettle. Rub the docking on the place where you got the sting.
    White clover
    White clover is a very useful herb. When a person is dry and is far away from water. He can get a white clover in a field and suck it. All those herbs grow in fields except the bogbine. The bogbine grows in bogs.

  15. Some Local Cures

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Annie Mc Lauughlin
    Informant
    Mrs. C. Duffy

    Local Cures continued
    People get a cure for a sore throat from salt.
    The salt must first be treated on a fire in a frying pay or baking oven. Then it is put into a woollen stocking and tied around the person's neck.
    A cure for weak nerves is nettle tea made from stewed nettles. Heart-fever grass can be cured by stewing heart fever grass. It is to be found growing along the ditches along the road; it grows like a dandelion only it is low and scalloped on the edges. An insect bite or sting can be cured by blue.
    A nettle sting can be cured by a "dock" leaf rubbed on the sting and sometimes you will hear people say "dock in and nettle out" three or four times after other. A cure for toothache is soot or washing soda. Bogbine, which is very plentiful in the hill, is a cure for bad blood; it is said that it should not be taken in any months that the letter R is on.

  16. Local Cures

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Lynn
    Informant
    (name not given)

    knew the value of yarrow, we should hear of no epidemics of fever.
    Nettle is also a splendid tonic for rashes and the tea will clean the blood. Nettle seed, if taken often, will prevent consumption. Ash leaves are a laxative and will relieve rheumatism.
    Water cress is very rich in salt, while its juices are splendid in arresting tuberculosis of the lungs.

  17. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Patrick Goan

    The most harmful weeds in our farm are praiseach, chicken weed, orans, couch grass, thistles, nettles, and bishop weed. Bishop weed is the most harmful as it has a great root that spreads very rapidly. One cannot pull or dig this weed as the root breaks and it grows again just the same as ever. The root is often from four to five feet deep. Couch grass is another of the harmful weeds. It has a bony white root and will break when one attempts to pull it. This weed also spreads. The other weeds are not so harmful but just the same they destroy the soil.
    Herbs are often used for medicinal purposes in the district. Nettles are strongly recommended by old people as a cure for measles. The nettles are cut and the leaves taken off. Thee leaves are put in a pot and made just in the same way as tea and given to the person with the measles. This is called nettle tea. Dandelions are used as a cure for warts by rubbing the white juice in the centre on the warts and at the same time making the sign of the cross. Nettles are looked upon as a great cure for turkeys, just cut up and minced with Indian meal porridge. In some parts of the country nettle are used as a vegetable. This herb is cooked in a