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  1. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Cronnell

    14.6.38
    Some of the most harmful weeds which grow on the land are Docken, Nettle, Prosha, Dandelion and Blackhead. A Docken leaf will cure a string of a nettle. There is medicine from the dandelion which will cure yellow jaundice. There are only certain people who can make it, and only certain people who can cure the disease. These people are called Herb Doctors. Garlic will cure animals coughs. It is cut in small pieces and put in the animals food. Put a hole in a white turnip and put salt in the hold. This salt put on a wart will cure it. The ridogh is used for killing worms in animals. It is boiled and given to them in a drink, it will also cure fits in dogs. The furze blossom is used as a cure for worms in horses. The seed of the groundsil was used long ago for curing biles. The seed is boiled first and then sugar is added and it is made a sort of a poultice and is put to the bile. The nettrle will cure a corn. First wash your foot, then put the nettle to the corn and the corn will disappear.

  2. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Josie Newman
    Age
    13
    Informant
    Edward Newman

    If briar leaves are gathered and biled it would cure the "white scour" in calves.
    The nettle is another weed. It is very good food for young turkeys when boiled. There is also a feer made from nettle which is called "Nettle Beer".
    (Told by Michael Murray (71) Corry, Rathowen.)

  3. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Josephine Flanagan
    Informant
    Patrick Flanagan

    The names of the weeds that grow on our farm at home are, blood-weed, crow-foot, pressagh, nettle, thistle, dock-leaf, dray and plantain-leaf. The most harmful of them are, the plantain-leaf, nettle, thistle, pressagh and crow-foot.
    The pressagh destroys oats and prevents it from growing. The thistle spreads and covers the land and if checked leaves the land useless.
    Most weeds grow where land is poor. The dock-leaf cures a nettle sting. The blood-weed stops a wound from bleeding. The crow-foot cures cancer and sore throat.

  4. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Oonagh Nugent

    The herbs that grow on our farm are the thistle, the docket the groundsel the dandelion the fuarán the poppy daisy and the crow foot.
    The thistle is harmful because cattle cannot eat where it grows. It must be cut every year and if this is not done the seed will spread to the adjoining lands.
    The docket feeds poultry and pigs. It is chopped up and mixed through their food. If the nettle stings you and if you rub the docket to the swelling it will get better. It has a long root and green leaves and it also spreads rapidly.
    The nettle grows in the ditches or in the corner of the fields. It is a high plant with short hairy green leaves. They are chopped and given to young turkeys and people boil them and strain them making nettle tea to cure a cold.

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    The most harmful herbs or weeds are the thistle, nettle, dock, dandelion...

    Language
    English

    The most harmful herbs or weeds are the thistle, nettle, dock, dandelion, Preasac, blackheads, ground ivy, columbine and grounsel. It is said that the thistle will flourish in good land. Blackheads are a sign that the land is poor. The tall white weed that grows in the meadow locally called "Everawns" show that the land is run down.

    Docks and nettles are boiled and mixed with meal or potatoes and given to ducks and pigs.
    The leaves of the ivy that grows up trees and walls when boiled make a black dye.
    When children got stung by a nettle they

  6. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    J. Hyland
    Informant
    T. Crinnigan

    There are a lot of harmful weeds growing in my garden at home. The most harmful weeds are the chicken-weed, crow-foot, dandelion, docken and nettle.
    People that have had bad stomachs use dandelion. They pull the leaves of the dandelion, boil them, strain the juice and drink half a glass every day.
    To cure the sting of a bee, a wasp or a nettle, get the leaf of a docken, rub the juice of it on the sting and it will cure it.
    To cure a burn get roach lime, milk of a dandelion and sweet oil, mix them and rub the mixture on the burn.

  7. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Thomas Casey
    Age
    60
    Occupation
    farmer

    silverweed only grows in poor land. There are some herbs which cure different kinds of diseases. The sting of a nettle is supposed to cure rheumatism and a dock leaf is a certain cure for the sting of a nettle when rubbed on the affected part. Garlic will cure a sore-throat if boiled in new milk and the milk then drank. The juice of a weed known as wart-weed if rubbed on a wart will cure it.

    Some herbs are used for food. Nettles, dock-leaves and dandelion leaves are given to turkeys. The leaves are cut up in small pieces and mixed with the food. The sheep eat a weed called blackhead.
    Herbs were used in olden times to cure all manner of diseases and sufferers were nearly always relieved by means of herbs.

  8. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Christy Newman

    the presach, the nettle and the dandelion are all used as medicine. Garlick is very good for a cough and also for a cold. The roots of the dockens are very good for the blood. The presach is very good for a poultice. The roots of the nettle are also very good for the blood. The dandelion is very good for headaches. The nettles roots are washed and then put into a pot of water and boiled. When they are boiled they are let cool and they are put into a jar and they are used for the blood. The horse tails are washed and they are put into a pot of water and boiled. When they are boiled the water is strained from them and put into bottles and stored and the people drink it before their breakfast every morning for their blood.
    The nettles are used as food for young turkeys and for young ducks. Long ago the old people used to use some of these herbs for dyeing purposes. Some of these herbs were used for diseases in former times. The sufferers were relieved and cured in this way.

  9. Herbs

    Language
    English

    There are a large number of herbs or weeds growing in the farms in this locality. The Government acting on the instructions of the Agricultural Department are compelling the farmers to destroy the weeds by cutting or pulling them before the seed falls.

    The worst weeds are thistle, nettle, dock leaves, and scutch grass. These are harmful for two reasons, firstly because they spread rapidly, thus preventing the grass or crops to grow thickly, and secondly they impoverish the soil. The thistle is supposed by some farmers to grow only in good land. Some herbs or weeds are used by the old people as medicine such as dandelion, and another was known locally as fairy-finger possesses very fine qualities as a cleanser of scalded patches on the body. The leaves are boiled and the injured part washed with the water.
    Thistles must be cut at certain times of the year to prevent them from spreading. Dock leaves are cut and are used as feeding for pigs and fowl. The juice of dock-leaves cures nettle stings.

  10. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Patrick Haughey
    Informant
    Mrs R. Clinton

    Presha, chick weed, groundsel, nettle, crow foot, and quitch grass are the most harmful weeds which grow on the local farms. Presha is most harmful because it smothers and dirties the oats crop. Quitch grass is found mostly in poor land.
    The plantain leaf is sometimes applied to a cut when it is fresh. The boiled nettle is looked upon locally as a very good food for fowl.
    The dock-leaf, and sometimes the thistle are used for feeding pigs. Water cress and dandelion are very healthy foods for people, and are eaten by people with bad stomachs. The furze blossom is sometimes used for dyeing purposes.

  11. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Peter Hanley

    The most harmful weeds growing on our farm are Dock, Colt's-foot, Poppy, Chickweed, Lambs-quarter, Red-shank, Grounsel, Peshagh, Thistle, Nettle and Scutch. They all spread rapidly and very hard to banish them.
    Where the land is poor Sorrel, Rushes, Yorkshire-fog, Sweet meadow and Marsh-mallow grow.
    A herb called Mineán Merr when boiled is good for the kidneys. Nettle tea is good for Rheumatism. Water-cress is good for the heart.
    Dandelion boiled in milk is good for a bad stomach.
    Docks are often given to pigs. Nettles are given to turkeys and Dandelion is given to young chickens

  12. Herbs

    Language
    English

    There are many different kinds of weeds growing in every district, some of which are most harmful to all beasts. There is a weed which is to be found in every district, which is known as clover. This weed is not harmful to beasts of any kind. It is a weed with three leaves and a white spot on each leaf.
    The thistle which is not a very harmful week is to be found in nearly every tillage field. The Sow-thistle is used by a great number of people for feeding pigs.
    There is another weed known as the docking which is used for feeding pigs. The docking never never blossoms. It has a flat green leaf.
    There is a weed called the knettle [nettle]. It has a sting in it, otherwise it is not very harmful. There is another knettle [nettle] which has no sting and it has a blossom. This called the wild knettle. They spread across ridges of potatoes and leave them very difficult to dig.

  13. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Ward
    Age
    13

    where it is growing. Nettles, dock-leaves and thisles impoverish the soil.
    Clover only grows where the land is good. Nettles, dock-leaves and thisles grow only in poor land. Some herbs have medicinal properties. Primrose-leaves, dandelion, and a herb called germander when boiled and the water in which they are boiled if it is drunk cures the yellow jaundice.
    The dock-leaf or "dockin" as it is called locally cures the sting of a nettle. It is rubbed to the sting and the words "Dockin, dockin, take out the nettle, are said. Nettles are used for feeding young ducks and turkeys. Some poeple also, eat young nettles.
    Watercress grows in streams. It is cooked and served like cabbage. Dock-leaves are used for feeding pigs. Prasha is also

  14. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Christy Newman

    The most harmful weeds growing on the farm at home are:- the nettle, the thistle, the docken, the horse tail, the dandelion, the presach, the green weed and the chicken weed. The docken is harmful because it spreads rapidly and also because it impoverishes the soil. The thistle is harmful because it spreads rapidly. The dockens, the thistles, the horse tails grow on good land. The nettles, the chicken weed, the dandelion, the green-weed grow on poor land. Garlick, the docken

  15. Old Cures

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Lilian Rolston
    Informant
    (name not given)
    Informant
    (name not given)

    1. There is an old saying, that if a nettle stings you to get a Docken and say "Docken, Docken, in and out, take the stong of a nettle out."
    2 .If you get a sting of a wasp, rub it with blue.?
    3. A wart if rubbed with washing soda and a fasting spit for nine mornings, these will cure it.
    4. For a festered cut wash it in blue stone water.
    5. For a stye in the eye get nine gooseberry thorns and point them at the stye for nine mornings.
    6. To cure a colie in a horse give a teaspoonful of gun powder to him.

  16. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Paddy Burns
    Informant
    Mr G. Johnson
    Informant
    Mr F. Dobbs

    There are a good many herbs around this district.

    The most harmful weeds are Furrán, chicken-weed, thistle, and scutch grass. Those herbs harm the soil. The chickenweed is harmful because it spreads. Robin-run-the-hedge is a harmful weed because it chokes the plants. The thistle and nettle are harmful because they spread.
    Where the soil is good, rib-grass and fox-tail grow, and where the soil is bad Fuarán, chicken-weed, scutch-grass, and thistle grow.
    Boiled dandelions are often eaten by people who have bad nerves. There is a milky substance in the dandelion which is supposed to cure a wart. The dandelions are also used for making wine.
    Docken leaves are used for curing the sting of a nettle. Boiled nettles are supposed to be good for rheumatism. There is a herb which grows on a wall named Crane's Bill, and is used for curing cattle.
    The eatable herbs are water-cress

  17. Folklore - Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Marcella Keogh
    Age
    13
    Informant
    (name not given)
    Occupation
    farmer

    Folklore Herbs
    Herbs
    There are many herbs that grow in the fields such as the nettle and the dandelion. The dandelion grows in the ditches and is seldom seen out in the middle of the field, II is used for feeding turkeys. It is also used for making medicine. The nettle grows in fertile land and is a cure for pains.
    The dockleaf grows in bad land and is used for feeding pigs,
    The "fooraun" is big white flower which grows in infertile land. The "sweet meadow" is a red flower which grows on swampy land about a foot high. The "Christmas daisy" grows in gardens and is a cure for bloodlessness.
    Thistles grow in fertile land and the farmer has to cut them down every year.
    The cockle grows on the side of the road. They always stick to you if you go near them.

  18. Local Cures

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Christina Shanly
    Informant
    Mrs Moran
    Age
    46
    Occupation
    farmer

    There are plants that grow which people use to cure diseases and burns.
    The dock is used to cure nettle burns.
    There is also a vegetable called cabbage which is able to cure nettle burns.
    When people get burned with hot water a scooped potato is put on the burn and a cloth tied around it. This helps to cure the burn.
    In the townsland of Kilinnam, there was a woman and she was able to cure a disease called the ''yellow jaundice'' . Her name was Mrs. Moran. This woman used to make a bottle of medicine out of a plant that grows through the fields. She put some water into the bottle. Then she put the plant into the bottle and put some other kind of substance to dissolve the plant in the water. After being left there for some time the solution in the bottle would turn yellow. Then she would take out the plant and the medicine would be made.

  19. Local Cures

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Patrick Godfrey
    Informant
    James Godfrey

    When you get as sting of a nettle rub a dock leaf to it and say ''Nettle burn me so dockin, docken cure me''. When you get a sting of a bee or a wasp, put a ball of blue on it and it will cure it.
    If you have a wart put washing soda or a fasting spit on it and make the sign of the cross. In olden times robin-run-the hedge was the cure for chicken pock.
    A stye on the eye can be cured by pointing nine goose berry thorns at it and making the sign of the cross and pointing the tenth at it and throwing it away without saying anything.
    Ringworm is cured by a cabbage leaf but the veins have to be taken out of it. The whooping cough is cured by the god father tying a red ribbon round the childs neck and putting nine knots on the ribbon. The nine knots will take away coughs from the child.
    The cure for toothache is to put garlic on your wrist and it will cure the pain.

  20. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Joyce Stratford
    Informant
    Mark Stratford
    Age
    46

    potatoes and oats and prevents their growth.
    Robin-run-the-hedge does similar damage.
    Groundsel is hard to keep out of gravel paths. Its seeds are given to cage birds.
    Dock is the hardest weed to get out of land. Its roots are very strong. The leaf of the dock will cure nettle stings if it is rubbed on the effected parts.
    Nettle is a weed which can be found in every kind of land. It grows about four feet high if it is not checked.
    Hemlock is the local name for hedge parsley. It grows in the hedges. It is poisonous and is known to have killed people who ate it.
    Bishop's weed grows among flowers. It is impossible to remove it when it gets into a garden.
    Chicken weed is a very bad weed in potatoes. It spreads very quickly.
    Buachalan or rag-weed is a weed with a yellow flower. It grows in pastures.
    Night Shade grows in a sheltered place