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Ash
Bogbean
Comfrey
Dandelion
Dock
Elder
Houseleek
Ivy
Mallow
Nettle
Ribwort plantain
Thyme
Yarrow
Bogbean
Menyanthes trifoliata
Bogbean

Perennial herb growing at the edge of lakes, ponds and slow-flowing rivers, also widely grown as an ornamental plant.

'Grandad told me bogbean was boiled as a medicine for constipation.'
Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 1986

Bogbean
 
'Bogbean leaves were dried and made into a tonic.'
Llandrindod Wells, Powys, 1991

'Bogbean – locally known as gulsa girse – was once used in the treatment of jaundice.'
Lerwick, Shetland, 1994

'Bogbean seems to have been the most widely used plant medicinally, in these parts. Its taste was foul, but it seems to have worked.'
Burravoe, Shetland, 1994

Bogbean is also recorded as being used to treat arthritis. It is used by practitioners of herbal medicine to treat various rheumatoid conditions.




Cures featured in this exhibition and on the website should be used only with advice from a qualified medical herbalist.