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Boils

'Mix 2oz garlic with 8oz hops and 1 quart water. Bring to the boil, squeezing well with a wooden spoon. Simmer until reduced to one pint. Cool. Take one egg cupful each morning for about five mornings.'
Benbridge, Northern Ireland, UK, 2003

'Peel off the under layer of a pennywort leaf (Umbilicus rupestris) then use the leaf as a dressing to draw out the boil or septic spot. This method was still in use during the 1940s.'
St Martin, Guernsey, Channel Islands, 2002

'As a teenager I suffered repeatedly from boils. My fingers looked like sausages and the swelling reached my elbow. A poultice of hemp agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) soon extracted all the pus and my arm returned to normal.'
Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK, 2001




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