'I tried a poultice of ivy leaves on a nasty wound I got on my leg in the garden. The wound turned septic and I remembered my old aunt (a keen herbalist) using ivy leaves on a similar wound. It worked!'
Mordiford, Hereford, UK, 2001
'My mother, who was Latvian, used to make an infusion of pineapple weed, and if you had a septic finger, or anything like that, you would dip it in the infusion.'
Raynes Park, London, UK, 2001
'Sixty years ago, in Peru, one plantain leaf was used as a dressing on a bad wound to help keep it clean. The plantain was more fleshy that the British ribwort plantain.'
Surrey, UK, 2001