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Blackheads
Boils
Colds
Corns
Coughs
Dandruff
Diarrhoea
Eczema
Hair loss
Hayfever
Infected wounds
Inflammation of the ear
Insect repellant
Jaundice
Nettle stings
Piles Shaver's rash
Sore feet
Stomach ache
Verrucas
Warts

Lucky charms and bad luck
Stories and Superstitions
Other names
Infected wounds

'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




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