I just love to read the Farmers’ Almanac, I learn so many great things each time I pick up that little book. Much of what I read I remember hearing from my grandfather, so I guess it is like walking down memory lane for me.
I just came across an old calendar that had a list of old-time Irish Herb Lore listed and I just had to share them.
According to the herb lore, every country and culture has native plants that were long believed to promote good health, and even good luck, to those who ate, drank, or carried them. Ireland especially has a wealth of herb lore.
Here is a look at some of the remedies the Farmer’s Almanac listed and was passed down by the ‘fairy doctors’ of old Eire:
- COMFREY ROOT: Used for healing minor cuts, scrapes and burns; battling inflammation from diaper rash, varicose veins, and arthritis; and reducing swelling from bruises, sprains, or pulled muscles.
- DANDELION LEAVES: Used externally on wounds as an antibacterial, and to remove corns and warts.
- FEVERFEW: Used as a remedy for headaches, arthritis, fevers, skin conditions, stomachaches, and asthma.
- WILD GARLIC: Used to soothe coughs, asthma, and shortness of breath.
- MARSHMALLOW LEAVES: Used in dressings to soothe sprains and swelling.
- NETTLES: Used to treat rashes, eczema, arthritis, gout, and diarrhea.
- WILLOW BARK: Used to treat arthritis pain. (Willow Bark contains salicylic acid, which is chemically similar to an active ingredient in aspirin.)
- YARROW: Used to reduce bleeding in wounds, ulcers, etc. It is used to reduce inflammation and treat aches and pains. (Yarrow also contains salicylic acid.)
If you have any interest in learning how to apply some of these herb lore options to your life, I would highly recommend checking out The Herbal Academy of New England. I took their online Introductory Herbal Course and learned so much!
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