Blackberry

so dangerous to experiment with. Lindley described the applications as "stimulating plasters". Nevertheless, they continued to be used through the centuries. Pomet, for example: "the Root ... apply'd fresh upon Contusions oer Wounds, stops the Bleeding, and heals the Part; so that it has obtain'd the Name of Wound-root". It was called Chilblain-berry, too. The berries and roots steeped in gin were often applied to chilblains (Wiltshire; Vickery. 1995). Another name was Blackeye-root (North). Gerard reported that the roots "do very quickly waste away and consume away blacke and blew marks that come of bruises and dry-beatings" (a French name for the plant is Herbe aux femmes battues"! (Baumann)). Tetterberry, or Tetterwort would indicate another medicinal use, a tetter being some kind of skin eruption. Then there are Murrain-berry (Britten. 1880), or Murren-berry (W H Long), showing some connection between the plant and the cattle disease of that name, probably foot-and-mouth disease in modern terms.

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