Ironweed

(Vernonia noveboracensis) A North American plant. Chew it for toothache (R B Browne), and chew it for diarrhoea, too (H M Hyatt).

Isatis tinctoria > WOAD ITCHING POWDER

The seeds of DOG ROSE constitute the original itching powder with which children amused themselves by putting down each others' necks. They are called Itchy-backs (Opie & Opie. 1959) and Cow-itches (Holland). In Devonshire they are Ticklers, or Tickling Tommies (Macmillan), and in Scotland and Ireland, Buckie-lice (Grigson. 1955), buckie being the name under which the hips themselves are known. Another source of children's fun lies in using the fruits of LONDON PLANE for itching powder. The spicules fill the air round the trees, and can be the cause of health problems.

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