Kidney Vetch

(Anthyllis vulneraria) The common name states that it was used for kidney troubles, and the specific name pinpoints its use as a wound herb. In the Highlands of Scotland an ointment was made from it (Fairweather) for cuts and bruises, and in the Channel Islands, the leaves were used to stop the bleeding from wounds (Vickery. 1995).


(see Scrofula) Scrofula was so called because the kings of England and France claimed to have the ability to heal it by their touch, a gift conferred by God through the oil used at their coronation. Edward the Confessor was the first English monarch to touch for scrophula, and the last was Queen Anne, but the ritual remained in the Book of Common Prayer till 1744 (Simpson & Roud).

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