Nettleleaved Bellflower

(Campanula trachelium) Once much in demand for treating sore throat and tonsilitis (Grigson). The specific name, trachelium, shows it was a remedy for inflammation of the windpipe, or trachea (Fisher). Gerard called it Throatwort, or Uvula-wort, and other names like Haskwort or Halswort (Cockayne), which is straight from the German Halskraut, where Hals means the throat, or neck, are evidence enough of the usage. Hence, too, the early name Neckwort (Storms). Earlier still, it was taken to be a wound herb, quoted as such in the Anglo-Saxon Apuleius.

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