Sore Feet

There are a group of leechdoms involving MUGWORT to relieve sore feet, some dating from Anglo-Saxon times, in the version of Apuleius. One, for example, simply required the patient to "take the wort, and pound it with lard, lay it to the feet" (Cockayne). The Physicians of Myddfai claimed that "for weariness of walking. Drink an eggshell of the juice of mugwort, and it will remove your weariness". Just carrying mugwort would do, for there is a Scottish belief that travellers who carried it would not tire (Beith). In Somerset, an ointment used to be made from MALLOW roots and unsalted lard, equally efficacious for varicose veins, they say (Tongue. 1965).

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