Holding a CABBAGE leaf to the affected side, will cure a stitch, they say (Page. 1978). But the more important plant must be STITCHWORT itself, called thus "for its property in helping stitches and pains in the side" (Coles). Gerard also made the point: "they are wont to drinke it in wine with the powder of Acornes, against the paine in the side, stitches, and such like". An ointment made from CAMOMILE, so Martin reported in 1703, was used on the Isle of Skye for stitch!

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