Ulcers

LEEK poultices were put on them (Physicians of Myddfai). A Somerset treatment used MALLOW leaves, either by an infusion, or simply by using the leaves as a poultice (Tongue. 1965). Green CABBAGE leaves were a favourite Irish country way to treat an ulcer, by poultice, perhaps? But not necessarily, for the leaves could simply be applied (Logan). Herbalists prescribe cabbage juice for stomach ulcers (Thomson. 1978), for which BUCKBEAN infusions were given in Scotland, successfully, apparently (Beith). Another Scottish remedy, from the Highlands, was to use ROSEROOT on ulcers (Fairweather). An ointment has been made from WOAD to heal ulcers (Brownlow), and gypsies used the juice of fresh COLTSFOOT leaves in making such an ointment (Vesey-Fitzgerald). GOOSE-GRASS is traditionally used to soothe wounds and ulcers (Schauenberg & Paris). In Ireland a whole mass of the herb would be applied, while the juice was given internally at the same time (Moloney).

Ulex europaeus > FURZE

Ulmus fulva > SLIPPERY ELM

Ulmus glabra > WYCH ELM

Ulmusprocera > ELM (i.e., ENGLISH ELM)

Umbellularia californica > CALIFORNIAN LAUREL

Umbilicus rupestris > WALL PENNYWORT UNIVERSE TREE

See YGGDRASIL, but there are others, of which ORIENTAL PLANE (Platanus orientalis) is an example. A legend from Corfu tells that on the ten days preceding Good Friday, all the Kallikanzaroi in the underworld are engaged simultaneously upon the task of sawing through the giant plane tree whose trunk is supposed to hold up the world. Every year they almost succeed, except that the cry "Christ has arisen" saves us all by restoring the tree, and driving them up into the real world (Durrell).

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