White Deadnettle

(Lamium album) Boys made whistles from the stalks, Curtis told us, but, as was pointed out by Vickery. 1995, girls made whistles, too, for the stems are easy to cut. "The flowers have been particularly celebrated in uterine fluors, and other female weaknesses ..." (Curtis), and it is still being recommended, either in infusion or tincture for these conditions (Schauenberg & Paris). Gerard had earlier advised "that the white floures ... stay the whites" (which sounds suspiciously like doctrine of signatures). He went on, "the floures are baked with sugar as Roses are which is called Sugar Roset: as also the distilled water of them, which is used to make the heart merry, to make good colour in the face and to refresh the vitall spirits".

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