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Nasturtium used in wart treatment

In recent days the letters page of The Times has included correspondence on wart cures. On 10 December a correspondent from Clatford, Hampshire, recorded how his mother thought the best cure ‘was to leave a small stone in a paper bag surreptitiously on the grocer’s counter, and the wart would transfer itself to whoever decided to appropriate the bag to their own shopping’.  If this failed, the wart could be removed by burning it out ‘using the sun’s rays focused through a  magnifying glass, with the wart protruding through a hole made in a nasturtium [Tropaeolum majus] leaf to avoid damage to the surrounding skin’.

Image:  cultivated, Tooting, London Borough of Wandsworth; December 2016.

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