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QUERY: Dock leaves used to treat wounds

Posted on by royvickery |

David Parry, of Ross on Wye, Herefordshire, contributes the following to the Archive:
‘I have lived all my life in the Forest of Dean [Gloucestershire] and I remember my grandparents mentioned the dock [Rumex spp.] leaf, one side was used for healing and the other for drawing out and clearing a wound. That was the early 1940s.’
This use of dock leaves does not appear to have been recorded before, so any further records, or comments, would be appreciated.

Image: broad-leaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius); H. Zell, Wiki Commons.

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