Catching up on events before my recent leave, this post is from 10 July …
After a training session with Lindsey Loughtmann, Assistant Curator of Botany, I spent a busy and contented day remounting some sad-looking Herbarium sheets – very satisfying!
According to Plants for a Future website there appears to be, short of amputation, little that this wonder plant cannot cure – ‘The leaves are antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, cardiotonic, contraceptive, diuretic, poultice, sedative and tonic …A decoction is used in the treatment of skin diseases, as a gargle and a wash for the eyes . It is used internally in the treatment of epilepsy and other nervous afflictions …. . The plant contains arbutin, a proven diuretic and antibacterial agent that is used as a urinary antiseptic.’
This specimen came from Southport.
And this one was pressed inside this order of service.