MEASLES

2010

NETTLE tea has been much used for skin complaints, including eczema, boils, even measles (in Ireland). COWSLIP wine or tea can be taken for measles for either has the ability to lower the temperature, so they can be taken for any fever. YARROW tea, made from the flowers, is another folk remedy for the complaint. SAFFRON tea is the medicine used in American domestic medicine to cure the condition in young children, or, as it was put in Ireland, “to bring out the rash”. Lemon and sugar are added in Alabama.

A Wiltshire name for MARIGOLDS is Measles-flowers; it is said that children were warned that picking garden marigolds would give them measles. The reason for the name, though, is likely to be just the opposite, for nearby, in Dorset, marigold tea and cider was given as a medicine, and in Scotland, too, though without the cider, there is a record from Suffolk, too. The marigold, it was said, helped to bring out the rash, which was what RED DEADNETTLE roots were reckoned to do, when boiled in milk for the children to drink (that was an Irish remedy), or CORIANDER, which is used in Chinese herbal medicine for that purpose.

A decoction of the fruit of the TAMARIND tree is reported to be taken in Guyana as a measles remedy.