What’s in a name?

Country Life Every Week - - Properties Of The Week -

The com­mon names of many Bri­tish plants re­flect their old medic­i­nal uses; for ex­am­ple, all-heal, birth­wort, bone­set, eye­bright, fever­few, flea­bane, goutweed, heart­sease, liv­er­wort, looses­trife, louse­wort, lung­wort, mad­wort, pile­wort, rup­ture­wort, san­i­cle (from Latin San­ic­ula, ‘the lit­tle healthy one’), scurvy­grass, self-heal, squinan­cy­wort, spleen­wort, tut­san (from tout sain, ‘all hale’) and wound­wort.

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