SCURVYGRASS

Scurvygrass, Cochlearia officinalis

This one’s a cliffhanger – sailors
At sea sicken for
A haven from the waves
Searching the shore,
Finding in rocky coves
A promise of kindness in its petals
Healing in its heart-shaped leaves
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Scurvygrass is salt tolerant and grows extensively by the sea. Containing an available source of Vitamin C , it was used to treat sufferers from Scurvy – “those that lie lamentable sick of the scurvies”, as Gerard put it in his Herbal – which particularly affected sailors deprived of fresh vegetables while at sea, so Scurvygrass was collected as a cure when they made landfall.

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  1. Hi Greg! Congratulations on the new blog! Hope you’re well, please accept the welcome wagon’s virtual apple pie 🥧! Here’s to many more adventures in poetry and Celtic studies!

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