Dowhan or Dochan or Tirso or Bulwand or Bulmint (Orkney)
I have a collagraph of Dockens in The Waterfront Spring Exhibition in Stromness.
‘The docks were cut a harvest time; the stems were soaked in sea water to make them more pliable and fashioned into baskets. Occasionally the stems were into doormats known as flackies. The leaves were also used to wrap cheese and butter and a strong dye was obtained from the roots.’ – The Orkney Book of Wild Flowers
‘A healing ointment was made from Docken root, boiled till soft and mixed with equal parts beeswax and fresh homemade butter.’ – Healing Threads, Mary Beith
‘The juice of the stem expressed proved a thorough antidote to the sting of the nettle. Selected stems of Rumex aquaticus were woven into an engine called a fursaclew for catching trout.’ – Magnus Spence, Flora Orcadensis
Did you know that Sorrel is part of the same family?
Sooracks or Soorick or Souricks (Orkney)
‘The leaves were chewed because of their pleasant acidity, and for mitigating thirst.’ – Magnus Spence, Flora Orcadensis
‘Its juice can help remove marks from linen.’ – The Orkney Book of Wild Flowers