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Subject: [FOLKLORE] Lettuce Superstitions
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 13:41:07 EST
Lettuces, both wild and cultivated, were believed to have magical and healing
properties, including the power of arousing love and counteracting the
effects of wine. The Romans ate them at their banquets for the latter reason,
and in medieval times they were often included in love-potions and charms.
They were also said to promote child-bearing if eaten in salads by young
women, or taken in the form of decoctions made from the juice or seeds.
The 'Daily Mirror' in 1951 printed some letters on the subject and a woman
wrote: 'After being childless for a number of years, I was advised by a
herbalist to eat plenty of lettuce, and to give my husband some too. In less
than six months, my first baby was on its way.'
The wild lettuce, also called Sleep-wort, is still used to help sufferers
May there always be work for your hands to do,
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
-- Irish Blessing
Richiele Sloan ICQ #63829109 (Missi)