Researching the Herbal Traditions of Britain


Recorded uses of dock (Rumex sp.)
143 records

Scientific Name

Remedy Name

Plant Part

Use

Preparation

Place used

Year used

Contributor Age

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To reduce the pain of stinging nettle rash

Entire leaf applied to skin

Greater London

1940s-50s

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To reduce the pain of stinging nettle rash

Entire leaf applied to skin

Greater London

1940s-50s

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaves

nettle stings

wipe on sting

Middlesex

1940's-present

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle sting

rub on until juice comes out on sting

Nottingham

2003

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To ease pain of stinging nettle rash

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle stings

picked

Scotland

Rumex

Dock

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

Leaf

To relieve nettle stings

Break leaf and rub on afflicted part. (can help if you spit on the leaf first)

Hull

1950s- present

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle stings

just rub it on the sting

Lots of places

9

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle sting

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To ease pain of stinging nettle rash

Pick leaves and rub on affected area

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To reduce pain of stinging nettle rash

Rub directly on skin with saliva.

Yorkshire

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaves

stings

-

-

-

Not given

Rumex

Dock leaf

leaf

nettle stings

fresh from the plant and applied to the sting

London

Present

54

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To ease pain of stinging nettle rash

Crush a leaf onto the rash and then put a fresh leaf on to keep the shin cool.

London

1940s-present

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

Leaf

To stop itching of stinging nettle

Just rub on affected area

10

Rumex

Dock

leaf

relieve sunburn or bites, nettle stings

wrapped round affected area (sometimes held in place with bandage and left)

Middlesex

1950's

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To ease pain of stinging nettle rash

Pick the leaves and rub on the wound

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To ease the pain of stinging nettle rash

Rub leaves on affected area

Kent

1950

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaves

nettle stings

rub on

Devon

1970's-80's

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaves

for when you get stung

rubbed on skin

England

-

10

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To relieve stinging nettle rash

Rub raw leaf over affected area

1970s

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaves

alleviating stinging from nettles

used as a leaf, rubbed on

East Carlton Park, Northamptonshire

-

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

to soothe nettle stings

scrunched up and rubbed on affected area

London

1949-60's

61

Rumex

Dock

leaf

stinging nettle rash

straight from the plant - rub on

Croyden, Surrey

1950s

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

counteracting nettle stings

freshly picked and rubbed on affected area

Hampshire

1965-1972

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaf

Athletic injuries

Footballers boiled dock leaves, let them cool overnight, then apply to the knee or ankle, wrap with light bandage, they were bound to be playing the following week

Lancashire

1950s

60

Rumex

Dock

leaf

for nettle stings

rub onto stings

London

-

37

Rumex

Dock

leaf

calm down stings from nettles

just rubbed/held against sting

W. London

1950's

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

to relieve the pain of stinging nettles

just rub it on

Wandworth

1950s

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To reduce pain from stinging nettle stings

Rub the leaf on the sting

1940s- present

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To calm skin after being stung by stinging nettles

Just applied to the skin

Harrow

1950s - present

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

Stinging nettle rash

Soften leaf in warm water and bind around affected area

Warwickshire

1948-52

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle stings

just placed onto place of rash (sting)

Ickenham

10

Rumex

Dock

leaf

6

Rumex

Dock

Leaf

To ease pain of stinging nettle rash

Rub onto nettle sting then hold it around it

N E England

1970

37

Rumex

Dock

new leaves

nettles

the heart of the plant with the slime is rubbed on quite hard

Ireland, Kilkenny/Wexford

1950's

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To ease sting of nettle rash

Rub leaf straight onto rash

Yorkshire

1970s

37

Rumex

Dock

leaf

sting

raw

Staines

7

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To relieve rash of stinging nettles

Squash the leaves and rub on rash

London

1940s

68

Rumex

Dock

leaves

stinging nettle soothing

rubbed on

London

recently

38

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle stings

picked and apply to the stem whole

Ansdell

2003

Rumex

Dock

leaves

alleviate the pain of nettle stings

rubbed in

The Fens

1940's

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaves

relieve stinging nettle stings

-

-

1930's-today

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle sting

just rub on affected part

Suffolk

1940-present

Not given

Rumex

Dock

Leaf

To ease pain of stinging nettle rash

Apply leaf raw

Cotswolds

1930

70 - 100+

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle sting

-

-

-

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaves

stinging nettle relief

fresh leaves rubbed on affected area

Dorset

1970

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle stings

raw

-

-

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle sting

just as it grows

Aldershot

1942

70 - 100+

Rumex

Dock

leaf

cure Nettle stings

pick the leaf and rub it on the affected area

London

for always

Not given

Rumex

Dock

(body of) leaf

stopping the effects of a nettle sting

picking a dock leaf from the growing plant (always) situated next to the nettle plant and rubbing it on the affected area of skin

Preston

1970's -1980's

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle stings

pick and rub

Ireland

2001

7

Rumex

Dock

leaf

relief of stinging nettle

leaf placed on skin and kept there. Raw.

Kent

1950's

53

Rumex

Dock

leaf

ease skin irritation from stinging nettle

straight from the plant

Devonshire

c. 1936

70 - 100+

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle sting

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To relieve nettle stings

Raw leaves scrunched up and rubbed on effected area

Holland, Portugal and UK

always

70 - 100+

Rumex

Dock

leaf

stings from nettle

skin rubbed with raw leaf

?

very recent

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaves

soothing nettle stings

rubbed on the sting so that the juice soothed

Watford

1930's+

75

Rumex

Dock leaves

leaf

Nettle Stings

Poultice - rubbed leaf on knee

South London

1950s

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle stings

leaves and spit then roll on sting

Bournemouth

34

Rumex

Dock

leaf

to cure nettle stings

picked

-

now

7

Rumex

Dock

leaf

to soothe nettle sting

pick leaf and wrap around area immediately

8 miles south of Glasgow

1950's

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

to soothe nettle sting

rubbed on sting vigorously, irritation of sting goes

Gloucestershire

present

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

stop the stinging of stinging nettles

spit on dock leaf, then rubbed raw on stinging nettle rash

Nottinghamshire

1970's

33

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To ease pain of stinging nettle rash

Rub leaves on affected area

London

2001

6

Rumex

Dock

leaf

taking bee sting off flesh

straight from wild plants (always found in company of stinging nettles)

Essex

1924

78

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To ease pain of stinging nettle rash

Rub leaves on affected area

Grays

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

to heal nettle stings

put the leaf on the sting

England

9

Rumex

Dock

leaf

antidote to stinging nettles

squeezed so that juice went onto skin

Herts

1940/50

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaves

rub into nettle sting

just rub on

Bournemouth

1960

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaves

soothing nettle sting

rub it on the sting

Leicestershire

today

Up to 30

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To ease pain of nettle sting rash

Leaf rubbed on rash

England

1940s

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle sting

rub it on

London

present

10

Rumex

Dock

leaves

nettle stings

pick a dock leaf and rip it. Rip into small pieces until about cm squared and squeeze juice out of it and rub on sting

Newcastle

-

9

Rumex

Dock

central sprout

curing nettle rash

pulled off, releasing the sticky young sap, apply it to the affected area

Oxfordshire

1970's

35

Rumex

Dock

leaves

nettle rash

Plucked and rubbed on rash. The two plants dock and nettles were always found growing close together.

Fulham, Putney Heath, Roehampton, Richmond

-

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

relief for nettle rash

pressed to site of sting

Leicestershire

1960's

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle stings

just placed on sting

Brentford

1930-40's

Not given

Rumex

Dock

Leaf

To relieve the pain of stinging nettle rash

Rub eaves on rash

Leamington Spa

1995 - present

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock leaf

leaf

To ease nettle stings

Rubbed on affected area

South Wales

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle stings

squeeze it and rub the nettle sting

9

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To ease pain of stinging nettle rash

Pick leaves and rub on affected area

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle stings

crush and rub on rash, lubricated with spit

County Durham, England

-

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To relieve pain of stinging nettle rash

Mash the leaves and mix up with water

Herefordshire

17

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle stings

squash and rub leaf onto sting

Cheshire

1950

59

Rumex

Dock

leaf

stings from nettles

direct application to stung area, by rubbing leaf - almost instant relief from itching

United Kingdom

since 1960's

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock Leaf

leaf

Nettle Sting

Rubbed on the sting

Deri, Bargoedm, Mid-Glamorgan, Wales

1950s

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To ease pain of nettle sting rash

Crush up leaves and rub juice on sting

Long Ditton

2001

12

Rumex

Dock

leaves

nettle stings

raw leaves, rub on nettle stings

Andover, Hampshire

1950's

54

Rumex

Dock

leaves

soothing nettle stings

rubbed on raw

Welsh marshes

1930's-1940's

74

Rumex

Dock

leaf

cure stinging nettle's stings

rub it on the sting

-

2003

10

Rumex

Dock

leaf

to take away sting

put it on the sting from the nettle and rub against the sting

Danesend

-

8

Rumex

Dock

leaves

stinging nettles

raw

North Yorkshire (West Riding)

1950's-60's

52

Rumex

Dock

Leaf

To ease stinging nettle rash

Chopped off plant

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaves

to cure stinging nettles

pulled off then rubbed onto affected area

Somerset

-

10

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To take irritation out of nettle stings

Pick and crush leaf and rub on affected area

1960

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To relieve pain of nettle sting rash

Crush leaves and rub on affected area

1970s

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To ease nettle sting rash

Rub leaves on skin to release juices

Chingford

1950s

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To relieve pain of nettle sting rash

Crush leaves and rub over sting

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To ease pain of stinging nettle rash

Pick leaves and wrap around area

1940 - present

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To relieve pain of nettle sting rash

Pick leaves and rub all over stung area

Norfolk

1984 - present

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To relieve pain of nettle sting rash

Pick leaves and rub all over stung area

Kew

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To relieve pain of stinging nettle rash

Scrunch up leaf and rub on affected area

1950s

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To ease rash of stinging nettles

Rub leaf on sting

Dane End

1980s

Up to 30

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To relieve pain of stinging nettle rash

Leaves rubbed on affected area

London

present

10

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To relieve pain of nettle stings

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaf

Soothes the pain of stinging nettle rash

Pull leaf off plant, the greener and fresher the better, and apply directly to the affected area.

Fleet

38

Rumex

Dock

Leaf

To soothe the pain of stinging nettle rash

Rub leaf on affected area

Cheshire

1950s

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To relieve pain of stinging nettle rash

Rubbed directly on affected area

Berkshire / Hampshire /Sussex

1960s

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To sooth stinging nettle rash

Rub leaf directly on to skin

Cornwall

2002

8

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To sooth nettle sting

Rubbing the leaf then spitting on it and then rubbing on sting

U.K

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To ease stinging nettle rash

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To sooth nettle sting rashes

Straight from the plant

Ascot

!950-80

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To treat stinging nettle rash

Rub the raw leaf onto the rash

Twickenham

1990s

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaves

to relieve stinging nettle rash

rubbed to release juice

Northamptonshire

-

70 - 100+

Rumex

Dock

leaf

cure nettle sting

rub it on the sting

-

today

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

stinging nettles blisters

rub on skin

-

1960's-70's

45

Rumex

Dock

leaf

stings

Picked direct from field

West Country

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To relieve the pain of stinging nettle rash

Place over stinging nettle rash

1949

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To relieve the pain of stinging nettles

Rub leaf on sting

Leicester

1960s

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To ease rash of stinging nettles

Leaves rubbed on affected area

London

7

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle stings

rubbed directly on sting until they become slimy

Greater Manchester

1980's

Up to 30

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To cure nettle rash

Pick leaf and rub it on the affected area

Scotland

8

Rumex

Dock

leaf

healing stinging nettle rash

leaf rubbed on hand and then placed on the rash

New Zealand

present

23

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To treat insect bites or nettle stings

Apply leaves to affected area

Glamorgan, S. Wales

1920s

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To relieve stinging nettle rash

Rub the leaf on the rash

Hertfordshire

1950s

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle sting rash

rub on rash

Norfolk

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

Soothing stinging nettles

rubbed directly onto affected area

71

Rumex

Dock

leaf

healing stinging nettle rash

crumple up leaf and rub on the nettle sting

Surrey

8

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To cure stinging nettle rash

Leaf rubbed on affected area

Roehampton

1950-60

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

relieving nettle stings

scrunched up to release juice and applied to sting area, held till sting is no longer felt

Anglia and London

present

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To ease pain of stinging nettle rash

Whole leaf placed on rash

Wembley

1944-present

65

Rumex

Dock

leaf

nettle rash/stings

fresh leaf places directly on stings

Kent and Midlands

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To relieve stinging nettle rash

Scrunch the leaves in your hand and then rub on the painful area

Mortimer, Nr Reading

1950s

52

Rumex

Dock

leaf

easing stinging nettle rash

rubbed on

Winchester

1970

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To soothe nettle stings

Rub leave on affected area

14

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To relieve sting from nettles

Rub leaf on sting

Birmingham

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To relieve pain of nettle sting rash

Crush leaves and rub over sting

London

Not given

Rumex

Dock

leaf

for nettle stings

broken or rubbed over stings

Pembs

1950s to today

50 - 70

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To numb the pain of stinging nettles

Rub on skin

Surrey

1970

30 - 50

Rumex

Dock

leaf

To ease pain of nettle sting rash

Rub leaves on sting

Hertfordshire

present

9

Rumex

Dock

leaf

treat stinging nettle prickles

crushed and rubbed against affected part

Kent

1970s - 1980s

29

Rumex

Dock

leaf

to ease pain of stinging nettle rash

Crushed and rubbed on

Cheshire

1950s

53

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