Hello all -  I am in need of information and some one here may be able to help me.   I am going to give you some background information as it is vital.

My nephew who is now 58 years old had eczema very bad when he was approximately 7-8 years old.  He had it all over his face and body and his teacher thought he was terrible to look at.  At that time my sister (nephews mother) was living in a rented house that had a garden at the back.  She frequently talked to an old Ukrainian woman who lived next door to her.  One day the old woman peered at my nephew closely and asked my sister what was on his face and body.  My sister told her that it was eczema and no cure for it.  The old woman pointed to some yellow weeds/herbs (whatever they were) growing in my sister yard in a patch beside the fence and told her to make a tea out of them and have my nephew drink about 3 cups a day for about 2 days.  My sister who was young and uneducated with herbs at that time (and this was a very good thing as it turned out) listened to the old woman and did as she had been told. She made the tea and the eczema disappeared and was gone within a few days never to return and he is now 58 years old.

The old woman told my sister that it was called something that sounds like 'maroona' in Ukrainian.  Apparently a well known cure there among the older people.  Not realizing at that time the potency and healing abilities of herbs I did not inquire as to the flowering plant or take a sample to our university to find out what the flowering plant is in English. Many times over the years I have seen children with eczema and inquired of my sister but she could tell me no more about the plant.  She said she would probably recognize it if she seen it.  We went back to the house she had lived in but one of the subsequent renters had dug it up and destroyed it.

It is my hope that we have a Ukrainian speaking person in this group who can inquire from some of the older people what this herb is as a young child in my family now has that horrible problem.  All I know about that plant is?

1. It has yellow flowers

2. It grows about 4-5 feet tall

and in Ukrainian the word for it sounds like 'maroona'. 

And  a few cups of the tea made from it cures eczema never to return.

I know that finding that name is English would be a great blessing to the many children who suffer from Eczema.  I would appreciate any help I can get from anyone about this plant.  I don't know if it is referred to as a herb, or as a weed that people destroy like they do dandelions. Does anyone have any ideas?

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A list of yellow flower names in English. Could not find Ukrainian names for any of them.

Names of Yellow Flowers

Oregon sunshine
Yellow Rose
St. John's Wort
Casa Lily


Golden Columbine
Bladder pod
Yellow Bell
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/yellow-flower-names.html

Thank you for answering Pat.  You obviously went to a lot of work and I truly appreciate it but I don't know the name in English.  Even if it is in your list I wouldn't know it. 

What I forgot to mention is that it grows like a bush and seeds itself like dandelions do,  Its a common plant that apparently grows in many yards but because it spreads itself it has to be firmly controlled.

My sister is now 80 years old and the curing happened 50 years ago so I have to walk her through the known steps to force her memory.  It is totally beyond me that a bush/plant could have the power to heal something like eczema and isn't completely well known to many people.  Thank you again for replying Pat.

Thank you so much Demeter for replying.  My sister says she would know the flower if she seen it so I'm going to send her pictures of all the ones you have mentioned and see if she can identify one. 

But I'm curious what is the other use for it??

Hi Demeter - no, unfortunately its not yellow dock.  I am still looking and my sister still can't see it.  I didn't realize that there were so many yellow flowered bush/plants till I started looking.  I never seen the plant Demeter - my older sister used it to cure my nephews eczema about 50 years ago and she learned about it from an old Ukrainian woman.  She says she'll know it when she sees it but so far nothing.

Raya- if you do happen to find this cure.... I have been suffering from eczema for years. I have always searched for an herbal remedy to the problem.... As science only issues steroids to help the problem... And over years they can only make it worse. If you do find anything please please let me know!

Hello Andrew - you bet I'll tell you if I find it - I'll be broadcasting it everywhere and telling everyone.  But you can rely on the fact that there is a bush/plant on our planet that is often found in yards that holds the cure for eczema. It doesn't just offer relief it cures it. Read my description that I gave again and when travelling about in the summer watch for it.  It has little yellow flowers on it.  If you see a plant and think it might be it stop and ask the name of it and search it out.  This next summer I'll travel across the city and walk up and down the back lane because it is just possible that it may have seeded some ways away from the original spot and people are too lazy to rip it out (like they do dandelions). 

I am only familiar with what is in the US...was this plant in another country other than the US?

Thank you for helping Demeter - I'm sending her these pics so she can have a look at them.

If the plant seeds like dandelion then it is probably some sort of thistle and they can be a real pest in yard or even fields.

I only know about Winnipeg Pat - I don't know if it grows anywhere else. 

Okay, I live in Texas and unless a plant can take heat, drought or bugs it wouldn't be one that grows here. Do a search for plants that grow in Winnipeg.

The is Mullein and it grows the right size plus my book mentions eczema healing use.


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