Darlaston Pauper’s Vouchers at Stafford Record Office contain an account from 23 April to 22 May 1817. (ref. D1149/6/2/2/20)
This is a list of all bills received, and presumably paid, during the month and a list of smaller cash payments one of which is for Halberber Root. I have been unable to discover anything with this name but have found Halbert Weed or Neurolaena Lobata.
Although no reference was made to the use of the root, it appears in several references as a medicinal plant such as:
- MEDlCINAL PLANTS OF JAMAICA. PARTS 1 & 11. By G. F. Asprey, M.Sc., Ph.D. (B’ham.), Professor of Botany, U.C.W.l. and Phyllis Thornton, B.Sc. (Liverpool), Botanist Vomiting Sickness Survey. Attached to Botany Department, U.C.W.l. NEUROLAENA LOBATA (Sw.) R. Br. Cow Gall Bitter: Halbert Weed; Bitter Wood; Bitter Bush; Goldenrod. In Jamaica Neurolaena lobata is thought to be useful for treating stomach disorders. Early writers speak of its use as a bitter and also as a dressing for sores, wounds and ulcers. Barham thought it to be diuretic. In Honduras it has a reputation as a malaria remedy.
- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3971758/The Journal of Natural Products. Neurolaena lobata (L.) R. Br. ex Cass. (Asteraceae) is a herbaceous plant distributed widely in Central America and north western parts of South America. In Caribbean traditional medicine, the leaves of this plant have been used for the treatment of different types of cancer, ulcers, inflammatory skin disorders, diabetes, and pain of various origins. In some regions, N. lobata is also used to treat or prevent a variety of parasitic ailments, such as malaria, fungus, ringworm, and amoebic and intestinal parasites.1−3