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This is another plant that, when eaten, was supposed to enable a person to see fairies.
Fields of clover are believed to attract fairies. A four-leaf clover is said to provide protection against the fae, and to be able to break fairy spells and glamors. Wearing a four-leaf clover in your hat supposedly grants you the power to see invisible fairies, as does anointing yourself with an ointment made from four-leaf clover, or carrying a charm made of seven grains of wheat and a four-leaf clover.
Cowslip blossoms are said to be loved by fairies, who use them for umbrellas, and protect the plants. Shakespeare had a fairy say of cowslips:
“And I serve the Fairy Queen
To draw her orbs upon the green
The cowslips tall her pensioners be
In their gold coats spots you see
Those be rubies, fairy favors
In those freckles live their savors
I must go to seek some dewdrops here
And hang a pearl in every cowslips’ ear”
Edmund Canterbell wrote
“That they do dwell within the cowslips hollow is truth for I have seen them fly out in intoxicated abandon.”
Cowslips are used in fairy magic. They are considered helpful in finding fairy treasures, and keys to unlocking the secret location of hidden fairy gold.