By Anne Ophelia Dowden
An advent to herbs, their background, features, and their many makes use of.
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Our Lady's bedstraw for instance, was, according to legend, one of the plants on which the lily, the iris, all 49 Tansy was used many ills, in folk medicine for from wounds the plague. Its young to worms to leaves were beaten with eggs and fried into Easter cakes to counteract the salt-fish diet of Lent, and its bitter flavor was some- times added to puddings. All this seems rather unwise, because tansy can be toxic. It was better used as a strewing herb to keep out fleas. TANSY 5^ Tanacetum Kiilgare the Christ Child lay in the manger at Bethlehem.
To be constantly possible ways. Fortunately among them St. John's wort, mullein, vervain, dill, and mugwort. Mugwort was one of the Saxons' nine sacred plants. Gathered on Midsummer a great herbs gave protection, Eve and worn as a crown or hung in the house, it had great power against weariness, poisons, and devils. Therefore, with plants like these at hand and with life so hazardous and difficult, a garden of herbs was one kind of insurance no wise person could do without. 47 THE GRACE THAT LIES IN HERBS Every spring, with the return of green leaves, we see emerging from death all around us.
Was considered a cure for various eye troubles, as well as for yellow diseases like jaundice. To this day, its yellow — one of the many remedies proposed for warts as effective as any, because warts have the obliging property of going away by themselves. Evil spirits have always been much more numerous than good ones. Since people generally looked on the forces of nature with misunderstanding and fear, the supernatural beings they associated with those forces seemed sinister, or at least mischievious, rather than benign.