By Anne Ophelia Dowden
An advent to herbs, their heritage, features, and their many makes use of.
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Every deity in classical or Norse mythology had his or her special plants. The pink was dedicated to the Roman god Jupiter, the lily and the rose to Juno, the rose and the apple to Venus, the olive to Minerva. Use of these plants was frowned at on by the early Christian church; but as the centuries passed, nearly the ones belonging to important pagan goddesses all were gradually accepted and transferred to the Virgin Man-. The rose, became Mary's flowers; and many others, like lady's-mantle and lady's-smock, bore her name because of some symbolic association.
Thus the yellow juice of celandine and the orange Signatures, very popular during the sixteenth . . stigmas of the saffron crocus were specifics for yellow jaundice; maidenhair fern cured baldness; the daisy (or day's eye) helped sore eyes; plants with hollow stems were 36 good for ailments of the windpipe or the blood vessels. This doctrine was explained and illustrated in many books, and for several centuries it was accepted almost everywhere, even by intelligent people. They found it God had carefully of the human body very comforting to believe that provided an herb to protect each part against every disorder that could possibly attack had clearly in using it, and then marked the herbs so that no mistakes could be made them.
In North America, though the first English colonists brought their herbs and their herb lore along with them, they also soon began to gather information from the Indians and to learn the virtues of the native plants that the Indians grew or collected in the wild. The Spanish conquerors of the Incas and Aztecs of Central and South America sent out their doctors along with their armies, and the priests who converted the Indians also learned native medicine. The private physician of Philip number of years II of Spain spent a Mexico and recorded some three thousand Aztec herbal remedies.