A Chronicle of Herbs: This Noble Harvest by Anne Ophelia Dowden

By Anne Ophelia Dowden

An advent to herbs, their heritage, features, and their many makes use of.

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These later elves and fairies are all associated with plants, mostly hiding in them or sleeping in them, as Shakespeare's Ariel did. But the fairy king, Oberon, in Midsummer Nights Dream, used the juice of pansies to make his wife fall with a donkey, and then, relenting, cancelled the wormwood. Cowslips, in love spell with and four-leaf clovers were elfin favorites, and clover was one of the few plants that enabled its wearer to look safely at fairies. Fern seed was worn to make the wearer invisible.

Even elves and fairies gigantic and fearsome in Anglo-Saxon times were in juice is — 43 — ) The most on human Shakespeare's day capricious and troublesome. attractive ones were not averse to playing tricks beings. These later elves and fairies are all associated with plants, mostly hiding in them or sleeping in them, as Shakespeare's Ariel did. But the fairy king, Oberon, in Midsummer Nights Dream, used the juice of pansies to make his wife fall with a donkey, and then, relenting, cancelled the wormwood.

Actually, it contains four powerful glucosides, of which three are heart herbalists applied it stimulants, so that to external sores it is now a standard drug in heart therapy. It has also been tried recently in the treatment of glaucoma and muscular dystrophy. 29 OPIUM POPPY Papaver sommferum V In Greek legend, poppies crowned the twin gods of sleep and death. Seeds of the plant are not narcotic and have been used since prehistoric times food and as a source of oil The history of interesting. the The common opium is far more complicated and more plant that produces it is familiar to everyone: garden poppy with smooth bluish leaves.

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