Medieval Herbs and Remedies

In the Middle Ages, the wife cared and bandaged the wounds of the family. Also at convents, the nuns who usually grow many herbs, also gave out herbs to help the sick. If someone had a fever, they would give them basil, marigold petals, and sage to reduce the fever pain. To soothe a sore throat and a cough, they would use rose petals, herbs with honey and sage. To prevent nightmares and induce sleep, you would use lemon, verbena, lime flowers, and chamomile. If you have some bruises and sprains, you would use ground ivy, marigold, marjoram, and comfrey to soothe them.

Many times people needed help emotionally. Some herbs were believed to help cure grief, confidence and courage, anger, and lovableness.

To help cure grief you would use sage. Borage would be used to keep confidence and courage. If you were angry, you would use marigold to keep anger away. Thyme was used for lovableness.

In the wife's house, you would sew lavender, tansy, and lady's bedstraw into your bed mattress to keep fleas and other bugs away. Soapwort is used to wash clothes or for soap. To freshen the air, you would sprinkle herbs on your bathroom floor.


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