A Garden of Herbs
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1922. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III OF SUNDRY HERBS "Lerne the hygh and mervelous vertue of herbes. Know how inestimable a preservative to the helth of man God hath provyded growying every daye at our handes, use the effects with reverence and give thanks to the maker celestyall. Behold how much it excedeth to use medecyne of eficacye naturall, by God ordeyned, than wicked wordes or charmes of eficacye unnaturall by the divyll invented."--The virtuose boke of Distyllacion of the Waters of all matter Herbes ... by Master Jherom Brunswyke, 1527. "Who would looke dangerously up at Planets that might safely loke downe at Plants ?"--John Gerard, The Herball, 1597. "There is no question but that very wonderful effects may be wrought by the Vertues which are enveloped within the compasse of the Green Mantles wherewith Many Plants are adorned."--W. Coles, The Art of Simpling, 1656. AGRIMONY In many herbals Agrimony is spelt Argemoney, and the name is derived from the Greek " argemos," a white speck on the eye which this plant was supposed to cure. English country folk used to call it "church-steeples," and the plant with its exquisitely delicate spike of yellow flowers is certainly suggestive of a steeple From the days of our Saxon ancestors Agrimony has enjoyed a high repute. As it is a very common perennial in waste places, any one wishing to include it in their herb garden can obtain the roots in spring or autumn. Agrimony Tea.--One pint of boiling water poured on to a handful of the plant-stems, flowers and leaves. Leave till cold and then strain. In France this is drunk as an ordinary beverage when Agrimony is in flower, and the peasants have a great belief in its health-giving properties. ANGELICA "The whole plante, both leafe, roote, and seede, is of an excellent comfortable se...
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