Cursing the Basil: And Other Folklore of the Garden
Traditional spells and rituals for finding one's true love; the significance in myths of bay leaves, thyme and sage; the mania for tulip bulbs that caused stockmarkets to crash in Holland; the symbolism of royal wedding bouquets, and much more, are all described in this exploration into the strange history of many plants.
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SPELLS AND RITUALS
Household Fresheners and Fumigants
Witches Fairies Lightning and Other Evils
TRADE AND POLITICS
Trade and Commerce
Political Royal and Heraldic Symbols
Plants and War
19th century ancient anointing aphrodisiac Apollo associated basil bay leaves beautiful became believed bloom blossoms bouquet bride carnation century A.D. child Christ Christian church cinnamon cloves colour considered coronation cumin cure death decorated Doctrine of Signatures Egypt Egyptian Elizabeth emblem England English Europe European evil fairies fennel fertility flavouring France garden garlic goddess gods Greek herbal herbs herbs and spices husband idea important India ingredients King language of flowers lavender leaves legend lily lily-of-the-valley lotus mandrake marigolds marjoram marriage medicine merchants Middle Ages mustard myrrh myrtle narcissus nutmeg onions pansies parsley pepper perfumes person petals plants poppy popular primroses Queen recipes red rose rhymes rituals Roman Rome rosemary sacred saffron sage scent seeds Song southernwood Spice Islands spice trade sprig sweet thyme Tudor tulip Venus vervain Victorian violets Virgin Mary wedding white rose wine witches woman women wreaths yellow young