By Anne Ophelia Dowden
An creation to herbs, their background, features, and their many makes use of.
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Its scientific Legend says that is usually and monkshood name, aco- monkshood was created by the uitch Hecate from the frothing saliva of Cerberus, the dog that guarded the gate to Hell. SCOURING RUSH Equisetum arvense and scent it sweetly;" and in the the same powder stiffened and whitened "stiffen shining linen eighteenth century, the enormous wigs the ladies wore. It is powder and other cosmetics. In the household, from the scullery now used to perfume face to the library, there were few tasks that did not involve herbs.
The The common opium is far more complicated and more plant that produces it is familiar to everyone: garden poppy with smooth bluish leaves. Origi- nally, its flowers were single rather than double, and white or lavender instead of red as they often are today. The unripe seed pod contains a milky juice from which opium and its relatives, skin of is its derived laudanum, morphine, codeine, and heroin. Long before the dawn poppy's narcotic qualities. dwellers, 30 and mentioned of history, It in men were aware of the was used by Neolithic Swiss lake Sumerian clay tablets.
It stupifies other animals, and its seeds, with those of thorn apple, were sometimes mixed with the fodder of horses and cows in the hope that placid animals would gain weight more quickly. " It is often called jimsonweed in the United States because it was first introduced near Jamestown, Virginia. came to us from Europe, a similar species Though is this plant native to South 27 ) America, where the Incas used it an anesthetic, and a as Colombian tribe gave it to wives and them alive with dead warriors.
A Chronicle of Herbs: This Noble Harvest by Anne Ophelia Dowden