By Anne Ophelia Dowden

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

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Life Primitive people were even more aware of this resurrection than we are, and the yearly miracle filled them with wonder and awe. If plants were not gods themselves, they thought, they must be inhabited by or controlled by supernatural beings, and fallible men and women must approach them with reverence. Even today, when many of us no longer live close to nature, plants still exercise a real power over our minds and bodies. And they are still woven into the ceremonies and symbolism of nearly all the world's religions.

St. Francis, who loved all plants and animals, wrote in his "Song of Brother Sun:" for nearly every saint in the calendar Praise to you, my Lord, Who sustains us, Gives us different 50 and for our sister, Mother Earth, directs us, fruits, and colored flowers, and herbs. " name means "dew times to the present, boar's of valued from ancient it decorated the head at Christmas feasts and scented the water for washing hands after meals. It was, widely in cooking, was important was reputed and to still is, used at one time in medicine.

A kind of jack-in-the-pulpit). Long before that 850 orris, the powdered root of Florentine iris, was used to — — 57 — Scouring rush was often called pewterwort. In addition to polishing metal, an it served in medicine, chiefly as astringent. hood are both Pyrethrum and monks- common in today's flower gardens. Pyrethrum called "painted daisy," often goes by nite. 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.

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