Did you know…..
Ancient Romans hung Anise plants near their pillows to prevent bad dreams?
Pinning a Bay Leaf to your pillow on the eve of St. Valentine’s Day lets you see your future spouse in a dream. This according to Elizabethan lore.
Clove oil is a natural pain killer, used for centuries. In 17th century Britain, cloves were literally worth their weight in gold. Unfortunately times have changed.
In the Middle Ages, Cumin was believed to keep lovers (and chickens!) from wandering. **That’s why you should always use cumin in cooking.
Drinking Dill water removes a witch’s spell. So happy to finally get that
bitch witch off my back.
Studies have shown that Fenugreek can increase milk production in nursing mothers by up to 900%.
We all know that Ginger helps to cure a sore throat but ginger is also extremely effective for curing nausea.
Cleopatra wore Lavender perfume while seducing Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. In the 19th century it was used to cure vipor bites and swooning fits.
Hippocrates used Oregano as an antiseptic. Ancient Greeks crowned brides and grooms with sprigs of oregano to banish sadness.
Tarragon was believed to cure snake bites.
In the middle ages, Thyme was believed to bring courage to the bearer. Too bad the Lion from Wizard of Oz didn’t know about that.
Tumeric can be used to deter ants in the garden. I suppose this can also be used in the house but only if you don’t mind your wood floor or carpets dyed a bright yellow.
It’s nice to know about these other ancient purposes but I’ll stick to using them mostly for cooking.
But does anyone know where I can get an Anise plant?