Category: Half a Hundred Herbs

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

July in the Territory of Rain

The stock bed in my garden has hit its stride, and is full of colour and joy. I’ll be harvesting marigold flowers, poppy seeds, lemon verbena, mint and yarrow, and taking cuttings of anything I can manage over the next week. And in the woodland bit, which is usually quiet at this time of year,…
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July 20, 2017 0

Expressing the Earth – the Herbs

When we visited the Kilmartin Museum, my first port of call was the lovely herb garden planted alongside the path. I had been struck by this last time I was there, because it seemed very different to a lot of recent constructions, which often come straight out of a picture book, without regard to climate…
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July 5, 2017 0

The Charm of Nine Herbs – The Methods

Mugwort, plantain which lives facing the sun, lambscress, burdock,chamomile, nettle, crab apple thyme and fennel a salve for keeping thus: chop the leaves finely and mix with the apple pulp and a salve base. a plaster or fomentation – make a paste of water and ash, and mix the fennel with oil and beaten egg.…
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May 3, 2017 0

The Charm of Nine Herbs – the Indications

Now these nine herbs * prevail against nine demons, against nine poisons * and nine epidemics, against the red plague * against the foul plague, against the white plague * against the blue plague, against the yellow plague * against the green plague, against the brown plague * against the lingering plague, against the harm…
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April 26, 2017 0

The Charm of Nine Herbs 8 and 9 Thyme and Fennel

Two for the price of one this time.     Thyme and fennel, * all-powerful both The Lord wisely * shaped these herbs Holy in heaven * where he hung Established and sent them * into the seven kingdoms To heal the rich * and the poor alike They will stand against pain, * they…
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April 18, 2017 0

The Charm of Nine Herbs 7 Crab apple

I live in a village which keeps the last remnants of ancient monastic orchards, and we still have a lot of fruit trees. When I first came here, ‘plundering’  was a regular amusement for boys from across the river, and you would find dropped apples on the bridge wherever some irate gardener had chased them.…
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April 5, 2017 0

The Charm of Nine Herbs – 6 Chamomile

Remember now chamomile * what you made known what you ordained * at Alford That no-one should ever * lose his life because of infection if he had chamomile * with his food.   I’ve struggled a bit with this one, as I can’t imagine cooking with chamomile, but chamomile tea is a great digestive…
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March 25, 2017 0

The Charm of Nine Herbs – 5 Burdock

A burdock plant photographed in June on the island of Seil. Put to evil to flight, now burdock,* let the great be diminished  the lesser be increased * until both are healed. This, I admit, is a weird one, a flight of fancy, perhaps, but not without some thought and information behind it. I had…
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March 14, 2017 0

January Garden

Gloomy as it may look, this is the garden today – cold and damp in the rising wind, but livened by a pheasant I’ve just chased away from the bird feeder. In spite of the cold – and forecast of snow – there’s an air of expectation about it. Birds are significantly noisier than they…
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January 10, 2017 0

The Charm of Nine Herbs (4) Nettle

Nettle this is called * powerful against sickness. It drives out pain * it is powerful against sickness. This is the herb * that fought with the serpent, It has might against poison, * might against infection, might against the evil one * who wanders the land. No controversy about this one – everyone agrees…
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