Edith Sherwood Ph.D. and Erica Sherwood

The Voynich Botanical Plants

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Folio 41r, Wild Marjoram (Origanum vulgare), is a Mediterranean herb that is widely used in Greek and Italian cuisines. It has creeping roots that send up woody stems with opposite, hairy, petiolate leaves. The individual flower stalks are made up of clusters of pale purple flowers that grow upward from various points on the main stem to approximately the same height. Due to its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, the Greeks found Marjoram useful for poultices. It was the custom for both the Greeks and Romans to crown young couples with Marjoram.

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