Edith Sherwood Ph.D. and Erica Sherwood

The Voynich Botanical Plants

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Folio 44v, Celery (Apium graveolens), has been cultivated around the Mediterranean for centuries. It is grown for its crisp stalk, fleshy taproot, and seeds which are used for flavoring. Celery leaves and flowers were part of the garlands found in the tomb of Tutankhamun, a pharaoh of ancient Egypt. The root is an effective diuretic and has been used to treat urinary stones and gravel. The seeds were used by Aulus Cornelius Celsus in around 30 AD to relieve pain. A photograph of a celery flower can be seen at the Weed ID / Management Web site.

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