Edith Sherwood Ph.D.

The Voynich Botanical Plants

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Folio 21r. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), “Thyme was grown in Medieval times to flavor soup and meat dishes. Dioscorides said that being eaten with meat it avails the dull sighted. He prescribed it mixed with honey for driving out “phlegmy from the thorax for asthema and for expelling worms. Oil of thyme, thymol, is an antiseptic that was once used on bandages and is a common ingredient of mouthwashes.” (2) (A)

(2) Freeman, M., Herbs, for the Medieval Household, The Grete Herball
(A) Drawings that are probably copies of illustrations found in other herbals
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