Edith Sherwood Ph.D.

The Voynich Botanical Plants

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Folio 25r. Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) “Dioscorides says that the leaves of the balm being drunk with the wine and also applied are good for the scorpion-smitten and the dog-bitten. Being smeared on they will assuage the pains of the gout. The Grete Herball claims that meddled with grease, balm is good against all aches. Hortus Sanitatis claims “the leaves when eaten with salt will relieve the difficulty in breathing … and will clear the chest.” (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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