HERB - Is marigold period

Lynette lklc at prodigy.net
Thu Apr 5 02:13:26 PDT 2001

Well I do know this.  The plant commonly called marigold today is definitely
modern.  The plant we now occasionally call Pot-marigold is much older and
You will recognize it as Calendula  which dates to ancient roman times where
it got it's name Culpeper mentions it as good for strengthening the heart.
In period it was not used so much as a medicinal but as a magical flower.
There were concoctions that allowed you to see fairies, and dream of the one
you'd marry.  In England and the Netherlands it was commonly found in soups.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Warren & Meredith Harmon" rwynsca at juno.com>
To: <herbalist at ansteorra.org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 11:01 PM
Subject: HERB - Re: Absinthe / Wormwood and Other Random Thoughts

> Greetings!
> Giggle - I really want to make a joke here about how galling this
> conversation is, but I can't make myself get in the mood for a joke.
> Sorry, all.  I'm just very very depressed.  You know that plane in China?
>  One of my friends is on it.  I want her home so badly I ache.
> Anyway, now that I've blathered, I want to thank all of you for providing
> such lovely answers to my questions.  They've been forwarded to the
> person who asked, and she's very surprised!  She's not looking for the
> beverage, and she's not looking to imbibe - she has a few Goth friends
> (the nice ones) who are looking for some good schtick.  They were
> thinking of absinthe-scented candles, IF and ONLY if they could do it
> safely.
> Now - does anyone know where I can get period-type gillyflowers?  The
> modern kind are scenting up my house right this minute, but I'm really
> looking for the period type.  I'm sniffing my bergamot oil as I type, and
> raiding someone else's flower bed isn't my idea of being neighborly!  ;-)
> Are marigolds period?
> Does woad have a scented flower?  I've never seen one, so I was wondering
> if anyone else knows.
> I should go away before I become a pest....
> -Caro
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