[Loch-Ruadh] Word of the Day, Feb 21

Sonja Crocker lady_cait at lycos.com
Wed Feb 20 22:08:21 PST 2002


Among physicians, a cover for the head made of cephalick spices powder'd, sewed within a cap, and worn against catarrhs and diseases of the head, &c.
--Nathaniel Bailey's Etymological English Dictionary, 1749

Feast Day of St. Peter Damian, who in the eleventh century was invoked for the prevention and relief of headaches.  William Turner's herbal (1568) describes a lesser-known use for lavender:  "I judge that the flowers of lavender, quilted in a cap and daily worn, are good for all diseases of the head that come of a cold cause, and that they comfort the brain very well, namesly if it have any distemperature that cometh of moisture."

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