Folder of 5 folios from the Book of Simple Medicines (15th C)    

Folio 155v, Greater plantain and hoary plantain, Mandrake and holm oak, Marjoram


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Greater plantain and hoary plantain (Plantain): To remedy headaches, hang a greater plantain root around the neck. It also combats toothache, swollen gums and pains in the body, and purges the chest. The hoary plantain cures fistulae, rabid dog bites, bladder disease, and combats the bites of poisonous animals.

Mandrake and holm oak (Quercus ilex L., Mandragora officinarum  L.): This image shows the superstition – depicted in many different ways in medieval manuscripts – according to which anyone who pulls up a mandrake root shaped like a male or female body would die. This belief is reflected in this image by a holm oak with a human figure on its roots.

Marjoram (Majorana): Marjoram warms the cold stomach and comforts the brain and the digestion. It alleviates stomach aches caused by wind and rheumatism caused by coldness, and cleanses the uterus.

Folder of 5 folios from the Book of Simple Medicines (15th C)     Folio 155v, Greater plantain and hoary plantain, Mandrake and holm oak, Marjoram

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Folio 155v, Greater plantain and hoary plantain, Mandrake and holm oak, Marjoram

Greater plantain and hoary plantain (Plantain): To remedy headaches, hang a greater plantain root around the neck. It also combats toothache, swollen gums and pains in the body, and purges the chest. The hoary plantain cures fistulae, rabid dog bites, bladder disease, and combats the bites of poisonous animals.

Mandrake and holm oak (Quercus ilex L., Mandragora officinarum  L.): This image shows the superstition – depicted in many different ways in medieval manuscripts – according to which anyone who pulls up a mandrake root shaped like a male or female body would die. This belief is reflected in this image by a holm oak with a human figure on its roots.

Marjoram (Majorana): Marjoram warms the cold stomach and comforts the brain and the digestion. It alleviates stomach aches caused by wind and rheumatism caused by coldness, and cleanses the uterus.

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