Herbs in Medieval Times

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Scents of the Middle Ages…

Imagine a time when there was no deodorant, shampoo, bath soap, laundry detergent, or an array of pine cleaners and disinfectants. Welcome to the Middle Ages.

With no access to exterminators, medieval people made use of strongly scented herbs to discourage vermin and also to mask the scent of unwashed bodies.

Tansy was grown to discourage flies, lavender cotton against moths, the use of pennyroyal against fleas. Mint was very popular and used to repel mice and ants.

In the homes of peasant and royalty alike, the floors were often dirt. Packed solid from years of people walking over them. Household odors from cooking and sweaty bodies was overwhelming. So, the good people of this period in history resorted to mixing strong herbs with rushes or straw and scattering them about on the floors.

From Thomas Tusser’s Five Hundred Points of Husbandry we have strewing herbs…

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