Elizabethan Herbal Remedies

By, Katherine Fila

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  • Herbalism is a traditional medicinal or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts.
  • Although herbalism was progressing in ancient cultures, the growing knowledge of plants nearly collapsed with the Roman Empire.
  • There are two main problems with Medieval herbalism:
  • First, most of the knowledge ancient civilizations developed had been lost due mostly to the population
  • Second, Medieval scientists trusted ancient studies and had no thought of further experimentation for new discoveries.


  • Cures in Medieval ages were essentially mixtures of different herbs which were thought to be of medicinal value.
  • Certain ingredients and herbs would be used for specific body parts.
  • Herbs typically used for common medical problems were rose, lavender, sage, bay, saffron, basil, rosemary, mint, and liquorice.

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