Some herbs were considered to have ‘magical’ properties, probably because of their medicinal uses. The early Chinese considered tarragon to have special charms. In France during the Middle Ages, babies were rubbed with tarragon juices to protect them from the cold. Ancient Greeks used sweet marjoram as a valuable tonic, and parsley as a cure for stomach ailments. Both Greeks and Romans crowned their heroes with dill and laurel. Dill also was used by the Romans to purify the air in their banquet halls.
Rosemary was eaten for its tranquilizing effects and as a cure-all for headaches and celery, would you believe, was used by the Abyssinians for stuffing pillows.
Chives, still found growing wild, had economic importance throughout Asia and many Mediterranean countries. Herbs were used by the settlers in America as remedies for illnesses, flavoring, storing with linens, strewing on floors, or burning for their pleasant fragrances. Herbs were also used to dye homespun fabrics. Quick view <<