Herbal

Nāvanītaka

This Treasure is paired with: Nāvanītaka (Medicinal plants)

  • Pseudo-Apuleius
  • late 11th century
  • England
  • Manuscript

The recipes on the left recommend powdered leaves or roots of dropwort, taken in wine, to ease coughs, urinary disorders, and stomach complaints. Herbals aid the identification of plants, as well as offering practical instruction on their healing properties. This Latin text, first compiled around the 4th century from Greek or Latin sources, was copied in early Norman England probably at Bury St Edmunds Abbey, and a later hand has added common names for narcissus, on the right. The illustrations form an integral part of the work, with the plants drawn first, and text added around them.