By Jeanne D'Andrea

The Getty Museum construction re-creates an old Roman villa at the seashores of the Pacific Ocean, the place site visitors can believe that they're vacationing the Villa dei Papiri ahead of it was once buried by way of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in advert seventy nine. The weather of Southern California has made it attainable to plant the gardens with dozens of herbs, flora, and fruit bushes recognized to the Greeks and Romans. In classical instances they have been useful in addition to appealing, offering colour, fragrance, domestic drugs, and flavorings for foods and drinks.

Martha Breen Bredemeyer, a San Francisco Bay sector artist, was once encouraged to color dozen of the garden’s herbs. Her watercolor gouaches mix shiny colour with the delicate delicacy of those short-lived vegetation whereas her pen-and-ink drawings percentage their wiry grace. Jeanne D’Andrea discusses twenty-one of the herbs intimately after providing their position in delusion, drugs, and residential within the creation.

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Aquatica and M. spicata, if present in ancient Greece and Rome, would have been strictly limited to the garden and perhaps passed from one druggist or gourmet to another. Six of these seven mint species plus an untold number of their hybrids grew wild in the Mediterranean area, further complicating the problem of exactly identifying those mints referred to by classical authors. Moist situation preferred but mint will succeed in almost any soil. All the mints yield fragrant oils by distillation.

Leaves, berries, and oil have excitant and narcotic properties. Leaves are also diaphoretic and in large doses emetic. 37 BORAG (bouglosson) Euphrosinum IJorage is native to southern Europe and Asia Minor. Although it has been used since antiquity as both food and drug, the origin of its name is still disputed. Some writers maintain that the Latin borago, from which our popular name for the herb derives, is a corruption of corago—from cor, the heart, and ago, I bring—because of the coridal effect of the plant.

If unhealthful water must be drunk, it can be made safe by sprinkling pounded pennyroyal on it. Wild mint chewed or applied cures elephantiasis, a chance discovery at the time of Pompeius Magnus by a victim of the disease who smeared his face for shame. Its leaves applied or drunk in wine cure serpent bites; leaves dried to a powder are kept as an antidote for all poisons. Mint prevents amorous dreams. For dandruff, pour minted vinegar over the head in the sun. Dioscorides' herbal includes six varieties of mint.

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