History of Queen Anne’s Lace as a contraceptive

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In the summer of 2019 I collected wild carrot seed from waste ground and street verges within a one kilometre radius around my house in West Flanders and from the gardens of wild flowers planted in the city of Aalst by its head gardener Bart Backaert. The ripe seed heads are easy to identify as they turn inwards to take on the shape of a little bird nest. […]

Tansy, Feverfew and Mullein. Receptaria: Hildegard von Bingen

Tansy emmenagogue A woman who is in pain from obstructed menses should take TANSY (Tanacetum vulgare) and equal weight FEVERFEW (Tanacetum parthanium), a bit more MULLEIN (Verbascum) than either of the others. She should cook these in water FROM A FREELY FLOWING STREAM which is tempered by the SUN AND AIR.

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