|Edith Wharton's Garden ~ photo by ana traina ~ 2011|
To make a bath for Melancholy ~ Take Mallowes, pellitory of the wall, of each three handfulls; Camomell Flowers, Mellilot flowers, of each one handfull, senerick seed one ounce, and boil them in nine gallons of Water untill they come to three, then put in a quart of new milke and go into it bloud warme or something warmer.'
Mallows are Old World perennial with faintly musk-scented foliage and white or pink flowers
Pellitory-of-the-Wall is a humble, inconspicuous plant belonging to the same group as the Stinging Nettle and the Hop.
MelUlot ~ sweet clover ~
Senerick seed - The seeds of MelUlot, it possess antibiotic activity. Formerly used in herb beer; flowers and seeds used to flavour Gruyere cheese, snuff and smoking tobacco. Limited cosmetic use where hay-like aroma is required.
Isop ~ Hyssop
Ben Jonson says:
'A good old woman . . . did cure me
With sodden ale and pellitorie o' the wall.'