OE wyrtig, adj: Garden-like, full of plants;
On anum wyrtige hamme, Homl. Skt. ii. 30:312



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Wyrtig - In early sources

Clary sage. Many thanks to the
Library for providing this image from
Egerton 747 f. 11, c.1300 CE


In Early Sources...

Clary sage
Salvia sclarea


Growing clary in your garden


Medieval Names


Slarege, slaregia

Capitulare de Villis


Herbarium Apuleii



Slarian, slarige


Slarege, slarige, slarian

Walafrid Strabo


Wi hrostan hu he missenlice on mon becume 7 hu his mon tilian scyle. Se hrosta hf  manigfealdne tocyme swa a spatl beo missenlicu. Hwilum cym  of ungemetmstre hto. Hwilum of ungemstum cyle. Hwilum of ungemstere drignesse.

Eft genim wi
  hrostan 7 wi angbreoste slarian godne dl do bollan fulne wines to bewyl  riddan dl on at wyrte supe on niht festig.

Laecboc I.xv.5

Against cough, how many ways it comes upon one, and how one should treat it. Coughing has many causes, as the spittles are various. Sometimes it comes from immoderate heat, sometimes from immoderate cold, sometimes from immoderate dryness.  …


Again [against cough] , take against host and against breast anguish, a good portion of slary add a bowl full of wine, boil away a third part on the wort; let the patient sup it at night fasting.

Leechbook I.xv.5


Please note: Many plants have been used in past and present times for medicinal purposes, and as one of the focuses of Wyrtig is the history of gardening, these uses are discussed here. However, common sense requires that you consult your family physician or other health care provider before using any plant materials for medicinal purposes. The old saying that "A doctor who treats him- (or her-) self has a fool for a patient" is no less true in herbal medicine than in any other branch of the healing sciences. Herbal remedies should not be used by the uninformed; medical advice should be sought before using any herbal remedy.


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