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Herbs of Hager's Thyme: How Herbs Were Used in the 18th Century

Herbs of Hager's Thyme
How Herbs Were Used in the 18th Century

Have a headache? Well, how about taking a Tansy pill. Got a toothache? Try chewing on some Sage. A cough? Swallow some oil of Thyme. Need to study for a big test? Put some Rosemary in your hair! The staff of the Jonathan Hager House and Museum invites you to learn about some of the historical uses of everyday herbs as you walk through the herb gardens surrounding the Hager House on Saturday August 25, 2007 at 2pm.
Aside from the medicinal uses you might expect, our 18th century ancestors would use herbs to help with some unusual things as well. According to John Bryan, Historic Sites Facilitator, "Herbs were not only used as medicine, but also as remedies for some things that we might consider a bit off the wall. For example people of the Middle Ages believed that the herb Fennel was an antidote to witchcraft, and Thyme has been known to be effective in relieving hangovers."
"In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in the use of herbal medications. It's interesting to go back and look at how herbs were used historically and how superstition played a much larger role than science in the medicines of the past," says Jennifer Kram, recreation assistant.
The program will begin at 2pm in the herb garden immediately to the left of the Jonathan Hager House. For further information about "Herbs of Hager's Thyme" or any of the exciting upcoming programs and events at the City of Hagerstown's Historic Sites, please contact 301-739-8393 or email us at

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