I'm Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh growing herbs is a passion I've had for more than 20 years now. The Backyard Patch is my own herb business started in 1995. I specialize in fresh, amazing, organic blended herbs. Those for cooking, tea and bath -- and they are all home-grown and hand-blended. In the last 20 years I have gained a knowledge of herbs and their flavors that I share here.
In the Spring I presented a garden theme idea of a Garden of
Mary. Now on the Feast of the Assumption
of Mary, which was first celebrated in 529 AD, I thought we could learn a few more
plants whose names were changed to Honor Mary.
Our Lady's Herbs
Spearmint was known as Our Lady's
Marjoram was Mother of God's Flower.
Bee balm and lemon balm were both
called Sweet Mary.
Catnip was Mary's Nettle.
Sage was Mary's shawl.
Dandelion was known as Mary's Bitter
A group of herbs became known as Manger Herbs because they made a bed for the
Infant Jesus when he was born.
·Sweet woodruff and
yellow bedstraw were called Our Lady's Bedstraw
·creeping thyme was
·Mints and pennyroyal
were also said to have been used in the manger.
This information came
from a hard to locate book entitled Mary’s
Flowers: Gardens, Legends & Meditations, by Vincenzina Krymow.
I have never been able
to locate this book, but I have read excepts and paraphrases of it
from other blogs and articles. If anyone knows where I can get
a copy, please let me know. My library, normally the best at
locating the obscure and rare, has been unable to obtain a copy real