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Chrysanthemum balsamita (Costmary)

Chrysanthemum balsamita (Costmary)

This is a forgotten gem from colonial times, brought to Europe from the orient Costmary or Bible leaf was once a well-loved plant. Popular first as an aromatic addition to herbal ales were its balsam scented leaves spiced home brewed ales. The fragrant leafs were also used by the pious as book marks in bibles and prayer books. During especially long sermons Costmary leafs could be pulled out from pages to be nibbled or smelled to revive practitioners. Current day uses include dried leafs for potpourris and sachets, and preparations in herbal beauty products.

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