Chelsea Physic Garden herbal cures

Swan Walk, SW3 020 7352 5646 www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk Open Apr-Oct: noon-5 Wed, 2-6 Sun & special events A gateway bristling with knotted vegetation leads you into the secluded world of a garden in which the beauty and fragrance of the plants are matched by their restorative qualities. Established by the Society of Apothecaries in 1673, this was the herbal medicine cabinet of its day, and still operates as a research centre. Though dripping with blooms and bursting with verdant foliage, the World Medicine Garden and other areas retain a scientific orderliness, with small cards indicating the curative properties of each specimen. The pomegranate turns out to be quite a fruit – not only has it been used to purge envy, but it is also thought to be a reasonable cure for worms. Sit in one of the tranquil spots where chairs have been set, and you’ll soon appreciate the simpler restorative qualities of this unique English garden. Chelsea Physic Garden – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Chelsea Physic Garden – Open Space – visitlondon.com Herbal Travels: The Chelsea Physic Garden of London

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