‘Needs means must’ – especially remedies
(A blog by Felicity Miller, images from Pride & Prejudice Scrapbook blog 1996)
During the Regency period, most consumable goods and remedies needed to be produced directly on the family estate. Herbs and medicines were no exception. With limited methods of keeping fruit and vegetables fresh, and long travel times between regions, access to a complete, and varied diet was almost impossible. Treatment of most ailments started at home, and a doctor was only called when their condition escalated dramatically. Some people would die before the doctor could even attend!
Families relied on their gardens to produce a range of cure-alls and cosmetics to serve all the families needs, and the needs of the servants in their employ. These gardens were dramatically limited by the climate in England, so those plants that did grow were believed to cure a large range of ailments! For this reason, lavender and roses, which were part of every English garden, were included in a lot of cures.
Regency garden remedies
Herbs, fruit and vegetables were collected from the …