International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Medicinal Herbs and Medieval Healthcare at Skriđuklaustur Monastery, East Iceland
Deborah Smith

Herbs at medieval monasteries were often the sole form of medicine for the ill. Healthcare followed a different system of application than today, but utilized active herbal compounds to relieve symptoms and provide care. This article will examine the ten herbs used with medieval nursing and medical care at Skriđuklaustur (1493-1552) the last monastery established during the Catholic Era in Iceland. (Keywords: Herbs, Iceland, monastery, healthcare, Augustinian monks.)

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