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Wessex Distillery is a family run distillery which opened in 2017 with the aim of producing some exceptional gins and fruity spirits using fresh fruits and natural ingredients.

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Wessex Distillery is known for exploring the diverse flavours of the fruits, berries and plants known to be available in Wessex in the Middle Ages and using them to add something a bit different to gins and fruity spirits.

Known plants around at the time come from a set of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts called the Herbarium. This old English text focuses on herbal remedies and catalogues over a hundred plants, their healing purported properties and how to use them.

For example, watercress, if put up the nose, prevented hair loss; camomile, if picked before sunrise, was used to ease eye pain; hibiscus, pounded with lard and laid on the painful spot healed gout; luke warm blackberry juice dripped into the ear lessened the pain of earache and a smearing of the pounded leaves treated snakebites; liquorice, if drunk, cured fever; sweet marjoram arrested the onset of dropsy and, if applied to the skin, healed carbuncles or scorpion stings; cumin when mixed with vinegar stopped nose-bleeds; periwinkle, however, had much further-reaching powers, ensuring happiness and contentment by simply being carried around.No doubt the Anglo-Saxon added a hefty dose of religion or magic to help things along.

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