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“The Old Man” is an ancient herb. Artemisia Abrotanum has roots way back in the Highlands of Scotland.

It’s ferny leaves, when touched or rubbed, give off a pungent scent like camphor. Bees and insects are not fond of it. Sprigs of it laid among clothes will repel moths.

It is said “The Old Man” was planted outside the doors of churches
and women would snip the pleasantly aromatic leaves on their way in
as defence against the less-than-fragrant odor of the old men worshippers.

The keen scent had added value in that it prevented feelings of drowsiness thus aiding congregants focus during long sermons. Yes - The Old Man herb kept them from falling a sleep!

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