In medieval Europe these pouches were generally worn around the neck, or dangled from the waist and were believed to provide protection against parasites and miasmata. These “sachets” contained sweet powders, herbs, and other plants from herb and flower gardens.
The Black Death also gave impetus to other handmade amulets offering divine protection and supernatural healing. ‘Pestblätter’, or plague sheets, spread across German speaking lands over the next centuries, integrating popular religious imagery with Latin or vernacular text. The emphasis was usually on two plague saints: Sebastian, who according to legend interposed his body to defend ancient Rome from a hail of plague arrows; and Roch, portrayed as a pilgrim who had triumphed over disease, and often shown lifting his tunic to reveal a plague sore on one of his thighs.
This leather pouch has the plague cross hand drawn on it and contains the traditional herbs used all those year ago, and a mini print of the Pestblätter amulet that you may wear to protect and guard against miasmata. It also comes with a vial of the plague herbs and charcoal so you may suffumigate your home.
Only 13 made when they are gone they are gone.