Stinking cold, tooth ache and deep cuts... What would we do without doctors or late-night chemists? Go to our granddad’s vegetable patch? Actually, that wouldn’t be such a bad idea! Back in the Middle Ages, plants were used as remedies for most illnesses. Such was the case with the nuns who once lived in the Monestir Pedralbes de Barcelona. As the historian Manoli Yeste explains, when neither God nor the chaplain could answer their prayers for health, the devout would go straight to the garden to enjoy the healing properties of its vegetables.