The earliest reference to Tussie Mussies referred to them as a tumose of flowrys. Originally the name may have been spelled tuzzy muzzy. Tuzzy was "a knot of flowers", and muzzy may have referred to the damp moss wraped around the flower stems. Originally Tussie Mussies were used to eliminate unpleasant odors. The most common aromatic flower used was probably posies. It was believed that Tussie Mussies containing certain herbs could ward off infectious diseases. Lavender, Sage, and Rosemary were thought to prevent the spread of disease. The English Elizabethan Tussie Mussies included Thyme, Marjoram, Mint, Chamomile and Rosemary. A proper Victorian lady was trained in the art of floral arrangement. The degree of her talents at creating Tussie Mussies were considered a reflection of her culture.