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Moxibustion – A Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapy

By |2019-11-03T04:18:14+03:00November 3rd, 2019|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , |

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy which consists of burning dried mugwort on particular points on the body. It plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Mongolia. Suppliers usually age the mugwort and grind it up [...]

Geosmin: An Earthy-Smelling Substance

By |2019-08-09T16:49:53+03:00August 9th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge, Substances|Tags: , , , , |

Geosmin is an organic compound with a distinct earthy flavor and aroma produced by certain bacteria and is responsible for the earthy taste of beetroots and a contributor to the strong scent (petrichor) that occurs in the air when rain falls after a dry spell [...]

The History of Wine

By |2019-07-29T03:57:55+03:00July 29th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The altered consciousness produced by wine has been considered religious since its origin. The ancient Greeks worshiped Dionysus or Bacchus and the Ancient Romans carried on his cult. Consumption of ritual wine was part of Jewish practice since Biblical times and, as part of the [...]

Form Constant – History and Cultural Significance

By |2019-07-14T15:56:13+03:00July 14th, 2019|Categories: Consciousness, Herbs & Plants, Knowledge, Substances|Tags: , , , , , , |

A form constant is one of several geometric patterns which are recurringly observed during hallucinations and altered states of consciousness. In 1926, Heinrich Klüver systematically studied the effects of mescaline (peyote) on the subjective experiences of its users. In addition to producing hallucinations characterized by [...]

5 Amazing CBD Effects on the Brain

By |2019-06-13T17:01:40+03:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Herbs & Plants, Knowledge, Substances|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

While THC used to be all the rage, both scientists and consumers worldwide have become extremely intrigued by CBD effects on the brain and the body for a number of great reasons. For instance, CBD’s side effects are not nearly as worrying as THC’s. But, [...]

The Doctrine of Signatures

By |2019-05-27T17:10:14+03:00May 27th, 2019|Categories: Herbs & Plants, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , |

The doctrine of signatures, dating from the time of Dioscorides and Galen, states that herbs resembling various parts of the body can be used by herbalists to treat ailments of those body parts. A theological justification, as stated by botanists such as William Coles, was [...]

Amrita: The Drink of the Devas

By |2019-04-16T16:19:06+03:00April 16th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Substances|Tags: , , , , , , |

Amrita, Amrit or Amata is a word that literally means "immortality" and is often referred to in ancient Indian texts as nectar. "Amṛta" is etymologically related to the Greek ambrosia and carries the same meaning. Its first occurrence is in the Rigveda, where it is considered [...]

Guarana Health Benefits

By |2019-03-10T06:16:51+03:00March 10th, 2019|Categories: Herbs & Plants, Knowledge, Substances|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Guarana is an effective energy booster. Guarana seeds are rich in caffeine and contain up to 4-8% caffeine, more than coffee beans, which contain approximately 1-2.5% caffeine. The seeds are also rich in tannins and xanthine alkaloids theophylline and theobromine. The Guarana fruits color ranges [...]

How Spices Shaped Our History

By |2019-03-08T01:33:54+03:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants|Tags: , , , , , |

Vast fortunes made and squandered, powerful rulers seduced, ailments cured, and nations discovered…all in the name of spice. Spices have always cast a spell on our imaginations. They flatter our senses: our sight with their vibrant colors, our smell with their enticing fragrances, and our [...]

The History of Penicillin

By |2019-02-26T17:50:03+03:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge, Substances|Tags: , , , , , , |

The history of penicillin follows a number of observations and discoveries of apparent evidence of antibiotic activity in molds before the modern isolation of the chemical penicillin in 1928. There are anecdotes about ancient societies using molds to treat infections, and in the following centuries, [...]