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The History of Sugar

By |2020-08-27T03:08:52+03:00August 27th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants, Substances|Tags: , , , |

Sugar was first produced from sugarcane plants in northern India sometime after the first century CE. The derivation of the word “sugar” is thought to be from Sanskrit śarkarā, meaning "ground or candied sugar," originally "grit, gravel". Sanskrit literature from ancient India, written between 1500 [...]

Haoma: A Divine Plant in Persian Culture and Mythology

By |2020-08-13T15:18:34+03:00July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants, Knowledge, Substances, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Haoma is a divine plant in Zoroastrianism and in later Persian culture and mythology. Haoma has its origins in Indo-Iranian religion and is the cognate of Vedic soma. Both Avestan haoma and Sanskrit soma derived from proto-Indo-Iranian sauma. The linguistic root of the word haoma, [...]

Historia Plantarum – An Important Book of Natural History

By |2020-04-26T15:09:59+03:00April 26th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants|Tags: , , , , , , |

Theophrastus's Enquiry into Plants or Historia Plantarum (Greek: Peri phyton historia) was, along with his mentor Aristotle's History of Animals, Pliny the Elder's Natural History and Dioscorides's De materia medica, one of the most important books of natural history written in ancient times, and like [...]

Silphium – An Ancient Wonder Plant

By |2020-04-23T12:34:17+03:00April 23rd, 2020|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants, Substances|Tags: , , , , |

Silphium (also known as silphion or laser) was a plant that was used in classical antiquity as a seasoning, perfume, as an aphrodisiac, or as a medicine. Silphium was used as a contraceptive by ancient Greeks and Romans. It was the essential item of trade from [...]

Raskovnik: A Legendary Herb in Slavic Folklore

By |2020-04-20T16:34:09+03:00April 20th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants|Tags: , , , , , , |

In Slavic folklore, the raskovnik or razkovniche is a magical herb. According to lore, the Raskovnik has the magical property to unlock or uncover anything that is locked or closed. However, legends claim it is notoriously difficult to recognize the herb, and reputedly only certain [...]

Asclepius – The Greek God of Healing

By |2020-03-28T01:02:06+03:00March 28th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Asclepius or Hepius is a hero and god of medicine in ancient Greek religion and mythology. Asclepius is the son of Apollo and Coronis, or Arsinoe, or of Apollo alone. He represents the healing aspect of the medical arts; his daughters are Hygieia ("Hygiene", the [...]

De Materia Medica – The Longest-Lasting Natural History Book

By |2020-01-08T02:01:48+03:00January 8th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants, Substances|Tags: , , , , , , , |

De materia medica is a pharmacopeia of medicinal plants and the medicines that can be obtained from them. The five-volume work was written between 50 and 70 CE by Pedanius Dioscorides, a Greek physician in the Roman army. It was widely read for more than [...]

The History of Tea

By |2020-01-02T00:48:32+03:00January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , |

The history of tea is long and complex, spreading across multiple cultures over the span of thousands of years. Tea likely originated in the Yunnan region during the Shang dynasty as a medicinal drink. An early credible record of tea drinking dates to the 3rd [...]

Pablo Amaringo – A Shaman Visionary Artist

By |2019-12-22T03:02:48+03:00December 22nd, 2019|Categories: Arts, Culture, Herbs & Plants, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , |

Pablo Amaringo was a Peruvian artist, renowned for his intricate, colorful depictions of his visions from drinking the entheogenic plant brew ayahuasca. Pablo Amaringo was first brought to the West's attention by Dennis McKenna and Luis Eduardo Luna, who met Pablo in Pucallpa while traveling [...]

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 [...]