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Paracelsus: An Alchemical Genius of the Renaissance

By |2018-10-13T12:09:43+03:00October 13th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , |

Auroleus Phillipus Theostratus Bombastus von Hohenheim, immortalized as “Paracelsus,” was born in 1493. He was the son of a well-known physician who was described as a Grand Master of the Teutonic Order, and it was from him that Paracelsus took his first instruction in medicine. [...]

Deadly Nightshade: The Wicked Belladonna

By |2018-05-30T01:55:01+03:00August 16th, 2017|Categories: Herbs & Plants, Substances|Tags: , , |

Deadly nightshade, devil’s berries, death cherries. No matter what name it goes by, Atropa Belladonna is one of the most poisonous herbs in the world. From suicide to murder, belladonna has been a favorite tool for centuries to bring about a quick (and unpleasant) death. [...]

Opium Poppy: A Powerful Medicine for Pain Relief

By |2017-08-10T19:08:07+03:00August 10th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants, Substances|Tags: , , , |

Of all plants used in the field of medicine, none has been as widely employed, none has helped to save as many lives and ease suffering, as the opium poppy. Opium poppy and its derivatives have been used since antiquity. Cultivation of opium poppy dates [...]