Tag Archives: Ancient Times

Homage to the ‘Wise Women.’

Most medical histories chronicle great achievements by great men: Hippocrates, the father of medicine; Galen, Rome’s leading physician; William Harvey’s explanation of blood circulation; Edward Jenner’s inoculations against smallpox; Louis Pasteur’s Germ Theory; Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin. The contributions of these men unquestionably changed the world. But from ancient times down to the present day, a relatively small number

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Monasteries and Liqueurs

After the fall of Rome, European medicine was dominated by the Catholic Church, which adopted the pre-Hippocratic Greek belief that illness was a punishment from God and was treatable only by prayer and penance. But Catholic monks preserved Greco-Roman herbalism by copying the ancient texts. Among the monastic orders, the Benedictines were the most avid herbalists. They were the first

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Imhotep and the “Stinking Ones” of the Nile

In 1874, in the Valley of the Tombs near Luxor, the German Egyptologist Georg Ebers discovered the world’s oldest surviving medical text, a 65-foot papyrus dating from shortly after the time of Joseph, around 1500 B.C. The Ebers Papyrus listed 876 herbal formulas from more than 500 plants, including aloe, caraway, cardamom, castor, chamomile, cinnamon, coriander, fennel, fenugreek, garlic, gentian, ginger, juniper,

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Clary Sage Oil: The Gentler Sage Oil

A close relative of the common garden sage, the clary sage is a perennial herb that grows from May to September. When converted into an essential oil, clary sage provides outstanding benefits for your eyes, nervous system, digestion, and kidneys. Although it doesn’t come cheap, it’s still worth using due to its many positive health effects. WHAT IS CLARY SAGE

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What Are The Health Benefits Of Fennel?

Fennel is highly prized for its licorice-like flavor and the myriad of health benefits it provides and has been used in natural remedies since ancient times. Originally cultivated in the Mediterranean, fennel remains especially prevalent in Greek and Italian cuisine – though its influence has spread globally over the years. It is easily recognized by its pale bulb and long

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‘Elk Root’

Echinacea angustifolia was used extensively by the North American Plains Indians for general medical purposes. In the mid-19th and early 20th centuries, Echinacea was used for treating infection with anthrax, snakebites and also as a pain reliever. In the late 1920’s and early 1930’s Echinacea became extremely popular in Europe and North America as a herbal medication. Echinacea was first

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Olive Leaf.

Olea europaea Also, Known As: Olive Olive is an evergreen tree that grows to lofty heights of approximately 30 feet or 10 meters. The tree has intensely rigged and gray colored trunk, while the leaves are small and leathery or swarthy in appearance. The olive bears flowers that are greenish white in color and blossom in the bunch. On the

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