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Wild medicine and tansy cakes - choice

 

It happening with the Tansy cakes. I had to ask for my part 'Why would everybody eat something so entirely disgusting in taste'? Chrysanthemum Vulgare is a conventional constant in the British Isles and the name Tansy is said to be derivative from the Greek 'athansia', gist 'immortal'. Reasons recommended for this bring in the fact that the dried flower lasts evermore or that it has a healing condition contributing to long life. Looking back to Greek literature, Tansy was given by the Gods to Ganymede to make him immortal. In the dialect of vegetation the gift of Tansy means 'Rejected address' - " I am not concerned in you". Its alien taste, not contrasting the smell of 'mothballs' might have a bit to do with this.

Tansy definitely had a reputation as a vermicide and vermifuge (killing and dispelling intestinal worms) in the central ages. John Gerard wrote in his 17th century Herball:

"In the Bounce time are made with the foliage here of newly sprung up, and with eggs, cakes of Tansies, which be amusing to taste, and good for the stomacke. For if any bad humours hew there unto, it doth absolutely cook them and scoure them downewards".

Tansy was a collective kitchen plot herb for curative and cooking use, in place of dear exotic spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon. It was used to flavour custard, cakes, milk puddings, omlettes and freshwater fish. In Ireland it was incorporated in sausages called 'Drisheens'. Its use as a springtime 'cleanser' became ritualised into a part of the Christian holy Easter traditions;

"On Easter Sunday be the pudding seen, To which the Tansy lends her sober green. "

The consensus on this much on paper about herb is that it was used at Easter to decontaminate the blood after lent. This consensus shows a catch though, in that in England the plant does not show plants until the end of May - well after Easter. This is demonstrate of the digestion of artless 'self-medicating' herbalism into a calculating devout patriarchy.

Observation of wild and disciplined animals shows that they commonly self-medicate with wild plants. Sick chimpanzees chew bitter foliage from a bush not as a rule part of their diet, and then recover. Examination by Michael Hoffman shows that a actual nematode worm is conventional in the monkey's gut all through the rainy flavor and that their chewing of the grass coincided with the incidence of this parasite, which it destroyed. This was the same bush that local tribes use to get rid of stomach parasites.

Dogs and cats self medicate by drinking couch grass or cleavers. Parrots, chickens, camels, snow geese, starlings - all have been pragmatic consuming substances by and large alien to their diet to counteractive effect. Bears especially are acclaimed by North American Indian background as they symbolise the powers of 'regeneration'. North American Indians naked the use of a root called Osha from bears. It is so helpful as an all round painkiller, antiviral, antipeptic that it is now on the in danger of extinction species list.

The Hazy Bear worm has also been practical to alteration its diet according to whether it is infected by a exact parasite. As normal a Lupin eater, the worm increases its attempt of existing a exact fly freeloader by shifting to a diet of Poison Hemlock. Self-medication is not as a result a 'rational choice' in other species, but a cautiously integrated part of a survival machine aligned with an hidden killer - disease. Humans seem to have lost this sense of their own shape and are not by and large educated as to the uses of plants budding about them.

Humans often self-medicate even if - alcohol immoderation to deal with stress being an evident exemplar of this or the ready availability of pharmaceutical or boulevard drugs. We often consume substances such as caffeine or sugar drinks for easy energy. The biological trait towards self-medicating may well be at the basis of many of our unconscious 'eating choices'. Potatoes control a form of opiate and all foods to some coverage can act as 'alteratives' to a distinctive physiology. We talk about comfort foods and pleasing ourselves with treats to eat. Often we might have a favourite food that can help if we feel too ill to eat, like snarled egg. This is a inimitable food for the reason that it contains all of the amino acids we need to digest it. Chocolate is to many the crucial comfort food treat.

An extremist case in point of what we do is shown in 'Pica' where a anyone gets disobedient requirements to eat a number of fit for human consumption (and inedible) substances. This form is occurs in pregnant women and is brain wave to articulate the need for detail minerals. For the reason that our food sources are often imperfect to processed food, and for the reason that of the destruction of herbal folk-lore and approach to wild medicine, many of us have lost touch with our 'health sense' or aptitude to use food or wild plants as defensive or remedial self-medication.

But at last the wheel is spinning and associates want admittance to this more holistic and gentle sense of fitness that is prevalent in other health philosophies such as Chinese or Tibetan. If you like the taste of mothballs you could even try Tansy cakes.

Article with appreciation to Roger Phillips and Michael Hoffman

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