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  1. If you're purchasing absinthe from the marketplace, it would be moderately useful in combatting malaria, but primarily in a prophylactic sense. A. absinthium is useful in supporting immune function, which is it's primary action against malaria and many other potential ailments. A. annua, commonly called Sweet Annie or Sweet wormwood, is the plant source of artemisinin, which specifically targets malaria, as well as the many cancerous cells which are highly concentrated with iron. Non-commercial recipes for Absinthe call for A. annua, one of the many reasons why archaic, pre-commercial formulas were widely used as panaceas... medicine for all that ails you. Also, there is absolutely no need for synthesized artemisinin. The excuse for industrializing, and PATENTING, the remedy (which has been known for many hundreds of years in China, remember) is that artemisinin metabolizes very quickly, and is active for only approximately 2 hours following consumption. The pharmaceutical version combines artemisinin with a chemical agent that extends the time of medicinal action. This approach denies the benefit of whole plant medicine, which generally results in side effects, and creates a drug that is PATENTED and EXPENSIVE. The majority of people on the planet who need this treatment are exceptionally poor. Once again, Western corporations find a solution that is driven by capitalism rather than science and common sense. The real solution? A. annua plants and seeds! Processed as an infusion- all you need is off-the-boil water - it is perfectly effective when consumed as a beverage throughout the day. Just drink it! People can then grow their own medicine and use it as needed, without suffering from the greed of the pharmaceutical industry.
  2. She's been lurking fairly entensively, actually. In fact, she noted that G&C may carry the Scorpion propensity for enjoying a good sting now and then, so long as he's the stinger. She also thought she might select a lovely photo from her collection as her avatar... with Hiram's permission... to distract the boys and get the upper hand in the bantering. All in good green fun, of course. In the meantime, those with an inclination to understand our medicine of choice may wish to join me in a conversation about other herbal ingredients. Hyssop is among my favorites... perhaps G&C would agree, hmmmm? Shall we move to Science?
  3. Tangents and Tantrums... regarding topics not even remotely about absinthe. Interesting venue suggestion. Perhaps you're the boy, or girl, to ask for resources for vintage photos with absinthe as a subject, or preferably, with those imbibing as the subjects? I do have a few photos of women described as "absinthe prostitutes" which are quite lovely. Not crass, but instead very erotic and languid.
  4. Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) contains a terpene (absinthin) that is among the bitterest substances known. Bitter herbs are useful digestive stimulants and are traditionally taken as tonics before meals. We still engage in this useful practice with the enjoyment of aperitifs before dinner. Interestingly, bitters are the only medicines that must be tasted to be effective; in fact, the action of tasting bitterness excites the secretion of digestive acids and actions. Low gastric activity is associated with many chronic diseases, including asthma, eczema, rosacea, allergy and gallbladder disease. Recent scientific study confirms the traditional understanding that the immune system is founded in the intestines, and healthy digestion is the foundation of healthy immunity. Other medicinal actions of bitters, specifically A. absinthium, include: normalization of blood sugars in both reactive hypoglycemics and diabetics; prophylactic (preventative) use against enteric (gastrointestinal tract) and hepatic (liver) infections; and prebiotic action, meaning, a crucial secondary effect of improved upper digestive tract funtion is the capacity of the intestines to host beneficial microflora- the lack of which is strongly implicated in autoimmune disease. Notably, bitters are tonics, meaning that the medicinal actions are most pronounced after continued use. It is a general principle that pregnant women should refrain from using medicines unless necessary. Certain medicines are particularly contraindicated, Artemisia absinthium among them, as a known abortifacient. Of course, we are discussing only one of many ingredients in Absinthe. Further, the archaic formulas for the tonic included many more medicinal plants. I'd love to discuss the many varied medicinal actions of other Absinthe ingredients. Perhaps we should move to a more appropriate forum venue?
  5. All very interesting. Note that the apparent purpose of oxygenation and the application of heat and light regards the subjective goal of improving flavor. Perhaps we should consider this further. Medicinally speaking, light and heat are undesirable, and result in the degradation of desired chemical components. Hence, the use of amber or other opaque glass containers for both raw herbs and processed herbal formulas. Arguably, the majority of the most potent, valued herbal medicines are referred to as bitters for a very good reason. A bitter flavor usually indicates the presence of strong chemical terpenes and alkaloids, for good or for bad. In many cultures, bitterness holds a respected place on the palate, and a good meal involves some recognition of bitterness. In our modern Western society, however, this is not the case. Preference for sweet and salty dominates. Interestingly, two of our most valued favorites are in fact strong bitters, left unmolested by sugary processing: coffee and chocolate. Despite ourselves, we heed our animal sense to find a more balanced palate. The notion of good taste is a cultural artifact. Is it possible that the inclination to "improve" the flavor of Absinthe in fact results in a degradation of the quality of the product? I suppose it depends on your individual understanding of quality. Bitterness for the sake of being nasty is not at all the ambition. Bitterness, however, as a byproduct of potency, is a taste worth cultivating. As for me, I enjoy a meaningful bitter.
  6. I'm delighted to find a community of such well informed enthusiasts. I come to the conversation from the perspective of a plant medicine-maker. While I thoroughly enjoy study of biochemistry and phytochemistry and don't deny the value of contemporary science, I firmly believe in the principle of traditional useage of plant medicines as the primary basis for formulation. As a result, I am a devotee of the history of apothecary, with a focus on the traditional medicines of Europe and North America. While many among you are most engaged in the exploration of Absinthe in terms of the experience... the ritual, the tastes, the sensory effects... I approach Absinthe first in terms of medicine. Do remember that the fine sensibilites of the contemporary Absinthe experience derive from it's origin as an exceptional medicine. I live in the country and maintain medicine gardens which are the foundation of my formulas.
  7. Yes, Green One, please. I would love a copy, and French does nicely. I'm new to the forum, and thank you.
  8. Actually, artemisinin is a phytochemical component of Artemisia annua (Quing-Hao in TCM, with the common names of Sweet Annie or Sweet wormwood.) The use of common names in technical scientific reporting is unfortunate, since reference to wormwood in any context will most often be understood as Artemisia absinthium. Regardless, archaic absinthe recipes (rather, those recipes that predate large-scale production of the elixir that came to be known as absinthe) did call for Sweet Annie; futher, these tonics were known to be used in the treatment of malaria, in addition to usage as general panaceas.
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