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ElizaCharlotte

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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.

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Welcome. :cheers:

 

I've always wondered what (besides jolly up the barracks), the daily ration of absinthe did for French soldiers fighting the French-Algerian war. The wormwood plant has long been used medicinally as a vermifuge, but is there enough wormwood in absinthe to make it effective in that way?

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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?

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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.

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Nobody has a sense of humor anymore.

I thought wondering if you were a boy or girl was humorous. I bet she caught a glimpse of that ponytail (either that or your hair) :harhar:

 

Welcome, Eliza, and bring on the Absinthe Prostitutes pics

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I thought wondering if you were a boy or girl was humorous.  I bet she caught a glimpse of that ponytail (either that or your hair) :harhar: 

I doubt she'd have lurked to that depth.

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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?

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Fennel? That camphorous, spicy herb of India? Excellent for cooking and sausages.

Ah, but it's more refined, cultured cousin from Firenze?

Now those seeds I could spend some quality time with.

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