redolent of Mediterranean mists and sea-dew
Rosemary grows wild on the shores of the Mediterranean, and is widely cultivated in the more temperate areas of Europe and North America. This glossy shrub can be seen in decorative borders, kitchen gardens, herb gardens, and physic gardens, wherein medicinal plants are grown.
In Greek mythology rosemary is said to have been draped around the otherwise naked figure of Aphrodite when she came out of the sea. A more Christian legend is that the Virgin Mary draped her blue cloak over a white rosemary bush while she was resting on her way to Bethlehem and the flowers turned blue. The shrub was henceforth called ‘the Rose of Mary’.
Most decent cooks are familiar with this herb as an addition to meat dishes, lamb in particular. However, it can be used judiciously as a seasoning to a wide variety of recipes; soups, casseroles, salads, and stews. Use rosemary with chicken and other poultry, game (especially as its strong flavour enhances the strong flavours of game dishes), lamb, pork, beef steak, and fish, especially oily fish. It also adds flavour to otherwise bland grains, mushrooms, peas, potatoes, and greens, (especially good with spinach).
If you a drop of strong drink, then perhaps try this rosemary pomegranate grilled meyer-lemon sparkler. But beware, it’s much stronger than it looks. For some reason rosemary adds a lot to the taste of pomegranate juice.
Rosemary also goes very well with gin, try putting a sprig of the herb into a fresh bottle and letting it stand for a week or so.
A rosemary gin fizz is a very refreshing, if potent drink.
The main active ingredients in this herb are tannin and saponin. (There is also a little thujone, which is the active ingredient in wormwood, used to produce real absinthe.) Technically this adds up to rosemary being good for the immune system, blood circulation, reducing cancer forming free radicals, as an aid to digestion, enhancing memory and concentration, (especially after a stroke), staving off eye problems, and staving off aging of one’s brain, (dementia).
Rosemary can have a beneficial psychoactive effect, it will not get you very high, but it will make you feel both relaxed and alert, at one in the same time. As a sleep aid it can give you wild dreams. (Actually rosemary is a very mild ‘legal high’.)
Rosemary is best gathered in spring and summer, but as an evergreen it can be collected fresh at any time of the year. It dries very well.
the flowers are very much favoured by bees
herbs demonstrate the earth’s nurturing love
there is a love called the herbs
which knows seasons and extraction
which chooses and uses through filtration
the pungent perfume of timed infusion
aromatic alchemical warmed fluids
medicinal herbs mystical magical uses
richly potent oils from maceration
concentrated to potions by decoction
glistening alcoholic secret distillation
Aphrodisiac attention to her golden skin
sensual memories of myriad loves
sage is a psychotropic aphrodisiac
sensual women should beware
its dreams of desire
no vaccine is a magic bullet
All over the media is the ‘good news’ that there will soon be an effective and properly tested vaccination against the coronavirus that will give up to 90% protection against becoming ill. It won’t stop anyone from catching the virus, but if you do catch it, then you shouldn’t get very sick because your body already has already been trained to recogise and combat COVID-19.
And the science on vaccines is settled ~ they are both safe and effective. Actually no. Anyone who says that; ‘the science is settled’ knows dick-all about science. Science is never finished, settled, nor complete. As our knowledge expands and progresses so good scientists go back and take another look at old truths, maxims, and proofs. Sometimes they discover things that startle and frighten them. To give you an easy example; Pythagoras Theorem is mostly wrong ~ it only works all the time if the Earth is flat.
So, when the pharmaceutical industry, doctors, the government, and the media tell you that vaccines are safe, and the new coronavirus vaccine is completely safe and 90% effective, do you actually trust them? Do you trust drugs giant Pfizer, (who also make Viagra), who are set to make billions of $ from their new vaccine? Do you trust the people who might give you the couple of jabs you will need to have kept the vaccine at an even 70 degrees below zero? As it goes I trust none of the above.
Vaccination is the holy grail of medicine, and anyone who challenges its safety will be ignored, denigrated, ridiculed, and howled down. For the medical professions, vaccination is power, and power corrupts.
One reason that vaccines are unsafe is that they have stuff in them other than an attenuated version of the virus, because if that’s all you got the vaccine wouldn’t work at all. So vaccines have accelerators, (adjuvants), in them to strengthen the body’s response to the vaccine. Until quite recently mercury was used, now it’s mostly aluminium. These adjuvents are dangerous.
What vaccines are supposed to do are produce immune responses in appropriate cells. Vaccines affect every cell in your body, altering your DNA / RNA ~ and not always in a good way. There are things called telomeres on the ends of your chromosomes, and vaccines shorten these telomeres. So what? When your cells’ telmomeres are too short, you die.
This is a short post about a long and complicated topic. If you want to know more research it, but not on Google ~ the people involved with Google are set to make further fortunes from the coronavirus vaccines.
Personally, I will be last in line to be vaccinated against anything ~ the coronavirus especially.
there’s a reason for the ‘mad scientist’ paradigm
if you have a wasps nest, burn down your house
Boris has lost the plot
Here in England the government’s popularity has tanked after the latest hysterical pronouncements on ‘controlling the coronavirus’. Luckily the Chancellor of the Exchequer has vetoed the idea of a second national lockdown and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s own party’s Members of Parliament are in open revolt over the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 laws, regulations, and recommendations. Voters here are also more worried about the state of the economy than they are about a virus which is a lot less worse than the seasonal flu which is about to hit us. Polls suggest that 48% of voters think the government is doing ‘the wrong things’, while only 38% believe the government has got it right.
This coming week M.P.s will vote on whether ministers need parliamentary approval before introducing any more COVID-19 laws and regulations. The signs are that the government will lose this vote and be forced to come to parliament every time they want to enact another stupid coronavirus law.
England is in the grip of corrupt mad scientists, especially Sir John Bell who owns £770,000 worth of shares in Roche, the pharmaceutical company who charged £13.5 million for the pointless antibody screening kits he advocated. Then there is Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, who has £600,000 of shares in GlaxoSmithKline the pharmaceutical company developing coronavirus vaccines that are unlikely to do anything to stop this alleged pandemic.
The influenza vaccine, which is widely regarded as being a success, is said to prevent 50% of cases in a good year, down to 15% in years when the winter flu really takes hold. But that’s statistical rubbish because only the people who have had the vaccine are measured. It’s likely that half the people who become eligible to have the COVID-19 vaccine won’t have anything to do with it, and that there just isn’t the capacity to immunise large swathes of the population anyway. The coronavirus vaccine is no silver bullet.
The worst place for COVID-19 in England is a North Western town called Burnley, which has the equivalent of 256 cases per 100,000 people, or an infection rate of 0.256% of its population. You have more chance of being run over by a bus than you have catching the coronavirus.
Meanwhile business here; bars, pubs, restaurants, are subject to a 10 pm curfew. All that means is that young people start their drinking night out earlier in the evening. Slow handclap for the thick scientists who thought that a curfew was a good, workable idea.
Some say that COVID-19 is the worst threat faced by civilisation, ever. And that we must all be good sheep and follow our government’s orders. All I know is that the government has totally lost the plot.
mad scientists are running the country now
rose hips are the fruit of the flower of love
no matter what they say, rose hips are indeed a fruit
High summer presses its heat and humidity down on us, and yet in England the hedgerows are already beginning to ripen with wild harvest. One of the hedgerow’s natural bounties is the false fruit of the dog rose, (rosa canina), more commonly known in England as rose hips.
You can do a lot of stuff with rose hips, from making syrups and jams, to my preferred use which is to make a tincture of rose hips and rosemary in apple cider vinegar. As well as sweetening and adding taste to the cider vinegar. the rose hips also add diuretic, lithontriptic, and mild laxative qualities to your brew. As for rosemary, this stuff is almost a cure-all. I just add an odd number of fresh sprigs to the bottle, (for good fortune it must be an odd number.)
The finished product, (ready in about 6 weeks and will keep for a year or a lot longer), is a great basis for a salad dressing. Diluted in water it is also a first class tonic and as part of a whole-body cleanse. There may be no truth whatsoever in the persistent rumour that this concoction is a very potent female aphrodisiac. However, it is well known to be a cure for practically whatever that ails you.
You can also make a true tincture of rose hips using medicinal alcohol, (or vodka). For those of us with a real taste for booze, just make a rose hip brandy or vodka. I have even heard of rose hip gin, and although I’ve never tasted it, I have it on very good authority, from a very close friend, that this booze is the bomb.
The dog rose is an important plant to the herbalist, because the leaves, petals, and hips all have their uses. In a hedgerow, the plant may reach six feet or more in height, its flowers can be anything from white to a delicate pink, and if will guard its bounty with some particularly persistent thorns. (You can also use the hips, leaves, and petals of the cultivated rose, but I would look for a rose variety that’s as close to the wild rose as possible.)
Some say that you must be very careful when picking fruits, berries, and salad leaves from the wild ~ the uninitiated may pick themselves a deadly poison. And that everything belongs to somebody, so be discreet. All I know is that the mixture of rose hips, rosemary, and organic apple cider vinegar is as near to a sorcerer’s brew as anything I know.
a rose by any other name is still as sweet
even if it’s a dog
a gluten-free diet is not just a fad ~ modern wheat is bad for everyone
Some say that wheat is safe for everyone except those who have celiac disease. And, that non-celiac gluten sensitivity isn’t a real medical condition. So why is wheat bad for you? Especially genetically enhanced, chemical laden, pesticide sprayed, modern American wheat is really, really bad for you. If you have the sense your mother gave you, then you should stop eating anything made from wheat.
Gluten intolerance and celiac disease are direct results of American agriculture policy and, specifically, the government’s wading into the food arena. ~ Joel Salatin.
Gluten is what turns a mixture of flower and water into glue. Gluten is a family of proteins found in grains like; wheat, spelt, rye, barley, bulgur, oats, and seitan. There is no gluten in either quinoa or rice. Nor is there any gluten in potato or beans. However gluten is found in almost all processed and packaged foods, sauces, and canned food.
Non celiac gluten sensitivity is poorly understood, and there are no specific medical tests of your blood, stool, or urine that can reliably diagnose gluten intolerance. You and your doctors can only reliably diagnose gluten intolerance by the symptoms and health problems you have. On the other hand, there are reliable diagnostic tests for full-blown celiac disease.
- Irritable bowl problems such as abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, constipation, and diarrhoea.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Irritation of the mouth and throat.
- Brain fog, difficulty concentrating, problematic memory.
- Frequent headaches.
- Mood changes, anxiety, depression, irritability.
- Low energy and chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Muscle and joint pains. Osteoporosis.
- Peripheral neuropathy, numbness and tingling in the hands, arms, feet and legs.
- Skin problems, dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, skin rashes.
- Nutrient deficiencies, vitamin deficiencies, iron deficiency, anemia.
- Asthmatic attacks.
- Higher risk of learning problems including autism and ADHD.
- Sexual problems and in women missed periods.
- Gut autoimmunity, damage to the gut biome
Gluten intolerance will affect every single part of the body as the bacteria in your gut help to control everything from nutrient absorption, to hormone production, to metabolic function, to the way your brain works.
The problem is that gluten from wheat is found in just as many products as that other evil and unnatural food; high fructose corn syrup. One should read the labels before buying any food, and certainly avoid these foods
- bread, crackers, pizza, burritos, tortilla, cakes, cookies and the like
- beer, lager, stouts, ales
- barley malt
- packaged, store bought chicken broth
- malt vinegar ~ buy natural organic apple cider vinegar instead
- most salad dressings including mayonnaise
- veggie burgers unless they are certified gluten-free
- soy sauce
- packets of seasonings and spice mixes
- noodles unless they are rice noodles
- all pasta, (unless it’s marked gluten-free)
- most condiments
- non dairy creamer
- bullion cubes and stock cubes
- canned soups
- cheese spreads and other processed cheeses
- sausages and hot dogs
- ice cream, frozen yogurt, and milk unless it’s from grass-fed cows.
- Sour cream, which may contain modified food starch.
If you are even mildly gluten intolerant you will need to be very careful when eating out. The same goes for buying Chinese take-out which is likely to be stuffed with MSG, (Monosodium Glutamate). When eating out avoid fried foods, thickened sauces, and obviously bread. Try to drink gluten-free booze such as cider, wine, spirits and liqueurs, (there are gluten-free beers). And, if you’re drinking spirits don’t have diet soda as your mixer ~ diet soda is also bad for you.
Some say that gluten intolerance might really be glyphosate poisoning. And that pre-harvest spraying of wheat and sugar cane with Roundup makes for an easier harvest. All I know is that I don’t want to eat food contaminated with weed-killer.
Glyphosate is for sure, in every bite of food that contains wheat. ~ Nancy S. Mure
As it goes, wheat flour and refined sugars are just so very bad for you that your best choice is to avoid them all together. The list of health problems caused by these two staple foods is both long and nasty.
For most of us, giving up bread and beer is a pretty easy and very beneficial thing to do.
Some say that if you want to be really fit and healthy, start by never again eating anything made with wheat flour. And that you know it makes sense. All I know is that I’ve felt healthier, fitter, and more alert since I realised that wheat is bad for you.
sigh…. Guinness and brown bread with Irish Stew is so good…..
gylphosate from roundup is in every morsel of food that contains wheat
not everyone is part of the agribusiness conglomerates
Some of us have average sized gardens / yards, and pets, and don’t actually like putting commercial pesticides / weedkillers / noxious chemicals around our homes. And yet, for the majority of gardeners there is still that need to control pernicious weeds, and truth be told stuff like roundup is good at that.
So, how to control weeds without resorting to artificial weedkillers?
- Weeding. Without a shadow of a doubt the very best way to control weeds is to dig them up, roots and all, and either burn them or put them in the appropriate trash bin. I eradicated a destructive patch of Japanese Knotweed just by digging it out. The snag is that is very hard work and very time consuming.
- Landscape Fabric. If you have a large area over which to control weeds, then you can use a physical barrier, sometimes called a landscape fabric. First you either have to cut the weeds down as low as you can, or turn over the ground, preferably both ~ then you lay the landscape fabric barrier over the top or the cleared area. You can buy this stuff on a roll, or if you’re moving into a new home you can use the old carpets you’re having taken out, (but NOT if they are rubber-backed). Snag is whatever you use as a barrier it’s going to look naff, so you will need to cover it with a much such as chipped bark.
- Burning. With a few exceptions plants do not like fire. So, you could buy a garden flame-gun and burn the things to death. DO NOT do this if you are an amateur, you could end up burning down your home if you start a fire in dry vegetation.
- Home Made Organic Weedkiller. There are some ordinary household chemicals that will very effectively kill weeds and keep them suppressed over a long time. We are not talking noxious things like bleach, just ordinary stuff. My recipe for organic weedkiller is;
- a pound of salt
- a bottle of washing up liquid
- two pints of white vinegar
- a gallon of water
Mix the stuff together, put the vinegar in first, then the salt, (you’ll need hot water to dissolve the salt), and lastly add the washing up liquid, (don’t let it froth up). You need to have all the salt dissolved. Just use a watering can, and you don’t need to drown the weeds. You might need a few applications over a week, especially if it rains.
The best thing is that none of the above will hurt your pets, except careless use of a flame gun. (Scrap the flame gun idea.)
Some say the only proper way to control weeds is to dig them up. And that there is nothing wrong with roundup. All I know is that salt and vinegar will kill weeds.
people should understand that doctors are not infallible saints
Here in England there has just been published a damning government apology after a review into three unsafe medical treatments for women.
Arrogant male surgeons, doctors, and other ‘medical professionals’ dismissed their patients’ reports of severe pain, birth defects, discomfort, loss of a sex-life, broken marriages, severe depression, attempted suicides, and destroyed lives as merely ‘women’s problems’.
The first of these unsafe medical treatments is the use of vaginal mesh to treat prolapse and incontinence. The government’s investigation and report was only undertaken after a long campaign by 8,000 women who formed a group called ‘Sling The Mesh’. Allegedly, most of the women who have had this operation were not fully informed by their doctors and surgeons of the appalling risks attached to the implant of something called transvaginal tape, (TVT). The procedure has been widely used in the UK and USA, and around 45% of the women operated on suffered severe complications. This kind of thing is already banned in New Zealand, but as expected the medical authorities here in England are vacillating somewhat on imposing a total ban on vaginal mesh implants.
The other two scandals to break today are of the hormonal pregnancy test Primodos, associated with damage to children born to mothers who took it ~ and the treatment for epilepsy sodium valporate, which harms babies if taken during pregnancy.
These three latest scandals follow on the heels of Thalidomide, defective pacemakers, faulty artificial hips, PIP breast implants, and maternity deaths due to clinical malpractice.
Of course, nothing like this will ever happen again
I knew a very eminent surgeon who confided in me that the very last thing a patient wants to do is to go under a surgeon’s scalpel ~ the risks are just too great. Personally, I used to trust my doctor until he insisted of giving me a drug that would do me no good whatsoever, for a complaint a didn’t have, and carried with it lots of unpleasant side-effects. It will be a very long time before I again seek help from any doctor.
Some say that the National Health Service in England is Broken and Unfit for Purpose. And that the last thing anyone should think about doing is consult a doctor. All I know is that ‘first do no harm’ is looking a little thin.
women’s medical problems are often ignored, missed, or misdiagnosed