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Aphrodite’s Herbalist

there is a quiet garden in the heart of love

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There is a love called herbs

which knows seasons and extractions

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Which chooses and uses through filtration

the pungent scent of timed infusion

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Aromatic alchemical hot liquids

spiritually medicinal herbs magical uses

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Richly potent oils from maceration

concentrated to potion by decoction

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Emollient lipid gynaecium creams

narcotic soporific synergic alcoholate

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Glistens alcoholic secret distillation

Aphrodisiac attention to her golden skin

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Aphrodite’s herbalist

enhances nature’s beautiful love

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 jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

some herbs are more mind enhancing than others

My Aphrodisiac Was She

once we were lovers, but somehow things have changed

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doesn’t take a genius

to know

that it’s all in the past

and you know

it wasn’t supposed to last

but one more throw

of loaded dice wasn’t to suffice

to tell me although

I should never have even asked

if she had felt love’s glow

and the answer was always no

she was just a stimulating aphrodisiac

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jack collier

jackcollier@talktalk.net

 

the aphrodisia

goddess of sexual love

Medicinal Plants ~ Rosehips

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Autumn is upon us, and in England the hedgerows are full wild harvest.  One of these is the false fruit of the dog rose, (rosa canina), more commonly known in England as rose hips.

p1050177You 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, (it must be an odd number.)

The finished product, (ready in about 6 weeks and will keep for a year or more), 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 is no truth whatsoever in the rumour that this is a female aphrodisiac.  However, it is supposed 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, although I’ve never tasted it.

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.)

The mixture of rose hips, rosemary, and organic apple cider vinegar is as near to a sorcerer’s brew as anything I know.

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canina1jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Food on Friday # 41 ~ Figs

Figs?  FIGS!!!  I used to believe figs only came in biscuits called fig rolls, (or cookies called fig newtons).  Now I am more of a worldly-wise guy I know figs are delicious fresh, and in a load of cool recipes.  I’m also given to understand that the warmer parts of the world are awash with ripening figs just now.

Figs are the original superfood.  As well as being highly nutritious, they are also good for helping with constipation, (I knew that), indigestion, piles bronchitis asthma, and high blood pressure.  There is a couple of millenia of anecdotal evidence that figs are an aphrodisiac too.  (male or female or both?)

From the White on Rice Couple, Todd Porter and Diane Cu, we have this cool and very easy dish; baked figs with bacon, blue cheese, roasted nuts.  Todd and Diane are based out of Orange County in SoCal, and I think my friend who lives out there will like this recipe.

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Baked Figs With Bacon, Blue Cheese, Roasted Nuts

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Teighan Gerard hails from Silverthorne, Colerado, and there must be a lot of figs there too.  Teighan, (aka Half Baked Harvest), always has fabulous-looking salads, and this one is no exception; nectarine and fried mozzarella caprese salad, (there are figs too).

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Nectarine & Fried Mozzarella Caprese Salad

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For a cool mixture of sweet and savoury in an allergen-free recipe, Heather Christo has this couscous salad with currants, figs, and pistachios.  Great to make too much and take the leftovers to the office for lunch.

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Couscous Salad With Currants, Figs, & Pistachios

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I don’t drink these days, but I still enjoy booze in cooking, and I think pork tenderloin is such a great cut.  Add some figs to that and we have bourbon fig & gorgonzola stuffed pork tenderloin, thanks to Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is.

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Bourbon Fig & Gorgonzola Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

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This is such a classic dish, either as an appetiser, or as a party staple, and I’d forgotten all about it until I was writing this post.  So, thanks to Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, we have bacon wrapped figs.  (The good news is these are zero carbs and do your digestion the power of good.)

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Bacon Wrapped Figs

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I know a girl who will love this dish, and I promise her this is the most exotic easy appetiser ever, or a great snack.  So from Cooking Without Limits I strongly recommend that ‘the girl riding shotgun’ tries these pears and figs with blue cheese.

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Pears And Figs With Blue Cheese

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Finally for this week, something classic and simple ~ from the Perth Hills in Western Australia, Ros at Cooking up the Pantry, has this great fig and macadamia salad with labne.  (Labne is marinated yogurt balls.)  ((I may try this with almonds instead of macadamia…))

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Fig And Macadamia Salad With Labne

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liebster-12Thanks ever so much to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Psychotropic Herbs ~ Sage

SAGE IS AN IMPORTANT HERB FOR ADULT WOMEN

Like most herbs, common or garden sage is a plant packed with complex organoleptic phytochemicals.  These compounds are why herbs are great for flavouring food.  Organoleptic means affecting the senses, and as we all know there are a lot more than 5 of those.  It’s commonly held that humans have 13 senses, but that list may not even scratch the surface.  For example, how do you always know when someone is staring at you?  Not only that, the complicated stuff in the plants we commonly use as herbs would also seem to bypass the senses and work directly on the brain to affect a person’s mental state.  The unregarded sage, Salvia Officinalis, is chock-full of interesting compounds which would be illegal if you tried to buy them over-the-counter.

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Sage ~ The Psychotropic Herb

As any organic chemist will tell you, if you add chemical compounds together, you will often create something that is more spellbinding, than the sum of the individual effects.  That is also what happens when we ingest herbs.  The separate ‘drugs’ in herbs are engaging, but in combination they can be enthralling.  The unique combination of chemicals in sage has a particularly strong influence upon adult women.

The modern urban man with a bit of a garden, balcony, doorstep can easily grow sage.  Like a lot of herbs it it very tolerant of poor soil and sun.  Sage also comes in a host of varieties ~ different sizes, colours, leaf patterns, in fact you could make yourself a sage garden.  Sage reaches a height of about 2 feet, can be pretty rampant, grows best in full sun in slightly acid soil, pH 5.5 to 6.5, and the old growth should be cut back by about half in early spring.  The herbs to grow along with common sage are parsley and clary sage.  Neither sage nor clary will grow well indoors.

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Sages in the garden

Sage is one of the essential culinary herbs, and it’s brilliant for the aspiring cook, as there are many recipes where you can make sage the single herbal ingredient, without having to bother with a host of other strange bits of green stuff with strange sounding names.  One classic recipe is Fegato alla Toscana (sage seared calves liver, Toscana meaning Tuscany).  The recipe also calls for parsley, sometimes called ‘the poor man’s marijuana.’

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Diviner’s Sage Salvia Divinorum

While common sage, (Salvia officialis), is packed with psychotropic drugs, diviner’s sage, (Salvia divornorum), is so psychedelic that its legality is under consideration in some US states.

The effective parts of the plant for culinary and medicinal uses are the leaves and flowering tops, and these are best gathered in spring.  The active compounds in sage include; asparagine, borneol, camphene, eucalyptol, oestrogens, pinene, salvene, saponin, tannin, and thujone.  Thujone has a very similar effect on the human mind as does the THC in marijuana.  If you can get hold of a plant, diviner’s sage, (a.k.a. Mexican Mint Sage), contains a lot of Salvinorin A which targets the brain’s kappa opoid receptors.   Salvorin A is the strongest natural hallucenogenic.  Basically, sage has similar stuff in it as the wormwood used in absinthe.

Sage is best picked fresh and used straight away.  You can easily dry it for use all year around, but dried sage isn’t always as effective as the fresh article.  Don’t pick it after early autumn, in fact don’t pick much sage after the flowers have all gone.

Two very important words of warning.  Diviner’s sage really is a potentially potent hallucenogenic.  Pregnant womenshould avoid clary sage, it can bring on child labour.  In fact if you are thinking about using sage for medicinal purposes, then it may be best to have a word with your doctor before you start experimenting.

Sage, especially clary sage, (Salvia sciarea), is a woman’s herb.  The other spices herbs and oils to use with it if it’s to help a woman with anything at all are; cinnamon, geranium, jasmine, sandalwood and  lemongrass.  Mixing these with a lot of alcohol is not necessarily a brilliant idea unless the effect you are looking for is euphoric desire.  In that case, run your lady a tub and add sage oil or fresh sage leaves to the water.  Get a couple of scented candles in jasmine or sandalwood.  Mix your lady an aphrodisiac drink ~ creme de cacao and tequila are good.  Wash her hair and give her a head massage using fresh sage leaves or sage tincture ~ which also treats dandruff.  If she’s a smoker give her a sage cigarette, which is also good for asthma.

The various types of sage have the following properties;

  • Anti-asthmatic.  If you suffer from asthma and must smoke, add dried sage to your tobacco, or just smoke sage and parsley.
  • Antiseptic.  ‘He who would live for aye, must eat sage in May.’  Sage kills staphyloccocus.
  • Athrtitis.  Sage is a useful anti-inflammatiry.
  • Aphrodisiac.  Enhances desire and performance.
  • Aids digestion of food.
  • Antisodiferous.  Stops breath, flatulence, and  sweat from smelling bad.
  • Carminative.  Cleanses the bowels. Helps deal with colic, flatulence, bloating, and belching.
  • Cholagogic.  Promotes the flow of bile from the gallbladder to the duodenum, aiding digestion and emulsifying fats.
  • Emmenagogic.  Helps to promote and ease menstrual discharge.
  • Grey hair.  If one rinses the first grey hairs with extract of sage, the natural colour will return.
  • Hallucinogenic.  Particularly diviner’s sage.
  • Lesions.  Sage helps with bed sores, nettle rash, and insect bites, itches, eczma, burns and cuts, and herpes.
  • Heart disease.  Particularly Salvia miltiorrhiza can be used to treat coronory artery disease such as angina.
  • Soap.  Women can usefully use fresh sage as part of their hair-care routines, remembering the possible side effects..
  • Soporific.  Especially clary sage.
  • Magic.  Salvia means to save, or to heal, as in; apply a healing salve.  Sage is the symbol of the Virgin Mary, even though the herb itself is given masculine attributes.  Sage is said to ease the pain of mourning, grant wishes, assist longevity, promote wisdom, and to offer protection.  Sagacious means wise or shrewd.
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Maleficent ~ sage is a powerful soporific

The flowers, leaves and seeds of sage can be used fresh or dried.  Fresh sage will keep a while in the refrigerator, and you can freeze it.  Dried sage goes in the kitchen cupboards or just hang the stuff in bunches.  Culinary Sage is used as indicated by whatever recipe you are using.  One can also use fresh sage in salads, sauces, stuffings, tea, alcoholic drinks, fruit drinks, smoothies, floated in bath water, and as soap.  Dried sage has a more intense flavour than fresh sage, and one can smoke the stuff.  You can smudge both fresh and dried sage.  Sage makes a good addition to dried flower arrangements and potpourri.

Aphrodite’s Herbalist

Aphrodite

Aphrodite’s Herbalist

There is a love called herbs

which knows seasons and extraction

~

Which chooses and uses through filtration

the pungent scent of timed infusion

~

Aromatic alchemical hot liquids

medicinal herbs magical uses

~

Richly potent oils from maceration

concentrated to potion by decoction

~

Glisten alcoholic secret distillation

Aphrodisiac attention to golden skin

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 by jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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