Alternative views on alternative medicines
from Floraleads GR
The vitamin has been reified. A chemical intangible originally
defined as a unit of nutritive value, it was long ago reified into a pill.
Now it is a pill; no one except a few precise scientists define it as anything else
Florence King. From Captain Marvel to Captain Valium (1989)
The trouble with tea is that originally it was quite a good drink.
So a group of the most eminent British scientists put their heads together,
and made complicated biological experiments to find a way of spoiling it.
To the eternal glory of British science their labour bore fruit.
George Mikes. How To Be An Alien (1946)
Archdukes breakfast helper is traditional herbal seasoning served according to a legend at the table of Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand (or Franz Ferdinand), heir apparent to his great-uncle, Emperor Francis Josef. Ferdinand did like eggs but experienced problems with digestion since childhood. Once upon a time, tells the legend, traveling across the country in his young years, he was offered a herbal seasoning by the local hotel owner, who was told about Ferdinands complains. Archduke have tried it and found quite helpful. Since then the seasoning, always accompanied him. It was labeled later as Archdukes breakfast helper, because Ferdinand used to enjoy eggs at the breakfast. The legend tells, that when Ferdinand and his wife Sophie visited Sarajevo in June 1914, the seasoning somehow was forgotten. In the morning of June 28th, upset by the absence of seasoning and even more by the heavy stomach, Archduke ignored the security officer, who suggested to change the agenda and try to avoid the crowd on the streets.
Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, were assassinated on June 28th, 1914, while riding in the motorcade through the streets of Sarajevo. The assassination provided 'justification' for Austria to take hard action against Serbia. Throughout the month of July, 1914, the Austro-Serbian situation quickly escalates to include the European world powers resulting in World War. World War I begins in Europe July 28, 1914 one month after.
The legend tells, that if the seasoning would be not forgotten, the Archduke would be definitely in a better mood and would receive his officer more friendly. Who knows, if he would agree to take another route through the city, the World War I would not be conceived that day and the history of 20th century might be different. Do not forget your herbs, the legend ends.
Valerian (Valerian officinalis) is a potent herbal medicine. It is also an object of strong attraction for cats. Due to unsurpassed ability to recognize smells cat can evaluate the quality of Valerian root preparations instantly. In fact, in medieval Europe cats were regularly employed in Apothecary's shops to help qualify preparations of Valerian root, which were as popular then, as aspirin now. Slides presented below illustrate the process of approval of the tincture of Valerian by established authority in the area of Valerian root formulations: Basil, the cat.
2. Preliminary analysis
3. Deep investigation
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