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You're beginning to sound a bit like a botanical druggie.

But then again my Dad had to study botanicals as part of his pharmacy training. Have you tried extract of willow bark?


No, I haven't heard about willow bark, but as its active ingredient is salacin, it would not be helpful for my migraines. I'm not really a herbal remedy freak - just enjoy finding uses for things that can be easily grown in the garden.

On the other hand, on the recommendation of her obstetrician, the pregnant daughter went off last week to purchase 'extract of raspberry leaf' (no doubt imported from o/seas) to aid in the labour process.


Jude, Extract of willow bark is aspirin.

Here's a useful URL

Hippocrates knew about it.

The current standard "medical" approach to the acute management of migraine, is to take one metoclopramide [Maxolon] tablet about 20 minutes before taking 3 aspirin 300mg/codeine 8mg tablets [Aspalgin].

I have read, but not confirmed, that the German chemist Bayer synthesised the stuff for his father, who had bad arthritis.

In first year Med School chemistry laboratory class, we too made a batch of aspirin from scratch.

I know nothing of rasp-berry leaf.


Oops. I see that a mention of Bayer's father is made in the article now that I have bothered to read more of it!


I've restricted my iced tea drinking to weekends only now to fight the headaches I used to get. Now I only get them on Tuesdays. Not too bad a trade off.


you're obviously way ahead of me, but i never pass on any opening to push my faves, lavender and red rose petals. alone or together. even the herbalmaniacs don't seem to find any practical use for the rose petals, but they're tasty, so i like 'em.


Have you retired?




Just fell into your blog, and am delighted that it does not read like a "This is the kind of day I had today" litany. It makes me yearn for something I had to give up - my home and a yard (garden?) in which I grew whatever came to mind and to hand. My finest plant became a towering yellowwood tree which I grew from seed. Considering that Cincinnati, Ohio, where I live, does not fall within the original range of this tree, I was proud of my cladrastis lutea (if I remember correctly). It rewarded me by flowering annually and profusely with pendulous clumps of lovely aroma.
If I were still there, and able, I would surely try to talk you into a seed exchange.
I love that you accompany your entries with photographs.
One frustration: every time I click on the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir, I get and a page of books on baking. Baking's fine, but . . .

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