Friday, September 28, 2007


So somewhere between radiation treatments, watching it rain, trips to the hospital, injecting antibiotics, I came across something interesting. Silphium was a plant that had a seed that looked like this:

I found out that ancient Greeks used Silphium to treat cough, sore throat, fever, indigestion, snake bite, "warts in the seat," epilepsy, and a host of other disagreeable ailments. But of all of the plant's virtues, the Silphium was certainly most prized for its pregnancy-preventing properties.
Now imagine that. Here was a plant that was used as birth control as well as to soothe your throat. Of course being typical humans, we ate it all. Preserve your natural resources. Now I am going back to illegally downloading Knocked Up.

1 comment:

Danielle said...

Where did you find this?