Episode 36: "No Botany Does It Better"

This week, the World-Weary women have a case of Green Fingers as they cook up a magical botanical episode. Cassiopeia serves up traditional spiritual medicine, Ayahuasca, from the Amazon Basin. Violet dishes the dirt on the mystery of the lost Roman seasoning and ancient contraceptive, Silphium.

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Episode Music: Funny Quirky Comedy by Redafs.com, Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.


Healthline - “What is Ayahuasca? Experience, Benefits, and Side Effects

Cultural Survival, 2003, Luis Eduardo Luna - “Ayahuasca: Shamanism Shared Across Cultures

Hudson, J. 2011, University of Colorado at Boulder: “Ayahuasca and Globalization

The Guardian, 2018, Joe Parkin Daniels - “Colombia’s ayahuasca ceremonies in spotlight after tourist’s drug death

BBC, 2014, Emma Thelwell - “Why do people take Ayahuasca?


Gemmill, C. 1996, “Silphium”, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, (40:4) pp:295-313

BBC, 2017, “The Mystery of the Lost Roman Herb”

Ancient Origins - “Silphium, The Ancient Contraceptive Herb Driven to Extinction”: https://www.ancient-origins.net/artifacts-ancient-technology/silphium-ancient-contraceptive-herb-driven-extinction-002268

All That’s Interesting - “The Greatest Contraceptive was Silphium”: https://allthatsinteresting.com/silphium

Atlas Obscura - Silphium : https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/silphium-seed-pod-heart-shape