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.
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