Re: [AandS50ChallengeCommunity] Yellow food coloring
- Actually any airborne particulate (ie smoke, dust, etc.) can be a potential irritant, if there is a sensitivity. While not a true allergen (a protein that triggers an IgE antibody reaction), can still generate similar effects (headaches, swelling, rashes, rhinitis, or coughing, for example), so be cautious in that respect.
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From: "Ségnat ingen Fháeláin" <iron.age.celts@...>
Sent: Monday, September 16, 2013 7:02:17 AM
Subject: RE: [AandS50ChallengeCommunity] Yellow food coloring
Burning an herb, otherwise known as burning incense, is very unlikely to set off your allergies. I have friends who make kyphi-style bioregional incense from just about every combination of plant and resin out there and I’ve never heard of anyone having a problem with anything they burn. I wouldn’t worry on it if I were you.
The pollens and spores which cause allergies are destroyed when they are burned. In fact, one of my mundane friend burns her prairie in the fall to keep her hay fever under control because it incinerates the ragweed pollen.
I think the candles sound very interesting and you’ve had good suggestions, safflower, saffron, annatto. Salvia officinalis tops make a yellow dye when you use alum as a mordant.
I am, however, wondering why you wouldn’t have had access to turmeric in the 15 th Century?
It’s been used in India for at least 4000 years. The oldest written documentation is a formula was by Susruta in 250 BC. It was in China by about 700 AD and West Africa by probably 1100 AD. So it was pretty widely available by the 15 th century. Marco Polo wrote about it in 1280 AD, so obviously he was hauling it. In fact, there is a word Middle English turmeryte which has been around since the 15 th century which leads me to believe that they had access to the herb.
I know that it isn’t in the cookbooks, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t being used. It just means it wasn’t typical to see it used as an ingredient in food. It is in the herbals. Culpeper and Gerard both mention it.
I have extensive allergies; if I have a reaction to the candles I will let everyone know.
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From: Dianna < avacyn@... >
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Sent: Sun, Sep 15, 2013 03:26 AM
Subject: Re: [AandS50ChallengeCommunity] Yellow food coloring
I'm still confused on why you are making edible candles. Not everything
that is safe to eat is safe to burn. For candles, I'd be much more
cautious about which herbs could be safely burned without causing hay fever.