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    WOSSNAME - SEPTEMBER 2007 -- PART 6 OF 8 (continued) ... oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ====Part 6 - WITCHERY 25) MULTIPLE CHOICE WITCH
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 29, 2007
      WOSSNAME - SEPTEMBER 2007 -- PART 6 OF 8 (continued)

      ====Part 6 - WITCHERY

      26) MOSTLY HERBS


      25) QUIZ: WHICH WITCH...?

      by Agnes and Perdita Nitt

      Which witch...

      (1) ...isn't actually a witch?

      a. Hilta Goatfounder
      b. Mrs Drull
      c. Granny Aching
      d. Gertie Simmons

      (2) ...suffered death by baking?

      a. Old Mother Dismass
      b. Granny Whitlow
      c. Aliss Demurrage

      (3) ...had a natural age of under 21?

      a. Miss Treason
      b. Goodie Hamstring
      c. Nanny Annaple

      (4) ...went a-Borrowing and forgot to come back?

      a. Goodie Filter
      b. Nanny Gripes
      c. Granny Postalute

      (5) ...pulled out one straw too many?

      a. Goodie Whemper
      b. Deliria Skibbly
      c. Granny Hopliss

      (6) Which soup is recommended for witches in the Magavenatio

      a. Carrot and lentil
      b. Carrot and oyster
      c. Tomato
      d. Leek and potato

      (7) What was unusual about the witch of the Gnarly Ground?

      a. She had enormous warts
      b. She was made of stone
      c. She had a dangerous speech impediment

      (7a) Which item of donated clothing worn by Granny Weatherwax
      shocked Esk?

      a. A short skirt
      b. A demure pink dress
      c. A cloak with a red lining

      [Answers will be published in next month's edition.]


      26) MOSTLY HERBS

      by Deirdre Niblick, ane Research Witche
      assisted by Mithtrethth Hania Ogg

      Witching sometimes -- all right, often -- involves herbal medicines,
      and it's not all just suckrose and akwa, no matter what Mistress
      Weatherwax says! Here are some tried and tested herbs used to cure
      all sorts of illnesses. If you're looking for herbs to treat
      romantic not-quite-illnesses, you'll have to speak to Mrs Ogg (the
      other Ogg). Quietly. Possibly with a bag over your head. But she'll
      know who you are anyway.

      [Note: these cures are not guaranteed to work in any universe that
      lacks the element narrativium.]

      Unicorn Root (Chamaelirium or Helonias): for irritability and
      depression; low libido; gastric complaints including nausea,
      indigestion, and morning sickness; PMS.

      Life Root (Senecio aureus): used as a uterine tonic, diuretic,
      expectorant, anti-inflammatory, and birthing aid.

      Wormwood (Artemisia): claimed to remedy indigestion and gastric
      pain; acts as an antiseptic, and as a febrifuge. For medicinal use,
      the herb is used to make a tea beneficial to pregnant women during
      labour. The oil of the plant can be used as a cardiac stimulant to
      improve blood circulation, although pure wormwood oil is very

      Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale): a potent diuretic; can
      "purify the blood" and treat anaemia, jaundice, and nervousness.
      Dandelion milk can be used as a mosquito repellent and is applied to
      warts, helping get rid of them without damaging the surrounding
      skin; also for treating liver and gallbladder complaints, infections
      of the urinary tract, loss of appetite, disturbances in bile flow,
      dyspepsia, haemorrhoids, gout, rheumatic disorders, eczema and other
      skin disorders. Dandelion has a high potassium content and replaces
      potassium lost in normal urine secretion, which makes it a healthier
      alternative to non-herbal diuretics.

      Yarrow (Achillea millefolium): medicinally astringent; used to treat
      inflammations, eczema and headaches. Yarrow infusions speed recovery
      from severe bruising. The flowers are a mild stimulant and have been
      used as snuff. The dark blue essential oil is used in chest rubs for
      colds and flu; the leaves encourage clotting. Yarrow is prescribed
      for high blood pressure, catarrh, chicken pox, cystitis, diabetes
      treatment, measles, nosebleeds, smallpox, toothache, ulcers, and
      varicose veins, and Yarrow tea is also said to be able to clear up
      a cold within 24 hours!

      Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis): long used as a potherb, it also has
      medicinal properties as an expectorant; it relaxes peripheral blood
      vessels, promotes sweating, and is anti-inflammatory, anti-
      catarrhal, and antispasmodic. Hyssop can be applied topically to
      bruises to reduce swelling and discolouration. An old remedy for
      cuts and wounds incurred when working in the fields was a poultice
      of bruised hyssop leaves and sugar, to reduce the risk of tetanus

      Goat's Rue (Galega officinalis): a galactologue, used to stimulate
      milk production in humans, goats and cattle.

      Smearwort (Chenopodium bonus-henricus): poultices made from the
      leaves were used to heal chronic sores. Roots were once used on
      sheep to remedy cough. Smearwort was used for fattening poultry,
      and when taken orally it acts as a gentle laxative.

      Horehound (Marrubium): largely used as expectorants and tonics, for
      chronic cough, asthma, and some cases of consumption. Horehound is
      sometimes combined with hyssop, rue, liquorice root and marshmallow
      root as a cold and flu tonic.

      Hawthorn (Crataegus pinnatifida): used primarily as a digestive aid.
      Other species (especially Crataegus laevigata) are used to
      strengthen cardiovascular function. Hawthorn is also used as an aid
      to lower blood pressure, and treat some heart related diseases.

      Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium): for reducing fever, and for
      treating headaches, arthritis and digestive problems.

      Comfrey (Symphytum officinale): some say that comfrey and garlic
      taken together could almost halve the ills of modern civilisation.
      An old name for comfrey was 'knitbone'; modern medicine confirms
      that comfrey can aid treatment of bone ailments. Comfrey was used to
      treat bronchial problems, sprains, arthritis, gastric and varicose
      ulcers, severe burns, acne and other skin conditions; also, comfrey
      baths were popular to repair the hymen and 'restore virginity'!

      Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra): an effective expectorant, used
      for this purpose since ancient times. Modern cough syrups often
      include licorice extract as an ingredient. Additionally, liquorice
      may be useful in treating both mouth ulcers and peptic ulcers.
      Licorice is a mild laxative and may be used as a topical antiviral
      agent for shingles, ophthalmic, oral or genital herpes.

      Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis): for disorders of the stomach,
      chronic constipation, hepatic congestion, cirrhosis, protracted
      fevers, postpartum haemorrhage, gallstones and breast swellings
      associated with menses. Modern herbalists recommend goldenseal for
      gastritis, colitis, duodenal ulcers, loss of appetite and liver

      Dill (Anethum graveolens): gripe water made from dill is given to
      babies and children for colic or other digestive disorders. Dill oil
      helps combat feelings of being overwhelmed and is helpful for
      digestive problems in adults (flatulence, constipation and
      hiccoughs). Said to calm headaches and reduce excess sweating due to
      nervous tension, dill can also stimulate milk flow in nursing
      mothers and promote the healing of wounds.

      Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata): the fresh or dried leaves are
      used to make an infusion to treat insomnia, hysteria, and epilepsy,
      and Passionflower is also valued for its painkilling properties.

      Sweet sagewort (Artemisia annua): used, often as a tea, to treat
      malaria. The plant has also been shown to have possible strong anti-
      cancer properties.

      St John's wort (Hypericum): most widely known as a herbal treatment
      for depression. In some countries, Hypericum is prescribed for mild
      depression far more commonly than synthetic medication. Some other
      "wort" plants and their signatures are:

      * Lousewort (Pedicularis): for repelling lice
      * Spleenwort (Asplenium) - for treating the spleen
      * Liverwort (Marchantia) - for treating the liver
      * Toothwort (Dentaria) - for treating tooth ailments

      Dock (Rumex obtusifolius): Broad-leaved Dock was called Butter Dock
      because its large leaves were used to wrap and conserve butter.
      Containing oxalic acid and tannin, they are astringent and slightly
      purgative. Dock leaves are a traditional and still widely-known
      remedy for nettle stings.

      Some herbs, although used medicinally, have their greatest value as
      providers of vitamins and minerals for those living off the land.
      These include Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), rich in calcium and
      iron, and Cuckoopint (Arum maculatum, also known as Lords-and-
      Ladies!), which has a mineral-rich root that is safe to eat when
      well roasted.


      End of Part 6, continued on Part 7 of 8.
      If you did not get all eight parts, write: interact@...
      Copyright (c) 2007 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
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