Show 88: Independence Day and Centaury


  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,641 admin

    Despite the fact that you included a picture, I had something else in mind the whole time I listened to this podcast. Silly me! I was thinking of the Centaurea genus. I sometimes get confused with the Latin and common names.

    Centaury (Centaurium) doesn't grow anywhere near me but can be found in southern BC. However, Centaurea species are fairly common; C. cyanus (Bachelors's Buttons) and C. montana (Mountain Bluet) are common garden plants and several invasive Centaurea species that are commonly referred to as knapweeds. So that's my excuse for my confusion.

    I will look for Centaury the next time I am travelling in southern BC.

    Green sickness is a very old name for chlorosis or hypochromic anemia. It was usually caused by a lack of iron or a lack of the ability to absorb iron (lack of Vitamin B6). "Pink Pills" were the most common treatment (ingredients: Citrated iron Chloride, Manganese Sulphate and Vitamin B1). Young women at puberty were often diagnosed with green sickness.

    From what I can gather, "derangement of circulation" could refer to a variety of conditions or ailments. Cardiopulmonary insufficiency, stroke, blood clots, menstrual irregularities, etc.

    Happy Independence Day!

  • judsoncarroll4
    judsoncarroll4 Posts: 5,462 admin

    Oh, okay... that makes sense. Thanks so much, Torey - I'll include that info in next week's show.

  • VermontCathy
    VermontCathy Posts: 1,987 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It's only four years to the 250th anniversary of 1776. It will be interesting to plan some wonderful events to celebrate it.

    Perhaps a big get-together to promote Colonial herbs and vegetable varieties?

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