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Poem: "The Epicurean Caravan"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 20th, 2013 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

From: technoshaman Date: April 23rd, 2013 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)

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Oooers! Vanilla in the limeade! that should be interesting...

So what *was* he handing out? Lavender? mint? My usual sleep-concoction is lavender, chamomile, valerian, catnip... but the middle two I hadn't heard of as flavourings, though chamomile *tea* is very common...

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 23rd, 2013 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)

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>> So what *was* he handing out? Lavender? mint? My usual sleep-concoction is lavender, chamomile, valerian, catnip... but the middle two I hadn't heard of as flavourings, though chamomile *tea* is very common... <<

Redpetal is a zippy spice particular to this setting; I was inspired by saffron (which is made from stamens) and dried red poppy petals. Moon lavender is a fantasy variation of lavender, and lavender is a soothing herb in general.

Ginger is listed as a warming, calming herb. Passionflower is another herbal sedative; the fruit has some of the same characteristics.

It's all less obvious than chamomile, which a lot of people would spot.
From: technoshaman Date: April 23rd, 2013 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)

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POPPIES! *laughter* Poppies will make them sleeeeeeep! *cackle*

Passionfruit, calming? Huh. Today I have learnt something.

Ginger and I are old friends... first put that to serious good use after a nasty bout of seasick... ginger ale and some crackers and a couple hours with a *steady* deck under my feet, and I was right as rain...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 23rd, 2013 05:10 am (UTC) (Link)

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>> POPPIES! *laughter* Poppies will make them sleeeeeeep! *cackle* <<

Redpetal is subtle, though. Most people are distracted by the peppery taste and think it's invigorating. What it actually does is shift the response threshold, making it less likely for people to bother doing something about whatever annoys them.

>>Passionfruit, calming? Huh. Today I have learnt something. <<

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/11/a-passion-fruit-a-day-makes-you-sleep-better/
http://twhite94.hubpages.com/hub/Why-Passion-Fruit
http://www.frutasdelmundo.inriodulce.com/Passionfruit.html

>>Ginger and I are old friends... first put that to serious good use after a nasty bout of seasick... ginger ale and some crackers and a couple hours with a *steady* deck under my feet, and I was right as rain...<<

I'm very fond of candied ginger. Okay, fond of ginger in any form really.

mdlbear From: mdlbear Date: January 13th, 2015 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

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My favorite remedy for sore throat is ginger sliced very thin and steeped in hot water to make ginger tea. Add honey and a little lemon. Any filk con Colleen has worked at will have a ginger root on hand in the con suite.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 13th, 2015 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Lemon tea works very well too. That's what the activists I grew up with kept on hand for people who wore out their voices chanting.
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