"In the Indian traditional system of medicine, Ayurveda, hibiscus, especially white hibiscus and red hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), is considered to have medicinal properties. The roots are used to make various concoctions believed to cure ailments such as cough, hair loss or hair greying. As a hair treatment, the flowers are boiled in oil along with other spices to make a medicated hair oil. The leaves and flowers are ground into a fine paste with a little water, and the resulting lathery paste is used as a shampoo plus conditioner.
Hibiscus tea also contains bioflavenoids, which are believed to help prevent an increase in LDL cholesterol, which can increase the buildup of plaque in the arteries."
What else is poison? Gift. That is the etymological history of the word.
If one keeps it for long, it turns to poison; it must be renewed.
The highest gift was the life-giving woman. It is this existential economics for which, the incest-taboo was made.
"the principle of the gift, which propels the movement of general activity, is at the basis of sexual activity. This is true of its simplest form: physically, the sexual act is the gift of an exuberant energy. This is true of its more complex forms, of marriage and of the laws of distribution of women among men.
Let us go back to the image of the champagne, itself animated by the movement of general exuberance and clearly symbolic of an overflowing energy. One sees Levi-Strauss's thesis then: the father who would marry his daughter, or the brother who would marry his sister, would be like the owner of champagne who would never invite any friends, who would drink up his stock by himself. The father must bring the wealth that is his daughter, or the brother the wealth that is his sister, into the circuit of ceremonial exchanges: he must give her as a present, but the circuit presupposes a set of rules accepted in a given milieu as the rules of a game are.
Levi-Strauss has explained in depth the rules that preside over this system of exchanges, which is largely free of self-interest. "These gifts," he writes, "are either exchanged immediately for equivalent gifts or are received by the beneficiaries on condition that at a later date they will give counter-gifts often exceeding the original goods in value, but which in their turn bring about a subsequent right to receive new gifts surpassing the original ones in sumptuousness.
The forms of exchange are settled on in advance, as are the manifold movements of a dance or an orches- tration. What is denied in the incest prohibition is only the result of an affirmation. The brother giving his sister does not so much deny the value of sexual union with his close kinswoman as he affirms the greater value of marriage that would join this sister with another man, and himself with another woman. There is a more intense communication in exchange based on generosity than there would be in immediate gratification. More exactly, festivity assumes the introduction of movement - the negation of withdrawal into self, hence a denial of the supreme value of avarice. The sexual relation is itself communication and movement; it has the nature of a festival. Being essentially a communication, it requires an outward movement from the beginning." [The Accursed Share]
A bride linked two homes together; stasis was a poison, death. Life is a movement.
A spirited woman is a gift who drinks up all the poison and gives life in turn. She ends stasis, decay. She links be-ings together and generates movement, be-comings.
"The word "venenum", like the corresponding Greek term "pharmakon", presents a double meaning, for it can be used both positively and negatively; it thus originally seems to have indicated the power of venusian charm in its multiple manifestations. The verb venerari (“venerate”) is to exercise that charm: to “exercise venus.”...etc."
"The word beer comes from the Saxon word for barley, which was baere."
IT has been argued by W. Mannhardt that the first part of Demeter’s name is derived from an alleged Cretan word deai, “barley,” and that accordingly Demeter means neither more nor less than “Barley-mother” or “Corn-mother”; for the root of the word seems to have been applied to different kinds of grain by different branches of the Aryans."
"Where the Greeks had Dionysos, god of wine and ecstatic frenzy, who was torn to pieces and remade, the more northerly climes had the Barley God, whose tale is preserved in the song "John Barleycorn".
Three men vow that John Barleycorn must die, so they bury him in the earth, but he springs up again, to their amazement. Determined to do it right this time, they cut him off at the knee, bind him, drag him around in a cart, flay him, grind him between two stones, and throw him in a vat. No sooner are they convinced they've done him in than he emerges transformed: ...It has been suggested that the kykeon, the barley drink of the Eleusinian mysteries of Greece, was made (not necessarily by intent) from ergotic barley -- ergot is a psychoactive substance related to LSD -- and that tarantism was caused by ergotic bread; but it is not necessary for the drink to be psychoactive. The destruction and transformation are clearly shamanic, as I've shown above; to drink the "blood" of the transformed god, be it ale or wine, is to share in his ecstasy. He transforms the drinker. ...The Cauldron of Rebirth is a recurring theme in the Celtic material; it appears earlier in the Mabinogi, where warriors slain in battle are put into it and emerge again alive."
"The king asked: "Venerable Nagasena, what is the distinguishing characteristic of attention, and what is the distinguishing characteristic of wisdom?"
"Examination is the distinguishing characteristic of attention, and severing is the distinguishing characteristic of wisdom."
"How is examination the distinguishing characteristic of attention; and how is severing the distinguishing characteristic of wisdom? Give me an analogy."
"Do you know barley-reapers, your majesty?"
"Yes, venerable sir, I know them."
"How, your majesty, do barley-reapers reap barley?"
"Venerable sir, they take a sheaf of barley in the left hand, and take a sickle in the right hand, and they cut with the sickle."
"Just as, your majesty, a barley-reaper takes a sheaf of barley in the left hand, takes a sickle in the right hand, and cuts the barley, even so, your majesty, does the spiritual aspirant take hold of the mind with attention, and cut off the defilements with wisdom. Indeed thus, your majesty, examination is the distinguishing characteristic of attention, and severing is the distinguishing characteristic of wisdom."
"You are clever, venerable Nagasena.""
"Thou art barley (yava); bar (yavaya) from us foes, bar evil spirits." [Yajur Veda, 1.3.1]