βηχιον

Dear pagan readers,

I’m taking a few minutes of my time to introduce you to a plant I’m currently harvesting through the Laurentides Mountains. Gaius Plinius Secundus, better known as ”Pliny The Elder”, mentioned and prescribed this wonderful plant in his gigantic work called Naturalis Historia under the name farfarum. It is surely one of the greatest encyclopedia made in the pagan era. Πεδάνιος Διοσκουρίδης, better known as Pedanius Dioscorides, also mentioned the ”Filius ante patrem” in his huge work called Περί ύλης ιατρικής(De materia medica libre). He called it βηχιον(bêchion) from βηχις meaning ”which calms cough”. It is a plant linked to the ánd(breath of life, thought, spirit).

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The plant is commonly known as the Coltsfoot or Tussilago farfara. It is a plant whose blooming comes before the growth of the leaves. That’s why it was called ”Filius ante patrem”(the son before the father). This plant is used in many concoctions to heal pectoral illness such as bronchitis and also skin problems.

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The flower heads are edible raw or cooked. The leaves are also edible. Very young, they can be eaten raw, especially their petiole is juicy. Soon, the leaves will become rubbery and are better cooked. The flower and leaves are good sources of vitamin C, zinc and also contains a natural antibiotic. Also the ash of burnt and dried leaves create a salt substitute. It was used as a condiment once upon a time.

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It is one of the first flower that BalduR offers us each year when spring comes. Like I already asked you in a previous article: will you refuse such a beautiful gift from the beautiful shining gods?

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HailaR BalþuR!

Frederik Blanchet

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23 thoughts on “βηχιον

  1. I love this, not least because I know nothing about such things myself. I wish I did though… in my next life, perhaps. 😉

    HailaR þîk Freðurikija!

    • I used to know pretty much of nothing about the gods and true mythology before I started to read your articles. I have not wait for my next life to come. 😉 So you don’t have to wait for your next life either, you just have to follow my blog like you’re already doing for a while now… 🙂

      HailaR VargaR!

  2. Hi friend, glad to see this blog is still going over plants and herbalism and what seems to be survivalism. I just want to share some Permaculture stuff about a good plant that grows around the farm. Enjoy and take care.

  3. Also, you may or may not have heard of this, but I also want to share a REALLY interesting and cool Permaculture thing here.
    “Food Forest” (designed with chickens over a 10 year course) :

  4. Very awesome! Animals have always been my strength, and aside from taking a Botany course in Autumn 2002 and having a diehard permaculturalist-for-a-friend (his whole 37-year life) who teaches me a lot here and there (seriously, this guy is ridiculous…I’ll try to get him on here), I really don’t know anything. As a child, I was paranoid to eat the wrong berries, HA! I of course eat wild blue, black- and raspberries all the time, but I know of no other safe varieties nor safe plants aside from what I’ve learned from You, My Friend.

    Thanks for the education!! A most beneficial post for (aspiring) survivalists!

  5. Pingback: Baldr shining – The Development of the Garden | Longing for Thule

      • I agree 100%. Also, it is better — if you want to grow you own food — to grow what is natural there, and what will thrive on its own. Bushes carrying berries. Fruit trees. Eatable plants that return year after year. Etc.

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