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Author Topic: Lily The Pink: Celtic Song Of Mad Medicine  (Read 720 times)
Rogue Ætherlord
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« on: June 30, 2015, 10:12:56 pm »

A traditional song starring a female healer and her panacea:

The word pagan came from paganus , who mean peasant . Its was a way to significate than christianism was the religion of the elite and paganism the one of the savage worker class.

''Trickster shows us how we trick OURSELVES. Her rampant curiosity backfires, but, then, something NEW is discovered (though usually not what She expected)! This is where creativity comes from—experiment, do something different, maybe even something forbidden, and voila! A breakthrough occurs! Ha! Ha! We are released! The world is created anew! Do something backwards, break your own traditions, the barrier breaks; destroy the world as you know it, let the new in.''
Extract of the Dreamflesh article ''Path of The Sacred Clown''
Amelia Harper
Deck Hand
Wales Wales

« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2015, 06:31:30 pm »

Are you really sure this is a traditional song?  I thought it was written by Roger McGough and sung by the Scaffold in the 1960s.
My Latin teacher at school translated it, and changed the name of the healer to Fescinnia, a real Ancient Roman healer - I still have the words, and have sung it at open mic nights on occasion.

Oh, laudanda-danda-danda
Servatrix Fescinnia (ha ha)
Quae invenit
Efficax ad omnium

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Rogue Ætherlord
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2015, 06:38:27 pm »

...''Lily the Pink" is a 1968 song released by the UK comedy group the Scaffold. It is a modernisation of an older folk song titled "The Ballad of Lydia Pinkham". The lyrics celebrate the "medicinal compound" invented by Lily the Pink, and, in each verse, chronicle some extraordinary cure it has effected...

As a folk song it has no definitive version.

...Lydia Estes Pinkham (February 9, 1819 – May 17, 1883) was an iconic concocter and shrewd marketer of a commercially successful herbal-alcoholic "women's tonic" meant to relieve menstrual and menopausal pains...

Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound
The five herbs contained in Lydia Pinkham's original formula are:
Pleurisy root is diaphoretic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, and anti-inflammatory.
Life root is a traditional uterine tonic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and emmenagogue used for amenorrhea or dysmenorrhea.
Fenugreek is vulnerary, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, tonic, emmenagogue, galactogogue, and hypotensive.
Unicorn Root was used by several Native American tribes for dysmenorrhea, uterine prolapse, pelvic congestion and to improve ovarian function.
Black cohosh is an emmenagogue, anti-spasmodic, restorative, nervine, and hypotensive and is used traditionally for menopausal symptoms.

The formula also contains drinking alcohol, ethanol, as in wine, beer and liquor of all sorts. Alcohol relieves muscular stress and acts as a pain killer, and also changes one's mood.

Of the newer additions;
Motherwort is claimed to be a nervine, emmenagogue, anti-spasmodic, hepatic, cardiac tonic, and hypotensive.
Piscidia erythrina (Jamaican dogwood) is claimed to be an eclectic remedy that is claimed to have been found effective for painful spasms, pelvic pain, dysmenorrhea and ovarian pain.
Licorice is claimed to be anti-inflammatory, anti-hepatotoxic, anti-spasmodic and a mild laxative.
Gentian is claimed to be a, sialagogue, hepatic, cholagogue, anthelmintic, and emmenagogue.
Dandelion is an insecticide but is claimed to be potassium-sparing diuretic, hepatic, cholagogue, anti-rheumatic, laxative, tonic, and a bitter.

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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2015, 07:27:21 pm »

Have a look here recorded yesterday afternoon.

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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2015, 03:37:25 pm »

Hurrah for Celtic folk music  Roll Eyes

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