Savin trees

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According to Londa Schiebinger in her book Plants and Empire, “savin (Juniperus sabina) was European women’s abortifacient of choice. “ “Dioscorides knew it as an abortifacient, as did Galen, Avicenna, and Constantinus Africanus. Native to the south of Europe and … Read More


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The Parisian Oath of 1587 was typical in forbidding midwives from “ordering or administering any potion, or other kind of medicine to a woman, whether married or unmarried, in order to procure the abortion of their child, on pain of … Read More


Nicholas Culpeper’s Compete Herbal, 1652. The Latins call them Placentula, or little cakes; they are usually little round cakes, flat. Their first invention was, that powders being so kept, might resist the intermission of air, and so endure pure longer. … Read More

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