Jump to content
Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment.
- Sign In or Create Account -

Legendary herb silphium likely found in Turkey


Skulduggery
 Share

Recommended Posts

 

I'd been following this for some time. The biggest argument against it is ferula drudeana is more closely related to Anatolian species than north African species of ferula. But 2,000 years is a long time. To me, it seems the odds are good it is silphium. In one article posted about it on a different site (that copied this article word-for-word), a commenter had said they'd seen something similar growing on Santorini. 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

What are health benefits of this plant?

 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 hours ago, CloudSix said:

What are health benefits of this plant?

 

Silphion was used for many things, including as a treatment for various ailments and diseases, as an aphrodisiac, as a perfume, as seasoning for food and even as a contraceptive.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm aware that plants, herbs and mushrooms can possess extraordinary healing/curative properties, or sometimes kill you.

The FDA has a special division which studies the benefits and toxicity of known and newly discovered plants, etc.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Used as an aphrodisiac and as
a contraceptive? That seems like a win win situation.
  • Haha 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

It wasn't well-known necessarily for being a “miracle plant,” although it was used as an herbal remedy, too. A lot of that is clickbait-y just a little. It was foremost known as being a delicious thing/great seasoning plant for culinary usage..

Link to comment
Share on other sites

In my opinion silphion / silphium these days is called Papaver somniferum: opium.

It did not have anything to do with ferula.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.