[Sca-cooks] medicinal recipies

Elaine Koogler kiridono at gmail.com
Wed Nov 15 10:21:54 PST 2006

I'm not sure I'm going to try any of these recipes, but thought I'd ask.  If
I decide to, I'll let you know what I find.

By the bye...are you going to Huette's wedding?  I finally decided that I
am.  I'm flying out on Friday and staying with Selene...helping with stuff
for the wedding.  I'd love to see you again!!


On 11/15/06, Lilinah <lilinah at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Kiri wrote:
> >  On another note, can anyone tell me, should I decide to try one of the
> many
> >  recipes that call for these two ingredients (camphor and musk) where I
> could
> >  find food-grade supplies of either (or both).  Or does anyone know of a
> >  substitute that would give a similar flavor?
> Musk is edible, but extraordinarily expensive. I've tried to find a
> substitute. I was planning to use those "musk flavored life savers"
> they have in Australia, but never got around to ordering them.
> There's a plant substitute used in perfumery called ambrette seed,
> musk ambrette, or Abelmoschus moschatus. I have no idea if this is
> safe to eat.
> Camphor would be Cinnamomum camphora. When i mentioned this to a
> chemist friend, he was rather disturbed and said that it should not
> be eaten and that it causes liver damage. He suggested substituting
> menthol (NOT mint). Menthol is used in many products, like candy,
> mouthwash, toothpaste, etc. so it is safe to consume in small
> quantities. I don't know if druggists sell it (i know they used to
> sell wintergreen oil - i don't know if they still do), or if you'd
> have to get it from a chemical supply house or commercial flavor
> manufacturer...
> If you find Australian musk life savers in the US, or a way to get
> some menthol, i'd love to know.
> Also, note that in some translations of al-Baghdadi it will say to
> flavor something with "narcissus". Narcissus is not safe to eat, and
> in fact, the Arabic calls for "sumbul", which is nardostachys
> jatamansi, aka spikenard.
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