[Sca-cooks] medicinal recipies

Carol Smith eskesmith at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 15 18:22:03 PST 2006

According to CFR 21 (the food & drug section of the Federal Code of 
Regulations), it's "generally recognized as safe" when used according to 
good manufacturing practices.  Since they're discussing the oils from the 
product,s, I suspect the usage is quite low, but there is nothing 
recommended.  Use of the herb or the extract would, of course, be higher.


>From: Lilinah <lilinah at earthlink.net>
>Reply-To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
>To: sca-cooks at ansteorra.org
>Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] medicinal recipies
>Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2006 09:50:35 -0800
>Kiri wrote:
> >  On another note, can anyone tell me, should I decide to try one of the 
> >  recipes that call for these two ingredients (camphor and musk) where I 
> >  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
>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.
>Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)
>the persona formerly known as Anahita
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