Category Archives: Cosmetics

A bad hair day

I have had a bad hair month – quite literally. I have been suffering from an extremely itchy scalp, covered in hives. Fortunately this is now calming down, but I am left wondering what caused such a severe allergic reaction. … Continue reading

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A perfume of Syria

As the crisis in Syria and the Middle East intensifies, and as refugees reach Europe in their thousands, Big Boy T (aged 8) has been asking difficult questions. For instance, he asked me how I could admire Hadrian’s Wall but … Continue reading

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Beauty spot

Many adverts would have you think that freckles and other spots are an issue you should solve. Other adverts will tell you to celebrate the unique beauty of your skin. In either case, they will try to flog some concoction. … Continue reading

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A little Egyptian magic for Christmas

It is the end of term and it is fair to say that our entire household is looking forward to a rest. We have all suffered from one form of lurgy or another over the last couple of weeks… perhaps … Continue reading

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Unctuous Rome

This week Big Boy T (age  7 and a half) and I are visiting Rome and the Vesuvius area and this blog will turn travelogue. We have left P and Little Boy G behind, as I am on a research … Continue reading

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Let the Sun Shine

As this is published, I will be giving a joint lecture for the British Society of Pharmacy and the Welsh School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science. I was really honoured to be invited to do this, and I feel this … Continue reading

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The enormous turnip

A few weeks ago, I presented to you some ancient recipes for cracked heels and chilblains. One of them caught my attention. It was recorded in the medical compilation of Paul of Aegina (seventh century CE), whose aim was to … Continue reading

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Finding my feet

Today I am preparing some cosmetics for my mother’s birthday. For as long as I can remember, my mum has suffered from very dry feet. And I mean dry, with sore cracked heels. When she last came to visit in April, … Continue reading

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Of milk and honey II

I have not posted for a while. I got ‘distracted’ writing blog posts on King Attalus’ interest in pharmacology for the Recipes Project and on the use of deer penis and deer antlers for Guerilla Archaeology. As promised though, I … Continue reading

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Crying over spilt milk

 ‘No need to cry over spilt milk’: the person who first came up with that saying surely must never have spent half an hour trying to express an ounce of milk. So goes the ‘joke’ amongst breast-feeding mothers. To me, … Continue reading

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