hist-brewing: poisonous brewing practices

Kirsty Pollock kirsty.pollock at mpuk.com
Tue Dec 21 01:15:08 PST 1999

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-hist-brewing at rt.com [mailto:owner-hist-brewing at rt.com]On
> Behalf Of ulfin at mail.portup.com
> Sent: 19 December 1999 16:49
> To: hist-brewing at pbm.com
> Subject: Re: hist-brewing: poisonous brewing practices
> David McCarty <raille at mich.com> writes:
> >
> >Well this is reported to be true, I find the reasons 
> invalid.  Wormwood
> >contains about 90 Thujone, yet common Sage contains 60% 
> thujone in its
> >essential oils and no one has every restricted its use.
> Are you sure that's sage (the herb you cook with) and not sagebrush
> (which is also usually referred to simply as "sage" [the stuff Indians
> burn at pow-wows])?  Sagebrush *is* a wormwood (as is mugwort and all
> the others in the artemisia genus), it's just not the variety used for
> making absinthe.

Definitely the sage you cook with (Salvia something or other). I was
browsing one of my herbals the other night and several things have thujone
in - nutmeg was one, I think, (and that makes me come out in a sunburn type
rash particularly when in alcohol e.g. mulled wine. Not saying it's the
thujone though as sage doesn't seem to do anything).

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