Learn Something New Everyday: Mandrake Root
I was looking for titles that would best suit a blog and considered, “my mandrake root” because of an old John Donne poem I learned when I was 24. Don’t ask me why; my reasons are convoluted. Anyway… Today I learned that the mandrake root (mandragora) has some hallucinogen properties and are typically known for: being used in magic spells can resemble human parts thought to have chemical properties to make a woman more fertile to bear children was used as an allusion in ‘Harry Potter’ (screaming mandrakes, whose scream noone can bear, to cure petrification) mentioned in the OT when Rachel asked Leah for mandrakes in exchange for a night with Jacob. referred to in the OT as a ‘love plant’ Crazy, ya? So there you have it. And it’s pretty self explanatory that I didn’t want to name a blog site after a hallucinogenic and fertility inducer.