|Mental and physical benefits of hempseed oil
Things to do with hempseed oil
Dressings of bread and spider webs:
Zagloba's Medicine Chest
Jan Onufry Zagloba, one of the heroes of Henryk Sienkiewicz's With Fire and Sword, The Deluge, and Colonel Wolodyjowski, was not
actually a physician and nothing on this page constitutes medical
advice. At least two of his remedies, though, have scientific fact
behind them. Note that Sienkiewicz, a nineteenth-century author, could
not have known about antibiotics or the health benefits of unsaturated
Mental and physical benefits of hempseed
In the movie verion of The Deluge,
King Jan Kazimierez asks Pan Zagloba why he is so cunning. Zagloba
answers that the secret is to have a supply of hemp seeds and eat them
regularly. (The seeds do not, incidentally, contain the mind-altering
substance that is associated with other parts of this plant.) He adds
that wine, of which he is fond, causes the oil to rise to the head.
15 ml, or about 0.5 ounce, of hempseed oil contains:
A Google search on "omega," "serotonin," and "depression" yields a
large number of pages that suggest that omega-3 oils are required for
the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter. A deficiency can
result in depression and other problems. (Recall the reputation of
fish, another omega-3 source, as "brain food." If you are a member of
Sam's Club, Omega-3 capsules (and salmon) are available at a very low
- 2.5 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oils now associated
HDL or "good" cholesterol)
- comparable to a six-ounce serving of salmon
- 8.0 grams of Omega-6 fatty acids
- 2.0 grams of Omega-9 fatty acids
References also warn against too high a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3
oils (note that hempseed oil does contain a lot of omega-6).
Some references, however, say that omega-6 oils reduce LDL (low density
lipoprotein) cholesterol, which is the "bad" kind.
It is now known that hydrogenated vegetable oils (e.g. hydrogenated
cottonseed and soybean oils) are no good at all. Trans-fatty acids
increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Things you can do with hemp seed oil
In all cases, the hemp seed oil is very flavorful (nutty taste) and it contains NO saturated animal fats!
- Baked potatoes: use hemp seed oil instead of butter or sour cream
- Brussels sprouts sauteed in hemp seed oil
- Corn on the cob: use hemp seed oil instead of butter
- Rice: use hemp seed oil instead of butter
Dressings of bread and spider webs
mentions a wound dressing of bread and spider webs in With Fire and Sword, and the movie
version of The Deluge shows
such a dressing being applied to Andrei Kmicic.
A Google search for "moldy bread" and "antibiotics" produces some very
interesting results. The penicillium
mold is among those that grow on bread.
- "My uncle, who comes from Slovakia, was telling me that in
old country the
villagers would let bread go moldy. They would then apply the moldy
bread over a
wound to prevent infection. Little did these villagers know but they
their own penicillin." (source)
- "Folk medicine is replete with accounts of the use of
for the treatment of bacterial infection (moldy bread, moldy cheese,
plant and animal preparations), which we now assume were effective due
to the presence of some unknown antibacterial agent." (source)