Unguent


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Unguent

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Unguent is an ointment or salve used for healing. Some used by Hedge Witches are no more than any fatty substance to which various powdered herbs have been added. A concoction made from mallow leaves steeped in vegetable shortening and then strained is an example of an unguent used for protection. Rubbed into the skin, this is supposed to keep all evil at bay and protect from harmful black magic.

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I miss all those guys, their Tweety-bird resilience, their Doris Day optimism, the candid unguent of utter unhappiness on every channel, the midnight televangelist euphoric stew, the junk mail, voice mail vernacular.
The local council of Kafr Kanna has announced general strike in the village for Monday, and will hold an unguent session to search the demolition processes and clashes.
They laughed until they were weak, sensing the balm of such laughter, applying it in broad sweeps of unguent. As they walked back to their room, they swore with profound seriousness that never, never, would they tell on one another.
No heavy-smelling oils, just a mild aroma of a soothing unguent. It was a good finale to a fulfilling stay in the heart of nature.
In the entry on civette (materia medica) in the Encyclopedie of Diderot and d'Alembert (3.496) we are told that this item of materia medica, the best of which has a violent odor and was at that time apparently even available from captive animals in Amsterdam, can be made into an unguent that, when smeared on the groin and lower back, could excite the venereal act.
Verbascum chemical compounds include: 3% musilage that transforms to galactose, arabinose and aromatic acids (act as unguent) after hydrolyzes; 4% flovonoeids including rutine and hesperidin as common (cause diuretic effects), triterpene saponins, verbasco saponin(have expectorant activity), iridoid glycoside, tannen: acobin, katapol and related compounds (have antiinflammatory activity), polysaccharides: galactose, arabinose and phenolic acids that have medical effects in local inflammation [8,15].
Dioscorides also believed in poppy's analgesic effects (4.46.3) and prescribes poppy soaked with unguent of roses to treat headaches and instilled with unguent of almonds, saffron and myrrh in the case of earaches (4.64.4).
Romans made large use of glass for practical domestic use, as unguent or perfume holders in public baths, and to embellish their homes, temples and palaces.
Thus, if a soldier was wounded by a weapon, his wound would heal only if an unguent or powder made from his blood was spread on the weapon that had wounded him.
Amid all the "good mornings" and "how can I help yous" at the happiest of unguent shops in Budapest is a heartfelt longing among its earnest clerks looking for love, security and position.
(34) As Katritzky outlines it, Platter's description relates how the Zanni, with the help of all the costumed actors, pitches the miraculous qualities of a precious unguent, which he eventually agrees to sell at an incredibly reduced price.