Pygmalion Project


Licorice — the Root Of the Amazon's Power

Licorice plant
(Glycyrrhiza Glabra) According to Greek authors, nomad tribes of Scythia used widely licorice. Greeks imported this herb as a medicine and called it 'Scythian root'. Scythians used This herb because of its ability to retain water in human body. This property was very useful in natural conditions of arid Scythia. Since this property was secured by phytoestrogens, so it's no wonder that warrior women described by Herodotus another Greek authors among Scythian tribes. Also famous Greek physician Hippocrates observed mass amenorrhea (menstrual dysfunction) among the same tribes. Physical weakness of Scythians stemmed from limited diet. Benefits of any nutrient turn unavoidably into harm when it is used immoderately at poor variety of board, which necessarily takes place in any arid area.

Phytoestrogenic action of licorice among Scythian population was exhibited distinctly in the phenomenon of Enarees — feminized Scythian men mentioned by Herodotus in his passage on the pillage of the temple of Celestial Venus in Syrian city Ascalon:

The Scythians who plundered the temple were punished by the goddess with the female sickness, which still attaches to their posterity. They themselves confess that they are afflicted with the disease for this reason, and travelers who visit Scythia can see what sort of a disease it is. Those who suffer from it are called Enarees.

the Histories, I, 105

Hippocrates described this phenomenon in more details in part 22 of his work On Airs, Waters, and Places.

However, licorice is not dangerous for males if they experience due stable sexual feeling. The matter is that licorice inhibits conversion of testosterone (male sexual hormone). Thus, if this hormone is secreted enough much, so it stays in body for long time and affects the body. Scythian men with their nomadic lifestyle hardly had enough erotic impressions.

In this regard it's very significant that, according to Jonathan Tolman, level of phytoestrogens in legumes in higher in drought years! So, in the Amazonian regions level of the licorice phytoestrogens ought to be increased.

Thus, Ancient Amazons had happily saved estrogenic properties of licorice from reduction. But on the other hand just estrogenic properties of licorice allowed the Amazon to be such.

In a wonderful way, this herb suits very well to the symptoms of the common female hormonal disturbance, like a key does its lock. In addition it tastes sweet, which women love.

Licorice stick
from St Valentines Liquorice Benefits of licorice for female health are well-known in medicine. I myself had opportunities to observe its action in women. This was quite explicit and excellent, in particular, concerning female libido.  Moreover, no doubt, very many women relished licorice very many times as it is appreciated in Western countries enough much (see Redvines Licorice Lovers and Redvines Licorice Stories page at American Licorice company web site, for instance), but the psychological barrier hinders women to use its benefits fully.

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It's significant that he other Amazonian regions, namely Cappadocia, Libya, and Aegean islands are arid too. Therefore we can assume the female health and the physical strength of those Amazons was based on action licorice or other plants able to prevent the loss of water.

In case of Lybian Amazons there are reasons to suppose that thier health was resulted from the use pomegranate, which has ability to retent water and grew in the Libyan area in oasises.

In confirmation to the last statement the following facts can be adduced. Further, Romans called pomegranate malum punicum where malum 'apple' is usual denomination of a fruit, and punicum means 'from Phoenicia' or rather 'from Carthage' (Phoenician colony in Northern Africa, near Libya).

Harvesting pomegranates
Ancient Egyptian picture The fruit was used in many ways as it is today and was featured in Egyptian culture, praised in the Old Testament of the Bible and in the Babylonian Talmud, and it was carried by desert caravans for the sake of its thirst-quenching juice (see Pomegranate... Origin and Distribution). In the Numbers book (13:23-24), leading Hebrewsthrough Sinai desert, Moses sent spies to explore the land of Canaan. The spies brought grapes, figs and pomegranates