A little Herb Humor ~~ Horny Goat Weed

Posted by admin in Apr 27, 2012, under Alternative Health and Beauty, Current Trends

I rarely go to my spam folder, but yesterday I was expecting an email that didn’t arrive, so I checked my spam folder.  Three emails stood out ~~ all from Dr. Maxman for his Max Penis Enlarger Pills!

Perhaps it was a slow day, or perhaps my humor just got the better of me. I googled Dr. Maxman and he wasn’t bad ~~ he’d actually received 3 out of 5 stars in a rating.  There were some downsides to his pills, so if you’re so inclined, please check all the details before deciding to give him a try.

It was the ingredients that kept my fingers googling, and that silly smile on my face.  The very first ingredient was “Horny Goat Weed.”  Really?  As a lover of holistic health, and words, I was amazed I’d never heard of Horny Goat Weed, but the name made me smile.  So I googled again.  I love Wikipedia. And sure enough there it was ~~ Horny Goat Weed.  Also called Rowdy Lamb Herb, Barrenwort, Bishop’s Hat, Fairy Wings and Yin Yang Huo.  At this point I’m really laughing.  Most of those names are self-explanatory, although the Fairy Wings did give me pause for thought, and I could find no explanation for this name, so if you have one please post it. 

Horny Goat Weed – According to legend, this property was discovered by a Chinese goat herder who noticed sexual activity in his flock after they ate the weed.

The true name of the plant is Epimedium and it has about 60 different species mostly found in China and southern and eastern Asia.  Many are believed to be aphrodisiacs. (For a full explanation of the varieties and cultivation please visit Epimedium on Wikipedia).

And wouldn’t you know it~~the over-exploitation of wild populations of Epimedium for use in traditional Chinese medicine is having potentially serious consequences on the long-term survival of several species, none of which is widely cultivated for medicinal purposes.  Take a good thing~~and well, you know the rest.

Actually Epimedium does have other medicinal benefits other than its popularity as an aphrodisiac.  And although I have no use for his pills, I owe Dr. Maxman a thank you.  I love learning new things, and discovering new plants and herbs and had he not been so diligent in sending me not one, but three spam emails I would probably have never discovered there was a plant called Horny Goat Weed.  And I wouldn’t have smiled so much this morning.

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