The plant that can kill and cure

Nightshades have a deadly reputation but these plants, steeped in myth and folklore, have been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. And they may have properties that could keep us healthy today, writes Mary Colwell. "J K Rowling was extremely good at botany, and one of the plants she put into Harry Potter … Continue reading The plant that can kill and cure

Witches & Poisonous Herbs: A History of Bella Donna, Fly Agaric & More

History tell us witches and poisons go together like peas and carrots. Our few written accounts of the Witch Trials in the Dark Ages and Early Modern Period give us a glimpse into the lives of people accused of diabolical magic. Often this included the use of potions, brews and things that would poison people … Continue reading Witches & Poisonous Herbs: A History of Bella Donna, Fly Agaric & More

The Scary Thing Nail Polish Does to Your Body 10 Hours After You Apply It By Brooke Nelson

This is bad news for all you devoted mani-pedi lovers out there. progressman/Shutterstock Think about it: What, exactly, goes into making your favorite nail polish colors? (Here’s what each nail polish color reveals about you.) If you’ve never taken a close look at the ingredients in your nail polish, you might want to start now. Some … Continue reading The Scary Thing Nail Polish Does to Your Body 10 Hours After You Apply It By Brooke Nelson