Ipecacuanha – a poem by George Canning

Coughing in a shady grove
Sat my Juliana,
Lozenges I gave my love,
Ipecacuanha
Full twenty from the lozenge box
The greedy nymph did pick;
Then, sighing sadly, said to me
My Damon, I am sick.

George Canning

Notes: What is ipecacuanha? It’s a herb which is used in medicine to help clear a heavy cough. Wikipedia tell us:

“Ipecacuanha, a drug, the dried root of Cephaelis ipecacuanha, a plant from Brazil. […] Its preparations are pills, powders, lozenges, and wine. In large doses it is an emetic; in smaller ones it is an expectorant and an restorative. It is considered a specific in dysentery. Made into an ointment, it is a counter-irritant.[1]

Ipecacuanha is used to refer to plants which produce this drug, which include the plant mentioned and others.[1]”

So there we are – you may never need to know that, but why not – it might win you points in Trivial Pursuit one day! 😉

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin, your voice coach

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