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Interessting the difference in the German and English names for aconitum. In German it is called "Eisenhut" or iron hat, because it looks like a military helmet, roman or mittle age and in English it is called "monkshood". So the name is associated with peace and war.

One of its effects in homeopathy is supposed to relieve fears of death, other forbodings, and anxieties and thus create the opposite - peace. Could be an explanation for the different names of this plant.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Dec 7th, 2007 at 10:49:38 AM EST
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