Cocaine was the first local anesthetic; being
 used as such from about 1884 onwards.

 

The rosy periwinkle plant, found in Madagascar, is
 used to cure leukemia.

 

Banana oil never saw a banana; it’s made from
 petroleum.

 

From the 1500’s to the 1700’s, tobacco was
 prescribed by doctors to treat a variety of ailments including headaches,
 toothaches, arthritis and bad breath.

 

In 1924, Pope Urban VIII threatened to
 excommunicate snuff users

 

Peanuts are beans.

 

Rice paper isn’t made from rice but from a small
 tree which grows in Taiwan.
 

 

Tea was so expensive when it was first brought to
 Europe in the early 17th century that it was
 kept in locked wooden boxes.

 

The fragrance of flowers is due to the essences
 of oil which they produce.

 

The
 largest single flower is the Rafflesia or “corpse flower”. They are
 generally 3 feet in diameter with the record being 42 inches

 

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