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In this image provided by Taronga Zoo an unnamed female baby elephant stands under her mother, Pak Boon, after the birth of the infant early Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. (AP Photo/Taronga Zoo, Bobby-Jo Vial)

By Travis Mayfield

I’ve had a low grade headache all week.  But I’m pretty sure even if my head felt fine I would have clicked on the link embedded in this tweet from @HerbGuy (Ron Zimmerman, the founding chef/proprietor of the HerbFarm restaurant in Woodinville):

Smoking ELEPHANT DUNG said to relieve headaches http://bit.ly/hHMaur

The link takes you to this blog post titled, “Where you can to learn to survive in the bush.”

The post is all about this luxury safari lodge called Sabi Sabi in South Africa in the greater Kruger National Park.  But it is the bullet points that I find most fascinating:

• Use buffalo thorn leaves to alleviate swelling and settle an upset stomach.
• Sausage tree is useful in curing many skin ailments.
• Burn elephant dung and inhale the smoke to relieve headaches.
• Make toothpaste by burning a few branches of the leadwood tree and mixing the white ash with water. Both brush and paste have antibacterial properties that leave teeth healthy.

Since I won’t be flying to Sabi Sabi in the near future I guess I need to find some elephant dung to help ease my headache.  Now I just need to remember where I put the number for my PR contact at the Woodland Park Zoo

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