Father Pierre Monastery Herbs


Original ad.

I wish I could find a picture on the internet of the packaging for this product. Or learn who the legendary Father Pierre was. Alas, even the mighty Web does not have the answer to everything.

But I did find out the ingredients.


As to the recipe's effectiveness, I cannot attest.

Apparently, this current-day Russian product also known as "Monastery Herbs" has a different composition.


"Ingredients: rose hips, currant leaves, birch leaves, roots and rhizomes Elecampane, grass oregano herb St. John's wort, willow (willow-herb)."

Russian page.
     Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 25, 2015
     Category: Body | Nature | Religion | Advertising | Excrement | 1940s | Russia

I think the way both these worked was once you drank this stuff and realized what was in it you just wanted to get the crap out of you as fast as you could.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/25/15 at 10:07 AM
St. John's wort is a natural antidepressant and they use rose hips to produce vitamin C I don't know about the other stuff though.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/25/15 at 12:29 PM
Willow is the start for aspirin, for those who needed to know that. Less certain of some of the other uses, though I know that oregano was used in traditional medicine.
Posted by Alassirana on 08/25/15 at 05:12 PM
Did you ever wonder who was the first to place some of those ingredients in hot water and then consume it? How many didn't survive because there was no way of telling if the infusion was poisonous?

In that same vein of thought, who was the first to determine that an olive needed to be soaked in a brine before it became palatable? Have you ever tasted an olive straight off the tree? You won't do it twice.
Posted by KDP on 08/25/15 at 05:35 PM
Hi Alassirana! I didn't know that was what aspirin was made from, news to me.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/25/15 at 07:11 PM
Senna is still commonly used as a laxative -- look for "sennosides" on the label. Frangula is also a laxative, but it's a lot milder than senna. It's probably added to buffer the senna.

One of Rachel Ray's favorite little things is to mention that oregano means "joy on the mountain." I'd love to meet her so I could explain it's because the grasses in that area lack certain minerals, leading to the sheep having urinary tract problems. The inability to pass urine distresses them. Eating wild oregano relives the problem. So the "joy on the mountain" is when a sheep can let loose a healthy stream after being bottled up for weeks.
Posted by Phideaux on 08/25/15 at 09:25 PM
I have 2 vintage boxes and am happy to send photos of the packaging
Posted by Janie on 10/04/15 at 06:47 PM
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