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They are the product of a southeast Asian evergreen shrub or tree with a rough bark, cup-shaped flowers and dark, glossy leaves with or without serrated edges (from 2 to 10 inches in length), and in the wild the plant can reach a height of over 60 feet. The fruit is a smooth, flat, rounded, three-celled capsule with one seed in each cell, the size of a small nut. The seeds contain a volatile oil.
Some believe the holy Buddhist saint Daruma grew the first plant in the 6th century. He cut his eyelids out to stay awake while meditating (for 5 years) and where he threw his eyelids, the plant grew. Others believe that they were first discovered in 2737 B.C. due to sloppy housekeeping. Parts of this plant were used as a medicine in China for 4,000 years and the ancient Greeks used them for asthma, colds and bronchitis. In 1560 Father Jasper de Cruz, a Portuguese Jesuit, was the first European to personally encounter and write about this plant. In France, Louis XIV's doctor prescribed a tisane of the leaves for his royal headaches. Russian scientists were partial to them. Introduced to Dutch society in 1610, they soon became popular (initially they cost $100 per pound), and were the rage in Paris in the mid 1630s.
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