Thornapple, also known as Jimson Weed, acts as a bronchodilator, opening Alex’s constricted airways via the action of atropine as well as reducing mucous production obstructing the flow of air.The leaf of the coltsfoot plant has been used historically as an inhalant to ease cough and wheezing. Its scientific name is Tussilago fanfara, (tussis ~ “cough”, ago ~ “to act on”), very appropriate given its expectorant, antitussive and anti-inflammatory effects.Smoking various medicinal herbs via pipe, cigarette, or cigar, was indeed an effective historical remedy for the symptoms of lung disease. These often contained Stramonium, aka thornapple! (Stramonium is the major ingredient of these cigarettes.)Alex’s tuberculosis has significantly progressed, causing him to have excessive sputum, coughing and wheezing. Claire is able to mitigate his suffering a bit, allowing him to breathe a bit easier. She prepares a pipe of thornapple and coltsfoot, and the smoke of these will provide some relief.
The theme for this and the few below is "Don't Let Facebook ruin your life".
Somehow this manages to live on in Twitter despite the obvious reasons it should be removed.
I cannot fathom the source of such self hatred that a "man" would write so loathesomely of himself.