Birch

Birch

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Latin Name: betula alba
Alternative Name: common birch, white birch, beithe, bereza, berke, beth, bouleau, lady of the woods, monoecia triandria, b. pubescens, b. verrucosa
Forms Available: essential oil, leaf, bark, twig

Birch – Betula alba – A Druid sacred tree. Also known as Lady of the Woods, Paper Birch or White Birch. The antibacterial leaves give a diuretic tea used to treat gout and rheumatism, to dissolve kidney and bladder tones and to lower cholesterol. Steep two teaspoons of leaf per cup of water for twenty minutes. The dose is one to one a half cups over a day. Birch twigs and leaves are simmered and added to the bath for itchy skin conditions and falling hair. Taken before bed, the tea is sedative. The young shoots and leaves make a tonic laxative. The inner bark is simmered and used in fevers. Twigs and bark are simmered using two teaspoons of plant per cup of water for twenty minutes. The dose is one-fourth cup four times a day. The twigs of B. lutea -Yellow birch, and B. lenta -black birch, are gathered in spring and simmered gently for twenty minutes to make a delicious beverage. Please note: the leaves must be used fresh, and not after Midsummer, as they will then contain natural insecticides. The white birch has no real flavor and does not make a good beverage tea. The bark and bud oil are used in medicated soaps.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Gout; Rheumatism; Eczema; Ulcers.

Other Uses: The traditional broom of witches is made of birch twigs. Protection, purification, wards negativity, love, new beginnings. Birch is a feminine tree and an embodiment of the Great Mother, cradles can be made of her wood as a protection for the child.


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Birth Root


Birth Root


Latin Name: trillium grandiflorum
Alternative Name: snow trillium, white trillium
Forms Available: root

Birth Root – trillium grandiflorum – The leaves of this plant can be eaten cooked. The root of the plant is applied as a poultice on aching joints, particularly rheumatic ones. The root is also steeped in water to make a tea which relieves cramps and irregular menstrual cycles. Decoctions of the root have been used, as drops, to relieve sore ears.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: antispasmodic, diuretic, emmenagogue, opthalmic


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Black Cohosh


Black Cohosh


Latin Name: cimicufuga racemosa
Alternative Name: bugbane, bugwort, rattleweed, squaw root.
Forms Available: root, herb

Black Cohosh – cimicifuga racemosa – The root of this plant has been tradionally used by Native American Indians for treating female issues such as painful menses and menopausal problems. This herb has many valuable properties. It has been used to improve circulation and lower blood pressure, to relieve arthritis, and as an expectorant. It is anti inflammatory, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, astrigent, emmenagogue, expectorant, vasodilator and relieves female problems. The plant is a natural insect repellent.
Caution: this root is toxic so do not overuse AND avoid if pregnant.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: This plant is anti inflammatory, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, astrigent, emmenagogue, expectorant, vasodilator and relieves female problems. It plant is a natural insect repellent.


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Black Eyed Susan


Black Eyed Susan


Latin Name: rudbeckia hirta
Alternative Name: gloriosa daisy, yellow daisy
Forms Available: root

Black Eyed Susan – rudbeckia hirta – The root has been used in infusions to treat colds, dropsy, worms in children, sores and snakebites. The root liquid has also been used as drops for earaches.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Root has been used in infusions to treat colds, dropsy, worms in children, sores, snakebites.


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Black Walnut


Black Walnut


Latin Name: juglans nigra
Alternative Name: american walnut
Forms Available: powder

Black Walnut – juglans nigra – A thick green hull covers the actual walnut. This hull has to be removed to reveal the hard, wrinkled shell beneath. A dark, oily substance is between the hull and the shell. Walnut hulls are used to make dyes. The hulls can be boiled in water to make a deep brown, almost black dye. Besides making a dye, the boiled hull of the walnut can be used as a medicine by rubbing the affected skin with the pulverized leaves. It has been used extensively for the treatment of ringworm. The dark liquid is boiled down to make a thick poultice-like substance and this is applied to the area affected. Black walnut hull is widely known for its anti-parasitic qualities. Through the ages it has been used to rid the bowel of parasites such as tapeworms. It is also used as an antifungal in cases of Candida yeast, ringworm, athlete’s foot and thrush. The powder can be used to brush teeth to remove plaque and restore tooth enamel, although it may also darken teeth. Its astringent properties helps tighten gums, hemorrhoids. This herb is toxic to horses! Check with your vet before using to treat animals. May stop lactation, use caution if nursing.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Through the ages it has been used to rid the bowel of parasites such as tapeworms. It is also used as an antifungal in cases of Candida yeast, ringworm, athlete’s foot and thrush.


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Blackberry


Blackberry


Latin Name: rubus fructicosus. rubus villosus, rubus allegheniensis
Alternative Name: bly, bramble, brombeere, fingerberry, bramble-kite, bumble-kite, cloudberry, dewberry, thimbleberry, brummel, brameberry, scaldhead, brambleberry, r. cuneifolius
Forms Available: root, leaf, bud, berry

Blackberry – rubus villosus – A Blackberry leaf decoction is a blood and skin tonic, and a poultice treats eczema. The juicy purple-black fruit are rich in fiber and Vitamin C. The root is a classic remedy for diarrhea and is reputed to clean the kidneys and urinary tract of stones and gravel. Simmer two teaspoons for the root per cup of water for twenty minutes, and take a quarter cup four times a day. The buds and leaves are used fresh in poultices for wounds, burns, mouth sores, and sore throats. Chew the leaves or make a poultice. The berries are slightly binding and are useful in diarrhea, as are the leaves.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The astringent property of blackberry make it useful for treating diarrhea and sore throats.

Other Uses: Sacred to Brighid, the leaves and berries are used to attract wealth or healing. This is a Goddess herb, belonging to the planetary sphere of Venus. Protection, health, prosperity, pie for Lughnassadh, to commemorate the harvest.


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Blackthorn


Blackthorn


Latin Name: prunus spinosa
Alternative Name: sloe, mother of the wood, wishing thorn
Forms Available: leaf, twig, fruit

Blackthorn – prunus spinosa – Also know as Sloe, Mother of the Wood, or Wishing Thorn. This tree has small, serrated, oval leaves on dark, thorny branches with purple blooms and black fruit. The leaves yield a mouthwash. The astringent fruits make Sloe gin. Traditionally, the wood was used to make clubs.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Has been used for fever reduction. Also has expectorant properties.

Other Uses: Returns evil to sender. The thorns are used for sticking into black figure candles or poppets of enemies that will not leave you alone. Hung over doorways or carried, the sloe wards off evil and calamity, banishes demons and negative vibrations.


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Bloodroot


Bloodroot


Latin Name: sanguinaria canadensis
Alternative Name: indian paint, red root, sanguinaria
Forms Available: root

Bloodroot – sanguinaria canadensis – the products from this plant are very caustic, they destroy tissue. Externally this plant has been used to ‘burn’ away surface cancers and growths. It has also been used as an emetic, expectorant, and laxative. Internally, it is mainly used in the making of expectorants which loosen phlegm in the throat and respiratory tract. American Indians used to use this in red face paint,, hence the alternative name “indian paint”.
Caution: avoid when pregnant or breastfeeding.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Externally this plant has been used to ‘burn’ away surface cancers and growths. It has also been used as an emetic, expectorant, and laxative. Interally, mainly used in the making of expectorants which loosen phlegm in the throat and respiratory tract.


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Blue Cohosh


Blue Cohosh


Latin Name: caulophyllum thalictroides
Alternative Name: papoose root, squaw root, beechdrops
Forms Available: root, seed, extract

Blue Cohosh – caulophyllum thalictroides – this herb has been used, through history, in treating women. It stimulates the uterus into labor for the delivery of a child whilst easing the pain. It also can promote menstruation and ease cramps. It is also a cleanser, it acts as a diuretic, raises respiration, elevates blood pressure and promotes sweating.
The seed, roasted, is a coffee substitute.
Caution: This plant should not be used by pregnant women until delivery time as it can induce miscarraige. It should, also, not be prescribed for people with hypertension or heart problems.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: stimulates the uterus into labor for the delivery of a child whilst easing the pain. It also can promote menstruation and ease cramps.


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