Vitex


Vitex


Latin Name: vitex agnus-castus
Alternative Name: chaste berry, chasteberry, monk’s pepper, chaste tree, cloister pepper, indian spice, agno casto, hemp tree
Forms Available: seed, fruit, berry

Vitex – vitex agnus-castus – This herb is “a women’s herb”. Vitex regulates the female reproductive system: restores menstruation, relieves premenstrual syndrome, relieves the symptoms of menopause, restores hormonal balance, and stimulates the growth of the lining of the uterus.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: “A women’s herb”. Regulates the female reproductive system, relieves premenstrual syndrome, stimulates the growth of the lining of the uterus.


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Walnut Oil


Walnut Oil


Latin Name: juglans regia

Forms Available: oil

Walnut Oil – juglans regia – Very unsaturated, walnut oil presents good moisturizing, anti-aging, regenerative, emollient and toning properties. This oil is obtained from walnut kernels by cold expression and subsequent refining. Walnuts are unique among nuts because the essential fat they contain is primarily polyunsaturated -the source of omega-3 fatty acid. Walnuts contain a host of other important vitamins and minerals. Walnut oil is a clear, grease less, penetrating oil, that is a rich source of fatty acids essential to maintaining the skin’s cellular integrity. Walnut oil is not a cooking oil; high heat destroys its delicate flavor. Where it does shine is as an ingredient in a salad dressing or a fresh pasta sauce. It can be used in any cosmetic product as an active principal or as a carrier in the oily phase, without any proportion limit.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Very unsaturated, walnut oil presents good moisturizing, anti-aging, regenerative, emollient and toning properties.


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Watercress


Watercress


Latin Name: nasturtium officinale
Alternative Name: berro, brown cress, cress, nasturtium
Forms Available: leaf, seed

Watercress – nasturtium officinale – Watercress leaves are eaten either raw or cooked. The flavor is strong and hot. The seed can be ground and used as a mustard. This plant is a well known medicinal plant, it has a high level of vitamins and minerals and is a cleansing herb. It’s main quality is that of a diuretic and detoxifier – it’s use flushes the body of excess fluid and toxins and cleans the blood resulting in the breaking and shifting of kidney stones and the clearing up of skin problems such as eczema, acne, and psoriasis. It is a liver tonic, promoting the production and flow of bile. It prevents the build up of flatulence and relieves indigestion. Externally, in a poultice, the leaves are crushed and applied to relieve rheumatism and gout.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A diuretic plant, cleansing and purifying the body of toxins and excess fluid. A tonic for the kidneys and bladder. Expectorant, loosening and shifting phlegm so relieving coughs and lung congestion.


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Wheat Germ Oil

Wheat Germ Oil

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Latin Name: triticum spp.

Forms Available: oil

Wheat Germ Oil – triticum spp. – This oil is thick, sticky and antioxidant. It’s also very rich in vitamin E, a natural antioxidant. Based on this, it can be added to other carrier oil sot act as a preservative. Wheat germ oil can be used to nourish dry or cracked skin and soothes skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis; also helps to prevent and reduce scarring and may prevent stretch marks. Mature skin, in particular, will benefit from wheat germ oil. It’s also known to be beneficial for tired muscles, making a good base for after sport massage. Some people use it as a preservative in vegetable oils, soaps and toiletries, and others totally disagree as to its preservative powers. People allergic to wheat flour may have reactions to wheat germ oil.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Wheat germ oil can be used to nourish dry or cracked skin and soothes skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis; also helps to prevent and reduce scarring and may prevent stretch marks. Mature skin, in particular, will benefit from wheat germ oil.


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White Clover


White Clover


Latin Name: trifolium repens

Forms Available: flower, leaf, root

White Clover – trifolium repens – The flowers, leaves and root of this plant can be eaten. The flowers make a tea, the leaves are a potherb and the root is simply cooked. Medicinally, an infusion of the plant has been used to treat coughs, colds and fevers. The leaves have been used, in an ointment, for relief of gout.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: An ointment for gout or an infusion for treating coughs, colds, fevers.


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White Sweet Clover


White Sweet Clover


Latin Name: meliltus alba, melilotus albus
Alternative Name: white melilot, common melilot
Forms Available: leaf, flower, seed

White Sweet Clover – meliltus alba – An edible plant. The seeds are like peas and can be used as seasoning for soup. The fresh shoots can be eaten raw or cooked. The flowers have a vanilla flavor and can be eaten raw or cooked. The dried leaves and flowers should not be eaten but they have been used for medicinal purposes – they contain coumarin, an anticlotting agent.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The leaves of this plant have been used, dried, as an anticlotting agent. The flowers, dried, have been used externally to treat ulcers.


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White Vervain


White Vervain


Latin Name: verbena urticifolia

Forms Available: root

White Vervain – verbena urticifolia – Decoctions of the root have been used to relieve flu. Infusions of the root have been used to abate profuse menstruation.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Decoctions of the root have been used to relieve flu. Infusions of the root have been used to abate profuse menstruation.


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Wild Bergamot


Wild Bergamot


Latin Name: monarda fistulosa
Alternative Name: beebalm, horsemint
Forms Available: flowers, leaf. tea

Wild Bergamot – monarda fistulosa – this plant is both edible and medicinal. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked or even dried and brewed in a tea. The flowers themselves are also edible. The leaves and flowers are used iternally, in an infusion, to treat colds, lower fevers, and relieve gastric problems. Externally, they are applied in a poultice to cuts and sores, and as eyewashes. Properties: carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, pectoral, stimulant.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The leaves and flowers are used iternally, in an infusion, to treat colds, lower fevers, and relieve gastric problems. Externally, they are applied in a poultice to cuts and sores, and as eyewashes.


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Wild Garlic


Wild Garlic


Latin Name: allium canadense
Alternative Name: canadian garlic, meadow garlic
Forms Available: root, leaf, flower

Wild Garlic – allium canadense – The entire plant is edible and considered to be a healthy addition to the diet. Garlic helps lower cholesterol levels, and is a tonic to both the digestive and ciruculatory systems. A tincture of garlic has been used to relieve croup and prevent colic and worms in children.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Garlic helps lower cholesterol levels, and is a tonic to both the digestive and ciruculatory systems. A tincture of garlic has been used to relieve croup and prevent colic and worms in children.


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Wild Ginger


Wild Ginger


Latin Name: asarum canadense
Alternative Name: indian ginger, snakeroot, canada snakeroot, canadian wild ginger, wildginger
Forms Available: root, leaf

Wild Ginger – asarum canadense – Wild ginger was used by Native American Indians for many things, one of which was as a contraceptive measure. The root is used internally to treat: asthma, coughs, rheumatic problems, and irregular menstruation. It also stimulates circulation, promotes perspiration, and aids digestion. The root has antibiotic properties. The leaves can be applied as a poultice, externally, to wounds and inflammations.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used internally to treat: asthma, coughs, and rheumatic problems. Regulates menstruation. It stimulates circulation, promotes perspiration, and aids digestion.


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