Broccoli


Broccoli


Latin Name: brassica oleracea italica

Forms Available: leaf, flower, extract

Broccoli – brassica oleracea italica – a vegetable, rich in nutrients such as calcium, chlorophyll, iron, potassium, and vitamins A, C and K. The vitamin K helps prevent colon and stomach cancer. The calcium content helps prevent the effects of bone loss and osteoporosis.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A plant packed with vitamins and minerals. The vitamin K helps prevent colon and stomach cancer. The calcium content helps prevent the effects of bone loss and osteoporosis.


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Broom


Broom


Latin Name: genista scoparius syn. cytisus scoparius,sarothamnus scoparious
Alternative Name: scotch broom, banal, basam, besom, bisom, bizzon, Breeam, broom tops, brum, genista green broom, irish tops, link, irish broom.
Forms Available: flowering twig, seed.

Broom – genista scoparius syn. Cytisus scoparius and Sarothamnus scoparious – Also known as Scotch Broom, and Irish broom. A Druid Sacred Tree, it is a many-branched erect shrub with simple or trifoliate leaves, and golden “sweet-pea” flowers. A flowering sprig of Broom was a heraldic battle device of Henry II of England who is said to have taken the family name Plantagenet from this medieval “planta genista”.
Flowering broom tips are gathered in spring, before Midsumer, and are later used fresh or dry. The seeds are as useful as the tops. Both are soluble in water and alcohol. The infusion is used to tread cardiac edema. Simmer one teaspoon of the herb or seeds per cup of water for twenty minutes. The dose is one-half cup a day in one-fourth cup doses. Broom is combined with dandelion root, uva ursi, and juniper berries to treat bladder and kidney ailments. Take one part broom, one half part uva ursi, and one half part dandelion root. Simmer until the liquid is reduced to half the original quantity. Add one-half part juniper berry and cool. A pinch of cayenne is sprinkled into each one-eighth cup dose. Caution: Acute kidney problems contraindicate this herb. Broom is a heart tonic. Use one teaspoon of the herb per cup of water, and do not exceed more than one-half cup per day. One to ten drops of tincture may be given as a dose.


Other Uses: Broom flowers bound with colored ribbons are carried at weddings. Couples may choose to “jump the broom” as they make their transition to a new station of life. Broom can be substituted for furze, gorse, at Spring Equinox.


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Bugleweed


Bugleweed


Latin Name: lycopus virginicus
Alternative Name: gypsy weed, water horehound, gypsy wort, horehound, sweet bugle
Forms Available: root

Bugleweed – lycopus virginicus – this herb is used to treat hyperthyroidism, it decreases the level of thyroid stimulating hormones and slows the pulse. It is also has astringent and sedative properties.
Caution: do not use if pregnant or suffering hypothyroidism.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: This herb is used to treat hyperthyroidism, it decreases the level of thyroid stimulating hormones and slows the pulse. It is also has astringent and sedative properties.


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Burdock


Burdock


Latin Name: arctium lappa
Alternative Name: hurr-burr, thorny burr, cocklebur, lappa, cockle buttons
Forms Available: root, extract

Burdock – arctium lappa – this herb aids the liver, kidney, and bowels – it is a great detoxifier and cleanser. It is also used as a diuretic. It can be used both internally and externally in the relief of herpes, psoriasis, eczema, acne, boils and sores. It is a mild laxative and has both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: This herb aids the liver, kidney, and bowels – it is a great detoxifier and cleanser. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, a diuretic, and a laxative.


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Buttercup


Buttercup


Latin Name: ranunculus acris
Alternative Name: gold cup, mao chin, meadow buttercup
Forms Available: flower, leaf

Buttercup – ranunculus acris – The buttercup, crushed in a poultice and applied to the chest is relief for colds. The scent of the flowers and leaves is a headache remedy. Used externally for relief of rheumatism.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The buttercup, crushed in a poultice and applied to the chest is relief for colds. The scent of the flowers and leaves is a headache remedy. Used externally for relief of rheumatism.


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Butterfly Weed


Butterfly Weed


Latin Name: asclepias tuberosa
Alternative Name: pleurisy root, silkweed, tuber root, colic root, canada root, flux root, milkweed
Forms Available: root, flower, leaf

Butterfly Weed – asclepias tuberosa – this plant is also known as “pleurisy root”: it is considered to have expectorant qualities that loosen and remove phlegm as well as relieving the pain of pleurisy by reducing the inflammation of the pleural membranes. The roots are also used in a poultice to relieve bruising, wounds, and swellings.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A well used plant in the treatment of pleurisy: loosens and removes phlegm, reduces pleural membrane inflammation.


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Cajeput

Cajeput

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Latin Name: melaleuca leucadendron

Forms Available: essential oil, leaf, bud

Cajeput – melaleuca leucadendron – steam distilled leaf/bud, Indonesia. Its scent is peculiar, musty, sweet, penetrating, camphor-like. As part of the Melaleucas, it has great value in skin care and for wound cleansing. It is analgesic, antiseptic, expectorant, and stimulant. Stimulates the mind and assists with getting it back into balance, helps clear thoughts.. Soothes colic and vomiting. Could help with cystitis. Its antiseptic and expectorant properties make it excellent for respiratory tract infections such as colds, laryngitis, bronchitis and it may be helpful for asthma, as well as for nasal and sinus congestion. Its pain relieving properties make it useful in massage for neuralgia, headaches, gout, muscle stiffness and general aches and pain. It is useful for treating painful periods, delayed menses and spasmodic dysmenorrhoea. Its antiseptic properties make it useful for treating acne and psoriasis. It has been used for genital herpes, hemorrhoids and varicose veins. The oil is also reputed to have insect repellent qualities and is the best essential oil to apply undiluted to fire ant bites, preferably immediately after being bitten. Cajeput is considered non-toxic but may irritate the skin in high concentrations. Blends well with bergamot, clove, lavender and rosewood. Not to be used on pregnant women!

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: It is analgesic, antiseptic, expectorant, and stimulant. Stimulates the mind and assists with getting it back into balance, helps clear thoughts.. Soothes colic and vomiting. Could help with cystitis. Not to be used on pregnant women!


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Calamus

Calamus

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Latin Name: acorus calamus
Alternative Name: sweet sedge, sweet grass, sweet root, myrtle grass, cinnamon sedge, rat root, gladdon, flagroot, beewort
Forms Available: essential oil, CO2 extraction

Calamus – acorus calamus – Calamus is mentioned frequently in the Old Testament. This particular variety doesn’t contain asarone which is considered a skin sensitizer and is known to cause skin toxicity. Its aroma is spicy, some find it calming, perhaps due to its base note. This is not an oil which is widely used in aromatherapy, do not use during pregnancy, on infants, children or the elderly.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Calamus has been used to relieve skin problems, rheumatic pains, neuralgia, and burns.


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Calendula

Calendula

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Latin Name: calendula officinalis
Alternative Name: calendula, holigold, pot marigold, bride of the sun, drunkard, goldes, husbandman’s dial, Marybud, marygold, mary gowles, ruddes, oculis chrisi, ruddles, spousa solis, summer’s Bride
Forms Available: CO2 extraction, leaf, powder, flower

Calendula is Marigold – calendula officinalis – A Druid sacred herb, this cheerful annual or perennial has hairy leaves and golden-orange daisy flowers. The leaves are added to salads and garnishes of flowers color rice and fish dishes. Calendula is antiseptic and antifungal and contains hormone and vitamin A precursors. Essential oil is extracted from the petals but is extremely expensive.
The flowers are a healing agent. Added to fomentations, poultices and salves, they speed healing of wounds and of nerve damage. The infusion is given for intestinal problems and to clean lymph and blood. Useful in fevers, the herb can be used fresh, dry, or in tincture. For tea, steep two teaspoons of flowers per cup of water for twenty minutes; take one teaspoon per hour. Using tincture, take five to twenty drops four times a day.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Aids healing of skin infections, ulcers, hemorrhoids.

Other Uses: Known as “summer’s bride”, the yellow calendula embodies the Sun’s fire and life sustaining virtue. Calendula is carried into court for a favorable verdict. In the mattress it encourages prophetic dreams. Pick in full sun.


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California Poppy


California Poppy


Latin Name: eschscholzia californica
Alternative Name: gold poppy, poppy
Forms Available: flower, leaf, root

California Poppy – eschscholzia californica – antispasmodic, sedative and analgesic. Also a diuretic that promotes perspiration. The sap has been used to relieve toothache.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used to treat nervous tension, insomnia and anxiety. Also believed to help stop bedwetting. A diuretic, antispasmodic, analgesic, sedative.


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