Soy


Soy


Latin Name: glycine max
Alternative Name: soya, soybean, soy bean, soya bean,
Forms Available: bean, seed

Soy – glycine max – Soy is a staple food in asian cuisine. It is very nutritional: high in vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber amongst other things. Soy is phytoestrogen rich which makes it a food that both menopausal and post menopausal women should eat – it can help to prevent hot flashes and osteoporosis.Soy is also a natural cholesterol reducer. It is also believed that soy may be a cancer fighting food and research is currently going on to this effect.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used to treat menopausal issues such as hot flashes. Prevents osteoporosis. Soy has laxative properties. Soy reduces cholesterol.


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Spearmint

Spearmint

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Latin Name: mentha spicata
Alternative Name: garden mint, our lady’s mint, sage of bethlehem, erba santa maria, brown mint, lamb mint, green mint, yerba buena, green spine, mackeral mint, mismin
Forms Available: essential oil, crushed

Spearmint – mentha spicat – Also called Garden Mint, Our Lady’s Mint, Sage of Bethlehem, Erba Santa Maria and Lamb Mint. Spearmint is the most generally cultivated of the culinary mints. The leaves are almost or completely stalkless, lance-shaped bright-green and hairless. Mice hate the smell of mint and will avoid any place where the herb is scattered.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Key Qualities: Refreshing; Restorative; Nerve Tonic; Cephalic; Aphrodisiac; Mental Stimulant.

Other Uses: Spearmint is used in all healing applications, especially in aiding lung diseases. Smelled, spearmint increases and sharpens mental powers. For protection while asleep, stuff a pillow or mattress with spearmint.


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Speedwell


Speedwell


Latin Name: veronica sp., veronica officinalis, veronica americana
Alternative Name: gypsyweed, physic root
Forms Available: root, leaf

Speedwell – veronica sp. – not used in todays herbal medicine. This plant is diuretic, astringent, tonic and expectorant. A tea can be mad from the leaf that may relieve bronchial congestion and other respiratory tract complaints. Externally, can be applied in a poultice or wash to treat wounds and other skin issues.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: This plant is diuretic, astringent, tonic and expectorant. A tea can be mad from the leaf that may relieve bronchial congestion and other respiratory tract complaints. Externally, can be applied in a poultice or wash to treat wounds and other skin issues


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Spice Bush


Spice Bush


Latin Name: lindera benzoin
Alternative Name: spice-bush, wild allspice, spicewood, feverwood, fever-bush, benjamin bush
Forms Available: essential oil, twig, bark, berry

Spice Bush – lindera benzoin – An aromatic plant. The dried powdered fruit is an “allspice” substitute. The bark isused to treat coughs and colds. Infusions or decoctions have, in the past, been used to treat fevers such as typhoid. The oil from the berries can be applied, externally in a poultice, to treat bruises, skin conditions, rheumatism…

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The bark is used to treat coughs and colds and has been used, in the past, to treat fevers such as typhoid.


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Spiderwort


Spiderwort


Latin Name: tradescantia sp., tradescantia virginiana
Alternative Name: virginia spiderwort
Forms Available: leaf, flower

Spiderwort – tradescantia sp. – Used by Native American Indians to treat cancer. The roots and leaves, mashed or in a poultice, can be applied externally to insect stings and bites. The roots have laxative properties. They have also been used, in a tea, to treat stomachaches, female issues and kidney complaints.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The root can be used in a tea to treat stomachaches, as a laxative, and to relieve female issues. Applied, externally in a poultice, to treat insect bites and stings.


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Spikenard


spikenard


Latin Name: nardostachys jatamansi
Alternative Name: indian root, american sarsaparilla
Forms Available: essential oil

Spikenard – nardostachys jatamansi – Aroma is leathery, earthy and fungal, but sweet and is a reddish brown or amber-colored oil Spikenard is widely mentioned in the bible. It is a very calming oil, both emotionally and physically, and is of special value in serious skin conditions. Powerful antifungal. Indicated for psoriasis, athlete’s foot, fungal infections, dandruff and emotionally for deep sadness. It’s a powerful oil for grounding, for emotional needs. Spikenard is known in aromatherapy circles as “a woman’s oil” and is recommended for use in spiritual blends or blends for meditation.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: It is a very calming oil, both emotionally and physically, and is of special value in serious skin conditions. Powerful antifungal. Indicated for psoriasis, athlete’s foot, fungal infections, dandruff and emotionally for deep sadness.


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Spruce


spruce


Latin Name: tsuga canadense

Forms Available: essential oil

Spruce – tsuga canadensi – Fresh pine, bitter orange peel aroma. Recommended for relief of stress and anxiety. Also recommended for muscle aches and pains, aching joints, poor circulation, muscle spasms. Inhaled for the respiratory system, helpful for bronchitis or asthma. Blends well with Orange, Lavender and Clary sage.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Recommended for relief of stress and anxiety. Also recommended for muscle aches and pains, aching joints, poor circulation, muscle spasms. Inhaled for the respiratory system, helpful for bronchitis or asthma.


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St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort

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Latin Name: hypericum perforatum
Alternative Name: amber, fuga daemonum -latin for scare-devil, goat weed, Hhrba John, John’s wort, kamath weed, sol terrestis, tipton weed
Forms Available: flower, leaf, stem

St. John’s Wort – hypericum perforatum – A Druid sacred herb, the Celts passed it through the smoke of the Summer Solstice fire, then wore it in battle for invincibility. This herb has woody-based stems, with pairs of small, balsamic-scented leaves and clusters of lemon-scented, yellow summer flowers. The leaves are used in salads and to flavor liqueurs. Extract of the flowering tops is antiviral, astringent, and sedative; it treats inflammation, wounds, and diarrhea. Taken internally, it calms nerves and treats depression. It is under research for AIDS treatment. The flowers yield yellow and red dyes.
The herb is the part used for lung problems, bladder complaints, diarrhea, dysentery, depression, hemorrhages, and jaundice. Steep two teaspoons of the herb per cup of water for twenty minutes. Take one-half cup in the morning and one-half cup at bed time. Bedwetting is helped by a nightly cup of the tea. The oil and fomentation are applied externally the injuries, especially when nerve endings are involved, i.e. fingers and toes, and to soften tumors and caked breasts.
To make the oil, cover the flowers with good cold-pressed olive oil and leave the sealed preparation in the hot sun for twenty-one days or until it becomes a rich red. The oil is excellent for massages, as it affects the spine directly. Varicose veins, mild burns, inflammations, neuralgia, and rheumatism are helped by a poultice of it.
CAUTION: Malignant tumors must be treated with care. Never rub or massage a malignant growth, as cells may become detached and travel to other parts of the body.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Extract of the flowering tops is antiviral, astringent, and sedative; it treats inflammation, wounds, and diarrhea. Taken internally, it calms nerves and treats depression.

Other Uses: The Welsh called this plant “leaf of the blessed.” It was understood to be an idea combination of water and fire, the ultimate healing essence


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