Orris Root


Orris Root


Latin Name: Iris germanica var.florentina
Alternative Name: florentine iris, queen elizabeth root
Forms Available: powder, root

Orris Root – iris germanica var.florentina – Orris root has a stout rhizome, swordlike leaves, and large, scented flowers in early summer that range in color from pale blue to white.


Other Uses: The orris root has long been used to find and hold love. The whole orris root is carried, the powder is added to sachets, sprinkled on sheets, clothing and the body , and around the house. Orris root powder is sometimes known as “Love Drawing Powder”


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Palm Kernel Oil


Palm Kernel Oil


Latin Name: elaeis guineensis

Forms Available: oil

Palm Kernel Oil – elaeis guineensis – This oil is obtained from the kernels, taken from the cracked nuts of the palm. This oil contains large proportions of lauric acid, its chemical composition is quite different from that of palm oil, and is used chiefly for soap making. Palm kernel oil is a lauric type, similar to coconut oil and produces hard soaps that lather well in all kinds of water. Soaps made with palm kernel oil are white, very hard, and lather beautifully; 10-30% is plenty when combined with other vegetable oils. This small percentage also keeps the final bars from developing an odor characteristic of the palm kernel oil. Like coconut oil, palm kernel can have a drying effect when used in excess, yet is moisturizing when used in moderation.


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Palm Oil


Palm Oil


Latin Name: elaeis guinnesis

Forms Available: oil

Palm Oil – elaeis guinnesis – Palm oil is produced from the pulp or flesh of the fruit of the oil palm. Palm oil contains an equal proportion of unsaturated acids, containing about 40% oleic acids i.e. monounsaturated, 44% palmitic acids and oleic acids, which are also the major fatty acids produced by the body. It is a natural source of Vitamin E, the tocopherols, and tocotrienols and is also a very rich source of beta-carotene, an important source of Vitamin A. Palm oil is physically and chemically different from either palm kernel or coconut oil and should not be considered similar to these oils. Palm oil also contains a much higher proportion of palmitic acids than other fats and oils. Palm oil is frequently confused with palm kernel oil, which is highly saturated. In contrast, palm oil contains a balance of polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and saturated fatty acids. In addition, palm oil contains essential substances such as linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid which the body cannot manufacture), tocopherols and tocotrienols, which act as natural anti-oxidants against damaging free-radicals. Like other vegetable fats, palm oil is free from cholesterol. Because palm oil is solid at room temperature there is no need to use hydrogenation, a technique which hardens liquid oil but also produces damaging trans fatty acids and raises cholesterol levels in the process. Human feeding studies have shown that palm oil does not ordinarily raise blood cholesterol levels and in some cases has been found to lower harmful LDL-cholesterol.
Palm oil makes a nice hard bar when used in combination with other oils such as coconut and olive oil. It is less water soluble and resists melting; it saponifies easily and pulls other oils into saponification quicker. It is also known as vegetable tallow and adds firmness to bar soaps, giving a pale white-yellow color. Palm oil will speed up the soapmaking process. Because the palm oil mixture is more reactive, you must add the essential oils and the nutrients swiftly or the soap will begin to set prematurely.


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Palmarosa

Palmarosa

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Latin Name: cymbopogon martinii

Forms Available: essential oil

Palmarosa – cymbopogon martinii – Powdery, floral, herbaceous, perhaps with a hint of rose. It is antifungal and antiviral. Indicated for bronchitis, birthing, regeneration of the skin, and regulating oil production of the skin. Useful in treating skin infections. Blends well with bergamot, citronella, jasmine, lavender, petitgrain and rose.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: It is antifungal and antiviral. Indicated for bronchitis, birthing, regeneration of the skin, and regulating oil production of the skin. Useful in treating skin infections. Blends well with bergamot, citronella, jasmine, lavender, petitgrain and rose.


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Parsley

Parsley

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Latin Name: petroselinum sativum, petroselinum crispum
Alternative Name: devil’s oatmeal, percely, persil, petersilie, petroselinum, roc parsley
Forms Available: essential oil, root, leaf, seed

Parsley – petroselinum sativum also crispum – Parsley is a taprooted biennial with solid stems, triangular, toothed and curled leaves divided into three segments, umbels of tiny cream summer flowers, and aromatic “seeds”. Grown near roses, it improves their health and scent. Leaf infusions are a tonic for hair, skin and eyes. The leaves, root, and seeds are diuretic, scavenge skin-aging free radicals, and reduce the release of histamine. The second-year roots, the leaf, and the seed are used. Parsley is diuretic and helpful for gravel and stone as well as for edema, jaundice, and kidney problems. The root is the most powerful part. The oil of the seed, five to fifteen drops, has been used to bring on menstruation. The seed, when decocted, has been used for intermittant fevers. Steep one teaspoon of leaf per cup for twenty minutes or simmer one teaspoon of the root or seed for twenty minutes. The dose is one-fourth cup, four times a day. Parsley leaves, with violet leaf and figwort herb when possible, are used in poultices for cancer. A parsley poultice will help insect bites, stings, and sore eyes. Parsley tea is used for asthma and coughs.
CAUTION: Persons with weak kidneys should avoid this herb.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Accumulation of toxins; Arthritis; Broken Blood vessels; Cellulitis; Rheumatism; Sciatica; Colic; Flatulence; Indigestion; Hemorrhoids; Amenorrhea; Dysmenorrhea; To aid Labor; Cystitis; Urinary Infection. Key Qualities: Refreshing; Stimulating; Warming.

Other Uses: Parsley was used in funeral rites by the Greeks; it was held sacred to Persephone. It was wound into funeral wreaths and used to decorate tombs. It is also placed on plates of food to guard it from contamination. Parsley is used in purification baths.


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Passionflower


Passionflower


Latin Name: passiflora incarnata
Alternative Name: maypop, passiflora, apricot vine, passion vine, flower of the five wounds
Forms Available: leaf, flower, fruit

Passionflower – passiflora incarnata – This herb is a very well used sedating and tranquillising plant. It has even been added to many pharmaceutical medications that treat disorders that manifest from nervous conditions such as: heart palpitations, high blood pressure, anxiety and convulsions. In homeopathic medicine, it is used to treat insomnia, pms, nervous disorders and pain. Passion flower is a tonic to the nervous system, it improves the ciruculation and, therefore, the nutrients to the nerves. In a poultice, the roots can be applied to inflammations, boils, wounds and earaches.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A calming herb, both sedative and tranquillising. Treats nervous disorders and provides pain relief. Externally, applied in poultice, treats inflammation, boils, wounds and earaches


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Patchouli

Patchouli

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Latin Name: Pogostemon patchouli, heyeanus
Alternative Name: pucha-pot, pucha-pat
Forms Available: essential oil, leaf

Patchouli – Pogostemon patchouli or heyeanus – This tender, aromatic herb has upright, square stems with soft oval leaves and whorls of whitish flowers on spikes. The leaves, placed among clothes to deter insects, give Indian shawls their characteristic fragrance. Patchouli gave the distinctive scent to original India ink and Chinese red ink paste.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Acne; Athlete’s Foot; Cracked and Chapped Skin; Dandruff. Key Qualities: Stimulant in small amounts; Sedative in large doses; Aphrodisiac; Nerve Tonic; Appeasing; Calming; Uplifting.

Other Uses: Patchouli smells like rich earth, and so has been used in money and prosperity mixtures and spells. It is sprinkled onto money, added to purses and wallets, and placed around the base of green candles. Burn as incense for: Drawing Money; Fertility.


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Paw Paw Tree


Paw Paw Tree


Latin Name: asimina triloba
Alternative Name: papaw, pawpaw, asiminer
Forms Available: leaf, fruit, seed, bark

Paw Paw Tree – asimina triloba – The fruit of the paw paw tree is edible and is used in desserts. Medicinally, the paw paw is laxative, diuretic, emetic and narcotic. The fruit itself is laxative. The seeds are emetic and narcotic – they have been used to kill headlice. The leaves, diuretic, can be externally applied to abscesses, boils and ulcers.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Seed is emetic and has been used to kill head lice. The fruit is laxative and the leaves diuretic.


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Peach Leaves


Peach Leaves


Latin Name: prunus persica
Alternative Name: peach
Forms Available: leaf, fruit

Peach Leaves – prunus persica – The leaves are demulcent, diuretic, astringent, expectorant and sedative. Internally, they are used in the treatment of coughs, bronchitis, and gastritis. Also can be used to relieve vomiting although, due to the diuretic properties of these leaves, the use for morning sickness should be under medical supervision. Externally, in a poultice or wash, the leaves can be used to treat wounds and sores.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The leaves are demulcent, diuretic, astringent, expectorant and sedative. Internally, they are used in the treatment of coughs, bronchitis, and gastritis. Also can be used to relieve vomiting. Externally, used to treat wounds and sores.


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