Mandrake


Mandrake


Latin Name: podophyllum sp.
Alternative Name: may apple, ducks foot, wild lemon, umbrella plant, racoon berry, love apples, indian apple, hog apple
Forms Available: root, fruit

Mandrake – podophyllum – the fruit of the mandrake can be used in jams and jellies. The mandrake root has been a well used herbal remedy. It is a tonic for the glands and is purported to aid liver complaints. The native american indians used the ground root as a treatment for worms and as an antidote to snakebite venom. Externally, this root is used for wart removal.
Caution: do not use when pregnant or nursing and always used under medical supervision. USFDA consider unsafe.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Emetic, snakebite anti-venom, laxative, wart remover, digestive tract tonic.


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Mango Butter


Mango Butter


Latin Name: mangifera indica

Forms Available: butter

Mango Butter – mangifera indica – Mango butter is taken from the seed kernels of the fruit of the mango tree. It is similar in texture to shea butter and is much softer than cocoa butter. It has a very light yellow/mango color. High in unsaponifiables

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used in skin softening preparations.


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Marigold


Marigold


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

Marigold – Calendula officinalis – Also known as Calendula, Holigold, Pot Marigold and Bride of the Sun. 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.
This is the “pot marigold” not the African variety so common in American gardens. 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: 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.

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. Marriage spells; Love; Divination; Protection .


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Marijuana


Marijuana


Latin Name: cannabis sativa
Alternative Name: cannabis, hemp, grass, ganha, pot, reefer, mary jane, ma fen, huang ma
Forms Available: oil, leaf, seed, flower

Marijuana – cannabis sativa – An annual plant. Narcotic – affects nerve centers. Illegal in many countries. This herb is a pain reliever. For people with glaucoma, marijuana reduces the build up of pressure in the eye. For chemotherapy patients, it relieves the feeling of nausea. It has laxative properties and is an appetite stimulant.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A narcotic, pain-killer, relieves glaucoma, lowers blood pressure, relieves arthritis and rhematism pains.


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Marjoram

Marjoram

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Latin Name: origanum majorana
Alternative Name: majorana hortensis, knotted Marjoram, sweet marjoram, wintersweet, pot marjoram, joy of the mountain, knotted marjorane, marjorlaine, mountain mint – o. onites.
Forms Available: essential oil, cut, leaf, flower

Marjoram – origanum majoran – Also known as Sweet Marjoram, Wintersweet, and Pot Marjoram -O.onites. Sweet Marjoram leaves have a sweeter, spicier taste than the leaves of Oregano and Pot marjoram. It is a popular culinary herb used in salads, sauces, cheese, and in liqueurs and as part of herbes de Provence. As an aromatic tea, Sweet Marjoram aids digestion, relieves flatulence, colds and headaches, soothes nerves and encourages menstruation. Marjoram essential oil is distilled from the leaves and flowering tops. It is antioxidant, reduces skin aging, antiviral, eases spasms, and stimulates local circulation.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Chilblains; Bruises; Tics; Arthritis; Lumbago; Muscular Aches and Stiffness; Sprains; Strains; Asthma; Bronchitis. Key Qualities: Anaphrodisiac, Cephalic; Sedative; Nervine.

Other Uses: An infusion of marjoram, mint and rosemary can be sprinkled around the house for protection. This also works for protecting specific objects. Brings happiness to a depressed person. Love; Protection; Defense; Wealth.


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Mastic


Mastic


Latin Name: pistachia lentiscus
Alternative Name: gum mastic, masticke, lentisk.
Forms Available: resin

Mastic – pistachia lentiscus – Also known as Gum Mastic. This aromatic, evergreen shrubby tree has scented pale green spring flowers in clusters and red to black berries. The bark is tapped for mastic, its resin, which chewed in the eastern Mediterranean as a breath freshener and employed as a flavoring for bread, pastries, and the liqueur Mastiche. This resin can be difficult to find, if unavailable try substituting a combination, equal parts of gum arabic and frankincense.


Other Uses: Love; Magical Power; Psychic Awareness; Adds potency and power to any incense.


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Meadowsweet


Meadowsweet


Latin Name: filipendula ulnaria
Alternative Name: queen of the meadow, gravel root, meadowwort, bride of the meadow, bridewort, dollof, meadwort, gravel root, little queen, steeplebush, trumpet weed.
Forms Available: leaf, root, flower

Meadowsweet – filipendula ulnaria – Also known as Queen of the Meadow, Gravel Root, and Meadowwort. One of the three most sacred Druid herbs, the others being Mint and Vervain, this herb has upright stems of wintergreen-scented, divided leaves, topped by frothy umbels of almond-scented cream flowers. The stems grow up to four feet tall and are sometimes purple. The leaves smell like almonds and the flowers give an almond flavor to mead, herb wines, jam and stewed fruit. Dried flowers scent linen and yield an astringent skin tonic. Flower buds contain salicylic aced, a chemical from which aspirin was synthesized, not from Filipendula but from Spirea, a related herb, but the herb as a whole is gentler on the stomach. Herbalists use flower tea for stomach ulcers and headaches, as an antiseptic diuretic, and for feverish colds, diarrhea, and heartburn. Meadowsweet was a favorite strewing herb of Elizabeth I.
Traditional herbalists simmered the flowers in wine to treat fevers and to cure depression. The fresh flower tops, taken in tea, promote sweating. Steep two teaspoons of the herb in one cup boiled water for twenty minutes. Take one-quarter cup four times a day. A distilled water of the flowers makes an eyewash to treat burning and itching. Meadowsweet is a classic for diarrhea, especially valued for children. The leaf is added to wine to bring a “merry heart”, that is, to treat depression. Meadowsweet contains methyl salicylate, making it a good herb for rheumatic compaints and flus. It is astringent and helps with indigestion. It has diuretic properties, which make it helpful in edema. The tea hads been used for respiratory tract infections, gout, and arthritis. It can help bladder and kidney problems, epilepsy, and rabies.
The whole plant is used – roots, flowers, and leaves – with the root being more useful for fevers. To prepare the root, simmer two tablespoons of the dried root in one cup of water for twenty minutes. Take one cup a day. The leaf is placed in claret wine to enhance the tast, and it was at one time added to mead.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Herbalists use flower tea for stomach ulcers and headaches, as an antiseptic diuretic, and for feverish colds, diarrhea, and heartburn. Meadowsweet contains methyl salicylate, making it a good herb for rheumatic compaints and flus. It is an astringent.

Other Uses: According to Grieve, meadowsweet, water mint, and vervain were the three most sacred herbs of the Druids. Fresh flowers should be included in the bridal bouquet. Use for: Love; Happiness; Divination; Peace.


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Melissa

Melissa

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Latin Name: melissa officinalis
Alternative Name: balm leaf
Forms Available: CO2 extraction

Melissa – melissa officinalis – Melissa offers powerful antiviral properties and has been used to treat herpes, canker sores, and benign cysts. It’s also used in aromatherapy and cosmetics, skin creams and bath oils.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Melissa offers powerful antiviral properties and has been used to treat herpes, canker sores, and benign cysts. It has also used in aromatherapy and cosmetics, skin creams and bath oils.


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