Cardinal Flower


Cardinal Flower


Latin Name: lobelia cardinalis
Alternative Name: lobelia, red lobelia
Forms Available: root, leaf

Cardinal Flower – lobelia cardinalis – the root and leaves of this plant have medicinal use. The root has been used in a tea for treating many ailments inclucing: stomach aches, epilepsy, typhoid, syphilis and worms. The leaves have been used to treat colds, fevers and headaches.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Teas have been made from both root and leaf. Used in treatment of headaches, colds, fevers, nosebleeds, epilepsy, typhoid, stomach aches, worms….


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Carnation


Carnation


Latin Name: dianthus caryophyllus
Alternative Name: pink , clove pink, gillies, gillieflower, jove’s flower, nelka, scaffold flower, sops-in-wine, gilly flower.
Forms Available: absolute, flower, petal,

Carnation – dianthus caryophyllus – Also called Pink , Clove Pink or Gilly Flower. This short lived perennial has blue-green grass-like foliage and spicy, fragrant long-lasting flowers in the summer. This “Flower of Divinity” and symbol of betrothal, woven into garlands is the parent of cultivated carnations, although is seldom available in its true form. Fortunately, the petals of any clove-scented Pink, with the bitter white heel removed, can be added to fruit dishes, sandwiches, soups, and sauces, or used to make floral syrup, vinegar, liqueur, or wine. This was Chaucer’s “sops in wine” and is still enjoyed as a nerve tonic today. The strong-sweet spicy scent is used in soaps and perfumes. Worn during Elizabethan times to prevent coming to an untimely death on the scaffold.


Other Uses: Altar offering for the Goddess; Anointing; Protection; Strength; Health and Healing; Energy; Power; Magical Power; Blessing; Consecration. Can be used in all purpose protective spells.


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Carolina Allspice


Carolina Allspice


Latin Name: calycanthus floridus
Alternative Name: sweetshrub, sweet bush, sweet betsy
Forms Available: bark, tea

Carolina Allspice – calycanthus floridus – A deciduous plant. The bark has been used as a cinnamon substitute but this is no longer recommended. Tea made from the root of this plant is an emetic and diuretic. The tea has also been used as eyedrops for failing eyes.
This plant is toxic if eaten in large quantities. A note, grazing cattle have had toxic reactions to this plant.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Contains an alkaloid that has a depressant action on the heart. The tea is emetic and diuretic.


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Carrot Seed

Carrot Seed

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Latin Name: daucus carota

Forms Available: essential oil, seed

Carrot Seed – daucus Carota – Its aroma is herbaceous, mild, spicy, slightly sweet and dry. Among its uses are tonic, stimulant, liver regenerator, and control of cholesterol. Recommended for mature skin and/or wrinkled skin. Due to its stimulating effect on red blood cells, it adds tone and elasticity to the skin. Its properties make it useful for problems such as weeping sores and ulcers, vitiligo, prurities, boils, carbuncles, eczema and psoriasis. May help to relieve feelings of stress and exhaustion. Used in massage oils and baths as it is considered an excellent blood purifier due to its detoxifying effect on the liver. It is used to treat jaundice and other liver disorders. Blends well with bergamot, lemon, orange and rosemary. Avoid during pregnancy!

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: May help to relieve feelings of stress and exhaustion. Used in massage oils and baths as it is considered an excellent blood purifier due to its detoxifying effect on the liver. It is used to treat jaundice and other liver disorders.


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Castor Oil

Castor Oil

Latin Name: ricinus communis L
Forms Available: oil

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Castor oil, derived from the castor bean and obtained by cold pressure, is rich in fatty acids and very moisturizing and lubricating to the skin in general.  It acts as a humectant, attracting moisture to the skin.  Castor oil packs applied with warm flannel are believed effective for pain relief and to draw out cysts, boils and warts.

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Ayurvedic medicine has long used castor oil for lumbago, sciatica and rheumatism.  In the Canary Islands the oil is used to prevent sore nipples in nursing mothers and is also rubbed onto their scalps to prevent post natal hair loss.  In soapmaking, although castor oil would appear to require less sodium hydroxide, it sometimes requires more due to its high ricinoleic acid content.  It is also a well-known superfatting agent and well suited for shampoo bars and skin-care products. Without other oils, it produces a transparent soft soap. In combination with over vegetable oils, however, it makes a wonderfully emollient, hard bar of soap.

From folk medicine:  Castor oil fomentations are recommended for ridding the body of hardened mucus in the form of cysts, tumors and polyps.  The castor oil is applied by soaking a flannel cloth in the oil and applying it over the liver.  A hot water bottle or electric heating pad is applied on top of the pack and left on the area for 30 to 60 minutes.  This is repeated daily for three days followed by olive oil massages over the same area for three days.  On the seventh day, it is recommended by some that the patient should rest by fasting on nothing but distilled water.  Depending on the particular case, this procedure should be repeated for between six weeks to six months to properly cleanse the system.

Thought for the day:

Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.
Hippocrates

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  1. Castor Oil Pack Therapy: Application & Instruction by ND, Bruce Baar MS
  2. Castor Oil and Rosemary Oil for Hair Growth: The Secret to Re-growing Hair and Preventing Hair Loss Naturally by Mark Calhoun
  3. Castor Oil: How To Grow Longer Hair, Get Rid Of Scars, Remove Wrinkles, And Other Health And Beauty Recipes (Homemade Body Care Book 4) by Kathy Aquino
  4. The 3 Essential Oils: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Castor Oil by Cat McEwan
  5. Castor Oil (Carrier Oils Book 7) by Miriam Kinai

Reference Links:

  1. Ricinus communis by Wikipedia
  2. Transdermal Absorption of Castor Oil by Douglas G. Richards, Ph.D., David L. McMillin, M.A., Eric A. Mein, M.D., and Carl D. Nelson, D.C. published in the Meridian Institute.
  3. Final report on the safety assessment of Ricinus communis (Castor seed oil), published in the International Journal of Toxicology
  4. Benefits of Castor oil by MedIndia
  5. Health benefits of Castor oil by Times of India


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Catalpa Tree


Catalpa Tree


Latin Name: catalpa bignonioides
Alternative Name: indian bean tree
Forms Available: root, leaf, seed

Catalpa Tree – catalpa bignoniodes – also known as Indian Bean Tree. The bark of this tree has been used as a quinine substitute in the treatment of malaria and also as an antidote to snake bites. The leaves can be used in a poultice on wounds. The seeds are used in teas for treating bronchitis and asthma.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The bark of this tree has been used as a quinine substitute in the treatment of malaria and also as an antidote to snake bites.


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Catnip


Catnip


Latin Name: nepeta catoria
Alternative Name: cat, catmint, catnep, catrup, cat’s cort, field balm, nepeta, nip
Forms Available: leaf

Catnip – nepeta catoria – A Druid sacred herb. The root and leaf scent, minty with cat pheromone overtones, intoxicates cats and repels rats and flea beetles. The tender leaves are added to salads and flavor meat. They can also be brewed as tea and were used before China tea was imported. The leaves and flowering tops treat colds, calm upset stomachs, reduce fevers, and soothe headaches and scalp irritations. When smoked, leaves give mild euphoria with no harmful effects.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The leaves and flowering tops treat colds, calm upset stomachs, reduce fevers, and soothe headaches and scalp irritations. When smoked, leaves give mild euphoria with no harmful effects.

Other Uses: Chewed by warriors for fierceness in battle. Large dried leaves are powerful markers for magic books. Give it to your cat to create a psychic bond. Used in spells to promote beauty; happiness; love. Use in all Cat Magic Spells.


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Cattails


Cattails


Latin Name: typha latifolia
Alternative Name: reedmace
Forms Available: root, leaf, stem, seed, pollen

Cattails – typha latifolia – The whole plant is edible! This plant is also used, in poultices, to treat burns, cuts, boils, sores and inflammations.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: This plant is used, in poultices, to treat burns, cuts, boils, sores and inflammations.


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Cayenne


Cayenne


Latin Name: capsicum annuum
Alternative Name: hot pepper, tabasco pepper, capsicum, paprika
Forms Available: powder

Cayenne – capsicum annuum – Cayenne is a cultivar of C. annuum and its heat is primarily due to 33 to 95% capsaicin of the total capsaicinoid content. The use of ground sweet peppers as a product called paprika reputedly dates to an Ottoman invasion of Hungary in the 16th century. This herb is as esteemed for its medicinal value as for its culinary fire. It is a good heart tonic and has been used through the years for poor ciruclation and for irregular or weak heartbeat. It is specifically indicated for colds and flus, used to increase circulation to the extremeities, and to improve digestion and sluggish bowels. It is also used internally and externally to halt bleeding. Modern science has supported this herb’s traditional uses as a digestive aid and pain reliever. Cayenne assists digestion by stimulating the flow of both saliva and stomach secretions. For centuries, herbalists have recommended rubbing red pepper into the skin to treat muscle and joint pains. Medically, this is known as using a counterirritant. Several capsaicin counterirritants are available over-the-counter, among them Heet, Stimurub and Omega Oil. Zostrix is the most effective treatment yet for the severe chronic pain following the disease known as shingles or herpes zoster. For an infusion to aid digestion and possibly help reduce risk of heart disease, use 1/4 to ½ teaspoon per cup of boiling water. Drink it after meals. For external application to help treat pain, mix 1/4 to ½ teaspoon per cup of warm vegetable oil and rub it into the affected area. Red pepper should not be given to children under age 2. For older children, start with a small amount and use more if necessary. People over 65 often suffer a loss of taste-bud and skin-nerve sensitivity and may require more than younger adults. Use rubber gloves when handling cayenne or any red pepper, water will not wash it off the hands easily, use vinegar.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: It is a good heart tonic and has been used through the years for poor ciruclation and for irregular or weak heartbeat. It is specifically indicated for colds and flus, used to increase circulation to the extremeities, and to improve digestion.


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Cedarwood

Cedarwood

 Latin Name: cedrus libani, cedrus spp, othuja occidentalis, t. spp
Alternative Name: cedar, tree of plife, arbor vitae -thuja occidentalis, yellow cedar -t. occidentalis
Forms Available: essential oil, twig, leaf

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Cedarwood- cedrus libani or cedrus spp. – A Druid sacred herb. Also known as Cedar, Tree of Life, Arbor Vitae -Thuja occidentalis, or Yellow Cedar -T. occidentalis.

Ancient Celts on the mainland used cedar oil to preserve the heads of enemies taken in battle. The wood of the Atlas Cedar subspecies is distilled to produce the essential oil.

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Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Bronchitis; Catarrh; Acne; Arthritis; as a Diuretic; Sedative; Antiseborrhoeic.

Cedarwood oil possesses emmenagogue properties and aids in womanly concerns helping in regulating the menstrual cycle by opening up blocked menstruation and it strengthens the uterus. It acts as an excellent health tonic suitable for all. It serves as an Ayurvedic medicine to treat arthritis, restlessness and nervous breakdown. It is widely used in the manufacturing of perfumes, disinfectant cleaners, sprays, aftershaves, cleaning oil, panel closets, cigar boxes and insecticides.

Yellow cedar is used by herbalists to treat bloody cough and heart weakness. Simmer two teaspoons per cup for twenty minutes and take it cold in one-tablespoon doses, three to six times a day. It is used internally and externally as an antifungal, the dry powder is excellent for Athlete’s foot.

Other Uses: Cedar smoke purifies the home. Use it in smudge sticks, incense and sweat lodges. The scent is said to enhance psychic powers. Use for: Purification; Health and Healing; Luck; Good Fortune; Happiness; Banishing; Releasing; Exorcism; Money and Riches.

Thought for the day:

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.      -Albert Einstein

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Reference Links:

  1. Cedrus Deodara by Wikipedia
  2. A review article on the Phytochemistry and pharmacology of Cedrus Deodara by the International Journal of pharmaceutical sciences and research
  3. Chemical composition and the Larvicidal activities of the Himalayan Cedar, Cedrus Deodara Essential Oil and its fractions against the Diamondback Moth, Plutella Xylostella
  4. Phytochemical analysis, anti proliferative against K562 human chronic myelogenus leukemia, antiviral and hypoglycemic activities of Cedrus species
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