Latin Name: apium graveolens Alternative Name: smallage, marsh parsley Forms Available: essential oil
Celery Seed – apium graveolens – celery seed has been used for thousands of years for many reasons. In ancient times, Ayurvedic physicians used celery seed to treat people with colds, flu, water retention, poor digestion, and various types of arthritis. Today, celery seed is used primarily as a diuretic. The diuretic action combined with the presence of anti-bacterial compounds in celery seed also make it useful in treating urinary tract infections.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Diuretic, detoxifier. Especially good for gout sufferers as it increases uric acid secretions and it is these crystals that are built up in the joints of gout victims.
Latin Name: matricaria chamomile, matricara recutita Alternative Name: hungarian chamomile, blue chamomile Forms Available: essential oil, flower
Chamomile, German – matricaria chamomilla – Its color is deep blue with major components of chamazulene -gives the oil its deep blue color, farnesene and bisabolol. The chamazulene content gives German chamomile its most important actions such as soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory. Among its uses are anti-inflammatory, hormonal, and antispasmodic. This oil is indicated for all kinds of skin disease (eczema, psoriasis, itchy/dry/flaky skin) stomach distress and menstrual problems and can be used in hot compresses on boils, abscesses, splinters, etc. It can also be used in massage for muscular pain and for arthritic inflamed joints. It’s also useful for treating sprains, inflamed tendons and swollen painful joints in bursitis. It is a good remedy for urinary stones. Menstrual pain and menopausal problems can be relieved by the use of compresses, massage and baths. The action of chamomile as a vasoconstrictor can help reduce the redness of the cheeks due to enlarged capillaries. Blends well with bergamot, clary sage, lavender, neroli, sandalwood and ylang ylang.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Among its uses are anti-inflammatory, hormonal, and antispasmodic. This oil is indicated for all kinds of skin disease (eczema, psoriasis, itchy/dry/flaky skin) stomach distress and menstrual problems and can be used in hot compresses on boils etc.
Other Uses: Used in incense and teas to assist in restful, relaxed state for meditation. Attracts prosperity.
Latin Name: chamaemelum nobile, anthemis nobilis Alternative Name: roman chamomile, english chamomile, perennial chamomile, wild chamomile, camomyle, chamaimelon, maythen -saxon, whig plant, heermannchen -german, manzanilla -spanish, ground apple. Forms Available: essential oil, flower
Also called Roman chamomile, English chamomile, Perennial Chamomile, Wild Chamomile, and Ground Apple. A Druid Sacred Herb, this aromatic evergreen has feathery, apple-scented leaves and white flowers with conical golden centers. The flowers make a digestive, soothing and sedative tea, which is used for soothing restless children, helps prevent nightmares and insomnia, and suppresses nausea. The flower compounds have shown anti-tumor activity in laboratory tests. In the garden it is a “physician plant” reviving nearby ailing plants. The essential oil is a beautiful blue color turning yellow as it ages.
This herb has an affinity for the solar plexus area of the human body. Colic, upset stomachs, and fevers are benefited by the tea of the fresh or dried flower. Use two tablespoons per cup, steep for twenty minutes, and take a quarter cup four times a day. Women with menstrual cramps can try adding a few thin slices of fresh ginger root to the tea.
Chamomile is an antibacterial. Sores, wounds, itches, and rashes respond to external applications. Use the tea as a wash or add the herb to salves and poultices. The oil is rubbed into swollen joints. Chamomile calms the nerves and brings on sleep. Use it in baths and gargles. Add the tea to a vaporizer to help asthmatic children. The classic tea for cranky, teething babies, it is given in the bottle or through a mother’s breast milk.
Other Uses: Yellow chamomile brings the power of the sun to love potions, money spells and rites of purification. Used in incense for the Gods. When sprinkled around the house it removes hexes, curses and spells. Use for: Love; Luck; Fortune; Justice; Prosperity.
Thought for the day:
Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift. -Albert Einstein
Latin Name: prunus serotina Alternative Name: black cherry, wild cherry, sweet cherry -p. avium, virginian prune, chokecherry -p. virginiana. Forms Available: fruit, bark, wood
Cherry – prunus serotina – A Druid sacred tree, chips of the wood or bark were burned at Celtic festivals especially Sabbats. Also known as Black Cherry, Wild Cherry or Chokecherry -P. virginiana. Chokecherry bark tea is used to clear the throats of singers and public speakers, the powdered berries were once used to improve the appetite. If you’ve never tried chokecherry jelly, you’ve missed a real treat. CAUTION:The stone is poisonous.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: An expectorant. Helps bronchitis, colds, dry coughs.
Other Uses: Wood and Fruit Juice – Creativity; Healing; Long been used to attract Love; Cherry juice is used as a substitute for blood in old recipes.
Latin Name: stellaria media Alternative Name: starweed Forms Available: herb
Chickweed – stellaria media – It is held in great repute among herbalists, used mostly in the form of an ointment. The fresh leaves have been employed as a poultice for inflammation and indolent, slow to heal or develop, ulcers with most beneficial results. A poultice of chickweed enclosed in muslin is a sure remedy for a boil or an external abscess. The water in which the chickweed is boiled should also be used to bathe the affected part. In herbology it is also used to support the urinary system. Some of its properties are demulcent, refrigerant, nutritive, cooling in the case of hot skin rashes -combined with dandelion and burdock in a tea, useful with skin problems and hemorrhoids. Chickweed is rich in calcium, potassium and iron. With its emollient and demulcent actions, it is an exceptional poultice herb and is excellent for skin irritations and eye inflammations. Itâ€™s also a mild and safe diuretic.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: With its emollient and demulcent actions, chickweed is an exceptional poultice herb and is excellent for skin irritations and eye inflammations. Itâ€™s also a mild and safe diuretic.
Latin Name: cyperus esculentus Alternative Name: tiger nut Forms Available: leaf, nut, oil
Chufa Grass – cyperus esculentus – The tuber of this plant can be eaten, it has a nutty flavor. The oil from the chufa grass is of good quality, comparable to olive oil. This plant is used in Ayurvedic medicine – treats flatulence, indigestion, diarrhoea, dysentery, colic and thirst.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: This plant is used in Ayurvedic medicine – treats flatulence, indigestion, diarrhoea, dysentery, colic and thirst.
Latin Name: pontentilla reptans, pontentilla simplex Alternative Name: five fingered grass, creeping cinquefoil, crampweed, five fingered blossom, goosegrass, goose tansy, moor grass, pentaphylon, silver cinquefoil, silverweed, sunkfield, synkefoyle, five finger grass, five leaved grass. Forms Available: root, leaf
Cinquefoil – pontentilla reptans – Also called Five Fingered Grass, Creeping cinquefoil, and Five Leaved Grass. The rootstock was cooked as a vegetable by the Celts and Native Americans. Applied to sore areas, the fresh plant relieves pain. A root decoction is used in anti-wrinkle creams. A wash reduces skin redness, freckles, and sunburn.
The powdered root and leaf are used to stop internal hemorrhaging. The powder also makes an astringent for mouth sores and treats diarrhea. Taken with honey, it relieves sore throats, coughs, and fever. Take one-quarter to one-half teaspoon at a time, or twenty to forty drops of the tincture. The leaves can be steeped using two teaspoons per cup of water for twenty minutes, or one ounce of the root can be simmered in one and a half cups of water for twenty minutes. The dose is a quarter cup four times a day.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The powdered root and leaf are used to stop internal hemorrhaging. The powder also makes an astringent for mouth sores and treats diarrhea. Taken with honey, it relieves sore throats, coughs, and fever.
Other Uses: Use the infusion in ritual baths and for purification rites. Cinquefoil bestows eloquence and protection to the wearer; bring it to court. Love, power, wisdom, health, and abundance are symbolized by its five petals.
Latin Name: cymbopogon winterianus Forms Available: essential oil
Citronella Oil is extracted from a resilient grass native to Sri Lanka and Java. It is a very aromatic perennial that grows approximately 1 meter (3 feet) in height.
With its slightly sweet, powerful and lemony scent, Citronella is often used in combination with Cedarwood to produce pleasant-smelling patio candles and torches. Its most useful quality seems to be as an insect repellant and may also help pets get rid of fleas. The University of Maryland Medical Center study on ‘Insect bites and stings’ talks about a study where “citronella candles reduced the number of female mosquitoes caught in traps by 35%; linalool candles reduced female mosquitoes by 65%; and geraniol candles reduced female mosquitoes by 82%”. Citronella essential oil has citronellal, linalool and geraniol content in it, thus making it the most effective insect repellent on earth.
Also known to clear the mind, it may be useful against headaches and migraines. Its deodorant and stimulating properties always refresh sweaty tired feet, activating the whole body. Blends well with citrus oils, cedarwood, eucalyptus, and peppermint.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used as an insecticide and antidepressant. Also known to clear the mind so may be useful against headaches and migraines. Its deodorant and stimulating properties always refresh sweaty tired feet, activating the whole body.
Other Uses: Promotes eloquence and prosperity, drawing friends and business.
Thought for the day:
I’m thankful to be breathing, on this side of the grass. Whatever comes, comes. -Ron Perlman