Tagetes

Tagetes

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Latin Name: tagetes glandulifera

Forms Available: essential oil

Tagetes – tagetes glandulifera – Not to be confused with pot marigold or Calendula officinalis. Its scent has been used as a deterrent to house flies. The oil has a minty, sweetish, fruity odor and is a well-known fungicide and antiparasitic. Kills roundworms in the gut. Also indicated for athlete’s foot and ringworm. Not to be used on pregnant women and children, considered a neurotoxic and abortive. Excessive skin use is discouraged as it can cause serious photosensitivity; do not use prior to exposure to simulated or natural sunlight. This oil is extremely difficult to work with, for the penetrating aroma has the curious property of becoming stronger when combined with other essences. It may be acceptable when blended with orange, lemon or lavender. Tagetes should be used in concentrations of less than 0.5%. Do not use during pregnancy.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: well-known fungicide and antiparasitic. Kills roundworms in the gut. Also indicated for athlete’s foot and ringworm. Not to be used on pregnant women and children, considered a neurotoxic and abortive. Excessive skin use is discouraged.


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Tangerine

Tangerine

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Latin Name: citrus reticulata

Forms Available: essential oil, fruit

Tangerine – citrus reticulata – Warm, citrus, sweet and tangy aroma. It is antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative and stomachic. Could be phototoxic; care should be taken not to expose the skin to strong sunlight after treatment. Has an almost hypnotic effect on the mind. May be helpful with stress and tension due to its soothing action on the nervous system. Assists with gastric complaints, such as flatulence, diarrhea and constipation. Stimulates flow of bile which helps to digest fats. It is a popular addition to a massage oil during pregnancy, helping to reduce stretch marks, reducing fluid retention and stimulating circulation. Could help smooth out stretch marks, particularly when blended with lavender and neroli. Can be used in massage oils for acne. Blends well with basil, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, neroli, orange and rose.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: May be helpful with stress and tension due to its soothing action on the nervous system. Assists with gastric complaints, such as flatulence, diarrhea and constipation. Stimulates flow of bile which helps to digest fats.


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Tarragon, French

Tarragon, French

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Latin Name: artemisia dracunculus
Alternative Name: tarragon, estragon, dragon’s wormwood, little dragon, mugwort
Forms Available: essential oil, leaf, root

French Tarragon – artemisia dracunculus – A digestive stimulant, in fact – the leaves are a commonly used herb in cooking. Tarragon is also a menses stimulant, sleep aid, and tooth ache relief herb. An infusion of the leaves treats indigestion and flatulence. Applied to a poultice, tarragon can also relieve arthritis, rheumatism and gout. Tarragon is also an insect repellent.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A digestive stimulant, relieves indigestion, soothes toothache, stimulate menses, relieves rheumatism.


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Tea Tree

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Latin Name: melaleuca alternifolia
Alternative Name: melaleuca
Forms Available: essential oil

Tea Tree – telaleuca alternifolia – Tea tree oil has huge healing potential. It is a powerful antiseptic and immunostimulant, active against bacteria, viruses, and fungi such as athlete’s foot and thrush. It helps treat colds, flu, lesions, warts and acne. Tea Tree is the best remedy for yeast infections!

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Abscesses; Acne; Athlete’s Foot; Blisters; Burns; Bruises; Chicken Pox Rash; Cold Sores; Dandruff; Herpes; Insect Bites; Oily Skin; Spots. Key Qualities: Penetrating; Medicinal; Stimulating; Refreshing.


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Tennessee Coneflower


Tennessee Coneflower


Latin Name: echinacea tennesseensis, echinacea
Alternative Name: purple coneflower, sampson root
Forms Available: root, flower

Tennessee Coneflower – echinacea tennesseensis, echinacea – This herb enhances the immune system. It has antibiotic propteries. It was used by the Native American Indians to aid in the treatment of wounds, snake bites, infections and burns. It is still used to boost the immune system, treat infections, and to treat viruses. This herb also stimulates the circulation and, in a hot infusion, can help lower fevers. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Echinacea has antibiotic properties and is used used to boost the immune system, treat infections, and to treat viruses.


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Thyme

Thyme

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Latin Name: thymus vulgaris
Alternative Name: common thyme, mother of thyme, garden thyme.
Forms Available: essential oil, leaf, powder, whole, above-ground portions of the herb

Thyme – thymus vulgaris – Also known as Common Thyme, Mother of Thyme, and Garden Thyme. A Druid sacred herb, culinary Thyme aids the digestion of fatty foods and is part of bouquet garni and Benedictine liqueur. Thyme oil is distilled from the leaves and flowering tops and is a stimulant and antiseptic. It is a nerve tonic used externally to treat depression, colds, muscular pain and respiratory problems. The oil is added to acne lotions and mouthwashes. Research has confirmed Thyme strengthens the immune system.
Thyme is an excellent lung cleanser. Use it to dry up and clear out moist phlegm and to treat whooping cough. It makes a good tea for the mother after childbirth, as it helps expel the placenta. Steep one-half teaspoon fresh herb or one teaspoon dried herb in one-half cup of hot water for five minutes. Take up to one and a half cups a day in quarter-cup doses. A natural antiseptic, thyme is often used in salves for wounds, swellings, sciatica, and failing eyes. The tea relieves gas and colic -as does the oil, taken in 1-5 drop doses. The tincture can be used in 10-20 drop doses, taken three times a day. Use thyme for headaches and hangovers.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Abscess; Acne; Bruises; Burns; Cuts; Dermatitis; Eczema; Insect Bites; Lice; Arthritis; Gout; Muscular Aches and Pains. Key Qualities: Stimulating; Restorative; Warming; Reviving; Refreshing; Purifying; Antidepressant.

Other Uses: Thyme is burned in incense to purify an area. A place where wild thyme grows will be a particularly powerful energy center on earth. A magical cleansing bath can be make by pouring a tea made with thyme and marjoram into the bathwater.


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Tobacco


Tobacco


Latin Name: nicotiana tabacum
Alternative Name: tabacca, tabaci folia
Forms Available: leaf

Tobacco – nicotiana tabacum – This annual or biennial has large, long leaves and green-white to rose tubulur florwers. The cured, dried leaves are smoked as a narcotic, but the poisonous nicotine they contain causes heart and lung disease and cancer. North and South American tribes smoke the leaves in ceremonies and apply poultices to sprains, to infected cuts and bites, and to problem skin. The juice is applied externally to relieve facial neuralgia, and wet leaves offer a quick cure for hemorrhoids. Research has revealed a chemical in the leaves that inhibits tumors.


Other Uses: Candidates for some shamanic systems must drink tobacco juice to induce visions as part of their trainng. Tobacco has long been used in religious ceremonies by some of the American Indians. Indeed many peoples still regard the plant as sacred


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Tree of Heaven


Tree of Heaven


Latin Name: ailanthus altissima
Alternative Name: hemelboom
Forms Available: leaf, bark

Tree of Heaven – ailanthus altissima – This herb is more used in Chinese herbal medicine – treats dysentery and diarrhea. It is antispasmodic and a cardiac depressant and has been used to treat heart palpitations, epilepsy and asthma. It has also been used to treat malaria and fevers.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A chinese herbal medicine: treats dysentery,and diarrhea. Also is anitspasmodic and a cardiac depressant. Has been used, internally, to treat malaria.


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