Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

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Latin Name: sesamum indicum

Forms Available: oil

Sesame Oil – sesamum indicum – This oil is rich in vitamins and minerals. Its vitamin E content gives the oil excellent stability. Some of its recommended uses are for psoriasis, eczema, arthritis, and as a skin softener. It is an oil which is gaining a lot of popularity as a tanning oil. It is recommended that this oil be used as a base or in a 10%-15% dilution. It’s beneficial for rheumatic and skin conditions, psoriasis, dry eczema and broken veins. Sesame oil, like avocado oil and shea butter, contains a high percentage of unsaponifiables. Sesame oil is used in creams and soaps for its moisturizing qualities. Some subscribe to the theory that three of its unsaponifiable substances– sesamoline, sesamine, and sesamol––have powerful antioxidant properties that resist rancidity. With high percentages of oleic and linoleic fatty acids, a sesame oil soap formula should incorporate coconut oil and palm oil for a quicker saponification and a harder bar. The seeds are helpful in cases of constipation and, when ground up with water, can be used to treat hemorrhoids. Internal use of sesame oil is said to improve the blood platelet count and combat anemia. The oil is soothing to the digestive tract and is a mild laxative. Sesame oil is suitable for flavored dips, salad dressings and deep frying.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Sesame are helpful in cases of constipation and, when ground up with water, can be used to treat hemorrhoids. Internal use of sesame oil is said to improve the blood platelet count and combat anemia. The oil is soothing to the digestive tract .


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Shea Oil


Shea Oil


Latin Name: butyrospermum parkii

Forms Available: oil, butter

Shea Oil – butyrospermum parkii – Shea is well known to assist cutaneous dryness, dermatitis and dermatoses, eczema, solar erythema and burns. In Europe this oil is used in foods and confections to replace fats and to enhance food texture and flavor. The oil is golden in color. Suggested uses: Use from 3% to 20% in creams and lotions, soaps and balms, or 100% pure as a moisturizing serum or massage oil. Use it in lip balms, body butters, soap and other toiletries where you might prefer a liquid oil rather than solid shea butter. This oil can be used straight as a massage oil or can become part of a massage oil blend.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Shea is well known to assist cutaneous dryness, dermatitis and dermatoses, eczema, solar erythema and burns.


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Sheep Sorrel


Sheep Sorrel


Latin Name: rumex acetosella
Alternative Name: sorrel
Forms Available: root, leaf, tea

Sheep Sorrel – rumex acetosella – The leaves of the sorrel are high in vitamin C and have diuretic, cooling and laxative properties. If eaten raw, the leaves will cool off fevers and reduce thirst. The leaf tea can be drunk as an appetite stimulant and it has laxative properties. The root is also diuretic but not recommended as it is somewhat toxic.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Diuretic and antiseptic. The leaves, raw, alleviate thirst and cool down fevers. A tea, made from the leaves, acts as and appetite stimulant and a laxative. The root is diuretic but toxic.


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Shepherd’s Purse


Shepherd’s Purse


Latin Name: capsella bursa-pastoris. thlaspi bursa-pastoris
Alternative Name: shovelweed, mother’s-heart, caseweed, shepherd’s sprout
Forms Available: above ground parts

Shepherd’s Purse – capsella bursapastoris – This herb is used to stop hemorrhages. It treats: nose bleeds, blood in urine, excessive menstruation, after chilbirth bleeding, bleeding from the lungs, and bleeding from the stomach. The reason it is so powerful a bloodclotter is because it has a high content of vitamin K. Shepherd’s purse can also be used, in a sitz bath, to sooth hemorrhoids.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Stops bleeding – nose bleeds, blood in urine, excessive menstruation, after childbirth bleeding, bleeding from the lungs. Use in sitz bath for hemorrhoids.


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Shiitake Mushroom


Shiitake Mushroom


Latin Name: lentinula edodes
Alternative Name: shitake, japanese mushroom
Forms Available: caps, stems

Shiitake Mushroom – lentinula edodes – The shitake mushroom improves health and stimulates the immune system. It helps the fight agains high blood pressure and heart disease, helps to control cholesterol levels, and stimulates the immune system to fight various cancers. It may also help people with hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome and lyme disease. It helps the body build resistance against infections and viruses. Shitake is eaten raw or cooked. NOTE: do not ingest RAW shitake mushroom if you are suffering cancer of the bladder as one of the chemicals in the shitake can cause this disease.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Prevents high blood pressure and heart disease by controlling cholesterol levels. Immune system stimulating potentially aiding the battle against cancers by activating the immune systems cells that fight particular cancers.


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Soapwort Gentian


Soapwort Gentian


Latin Name: gentiana saponaria
Alternative Name: harvestbells, gentian
Forms Available: root

Soapwort Gentian – gentiana saponaria – A herb used for digestive disorders, stimulates the digestive system. This root is also used to treat the gall bladder, liver, and indigestion.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used to treat the gall bladder, liver, indigestion, and gastric disorders.


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Soapwort


Soapwort


Latin Name: saponaria officinalis
Alternative Name: bouncing bet, lady’s washbowl, latherwort, old-maid’s-pink, sabunotu, soapberry, fuller’s-herb
Forms Available: root, leaf

Soapwort – saponaria officinalis – A perennial plant, 2 foot or more in height. American colonists brought the soapwort with them and used it as a cleaning agent. Internally, soapwort is laxative, expectorant and a diuretic. It is prescribed as a treatment for bronchitis, some asthmas, and coughs as the expectorant properties of soapwort help in the loosening and shifting of phlegm. It is also used to relieve some of the pains associated with rheumatism and arthritis. Externally, in a wash, decoction, or poultice, soapwort relieves acne, eczema, boils, psoriasis, poison ivy, poison oak, and other itchy skin issues.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: An expectorant plant, loosens and shifts phlegm. Treats bronchitis, some asthmas, and coughs. Externally, relieves eczema, poison ivy, poison oak and other itchy skin issues.


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Solomons Seal


Solomon’s Seal


Latin Name: polygonatum biflorum
Alternative Name: small solomon’s seal
Forms Available: root, leaf

Solomon’s Seal – polygonatum biflorum – This plant is both laxative and sedative. The root makes a laxative tea. It has also been used to treat excessive menstruation, lung ailments and indigestion. Externally, a poultice or decoction of this plant treats bruises, sores and cuts.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A laxative tea can be made from the root. A folk remedy for rheumatism, skin irritations and piles. Poultice or decoction of root treats bruises, sores and cuts.


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