Poppy


Poppy


Latin Name: papaver somniferum, papauer rhoeas

Forms Available: seed

Poppy – papaver somniferum – Seeds from the poppy flower provide an exfoliating action when added to soap and scrubs. Poppy seeds are also used in baking and salads. Since the seeds contain a high percentage of oil, refrigeration is recommended to prevent rancidity.


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Princess Tree


Princess Tree


Latin Name: paulownia tomentosa
Alternative Name: foxglove tree, empress tree, kiri, huang t’ung
Forms Available: leaf, flower, bark

Princess Tree – paulownia tomentosa – This plant is both astringent and vermifuge – the bark has been used, in a tincture, to treat fevers. Decoctions of the leaves have been used to wash external ulcers and applied, in a poultice, to treat bruising. Also, the juice of the leaf has been used to treat warts.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Leaves, in a poultice, applied to bruises. Externally, the leaf juice has been used to treat warts.


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Prunella


Prunella


Latin Name: prunella vulgaris
Alternative Name: all heal, woundwort, blue curis, brownwort, heal-all, self-heal, panay, heart of the earth
Forms Available: whole plant

Prunella – prunella vulgaris – also known as all-heal. This plant has very astringent properties and is used, mostly, to stop bleeding. Internally, prunella is used to reduce bleeding, abate fevers, calm sore throats and treat diarrhea. In chinese medicine it is used as an antibiotic. Externally, in a wash or poultice, prunella stops bleeding and aids in the healing of wounds. Also, externally, it can be applied topically to treat hemorrhoids.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: This plant stops bleeding and aids in the healing of wounds. Internally, it reduces bleeding, calms sore throats, abates fevers.


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Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkin Seed Oil

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Latin Name: cucurbita pepo L.

Forms Available: oil

Pumpkin Seed Oil – cucurbita pepo L. – is a dark yellow-green oil pressed from pumpkin seeds, high in Omega-3 and Omega-6 which also contains high levels of vitamins E, A and C as well as zinc. This oil is said to alleviate prostate and bladder medical problems as well as lowering cholesterol.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: This oil is said to alleviate prostate and bladder medical problems as well as lowering cholesterol.


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Purple Clover


Purple Clover


Latin Name: lespedeza sp. trifolium pratense
Alternative Name: red clover
Forms Available: leaf, root, seed, flower, tea

Purple Clover – lespedeza sp., trifolium pratense – All parts of this plant are edible: the leaves, seeds, flowers, and root. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. The seeds, sprouted,can be eaten in salads. The flower can be eaten and the root, eaten after it is cooked. Purple clover is a well used herb medicinally – internally it is expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, diuretic, cleansing and used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It is one of the best phlegm reducing natural products of nature. As a diuretic, this herb cleanses the body and as such, removes the toxic build up that creates so many disorders.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Internally expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, diuretic, cleansing and used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.


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Queen Anne’s Lace


Queen Anne’s Lace


Latin Name: daucus carota
Alternative Name: wild carrot, carrot, devil’s plague, bird’s nest, bee’s nest
Forms Available: root, leaf, seed

Queen Anne’s Lace – daucus carota – wild carrot, a much eaten food. The wild carrot is a cleanser, diuretic, and tonic for the liver, stimulating urine and the extraction of waste by the kidneys. Used in an infusion, it treats many digestive complaints and kidney and bladder diseases. The root can also induce uterine contractions and bring on menstruation.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A cleanser and tonic for the liver, stimulates urine and extraction of waste by the kidneys. The leaves are diuretic and have been used to diminish kidney stones and prevent the formation of new ones.


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Ragweed


Ragweed


Latin Name: ambrosia trifada
Alternative Name: tall ragweed, giant ragweed, great ragweed
Forms Available: oil, leaf, root

Ragweed – ambrosia trifada – This herb is used internally, in a tea, to treat fevers, stomach cramps, menstrual disorders, diarrhea.
Externally, the leaves are applied, in a poultice, to treat skin complaints, insect bites, and poison sumac. A tea can also be made from the root of the plant. An oil can be obtained from the ragweed seed. Ragweed pollen causes allergic reactions in many people and so, therefore, the pollen is used in preparations to treat the allergic.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Externally, in poultice, relieves skin complaints, poison sumac, insect bites. Internally, to relieve fevers, stomach cramps, menstrual disorders, diarrhea.


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Ragwort


Ragwort


Latin Name: senecio jacobaea
Alternative Name: common ragwort, stinking willie, tansy ragwort, yakubun
Forms Available: leaf, root

Ragwort – senecio jacobaea – A highly toxic plant, a reaction can be caused just by touching it and it is particularly toxic to the liver. This plant is used in homeopathic remedies to treat female complaints. Externally, the juice can be used as a wash for burns, sores, and ulcers. As an infusion, ragwort relieves gout, rheumatic pain, and respiratory infections. It can also be applied externally, in a poultice, to relieve rheumatic aches.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used to relieve gout, theumatic pain, respiratory infections, burns, sores, ulcers.


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Raspberry


Raspberry


Latin Name: rubus idaeus
Alternative Name: red rasberry
Forms Available: leaf, root, stem, tea, coffee

Raspberry – rubus idaeus – The raspberry plant is extremely edible – the fruit is eaten raw or cooked, the root cooked, the shoots raw or cooked and the leaves make both an herb tea or a coffee substitute. Medicinally, the leaves are the most used part particularly for female issues. A tea, made from the leaves, is a tonic for the uterus both strengthening and toning the muscles, treating irregular or excessive menstruation, and relieving menstrual cramps. The leaves are also a remedy for diarrhea. Externally, in a wash or poultice, the leaves and root treat sores, wounds, varicose ulcers and burns. They can also be used in a gargle to relieve oral inflammations.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The leaf is the most used part – used to strengthen and tone the muscles of the uterus, relieves diarrhea, treats irregular or excessive menstruation, relieves menstrual cramping, treats burns and minor wounds.


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Rattlesnake Master


Rattlesnake Master


Latin Name: eryngium yuccifolium
Alternative Name: eryngium, water eryngo, buttonsnake root, corn snakeroot
Forms Available: root

Rattlesnake Master – eryngium yuccifolium – This plant’s root is used medicinally. It has been used to treat rattlesnake bites – the root being chewed and then applied to the bite. It has also been applied to scorpion stings. Back in early Greek times the root was a remedy for flatulence. The chewing of this root produces a profuse amount of saliva. It is both expectorant and diaphoretic and has been used to treat pulmonary infections. Used to treat renal problems such as kidney stones and nephritis. This root also has the properties of reducing nocturnal emissions caused by urinary irritations.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Has been used as an antidote to snake bites, the root being chewed and then applied to the bite. Infusion of the root can be used to reduce fevers and shift phlegm. It has been used to treat renal disorders such as kidney stones and chronic nephritis.


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