Mace

Mace

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Latin Name: myristica fragrans
Alternative Name: arillus myristicæ, myristica officinalis, myristica moschata, macis, muscadier
Forms Available: seed

Mace – Myristica fragrans – This bushy evergreen has scented leaves and tiny yellow flowers. The fruits hold the seed, known as nutmeg, and its aril, a red, lacy shell coating -mace. Nutmeg and Mace are culinary spices used in sweet and savory dishes in a variety of cuisines. Nutmeg increases the intoxicating and soporific effect of alcoholic drinks and is claimed to be an aphrodisiac. It is prescribed for flatulence and nausea. The essential oil is added to perfumes, soaps, hair oils, tobacco, and fumigants. The nuts yield an oil, nutmeg butter, used in skin creams. Large doses of nutmeg are toxic, because of the presence of the hallucinogen myristicin.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Indigestion; General Weakness; Bacterial Infections; Gout; Rheumatism; Arthritis; As an aid to Circulation.

Other Uses: Burn to increase psychic power, or for creative work. Carry to improve the intellect.


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Mad Dog Skullcap


Mad Dog Skullcap


Latin Name: scutellaria lateriflora
Alternative Name: scullcap, virginia skullcap, madweed, blue pimpernel, helmet flower, hoodwort, blue skullcap
Forms Available: leaf, root

Mad Dog Skullcap – scutellaria lateriflora – This herb was used by Native American Indians in female remedies: it aided in the expulsion of afterbirth, stimulated menstruation and eased breast pain. It is still used by todays herbalists as a nerve tonic. It is used on its own or in conjunction with other sedating herbs. Skullcap is used to treat insomnia, anxiety, neuralgia, and epilepsy.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A tonic for the nervous system. Used to treat insomnia, anxiety, neuralgia, epilepsy. Often mixed with other sedative herbs. Used to treat withdrawal from tranquilizers and anti-depressants.


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Magnolia


Magnolia


Latin Name: magnolia virginiana
Alternative Name: sweetbay, laurel magnolia
Forms Available: leaf, bark

Magnolia – magnolia virginiana – Deciduous tree with heavily scented flowers. The bark, in a tea, is a tonic that improves digestion, eases stomach pains, and treats diarrhea and vomiting. This bark is a diuretic, therefore helping the body by reducing fevers – it has been used to treat malaria. Also used to treat upper respiratory tract infections, colds, bronchial problems, rheumatism and gout. It has also been chewed as a tobacco substitute to help break the habit.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used to treat upper respiratory tract infections, colds, bronchial problems, digestive disorders, fevers. Said to break tobacco habits. Treats malaria.


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Maidenhair Fern


Maidenhair Fern


Latin Name: andiantum pedatum, adiantum capillus-veneris
Alternative Name: northern maidenhair, rock fern, venus’-hair fern
Forms Available: leaf

Maidenhair Fern – andiantum pedatum – This fern is used in flower arrangements. It is used by herbalists tor relieve sore throats, congestion, coughs, and bronchitis. It is demulcent and expectorant. It also has astringent properties,, the leaves have been chewed to stop internal bleeding or applied, in poultice externally, to external wounds.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used to relieve bronchitis, coughs, upper respiratory infections, asthma, nasal congestion.


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Mandarin, Red

Mandarin, Red

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 Latin Name: citrus reticulata

Forms Available: essential oil

Mandarin, Red – Citrus reticulata – from Italy. Mandarin is a member of the orange family. While tangerine is from the same source, it differs as it is a hybrid of mandarin. This oil is antiseptic, antispasmodic, cholagogue, digestive, diuretic and sedative. Its refreshing aroma has an uplifting quality often used to eliminate depression and anxiety. It has long been used for babies suffering from colic or hiccups. Has a tonic effect on the digestive system, aids the secretion of bile and breaks down fats. Calms the intestines and relieves flatulence. It’s often used in combination with neroli and a carrier oil to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. Blends well with the chamomiles, jasmine, lime, and sandalwood.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: This oil is antiseptic, antispasmodic, cholagogue, digestive, diuretic and sedative. Its refreshing aroma has an uplifting quality often used to eliminate depression and anxiety. It has long been used for babies suffering from colic or hiccups.


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Mandrake


Mandrake


Latin Name: podophyllum sp.
Alternative Name: may apple, ducks foot, wild lemon, umbrella plant, racoon berry, love apples, indian apple, hog apple
Forms Available: root, fruit

Mandrake – podophyllum – the fruit of the mandrake can be used in jams and jellies. The mandrake root has been a well used herbal remedy. It is a tonic for the glands and is purported to aid liver complaints. The native american indians used the ground root as a treatment for worms and as an antidote to snakebite venom. Externally, this root is used for wart removal.
Caution: do not use when pregnant or nursing and always used under medical supervision. USFDA consider unsafe.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Emetic, snakebite anti-venom, laxative, wart remover, digestive tract tonic.


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Mango Butter


Mango Butter


Latin Name: mangifera indica

Forms Available: butter

Mango Butter – mangifera indica – Mango butter is taken from the seed kernels of the fruit of the mango tree. It is similar in texture to shea butter and is much softer than cocoa butter. It has a very light yellow/mango color. High in unsaponifiables

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used in skin softening preparations.


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Marigold


Marigold


Latin Name: calendula officinalis
Alternative Name: calendula, holigold, pot marigold, bride of the sun, drunkard, goldes, husbandman’s dial, marybud, marygold, mary gowles, ruddes, oculis chrisi, ruddles, spousa solis, summer’s bride.
Forms Available: CO2 extraction, leaf, powder, flower

Marigold – Calendula officinalis – Also known as Calendula, Holigold, Pot Marigold and Bride of the Sun. A Druid sacred herb, this cheerful annual or perennial has hairy leaves and golden-orange daisy flowers. The leaves are added to salads and garnishes of flowers color rice and fish dishes. Calendula is antiseptic and antifungal and contains hormone and vitamin A precursors. Essential oil is extracted from the petals but is extremely expensive.
This is the “pot marigold” not the African variety so common in American gardens. The flowers are a healing agent. Added to fomentations, poultices and salves, they speed healing of wounds and of nerve damage. The infusion is given for intestinal problems and to clean lymph and blood. Useful in fevers, the herb can be used fresh, dry, or in tincture. For tea, steep two teaspoons of flowers per cup of water for twenty minutes; take one teaspoon per hour. Using tincture, take five to twenty drops four times a day.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Added to fomentations, poultices and salves, they speed healing of wounds and of nerve damage. The infusion is given for intestinal problems and to clean lymph and blood. Useful in fevers, the herb can be used fresh, dry, or in tincture.

Other Uses: Known as “summer’s bride”, the yellow calendula embodies the Sun’s fire and life sustaining virtue. Calendula is carried into court for a favorable verdict. In the mattress it encourages prophetic dreams. Marriage spells; Love; Divination; Protection .


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Marijuana


Marijuana


Latin Name: cannabis sativa
Alternative Name: cannabis, hemp, grass, ganha, pot, reefer, mary jane, ma fen, huang ma
Forms Available: oil, leaf, seed, flower

Marijuana – cannabis sativa – An annual plant. Narcotic – affects nerve centers. Illegal in many countries. This herb is a pain reliever. For people with glaucoma, marijuana reduces the build up of pressure in the eye. For chemotherapy patients, it relieves the feeling of nausea. It has laxative properties and is an appetite stimulant.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A narcotic, pain-killer, relieves glaucoma, lowers blood pressure, relieves arthritis and rhematism pains.


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