Carrot Seed – daucus Carota – Its aroma is herbaceous, mild, spicy, slightly sweet and dry. Among its uses are tonic, stimulant, liver regenerator, and control of cholesterol. Recommended for mature skin and/or wrinkled skin. Due to its stimulating effect on red blood cells, it adds tone and elasticity to the skin. Its properties make it useful for problems such as weeping sores and ulcers, vitiligo, prurities, boils, carbuncles, eczema and psoriasis. May help to relieve feelings of stress and exhaustion. Used in massage oils and baths as it is considered an excellent blood purifier due to its detoxifying effect on the liver. It is used to treat jaundice and other liver disorders. Blends well with bergamot, lemon, orange and rosemary. Avoid during pregnancy!
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: May help to relieve feelings of stress and exhaustion. Used in massage oils and baths as it is considered an excellent blood purifier due to its detoxifying effect on the liver. It is used to treat jaundice and other liver disorders.
Latin Name: ricinus communis L Forms Available: oil
Castor oil, derived from the castor bean and obtained by cold pressure, is rich in fatty acids and very moisturizing and lubricating to the skin in general. It acts as a humectant, attracting moisture to the skin. Castor oil packs applied with warm flannel are believed effective for pain relief and to draw out cysts, boils and warts.
Ayurvedic medicine has long used castor oil for lumbago, sciatica and rheumatism. In the Canary Islands the oil is used to prevent sore nipples in nursing mothers and is also rubbed onto their scalps to prevent post natal hair loss. In soapmaking, although castor oil would appear to require less sodium hydroxide, it sometimes requires more due to its high ricinoleic acid content. It is also a well-known superfatting agent and well suited for shampoo bars and skin-care products. Without other oils, it produces a transparent soft soap. In combination with over vegetable oils, however, it makes a wonderfully emollient, hard bar of soap.
From folk medicine: Castor oil fomentations are recommended for ridding the body of hardened mucus in the form of cysts, tumors and polyps. The castor oil is applied by soaking a flannel cloth in the oil and applying it over the liver. A hot water bottle or electric heating pad is applied on top of the pack and left on the area for 30 to 60 minutes. This is repeated daily for three days followed by olive oil massages over the same area for three days. On the seventh day, it is recommended by some that the patient should rest by fasting on nothing but distilled water. Depending on the particular case, this procedure should be repeated for between six weeks to six months to properly cleanse the system.
Thought for the day:
Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity. – Hippocrates
Latin Name: catalpa bignonioides Alternative Name: indian bean tree Forms Available: root, leaf, seed
Catalpa Tree – catalpa bignoniodes – also known as Indian Bean Tree. The bark of this tree has been used as a quinine substitute in the treatment of malaria and also as an antidote to snake bites. The leaves can be used in a poultice on wounds. The seeds are used in teas for treating bronchitis and asthma.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The bark of this tree has been used as a quinine substitute in the treatment of malaria and also as an antidote to snake bites.
Latin Name: nepeta catoria Alternative Name: cat, catmint, catnep, catrup, cat’s cort, field balm, nepeta, nip Forms Available: leaf
Catnip – nepeta catoria – A Druid sacred herb. The root and leaf scent, minty with cat pheromone overtones, intoxicates cats and repels rats and flea beetles. The tender leaves are added to salads and flavor meat. They can also be brewed as tea and were used before China tea was imported. The leaves and flowering tops treat colds, calm upset stomachs, reduce fevers, and soothe headaches and scalp irritations. When smoked, leaves give mild euphoria with no harmful effects.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The leaves and flowering tops treat colds, calm upset stomachs, reduce fevers, and soothe headaches and scalp irritations. When smoked, leaves give mild euphoria with no harmful effects.
Other Uses: Chewed by warriors for fierceness in battle. Large dried leaves are powerful markers for magic books. Give it to your cat to create a psychic bond. Used in spells to promote beauty; happiness; love. Use in all Cat Magic Spells.
Latin Name: capsicum annuum Alternative Name: hot pepper, tabasco pepper, capsicum, paprika Forms Available: powder
Cayenne – capsicum annuum – Cayenne is a cultivar of C. annuum and its heat is primarily due to 33 to 95% capsaicin of the total capsaicinoid content. The use of ground sweet peppers as a product called paprika reputedly dates to an Ottoman invasion of Hungary in the 16th century. This herb is as esteemed for its medicinal value as for its culinary fire. It is a good heart tonic and has been used through the years for poor ciruclation and for irregular or weak heartbeat. It is specifically indicated for colds and flus, used to increase circulation to the extremeities, and to improve digestion and sluggish bowels. It is also used internally and externally to halt bleeding. Modern science has supported this herbâ€™s traditional uses as a digestive aid and pain reliever. Cayenne assists digestion by stimulating the flow of both saliva and stomach secretions. For centuries, herbalists have recommended rubbing red pepper into the skin to treat muscle and joint pains. Medically, this is known as using a counterirritant. Several capsaicin counterirritants are available over-the-counter, among them Heet, Stimurub and Omega Oil. Zostrix is the most effective treatment yet for the severe chronic pain following the disease known as shingles or herpes zoster. For an infusion to aid digestion and possibly help reduce risk of heart disease, use 1/4 to Â½ teaspoon per cup of boiling water. Drink it after meals. For external application to help treat pain, mix 1/4 to Â½ teaspoon per cup of warm vegetable oil and rub it into the affected area. Red pepper should not be given to children under age 2. For older children, start with a small amount and use more if necessary. People over 65 often suffer a loss of taste-bud and skin-nerve sensitivity and may require more than younger adults. Use rubber gloves when handling cayenne or any red pepper, water will not wash it off the hands easily, use vinegar.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: It is a good heart tonic and has been used through the years for poor ciruclation and for irregular or weak heartbeat. It is specifically indicated for colds and flus, used to increase circulation to the extremeities, and to improve digestion.
Latin Name: cedrus libani, cedrus spp, othuja occidentalis, t. spp Alternative Name: cedar, tree of plife, arbor vitae -thuja occidentalis, yellow cedar -t. occidentalis Forms Available: essential oil, twig, leaf
Cedarwood- cedrus libani or cedrus spp. – A Druid sacred herb. Also known as Cedar, Tree of Life, Arbor Vitae -Thuja occidentalis, or Yellow Cedar -T. occidentalis.
Ancient Celts on the mainland used cedar oil to preserve the heads of enemies taken in battle. The wood of the Atlas Cedar subspecies is distilled to produce the essential oil.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Bronchitis; Catarrh; Acne; Arthritis; as a Diuretic; Sedative; Antiseborrhoeic.
Cedarwood oil possesses emmenagogue properties and aids in womanly concerns helping in regulating the menstrual cycle by opening up blocked menstruation and it strengthens the uterus. It acts as an excellent health tonic suitable for all. It serves as an Ayurvedic medicine to treat arthritis, restlessness and nervous breakdown. It is widely used in the manufacturing of perfumes, disinfectant cleaners, sprays, aftershaves, cleaning oil, panel closets, cigar boxes and insecticides.
Yellow cedar is used by herbalists to treat bloody cough and heart weakness. Simmer two teaspoons per cup for twenty minutes and take it cold in one-tablespoon doses, three to six times a day. It is used internally and externally as an antifungal, the dry powder is excellent for Athlete’s foot.
Other Uses: Cedar smoke purifies the home. Use it in smudge sticks, incense and sweat lodges. The scent is said to enhance psychic powers. Use for: Purification; Health and Healing; Luck; Good Fortune; Happiness; Banishing; Releasing; Exorcism; Money and Riches.
Thought for the day:
We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us. -Albert Einstein
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