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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Sorghum


Sorghum


Latin Name: sorghum bicolor, sorghum bulgare
Alternative Name: broom-corn, broomcorn, chinese sugar-maple, guinea corn
Forms Available: seed, sap, stem

Sorghum – sorghum vulgare, sorghum bicolor – This plant is a grass. The seeds can be used as a grain both raw or cooked. The sap can be made into a syrup like maple syrup. Decoctions of the seed are demulcent and diuretic. Can be used to treat urinary tract complaints.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Decoctions of the seed can be used to treat urinary system complaints.


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Soy


Soy


Latin Name: glycine max
Alternative Name: soya, soybean, soy bean, soya bean,
Forms Available: bean, seed

Soy – glycine max – Soy is a staple food in asian cuisine. It is very nutritional: high in vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber amongst other things. Soy is phytoestrogen rich which makes it a food that both menopausal and post menopausal women should eat – it can help to prevent hot flashes and osteoporosis.Soy is also a natural cholesterol reducer. It is also believed that soy may be a cancer fighting food and research is currently going on to this effect.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used to treat menopausal issues such as hot flashes. Prevents osteoporosis. Soy has laxative properties. Soy reduces cholesterol.


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Spearmint

Spearmint

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Latin Name: mentha spicata
Alternative Name: garden mint, our lady’s mint, sage of bethlehem, erba santa maria, brown mint, lamb mint, green mint, yerba buena, green spine, mackeral mint, mismin
Forms Available: essential oil, crushed

Spearmint – mentha spicat – Also called Garden Mint, Our Lady’s Mint, Sage of Bethlehem, Erba Santa Maria and Lamb Mint. Spearmint is the most generally cultivated of the culinary mints. The leaves are almost or completely stalkless, lance-shaped bright-green and hairless. Mice hate the smell of mint and will avoid any place where the herb is scattered.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Key Qualities: Refreshing; Restorative; Nerve Tonic; Cephalic; Aphrodisiac; Mental Stimulant.

Other Uses: Spearmint is used in all healing applications, especially in aiding lung diseases. Smelled, spearmint increases and sharpens mental powers. For protection while asleep, stuff a pillow or mattress with spearmint.


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Speedwell


Speedwell


Latin Name: veronica sp., veronica officinalis, veronica americana
Alternative Name: gypsyweed, physic root
Forms Available: root, leaf

Speedwell – veronica sp. – not used in todays herbal medicine. This plant is diuretic, astringent, tonic and expectorant. A tea can be mad from the leaf that may relieve bronchial congestion and other respiratory tract complaints. Externally, can be applied in a poultice or wash to treat wounds and other skin issues.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: This plant is diuretic, astringent, tonic and expectorant. A tea can be mad from the leaf that may relieve bronchial congestion and other respiratory tract complaints. Externally, can be applied in a poultice or wash to treat wounds and other skin issues


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