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Mountain Mint


Mountain Mint


Latin Name: pyncanthemem virginianum, pycanthemum incanum, pycanthemum muticum
Alternative Name: virginia mountain mint, short toothed mountain mint
Forms Available: leaf

Mountain Mint – pyncanthemum incanum, pyncanthemum virginianum – A tea can be made from the leaves calms the stomach and aids the expulsion of gas – it is carminative. This tea also helps perspiration, it is diaphoretic, and so is helpful in treating a fever. If applied in a poultice, the leaves relieve headaches.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A tea can be made from the leaves calms the stomach and aids the expulsion of gas – it is carminative. This tea also helps perspiration, it is diaphoretic, and so is helpful in treating a fever. If applied in a poultice, the leaves relieve headaches.


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Mugwort


Mugwort


Latin Name: artemisia vulgaris
Alternative Name: sailor’s tobacco, witch herb, old man, artemis herb, hartemisia, felon herb, muggons, naughty man, old uncle henry, st. john’s plant, cingulum sancti johannis.
Forms Available: leaf, stem

Mugwort – artemisia vulgaris – Also known as Sailor’s Tobacco, Witch Herb, and Old Man. A Druid sacred herb, this aromatic perennial Its wood is a good choice for wands and ritual inplements. The plant has medium green leaves with silver, downy undersides and red-brown florets.
The classic herb for premenstrual symptoms, used in tea and the bath. Use a standard infusion of two teaspoons per cup of water steeped for twenty minutes, take one-fourth cup four times a day. It makes a good foot bath for tired feet and legs. Cleansing to the liver, it promotes digestion. Mugwort in an emmenagogue, especially when combined with pennyroyal, blue cohosh, or angelica root. It is helpful in epilepsy, palsy, and hysteria and is useful for fevers. When laid among clothing, mugwort repels moths.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: classic herb for premenstrual symptoms, used in tea and the bath. Use a standard infusion of two teaspoons per cup of water steeped for twenty minutes, take one-fourth cup four times a day.

Other Uses: Mugwort is burned with sandalwood or wormwood during scrying rituals, and a mugwort infusion is drunk, sweetened with honey, before divination. Placed next to the bed it aids in achieving astral projection. It is said to protect travelers from fatigue.


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Mullein


Mullein


Latin Name: verbascum thapsus
Alternative Name: hag’s taper, candlewick plant, aaron’s rod, velvet plant, shepherd’s club, blanket leaf, flannel pland, graveyard dust, hedge taper, jupiter’s staff, lady’s foxglove, old man’s fennel, Peter’s staff, shepherd’s herb, torches, velvetback, velvet plant
Forms Available: cut, leaf, flower

Mullein – Verbascum thapsus – Also known as Hag’s Taper, Candlewick Plant, Aaron’s Rod, Velvet Plant, and Shepherd’s Club. This biennial has a rosette of woolly leaves and a tall, thick, downy, resinous stem of bright yellow flowers, followed by many-seeded capsules. The honey-scented flowers flavor liqueurs and yield skin-softening mucilage. The expectorant, soothing, and spasm-sedating properties of the leaf and flowers are used to treat raspy coughs and are added to herbal tobacco. Woolly leaf wraps preserve figs and are used as tinder and emergency bandages. The powdered leaves are sometimes called “Graveyard Dust”, and can be substituted for such.
The leaf is a classic remedy for bronchitis, as well as other coughs, and burning urination. Simmer two teaspoons oer cup and take a quarter cup four times a day. A tea of the flowers take before bed brings on sleep. A poultice of the leaves helps wounds and sores. The leavs steeped in vinegar and water will soothe inflammations, painful skin conditions, and hemorrhoids when used externally as a poultice. They may be used in tincture form, fifteen to forty drops every two to four hours.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The honey-scented flowers flavor liqueurs and yield skin-softening mucilage. The expectorant, soothing, and spasm-sedating properties of the leaf and flowers are used to treat raspy coughs and are added to herbal tobacco.

Other Uses: In India, mullein is regarded as the most potent safeguard against evil spirits and magic, and is hung over doors, in windows and carried in sachets. It is also used to banish demons and negativity. Protection; Divination; Health.


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Mustard

Mustard

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Latin Name: sinapis alba
Alternative Name: pepper grass, hedge mustard, white mustard, yellow mustard
Forms Available: whole, seed

Mustard Seed – sinapis alba – Mustard seed is used to treat colds, stomach problems, abscesses, rheumatism, lumbago, and ulcers. It is rubefacient, irritant, stimulant, diuretic, emetic, pungent, laxative, digestive. This well known spice has its use in medicine as a stimulating external application. The rubefacient action causes a mild irritation to the skin, stimulating the circulation in that area and relieving muscular and skeletal pain. Its stimulating, diaphoretic action can be utilized in the way that Cayenne and Ginger are. For feverishness, colds, and influenza, mustard may be taken as a tea or ground and sprinkled into a bath. The stimulation of circulation will aid chilblains as well as the conditions already mentioned. An infusion or poultice of mustard will aid in cases of bronchitis. Poultice: Mustard is most commonly used as a poultice which can be made by mixing 4 ounces of ground mustard seeds with warm water, i.e. at about 45 degrees C, to form a thick paste. This is spread on a piece of cloth the size of the body area that is to be covered. To stop the paste sticking to the skin, lay a dampened gauze on the skin. Apply the cloth and remove after l minute. The skin may be reddened by this treatment which can be eased by applying olive oil afterward. Due to possible redness, should not be applied to children or the elderly. Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto l teaspoonful of mustard flour and leave to infuse for 5 minutes. This may be drunk three times a day.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Mustard seed is used to treat colds, stomach problems, abscesses, rheumatism, lumbago, and ulcers. It is rubefacient, irritant, stimulant, diuretic, emetic, pungent, laxative, digestive.


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Myrrh

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Latin Name: comniphora myrrha
Alternative Name: called gum myrrh tree, daran, mirra balsom odendron, mirra, morr-didin, didthin, bowl
Forms Available: essential oil, powder, resin

Myrrh – comniphora myrrha – An ancient and sacred incenses, the antiseptic, anti-inflammatory oil of Myrrh was used for embalming. It is now found in toothpaste and perfume. Myrrh was burned to Ra at noon in Ancient Egypt and was also fumed in the temples of Isis.
Especially valued as a disinfectant, myrrh is used as a wash for wounds. Use as a wound wash only after the wound has been well cleaned. It has the tendency to seal wounds once it is placed on them. Use the alcohol tincture in water or the tea as a wound wash. Myrrh promotes circulation and increases heart rate and power. Said to move stagnant blood through the uterus, it has been used for menopause, menstrual irregularities , and uterine tumors. Myrrh benefits diabetes and obesity; the dose is one to fifteen grains. Combined with echinacea and mullein to one quarter part myrrh; steep two teaspoons per cup of water for twenty minutes; take a quarter cup every four hours. Myrrh, goldenseal, arnica, and cayenne can be soaked in rubbing alcohol for a few weeks to make a liniment for bruises and sprains.
CAUTION: Prolonged internal use of myrrh, longer than a few week, can lead to kidney damage.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Athlete’s Foot; Chapped and Cracked Skin; Eczema; Ringworm; Wounds; Wrinkles Asthma; Bronchitis; Catarrh. Key Qualities: Purifying; Uplifting; Revitalizing; Sedative, Restorative; Soothing.

Other Uses: Myrrh is a Goddess plant of the Moon’s sphere, sacred to Isis. Burned as an incense,myrrh purifies the area, lifts the vibrations aids contemplation and meditation and creates peace. The essential oil can be added to blends to enhance spirituality.


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Myrtle

Myrtle

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Latin Name: myrtus communis

Forms Available: essential oil

Myrtle – myrtus communis – This dense, evergreen shrub has aromatic leaves and flower buds, creamy white flowers, and blue-black berries. The flowers are made into toilet water called eau d’ange, added with the leaves to acne ointment, and dried for potpourri. Leaf essential oil is the source of myrtol, given for gingivitis.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Acne; Hemorrhoids; Oily Skin; Open Pores; Asthma; bronchitis; Catarrhal conditions; chronic Coughs; Tuberculosis; Colds; Flu; Infectious Disease. Key Qualities: Mildly stimulating; Nerve Tonic; Antiseptic; Clarifying; Cleansing; Uplifting; Aphrodisiac.

Other Uses: Love, Money and Riches; Creative Work; Youth. If grown on each side of a house love and peace will reside within and it is a lucky plant to grow in window boxes if a woman plants it.


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Nasturtium


Nasturtium


Latin Name: tropaeolum majus
Alternative Name: capuchina, capucine, climbing nasturtium, indian cress, yellow larkspur
Forms Available: flower, seed, leaf

Nasturtium – tropaeolum majus – A perennial plant with edible leaves – similar flavor to watercress. This plant has antibiotic, antibacterial, antiseptic, and expectorant properties. It can be applied, in a poultice, to wounds, minor injuries and sores. Infusions of the leaves aid in the shifting and removal of phlegm. Internally, this herb is used to treat genito/urinary diseases and respiratory infections.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: treats digestive, urinary and respiratory systems. Has antiseptic properties when applied, in a poultice, to sores, boils, wounds etc. Is also antibacterial, expectorant and antibiotic.


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Neem Seed Oil

Neem Seed Oil

Latin Name: azadirachta indica
Alternative Name: nimba, margosa, indian tulip tree oil
Forms Available: oil

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Neem Seed Oil – azadirachta indica – The neem seed kernel is very rich in fatty acids, often up to 50 % of the kernel’s weight.  Neem seed oil is very bitter with a garlic/sulfur smell; it contains vitamin E and other essential amino acids.  Neem oil is an excellent moisturizing oil that contains compounds with historical and scientific validity as medicinals.  Neem is also known as Nimba, Margosa or Indian Tulip Tree Oil, which is a traditional treatment for severely damaged skin.  Neem seed oil is not an essential oil.

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As a natural pesticide: Using neem derivatives for managing pests is a non-violent approach to controlling pests. Neem products work by intervening at several stages of the insect’s life. They may not kill the pest instantaneously but incapacitate it in several ways. Neem very subtly employs effects such as repellence, feeding and ovipositional deterrence, growth inhibition, mating disruption, chemo-sterilization, etc.  Extracts from neem have shown incredible success with not only battling fungus problems but also many forms of root rot. Neem biodegrades in a matter of weeks when exposed to the sunlight. Pure Neem oil will retain its potency much longer if stored in a cool place away from strong light.

 


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