Category Archives: Essential Oil Botanicals

Japanese Knotweed


Japanese Knotweed


Latin Name: polygonelia cuspidatum
Alternative Name: hu zhang
Forms Available: root

Japanese Knotweed – polygonelia cuspidatum – This root is mainly used int the prevention of thrombosis, it is a powerful antioxidant. It is also used in phytoestrogen medications.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: This root is mainly used int the prevention of thrombosis. It is also used in phytoestrogen medications.


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Jasmine


Jasmine


Latin Name: jasminum officinale
Alternative Name: jessamine, yasmin, moonlight on the grove
Forms Available: absolute, flower, whole

Jasmine – Jasminum officionale – Common Jasmine is a deciduous shrub with strongly scented, white summer flowers.
The flowers make a tea that calms the nerves and increases erotic feelings. Steep two teaspoons of flowers per cup of water for twenty minutes. The dose is a quarter cup,, four times a day. The oil of the leaf is rubbed on the head to heal the eyes. A syrup of jasmine flowers and honey will help with coughs and lung complaints. The essential oil of jasmine is said to help menstrual pain and lung problems.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Aphrodisiac; Dry, greasy, irritated skin; Muscular spasms; sprains; Coughs; Hoarseness; Laryngitis; Frigidity; Labor Pains; Uterine Disorders; Depression; Nervous Exhaustion; Stress Related Conditions.

Other Uses: Symbolic of the moon and of the mysteries of the night. Jasmine essential oil is useful for sexuality. The flowers will also draw wealth and money if carried, burned or worn. Jasmine will also cause prophetic dreams if burned in the bedroom.


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Jewelweed


Jewelweed


Latin Name: impatiens capensis, impatiens biflora
Alternative Name: jewel weed, wild touch-me-not, spotted jewelweed
Forms Available: leaf

Jewelweed – impatiens capensis – The juice from the leaves of this herb have been applied externally to treat poison ivy, poison oak, nettle burns, and burns. It also relieves insect bites and stings. In an infusion, jewelweed has been used to treat fevers, stomach cramps, and measles. The sap has been used to remove warts and corns.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Externally treats burns, bites, stings, poison ivy, poison oak, measles. Leaf poultice applied also to bruises and cuts.


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Jimson Weed


Jimson Weed


Latin Name: datura stramonium
Alternative Name: thornapple, angel’s trumpet, apple of peru, mad apple, stinkweed, jamestown weed
Forms Available: leaf, flower, seed, root

Jimson Weed – datura stramonium – This is a narcotic plant, anti-asthmatic and anitspasmodic. It is a remedy for asthma, muscle spasms, whooping cough. Externally, it can be used in a poultice to relieve swellings, rheumatism, neuralgia and aid the healing of wounds. This herbs narcotic properties contribute to it’s use as a pain reliever.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Antispasmodic and anti-asthmatic. Used to treat muscle spasms, whooping couch, asthma. Also, applied in poultice to treat wounds, swellings, rheumatic pain.


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Joe Pye Weed


Joe Pye Weed


Latin Name: eupatorium fistulosum, eupatorium purpureum
Alternative Name: gravel root, queen of the meadow, trumpet-weed
Forms Available: root, rhizome, leaf

Joe Pye Weed – eupatorium fistulosum – A genito-urinary tract herb – prevents and relieves kidney stones, relieves cystitis, prostrate enlargement, and urethritis. A diuretic and cleanser, relieving gout and rheumatism by improving the kidney function.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A genito-urinary tract herb – prevents kidney stones, relieves cystitis, prostrate enlargement, urethritis. A diuretic and cleanser, relieving gout and rheumatism.


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Jojoba

Jojoba

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Latin Name: simmondsia chinensis

Forms Available: oil

Jojoba – Simmondsia chinensis – Jojoba organic is very similar in composition to human natural skin oils. It penetrates the skin rapidly to nourish it; also softens and moisturizes mature and dry skin. Jojoba helps to heal inflamed skin conditions such as psoriasis or any form of dermatitis, helps control acne and oily scalps. Since it has antioxidant properties, it can keep other oils from going rancid. Jojoba is gentle enough for newborn babies; soothes and restores elasticity to any dry skin area. It’s very good in cases of psoriasis, for massage and aromatherapy, scalp and hair care, and for hands and cuticles. For shaving legs and faces, just moisten the skin and massage a generous amount of our pure jojoba deeply into the area to be shaved, then rinse your razor with hot water.

 


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Juniper

Juniper

Latin Name: juniperus communis
Alternative Name: enegro, gemeiner wachholder, geneva, gin berry, ginepro, gin plant.
Forms Available: essential oil, berry, twig

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Juniper – juniperus communis – A Druid sacred tree, Juniper is an evergreen tree or shrub with needle-like leaves in threes and berrylike cones that ripen to blue-black in their second or third year.
Primarily a diuretic, the berries help digestive problems, gastrointestinal inflammations, and rheumatism. The berries are taken as a tea -simmer two teaspoons per cup of water for ten minutes; take up to one cup four times a day, or taken as jam or syrup in water, mild, or herb tea. The dry berries can be chewed; three a day is sufficient.

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Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Acne; Dermatitis; Eczema; Hair Loss; Hemorrhoids; Wounds; Tonic for Oily Complexions; Accumulation of Toxins. Key Qualities: Aphrodisiac; Purifying; Clearing; Depurative; Nerve Tonic; Reviving; Protective; Restorative.

Other Uses: Probably one of the earliest incenses used by Mediterranean Witches. Its berries were used with thyme in Druid and grove incenses for visions. Juniper grown by the door discourages thieves. The mature berries can be strung in the house to attract love.

Thought for the day:

The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit. – By Moliere

Suggested Reading:

  1. Vibrational Healing: Revealing the Essence of Nature through Aromatherapy and Essential Oils by Deborah Eidson
  2. Ayurvedic Remedies- For the Whole Family by Light Miller
  3. Essential Oils for Weight Loss: Easy Ways to Supercharge your Weight Loss Success with Essential Oils by Isla Burroughs
  4. Herbs for Detoxification by C.J. Puotinen

Reference Links:

  1. Juniper Berry by Wikipedia
  2. Antibacterial and antifungal activity of juniper berry oil and its selected components by Natalia Filipowicz, Marcin Kamiński, Julianna Kurlenda, Monika Asztemborska and J. Renata Ochocka, published in Phytotherapy research
  3. Health benefits of Juniper essential oil by Organic Facts
  4. Ayurvedic Remedies: For The Whole Family, by Light Miller
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Katrafay


Katrafay


Latin Name: cedrolopsis grevei baill
Alternative Name: katrafy
Forms Available: essential oil

Katrafay – cedrolopsis grevei baill – organic, steam-distilled bark, Madagascar, a/k/a Katrafy. This oil is considered anti-inflammatory. Blends well with lavender, tea tree, and rosemary. Its color is pale yellow and it is considered a “middle” note. It’s used for fatigue, rheumatism, arthritis, headaches, sciatica and muscular pains. Avoid during pregnancy. Blends well with Lavender, Tea Tree, Rosemary and Clary Sage.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: It’s used for fatigue, rheumatism, arthritis, headaches, sciatica and muscular pains. Avoid during pregnancy. Blends well with Lavender, Tea Tree, Rosemary and Clary Sage.


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Kudzu


Kudzu


Latin Name: pueraia lobata
Alternative Name: ge-gen
Forms Available: root

Kudzu – pueraia lobata – The root of this plant is used in Chinese medicine. It is used in the treatment of measles, and alcohol abuse. It is also used to relieve aches and pains in the upper body when accompanied by fever, cold or flu. Kudzu has tonic properties which help the body replenish fluids which is a valuable property to any of the previously mentioned conditions.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used for upper body muscle pains, particularly when accompanied by colds, fevers or chills. Also used as a treatment for measles and alcohol abuse.


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