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Garlic Mustard


Garlic Mustard


Latin Name: alliaria petiolia
Alternative Name: hedge garlic
Forms Available: seed, leaf

Garlic Mustard – alliaria petiolia – The leaves of this plant, when eaten, relive asthma dn bronchitis. If applied in a poultice, externally, the leaves aid the healing of sores, ulcers, rheumatism, gout and neuralgia.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: If taken internally, the leaves relieve bronchitis and asthma.


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Garlic

Garlic

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Latin Name: allium sativum
Alternative Name: ajo, poor man’s treacle, stinkweed
Forms Available: bulb

Garlic – allium sativum – Garlic has a clustered bulb made up of several bulblets -cloves- enclosed in a papery tunic. It has a single stem with long, thin leaves and an ubmel of edible, rose-tinted white summer flowers and a bulb whose flavor increases the more it is sliced or crushed. Cooking with fresh ginger prevents the slight nausea some experience with Garlic. Garlic repels insects and can be applied to their bites and stings. The cloves add flavor to savory dishes, especially in hot countries where the plants develop the best flavor. Garlic purifies the blood, helps control acne, and reduces blood pressure, cholesterol, and clotting. Tests confirm antibiotic activity against samples of candida, cholora, staphylococcus, salmonella, dysentery, and typhus: and a mild antifungal action. Garlic clears phlegm, thus providing treatment for colds, bronchitis, pulmonary tuberculosis, and whooping cough. New tests suggest it has a role in treating lead poisoning, some carcinomas and diabetes. It’s said that growing garlic around potatoes reduces potato blight.
The garlic bulb is one of the great herbal “polycrests” – herbs of many uses. Fresh garlic is a preventative and a cure for intestinal worms. It is generally taken in one-teaspoon doses, three to six times a day, with some grated fresh ginger root. Garlic is a natural antibiotic for internal and external use. Mash it and use as a wound dressing. For a sore throat, lightly roast unpeeled cloves in a dry frying pan, peel them when they grow soft, and eat them. For pinworms, a slightly smashed fresh clove can be inserted into the rectum with olive oil. For vaginal infections, smash a few cloves and wrap them in cheese cloth. Insert directly into the vagina. Fresh raw garlic is more effective than the powdered and extracted forms available for sale. Garlic has been shown to be more effective than tetracycline as an antibiotic.
CAUTION: Pregnant women and persons with “hot and fiery” temperaments should avoid overuse of garlic.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A natural antibiotic, reduces mucous, blood thinner, cholesterol lowering, insect repellant.

Other Uses: In the home, braids of garlic guard against evil, repel thieves, turns away the envious, and of course, garlic protects against vampires. It is a very effective blessing for a new home. Worn, garlic guards against foul weather.


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Geranium

Geranium

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Latin Name: pelargonium graveolens
Alternative Name: scented geranium, pelargonium, stork’s bill
Forms Available: essential oil

Geranium – pelargonium graveolens – Essential oil is steam distilled from leaf. Sweet, heavy aroma, somewhat like rose with a minty overtone. Among its properties are analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, cicatrisant, diuretic and insecticide. Calms anxiety, lifts the spirit, assists with depression. Useful for all conditions of the woman’s reproductive system as an inhalant and massage application, beneficial for PMS. May assist with menopausal problems such as vaginal dryness and heavy periods. Assists with breast inflammation. Helps clear the body of toxins and this may be helpful with addictions. Stimulates the lymphatic system which keeps infection at bay. Eases neuralgia. Indicated for all problems of the nervous system such as anxiety and nervous fatigue. The oil is a diuretic and a lymphatic stimulant which can help relieve congestion, fluid retention and swollen ankles. Useful for all skin conditions as it balances sebum. Good for oily skin. It’s an excellent remedy for burns, wounds and ulcers. Blends well with basil, bergamot, carrot seed, jasmine, lavender and rose.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Calms anxiety, lifts the spirit, assists with depression.Stimulates the lymphatic system which keeps infection at bay. Eases neuralgia. Indicated for all problems of the nervous system such as anxiety and nervous fatigue.


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Ginger

Ginger

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Latin Name: zingiber officinale
Alternative Name: african ginger
Forms Available: essential oil, ground, root

Ginger – zingiber officionale – Ginger has an aromatic rhizome, erect stems of two ranks, lance-shaped leaves, and spikes of white flowers. The rhizome is used fresh, dried, pickled and preserved. Essential to Asian dishes. Crystalized or infused Ginger suppresses nausea. Ginger tea eases indigestion and flatulence, and reduces fever.
the root is warming to the body, is slightly antiseptic, and promotes internal secretions. Chop about two inches of the fresh root, cover with one cup of water, and simmer for about twenty minute, or one-half teaspoon of the powdered root can be simmered in one cup of water. Add lemon juice, honey, and a slight pinch of cayenne. A few teaspoons of brandy will make and even more effective remedy for colds. This preparation treats fevers, chest colds, and flu. A bath or a foot-soak in hot ginger tea is also beneficial. The tea without additives helps indigestion, colic, diarrhea, and alcoholic gastritis. Dried ginger in capsules or in juice is taken to avoid carsickness and seasickness. Use about one half teaspoon of the powder. It works well for pets and children!

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Arthritis; Fatigue; Muscular Aches and Pains; Poor Circulation; Rheumatism; Sprains; Strains; Catarrh; Congestion; Coughs; Sinusitis; Sore Throat; Diarrhea; Colic; Cramp; Flatulence; Indigestion; Loss of Appetite; Nausea; Travel Sickness.

Other Uses: Ginger essential oil is useful in sexuality; love; courage; and money attracting blends. Eating Ginger before performing spells will lend them power, since you have been “heated up” by the Ginger; this is especially true of love spells.


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Ginkgo Biloba


Ginkgo Biloba


Latin Name: ginkgo biloba
Alternative Name: maidenhair
Forms Available: oil, seed

Ginko Biloba – A herb that increases the brain’s blood and oxygen flow. It increases the functionality of the brain and has been used to treat dementia, depression, senility, ADD, and even Alzheimer’s Disease. Ginkgo Biloba also improves the blood flow through the rest of the body and relaxes blood vessels so can be beneficial in relieving varicose veins, tinnitus and erectile dysfunction.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Uplifting and tonic. Improves circulation. Aids depression, senility, forgetfulness, anxiety, ADD, Alzheimer’s Disease, varicose veins, tinnitus, erectile dysfunction.


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Ginseng


Ginseng


Latin Name: panax ginseng, panax quinquefolium
Alternative Name: sang, wonder of the world root, tartar root, five fingers, red berry, man’s health, aralia quinquefolia
Forms Available: root

Ginseng – North American/panax ginseng, Oriental/panax quinquefolium – roots older than two years are a famous yang stimulant, North American less so than Oriental. Rather than treating specific problems, Ginseng strengthens the body by increasing the efficiency of the endocrine, metabolic, circulatory, and digestive systems. It reduces physical, mental, and emotional stress by increasing oxygen-carrying red blood cells and immune strengthening white blood cells and eliminating toxins. Warning-Ginseng should not be taken continuously.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Ginseng strengthens the body by increasing the efficiency of the endocrine, metabolic, circulatory, and digestive systems. It reduces physical, mental, and emotional stress by increasing red and white blood cells and eliminating toxins.

Other Uses: Lust; Creative Work; Love; Wishes; Beauty; Protection; Can be substituted for Mandrake. The root is carries to attract love, as well as to guard one’s health, to draw money, and to ensure sexual potency. Ginseng brings beauty to all who carry it.


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Goat’s Rue


Goat’s Rue


Latin Name: tephrosia virginiana, galega officinalis, french lilac, french honeysuckle
Alternative Name: catgut, goary pea
Forms Available: root, leaf

Goat’s Rue – tephrosia virginiana – a sweat inducing herb. Reduces fevers and cleanses body of toxins. Stimulates lactation. May be anti-cancerous.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Diaphoretic – sweat inducing. Galactogogue – stimulates breast milk. Cleanses body of toxins and may be anti-cancerous.


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Goldenrod


Goldenrod


Latin Name: solidago virgaurea, solidago sp.
Alternative Name: sweet goldenrod, solidago, aaron’s rod, woundwort, blue mountaint ea
Forms Available: leaf, seed, flower

Golden Rod – solidago sp. – A kidney tonic – stimulates and flushes the kidneys. A diuretic, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory herb for the urinary tract that is used for disorders from cystitis to nephritis. Also an anti-fungal. Topically, goldenrod relieves insect bites, aids the healing of wounds, eczema, ulcers etc.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Stimulates and flushes kidneys, diuretic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, astringent.


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Goldenseal


Goldenseal


Latin Name: hydrastis canadensis
Alternative Name: eye root, eye balm, indian dye, jaundice root, ground raspberry, tumeric root, yellow root, yellow eye
Forms Available: root

Goldenseal – hydrastis canadensis – this root is an anti-inflammatory, immune booster and antibiotic. It is used to treat congestion and inflammation of the sinuses, lungs, throat and digestive tract. The natural antibiotic properties of goldenseal make it a much used first line of defense for colds, flu, and sore throats. This herb is also used to treat yeast infections, relieve heavy menstrual flow and to slow heavy bleeding after childbirth.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A nautural antisceptic and antibiotic. Reduces phlegm. Anti-inflammatory.


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