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Perilla Seed Oil


Perilla Seed Oil


Latin Name: perilla frutescens
Alternative Name: perilla, beefsteak plant, chinese basil, purple mint
Forms Available: oil

Perilla seed oil – perilla frutescens – The efficacy of perilla oil is well known in Korea for heart and liver protection, skin rejuvenation and relieving children’s dry cough. This oil would make a wonderful carrier oil for dry, mature and/or damaged skin applications as well as an ingredient in massage blends, body scrubs, bath salts and creams. Many consider this oil to have antibacterial properties and suitable for acneic conditions.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: this oil makes a good carrier oil


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Periwinkle


Periwinkle


Latin Name: vinca minor, vinca major
Alternative Name: lesser periwinkle, myrtle, greater periwinkle
Forms Available: root, leaf, flower

Periwinkle – vinca minor – The leaves of this plant have been used to treat internal bleeding, nosebleeds, bleeding gums, mouth ulcers and excessive menstrual bleeding – they are astringent. They can also be applied externally to wounds to slow bleeding and cleanse. This plant is used by pharmaceutical companies in vasodilator and cerebral stimulant preparations. The root can be used to lower blood pressure.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used to treat internal bleeding, excessive menstrual bleeding, nosebleeds, bleeding gums, mouth ulcers. Astringent, cleansing, sedating.


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Persimmon Tree


Persimmon Tree


Latin Name: diospyros virginiana
Alternative Name: american persimmon
Forms Available: leaf, bark, fruit

Persimmon Tree – diospyros virginiana – a plant used in alot of edible ways – the fruit: breads, cakes, puddings etc, the seeds: an oil and a coffee substitute, the leaves: a tea. Medicinally, the persimmon has been used as an astringent – A decoction of the unripe fruit has been used as a treatment for bloody stools and, of the inner-bark, as a rinse to treat sore throats and thrush.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Astringent. A decoction of the unripe fruit has been used as a treatment for bloody stools and, of the inner-bark, as a rinse to treat sore throats and thrush.


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Petitgrain

Petitgrain

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Latin Name: citrus aurantium var.

Forms Available: essential oil

Petitgrain – citrus aruantium var.- This oil is obtained from the leaves of the bitter orange tree and has a fresh floral citrus scent with a woody herbaceous undertone. It is antidepressant, antispasmodic and deodorant. Calms anger and panic, refreshes the mind. It is considered uplifting and refreshing. Has a sedative effect on the nervous system, helpful for rapid heartbeat or insomnia. Eases breathing and relaxes muscle spasms. Helpful with painful digestion by calming stomach muscles. Could help in clearing up skin blemishes and pimples. Useful for greasy hair and skin. Blends well with bergamot, cedarwood, lavender, neroli, orange, rosewood and sandalwood.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: It is antidepressant, antispasmodic and deodorant. Calms anger and panic, refreshes the mind. It is considered uplifting and refreshing. Has a sedative effect on the nervous system, helpful for rapid heartbeat or insomnia. Eases breathing.


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Pine

Pine

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Latin Name: pinus strobus, pinus alba, pinus spp.
Alternative Name: oil of turpentine tree
Forms Available: essential oil, needle, twig, knot of wood

Pine – pinus spp. – Sacred to the Druids, the pine was known as one of the Seven Chieftain Trees of the Irish. Dry distillation of Scotch Pine -Pinus sylvestris- needles, twigs, and cones gives the best quality pine oil for perfumes and for expectorants in inhalations for bronchitis and colds. The root tar is included in some hair growth stimulation products.
The needles and young twigs of the white pine -Pinus strobus, Pinus alba- are made into infusions fo coughs and as an antiscorbutic; use two teaspoons per cup of water and simmer for twenty minutes. Hight in vitamin C, they helped our ancestors get through the long winters. The knot of the wood is boiled with angelica, acathopanax, quince, and mulberry branches to make a bath for arthritis and rheumatism. Pine needles are simmered into massage oils. The oil is used externally to relieve rheumatic pain, chronic bronchitis, sciatica, pneumonia, and nephritis. Simply cover the needles with a good quality olive oil and simmer at low heat for twenty minutes, or place in a low. 180°, oven overnight. The resin heals the kidneys, liver and lungs. The scent is calming to the lungs and nerves.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Scotch Pine – Cuts; Lice; Excessive Perspiration; Scabies; Sores; Arthritis; Gout; Muscular aches and pains; Neuralgia; Poor Circulation. Key Qualities: Strengthening; Cleansing; Restorative; Reviving; Refreshing; Stimulant; Soothing.

Other Uses: Pine is the “tree of peace” of the Native American iroquois confederace. Burn pine to purify the home and decorate with its branches to bring healing and joy. Burn as incense for, money, purification, healing and exorcism.


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Pitcher Plant


Pitcher Plant


Latin Name: sarracenia purpurea, sarracenia flava
Alternative Name: bekerplant, purple pitcherplant, saddleplant, yellow trumpet, yellow pitcherplant
Forms Available: root, leaf

Pitcher Plant – sarracenia sp. – This herb is used for many female issues: infusions of the leaves eased childbirth and decoctions of the root aided both the expulsion of afterbirth and the prevention of sickness after giving birth. The root and leaf have been used to treat liver and kidney complaints, constipation and dyspepsia. Decoctions of the root have also been used to treat the spitting up of blood and lung complaints.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: An infusion of leaf can treat fevers, ease childbirth. Decoction of root has been used after childbirth to aid in expulsion or afterbirth and to prevent sickness. This herb also used to treat liver and kidney complaints, constipation and dyspepsia.


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Plaintain, English


Plantain, English


Latin Name: plantago lanceolata
Alternative Name: lance-leaved plantain, ribwort plantain
Forms Available: root, leaf, seed

Plantain, English – plantago lanceolata – A herb that is antiseptic, astringent, demulcent, haemostatic, laxative, expectorant and an antidote. Preparations made with this plant staunch blood flow and aid healing of damaged tissue. The leaves are used, internally to treat many digestive and lung conditions such as: diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, stomach ulcers, haemorrhage, catarrh, sinusitis, asthma, and bronchitis and externally to treat: cuts, stings, inflammations etc. The root has been used in rattlesnake bite remedies.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A herb that is antiseptic, astringent, demulcent, haemostatic, laxative, expectorant and an antidote. Preparations made with this herb staunch blood flow and aid the healing of damaged tissue, treat gastritis, diarrhoea, stomach ulcers….


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Plantain


Plantain


Latin Name: plantago major
Alternative Name: ribwort, snakeweed
Forms Available: leaf, cut

Plantain – plantago major – Has been used in inflammation of the skin, ulcers, intermittent fever, etc. Applied to a bleeding surface, the leaves are of some value in arresting hemorrhage, but they are useless in internal hemorrhage, although they were formerly used for bleeding of the lungs and stomach, consumption and dysentery. The fresh leaves are applied whole or bruised in the form of a poultice. Rubbed on parts of the body stung by insects, nettles, etc., or as an application to burns and scalds, the leaves will afford relief and will stop the bleeding of minor wounds. Some of the recipes for ointments in which Plantain is an ingredient have lingered to the present day. Lady Northcote, in The Book of Herbs in 1903, mentions an ointment made by an old woman in Exeter that was in much request. It was made from Southernwood, Plantain leaves, Black Currant leaves, Elder buds, Angelica and Parsley, chopped, pounded and simmered with clarified butter and was considered most useful for burns or raw surfaces. Decoctions of Plantain entered into almost every old remedy, and it was boiled with Docks, Comfrey and a variety of flowers. To prepare a plain infusion, still recommended in herbal medicine for diarrhea and hemorrhoids, pour 1 pint of boiling water on 1 oz. of the herb, stand in a warm place for 20 minutes, afterwards strain and let cool. Take a wineglassful to half a teacupful three or four times a day.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The fresh leaves are applied whole or bruised in the form of a poultice. Rubbed on parts of the body stung by insects, nettles, etc., or as an application to burns and scalds, the leaves will afford relief and will stop the bleeding of minor wounds.


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Poison Hemlock


Poison Hemlock


Latin Name: conium maculatum
Alternative Name: baldiran, beaver poison, cowbane, herb bennet, poison parsley
Forms Available: leaf

Poison Hemlock – conium maculatum – Part of this herb’s latin name – conium – is from the greek verb meaning ‘to whirl around” which refers to the vertigo experienced as a symptom of hemlock poisoning. Hemlock is a VERY POISONOUS plant. Hemlock has been used in pain relief and is a folk remedy for cancer. It is used externally in creams, ointments, and lotions to treat tumours, mastitis, and hemorrhoids.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A poisonous plant . Relieves pain and is a folk remedy for cancer. Used externally in creams, ointments, and lotions to treat tumours, mastitis, and hemorrhoids.


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