Category Archives: Essential Oil Botanicals

Wild Onion


Wild Onion


Latin Name: allium cernum
Alternative Name: nodding onion, nodding pink onion
Forms Available: bulb, leaf, flower

Wild Onion – allium cernum – The onion bulb, leaf and flower can be eaten raw or cooked. Medicinally, the onion can be used similarly to garlic but it can also be used as a poultice in various problem specific places – on the chest for chest infections and pleurisy pain, on the throat for sore throats, or on a particular area of swelling. Internally, the juice can be used to treat sore throats, colds, croup etc. The juice has also been used to treat kidney stones.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Apply as a poultice to treat respiratory ailments, sore throats, and swellings. The juice of the onion has been used to treat kidney stones.


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Wild Quinine


Wild Quinine


Latin Name: parthenium integrifolium
Alternative Name: american feverfew
Forms Available: root, leaf, flower

Wild quinine – parthenium integrifolium – The flowers have been used to treat fevers – in the place of quinine. The root, applied externally as a poultice, to relieve burns. The root has been used as a kidney and bladder tonic, reducing inflammation.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The flowers have been used to treat fevers. The root, applied externally as a poultice, to relieve burns. The root has been used as a kidney and bladder tonic, reducing inflammation.


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Wild Spikenard


Wild Spikenard


Latin Name: similacina racemosa
Alternative Name: false spikenard, false solomon’s seal
Forms Available: leaf, root

Wild Spikenard – smilacina racemosa – A contaceptive and haemostatic plant used in past by North American Indians. A tea made from the leaves was a contraceptive and a poultice from the leaves, applied externally, was applied to cuts. The root can be used to regulate the mentrual cycle, relieve rheumatism, and even treat cancer.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Contraceptive, menstrual regulating, haemostatic.


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Wild Yam


Wild Yam


Latin Name: dioscorea villosa, dioscorea batatas
Alternative Name: colic-root, bitter yam, barbasco, liver root, devil’s bones, chinaroot, rheumatism root, yuma, aluka
Forms Available: root

Wild Yam – dioscorea villosa – Wild Yam has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb by the Aztec and Mayan peoples for a wide range of ailments including many female problems and to relieve the pain of childbirth. Research indicates that this is a powerful alternative medicine containing many steroidal saponins, mainly Dioscin, which is widely used to manufacture progesterone and other steroid drugs used as contraceptives and in the treatment of various disorders of the genital organs as well as in other diseases such as asthma and arthritis. A decoction of the root is used to alleviate many of the symptoms of menopause and PMS such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, and vaginal dryness. It is also used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, gall bladder complaints, spasmodic cramps, painful menstruation, and in small doses is especially helpful in treating the nausea of pregnant women.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Amongst other things it is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, gall bladder complaints, spasmodic cramps, painful menstruation, and in small doses is especially helpful in treating the nausea of pregnant women.


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Willow


Willow


Latin Name: salix alba, salix sp.
Alternative Name: white willow, european willow, tree of enchantment, witches aspirin, osier, pussy willow, saille, salicyn willow, saugh tree, withe, withy
Forms Available: Bark, collected in the Spring.

Willow – salix alba – Also known as White Willow, European Willow, Tree of Enchantment, and Witches Aspirin. One of the Seven Sacred Trees of the Irish. A Druid sacred tree, the willow is a Moon tree sacred to the White Lady. It’s groves were considered so magical that priests, priestesses and all types of artisans sat among these trees to gain eloquence, inspiration, skills, and prophecies. The stem bark is a painkiller, a fever-reducer, and an original source for salicylic acid for aspirin. The infused leaves make a tea for nervous insomnia and are added to baths to ease rheumatism. The Salix species provide the best-quality artists’ charcoal, branches are used for weaving, and the White Willow var. caerulea is the source of wood for cricket bats. The genus name Salix comes from the Celtic sal-lis, “near water”.
Black willow -S. nigra- bark is used to treat gonorrhea and ovarian pain. The white willow contains salicin, the active constituent from which Aspirin was first synthesized. White willow bark is used for rhematic complaints, arthirtis and headaches as well as diarrhea and dysentary. Fevers, edema, and the aftereffects of worms are treated with willow bark. To make the tea, steep three teaspoons of the bark in one cup of cold water for two to five hours, boil for one minute, and strain. Willow is also available as a powder. The dose is one teaspoon, three times a day in tea or capsules. The tincture can be taken in 10-20 drop doses four times a day.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The stem bark is a painkiller, a fever-reducer, and an original source for salicylic acid for aspirin. The infused leaves make a tea for nervous insomnia and are added to baths to ease rheumatism.

Other Uses: The willow is a guardian tree, said to protect from evil influences. The willow tree has a healing aura that blesses all it touches. All parts of the willow guard against evil and can be carried or placed in the home for this purpose.


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Wintergreen

Wintergreen

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Latin Name: gaultheria procumbens

Forms Available: essential oil

Wintergreen – gaultheria procumbens – Very refreshing aroma, woody and wintergreen, almost identical to Birch. Use with caution, the EO is approximately 99% salicylate, the main ingredient in aspirin. Many aromatherapists try to stay away from this oil. Methyl salicylate has been incorporated into liniments and ointments for muscular skeletal problems. Use tiny amounts in muscle/joint blends, patch test. Not recommended for usage in persons who take aspirin regularly or who are allergic to aspirin. Blends well with pine, peppermint, and lemon.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Use with caution, the EO is approximately 99% salicylate, the main ingredient in aspirin. Many aromatherapists try to stay away from this oil. Methyl salicylate has been incorporated into liniments and ointments for muscular skeletal problems.


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Witch Hazel


Witch Hazel


Latin Name: hammelis virginiana
Alternative Name: spotted alder, winter bloom, snapping hazelnut
Forms Available: Leaf and young twigs

Witch Hazel – hammamelis virginian – Also called Spotted Alder, and Winter Bloom, Witch Hazel, a distillation from the leaves and flower-bearing twigs, is included in skin products for its disinfectant and astringent properties. It is used on chapped and sunburned skin, bruises, swellings, and rashes; to stop bleeding; and to reduce varicose veins and hemorrhoids. The seeds are edible and the leaves can be brewed for a warming tea. Commercially distilled witch hazel contains 14 percent alcohol. It must not be confused with tincture of Witch Hazel, which may be much more astringent and could disfigure skin.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Distilled witch hazel is one of the basics in any home first aid kit. It is useful for stings, bruises, cuts, scrapes, sprains, tissue swelling, and many other minor conditions. It is also useful in skin care regimes.

Other Uses: Witch hazel has long been used to fashion divining rods, hence the common name. The bark and twigs are also used to protect against evil influences. If carried, witch hazel helps to mend a broken heart and cool the passions.


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