Grapefruit, Pink – citrus paradisi – cold pressed peel, organic, South Africa. Has a fresh, sweet, sharp and citrusy aroma. It is antidepressant, antiseptic, diuretic and disinfectant, stimulant. Invaluable in times of stress and depression as it uplifts and revives the spirit. May have an effect on obesity and fluid retention, is useful for treating water retention and is detoxifying. Ideal for treating cellulite. It has a stimulating effect on the digestive system. Helpful in treating acne, congested and oily skin. Relieves migraine and premenstrual tension and jet lag. Ideal for disinfecting rooms and in spray blends. Blends well with bergamot, cedarwood, frankincense, and lavender. According to The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia, this essential oil is non-irritant, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: It is antidepressant, antiseptic, diuretic and disinfectant, stimulant. Invaluable in times of stress and depression as it uplifts and revives the spirit. May have an effect on obesity and fluid retention, is useful for treating water retention and is de
Grapeseed Oil – vitis vinifera – Grapeseed Oil is an ecologically sound product that is made from the seeds of grapes after the wine is pressed. Grapeseed oil is high in vitamin E and is 76% essential fatty acid, linoleic acid. It is low in saturated fat, contains natural chlorophyll and valuable antioxidants and has a good shelf life. Very rich in vitamins, minerals and linoleic acid. It’s a light and penetrating oil for massage. Itâ€™s also used in lotions, balms, creams, and soap. The skin absorbs it easily; it has no perceptible odor. Since it is slightly astringent, it tightens and tones the skin. Will not aggravate acne. This is one oil that is nearly impossible to extract through cold pressure due to its very low oil yield.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: It’s a light and penetrating oil for massage. Itâ€™s also used in lotions, balms, creams, and soap. The skin absorbs it easily; it has no perceptible odor. Since it is slightly astringent, it tightens and tones the skin.
Greek Oregano – origanum vulgaris hirtum – a much used herb in Mediterranean cooking. A very antiseptic herb. This herb can be used, internally, to treat colds, fevers, flu, stomach aches, and cramps – it is diaphoretic, calming, sedating and antispasmodic. Oregano is also a diuretic, and expectorant. Externally, oregano has been used to relieve the pain of rheumatism, arthritis, and swellings.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: antiseptic, antispasmodic, calming, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant.
Latin Name: camellia sinensis Forms Available: tea bag
Green Tea – camellia sinensis – Green tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, water being the first, and has been used medicinally for centuries in China and Japan. That is because a number of beneficial health effects in green tea are attributed to regular consumption of green tea and dried/powdered extracts of green tea.
Green tea comes from the leaves of the white-flowered tea plant, Camellia sinensis, a bush native to Asia. These tea leaves are less processed than black tea and contain rich sources of antioxidants which protect the body’s cells from damage and fight diseases. The antioxidants, which are the beneficial particles in green tea, have been linked to cancer prevention, decreased risk of stroke, heart diseases, and lowered blood cholesterol.
Catechin, a tanin derivative found in tea, is the main component which provides benefits in green tea and is present in higher amounts than in grape juice and red wine, which are also believed to reduce the rate of heart disease. In toiletries, green tea powder is a wonderful addition to provide skin soothing properties to toiletries along with possible antioxidant benefits.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The antioxidants, which are the beneficial particles in green tea, have been linked to cancer prevention, decreased risk of stroke, heart diseases, and lowered blood cholesterol.
Latin Name: physalis heterophylla Alternative Name: clammy ground cherry Forms Available: seed, berry, leaf
Ground Cherry – physalis heterophylla – The seed/berry of this plant has been beneficial in treating difficult urination. Also, a tea made from the leaves has been used to treat headaches and poultices have relieved burns and scalds
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Tonic, laxative, diuretic. Relieves difficult urination, headaches, burns, scalds and wounds.
Ground Ivy – glechoma – This herb has been used throughout history. It has been used to reduce fevers, clear phlegm, relieve headaches, and heal bruises amongst a miscellany of other benefits. The liquid from the pressed leaves, when smelt, supposedly cures headaches. The leaves, ground are decongestant, diuretic and tonic. Added to the bath water, ivy relieves, aches, pains, rheumatism and gout.
Ground Nut – apios americana – This plant is edible, it is one of the most nourishing foods available in the world. The goundnut is little used for health benefits but these benefits include: relief of excessive bleeding and relief of diarrhea.
Latin Name: lycopodium clavatum Alternative Name: club moss, foxtail, vegetable sulfur, staghorn, wolf’s claw, selago, lycopod, stag’s horn moss Forms Available: root, leaf,stem, spores
Ground Pine – lycopodium clavatum – An evergreen plant with leaves, stem and roots but no flowers or seeds. In the middle ages, this herb was used as a diuretic for treating urinary and kidney problems – flushing calculus and stones from the kidneys. The spores are applied as a powder to wounds and skin diseases such as eczema. This herb is widely used in homepathic remedies. For full description, see club moss.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Has been used to flush calculas and kidney stones. The spores, applied externally as a powder, are used to treat wounds and skin diseases.
Other Uses: When properly gathered, the herb becomes a charm of power and protection. Wear it, add it to incense, and use it to commune with the Gods and Goddesses.