Category Archives: Essential Oil Botanicals

Saw Palmetto


Saw Palmetto


Latin Name: sarenoa serrulata
Alternative Name: plametto, sabal
Forms Available: berry

Saw Palmetto – sarenoa serrulata – This herb has properties which help regulate the thyroid activity and, in turn, helps to regulate sexual development. This herb is anabolic – it helps build body tissue, hence encouraging weight gain. It is prescribed for low sex drive, impotency, and testicular atrophy in men. It stimulates breast enlargement in women. This herb also reduces enlarged prostrate glands. It is a diuretic, encouraging the flow of urine and thereby aiding in the flushing of infections in the gastro/urinary tract. Another nickname this plant has is “plant catheter” – this is because it’s use strengthens the neck of the bladder.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Men – treats the prostrate that is enlarged, increases sex drive. Women – increases breast size. This herb builds and strengthens the body tissue, encouraging weight gain. A diuretic.


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Sea Buckthorn


Sea Buckthorn


Latin Name: hippophae rhamnoides

Forms Available: CO2 extraction

Sea Buckthorn – hippophae rhamnoides – Applications: In pharmacy for treatment of damaged skin and mucous membranes, in cosmetics for skin care, wound healing, for alleviating sunburn. Many kinds of Sea Buckthorn cosmetics have been developed. It is believed that a cream made with Sea Buckthorn may have positive therapeutic effects on melanosis, skin wrinkles, keratoderma, keratosis, senile plaque, xeroderma, facial acne, recurrent dermatitis, as well as freckles.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: It is believed that a cream made with Sea Buckthorn may have positive therapeutic effects on melanosis, skin wrinkles, keratoderma, keratosis, senile plaque, xeroderma, facial acne, recurrent dermatitis, as well as freckles.


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Senna, Wild


Senna, Wild


Latin Name: senna marilandica, cassia marilandica, cassia medsgeri
Alternative Name: american senna
Forms Available: root, leaf, seed

Wild Senna – senna marilandica – The leaves of this plant have laxative properties. Decoctions of the roots have been used, by the native american indians, to treat fevers. The roots have been used, externally in a poultice, to relieve bruising. Infusions of the root has been used to treat fevers and heart problems.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Leaves are laxative. Roots treat fevers, wounds and sores.


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Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

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Latin Name: sesamum indicum

Forms Available: oil

Sesame Oil – sesamum indicum – This oil is rich in vitamins and minerals. Its vitamin E content gives the oil excellent stability. Some of its recommended uses are for psoriasis, eczema, arthritis, and as a skin softener. It is an oil which is gaining a lot of popularity as a tanning oil. It is recommended that this oil be used as a base or in a 10%-15% dilution. It’s beneficial for rheumatic and skin conditions, psoriasis, dry eczema and broken veins. Sesame oil, like avocado oil and shea butter, contains a high percentage of unsaponifiables. Sesame oil is used in creams and soaps for its moisturizing qualities. Some subscribe to the theory that three of its unsaponifiable substances– sesamoline, sesamine, and sesamol––have powerful antioxidant properties that resist rancidity. With high percentages of oleic and linoleic fatty acids, a sesame oil soap formula should incorporate coconut oil and palm oil for a quicker saponification and a harder bar. The seeds are helpful in cases of constipation and, when ground up with water, can be used to treat hemorrhoids. Internal use of sesame oil is said to improve the blood platelet count and combat anemia. The oil is soothing to the digestive tract and is a mild laxative. Sesame oil is suitable for flavored dips, salad dressings and deep frying.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Sesame are helpful in cases of constipation and, when ground up with water, can be used to treat hemorrhoids. Internal use of sesame oil is said to improve the blood platelet count and combat anemia. The oil is soothing to the digestive tract .


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Shea Oil


Shea Oil


Latin Name: butyrospermum parkii

Forms Available: oil, butter

Shea Oil – butyrospermum parkii – Shea is well known to assist cutaneous dryness, dermatitis and dermatoses, eczema, solar erythema and burns. In Europe this oil is used in foods and confections to replace fats and to enhance food texture and flavor. The oil is golden in color. Suggested uses: Use from 3% to 20% in creams and lotions, soaps and balms, or 100% pure as a moisturizing serum or massage oil. Use it in lip balms, body butters, soap and other toiletries where you might prefer a liquid oil rather than solid shea butter. This oil can be used straight as a massage oil or can become part of a massage oil blend.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Shea is well known to assist cutaneous dryness, dermatitis and dermatoses, eczema, solar erythema and burns.


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Sheep Sorrel


Sheep Sorrel


Latin Name: rumex acetosella
Alternative Name: sorrel
Forms Available: root, leaf, tea

Sheep Sorrel – rumex acetosella – The leaves of the sorrel are high in vitamin C and have diuretic, cooling and laxative properties. If eaten raw, the leaves will cool off fevers and reduce thirst. The leaf tea can be drunk as an appetite stimulant and it has laxative properties. The root is also diuretic but not recommended as it is somewhat toxic.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Diuretic and antiseptic. The leaves, raw, alleviate thirst and cool down fevers. A tea, made from the leaves, acts as and appetite stimulant and a laxative. The root is diuretic but toxic.


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Shepherd’s Purse


Shepherd’s Purse


Latin Name: capsella bursa-pastoris. thlaspi bursa-pastoris
Alternative Name: shovelweed, mother’s-heart, caseweed, shepherd’s sprout
Forms Available: above ground parts

Shepherd’s Purse – capsella bursapastoris – This herb is used to stop hemorrhages. It treats: nose bleeds, blood in urine, excessive menstruation, after chilbirth bleeding, bleeding from the lungs, and bleeding from the stomach. The reason it is so powerful a bloodclotter is because it has a high content of vitamin K. Shepherd’s purse can also be used, in a sitz bath, to sooth hemorrhoids.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Stops bleeding – nose bleeds, blood in urine, excessive menstruation, after childbirth bleeding, bleeding from the lungs. Use in sitz bath for hemorrhoids.


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