Category Archives: Essential Oil Botanicals

Ash Tree


Ash Tree


Latin Name: fraxinus americana, excelsior
Alternative Name: nion, common ash, weeping ash
Forms Available: wood, bark, leaf

Ash Tree – Fraxinus americana or excelsior – A Druid sacred tree. This spring-flowering deciduous tree has smooth gray bark and showy, scented flowers, although the scent is unpleasant to some. The bark of the ash can be used as a substitute for quinine in intermittent fevers. It is reputed to clear obstructions from the spleen and liver. Simmer two tablespoons of bark for twenty minutes in one cup water; take a quarter-cup four times a day. The leaves are laxative and can be used as a substitute for senna. Steep two tablespoons of the leaf in one cup of water for twenty minutes; take one quarter cup four times a day.


Other Uses: Ash is the sacred world tree of the Teutons, known as Yggdrasil. Ash wood makes a traditional Yule log. Druid wands were often made of ash and carved with decorations. Ash wands are good for healing, general and solar magic.


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Asiatic Dayflower


Asiatic Dayflower


Latin Name: commelina communis
Alternative Name: day flower
Forms Available: flowers, leaves

Asiatic Dayflower – commelina communis – This plant is antibacterial, astringent, depurative, diuretic, and febrifuge. Used to make a throat gargle that relieves sore throats. The dried plant can be used in treating bleeding, diarrhoea and fevers.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: antibacterial, astringent, depurative, diuretic, and febrifuge. A throat gargle can be made that relieves sore throats. The dried plant can be used in treating bleeding, diarrhoea and fevers.


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Asparagus Fern


Asparagus Fern


Latin Name: asparagus officinalis, asparagus racemosus, asparagus cochinchinensis
Alternative Name: asparagus
Forms Available: root, shoot

Asparagus Fern – asparagus officinalis, asparagus racemosus, asparagus cochinchinensis – The roots and shoots of the asparagus are healing and cleansing to the liver, bowels and kidneys. Asparagus causes increased cellular activity in the kidneys, hence increasing urine production. Asparagus roots are diuretic and laxative. The roots are also reported to lower blood pressure. Asparagus is considered antibiotic, antispasmodic, cancer, cardiac, demulcent, diaphoretic, diuretic, laxative, sedative, and tonic.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Aspargus is considered antibiotic, antispasmodic, aperient, cancer, cardiac, demulcent, diaphoretic, diuretic, laxative, sedative, and tonic.


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Avocado Oil

Avocado Oil

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Latin Name: persea americana, persea gratissima

Forms Available: oil

Avocado Oil- Persea americana, Persea gratissima – Avocado oil nourishes and restores dry, dehydrated, and mature skin. It is a rich, heavy oil that is best blended with other carrier oils. Skin problems, especially eczema and psoriasis, respond to its high content of vitamins A and E. Avocado oil is added to carrier oils, in a 10%-20% dilution, as an aid to skin moisturizing. This is a highly therapeutic oil which is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, vitamins D and E, protein, pantothenic acid, and fatty acids. May be used as a massage oil at approximately 10% dilution. It’s a nice oil to use in soap because it has a high percentage of unsaponifiables.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Avocado oil nourishes and restores dry, dehydrated, and mature skin. It is a rich, heavy oil that is best blended with other carrier oils.


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Babassu Oil


Babassu Oil


Latin Name: orbignya martiana, O. oleifera, or O. speciosa
Alternative Name: babacu, coco de macaco, aguassu
Forms Available: oil

Babassu Oil – Orbignya martiana, O. oleifera, or O. speciosa – Babassu is a big palm tree about 20 meters high native to Brazil. It is extensively cultivated and presents a very important industrial and economical resource for Brazil. Its principal product is a rather stable, light yellow, clear oil which is employed in food, soap and detergency industries. This oil is similar in properties and uses to coconut oil and is used increasingly as a substitute for it. Babassu oil is cold pressed from the kernel. Flour, animal feed, medicines and beverages can all be produced from the fruit, while the seeds contain oil useful for cooking and soap-making. Even the leaves provide thatch for houses and can be woven into mats for constructing house walls, while stems are used for timbers. Babassu oil does not readily become rancid.


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Balsam Peru

Balsam Peru

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Latin Name: myroxylon pereira

Forms Available: essential oil

Balsam Peru РMyroxylon pereira Рsteam distilled bark, El Salvador. This is a liquid essential oil, not a resin. This is not a thick brown resin, it is a pale yellow essential oil which has had the thick brown crude essential oil removed and which has a vanilla-type scent. Balsam Per̼ is a different physiological form of Balsam Tol̼. The balsam is a pathological product from older trees. Balsam Per̼ is used as a natural fixative to make a little scent go a long way. Among its uses: anti-infective, on chafed skin to soothe, massage of muscles for circulation, inhalant for respiratory and immune systems, effective at relieving itch of scabies, ringworm and eczema, as well as for relieving chapped hands and feet. Exotic aroma, anchoring, strengthening and imparts a rich, earthy scent to perfumes. Some believe it is a skin sensitizer. Use with caution.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Among its uses: anti-infective, on chafed skin to soothe, massage of muscles for circulation, inhalant for respiratory and immune systems, effective at relieving itch of scabies, ringworm and eczema, as well as for relieving chapped hands and feet.


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Baneberry


Baneberry


Latin Name: actaea pachypoda
Alternative Name: doll’s eyes, white baneberry
Forms Available: root

Baneberry – actaea pachypoda – a highly toxic plant, the berries should NEVER be eaten. The plant is, amongst other things, anticonvulsive, antirheumatic, and emmenagogue. Decoctions of the roots are used to treat coughs and colds. Baneberry has been used to revive patients near death and to ease childbirth pain. Also, infusion of the leaves has been used to stimulate lactation and as a gargle to relieve sore throats.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The plant is, amongst other things, anticonvulsive, antirheumatic, and emmenagogue. Decoctions of the roots are used to treat coughs and colds. It has been used to revive patients near death. It has been used to ease childbirth pain.


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Basil

Basil

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Latin Name: oncimum basilicum
Alternative Name: sweet basil, common basil, albahaca, american dittenay, “our herb”, st. joseph’s wort, sweet basil, witches herb
Forms Available: essential oil, leaf, ground, stem

Basil – Oncimum basilicum – The warm, spicy taste of this popular herb’s leaf combines well with garlic, tomatoes, eggplant, and Italian dishes; Basil flavors vinegar, pesto sauce, and oil. The essential oil flavors condiments and liqueurs, and scents soaps and perfumes. Inhaling the essential oil refreshes the mind and stimulates a sense of smell dulled by viral infection. The infusion relieves gas and stomach pains. Reputedly abortive, it can help expel the placenta. A warming herb, it is used for colds and flu, constipation, vomiting, headaches, and menstrual cramps. Steep two teaspoons per cup of water for twenty minutes; take up to one and a half cups per day.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Bronchitis; Fatigue; Colds; Loss of Concentration; Gout; Aches and Pains; Insect bites; Insect Repellent; Coughs; Migraine; Insomnia; Anxiety; Depression; Infectious Disease. Key Qualities: Restorative; Tonic; Antidepressant; Uplifting.

Other Uses: Burn basil to exorcise negativity from the home. To do a really thorough cleansing and protection of yourself and your home, also sprinkle a little basil in each corner of each room in the house and add to your bathwater.


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