Frankincense

Frankincense

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Latin Name: boswellia carterii
Alternative Name: incense, olibans, olibanum, olibanus
Forms Available: essential oil, tears, resin

Frankincense – Boswellia carteri – A small tree or shrub, with pinnate leaves, and white or pale pink flowers. It yields a natural oleo-resin gum, which is used to make a healing incense, which induces a meditative state. Frankincense essential oil is also useful in promoting spirituality and meditative states. Dilute before applying to the skin as it may be irritating. Pliny claimed that Frankincense was an antidote to hemlock poisoning. Avicenna advocated its use for tumors, fevers, vomiting, and dysentary. Chinese herbalists use it in powder form and in teas for rheumatism and menstrual pain, and externally as a wash for sores and bruises. The dose is three to six grains in a glass of wine; or twenty drops of the tincture. Frankincense is highly antiseptic and the scent is said to calm and clear the mind.
Caution: Prolonged use of resins can damage the kidneys.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Oil – Blemishes; Dry and Mature Complexions; Scars; Wounds; Wrinkles; Asthma; Bronchitis; Colds; Coughs; Flu; Laryngitis; Cystitis; Anxiety; Nervous Tension; Stress-related Conditions. Frankincense has the ability to slow down, and deepen the breath.

Other Uses: Sacred to the Sun God Ra, frankincense is burned in rites of exorcism, purification, and protection. It is said to accelerate spiritual growth. Use for spirituality, exorcism, purification, luck and protection rites.


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Galangal


Galangal


Latin Name: alpinia officionalis or a. galanga
Alternative Name: low john the conquerer, chewing john, china root, colic root, east india catarrh root, galingal, gargaut, india root, kaempferia gaanga, rhizoma galangae, galanga, kæmpferia galange, siamese ginger.
Forms Available: essential oil

Galangal – alpinia officionalis or A. galanga – Also known as Low John the Conquerer or Siamese Ginger. Galangal has dark green, sword-shaped leaves, white flowers with pink veins, round red seed capsules, and a rhizomous rootstalk that smells of ginger and camphor. The rhizome has a spicy, gingerlike flavor used in Southeast Asia soups and curries. The young shoots and flowers are eaten raw and the flowers can be boiled or pickled. The rhizome yields an essential oil, essence d’Amali, used in perfumes.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Galangal is used as a treatment for seasickness. It is also used, with other herbs, to treat intestinal candida.

Other Uses: Use tincture for luck, money, protection, exorcism and psychic development. Ginger can be substituted.


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Gardenia


Gardenia


Latin Name: gardenia jasmenoides

Forms Available: Flower

Gardenia – gardenia jasmenoides – This evergreen shrub or small tree has exquisitely scented white double flowers and orange-red fruits, with glossy, dark green leaves.


Other Uses: Health, Healing; Love; Peace; Psychic Awareness; Spirituality. Place fresh blossoms in sick rooms or on healing altars to aid the process. Add dried petals to healing mixtures. Dried gardenia is scattered around a room to induce peaceful vibrations.


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Garlic Chives


Garlic Chives


Latin Name: allium tuberosum
Alternative Name: nira, gow chow, chinese chives
Forms Available: bulb, leaf, seed

Garlic Chives – allium tuberosum – A herb that tastes and smells like garlic. Garlic chives have been used to improve digestion, boost the immune system, treat fatigue and anemia, and to treat internal parasites. This is an anti- bacterial herb. It has been used to strengthen the kidneys and bladder.
This herb is used in cooking and makes an excellent moth repellent.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: An antibacterial herb, strengthens kidneys and bladder, boosts the immune system, improves digestion, and treats fatigue and anemia.


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