Swamp Milkweed


Swamp Milkweed


Latin Name: asclepias incarnata
Alternative Name: swamp silkweed, rose-colored silkweed, white indian hemp, incarnate swallowwort, flesh-colored asclepias.
Forms Available: root

Swamp Milkweed – asclepias incarnata – It is said that the tea can remove tapeworms from the body. A tea made from the root of the swamp milkweed has been used to treat asthma, worms, rheumatism and syphilis.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: It is said that the tea can remove tapeworms from the body. A tea made from the root of the swamp milkweed has been used to treat asthma, worms, rheumatism and syphilis.


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Sweet Cicely


Sweet Cicely


Latin Name: osmorhiza claytoni, myrrhis odorata
Alternative Name: smoother sweet cicely, cicely, anise fren, cow chervil, british myrrh, shepherd’s needle, sweet bracken, sweet chervil, woolly sweet-cicely, clayton’s sweetroot, hairy sweet-cicely
Forms Available: essential oil, root, leaf, seed

Sweet Cicely – osmorhiza claytoni, myrrhis odorata – This herb is expectorant, stomachic and carminative. It has been used to alleviate dry coughs by loosening and shifting phlegm. It is a stomach tonic, relieving flatulence, stimulating the appetite, and has laxative properties. The roots are antiseptic and have been applied, externally, to bites, stings and wounds.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Has been used to treat flatulence, coughs, as a general appetite tonic, and as a mild laxative.


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Sweet Gum


Sweet Gum


Latin Name: liquidambar styraciflua
Alternative Name: formosan gum, bilsted, copalm, gum wax
Forms Available: resin, bark, fruit, leaf, stem

Sweet Gum – liquidambar styraciflua – This plant has been used medicinally in the past. The leaves were used to treat growths, and the resin from the stems to treat boils, toothache and tuberculosis. The fruit was used to treat arthritis, rheumatism and to stimulate lactation.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The resin has been used to treat toothache, boils, tuberculosis. The fruit, to relieve arthritis and skin diseases.


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Sweet Majoram


Sweet Marjoram


Latin Name: origanum marjorana
Alternative Name: knotted marjoram, mayorana
Forms Available: essential oil, leaf, stem

Sweet Majoram – origanum marjorana – a herb akin to oregano. This is a well used culinary herb. The leaves can be eaten both raw and cooked and is used to flavor many main dishes. The seeds are used in candies, desserts, and drinks. Medicinally, sweet marjoram is a tonic for both the digestive and respiratory systems. It is used, internally, to treat tension headaches, anxiety, insomnia, bronchial issues and digestive issues. It both encourages menstruation and eases the pain of menstruation.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used to relieve indigestion, headaches, asthma, bronchitis, painful menstruation. It also promotes menstruation.


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Sweet Woodruff


Sweet Woodruff


Latin Name: galium odorata, galium odoratum, asperula odorata
Alternative Name: woodruff, woodward, waldmeister, master of the woods, sweet grass
Forms Available: leaf

Sweet Woodruff – galium odorata – The leaf of the sweet woodruff can be eaten raw or cooked. In Germany, in the spring, the leaves are soaked in white wine and drank, as a tonic, to herald the season. Medicinally, this herb is used by the pharmaceutical companies of today in the manufacture of anticoagulant drugs – the plant contains coumarins which prevent blood from clotting. This plant has been used to treat wounds and cuts externally, and it has been used as a digestive tonic, a diuretic and an anti-inflammatory when taken internally.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Treats wounds and cuts externally. Internally, sweet woodruff is a digestive tonic, a diuretic and an anti-inflammatory. The plant is used by pharmaceutical companies for the coumarins it contains – anticoagulants.


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Sycamore


Sycamore


Latin Name: platanus occidentalis
Alternative Name: buttonwood, button treee, platano, american sycamore
Forms Available: bark

Sycamore – platanus occidentalis – The bark of this tree has been used to treat a variety of ailments: In a tea, it has been used has been used as a blood tonic, and to treat coughs, pulmonary ailments, colds, and dysentery. In an infusion, mixed with other herbs, it has been gargled to relieve a sore throat. In a wash it has soothed rhematism and treated sores.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The bark, in a tea, has been used as a blood tonic, and to treat coughs, pulmonary ailments, colds, and dysentery. Externally, as a wash, it has been used to relieve rheumatism and to treat sores.


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Tagetes

Tagetes

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Latin Name: tagetes glandulifera

Forms Available: essential oil

Tagetes – tagetes glandulifera – Not to be confused with pot marigold or Calendula officinalis. Its scent has been used as a deterrent to house flies. The oil has a minty, sweetish, fruity odor and is a well-known fungicide and antiparasitic. Kills roundworms in the gut. Also indicated for athlete’s foot and ringworm. Not to be used on pregnant women and children, considered a neurotoxic and abortive. Excessive skin use is discouraged as it can cause serious photosensitivity; do not use prior to exposure to simulated or natural sunlight. This oil is extremely difficult to work with, for the penetrating aroma has the curious property of becoming stronger when combined with other essences. It may be acceptable when blended with orange, lemon or lavender. Tagetes should be used in concentrations of less than 0.5%. Do not use during pregnancy.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: well-known fungicide and antiparasitic. Kills roundworms in the gut. Also indicated for athlete’s foot and ringworm. Not to be used on pregnant women and children, considered a neurotoxic and abortive. Excessive skin use is discouraged.


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Tangerine

Tangerine

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Latin Name: citrus reticulata

Forms Available: essential oil, fruit

Tangerine – citrus reticulata – Warm, citrus, sweet and tangy aroma. It is antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative and stomachic. Could be phototoxic; care should be taken not to expose the skin to strong sunlight after treatment. Has an almost hypnotic effect on the mind. May be helpful with stress and tension due to its soothing action on the nervous system. Assists with gastric complaints, such as flatulence, diarrhea and constipation. Stimulates flow of bile which helps to digest fats. It is a popular addition to a massage oil during pregnancy, helping to reduce stretch marks, reducing fluid retention and stimulating circulation. Could help smooth out stretch marks, particularly when blended with lavender and neroli. Can be used in massage oils for acne. Blends well with basil, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, neroli, orange and rose.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: May be helpful with stress and tension due to its soothing action on the nervous system. Assists with gastric complaints, such as flatulence, diarrhea and constipation. Stimulates flow of bile which helps to digest fats.


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Tarragon, French

Tarragon, French

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Latin Name: artemisia dracunculus
Alternative Name: tarragon, estragon, dragon’s wormwood, little dragon, mugwort
Forms Available: essential oil, leaf, root

French Tarragon – artemisia dracunculus – A digestive stimulant, in fact – the leaves are a commonly used herb in cooking. Tarragon is also a menses stimulant, sleep aid, and tooth ache relief herb. An infusion of the leaves treats indigestion and flatulence. Applied to a poultice, tarragon can also relieve arthritis, rheumatism and gout. Tarragon is also an insect repellent.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A digestive stimulant, relieves indigestion, soothes toothache, stimulate menses, relieves rheumatism.


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Tea Tree

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Latin Name: melaleuca alternifolia
Alternative Name: melaleuca
Forms Available: essential oil

Tea Tree – telaleuca alternifolia – Tea tree oil has huge healing potential. It is a powerful antiseptic and immunostimulant, active against bacteria, viruses, and fungi such as athlete’s foot and thrush. It helps treat colds, flu, lesions, warts and acne. Tea Tree is the best remedy for yeast infections!

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Abscesses; Acne; Athlete’s Foot; Blisters; Burns; Bruises; Chicken Pox Rash; Cold Sores; Dandruff; Herpes; Insect Bites; Oily Skin; Spots. Key Qualities: Penetrating; Medicinal; Stimulating; Refreshing.


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