Joe Pye Weed


Joe Pye Weed


Latin Name: eupatorium fistulosum, eupatorium purpureum
Alternative Name: gravel root, queen of the meadow, trumpet-weed
Forms Available: root, rhizome, leaf

Joe Pye Weed – eupatorium fistulosum – A genito-urinary tract herb – prevents and relieves kidney stones, relieves cystitis, prostrate enlargement, and urethritis. A diuretic and cleanser, relieving gout and rheumatism by improving the kidney function.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A genito-urinary tract herb – prevents kidney stones, relieves cystitis, prostrate enlargement, urethritis. A diuretic and cleanser, relieving gout and rheumatism.


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Jojoba

Jojoba

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Latin Name: simmondsia chinensis

Forms Available: oil

Jojoba – Simmondsia chinensis – Jojoba organic is very similar in composition to human natural skin oils. It penetrates the skin rapidly to nourish it; also softens and moisturizes mature and dry skin. Jojoba helps to heal inflamed skin conditions such as psoriasis or any form of dermatitis, helps control acne and oily scalps. Since it has antioxidant properties, it can keep other oils from going rancid. Jojoba is gentle enough for newborn babies; soothes and restores elasticity to any dry skin area. It’s very good in cases of psoriasis, for massage and aromatherapy, scalp and hair care, and for hands and cuticles. For shaving legs and faces, just moisten the skin and massage a generous amount of our pure jojoba deeply into the area to be shaved, then rinse your razor with hot water.

 


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Juniper

Juniper

Latin Name: juniperus communis
Alternative Name: enegro, gemeiner wachholder, geneva, gin berry, ginepro, gin plant.
Forms Available: essential oil, berry, twig

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Juniper – juniperus communis – A Druid sacred tree, Juniper is an evergreen tree or shrub with needle-like leaves in threes and berrylike cones that ripen to blue-black in their second or third year.
Primarily a diuretic, the berries help digestive problems, gastrointestinal inflammations, and rheumatism. The berries are taken as a tea -simmer two teaspoons per cup of water for ten minutes; take up to one cup four times a day, or taken as jam or syrup in water, mild, or herb tea. The dry berries can be chewed; three a day is sufficient.

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Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Acne; Dermatitis; Eczema; Hair Loss; Hemorrhoids; Wounds; Tonic for Oily Complexions; Accumulation of Toxins. Key Qualities: Aphrodisiac; Purifying; Clearing; Depurative; Nerve Tonic; Reviving; Protective; Restorative.

Other Uses: Probably one of the earliest incenses used by Mediterranean Witches. Its berries were used with thyme in Druid and grove incenses for visions. Juniper grown by the door discourages thieves. The mature berries can be strung in the house to attract love.

Thought for the day:

The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit. – By Moliere

Suggested Reading:

  1. Vibrational Healing: Revealing the Essence of Nature through Aromatherapy and Essential Oils by Deborah Eidson
  2. Ayurvedic Remedies- For the Whole Family by Light Miller
  3. Essential Oils for Weight Loss: Easy Ways to Supercharge your Weight Loss Success with Essential Oils by Isla Burroughs
  4. Herbs for Detoxification by C.J. Puotinen

Reference Links:

  1. Juniper Berry by Wikipedia
  2. Antibacterial and antifungal activity of juniper berry oil and its selected components by Natalia Filipowicz, Marcin Kamiński, Julianna Kurlenda, Monika Asztemborska and J. Renata Ochocka, published in Phytotherapy research
  3. Health benefits of Juniper essential oil by Organic Facts
  4. Ayurvedic Remedies: For The Whole Family, by Light Miller
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Katrafay


Katrafay


Latin Name: cedrolopsis grevei baill
Alternative Name: katrafy
Forms Available: essential oil

Katrafay – cedrolopsis grevei baill – organic, steam-distilled bark, Madagascar, a/k/a Katrafy. This oil is considered anti-inflammatory. Blends well with lavender, tea tree, and rosemary. Its color is pale yellow and it is considered a “middle” note. It’s used for fatigue, rheumatism, arthritis, headaches, sciatica and muscular pains. Avoid during pregnancy. Blends well with Lavender, Tea Tree, Rosemary and Clary Sage.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: It’s used for fatigue, rheumatism, arthritis, headaches, sciatica and muscular pains. Avoid during pregnancy. Blends well with Lavender, Tea Tree, Rosemary and Clary Sage.


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Kudzu


Kudzu


Latin Name: pueraia lobata
Alternative Name: ge-gen
Forms Available: root

Kudzu – pueraia lobata – The root of this plant is used in Chinese medicine. It is used in the treatment of measles, and alcohol abuse. It is also used to relieve aches and pains in the upper body when accompanied by fever, cold or flu. Kudzu has tonic properties which help the body replenish fluids which is a valuable property to any of the previously mentioned conditions.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used for upper body muscle pains, particularly when accompanied by colds, fevers or chills. Also used as a treatment for measles and alcohol abuse.


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Kukui Nut Oil


Kukui Nut Oil


Latin Name: aleurites moluccana

Forms Available: oil

Kukui Nut Oil – aleurites moluccana – Kukui nut oil, brought to Hawaii by early Polynesian settlers, is quickly absorbed into the skin. Kukui nut oil is high in linoleic and linolenic essential fatty acids. Excellent for skin conditioning after sun exposure, as well as for acne, eczema, psoriasis, hemorrhoids, dry/wrinkled skin and offers good protection for outdoor sports. It offers just the right amount of lubrication without leaving a greasy feeling. Excellent for chapped skin and may prevent scarring. Use in a 10%-15% dilution. For soapmaking, even 1-2/3 tablespoons added to 5 lbs. of soap just before incorporating the essential oils adds richness to the soap. A higher percentage, 10-20% of the total fats and oils, makes an outstanding soap.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Kukui nut oil is high in linoleic and linolenic essential fatty acids. Excellent for skin conditioning after sun exposure, as well as for acne, eczema, psoriasis, hemorrhoids, dry/wrinkled skin and offers good protection for outdoor sports.


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Lady Slipper


Lady Slipper


Latin Name: cypriedium acaule
Alternative Name: nerveroot, lady’s slipper, moccasin flower, american valerian
Forms Available: root

Lady Slipper – cypriedium acaule – Used to treat anxiety, depression, menopausal emotional imbalances, and nervous tension. A tranquilizer and mood uplifter. This herb has been particularly used to calm the mind for sleep.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used to treat anxiety, depression, menopausal emotional imbalances.


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Lantana Camara


Lantana Camara


Latin Name: lantana camara
Alternative Name: red sage, yellow sage, shrub verbena
Forms Available: essential oil

Lantana Camara – It is known to be anti-catarrh, antiviral, antitumor, cicatrizant, emmenagogue, mucolytic. Skin: wounds, cuts, ulcers -avoid use on sensitive skin. It may help with bronchitis and asthma as well as with viral infections. Stimulates liver and gallbladder. Best avoided in pregnancy due to large ketone percentage.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: It is known to be anti-catarrh, antiviral, antitumor, cicatrizant, emmenagogue, mucolytic. Skin: wounds, ulcers -avoid use on sensitive skin. It may help with bronchitis and asthma as well as with viral infections. Stimulates liver and gall bladder.


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Lavender, Spanish


Lavender, Spanish


Latin Name: lavendula staechas

Forms Available: see lavender

Lavender, Spanish – lavendula staechas – see lavender

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Abscess; Acne; Allergies; Athlete’s Foot; Boils; Bruises; Burns; Dermatitis; Eczema; Inflammation; Insect Bites. Key Qualities: Soothing; Sedative; Antidepressant; Calming; Relaxing; Balancing; Restorative; Cephalic; Appeasing; Cleansing; Purifying.


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Lavender

Lavender

Latin Name: lavandula. lavendula officinalis
Alternative Name: elf leaf, nard, nardus, spike.
Forms Available: essential oil, absolute, bud, powder, flower

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The Lavender plant grows to about one meter in height and produces long thin purple- blue flowers. The entire plant is covered with oil glands, which are in the star shaped hairs that cover the plant. Lavender has been used since ancient times, and the Romans added lavender to their bath water, hence the name from the Latin lavare, ‘to wash’.

Indigenous to the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean areas, Lavender is also grown throughout the world including the United States, Australia, Southern Europe, France, India and other parts of Asia.

Lavender and Lavender essential oil have roots deeply vested in the historic healing of human beings.  For more than 2500 years, Lavender has been used for therapeutic, culinary and beauty benefits in the cosmetic and personal hygiene industry.

Lavender – lavandula spp. – There are 28 species of these aromatic, evergreen, shrubby, perennials, all with small, linear leaves and spikes of fragrant, usually purple or blue, two-lipped flowers. Aromatic oil glands cover all aerial parts of the plants but are most concentrated in the flowers. The flowers flavor jams, vinegar, sweets, cream, and Provençal stews, and are crystallized for decoration. Dried flowers add long-lasting fragrance to sachets and potpourri. Flower water is a skin toner useful for speeding cell renewal and is an antiseptic for acne. Flower tea treats anxiety, headaches, flatulence, nausea, dizziness, and halitosis.

The essential oil is a highly valued perfume and healer. It is antiseptic, mildly sedative, and painkilling. It is applied to insect bites, and treats burns, sore throats and headaches. Queen Elizabeth I is said to have consumed up to 10 cups of lavender water a day to relieve migraines.

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The oil is used for intestinal gas, migraine, and dizziness. Being antiseptic, lavender is added to healing salves. A tea of the leaf allays nausea and vomiting. Use two teaspoons per cup of water and steep for twenty minutes. The dose is one-fourth cup four times a day. Steep lavender blossoms in white wine and strain to make a natural antidepressant beverage. Lavender and rose petal vinagar is applied to the temples and brow to ease headache. Lavender oil is added to footbaths, eases toothaches and sprains, and is used as a rub for hysteria and palsy.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Abscess; Acne; Allergies; Athlete’s Foot; Boils; Bruises; Burns; Dermatitis; Eczema; Inflammation; Insect Bites. Key Qualities: Soothing; Sedative; Antidepressant; Calming; Relaxing; Balancing; Restorative; Cephalic; Appeasing; Cleansing; Purifying.

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Other Uses: Lavender is strewn into bonfires at Midsummer as an offering to the Gods and Goddesses. An ingredient of love spells, its scent is said to attract men. Lavender in the home brings peace, joy and healing. The essential oil is included in health and love.

Thought for the day:

                      Come forth into the light of things, let Nature be your teacher. -by William Wordsworth

Suggested reading:

  1. Lovely Lavender: The Many Applications and Uses of Lavender Essential Oil (Essential Oils and Aromatherapy) by Rashelle Johnson
  2. Lavender Oil: The New Guide to Nature’s Most Versatile Remedy by Julia Lawless
  3. The Magic and Power of Lavender: The Secret of the Blue Flower, It’s Fragrance and Practical Application in Health Care and Cosmetics by Maggie Tisserand, Monika Junemann
  4. Lavender: Nature’s Way to Relaxation and Health by Philippa Waring
  5. HEALING POWERS OF LAVENDER Pure Essential Oil – The Universal Healer (The Aromatherapy Professional: Healing with Essential Oils) by KG Stiles

Reference Links:

  1. Lavender by University of Maryland Medical Center
  2. Pharmaco-physio-psychologic effect of Ayurvedic oil-dripping treatment using an essential oil from Lavendula angustifolia PubMed.gov
  3. Lavender: An Ayurvedic View by Gurukula Blog
  4. Chemical Composition of Lavender Essential Oil and its Antioxidant Activity and inhibition against rhinitis-related bacteria by Lu Hui, Li He, Lu Huan, Li XiaoLan and Zhou AiGuo published in the African Journal of Microbiology Research
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