Blackthorn


Blackthorn


Latin Name: prunus spinosa
Alternative Name: sloe, mother of the wood, wishing thorn
Forms Available: leaf, twig, fruit

Blackthorn – prunus spinosa – Also know as Sloe, Mother of the Wood, or Wishing Thorn. This tree has small, serrated, oval leaves on dark, thorny branches with purple blooms and black fruit. The leaves yield a mouthwash. The astringent fruits make Sloe gin. Traditionally, the wood was used to make clubs.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Has been used for fever reduction. Also has expectorant properties.

Other Uses: Returns evil to sender. The thorns are used for sticking into black figure candles or poppets of enemies that will not leave you alone. Hung over doorways or carried, the sloe wards off evil and calamity, banishes demons and negative vibrations.


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Bloodroot


Bloodroot


Latin Name: sanguinaria canadensis
Alternative Name: indian paint, red root, sanguinaria
Forms Available: root

Bloodroot – sanguinaria canadensis – the products from this plant are very caustic, they destroy tissue. Externally this plant has been used to ‘burn’ away surface cancers and growths. It has also been used as an emetic, expectorant, and laxative. Internally, it is mainly used in the making of expectorants which loosen phlegm in the throat and respiratory tract. American Indians used to use this in red face paint,, hence the alternative name “indian paint”.
Caution: avoid when pregnant or breastfeeding.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Externally this plant has been used to ‘burn’ away surface cancers and growths. It has also been used as an emetic, expectorant, and laxative. Interally, mainly used in the making of expectorants which loosen phlegm in the throat and respiratory tract.


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Blue Cohosh


Blue Cohosh


Latin Name: caulophyllum thalictroides
Alternative Name: papoose root, squaw root, beechdrops
Forms Available: root, seed, extract

Blue Cohosh – caulophyllum thalictroides – this herb has been used, through history, in treating women. It stimulates the uterus into labor for the delivery of a child whilst easing the pain. It also can promote menstruation and ease cramps. It is also a cleanser, it acts as a diuretic, raises respiration, elevates blood pressure and promotes sweating.
The seed, roasted, is a coffee substitute.
Caution: This plant should not be used by pregnant women until delivery time as it can induce miscarraige. It should, also, not be prescribed for people with hypertension or heart problems.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: stimulates the uterus into labor for the delivery of a child whilst easing the pain. It also can promote menstruation and ease cramps.


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Blue Flag


Blue Flag


Latin Name: iris versicolor
Alternative Name: blue iris, fleur-de-lis, iris, snake lily, water flag, wild iris
Forms Available: rhizome

Blue Flag – iris versicolor – This herb is a detoxifyer, increasing urine and bile while acting as a laxative also. It is also used to relieve acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It stimulates the lymphatic and circulatory systems. This herb also acts as an emetic. Blue flag has also been used, externally, on wounds and rheumatic joints.
Caution: do not take this herb if you are pregnant

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: This herb is a detoxifyer, increasing urine and bile while acting as a laxative also.


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Blue Vervain


Blue Vervain


Latin Name: verbena simplex, verben hastata
Alternative Name: indian hyssop, simpler’s joy, traveler’s joy, vervain
Forms Available: tea, seed

Blue Vervain – verbena hastata – An expectorant, loosens phlegm. Cleanses body by promoting sweat and acting as a diuretic. A natural tranquilizer.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: An expectorant, loosens phlegm. Cleanses body by promoting sweat and acting as a diuretic. A natural tranquilizer.


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Blueberry


Blueberry


Latin Name: vaccinium angustifolium, vaccinium corymbosum vaccinium sp.
Alternative Name: american blueberry
Forms Available: berry, extract

Blueberry – vaccinium sp. – This fruit seems to absorb free radicals, interferes with carcinagens, cleanses the blood, aids blood sugar levels in diabetes type 2, eases eyestrain, reduces bad cholesterol and, perhaps, reduces occurrence of urinary tract infections. Blueberries also show promise in treating alzheimer’s and other age related mental acuity issues.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: This fruit seems to absorb free radicals, interferes with carcinagens, cleanses the blood, aids blood sugar levels in diabetes type 2, eases eyestrain, reduces bad cholesterol and, perhaps, reduces occurrence of urinary tract infections.


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Boneset


Boneset


Latin Name: eupatorium perfloiatum
Alternative Name: sweating plant, feverwort, crosswort, agueweed, indian sage, hempweed, tse lan
Forms Available: leaf, flower

Boneset – eupatorium perfoliatum – Relieves flu symptoms, induces sweat, relieves arthritis, relieves constipation, diuretic and appetite stimulant. Boneset was used, in the pre aspirin days, for relieving coughs, colds, flu, and upper respiratory tract congestion – the decongestant quality of boneset loosens the phlegm and the sweat making properties increases perspiration and lowers fevers.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Relieves flu symptoms, induces sweat, relieves arthritis, relieves constipation, diuretic and appetite stimulant.


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Borage


Borage


Latin Name: borago officinalis
Alternative Name: bugloss, burrage, herb of gladness, bee bread
Forms Available: oil, flower, leaf, stem, seed

Borage – borago officinalis – The flowers decorate salads and cakes and are frozen in ice cubes. The cooling, mineral-rich leaves flavor drinks, dips, and salt-free diets. A leaf and flower infusion is an adrenaline tonic taken for stress, depression, or cortisone and steroid treatment. It reduces fevers, dry coughs, and dry skin rashes.
Borage Oil is clear and slightloy thick with very little odor. It contains an abundance of gamma linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that the body uses to manufacture prostaglandins–hormone like substances that balance and regulate cellular activity. It reduces the aging process of the skin and reverses damage from ultraviolet rays. This oil is used to treat PMS, endometriosis, and menopausal discomforts, as well as for psoriasis and eczema.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Soothes mucous membranes relieving sore throats. Boosts spirit, eases arthritis and rheumatism.

Other Uses: Tea aids psychic power. Carry the leaves for protection. Carry the fresh blossoms to strengthen your courage. Use in money and business spells.


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Briar Rose


Briar Rose


Latin Name: rosa rubiginosa
Alternative Name: wild rose, hip, old garden rose
Forms Available: flower, fruit

Briar Rose – rosa rubiginosa – Also known as Wild Rose, Sweet Briar, Hop Fruit, or Briar. Regular scented roses may be substituted. See also ROSE.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Anxiety; Depression; Circulatory Problems; menopausal Problems; as an Antiseptic and Tonic; Menstrual Disorders; Stress; Tension; as a Sedative.

Other Uses: For clairvoyant dreams, steep two teaspoons fresh or dried rose petals in one cup of boiling water. Cover and let stand five minutes. Drink at bedtime. Burn the petals with love incense to strengthen love spells.


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