Orange, Sweet

Orange, Sweet

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Latin Name: citrus sinensis
Alternative Name: citrus vulgaris, citrus bigaradia, citrus aurantium amara, bigaradier, gigarade orange, bitter orange, seville orange, portugal orange, china oange, citrus dulcis, love fruit
Forms Available: essential oil, peel

Orange, Sweet – citrus sinensis – Sweet Orange essential oil has a sweet citrus fragrance and is orange in color. It is antidepressant and calming, refreshes the air and dissipates cooking odors. It is also a good grease cutter and is very useful in removing gooey residues, such as price labels from glass products and glass picture frames. Always test a small area as the orange color may discolor certain finishes. As with all cold pressed citrus essential oils, there’s a chance of phototoxicity on skin exposed to the sun. Blends well with cinnamon, coriander, clove, frankincense, jasmine, and lavender.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Dull and oily complexions; Obesity; Palpitations; Water Retention; Bronchitis; Chills; Colds; Flu; Constipation; Dyspepsia; Spasm; Nervous Tension; Stress-Related Conditions; Used to treat Mouth Ulcers. Key Qualities: Tonic; Refreshing; Warming.

Other Uses: Use Peels in incense for love, good fortune, divination, balance, healing, harmony, peace, money and riches, Psychic awareness, Luck. A highly Solar scent, add essential oil to purification blends.


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Oregano

Oregano

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Latin Name: origanum vulgare

Forms Available: essential oil, leaf, ground

Oregano – origanum vulgare – Herby, woody, yet slightly spicy. This oil is an excellent disinfectant and stomachic. A very potent oil which could irritate the mucous membranes and should never be applied directly to the skin or mucous membranes. Best avoided in pregnancy. Its main effect seems to be on the digestive system, soothing the stomach, liver and spleen. Calms intestinal spasm. May combat acidity, stomach gas and encourage appetite. Blends well with basil, fennel, geranium and pine.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A very potent oil which could irritate the mucous membranes and should never be applied directly to the skin or mucous membranes. Best avoided in pregnancy. Its main effect seems to be on the digestive system, soothing the stomach, liver and spleen.


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Oregon Grape


Oregon Grape


Latin Name: mohonia aquifolium, mahonia nervosa, berberis aquifolium
Alternative Name: mountain grape, oregon grape, ot-to-gue
Forms Available: root

Oregon Grape – mahonia aquifolium, mahonia nervosa, berberis aquifolium – the state flower of Oregon, USA. The root of this herb is a much used digestive tonic. It has been used by Native American Indians throughout the ages. Internally, as a digestive tonic, it stimulates the gallbladder, relieves gastritis, and cleanses the blood. Externally, because of the antibacterial properties of the oregon grape, it is used to treat psoriasis, boils, eczema, acne, rashes and other skin problems.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Stimulates the gallbladder, corrects liver secretions, purifies blood, cleanses liver. A digestive tonic. Also, applied externally, this herb treats psoriasis, acne, eczema, boils and other skin problems.


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Orpine


Orpine


Latin Name: sedum telephium, sedum purpureum
Alternative Name: live forever, live long, midsummer men, stonecrop, evergreen, frog plant, witches’-moneybags
Forms Available: root, leaf, flower

Orpine – sedum telephium – The root of this perennial plant can be cooked and eaten, the leaves eaten raw. Orpine is an astringent, anti-inflammatory and cytostatic herb. It has been used to stimulate the kidneys and treat diarrhoea. It has also been used to treat cancer. The leaves, in a poultice, relieve boils, burns, and inflammations.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Astringent, Anti-inflammatory and Cytostatic. Stimulates kidneys and treats diarrhoea. Has been used to treat cancer. Leaves, in a poultice, relieve boils, burns, inflammations.

Other Uses: Has been gathered on Midsummer’s Eve in the determination of the future of a relationship – along side of each other, if two leaves fell toward one and other, then it was true love.


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Orris Root


Orris Root


Latin Name: Iris germanica var.florentina
Alternative Name: florentine iris, queen elizabeth root
Forms Available: powder, root

Orris Root – iris germanica var.florentina – Orris root has a stout rhizome, swordlike leaves, and large, scented flowers in early summer that range in color from pale blue to white.


Other Uses: The orris root has long been used to find and hold love. The whole orris root is carried, the powder is added to sachets, sprinkled on sheets, clothing and the body , and around the house. Orris root powder is sometimes known as “Love Drawing Powder”


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Palm Kernel Oil


Palm Kernel Oil


Latin Name: elaeis guineensis

Forms Available: oil

Palm Kernel Oil – elaeis guineensis – This oil is obtained from the kernels, taken from the cracked nuts of the palm. This oil contains large proportions of lauric acid, its chemical composition is quite different from that of palm oil, and is used chiefly for soap making. Palm kernel oil is a lauric type, similar to coconut oil and produces hard soaps that lather well in all kinds of water. Soaps made with palm kernel oil are white, very hard, and lather beautifully; 10-30% is plenty when combined with other vegetable oils. This small percentage also keeps the final bars from developing an odor characteristic of the palm kernel oil. Like coconut oil, palm kernel can have a drying effect when used in excess, yet is moisturizing when used in moderation.


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Palm Oil


Palm Oil


Latin Name: elaeis guinnesis

Forms Available: oil

Palm Oil – elaeis guinnesis – Palm oil is produced from the pulp or flesh of the fruit of the oil palm. Palm oil contains an equal proportion of unsaturated acids, containing about 40% oleic acids i.e. monounsaturated, 44% palmitic acids and oleic acids, which are also the major fatty acids produced by the body. It is a natural source of Vitamin E, the tocopherols, and tocotrienols and is also a very rich source of beta-carotene, an important source of Vitamin A. Palm oil is physically and chemically different from either palm kernel or coconut oil and should not be considered similar to these oils. Palm oil also contains a much higher proportion of palmitic acids than other fats and oils. Palm oil is frequently confused with palm kernel oil, which is highly saturated. In contrast, palm oil contains a balance of polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and saturated fatty acids. In addition, palm oil contains essential substances such as linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid which the body cannot manufacture), tocopherols and tocotrienols, which act as natural anti-oxidants against damaging free-radicals. Like other vegetable fats, palm oil is free from cholesterol. Because palm oil is solid at room temperature there is no need to use hydrogenation, a technique which hardens liquid oil but also produces damaging trans fatty acids and raises cholesterol levels in the process. Human feeding studies have shown that palm oil does not ordinarily raise blood cholesterol levels and in some cases has been found to lower harmful LDL-cholesterol.
Palm oil makes a nice hard bar when used in combination with other oils such as coconut and olive oil. It is less water soluble and resists melting; it saponifies easily and pulls other oils into saponification quicker. It is also known as vegetable tallow and adds firmness to bar soaps, giving a pale white-yellow color. Palm oil will speed up the soapmaking process. Because the palm oil mixture is more reactive, you must add the essential oils and the nutrients swiftly or the soap will begin to set prematurely.


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Palmarosa

Palmarosa

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Latin Name: cymbopogon martinii

Forms Available: essential oil

Palmarosa – cymbopogon martinii – Powdery, floral, herbaceous, perhaps with a hint of rose. It is antifungal and antiviral. Indicated for bronchitis, birthing, regeneration of the skin, and regulating oil production of the skin. Useful in treating skin infections. Blends well with bergamot, citronella, jasmine, lavender, petitgrain and rose.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: It is antifungal and antiviral. Indicated for bronchitis, birthing, regeneration of the skin, and regulating oil production of the skin. Useful in treating skin infections. Blends well with bergamot, citronella, jasmine, lavender, petitgrain and rose.


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Parsley

Parsley

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Latin Name: petroselinum sativum, petroselinum crispum
Alternative Name: devil’s oatmeal, percely, persil, petersilie, petroselinum, roc parsley
Forms Available: essential oil, root, leaf, seed

Parsley – petroselinum sativum also crispum – Parsley is a taprooted biennial with solid stems, triangular, toothed and curled leaves divided into three segments, umbels of tiny cream summer flowers, and aromatic “seeds”. Grown near roses, it improves their health and scent. Leaf infusions are a tonic for hair, skin and eyes. The leaves, root, and seeds are diuretic, scavenge skin-aging free radicals, and reduce the release of histamine. The second-year roots, the leaf, and the seed are used. Parsley is diuretic and helpful for gravel and stone as well as for edema, jaundice, and kidney problems. The root is the most powerful part. The oil of the seed, five to fifteen drops, has been used to bring on menstruation. The seed, when decocted, has been used for intermittant fevers. Steep one teaspoon of leaf per cup for twenty minutes or simmer one teaspoon of the root or seed for twenty minutes. The dose is one-fourth cup, four times a day. Parsley leaves, with violet leaf and figwort herb when possible, are used in poultices for cancer. A parsley poultice will help insect bites, stings, and sore eyes. Parsley tea is used for asthma and coughs.
CAUTION: Persons with weak kidneys should avoid this herb.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Accumulation of toxins; Arthritis; Broken Blood vessels; Cellulitis; Rheumatism; Sciatica; Colic; Flatulence; Indigestion; Hemorrhoids; Amenorrhea; Dysmenorrhea; To aid Labor; Cystitis; Urinary Infection. Key Qualities: Refreshing; Stimulating; Warming.

Other Uses: Parsley was used in funeral rites by the Greeks; it was held sacred to Persephone. It was wound into funeral wreaths and used to decorate tombs. It is also placed on plates of food to guard it from contamination. Parsley is used in purification baths.


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