Loosestrife


Loosestrife


Latin Name: lythrum salicaria
Alternative Name: blooming sally, lythrum, partyke, purple willow herb, rainbow weed, sage willow, salicaire
Forms Available: leaf, flower, stem

Loosetrife – lythrum salicaria – Purple Loosestrife has a creeping rootstock, angled stems with lance-shaped leaves, and spikes of purple-red flowers. The leaves are eaten as an emergency vegetable and fermented into a mild alcohol. The flowering plant is an intestinal disinfectant, treating diarrhea and food poisoning. It acts as a typhus antibiotic, a sore throat gargle, and is given for fever and liver problems.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The flowering plant is an intestinal disinfectant, treating diarrhea and food poisoning. It acts as a typhus antibiotic, a sore throat gargle, and is given for fever and liver problems.

Other Uses: Placed in the corners of each room, this herb restores harmony and brings peace. Give as a gift to bring about an accord.


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Lotus


Lotus


Latin Name: nelumbo nucifera, nymphaea lotus
Alternative Name: sacred lotus
Forms Available: leaf, node of the root, bud, seed

Lotus – nelumbo nucifera, nymphaea lotus – This aquatic herb’s waxy leaves rise high above the water its long-stalked fragrant flowers open at dawn and close at sunset. Lotus stalks, leaves, petals, seeds and rhizome are all eaten. The flowers are a religious offering in many cultures and are planted for devotional reasons.
The leaf of nelumbo nucifera is used for fever, sweating, irritability, dysentery, diarrhea, and scanty urine. It is a styptic -stops bleeding- and has been used to antidote alcohol and mushroom poisoning. It affects the liver, heart, and spleen energies. The nodes of the root are used to stop bleeding and to break down blood clots. All types of internal bleeding are affected. The plumule -bud- affects the heart, kidney, and spleen. It is used to calm mental agitation and worry, relieve insomnia, and lower fevers. The seed affects the kidney, heart, and spleen. It is used for agitation, insomnia, palpitations, dry mouth, dark urine, and chronic diarrhea. It strengthens the heart and kidneys.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The leaf of Nelumbo nucifera is used for fever, sweating, irritability, dysentery, diarrhea, and scanty urine. The nodes of the root are used to stop bleeding and to break down blood clots.

Other Uses: Lotus is an all-purpose spiritual elixer. Burned as incense, it encourages the dead to seek their highest possible reincarnation. It reminds the living of their inner sanctity and divinity. Anyone who breathes the scent will receive its protection.


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Lungwort


Lungwort


Latin Name: pulmonaria saccharata, pulmonaria officinalis
Alternative Name: jerusalem sage, bethlehem sage
Forms Available: leaf

Lungwort – pulmonaria saccharata, pulmonaria officinalis – Perennial evergreen native to Europe and Turkey. Used for lung problems such as bronchitis, laryngitis, coughs, congestion – reduces bronchial congestion. Has demulcent propterties, soothes sore throats.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used for lung problems such as bronchitis, laryngitis, coughs, congestion. Soothes sore throats.


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Macadamia Oil


Macadamia Oil


Latin Name: macadamia integrifolia

Forms Available: oil

Macadamia Oil – macadamia integrifolia – This tree is native to Australia. Also known as Queensland nut oil, this cold pressed oil is high in palmitoleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that acts as an antioxidant, preventing deterioration of cell membranes. For mature skin it is hydrating and gentle. It is a skin lubricant and is easily absorbed by the skin, sometimes described as a “”””vanishing oil.”””” Helpful in cases of sunburn and wound healing. This oil has a long shelf life and good resistance to rancidity. It also has a mild laxative action. Macadamia nut oil contains about 80% monounsaturated fatty acids and a higher percentage of palmitoleic acid than other vegetable oils. Palmitoleic acid does not occur in any other plant oil.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Helpful in cases of sunburn and wound healing. For mature skin it is hydrating and gentle. It is a skin lubricant and is easily absorbed by the skin


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Mace

Mace

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Latin Name: myristica fragrans
Alternative Name: arillus myristicæ, myristica officinalis, myristica moschata, macis, muscadier
Forms Available: seed

Mace – Myristica fragrans – This bushy evergreen has scented leaves and tiny yellow flowers. The fruits hold the seed, known as nutmeg, and its aril, a red, lacy shell coating -mace. Nutmeg and Mace are culinary spices used in sweet and savory dishes in a variety of cuisines. Nutmeg increases the intoxicating and soporific effect of alcoholic drinks and is claimed to be an aphrodisiac. It is prescribed for flatulence and nausea. The essential oil is added to perfumes, soaps, hair oils, tobacco, and fumigants. The nuts yield an oil, nutmeg butter, used in skin creams. Large doses of nutmeg are toxic, because of the presence of the hallucinogen myristicin.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Indigestion; General Weakness; Bacterial Infections; Gout; Rheumatism; Arthritis; As an aid to Circulation.

Other Uses: Burn to increase psychic power, or for creative work. Carry to improve the intellect.


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Mad Dog Skullcap


Mad Dog Skullcap


Latin Name: scutellaria lateriflora
Alternative Name: scullcap, virginia skullcap, madweed, blue pimpernel, helmet flower, hoodwort, blue skullcap
Forms Available: leaf, root

Mad Dog Skullcap – scutellaria lateriflora – This herb was used by Native American Indians in female remedies: it aided in the expulsion of afterbirth, stimulated menstruation and eased breast pain. It is still used by todays herbalists as a nerve tonic. It is used on its own or in conjunction with other sedating herbs. Skullcap is used to treat insomnia, anxiety, neuralgia, and epilepsy.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A tonic for the nervous system. Used to treat insomnia, anxiety, neuralgia, epilepsy. Often mixed with other sedative herbs. Used to treat withdrawal from tranquilizers and anti-depressants.


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Magnolia


Magnolia


Latin Name: magnolia virginiana
Alternative Name: sweetbay, laurel magnolia
Forms Available: leaf, bark

Magnolia – magnolia virginiana – Deciduous tree with heavily scented flowers. The bark, in a tea, is a tonic that improves digestion, eases stomach pains, and treats diarrhea and vomiting. This bark is a diuretic, therefore helping the body by reducing fevers – it has been used to treat malaria. Also used to treat upper respiratory tract infections, colds, bronchial problems, rheumatism and gout. It has also been chewed as a tobacco substitute to help break the habit.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used to treat upper respiratory tract infections, colds, bronchial problems, digestive disorders, fevers. Said to break tobacco habits. Treats malaria.


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Maidenhair Fern


Maidenhair Fern


Latin Name: andiantum pedatum, adiantum capillus-veneris
Alternative Name: northern maidenhair, rock fern, venus’-hair fern
Forms Available: leaf

Maidenhair Fern – andiantum pedatum – This fern is used in flower arrangements. It is used by herbalists tor relieve sore throats, congestion, coughs, and bronchitis. It is demulcent and expectorant. It also has astringent properties,, the leaves have been chewed to stop internal bleeding or applied, in poultice externally, to external wounds.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used to relieve bronchitis, coughs, upper respiratory infections, asthma, nasal congestion.


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Mandarin, Red

Mandarin, Red

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 Latin Name: citrus reticulata

Forms Available: essential oil

Mandarin, Red – Citrus reticulata – from Italy. Mandarin is a member of the orange family. While tangerine is from the same source, it differs as it is a hybrid of mandarin. This oil is antiseptic, antispasmodic, cholagogue, digestive, diuretic and sedative. Its refreshing aroma has an uplifting quality often used to eliminate depression and anxiety. It has long been used for babies suffering from colic or hiccups. Has a tonic effect on the digestive system, aids the secretion of bile and breaks down fats. Calms the intestines and relieves flatulence. It’s often used in combination with neroli and a carrier oil to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. Blends well with the chamomiles, jasmine, lime, and sandalwood.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: This oil is antiseptic, antispasmodic, cholagogue, digestive, diuretic and sedative. Its refreshing aroma has an uplifting quality often used to eliminate depression and anxiety. It has long been used for babies suffering from colic or hiccups.


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