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Lime

Lime

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Latin Name: citrus limata
Alternative Name: citrus acris, limettæ fructus
Forms Available: essential oil, fruit

Lime – citrus limata – A small evergreen tree, up to 15 feet, with stiff, sharp soines, smooth ovate leaves, and small white flowers. The bitter fruit is a pale green color, about half the size of a lemon. The essential oil is extracted from the fruit peel.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Antirheumatic, antiscorbutic, antiseptic, antiviral, aperitif, bactericidal, febrifuge, restorative, tonic. Use for Acne, anemia, brittle nails, boils, chilblains, corns, cuts. Key Qualities: Refreshing, Uplifting; Active.

Other Uses: The peel is useful in purification and protection spells. The peel is used in love mixtures and incenses.


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Linden


Linden


Latin Name: tilia spp.
Alternative Name: lime tree, linden flowers, linn flowers, common lime, flores tiliæ, tilleul
Forms Available: absolute, leaf, flower, whole, twig, bark

Linden – tilia spp. – Linden have small highly fragrant flowers, and can be hard to identify, since they hybridize freely. The flowers are brewed to make a tea, the classic digestive end to a continental meal, and a treatment for insomnia, nervous tension, and overwrought children. The world’s most valued honey is made from Linden blossoms and is used in liqueurs and medicines. The inner bark treats kidney stones, gout and coronary disease.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Relieves stress and tension. Eases headaches, menstural pains, colic. Reduces high blood pressure.

Other Uses: Bark used for protection, leaves and flowers or immortality. Good Fortune, Sleep and Love. Hang branches over the door for protection or grow in the garden.


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Litsea Cubeba

Litsea Cubeba

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Latin Name: litsea cubeba
Alternative Name: may chang, litsea citrata, tropical verbena
Forms Available: essential oil

Litsea Cubeba – litsea cubeba – belongs to the same family as the rosewood or cinnamon tree. Sweet, spicy and citrus fragrance with vegetative notes. It is antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, insecticide, calming and sedative. Very uplifting and stimulating. It is a known tonic to the heart and respiratory system. May be helpful in cases of bronchitis and asthma. Used as an insect repellent. Blends well with lavender, neroli, and verbena.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: It is antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, insecticide, calming and sedative. Very uplifting and stimulating. It is a known tonic to the heart and respiratory system. May be helpful in cases of bronchitis and asthma. Used as an insect repellent.


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Lobelia


Lobelia


Latin Name: lobelia inflata
Alternative Name: indian tobacco, asthma weed, gagroot, pukeweed
Forms Available: root, flower, seed

Lobelia – lobelia inflata – annual or biennial. One to two foot high. Native American Indians used this herb for smoking, hence another name for it, indian tobacco. It was smoked to relieve lung problems such as asthma, pleurisy, whooping cough and bronchitis. It has expectorant properties, loosening phlegm. Chemical properties similar to nicotine so is a herb used to help escape addiction to nicotine. A poultice of lobelia can be used to relieve sprains, bites, stings, muscle spasm, rheumatism, boils. etc. Large doses of this herb can be emetic and induce vomiting.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Relieves lung problems such as asthma, pleurisy, bronchitis. Nicotine substitute for people attempting to quit smoking. Emetic in larger doses. Can be used in a poultice for various external skin problems.


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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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