Category Archives: Essential Oil Botanicals

Copal


Copal


Latin Name: bursera odorata

Forms Available: resin

Copal – bursera odorata – Copal is a white, pale yellow or yellowish-orange gum resin. When smoldered on charcoal it produces a rich, delicious, piney-lemony fragrance. Copal is North America’s equivalent of Frankincense. While it lacks some of frankincense’s bittersweet odor, it is a fine substitute. When frankincense if left smoldering on charcoal for some time it eventually emits a very bitter scent. Copal, however, never varies as it burns. It is native to Mexico and Central America, and has been used as incense in religious and magical ceremonies for untold hundreds of years, beginning, perhaps, with the Mayans or even prior to then.
The finest copal is a pale to dark yellow color with an intense


Other Uses: Burn for protection; cleansing; purification; to promote spirituality; and to purify quartz crystals and other stones before use in magic. May be substituted for Frankincense. A piece of copal may be used as the heart in poppets.


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Coriander

Coriander

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Latin Name: coriandrum sativum
Alternative Name: chinese parsley, cilantro, cilentro, culantro
Forms Available: essential oil, seed, ground, leaf

Coriander – coriandrum sativum – The whole of this annual is pungently aromatic. The seed is a mild sedative, aids digestion, reduces flatulence, and eases migraines. The spicy essential oil, distilled from the seeds, is used in perfumes and incense, flavors medicines and toothpaste, and is added to massage oil for facial neuralgia and cramps.
The seeds are strengthening to the urinary system. The leaf and seed are infused to treat bladder infections. The tea helps with stomach problems such as gas and indigestion. Steep two teaspoons of the dried seed per cup of boiled water fro twenty minutes, and take up to one cup a day. The powdered seed and the oil are used to flavor other herbal preparations and to ease griping in laxative formulas. Use one-fourth to one-half teaspoon at a time. Coriander is a common ingredient of Indian curries.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Eating Disorders; Colic; Diarrhea; Dyspepsia; Measles; Migraine; Neuralgia; General Infections; Indigestion; Influenza, Fatigue; Rheumatism; Flatulence; Nervousness; as an Analgesic, Stimulant, Aphrodisiac.

Other Uses: Coriander oil works well in love and healing mixtures. The seeds are used for healing, especially easing headaches and are worn for this purpose. Add the powdered seeds to warm wine to make an effective lust potion.


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Corn


Corn


Latin Name: zea mays

Forms Available: oil, seed, silk, cob,

Corn – zea mays – corn is a very popular food product. The seed is eaten raw or cooked or can be ground into grain. The oil is one of the most frequently used cooking oils.
Medicinally, decoctions of the leaves calm bladder pain and urgency issues. The silks help treat diabetes mellitus by reducing blood sugar levels. The seed, in a poultice, treats ulcers, rheumatic pains and swellings. The cob assists the treating of nosebleeds.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Decoctions of the leaves calm bladder urgency issues. The silks help treat diabetes mellitus by reducing blood sugar levels.


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Cornflower


Cornflower


Latin Name: centaurea cyanus
Alternative Name: bachelor’s button, blue cap, bluebottle, hurtsickle
Forms Available: leaf, flower

Cornflower – centaurea cyanus – This flower is not used very much in herbal medicine this current day. It has been used as a remedy for tired eyes. The petals of cornflowers were taken as a tonic/stimulant and were believed to improve digestion. Cornflower tea has been used to treat disease of the urinary tract.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Infused as an eyewash. The tea from petals has been used to treat urinary tract infections. Decoction of leaves used to treat rheumatic problems.


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Cornmint


Cornmint


Latin Name: mentha arvensis
Alternative Name: wild mint, field mint, brook mint, golden apple mint
Forms Available: essential oil, leaf, leaf, flower

Cornmint – mentha arvensis – steam distilled herb/leaf/flower, India. Menthol and menthyl acetate are the major constituents of this essential oil. Its aroma is strong, fresh and somewhat bittersweet. It is widely used in flavoring toothpastes, moutwashes and pharmaceuticals. This oil is good for the nervous system acting as a regulator and sedative. Because it is antiseptic and anti-bacterial, it can be used in swollen gums, mouthwash or mouth ulcers, and toothache remedies. Not to be taken internally. Per information appearing in www.herbalgram.org: “The Commission E approved internal use of mint oil for flatulence, functional gastrointestinal and gallbladder disorders, catarrhs of the upper respiratory tract, and external use for myalgia and neuralgic ailments. Mint and its oil are used in China for treating indigestion, nausea, sore throat, diarrhea, colds, and headaches -Leung and Foster, 1996. Contraindications: Internal: Obstruction of the bile ducts, inflammation of the gallbladder, severe liver damage. To be used only after consulting a physician. External: For infants and young children, mint oil-containing preparations should not be used on areas of the face, especially the nose.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: This oil is good for the nervous system acting as a regulator and sedative. Because it is antiseptic and anti-bacterial, it can be used in swollen gums, mouthwash or mouth ulcers, and toothache remedies. Not to be taken internally.


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Cranesbill


Cranesbill


Latin Name: geranium maculatum
Alternative Name: dovefoot, shameface, wild geranium, alumroot
Forms Available: root

Cranesbill – geranium maculatum – An astringent plant, used to treat diarrhea, dysentery and internal bleeding. Can be applied in a poultice to wounds and swellings as both an astringent and an antisceptic. A diuretic.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Internally used to treat diarrhoea, dysentery and internal bleeding. Externally, in a poultice, treats wounds and swellings


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Cumin

Cumin

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Latin Name: cuminum cyminum
Alternative Name: cumino, cumino aigro, comino, jeera
Forms Available: powder, whole

Cumin – cuminum cyminum – a plant indigenous to Upper Egypt. Grows to about a foot in height. Used as a spice and also in herbal medicine. Corrects digestive issues.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Supports digestive system. Relieves flatulence. Eases colic, indigestion, nausea.

Other Uses: Stimulates base chakra energy. Add to love potions.


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Curly Dock


Curly Dock


Latin Name: rumex crispus, rumex venosus, rumex obtusifolius
Alternative Name: yellow dock, sour dock, chin ch’iao.
Forms Available: root, root powder

Curly Dock – rumex crispus – The root of this plant is used in herbal remedies. The ground root tea purifies the blood, relieves diarrhoea, constipation, and various skin problems. It can also be applied, in a poultice, externally to relieve sores, ulcers,hives, eczema, ringworm and scabies.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A cleanser – purifies blood, relieves diarrhea and constipation. Used in treatment of skin problems such as sores, wounds, hives, excema.


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Cypress

Cypress

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Latin Name: cupressus sempervirens
Alternative Name: tree of death
Forms Available: essential oil, resin, leaf, twigs, fruit, bark, wood,

Cypress – cupressus sempervirens – This tall evergreen tree has gray-brown bark, and tiny, dark green leaves. It bears yellowish male cones and green female cones, which ripen to brown. Cypress Oil, distilled from the leaves, branches, and cones, has a refreshing, camphor-resinous scent.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Skin Care; Perspiration; Wounds; Bruises; Hemmorrhoids; Varicose Veins; Cellulitis; Muscular Cramps; Edema; Poor Circulation; Rheumatism; Asthma; Bronchitis; Menopausal Problems; Nervous Tension; Insect Repellant.

Other Uses: Burn for Happiness; Harmony; Peace; Inspiration; Binding; Wisdom; Releasing; Defense; Longevity. Cypress Oil is used for Blessing; Consecration, and protection.


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Daffodil


Daffodil


Latin Name: pseudonarcissus
Alternative Name: wild daffodil, lent lily, narcissus
Forms Available: bulb, leaf, flower

Daffodil- pseudonarcissus – This plant is highly toxic and should not used unless in a homepathically prescribed medicine. Has been used as an emetic, purgative, and also in the treatment of respiratory disease.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: This plant is highly toxic and should not used unless in a homepathically prescribed medecine. Has been used as an emetic, purgative, and also in the treatment of respiratory disease.


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