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Lavendar tea made from the blossoms is used as an antidepressant. It is
used in combination with other herbs for a remedy for depression and
nervous tension and stress. It is also used as a headache remedy.
Lavendar is used in purification baths and rituals. It is used in
healing incenses and sachets. Carrying the herb will enable the carrier
to see ghosts. The essential oil will heighten sexual desire in men.
Lavendar water sprinkled on the head is helpful in keeping your
chastity. The flowers are burned to induce sleep, and scattered
throughout the home to maintain peaceful harmony within. Carrying
lavendar brings strength and courage.
Lavendar likes light sandy soil and full sun. It grows to 18 inches. It
should be mulched in colder climates for winter protection for this
These perennials are found wild in the Mediterranean region and there
are many varieties. Lavender has been used for hundreds of years in
sachets, potpourris and linens and to give a light flavor to fruit
dishes, sauces, cordials, and confections. The different varieties of
this plant range in height from 9 inches to 3 feet, although some may
grow taller with age. They have thin leaves and many long spikes of
lavender or purple flowers that grow up from the leaf axils. L.
angustifolia, English Lavender, is a frost-hardy species that has many
pretty cultivars that vary in size, habit and blossom color. L. dentata
is a tender species with shorter flower spikes than L. angustifolia. L.
stoechas is a large plant with greenish-gray foliage and its late
blooming flowers have a very strong scent. L. lanata has whitish
colored leaves and L. pinnata has wide leaves. The flowers and the
foliage of Lavender are sweet smelling and may be used dried or fresh.
They produce fragrant oil that is extracted for commercial use. Hybrids
developed specifically for this purpose have a high lavender-oil
content and are known as lavandins.
Lavender needs a sunny position in light, well-drained sandy loam. An
addition of compost or decayed manure would be beneficial. Add
dolomitic limestone to raise the pH to 6.5 to 7.5. Grow tender species
and hybrids in containers and bring them into a cool, sunny room during
the winter. Fresh Lavender leaves can be used, along with other herbs,
to flavor strong game meats and fowl. Use fresh flowers to make
Lavender preserves. If desired for dried use, pick flowers just as they
open along with some of the scented foliage and hang in a dark, airy
room to dry.
are a few different methods to increase your plants. Cuttings may be
made, which are 3 or 4 inches long, from the new shoots of the season;
insert these in sandy soil. Plants may also be divided and replanted.
Seeds are very difficult to germinate. Start them indoors in late
autumn or winter at a 70- to 75-degree temperature. It is necessary to
have fluorescent lights.
angustifolia & its varieties alba, Grappenhall Variety, nana (also
called Dwarf French Lavender), Munstead Dwarf, Folgate Variety, and
Twickel Purple. L. dentata; L. Stoechas; L. multifida; L. lanata; L.
pinnata; L. angustifolia
Scott Cunningham Encyclopedia of Herbs
The Lavender Herb
scent of lavender seems to recall grandmothers, graceful teas, and the
cleanest of linen closets. Almost everyone will have a pleasant memory
awakened when confronted with this soothing scent.
has been used since Roman times, when soldiers used it in their bath
(its properties for relaxation are well known). In the Middle Ages,
herbalists prescribed it for apoplexy, palsy, and loss of speech.
Churches in Spain and Portugal strew it on the floor as a way to banish
from the Latin word lavandus, meaning to be washed, lavender is a
natural in cleaning. Containing antiseptic, antibacterial, and
antifungal properties, it is a wonderful treatment for bug bites, or
any mild skin irritation, including acne. Simply dab some of the
essential oil on the afflicted area, or put a lavender sachet in your
the house, use lavender wax on the furniture, or wash the floors with
lavender water. A few sprigs placed between woolens in your closet can
help keep away moths.
is lovely in the garden, not only for its own beautiful blooms, but for
the butterflies it attracts. It is reasonably hardy, with no insect
pests and an ability to withstand at least mild bouts of drought.
Indeed, too much moisture can create root rot, so make sure the plant
has adequate drainage. There are numerous varieties of lavender, and
between them, the blossoms can be found from zone 3 through 10, so talk
with your local nursery to find out which is the best variety for your
area. The most important thing to have is alkaline soil and full sun.
The blooms begin in June and can last through August, depending on the
best known of the species is Lavandula angustifolia, sometimes called
English or true lavender. The Buena Vista variety of this type is bred
for its sweet fragrance and deep color, and is perfect for drying.
latifolia, otherwise known as spike lavender, is more tolerant of high
humidity, and contains the Provence variety, which is very tall and
very strongly scented, giving your garden a definite perfume quality.
French lavender (lavandula dentate) is delicate and lovely in the
garden, but that delicacy makes for poor drying.
lavender oil is not only simple, but makes for a gracious gift. Fill a
jar with lightly bruised stems and flowers, then fill with good quality
almond oil to cover. Seal jar, and let the mixture steep for a month,
shaking it daily to ensure that the fragrance is distributed throughout
the oil. After one month, strain the concoction through cheesecloth and
then pour the filtered oil into a decorative jar. A few lavender
blossoms placed in with the oil improves appearance.
Title: The lavender herb
The lavender herb has been used for thousands of years, whether in
food, in the garden, in the medicine cabinent, or just looking lovely
in the garden. Find out more about this intriguing herb.
These are two of the plants of Lavender . The purple in color is Lavender as we know it.
The golden one
Here is some information of the plant Cotton Lavender.
It is an antidote for all sorts of poison.
shrubby plant with roundish leaves which are retained all winter. The
stalks have long white hoary leaves and many yellow flowers.
Where to find it: It is cultivated in gardens as an edging plant, but is a native of the Mediterranean countries.
Flowering time: Mid to late summer.
Astrology: It is under Mercury.
Medicinal virtues: The
leaves and sometimes the flowers are used. The leaves and flowers
boiled in milk and taken fasting will destroy worms. It is good against
obstructions of the liver, the jaundice and to promote the' menses. It
is an antidote for the bites and stings of venomous creatures.
dram (1.7 g) of the powdered leaves taken every morning on an empty
stomach stops the running of the reins in men, and whites in women. The
seed, beaten to a powder and taken as worrn-seed, kills worms in
children and people of riper years. Bathing in a decoction of the herb
helps scabs and the itch.
Modern uses: An infusion of the herb - 1 Oz (28 g) to
1 Pt (568 ml) of boiling water - is used as a worm remedy in children
and to promote menstruation in women whose periods are irregular. The
infusion is taken in doses of 2 fl oz (56 ml).
Lavender: Relaxant, anti-depressant, restorative, antiseptic, decongestant, expectorant, detoxifying, diuretic.
For anxiety, depression, nervousness, and physical symptoms (tension,
headaches, palpitations, and insomnia). Lavender has a ddply calming
effect. Relieves distentsion, gas, nausea, and indigestion-stimulates
the appetite. Makes an excellent remedy for colds, phlegm and chest
infections. Taken as a hot tea, lavender causes swating and reduces
In aromatherapy-lavender oil inhaled or massaged into skin it is
considered a balancer of emotions. Lifts the spirits, relieves
depression, balances inner disharmony. Stimulates the nervous system,
restores strength and vitality. As a diluted oil, its cooling and
antiseptic properties makes a good disinfectant for cuts, woudns,
sores, ulcers, and inflammatory skin conditions. Soothes pain of
bruises, swollen joints. Excellent remedy to repel insects and for
bites and stings. It is renowned for the treatment of burns as it
stimulates tissue repair and minimizes scar formation.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens
Latin name: Lavandula angustifolia
naturalist Izaak Walton once said, "I long to be in a house where the
sheets smell of lavender." Indeed, this fragrant herb has been
romanticized through the ages, and today it is a popular fragrance in
potpourris, sachets, and soaps. In lavender's history it also has been
used for such diverse purposes as flavoring snuff, embalming the dead,
and spurring romance.
Culinary uses: Though lavender is
used more for its fragrance than for its flavor, the blossoms add a
delicate flavor to beverages, cakes, muffins, and fruit soups.
Lavender served as a disinfectant during World War I because it has
mild antiseptic properties. Used in moderation, lavender may be taken
as a mild sedative and to relieve fainting spells.
Place dried lavender in drawers and closets to freshen linens and
underclothing. Mix it into potpourris and sachets. Lavender vinegar is
said to help dry oily skin. The flowers are lovely in dried-flower
arrangements and wreaths.
Cultivation: Lavender is best
propagated from cuttings. Pull off a fresh shoot that includes an older
piece of the existing plant. Plant the cuttings 3 to 4 inches apart in
moist, sandy soil, in a shaded cold frame. After a year, transplant 4
to 6 feet apart in dry, gravelly soil. Clip back the first year
outdoors to prevent flowering.
LAVENDER : Lavendula angustifolia
Parts Used: Flowers, Leaves.
Analgesic, Antibiotic, Antidepressant, Antifungal, Antiseptic,
Antispasmodic, Aromatic, Carminative, Cholagogue, Digestive Tonic,
Diuretic, Nervine, Rubefacient, Sedative, Stimulant, Stomach Tonic,
Internal Uses: Asthma, Colic, Cough, Depression,
Exhaustion, Fainting, Flatulence, Headache, Insomnia, Nausea,
Nervousness, Pain, Stress, Sunburn, Vertigo, Vomiting
Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, cooking herb
is one of the strongest anti-bacterial and anti-virals there is. No
medicine cabinet or apothecary garden is complete without it! Lavender
is a good nervine relaxant and stress reliever.
Acne, Burns, Cellulite, Cold Sores, Eczema, Edema, Fatigue, Halitosis,
Headache, Infection, Insect Bites, Insect Repellent, Insect Stings,
Irritability, Joint Pain, Lice, Muscle Soreness, Rheumatism, Scabies,
Scars, Snakebites, Toothache, Yeast Infection
Applications: Use as a mouthwash for bad breath, foot bath for fatigue,
and douche for yeast infections. Essential oil is used for toothaches,
cold sores, acne and sore joints. It can be rubbed on the temples to
alleviate a headache. Undiluted, it is an excellent remedy to apply to
burns to promote healing, prevent infection and lessen scarring.
Essential oil or fresh plant can be rubbed on the body as a bug
repellent. It can prevent not only mosquito bites, but also lice and
scabies infestation. Essential oil can be used topically on venomous
bites such as bee stings, mosquitos, black widow and brown recluse
spiders, wasps and snakes.
Place a drop of Lavender essential
oil on the edge of the mattress of a teething baby to calm him/her
down. Soaps, sachets and bath herbs can be used for cranky children or
even for adults who have had a bad day. Use Lavender as a rinse for
fragrant hair, and use it in massage oil for sore muscles, edema,
rheumatism and cellulite. Use as a salve for eczema. Often used as
Culinary uses: Lavender is added in small amounts to
stews and soups in French cooking. An ingredient in Herbes de Provence.
Add small amounts in salads, fruit dishes and breads. One can make
Lavender sorbet and Lavender shortbread. Also, use in vinegars, jams
Magikal uses: honoring Ancestor's, releasing spiritual baggage, renewal of goals, restoring happiness and balance
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Labrador Tea (Ledum latifolium), also called St James Tea, is gargled for a sore throat or put upon the head to kill lice.
2 part herb to 1 part water, boil and apply externally or gargle.
Lachnanthes (Lachnanthes tinctoria), also called Red Root, is a narcotic.
Fluid extract: 1 – 5 drops a day.
Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris) is good to reduce menstruation, stops bleeding when applied to a wound, and is a purgative.
½ ounce drunk as tea up to 2 times a day.
The roots were once powdered and added to love philters (potions).
Slippers (Cypripedium pubescens, Cyprepedium parviflorum), also called
American Valerian and Nerve-Root, are given in cases of hysteria and it
works against spasms; causes dermatitis.
Powdered root: 1 dram; fluid extract: ½ - 1 dram; leaf: 3 grains a day.
The flowers are used in love spells perhaps because the buds resemble the scrotum.
Thumb (Polygonum persicaria) is used externally as a rub to reduce pain
and to treat poison ivy and inflammation. It may greatly agitate a
½ ounce herb boiled in lard, apply externally.
The “thumbs” are used for gentle persuasion.
Large-flowered Monekyflower (Diplacus grandiflorus) is questionably toxic.
The buds are used for those who have a fear of crowds.
Larkspur (Delphinium Consolida) is applied to the head to get rid of lice and applied to hemorrhoids.
Up to 10 drops a day.
This herb chases away ghosts and protects from scorpions. The juice from the petals of the flower produces blue ink.
Laurel , Cherry (Prunus Laurocerasus) is a sedative and narcotic.
Fluid extract: ½ - 2 drams a day.
, Mountain (Kalmia latifolia), also called Spoonwood, is highly
poisonous, and has the potential to cause people to commit suicide.
Long ago it was used as an additive.
Fluid extract: 10 – 20 drops every 4 hours; powdered leaves: 10 – 30 grains once a day.
The leaves of this tree, however toxic, have been used in necromancy rituals.
English (Lavandula augustifolia, formerly Lavandula vera) is said to
ease the stomach. CAUTION: Avoid during pregnancy.
½ ounce of buds drunk as tea as needed.
The scent of Lavender calms the sex drive, and when added with Chamomile is a gentle, mild sedative.
Burn in the home for happiness.
Lavender, AmericanSea (Statice Caroliniana) is an astringent used mainly as a gargle and to treat hemorrhoids.
1 ounce powdered root to 1 pint of boiling water.
Lemongrass (cymbopogon citrates) is used to repel insects and internally as a sedative.
4 – 6 grams a day.
The plant is supposed to repel serpents.
Lettuce, Common (Lactuca sativa) oil is considered the world’s strongest aphrodisiacs.
Lettuce, Tall White (Prenanthes altissima) is questionably toxic.
The scent of the flower is supposed to remove grief.
Lettuce, Wild (Lactuca virosa) is a mild sedative and narcotic. The milk it produces is used for itching and acne.
Powder: 10 – 20 grains; fluid extract: ¼ - 1 dram once a day.
(Glycyrrhiza glabra, Glycyrrhiza uralensis) is a sedative and an
expectorant, but is most commonly used for its antiviral properties. It
can become toxic, however, so use is restricted to one week.
1 ounce root drunk as tea once a day over a seven day period.
in the footprint of your lover to keep them faithful; this is a binding
plant to control others. It is used in Hoodoo to keep bill collectors
Lilac (Syringa vulgaris) is used to kill worms and to support the spinal column.
Fluid extract: ¼ - ½ dram a day.
The smell of the blooms help people learn.
The petals keep away ghosts.
Lily of the Valley, False (Maianthemum canadense) is used to treat coughing and sore thoughts.
½ - 1 dram boiled in water, gargle.
The root is used in magick to enhance the chances of winning games.
of the Valley, True (Convallaria magalis), also called May Lily,
Jacob's Ladder and Male Lily, is a heart stimulant preferred over
Foxglove. The roots are used to treat burns and to prevent scarring,
though the plant can be toxic.
½ ounce herb to 1 pint boiling water, 1 glassful a day.
These flowers are carried to make others assume you are innocent of crimes.
Madonna (Lilium candidum) also called White Lily; the bulb is said to
relieve burns and scalds and it is used on cuts to assure no scars are
Fluid extract: 3 tablespoonful a day.
The flower breaks love spells.
Lily, Shasta (Lilium washingtonianum) helps with nerve and neurological damage.
1 gram a day.
Lily, Spider (Crinum erubescens) is questionably toxic.
The scent is supposed to make people more socially involved.
Lily, Tiger (Lilium tigrinum) is sometimes used to relieve morning sickness.
Fluid extract: 1/8 – 5 drops a day.
The scent is calming.
If the plant is grown outside of the home it will guard against thieves and ghosts. It is also used to solve crimes.
Lily, Water (Nymphaea odorata) is an astringent and the roots are used for swelling.
root: ½ dram once a day; an old remedy for removing freckles calls for
this plant mixed with vinegar to be spread of the area.
The blue flowers are soaked in wine then drank to produce a hallucinogenic effect.
Lily, Wood (Lilium umbellatum) is applied to treat spider bites.
4 drops on the area, 4 times a day.
Lippia (Lippia dulcis) is an expectorant and a cough suppressant.
Up to 4 ½ grains a day.
The scent banishes depression.
American (Anemone hepatica), also called Hepatica, Liverweed and
Trefoil, is used for the liver, may relieve coughing, and is applied to
sunburns or freckles.
30 – 120 grains a day, fluid extract: ½ - 1 dram a day.
Liverwort, English (Peltigera Canina) is used for liver problems and is a slight purgative.
1 ounce to 1 pint of water, boil and take up to 4 ounces daily; fluid extract: ½ - 1 dram.
Tail (Saururus cernuus), also called Water Dragon and Breastweed, is a
wash for rheumatism and sore breasts, and is taken for stomach
aliments; it is a sedative.
Fluid extract: ½ - 1 dram a day.
The “tails” are usually added to philters in black magick.
Lobelia (Lobelia inflate) is an expectorant, relieves spasms, calms the nerves, and is a mild purgative.
½ ounce drunk as tea once a day.
This herb is used for protection from storms, but is most often used to stop gossip, as it is called Gag Root.
Locoweed (Oxytropis lambertii) drives people into hysteria and may lead to insanity.
Fluid extract: ½ - 2 dram a day.
Longan (Euphoria longan) is used for longevity, liver health and is said to be a cellular builder.
1 ounce herb; 10 – 40 drops a day.
Purple (Lythrurn salicaria), also called Purple Willow Herb, Spiked
Loosestrife, Flowering Sally and Blooming Sally, is preferred over
Eyebright to help with eye conditions.
1 dram up to 3 times a day.
This plant is used for reconciliation.
Yellow (Lysimachia vulgaris), also called Yellow Willow and Willow
Wort, is also used for eyesight problems, but also restrains
Fluid extract: ½ - 1 dram a day.
This plant promotes harmony.
Lopseed (Phryma leptostachya) is applied to treat scabies and ringworms.
½ ounce boiled in lard, apply externally.
Lotus, Blue (nymphaea caerulea) is questionably toxic.
The scent of this particular Lotus is considered the most powerful aphrodisiac.
Lotus, Common (Nelumbo Nucifera) is questionably toxic.
The pod from the flower is considered invaluable against love spells.
(Sticta pulmonaria), also called Jerusalem Cowslip, Oak Lungs and Lung
Moss, is used to reduce inflammation and decrease the flow of
Fluid extract: ½ - 1 dram a day.
Lupine (Lupinus albus) is a diuretic and sometimes applied to open sores.
Fluid extract: ½ - 1 dram applied externally.
The plant is supposed to protect against wolves.
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Licorice: (Liquorice) (Glycyrrhiza glabra)- What is it?
is a botanical, a shrub native to southern Europe and Asia, the roots
of which have two primary desirable qualities: first, some varieties of
licorice root are fifty times sweeter than sugar and may be chewed or
eaten as a sweet and making it a useful component of candies and
flavorings; second, licorice has been for thousands of years sought
after for its reputed medicinal qualities. Licorice grows wild in
southern central Europe and Asia. It is used for its roots and its
rhizomes (underground stems). Glycyrrhizic acid is extracted from the
root and used as a flavoring in food, tobacco, alcohol, and cosmetics.
Does all licorice taste the same?
indeed not. There are over a dozen varieties of licorice, the roots
vary in degrees of sweetness to a sharp almost peppery flavor. If you
don't like one, try another! But there is much more... click on Food
button on the left
What are these beneficial medicinal qualities claimed for licorice?
has proven useful in the treatment of coughs, where it serves a mild
expectorant, and of sore throats, where its soothing properties bring
relief. Licorice increases the production of protective mucus in the
stomach, and may reduce the acid secretion, making it a useful
treatment of inflammatory stomach conditions. But there is much more...
click on Health button on the left
the confectionery industry, water extracts of licorice roots are mixed
with sugar, corn syrup and flour to make many types of licorice candy.
In the U.S., however, anethole, a major constituent in the anise plant,
is a popular substitute-flavoring agent for licorice. Licorice is also
commonly used as a sweetening/flavoring agent to counteract the
unpleasant taste of many drugs or added as filler in capsules. In the
United Kingdom liquorice (syn. licorice) is used as an emulsifier to
create foam in drinks and alcoholic beverages. Licorice root can be
chewed or made into tea. It is frequently found in cough preparations
and candies, often combined with anise seed. Consumption of licorice is
believed to aid in healing stomach ulcers. Tea made from licorice and
other anti-spasmodic herbs is often taken for menstrual cramps.
Root has been used as a laxative; to adjust blood sugar, reduce pain
from ulcer and arthritis. Do not use if you have hypertension,
hypokalemia edema, cirrhosis of the liver, cholestatic liver disorder,
and diabetes. We did get a message that chewing liquorice root has been
most helpful in giving up smoking as it gives the hands something to do
and has the shape/texture of a cigarette. Also it tastes like tobacco
(because cigarettes are flavored with licorice).
for generations in China, ancient Greece and the British Isles,
Licorice is cultivated around the world. The sweet taste of its yellow
root prompted its use in the manufacture of candies. It contains
vitamin E, B-complex, biotin, niacin, pantothenic acid, lecithin,
manganese and other trace elements. Although Licorice has been used as
a flavoring for hundreds of years, many people don't know that it also
has very beneficial medicinal qualities. Licorice root has gained a
reputation for strengthening the body during times of stress. Since the
14th century, Licorice has been used to soothe coughs, colds and
bronchitis. It can be made into a licorice extract, concentrate or
infusion, It is still used for these reasons today and it is one of the
ingredients found in many European cough preparations. Research has
shown that Licorice helps treat and relieve the pains that accompany
certain types of ulcers. Although common practice in Europe, its use in
treating ulcers is not as prevalent in North America. However, with
more and more researchers gaining positive results with its use as an
ulcer treatment, Licorice may soon become more popular in North
America. Finally, Licorice also has anti-inflammatory properties and
may therefore help relieve the discomforts that accompany arthritic
The licorice plant is a perennial schrub native to the
Mediterranean regions, central to southern Russia, Middle East,
southeast Asia. Licorice is one of the most widely used medicinal
herbs across the world, and broadly used especially in almost all
Chinese herbal formulas. Licorice of commerce and medicine mainly
consists of the sweet roots from three species officially
recognized by Chinese pharmacopoeia: Glycyrrhiza glabra, G.
inflata, or G. uralensis.
Licorice was collected from wild before the cultivation started.
The first written record of such cultivation dates back to around
13th century. Licorice is cultivated for 3-4 years before the
roots are harvested. The genus name of licorice "Glycyrrhiza" was
given by Dioscorides, the first century physician, by putting
"glukos" (meaing sweet) and "riza" (root) together. The root and
stolon of licorice is abundant with glycyrrhizin, which is a
chemical compound fifty times sweeter than sucrose (sugar).
Licorice root has been used as medicinal plant for thousands of
years all across the world. The records of licorice appear in
Assyrian clay tablets (ca. 2,500 B.C.), Egyptian papyruses, as
well as in China and Europe. Ancient Arabians used licorice to
treat coughs, and in Europe, the use of licorice was first learned
by Greeks from the Scythians. In about 3rd century B.C.,
Thoephrastus, a Greek natural scientist, commented on the taste of
different roots including the root of licorice, and the medicinal
efficacy of licorice root on asthma, dry cough, and other pectoral
diseases. Licorice is mentioned in Chinese Materia Medica
purportedly deveoped by Sheng Nung (about 2,700 B.C.) and
organized and written by an anonymous writer around 100 B.C. Many
of the earlier therapeutic applications of licorice are still
being practiced in modern time.
German Commission E approved the internal use of licorice root for
catarrh of the upper respiratory tract and gastric or
duodenalulcers. Licorice is a herbal remedy particularly well
known for treating coughs, consumption, and chest complaints in
general, notably bronchitis. Licorice is a general ingredient for
almost all herbal formulas with soothing properties. Anti-
inflammatory, expectorant, demulcent, and adrenocorticotropic
actions of licoris have been reported in the British Herbal
Compendium. Currently, licorice extract has replaced the powder
About 5-15 grams of cut or powdered licorice root per day, or dry
extracts equivalent to 200-600 mg of glycyrrhizin is recommended.
Side effects: Prolonged, high-dose use may result in hypertension
and edema (due to sodium retention and potassium loss), which will
reverse a few weeks after the discontinuation. Not recommended
Lemons for Health and Beauty
Adapted from Aromatherapy for Everyone, by P.J. Pierson and Mary Shipley (Vital Health Publishing, 2004).
oil is an amazingly versatile ally for healing and beauty--used in
hospitals to calm frightened or depressed patients and boosting the
immune system by stimulating the production of white and red blood
cells. It increases concentration (many Japanese banks use it to reduce
worker error) and neutralizes unpleasant odors. And that’s just the
out how lemon oil may be used to improve your mood, soften scar tissue,
strengthen fingernails, reduce oiliness in skin and hair, alleviate
joint pain, and much, much more, here:
Please use only pure lemon essential oil, available online or at your local natural foods store, for the following:
To freshen air and reduce unpleasant odors: place 2-3 drops in a diffuser.
For joint pain: Add 2-3 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on affected area. Or add 8-10 drops to a bath.
boost the immune system: Use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or steam
inhalation as a tonic after an illness. Continue use for 2-3 days.
corns or warts, apply full-strength directly to the affected area with
a cotton swab. Be careful to avoid applying to surrounding area.
To alleviate emotional distress, confusion, fatigue, PMS, and stress, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser, or 8-10 drops in a bath.
To toughen fingernails, mix 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of almond oil and massage into cuticles and fingernails regularly.
For oily hair, mix 2-3 drops with unscented shampoo.
For oily skin, mix 2-3 drops of oil in 1 ounce of water. Mix well, place on cotton ball, and apply to skin as a toner.
To soften scar tissue, mix 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage onto scar regularly.Helpful Hints
you are pregnant, nursing, or have a serious medical condition, please
consult your health-care provider before using this or any essential
oil. Sensitive people may experience skin irritation. Avoid direct
sunlight after use in case of photosensitivity
Part Used: Essential Oil, Fresh Zest
Powers: Health, Healing, Physical Energy, Purification
the fresh scent of the oil or zest to maintain health and to assist
traditional medical treatment. Visualize the energies strengthening
your body, fighting off infection or healing a wound.
scent also activates the body, getting rid of sluggishness. If inhaled
first thing in the morning - it can be an aromatic substitute to
Place a few drops of the oil in a diffuser and feel the energies of your home vibrate with purity.
LILAC: (Syringia vulgaris)
is a deciduous, twiggy shrub or small tree with a mass of heart-shaped
leaves and showy panicles of small, waxy, spring flowers. The perfume
is extracted from the flowers and used commercially. The flowers were
once used to treat fever. In the language of flowers, Lilac symbolizes
the first emotions of love. If inhaled too deeply, however, the strong
flower fragrance can cause nausea.
drives away evil where it is planted or strewn. It was originally
planted in New England to keep evil from the property. The fresh
flowers can be placed in a haunted house to clear it. Peace;
Clairvoyance; Divination; Creativity; Happiness; Harmony; Exorcism;
Protection: Psychic Awareness; Reincarnation.
Linden flower (Tilia europa)
AKA Lime tree flower, basswood, Tilden flower
flower is a tree which grows in many places in Europe as well as in the
northern parts of the USA. European folk tradition calls it an herb of
protection. It is accepted by the scientific community as a remedy for
coughs and bronchitis. It may also lower fevers and ease sore throats.
gentle herb is a very pleasant tasting tea which can be used safely on
children and those with high blood pressure. It has no known side
effects or negative reactions with any prescription medications.
can be used as a sleep aid for those who suffer from chronic anxiety or
occasional panic attacks. It contains the chemical farnesol which is
known to be a muscle relaxant and antispasmodic. This makes it helpful
for migraine headaches as well.
(Tilia cordata/Tilia platyphyllos), an herb derived from various
species of Tilia, or lime trees, has been used in European folk
medicine for centuries to treat a wide range of health conditions.
Today, the relaxing action of linden makes it a popular remedy for
treating headaches, indigestion, nervous tension, and diarrhea. Lime
trees are also valued for their wood and charcoal, and for the
flavorful honey made from their flowers.
Tilia species, also known as basswood, grow in temperate climates in
the north. They are deciduous trees (leaves shed seasonally) that can
grow to a height of 90 feet and may live up to 1,000 years. Herbal
linden flower formulas typically call for either the Tilia cordata, the
small-leafed European linden also known as the winter linden, or Tilia
platyphyllos, the large-leafed, early-blooming summer linden. Both
species are frequently planted as ornamental trees along city streets.
Depending on the species, their fragrance ranges from potent and sweet
to quite rich. The dried flowers are mildly sweet and sticky, and the
fruit is somewhat sweet, slimy, and dry. Linden tea has a pleasing
taste, due in part to the aromatic volatile oil found in the flowers.
The following parts of the Tilia are used in linden herbal preparations:
Fresh and dried flowers
Medicinal Uses and Indications
Different parts of the Tilia are used in treating specific conditions and symptoms.
colds, cough, bronchitis, infectious diseases, and headache
(particularly migraine), and as a diuretic (increases urine
production), antispasmodic (reduces spasm), and sedative
Leaves: internal use—intestinal complaints; external use—ulcers in the leg
Wood: liver and gallbladder disorders, cellulitis (inflammation of the body's connective tissue)
Flower preparations, including teas
How to Take It
the recommended adult dose to account for the child's weight. Most
herbal dosages for adults are calculated on the basis of a 150 lb (70
kg) adult. Therefore, if the child weighs 50 lb (20 to 25 kg), the
appropriate dose of linden for this child would be 1/3 of the adult
The following are recommended adult doses:
Tea (infusion): 1 to 2 tsp flowers in 8 oz of water. Steep covered for 20 minutes. Drink three cups of hot tea per day.
Fluid extract (1:1 in 25% ethanol), 3 to 4 mL per day taken in three doses
Tincture (1:5 in 30% ethanol) 4 to 10 mL per day taken in three doses
Excessive use of linden flower tea may cause cardiac complications, so people who have heart problems should avoid this plant.
noteworthy interactions (positive or negative) between linden and
conventional medications are known to have been reported in the
literature to date.
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Wildcrafted Linden Flowers Tea
flowers, native to Europe, are a pretty yellow flower and an ancient
healer. Linden tea was known in ancient times as the "Royal Nectar" for
its natural sweetness and healing qualities.
linden flowers are "wildcrafted" or gathered from their native habitat.
This ensures the most potent and purest botanical, which is confirmed
by its essential oil content. The linden flowers are collected in the
summer months from trees that have heart shaped leaves and clusters of
pale yellow flowers. These trees can grow to 100 feet tall. The flower
and bract are collected in the forests of the northern Lori region of
Armenia, near the Georgian border.
methods of collection and blending have been passed down since ancient
times. All of the processing is done by hand by the village people and
supervised by an ethnobotanist. The community’s knowledge and passion
for this product adds to its special allure.
flower tea is chosen as an integral part of a healthy diet in many
countries. It is known to improve circulation, relieve tension, and aid
digestion. Linden flower tea is also used to treat high blood pressure
Wildcrafted Linden Flowers tea was chosen for its quality, health
benefits and flavor. This tea is delicate with a soft aroma and golden
color in the cup. It is good after a meal as it helps digestion, or
relaxing just before bedtime.
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