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Herbs & Botanicals A – D

Common Name: Alkanet Root

Scientific/Latin Name: Alkanna tinctoria

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Purification, Prosperity, Lucky, Wealth

Medicinal Properties:

Alkanet root is believed to cure several diseases such as skin allergy, vomit, itchy, influenza and so on. The root contains such beneficial function as anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and diuretic. Alkanet root is now widely used to heal burn scars since it has the natural ability of anti-inflammation and cooling to absorb the heat out of the skin. This also makes alkanet root is useful as sunblock and sunburn remover. Alkanet root with its benefit of anti-inflammation, will cure a migraine or headache.Essential oil of alkanet root can help you to lessen sleeping disorder like insomnia and chronic worries. Alkanet root has been proven to be very effective in increasing hair strength since alkanet is a natural hair color which is very safe and has no effect on your health.  Alkanet root has hypo-tense impact to lessen stress on your cardiovascular system and is very effective to reduce higher blood pressure. This also may help to prevent heart attack and reduce the risk of suffering from a stroke.

Practical Uses:

Mix with arrowroot powder for use as a natural blush, or infuse in a carrier oil that will be used in salves, balms, lotions and other cosmetic formulas. Use to tint cosmetics and fabrics. By using essential oil of alkanet root before sleeping along your head and under the nose, then you will feel relax and calm as the preparation of good sleeping. Alkanet root extract can be put into oil making it very useful to cover the hair cuticle, preventing balding. By routinely applying essential oil of alkanet root along your nail, it will prohibit the nail from becoming irritated, sore, and infected.

 

Common Name: Apple Screenshot 2018-04-12 at 7.18.09 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Malus

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Love, Healing, Garden Magic, Immortality

Medicinal Properties:

The health benefits of apples include prevention of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, heart disorders, stomach disorders, gallstones, constipation, liver disorders, anemia, and diabetes. They also lower your risk of suffering from rheumatism, eye disorders, a variety of cancers, and gout. Apples help in reducing weakness, providing relief from dysentery, and promoting digestion. Finally, they aid in dental and skin care. Apples show a distinct and undeniable capacity to reduce lung cancer and slow its spread if it does develop. Apples specifically help to improve the functioning of the bacteria living in our large intestine. Early studies show that apple’s stimulate metabolism within the digestive tract and also balance the bacteria, which leads to an improved health by maximizing nutrient uptake and eliminating harmful bacteria and toxins.Apples are useful in treating anemia since they are a rich source of iron. People suffering from rheumatism find apples very useful as they aid in the healing process.

Practical Uses:

Add in the fragrance and charm of using dried fruit on the tree, like a apple garland. Apples give off ethylene, a gas which accelerates ripening. In the meantime, place unripe bananas, avocados, tomatoes, etcetera in a paper bag with an apple and it will take you from green and hard to sweet and tender. By storing cakes and baked treats with half an apple, the moisture of the apple keeps the cake fresh longer. Just be sure to use an airtight container, and voila. Brown sugar loves to transform itself from soft and crumbly into a hard impossible brick. But if you place a slice of apple in a sealed bag with hardened brown sugar and it will be soft again in a few days as the sugar absorbs the moisture of the fruit. You can add a apple to most dishes while cooking.

 

Common Name: Avocado Oil Screenshot 2018-04-12 at 7.21.23 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Persea americana

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Love, Lust, Beauty

Medicinal Properties:

Avocado oil is a smart choice if you are looking for natural ways to lower your blood pressure or to maintain a healthy blood pressure. The addition of avocado oil to a meal can boost the absorption of carotenoids in food. Carotenoids are health-promoting antioxidants that are fat-soluble and depend on dietary fats for absorption. Avocado oil is a cholesterol-lowering food and is a beneficial choice when it comes to the heart. Avocado oil can play a vital role in a psoriasis diet. Try avocado oil if you find that you get frequent heartburn, experience an abnormally high amount of gas or have bloating. Avocado oil is loaded with chlorophyll, a natural source of super-healthy magnesium which is one of the best-known natural substances for removing heavy metals like mercury and lead from the liver, kidneys, brain, and other organs. The vitamins and minerals in avocado oil are not only nourishing for the inside of your body, they can also feed you from the outside in.

Practical Uses:

After cleansing your hair, apply avocado oil alone or mixed with your favorite hair- and scalp-friendly essential oils to improve both the appearance and structure of existing hair while at the same time promoting healthier and faster growth of new strands. Avocado oil can be applied topically to ease discomfort caused by all manner of skin conditions, including but not limited to dandruff, cracked heels, keratosis pilaris, insect bites and stings, sunburn, eczema, and psoriasis.  Try treating damaged skin caused by cuts, scrapes, burns, raw skin from blisters or rashes, sunburn, bug bites and stings, and other wounds with a drop or two of avocado oil. When a recipe calls for butter, you can swap out the solid yellow stick for avocado oil without ruining the texture or taste of your treat.

 

Common Name: Basil Screenshot 2018-04-12 at 7.23.53 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Ocimum basilicum

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Love, Exorcism, Wealth, Flying, Protection, good wishes, herbs of kings, holiness, purity, and sanctity.

Medicinal Properties:

Herbs like basil contain essential oil compounds because these help the plant defend itself from predators like bugs, rodents and strains of bacteria in the soil. When we ingest these protective oils, we experience similar benefits: a boost in immunity and protection from disease. Basil extract is also used to create perfumes, household cleaners and in dental-care products since one of the known benefits of basil is its ability to act as an antibacterial and anti-microbial agent that fights germs and bacteria. Basil contains powerful essential oils, including eugenol, citronellol and linalool. These are enzyme-inhibiting oils that help lower inflammation, which is at the root of most diseases like heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions. Clinical studies published in Nutrition and Cancer also show that basil contains phytochemicals, which can help naturally prevent cancer. Many naturopathic doctors prescribe basil in treatment of diabetes, respiratory disorders, allergies, impotence, and infertility. This may be because basil contains cinnamic acid, which has been found to enhance circulation, stabilize blood sugar, and improve breathing in those with respiratory disorders.

Practical Uses:

The most common use of basil is for cooking, such as in tomato sauce, pesto, or vinegars. But it also can be sprinkled over salads and sliced tomatoes, either whole or chopped. Actually, don’t chop the leaves, but tear them instead for the most flavor. Put fresh leaves in a hot bath as an infusion, for example. As a tonic, steep a few leaves in wine for several hours. Or steep in water as a tea to aid digestion. A drop of basil oil on shirtsleeves will help counteract mental fatigue. Because basil works as a muscle relaxant and has analgesic properties, steam infused with the leaves of the plant is said to be an effective treatment for tension headaches.

 

Common Name: Styrax benzoin

Scientific/Latin Name: Styrax benzoin

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Purification, Prosperity

Medicinal Properties:

People take benzoin by mouth for swelling (inflammation) of the throat and breathing passages.

It can kill germs, reduce swelling, and stop bleeding from small cuts. Benzoin is also used topically for skin ulcers, bed sores, cracked skin, and is used as a skin protectant.By inhalation, benzoin is used to treat hoarseness (laryngitis), croup, and other respiratory conditions. Benzoin essential oil raises spirit and uplifts mood. Benzoin essential oil, besides being a stimulant and an antidepressant, on one hand, is a relaxant and sedative on the other. It relieves anxiety, tension, nervousness, and stress. It is a very good antiseptic and disinfectant. It helps in the removal of gases from the stomach and the intestines and relieves inflammation of the intestines. It has astringent properties, which tone up the muscles and the skin. It helps in the removal of coughs from the respiratory system comprising the trachea, bronchi, and lungs, and relieves congestion. Benzoin essential oil has diuretic properties, meaning that it promotes and facilitates urination, both in frequency and in quantity. Benzoin essential oil is anti-inflammatory in nature and soothes inflammation in cases of pox, measles, rashes, and eruptions. It gives very good relief in rheumatism and arthritis.

Practical Uses:

Mixed with bathing water and massage oils, or if applied to the body, it kills body odor as well as the germs that cause the odor. If mixed with water and used as a mouthwash, it also tightens the gums. Since it’s a strong preservative, adding it to vegetable oil-based preparations delays their oxidation and spoilage. Benzoin essential oil can be added to chest rub balms and massage oils for lung and sinus ailments (stir in about 12 drops of essential oil per ounce of preparation), or use the tincture of benzoin to make cough medicine formulas.

 

Common Name: Bergamot Screenshot 2018-04-12 at 7.38.48 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Citrus bergamia

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Money, protection, happiness, and prosperity

Medicinal Properties:

The components of bergamot oil, like alpha-pinene, and limonene, are antidepressant and stimulating in nature. Certain components of the essential oil of bergamot are antibiotic and disinfectant in nature. They also effectively prohibit infections, including those of the skin. It reduces the feeling of pain in the body. It stimulates secretion of certain hormones which lessen the sensitivity of nerves to pain and reduce nervous tension, anxiety, and stress. Bergamot essential oil activates and increases secretions of the digestive acids, enzymes, and bile facilitating digestion. Cicatrisant in bergamot helps heal scars and other marks on the skin. It relaxes nerves and muscles, thereby giving quick relief for cramps, convulsions, and painful muscle contractions.  It not only promotes fast healing of wounds, cracks in the skin and heels, ulcers, eczema, and itching but also protects wounds from becoming septic and developing deadly tetanus.

Practical Uses:

Sometimes the leaf tips and flowers are added to salads and drinks for fun to add an Earl Grey-like flavour. They are also used to scent potpourris and add colour.  Externally, the fresh leaves are applied to pimples and other skin eruptions to help minimize them. Citrus smells are very powerful and can overcome or eliminate many other odors, which is why this oil can be used in room fresheners and sprays and makes a excellent deodorant.

 

Common Name: Black Pepper Screenshot 2018-04-13 at 4.41.30 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Piper nigrum

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: the king of spices, excitement, speaks a lot about the things that you are missing in life, such as hidden desires

Medicinal Properties:

Black pepper aids in digestion and treats sinus, asthma, and nasal congestion. It also reduces the risk of cancer, and heart and liver ailments. The outer layer of peppercorn assists in the breakdown of fat cells. Therefore, peppery foods are a good way to help you shed weight naturally. Pepper helps to cure vitiligo, which is a skin disease that causes some areas of skin to lose its normal pigmentation and turn white. The antibacterial property of black pepper helps to fight against infections and insect bites. Piperine, one of the key components of black pepper, has been shown in numerous studies to reduce memory impairment and cognitive malfunction.

Practical Uses:

You can use black pepper to keep ants from invading your home, drive away bugs from eating your delicious garden vegetables, temporarily fix a radiator leak, and even stop bleeding on a minor wound. The next time you’re washing colored clothes, add a teaspoon of black pepper to the load, which will help keep the colors on the fabric bright. Black pepper can help to alleviate the pain and swelling associated with a toothache. Simply mix together a small amount of clove oil with salt and pepper and use it as a daily mouthwash. Not only will this relieve the discomfort of a toothache, it can also protect your teeth against cavities.

 

Common Name: Black Walnut Hull

Scientific/Latin Name: Juglans nigra

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Masculine, Protector, Expeller, Gratitude

Medicinal Properties:

The bark and leaves of the walnut are alterative, laxative, and astringent, and are specifically used for skin issues like eczema, herpes, and other skin conditions.  According to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, black walnut is effective against ringworm, tapeworm, pin or thread worm, and other parasites of the intestine. Frequent consumption of walnuts may have protective effects against coronary heart disease because of the promising effects on blood lipid profiles. Quinones have been associated with anticancer activity. Black Walnut Hull is considered a tonic that aids digestion and the intestinal system. It helps to relieve colic, heartburn and flatulence. In one of the more unusual benefits of black walnut, it is known to help reduce excessive sweating. The high levels of astringent tannins contained in the hulls are believed to have an effect on overactive sweat glands and decrease the amount of sweat they produce.

Practical Uses:

Black walnut pesto is one of the more enjoyable ways to add this powerful medicinal and cleansing superfood into your diet. The juice of the fruit husk may be applied externally as a treatment for ringworm or applied as a poultice for inflammations. By grinding up black walnut husks, a fine powder can be created and made into a paste for the skin. Direct use of the powder tincture may be too strong for the skin, so it can be mixed in with other carrier creams and natural salves.

 

Common Name: Blood Orange

Screenshot 2018-04-13 at 4.51.24 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Citrus sinensis

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Uplifting, refreshing, calming

Medicinal Properties:

For those of you who are suffering scabies, you can get the benefit from blood orange, because of the many vitamin C contents in this orange. Vitamin C in this orange can also use to treat bleeding gums. With the enormous amounts of antioxidants and vitamin C in this orange, our bodies can be protected from dangerous diseases. Calcium in the blood orange works to keep bones healthy and strong. This benefit is very useful for all of us especially for postmenopausal women and for people who suffering osteoporosis. This orange can improve and increase hemoglobin, so your body can stay healthy and strong, especially for the woman who are pregnant. Blood orange can help you reduce fat in your organs such as liver, pancreas, etc. This orange can also reduce your belly fat. Another great benefit that owned by blood orange is overcoming headaches. Because blood orange oil has carminative properties, it is able to calm the painful and sometimes embarrassing symptoms of excess gas.

Practical Uses:

Blood orange oil might make for a useful insect repellant when diffused. When diffused, it can help expel any nasty aromas from cooking or tobacco replacing them with a warm, uplifting, tangy aroma that is guaranteed to improve your mood. You can combine this oil with your carrier oil of choice and massage it into your body to relieve inflammation, aches and pains. Add a few drops to your bathtub for a therapeutic soak.

 

Common Name: Camphor Screenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.54.23 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Cinnamomum camphora

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Chastity, Health, Divination. Burning of camphor symbolizes union with God. One of the biggest uses of camphor is to remove negativities.

Medicinal Properties:

Camphor seems to stimulate nerve endings that relieve symptoms such as pain and itching when applied to the skin. It works well to relieve eczema, so it can be the best remedy to turn to when your eczema flares up, and you are looking to control the inflammation and itching.It has also been used to treat fungal infections of the toenail, warts, cold sores, hemorrhoids, and osteoarthritis. Some people use camphor topically to treat respiratory tract diseases and to treat heart disease symptoms. Camphor can be used as a treatment for minor burns and can be employed to remove the burn scars as well. This compound is known to be an excellent remedy for acne as it reduces redness and irritation.

Practical Uses:

The use of camphor oil can reduce hair loss and boost hair growth. If you are having trouble falling asleep or you worry unnecessarily, camphor essential oil is a great option to try in lieu of medication. It works differently for different people, but many users report that it helps to relax them and make them feel better. In addition, camphor oil can help you to get a better night’s rest. Camphor oil awakens the part of the brain that deals with sexual desire, so when it is consumed, it can help to increase sex drive.

 

Common Name: CarawayScreenshot 2018-04-13 at 4.58.58 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Carum carvi

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Fidelity, keeps off any prospective burglar, healing

Medicinal Properties:

Caraway is used for digestive problems including heartburn, bloating, gas, loss of appetite, and mild spasms of the stomach and intestines. Caraway oil is also used to help people cough up phlegm, improve control of urination, kill bacteria in the body, and relieve constipation.Women use caraway oil to start menstruation and relieve menstrual cramps; nursing mothers use it to increase the flow of breast milk. Caraway is used in mouthwashes and in skin rubs to improve local blood flow. Caraway oil can be miraculously helpful by neutralizing the effects of histamine and cures these potentially dangerous coughs and other ailments associated with histamines and allergies. Caraway essential oil is very good for all around cardiac health. It helps maintain proper heart rate, strengthens the cardiac muscles, prevents hardening of the arteries and veins, lower blood pressure, and also lowers the cholesterol level in the blood, thus helping the heart from all angles. It stimulates all the systems and cycles functioning within the body, including the circulatory, digestive, endocrine, nervous, and excretory systems. It also activates the brain and helps keep you alert and awake.

Practical Uses:

Add caraway oil to a cream, shampoo or lotion. This is recommended if you’re using caraway oil to treat skin or scalp conditions. Just a few drops will suffice. By diffusing a few drops in a burner or vaporizer, it can help relieve your nerves, soothe your digestive system and boost your respiratory tract. Caraway is most common and delicious when cooked into breads, soups, sauces, and vegetables.

 

Common Name: CardamomScreenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.01.41 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Elettaria cardamomum

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Lust, Love

Medicinal Properties:

Apart from helping with bad breath, cardamom is used for mouth ulcers and infections of the mouth and throat. This pungent spice may help prevent and relieve cold and flu symptoms. It’s also used for bronchitis and coughs. Animal studies are showing promise that cardamom protects against, inhibits growth, and even kills some cancers. As a diuretic and fiber rich spice, cardamom significantly lowers blood pressure. Cardamom prevents dangerous blood clots by preventing platelet aggregation and the sticking to the artery walls. Many of the vitamins, phytonutrients, and essential oils in cardamom act as antioxidants, cleaning up free radicals and resisting cellular aging. The volatile essential oils in cardamom inhibit the growth of viruses, bacteria, fungus, and mold. It has some anti-inflammatory properties that limit pain and swelling, especially in mucus membranes, the mouth, and throat. Cardamom is an anti-spasmodic that can help get rid of hiccups. This also applies to other involuntary muscle spasms, like stomach and intestinal cramps. Traditional medicine lists cardamom as a powerful aphrodisiac that can help with erectile dysfunction and impotence.

Practical Uses:

By including it in a marinade for fish or meat can be a great use of cardamon.If you’re planning to prepare a soup, it’s the perfect choice there as well. The next  time you are making your tea – add a pinch of cardamom for flavor and health benefits. Cradamno makes a great cooking ingredient, with a variety of recipes to choose from.

 

Common Name: Castor Oil Screenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.55.43 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Ricinus communis

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Protection

Medicinal Properties:

Castor oil is believed to improve lymphatic drainage, blood flow, thymus gland health and other immune system functions. Castor oil also works like a natural antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial agent that targets underlying causes of skin disorders. Castor oil also helps balance hormones, improve libido,and boosts circulation. Castor oil is a time-honored natural remedy for inducing labor. t also makes a great skin moisturizer, anti-inflammatory blemish treatment, and can delay the signs of aging like wrinkles since it helps increase collagen and elastin production. Castor works well as a toenail fungus treatment. Castor oil works like a natural mild laxative when taken orally and helps with straining during defecation and feeling of complete evacuation after a bowel movement.  Castor oil is often used a natural treatment for arthritis pain, joint swelling and inflammation.

Practical Uses:

For a natural acne treatment that’s beneficial long term, dap castor oil onto the affected area with a clean cotton swab. To hydrate skin without clogging pores: mix 1/4 cup of castor oil and 3/4 cup virgin coconut oil (or 3/4 cup sesame oil), then apply to your body and face. Another option is creating a fast-acting face mask using one teaspoon of castor oil along with one egg yolk. Apply the mixture to your face for 10–15 minutes, then clean your face. To soothe a sunburn apply castor oil mixed with coconut oil to the affected area, or try the same remedy as a natural lip balm to solve chapped or sunburned lips. Castor oil can be used as topical applications on the skin, oil packs or massage.

 

Common Name: Cedarwood Atlas

Scientific/Latin Name: Cedrus atlantica

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Balance, Rebirth, Regeneration, Regrowth, brings balance and steadiness to the spirit, and supposed to promote peaceful thoughts.

Medicinal Properties:

Cedarwood essential oil can cure the inflammation that leads to irritating skin issues such as eczema. It reduces skin peeling and treats the infection with its antifungal properties. It can stimulate the hair follicles and increase circulation to the scalp, which helps reduce dry or flaky scalp and contributes to hair growth, slowing hair loss. Cedarwood essential oil can safely be applied topically on wounds as an antiseptic. It defends the body against toxins and relieves your white blood cells and immune system of stress or malfunction. It can help inflammation of the joints and tissues, which are common symptoms of arthritis.If you struggle with restless leg syndrome, respiratory seizures, asthma and other spasmodic conditions, you can find relief by taking advantage of the calming and soothing properties of cedarwood essential oil. Cedarwood Atlas is an astringent, it tightens loose muscles and creates a feeling of firmness and youth. It also hardens the muscles of the digestive system, which helps with stomach issues like diarrhea.

Practical Uses:

Cedarwood essential oil is comforting, reassuring and also possesses a wood-like pleasant scent. It adds a warm tone to any blend of perfumes or oil mixtures. It’s also known to bring people together and improve personal outlook and self-esteem. If you need a safe, effective bug repellent you can make your own by adding 4 or 5 drops of cedarwood essential oil to an ounce of water in a spray bottle. You can also put a few drops on your bed sheets or pillows to keep the little intruders away through the night. Cedarwood oil was also found to be useful against fleas and should be safe to use on dogs.  If you are feeling in any way tense, stressed or depressed try inhaling cedarwood essential oil from the bottle or put a few drops on a handkerchief and breathe it in whenever you feel the need.

 

Common Name: ChamomileScreenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.07.38 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Matricaria chamomilla

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Money, Sleep, Love, Purification

Medicinal Properties:

The anti-inflammatory nature of chamomile tea makes this relaxant a popular choice for women dealing with the symptoms of menstruation like bloating, cramping, anxiety, sweating, inability to sleep, and mood swings. One of the most popular uses of a cup of chamomile tea is in the stress and anxiety treatment. After a long day at work, the warm, soothing nature of this beverage can help to increase the levels of serotonin and melatonin in your body. In a similar way that chamomile tea can ease stress and worry, it can also be an overall sleep aid, particularly for people who struggle with restless, non-restful and rejuvenating sleep, even those struggling with sleep apnea and other disorders. Research has shown that chamomile tea can be useful for people suffering from diabetes. By helping to lower blood sugar levels and regulating the amount of insulin in the blood, the powerful organic chemicals in it help to eliminate massive drops and spikes in blood sugar. If you are suffering from stomach irritation, ranging anywhere from mild bloating to IBS symptoms, chamomile tea can be a major help. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help to ease the twisting nature of your gut and allow for the passage of gas and smoother bowel movements.

Practical Uses:

You can topically apply warm or cold chamomile tea to the site of irritations or skin conditions, such as eczema. If you want to strengthen your immune system to ward off infections, chamomile tea is the answer. Steep a tea bag in a cup of warm water and enjoy! Drinking a warm cup of non-caffeinated chamomile tea can help you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed.

 

Common Name: CharcoalScreenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.09.10 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Activated Carbon

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Healing, Detox

Medicinal Properties:

Jaundice of the newborn, bee stings, poison ivy reactions, and many other illnesses can be helped with charcoal. It can be an antidote for food poisoning or accidental ingestion of poisons, poisonous spider, snake, or bug bites, or poison ivy. It eliminates toxins that can contribute to anemia in cancer patients, filters toxins from blood, in cases of liver or kidney disease. Charcoal also deodorizes colostomies and disinfect wounds.It can remove tartar and plaque buildup when used as toothpaste, alleviate allergy headaches, minor arthritis symptoms, menstrual pains, diarrhea, painful urination, flatulence, sore throat irritation, flu-like symptoms, drug overdose, cold sores, tooth abscesses, and toxin from foods.

Practical Uses:

It’s not the most discreet way to calm an itchy bug bite, but activated charcoal is a great option for stings and bites. Just mix with a little water and dab on the area. Activated charcoal binds strongly with tannins and other compounds that stain teeth so using some while brushing teeth can help whiten them. It can be used as a non-toxic face paint or a deep cleaning face mask to clean out pores. Activated charcoal is fabulous at absorbing odors so try it as a armpit deodorizer

 

Common Name: CinnamonScreenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.10.42 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Cinnamomum verum

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Spirituality, Success, Healing, Power, Psychic Powers, Lust Protection, Love

Medicinal Properties:

Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols.Cinnamon may be useful for inflammation, because some studies show that the antioxidants in it have potent anti-inflammatory activity. Cinnamon has been linked with reduced risk of heart disease, the world’s most common cause of premature death. Cinnamon can dramatically reduce insulin resistance, helping the hormone to do its job. Cinnamon has been shown to decrease the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream after a meal. Cinnamon oil has been shown to effectively treat respiratory tract infections caused by fungi. It can also inhibit the growth of certain bacteria, including Listeria and Salmonella. Cinnamon extracted from Cassia varieties is thought to help fight against HIV-1. Cinnamon has been shown to help neurons and improve motor function in those suffering from Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.
Practical Uses:

Cinnamon contains catechins, which can help relieve nausea. To make cinnamon tea, boil 1 teaspoon cinnamon bark in a cup of water for about 10 minutes. Strain and drink. In a reusable squirt bottle, combine water with a few drops of cinnamon essential oil. Spray in any room to eliminate odor. To make a wintry-scented all-purpose cleaner, in a large reusable spray bottle combine 1-1⁄2 cups vinegar, 1-1⁄2  cups water and 30 drops cinnamon essential oil. Cinnamon may help enhance cognitive function and memory. When studying for a test or brushing up on vocabulary in a new language, waft cinnamon essential oil under your nose or sip cinnamon tea for a brain boost.

 

Common Name: Clove Screenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.57.24 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Syzygium aromaticum

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Protection, Exorcism, Love, Money

Medicinal Properties:

The active principles in the clove are known to have antioxidant, anti septic, local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warming and soothing), carminative and antiflatulent properties. The active principles in the cloves increase the gut motility and digestion power through improved gastrointestinal enzyme secretions. Thus, it helps relieve indigestion and constipation problems. The spice also contains a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and magnesium. Potassium is an essential electrolyte of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. It is also thought to have a natural anti-parasite (kills intestinal worms) function. Cloves are of interest to the medical community due to their chemopreventive and anticarcinogenic properties. Tests have shown that they are helpful in controlling lung cancer at its early stages. The hydro-alcoholic extracts of cloves include phenolic compounds such as eugenol and its derivatives, such as flavones, isoflavones and flavonoids. These extracts have been particularly helpful in preserving bone density and the mineral content of bone, as well as increasing tensile strength of bones in case of osteoporosis. Cloves can be taken for gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis.

Practical Uses:

Believe it or not, a tea that contains cloves can help you kick a respiratory infection because cloves work as an expectorant, loosening mucus in the throat and esophagus so you can cough it up. To give your clothes an intoxicating aroma and sweeten up musty spots like the basement, toss a few whole cloves in the bottom of an old clean sock and tie with a ribbon. The spicy scent covers up odors and keeps your stuff smelling fresh. The spice helps clear acne,so combine 1 teaspoon of ground cloves, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 3 drops of fresh lemon juice in a small bowl. Apply to your entire face and leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse with cold water for clear skin. Got mold? Skip harsh chemicals and eliminate it with cloves, because it works as a natural antiseptic, clove oil can reduce existing outbreaks and prevent future ones in affected spots.Add a dash of clove oil (about 1/2 teaspoon) to 2 cups of water and pour it into an empty spray bottle. Scrub the susceptible spot (shower walls, outdoor cushions), spritz on, and let sit to deter further growth. The spicy buds also feature in the preparation of soups, barbecue sauces, pickling and as one of the ingredients in curry powders.

 

Common Name: Coffee beansScreenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.15.09 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Robusta/ Arabica

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Hospitality, Sociability, Connection to your roots and to humanity, Luck

Medicinal Properties:

One of the benefits of coffee beans is that they contain an antioxidant called chlorogenic acid (CGA) in addition to other antioxidants. By drinking caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee on a regular basis, one can potentially reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Although coffee temporarily causes an increase in one’s blood pressure, drinking two cups daily can help prevent certain cardiovascular problems, such as heart failure. Studies have found that there is potentially as much as a 20 percent lower risk when a person drinks a minimum of four cups of coffee daily. Coffee beans contain caffeine that may help reduce the risk of men developing Parkinson’s disease. In some, the risk is reduced by as much as 25 percent. Drinking either decaf or caffeinated coffee can help some live longer lives. Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of prostate cancer than non-coffee drinkers.

Practical Uses:

Use old beans and grind them up to scrub your kitchen clean. Mildly abrasive and acidic, those old grounds will do well as a cleaning scrub to eliminate difficult stains and spots. Throw a bit of water or soap in the mix and your counter tops will look good as new! Help eliminate ants by spreading some old coffee grounds along the problem areas. Ample amounts of phosphorus, potassium, copper, magnesium, and, depending on the age, nitrogen can be found in old coffee beans, which will supercharge soil, great for using in the garden. If your pet is experiencing a flea issue, scrub their fur with coffee grounds and those pests won’t come around for a while. Added bonus, your pet’s odor will be absorbed by the grounds. Coffee grounds do a great job of absorbing stank. One of the web’s favorite uses is placing a bunch of dry grounds into a container with an opening at the top, then placing the container in an area with significant amounts of odor. Let it be for a couple hours and the grounds will have sucked up the unpleasant aroma by your next return.

 

Common Name: Cocoa Butter Screenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.58.39 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Theobroma cacao

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: N/A

Medicinal Properties:

Using cocoa butter can reduce inflammation in general and help with hormonal balance and brain health, all while working as an immune system booster. Cocoa butter helps to treat many health issues such as hair loss, skin irritation, and signs of aging. Let’s discuss each benefit in detail. Research has also shown cocoa butter to reduce the appearance of scars on the skin and help to boost overall skin health.  Consuming cocoa products on a regular basis encourages better bowel functioning.

Practical Uses:

One of the most popular ways to use cocoa butter is on the lips, especially in homemade lip balms. Rub a small amount of pure cocoa butter into burnt skin to help skin replenish. If the inside of your mouth is prone to developing painful sores or your lips develop recurring blisters, use a bit of cocoa butter to keep them moisturized. You can use cocoa butter in your tub to shave and hydrate skin at the same time. Cocoa butter is a wonderful, natural moisturizer that melts just above room temperature. Cocoa butter is amazing addition to a warm bath.

 

Common Name: Coconut OilScreenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.18.24 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Cocos nucifera

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Purification, Protection, Chastity

Medicinal Properties:

Coconut oil contains a lot of medium chain triglycerides, which are metabolized differently and can have therapeutic effects on several brain disorders. Coconut oil can potentially lead to significant weight loss when used  over a long period and it reduces appetite. The fatty acids and breakdown products in coconut oil can kill harmful pathogens, potentially helping to prevent infections. Coconut oil can help reduce seizures in epileptic children. Studies show that coconut oil improves important risk factors like cholesterol and reduced risk of heart disease. Virgin coconut oil has strong antibacterial properties that can help treat infections.

Practical Uses:

Coconut oil can be applied topically as well, studies showing it to be effective as a skin moisturizer and protecting against hair damage. It can also be used as a mild form of sunscreen. Another application is using it like mouthwash in a process called oil pulling, which can kill some of the harmful bacteria in the mouth, improve dental health and reduce bad breath. It’s easy to make your own mayo with much healthier ingredients like coconut oil. Coconut oil’s anti-inflammatory properties can help relieve the pain or itch caused by insect bites or stings.Coconut oil can be used to get rid of stains, including spills on carpets and furniture. Coconut oil’s strong antibacterial properties make it a great natural deodorant that contains no chemicals. Coconut oil may help keep your furniture looking shiny and well-cared-for. Coconut oil is a gentle and effective eye makeup remover. Apply with a cotton pad and wipe gently until all traces of makeup are gone.

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