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Herbs & Botanicals Q – T

Common Name: Raspberry seed Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 4.39.14 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Rubus idaeus

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Protection, Love

Medicinal Properties:

Red Raspberry seed oil has a high Vitamin E content, which is a potent antioxidant, it reduces skin damage and mops up free radicals that contribute to skin-aging.  It found that raspberry seed oil can shield against UVA-induced damage by scattering as well as absorption. Red raspberry seed oil has been shown to have exceptional anti-inflammatory properties. The antioxidants in red raspberries—one of the best food sources of antioxidants—have shown potential in helping to reduce cholesterol oxidation, and they may also help inhibit digestive enzymes, resulting in a lowered blood sugar level and increased insulin response

Practical Uses:

For the face use a few drops morning and night. It is a non-greasy and non-oily moisturizer that absorbs very well. Mix a few drops with your makeup remover or facial cream. Add some to your face masks or lip balms. To use on hair, add 2-3 drops to your shampoo or conditioner or just use a few drops on your ends or scalp.To use on the body, mix a few drops with your body lotion, sunscreen, or bath or shower gel. Use a few drops mixed into your body oil, or use it on its own as a body oil.

 

Common Name: Red Sandalwood

Scientific/Latin Name: Pterocarpus santalinus

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Meditation, calming, focusing the mind. Sandalwood paste is used in many rituals including fire ceremonies, and Sandalwood paste is also used to anoint the forehead as a blessing, as well as to make a design symbolic to particular religious sects.

Medicinal Properties:

Traditionally red sandalwood has been used externally for reducing inflammation, treating skin diseases and wounds and internally for diabetes and fevers. It has been used in a wide variety of applications such as genital and urinary infections, digestive complaints, dry coughs, persistent coughs, throat irritations, laryngitis, nervous disorders, depression and anxiety. Sandalwood is used widely and effectively in skin care, being useful for dry, cracked and chapped skin, rashes and acne. Sandalwood can also effectively heal ulcers.

Practical Uses:

Red sandalwood can help you immensely in exfoliating the upper dead skin cell layer and revealing a fresh layer of skin underneath. It is effective for helping treat sunburns as well. Use sandalwood powder and green tea mask to get rid of wrinkles and sun induced aging. Massage skin with Aloe Vera gel mixed with sandalwood powder and bit of lavender oil to calm senses and relax after a long hard day.

 

Common Name: Ricebran Oil 

Scientific/Latin Name: Oryza Sativa

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings:  Protection, Rain, Fertility, Money

Medicinal Properties:

Rice bran oil has an almost balanced fatty acid composition that is close to this ratio. It is known as the heart-friendly oil and might help lower cholesterol. It is rich in Vitamin E which is powerful antioxidant and has antimutagenic properties which prevent from cancer. It contains high levels of natural antioxidants which boost your metabolic rate and may help with weight loss.It is an anti-inflammatory and some studies have shown that its consumption can reduce the effects of menopause like hot flashes. Rice bran oil can increase your levels of vitamin E, which can speed up wound healing, increase cellular regeneration, smooth skin, reduce wrinkles, and provide protection from sunburn. Rice bran oil is hypoallergenic, which other vegetable oils cannot claim. The oil will not cause any allergic reactions when used in cooking, and can also calm existing allergic reaction in the body.

Practical Uses:

Rice bran oil has a high smoke-point, which is pitched at 254C or 490F, which makes it perfect for stir frying or deep frying. It can maintain its nutritive quality even at high temperatures. Rice bran is also very beneficial for your hair and can be used in hair masks and for scalp massage. Rice bran oil has benefits for the skin, it can be applied directly on your face, all over your body or it can be mixed with your usual skin care products. Rice bran oil is an edible oil which can be used in the preparation of vegetable ghee. Rice bran wax is used as a substitute for carnauba wax in cosmetics, confectionery, shoe creams and polishing compounds.

 

Common Name: Rooibos Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 4.47.20 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Aspalathus linearis

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings:

Medicinal Properties:

Health benefits of red rooibos tea include its use as a cure for headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, bone weakness, hypertension, allergies, and premature aging. This tea is absolutely free from caffeine content and is also low in tannins. Drinking rooibos tea can further ease severe stomach cramps, as well as bring relief to asthma and other related conditions. It also boosts the immune system. Rooibos contains polyphenols that have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antimutagenic qualities. Rooibos tea is known to relieve stress, nervous tension, and hypertensive conditions. Red rooibos tea is rich in calcium, manganese, and fluoride minerals that assist in maintaining good bone structure and stronger teeth. rooibos tea can be useful for small children who suffer from colic or stomach pain. It can help to balance blood sugar, improve insulin resistance and glucose absorption by muscles, and boosts the insulin secretion from the pancreas. The antioxidants present in rooibos tea slow down the aging process and also boost the strength of the immune system.

Practical Uses:

Most people prefer to drink rooibos tea in its natural form without using any sweeteners and those who simply want a refreshing drink without a caffeine boost, rooibos is an ideal choice. Ease tiredness of eyes with rooibos tea by taking 1/2 cup of warm rooibos tea. Make sure that the tea is just warm, not hot.

Then dip 1 wash cloth in the tea. Gently wipe your eyes with this washcloth. Continue doing that until you finish the entire tea. Save used tea bags and leaves to use as fertiliser in your garden. Simply break open used tea bags and sprinkle the leaves on the soil. Gently scratch the rooibos leaves in. While plants love rooibos tea, snails do not! To deter this garden pest, sprinkle rooibos tea leaves on the surface of garden beds.

 

Common Name:  Rose Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 4.49.39 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Rosa

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Love, Divination, Luck, Protection

Medicinal Properties:

Rose petals are gentle and nourishing, and they have a special action called astringency that makes them a great friend to even the most delicate skin. Astringent herbs help tone, tighten, and support the tissues. Rose oil boosts self-esteem, confidence, and mental strength while efficiently fighting depression. Rose essential oil may calm down a patient with high fever by sedating the inflammation. It can also be beneficial in other cases of inflammation caused by microbial infection, ingestion of poisonous materials, indigestion, and dehydration. Topically applying rose oil to wounds helps to protect them from becoming septic and developing infections. Rose essential oil efficiently relieves spasms in the respiratory system and intestines, as well as muscular spasms in various limbs. It also helps to cure convulsions, muscle pulls, cramps and spasmodic cholera caused due to spasms. The very scent of it can arouse you, and it boosts the libido while invoking romantic feelings which are essential for a successful sex life. Rose essential oil purifies the blood by helping in the removal and neutralization of toxins. Once your blood is purified and free of toxins, you are protected from boils, rashes, ulcers, and skin diseases, as well as serious conditions that free radicals can cause, like cancer and heart diseases. Roses can also prevent excessive bleeding, maintain liver health, and reduce stomach disorders.

Practical Uses:

Rose petals are astringent and can be used as a skin wash to staunch bleeding from scrapes and cuts. Rose petals can turn an everyday bath into a luxurious spa treatment for the body and spirit. Rosewater can be used alone as a facial wash or incorporated in lotions and creams. Homemade rosewater is inexpensive, easy to make, fresher and better quality than commercial brands. A few drops of essential oil can be added to bathwater for depression, grief, or insomnia. Rosewater combined with equal amounts of witch hazel is used as a moisturizing lotion for skin prone to pimples or acne. Gargles made from petal infusions, used alone or combined with sage, are used for sore throats.Compresses soaked in infusions of the dried flowers make a good anti-inflammatory remedy for the eyes or any other inflamed area of the body and applied cool for headaches.

 

Common Name: Rosehip Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 4.51.00 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Rosa canina

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Youth, beauty

Medicinal Properties:

The oil being extracted from rosehips is believed to be extremely good for you, comprising of a high content of vitamin C, vitamin E, lycopene (an antioxidant famous for its capability to promote skin cell renewal and repair of the skin). . It is commonly used for a variety of skin conditions, including dermatitis, and eczema, for mature and sun burnt skin as well as brittle nails and wrinkles. Rose hip oil is also frequently used to heal scarring and diminish photo-aging. It quickly absorbs into the skin, replenishing moisture and creating a protective barrier on the skin to help prevent dehydration. The UV rays of the sun can damage the skin, resulting in age spots and discoloration on the face. The antioxidants found in rosehip oil combat free radicals that cause sun damage. Because rosehip oil is one of the best sources of vitamin C, and since vitamin C helps treat infections and boost the immune system, it makes for a great option to help keep the immune system strong. According the the University of Maryland, rosehip tea is a great option to help reduce inflammation in the body. Anyone suffering from osteoarthritis can benefit by having a cup of rosehip tea on a regular basis.

Practical Uses:

This oil may be used straight from the bottle as a moisturizer, or can be incorporated into a cream, lotion, facial oil, or massage oil. It has great healing properties for damaged and distressed skin which makes it a good choice to include when mixing a massage oil or preparing a carrier oil blend. Gently apply rosehip essential oil to your sunburn to help speed up the healing process and protect your skin from resulting damage. To restore life to your hair, heat up some rosehip essential oil in a bowl. Make sure it is not too hot so as not to burn yourself, it should be pleasantly warm. Dip your fingers into the warm oil and massage into your scalp and work into your hair. Let sit for an hour. Once the hour is up, shampoo your hair, making sure to wash out all of the oil. A weekly hot oil treatment with rosehip essential oil will guarantee and softer and more vibrant mane. If you’re suffering from dandruff, massage some rosehip essential oil into your scalp and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse and then shampoo. Use this treatment daily until your dandruff subsides.

 

Common Name: Rosemary Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 4.52.14 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Rosmarinus officinalis

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Protection, Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Purification, Healing, Sleep, Youth

Medicinal Properties:

One of the earliest documented uses of rosemary for health reasons was as a cognitive stimulant. It was said to improve memory and help to increase intelligence and focus. The aroma of rosemary alone has been linked to improving mood, clearing mind, and relieving stress in those with chronic anxiety or stress hormone imbalances. The active components in rosemary are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic in nature. While the general immune boosting qualities of rosemary are impressive enough, it is specifically powerful against bacterial infections, particularly those in the stomach. Rosemary has traditionally been used by dozens of cultures as a natural remedy for upset stomachs, constipation, bloating, and diarrhea. Rosemary acts as a stimulant for the body and boosts the production of red blood cells and blood flow. This helps to oxygenate vital organ systems, ensuring their metabolic activities, in addition to stimulating the movement of nutrients to cells that require repair. Applying a decoction to the temples, or simply smelling the aroma of rosemary has been linked to reducing the severity of migraine symptoms. The anti-aging properties of rosemary are quite well known.

Practical Uses:

As a natural antibacterial agent, rosemary works as a wonderful breath freshener that also improves your oral health. Steep rosemary leaves in a glass of hot water and then gargle or swish the water in your mouth to eliminate bacteria, and give you naturally fresh and clean breath all night! One of the easiest ways of preserving the flavors of rosemary is by making a simple vinegar or oil infusion. Boil water in a pot or kettle and transfer immediately to a large, heat proof bowl. Stir in two spoons of fresh or dried rosemary – a natural antiseptic that helps open nasal passages. Drape a towel over your head and lean over the bowl, positioning the towel to keep in as much steam as possible. Breathe in the vapors for up to ten minutes.Keep your home free from pests by placing sprigs of rosemary by the doors and windows. You can also spray a mixture of 10 drops of rosemary essential oil per one cup of water. This works to repel all manner of insects.

 

Common Name: Safflower Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 4.53.38 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Carthamus tinctorius

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Marriage, Welcome

Medicinal Properties:

Taken hot, safflower tea produces strong perspiration and has thus been used for fevers, colds, and related ailments. It has also been used at times for its soothing effect in cases of hysteria, such as that associated with chlorosis. Used for delayed menses, poor blood circulation, bruises, injuries (used in liniments), and measles. Consuming safflower regularly may have a positive benefit for diabetics with heart conditions. Safflower oil contains oleic acid that can help stimulate hair growth and strengthen your hair follicles. It helps keep your hair strong and shiny. Safflower may help prevent the formation of blackheads as well. The linoleic acids in safflower can help regulate the prostaglandins in your body that can cause hormonal fluctuations and problems during menstruation.

Practical Uses:

The flowers can be dried and powdered to make a saffron substitute; mixed with finely powdered talc, they make a rouge. Fresh flower petals yield dye colors ranging from yellows to reds. Flowers are used as a scent in potpourris and look nice dried in flower arrangements.  If you’re an animal lover, you can give safflower seeds to birds that land in your backyard via a small feeder. In addition, farmers can take advantage of safflowers prickly leaves to prevent wildlife from entering cash crop fields

 

Common Name: Sage Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 4.56.08 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Salvia officinalis

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Immortality, Longevity, Wisdom, Protection, Wishes

Medicinal Properties:

Research has shown that even small amounts of sage, whether inhaled or consumed, can increase recall abilities and memory retention in people. The anti-inflammatory qualities of sage extend to health issues such as arthritis and gout, as well as general inflammation of the cardiovascular system, which can result in heart diseases and high blood pressure. Antioxidant compounds found in sage can work to neutralize free radicals and prevent them from creating oxidative stress in the heart, organ systems, skin, joints, muscles, and even the brain. It also works to eliminate cognitive disorders that may arise, including Alzheimer’s and dementia. It appears to regulate and inhibit the release of stored glucose in the liver, preventing major fluctuations of blood sugar, which can help to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes or at least manage the condition if it has already manifested. It prevents gastric spasms and can significantly lower the occurrence of diarrhea and gastritis.

Practical Uses:

Sage is commonly brewed into a tea or used as a gargle to kill the pain of sore throats, mouth ulcers, gum disease, laryngitis and coughs thanks to its astringent, antiseptic, and antibacterial qualities. You can create a topical application of sage (salve or tincture) and use it to prevent bacterial and viral infections that attack the body through the skin.

Planting sage outdoors works to keep vegetable-munching pests like cabbage moths and carrot flies at bay. Thanks to its antimicrobial and antifungal effects, sage makes an effective and all-natural kitchen and bathroom cleaning agent, especially when coupled with white vinegar. The burning of herbs, a practice known as smudging, has been used for thousands of years to cleanse the air of impurities such as bacteria and viruses. Sage is by far the most popular herb to smudge with, simply take a dried bundle of sage, light it, quickly blow the flame out, and allow the smoke to waft around the house.

 

Common Name: Sea Salt Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 4.58.15 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Sodium chloride

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Great Neutralizer, Cleanse, Heal, Balance Energy

Medicinal Properties:

The health benefits of sea salt include skin care, improved dental health, and relief from rheumatoid arthritis, muscle cramps, psoriasis, and osteoarthritis. It also helps in providing a relief from acne and rhinosinusitis. Furthermore, it is beneficial for exfoliation, nasal and eye wash, and an improved electrolytic balance of the body. It has healing properties that play a vital role in maintaining the acid-alkali ratio, regular heartbeat, and relaxed sleep, along with providing relief from general body fatigue. By consuming sea salt daily, you also ensure that you maintain sufficient sodium levels, and this helps balance your sodium-potassium ratios. As a provider of sodium, sea salt is not just good for — it’s essential for proper brain, muscle and nervous system function.

Practical Uses:

Sea salt is also valued for its distinct flavor and is added to various recipes, particularly in French and Thai cuisine. Sea salt baths also alleviate the risk of infections and contribute towards overall immunity of the body. You can quickly freshen up artificial flowers — whether they are authentic silk ones or the more common nylon variety — by placing them in a paper bag with 1/4 cup salt. Give the bag a few gentle shakes, and your flowers will emerge as clean as the day you bought them. Wicker furniture can yellow with age and exposure to the sun and elements. To keep your wicker natural-looking, scrub it with a stiff brush dipped in warm salt water. Let the piece dry in the sun. Repeat this process every year or every other year. To clean grease stains mix up 1 part salt to 4 parts rubbing alcohol and rub it hard on the grease stain, being careful to rub in the direction of the rug’s natural nap. Hand sponges and mop sponges usually get grungy beyond use long before they are really worn out. To restore sponges to a pristine state, soak them overnight in a solution of about 1/4 cup salt per quart (liter) of water. Salt works well to lessen the pain of bee stings, bug bites, and poison ivy. If ants are beating a path to your home, intercept them by sprinkling salt across the door frame or directly on their paths. Ants will be discouraged from crossing this barrier.

 

Common Name: Shea Butter Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 5.00.31 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Shea Butter

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: N/A

Medicinal Properties:

In recent clinical trials, Shea Butter was found to help to protect skin against climate and UV aggressions, prevent wrinkle formation, soothe irritated and chapped skin, and moisturize the epidermis. Shea Butter also enhances cell regeneration and capillary circulation, which helps prevent and minimize stretch marks, inflammations, and scarring. Additionally, shea butter contains several natural natural anti-inflammatory agents. Those who routinely use shea butter report a number of other special benefits for skin ailments, including blemishes, itching, sunburns, small skin wounds, eczema, and skin allergies because of the abundance of healing ingredients and its superior moisturizing activity.

Practical Uses:

Shea butter is said to protect and soothe the lips. Apply several times a day; smooch frequently to test its efficacy. Many who suffer from painful cracked heels and dry cuticles claim that shea butter solves the problem. For heels that are particularly bad, apply shea butter before bed and slip into cotton socks for the night. With its anti-inflammatory magic, it makes sense that shea butter would stop the swelling of insect bites and it also stops the irksome itch of insect bites pretty much on the spot. Applying shea butter after shaving can aid in irritation and razor burn.

 

Common Name: Spearmint Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 5.04.16 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Mentha spicata

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Healing, Love, Mental Powers

Medicinal Properties: The natural antibacterial and antimicrobial nature of menthol and other organic compounds in spearmint can help to protect your mouth and throat from infections, including those that can damage dental and gum health. Spearmint tea has a significant impact on the health of your respiratory system due to its naturally soothing and anti-inflammatory qualities. It can help to relieve sore throats and tightness in the chest, alleviating congestion and irritation. Spearmints powerful aroma can also help to clear up sinuses and even increase mental clarity, according to experts. Spearmint has a number of roles to play in the digestive system, particularly as a gentle tonic to ease an upset stomach. It is popular during pregnancy to prevent morning sickness, nausea, and vomiting, but can also be used by others suffering from such gastrointestinal issues as excess flatulence, cramping, or bloating. For those suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome or some other form of hormonal imbalance, spearmint has been shown to help manage or treat the condition. The iron content in a single serving of spearmint is more than 100% of the daily recommended amount, which can stimulate the production of red blood cells and hemoglobin. This not only prevents anemia but also increases circulation to the body’s extremities, boosting energy levels and wound healing. The high potassium levels found in spearmint are crucial to maintaining healthy blood pressure; potassium is a vasodilator, meaning that it relieves the stress on blood vessels and arteries, therefore helping to prevent atherosclerosis, strokes, and heart attacks. The limonene found in this tea is known to counter the negative effects of free radicals and increase neurotransmitter activity, to the point of improving memory, concentration, and focus. Spearmint has long been used in traditional medicines due to its powerful anti-fungal activity.

Practical Uses:

A single glass of spearmint tea can help you clear your mind and tackle the cognitive tasks at hand. Spearmint tea can reduce the discomfort and pain of an infant who is particularly colicky. This sweet, zingy and refreshing herb can impart some serious flavor to a dish. Bathing in soothing warm water is one of the easiest and most blissful ways to relax and unwind after a hard day. But adding a little mint oil or a couple of handfuls of fresh mint leaves to the tub may double its stress relieving effect, the menthol naturally present in the mint acts as a muscle relaxant, helping work out stress induced aches and pains. If you are experiencing nausea, steep one teaspoon of fresh or dried peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water and drink. Repeat four or five times a day, between meals. The next time hunger pangs strike, try chewing on a few fresh mint leaves or adding your homemade oil to your essential oil diffuser because it curbs your appetite.  For instantly fresh breath, chew on mint leaves, or sip on a cup of mint tea. Researchers found that peppermint water is effective in preventing nipple cracks and nipple pain in first-time mothers who are breastfeeding. Apply cool mint-infused water to the affected area several times daily for pain relief.

 

Common Name: Spirulina Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 5.06.02 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Arthrospira platensis

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Longevity, Energy

Medicinal Properties:

Spirulina benefits have been shown to promote the growth of healthy bacterial flora in the intestines, which in turn inhibits Candida from thriving. Additionally, the immune-strengthening properties of spirulina will help the body eliminate Candida cells. A number of animal and test tube studies suggest that spirulina increases production of antibodies, infection-fighting proteins, and other cells that improve immunity and help ward off infection and chronic illnesses such as cancer. It also lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, lowers the chance of having a stroke, boosts energy, speeds up weight loss, and alleviates sinus issues.

Practical Uses:

You can put a few teaspoons of spirulina into juices or smoothies. As a powerhouse of protein, spirulina is a perfect addition to your post-workout shake. Mix it into salad dressing to give your greens an even more generous nutrient punch. Let spirulina transform your favorite guacamole dip into a superfood fiesta.

 

Common Name: Sweet Birch Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 5.10.56 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Betula lenta

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Protection, Exorcism, Purification

Medicinal Properties:

Preventing bacterial and fungal infections are two of the most important properties of birch oil. It stimulates the nervous, circulatory, digestive, and excretory systems. It helps control diabetes and helps reduce body temperature during fever by promoting perspiration. This also helps in the removal of toxins from the body through sweat during fever, further improving the condition of the patient and leading towards a faster recovery time. Birch oil is helpful in reducing pain in the joints and muscles, as well as pain associated with headaches and toothaches. It is also antispasmodic and relieves cramping throughout the body. Since it stimulates the circulatory system and improves circulation, birch essential oil is very helpful in giving relief in diseases associated with improper circulation such as edema (swelling), rheumatism, and arthritis. Birch essential oil promotes urination, lose weight, promotes digestion, cures infections in the urinary system, cleanses the kidneys, and lowers blood pressure.

Practical Uses:

Birch essential oil is an excellent germicide and insecticide. Used as a tonic, it gives feelings of strength, warmth, and vitality. It is ideal for use in extremely cold climates. Frequently used in massage therapy and to support muscles and joints. Massage into the soles of the feet and use aromatically during meditation or breathing techniques. Consider adding birch essential oil to your cleansing or moisturizing routines. Gently massage 1-2 drops of birch essential oil into the neck and shoulders 2-3 times a day to relieve tension.

 

Common Name: Sweet Fennel Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 5.15.04 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Foeniculum vulgare

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Protection, Healing, Purification, Flattery

Medicinal Properties:

Iron and histidine, an amino acid found in fennel, are both helpful in the treatment of anemia. Some of the components of the essential oils in fennel are stimulants and they stimulate secretion of digestive and gastric juices while reducing inflammation of the stomach and intestines, and facilitating proper absorption of nutrients from the food.  Its extract can be used by everyone, from infants to the elderly, as a way to reduce flatulence and to expel excess gas from the stomach.Fennel seeds, particularly in powdered form, can act as a laxative. Fennel is a great source of fiber, as mentioned above, but besides the advantages to digestion that fiber provides, it also helps to maintain healthy levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream. One of the attributes of potassium is its quality as a vasodilator, which means that it relaxes the tension of blood vessels, thereby reducing blood pressure. Also, fennel is a vasodilator, which means more oxygen reaches the brain and neural activity can work at optimal functionality. Fennel is helpful in curing diarrhea if it is caused by bacterial infections because some components of the essential oil in fennel such as anetol and cineole have disinfectant and antibacterial properties. Fennel is also an Emmenagogue, meaning that it eases and regulates menstruation by properly regulating hormonal action in the body.

Practical Uses:

Fennel has been used as a flavoring agent, a scent, and an insect repellent, as well as an herbal remedy for poisoning and stomach conditions. It has also been used as a stimulant to promote milk flow in breast-feeding and to induce menstruation. Use it in massages and baths by adding two to three drops into your massage oil or your bath water. Use it in facials by blending a few drops of fennel essential oil with an unscented facial cream. You can use it for direct inhalation by diluting three to four drops into a vaporizer or diffuser. Fennel essential oil is also great for wounds. Just apply one to two drops to the affected area.

 

Common Name: Tea Leaves Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 5.16.43 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Camellia sinensis

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Tasseography, a divination or fortune-telling method that interprets patterns in tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments.

Medicinal Properties:

It is rich in catechins polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a powerful antioxidant, reduces the risk of all cancers and inhibits the growth of cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. The use of tea can naturally lower total cholesterol levels, improves the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol. Green tea is used for weight loss because of its thermogenic properties that promote fat oxidation. The tea plant can be effective as an herbal treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, infection and impaired immune function associated with HIV. The tea plant contains natural fluoride and the catechin glucosyl transferase which stops cavities, destroying the cariogenic bacteria that cause plaque and oral bacteria which produce bad breath. It also prevents strep throat and influenza when used as a mouthwash.

Practical Uses:

The astringency of tea makes it great ingredient to cut through grease and dust, and it even helps make furniture shine. Place a cold brewed tea in a spray bottle and use it to make mirrors and glass sparkle. Tea leaves are highly absorbent and can attract odor from anything they come in contact with or even sit next to. Which is why you can reliably turn to tea when you need to rid different areas of your household of a stubborn odor. Make a strong brewed tea and use it as a daily hair rinse for a natural way to enhance your hair’s color. Fabric: Dye lace, cotton, muslin or other fabric to give it that vintage look. Tea is highly acidic and full of nutrients that can help plants thrive. Before tossing out your used tea, see if there’s a nearby plant that needs a little extra love.

 

Common Name: Tea Tree Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 5.19.20 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Melaleuca alternifolia

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Strengthening, Medicinal, Harmony

Medicinal Properties:

Tea tree, also known as melaleuca, is well-known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds. One of the most common uses for tea tree oil today is in skin care products, as it’s considered one of the most effective home remedies for acne. Tea tree oil has proven very beneficial for the health of your hair and scalp. It has the ability to soothe dry flaking skin, remove dandruff and even can be used for the treatment of lice. Tea tree oil can help relieve any type of skin inflammation, including being used as a natural eczema treatment and for reducing psoriasis. Because of its ability to kill parasites and fungal infections, tea tree oil is a great choice to use on toenail fungus, athlete’s foot and ringworm.  It’s been shown to reduce the bleeding of gums and tooth decay. Tea tree oil has been proven to have anti-cancer benefits.

Practical Uses:

Another fantastic way to use tea tree oil is as a household cleaner. Tea tree oil have powerful antimicrobial properties and can kill off bad bacteria in your home. To make homemade a tea tree oil cleanser, mix with water, vinegar and lemon essential oil  then use it on your counter tops, kitchen appliances, shower, toilet and sinks. Consider buying a diffuser and diffusing tea tree oil in the air around your home to kill mold and other bad bacteria. Also, you can spray tea tree oil cleaner onto shower curtains,your laundry machine,  dishwasher or toilet to kill off mold. You can make homemade tea tree oil deodorant by mixing it with coconut oil and baking soda. Tea tree oil mixed with lavender essential oil is the perfect ingredient in a homemade wound ointment. Simply mix tea tree oil with coconut oil and baking soda for an amazing homemade toothpaste.

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