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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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Herbs & Botanicals M – P

Common Name: Madder Root

Scientific/Latin Name: Rubia tinctorum

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: N/A

Medicinal Properties:

People take madder by mouth for preventing and dissolving kidney stones, as well as and for treating general menstrual disorders, and urinary tract disorders, blood disorders, bruises, jaundice, paralysis, spleen disorders, and sciatica. It is also used to promote urination, as an aphrodisiac, and as a tonic.

The herb is recommended for the treatment of oozing, varicose veins, rashes, boils, eruptions and edema. It is also used externally to dry wounds and in ulcer dressing

Practical Uses:

A very good quality red dye is obtained from the roots. The roots can be dried for later use. The dye can also be extracted from the leaves.The leaves and stem are prickly, the whorls of leaves having spines along the midrib on the underside, this feature enables them to be used for polishing metalwork.


Common Name: Matcha Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 4.28.57 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Camellia sinensis

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: A passage to spiritual harmony, meditation, patience, peace

Medicinal Properties:

Research has shown that green tea consumption can reduce the risk of cancer. Some of the specific cancers where risk reduction has been scientifically demonstrated include bladder, breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers. Matcha is good for boosting your metabolism and helping with weight loss. Green tea is the best food source of a group of antioxidants known as catechins. Matcha is said to induce a feeling of alert calm due to its mix of L-theanine and caffeine. Green tea may lower LDL cholesterol and high triglycerides, and thereby reduce the risk of death from heart disease and stroke. Adding matcha to your life can be one of the ways that you can help to reverse diabetes or keep it away in the first place. Matcha’s rich green color is the result of high chlorophyll levels, which is great to detoxify the body.

Practical Uses:

A great way to use up extra matcha tea is to turn it into ice cubes. Simply fill an ice cube tray halfway with cold matcha tea and place the tray in the freezer. Once the tea is frozen, remove the tray from the freezer and twist it gently in order to pop out the matcha ice cubes. You can use matcha green tea ice cubes to dress up cocktails, lemonade, and fizzy water. Next time you make cookies, toss a tsp of Matcha in with your dry ingredients, or if you’re making porridge, adding some Matcha can only add to the taste. You can also try it in smoothies, soups, pudding, pancakes; the list goes on!


Common Name: Myrtle Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 4.30.37 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Myrtus

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Love, Good Luck in Love in Marriage, Chastity, Marital Fidelity, Good Luck, Prosperity

Medicinal Properties:

The health benefits of myrtle include a better respiratory health, skin care, boosted immunity, and hormone balance. Myrtle essential oil is very popular in aromatherapy and is commonly used to alleviate respiratory conditions, such as bronchitis and asthma. Myrtle has been found to effectively clear up acne and other imperfections on the skin. Myrtle is perhaps most highly praised for its high levels of antioxidants, including quercetin, tannins, myricetin, and catechin. These antioxidants have been widely studied and have been found to have anticarcinogenic and antimutagenic properties. Myrtle can help to stimulate urination, thereby eliminating excess toxins, salts, fluids, and even fat, thereby helping to regulate the functions of your kidneys. Myrtle is also useful for diabetes treatment, heart health, and helping cognitive abilities.

Practical Uses:

The myrtus plant can actually be used to make a sort of wine that has one batch that is produced from the leaves and another batch that is produced from the berries. All in all, there are a lot of great uses for the myrtle plant and you can even use it for bouquets and arrangements. To use for hemorrhoids, add 6 drops of myrtle oil to 30 grams of cold cream and mix well. Apply several times a day until the swelling or pain subsides.  Apart from being an effective skincare agent, myrtle can also ward off bad odor. Add diluted myrtle oil solution to water and use as spray for deodorant. You may diffuse, mix with bathwater, or apply a drop to the back of the neck and pulse points to help with insomnia.


Common Name: Olive Oil Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 4.31.57 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Olea europaea

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Healing, Peace, Fertility, Potency, Protection, Lust

Medicinal Properties:

Olive oil has nutrients that support the heart and brain, and the Omega-3s in olive oil make blood flow easier. Olive oil supplies essential nutrients to injured skin and discourages harmful organisms from infecting the wound, which speeds the healing of burns. Olive oil can reduce scarring from severe stretch marks following pregnancy. Olive oil can reduce muscle fatigue, improve the strength and flexibility of the skin, and prevent sports related injuries. There are many large studies showing that people who consume olive oil have a much lower risk of developing stroke, the second biggest killer in developed countries. Some studies suggest that olive oil can help fight Alzheimer’s disease, but more research is needed to confirm this.

Practical Uses:

Rubbing a little olive oil on the skin provides essential vitamins and nutrients, keeping the skin nourished and smooth. Use olive oil for protection from the sun. Recent studies support this traditional use as olive oil has a higher SPF than other natural oils. Olive oil works as a intensive hair conditioner. Rub a few drops of olive oil into your nails to inject some moisture into dry skin and cuticles. Nourish your skin by pouring a cup of olive oil into a bath and enjoying a relaxing hot soak.  A little olive oil can act as a fast and effective way to relieve ear aches. Warm the olive oil by placing the bottle in a bowl of hot water then pour a few drops into the affected area.If you got paint in your hair or skin from a painting job, remove it easily by moistening a cotton wool pad with olive oil and gently rubbing it out. Rub a bit of olive oil on a clean rag and gently buff your pots and pans, anything in between, to prevent streaks, corrosion and tarnish.


Common Name: Palmarosa

Scientific/Latin Name: Cymbopogon martinii

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Uplifting, invigorating

Medicinal Properties:

This oil has been shown in studies to be a great antioxidant, scavenging damaging free-radicals in the body.  Palmarosa can help reduce fever thanks to its antiviral, as well as antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It is ideal for treating internal bacterial infections of the stomach, colon, urinary bladder, urethra, prostate, and kidneys. It is also effective against external bacterial infections that occur on the skin, making it great as a natural treatment for wounds prone to infection. As a stimulant, it promotes digestion by stimulating the secretion of digestive juices. It also facilitates nutrient absorption to make boost the efficiency of the digestive process. Palmarosa essential oil helps the body retain the moisture in the tissues. This reduces inflammation and dehydration, which keeps the skin smooth, moist, and young-looking. Palmarosa is used extensively for stress relief as it helps soothe the mind, relieve anxiety and nervous exhaustion. Oil of palmarosa can also help treat candida, shingles, rashes, acne, and blemishes.

Practical Uses:

Mix a few drops of palmarosa oil to ointments and skin care creams to treat skin infections and help clean wounds to prevent them from being septic. Add 2 to 3 drops of this plant oil to your bathwater or use it as a massage oil to prevent pain, spasms, convulsions, and skin problems.

Massage your skin with 2 drops of palmarosa oil blended with coconut oil. Doing so will moisturize your skin and fight signs of aging like wrinkles. For a restorative foot soak use 6 drops palmarosa essential oil, 3 drops lemongrass essential oil, 3 drops patchouli essential oil and 2 drops tea tree essential oil and add to warm water.


Common Name: Passion Flower Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 4.33.59 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Passiflora

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Peace, Sleep, Friendship

Medicinal Properties:

Passionflower herb is used in alternative medicine for anxiety, insomnia, nervous disorders and seizures. This compound lowers brain activity, which may help you relax and sleep better. Passionflower is said to be useful for back pain due to action on the nerves. Passion Flowers calming properties may also be helpful for ADD and ADHD. It has potential for treating stomach ulcers

Practical Uses:

As a tea it has a pleasant, very mild but unusual taste, much like its fragrance, that is hard to describe.  To 1 tbsp. dried herb (include stems) add 1 cup boiling water steep for 10 min. drink at bedtime for restlessness and insomnia, or during the day to calm anxiety. The flowers can add a tasty and decorative touch to salads, or used to make a syrup. The fruit can be eaten raw or made into jams, jellies, or wine. Try dried fragrant Passion Flower leaves, fruits, buds and flowers in herbal sachets, baths, and herb pillows, too! An extract, or tincture, can also be made.


Common Name: Peppermint Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 4.35.29 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Mentha piperita

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Purification, Sleep, Love, Healing, Psychic Powers

Medicinal Properties:

Peppermint oil is very helpful for digestion. Peppermint oil, due to its antiseptic properties, is very useful in dental care. It also eliminates bad breath and helps teeth and gums fight off hazardous germs. Its topical application can reduce the chances of fungal nail infection. Peppermint is able to provide relief from stress, depression, and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature. It is also effective against anxiety and restlessness. Furthermore, it stimulates mental activity, clears the mind, and boosts cognition. Peppermint oil is very effective for gastroscopy, colonoscopy, and during a double-contrast barium enema, where it is applied intraluminally. Peppermint oil can be used to treat urinary tract infections (UTI). It is also an effective expectorant and therefore provides instantaneous, though temporary, relief for numerous respiratory problems including nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, cold, and cough. Peppermint oil can be used externally in order to provide relief from pain. It can boost a person’s immunity to various diseases, increase blood circulation, and is very useful for hair care as it gives a cooling effect to the head while removing dandruff and lice.

Practical Uses:

Peppermint oil is a good home remedy for nausea and headaches. To quickly alleviate the pain of a headache, simply apply it in a diluted form directly on the forehead. Inhaling peppermint oil can eliminate the effects of nausea and motion sickness, simply because of its relaxing and soothing effects. If you have a stomach ache, mix 2-3 drops of peppermint oil with 1 tsp of a carrier oil such as coconut oil and massage on your stomach. To alleviate gas and indigestion fill a glass of warm water add 1 drop of peppermint oil and 1 tsp of honey. Mix and drink before meals. For teething, blend 1 drop of peppermint oil with 1 drop of coconut or olive oil and rub and massage the gum area.


Common Name: Petitgrain

Scientific/Latin Name: petitgrain bigarade

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Grounding, Uplifting, Calming

Medicinal Properties:

The natural antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-infectious properties of Petitgrain oil assists in fighting bacteria and other microbes that worsen wounds, cause septic, and give birth to acne and other skin infections. Petitgrain essential oil is also regarded as an effective aphrodisiac. The essential oil of petitgrain, being anti-spasmodic in nature, induces relaxation in the tissues, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels, thereby helping to cure spasms. The relaxing effect of Petitgrain essential oil helps overcome depression and other problems such as anxiety, stress, anger, and fear. It can also be used to treat problems like abnormal palpitations, hypertension, and insomnia. Petitgrain essential oil is equally efficient in calming nervous afflictions, convulsions, and epileptic and hysteric attacks.

Practical Uses:

The relaxing properties of Petitgrain essential oil can also be beneficial for massage. When you want a relaxing foot massage, dilute a few drops of Petitgrain oil with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil before rubbing the combination on the bottoms of the feet. If you enjoy drinking herbal tea or other hot drinks, consider adding a few drops of Petitgrain oil to help enhance the flavor. Diffuse Petitgrain oil in the essential oil diffuser of your choice when you want to create a relaxing, calming environment.  This essential oil prevents body odor so it can be used as a deodorant.

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Herbs & Botanicals U – Z

Common Name: Wild Indigo

Scientific/Latin Name: Baptisia australis

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Meditation, Devotion, Helping Others, Fairness, Impartiality, Wisdom, Authority, and it’s a very spiritual color. It is linked to increased intuition and perception.

Medicinal Properties:

Wild indigo is used for infections such as diphtheria, influenza, swine flu, the common cold and other upper respiratory tract infections, scarlet fever, malaria, and typhoid. It is also used for sore tonsils (tonsillitis), sore throat, swelling of the mouth and throat, fever, boils, and Crohn’s disease.

Some people apply wild indigo directly to the skin for ulcers, sore and painful nipples, as a douche for vaginal discharge, and for cleaning open and swollen wounds. It can help to heal ulcers in the mouth, gingivitis, and help in the control of pyorrhea. Its antimicrobial and immunostimulant qualities combat lymphatic problems; and, when used with detoxifying herbs, helps to reduce enlarged lymph nodes.

Practical Uses:

An inferior blue dye can be extracted from the flowers and seed pods through a complicated process involving chemicals and fermentation.

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Herbs & Botanicals I – L

Common Name: JasmineScreenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.34.57 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Jasminum

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Love, Money, Prophetic Dreams

Medicinal Properties:

Jasmine has been used for liver disease, liver pain due to cirrhosis, and abdominal pain due to severe diarrhea (dysentery). It is also used to cause relaxation, as a sedative, to heighten sexual desire as an aphrodisiac, and in cancer treatment. The aroma of jasmine essential oil has a pleasing and uplifting effect on the mind and it actively fights depression. It is also a very good antiseptic and disinfectant. Since it is a cicatrisant, it can help fade those scar marks and after spots. It can also help eliminate the fat cracks that often happen in pregnant mothers. It provides relief from a cough by helping clear out the accumulation of phlegm in the respiratory tracts. It also eliminates snoring by clearing the congestion from nasal and respiratory tracts. Jasmine essential oil increases milk secretion from the breasts and is therefore very good for lactating mothers and their new babies. The essential oil of jasmine facilitates and eases parturition and reduces labor pains.  It provides quick relief from spasmodic coughs, cramps, congestion, asthma, breathlessness, and even spasmodic cholera. It also helps protect the uterus from tumors, particularly after menopause, by restricting the flow of estrogen.

Practical Uses:

Jasmine tea can also be administered as a tincture to treat cuts and scrapes. A compress using jasmine flowers can be useful for headaches and strokes. Jasmine juice is useful for treating corns. In fact, various skin conditions including sunburn and rashes can be treated by apply jasmine in lotion form. A body massage with jasmine oil is known to not only lift spirits but also relieve aches and pains.  If you cannot sleep, try diffusing jasmine essential oil in your bedroom at night and simply inhale it from your cupped palms whenever you are feeling anxious. If you are suffering from a cold and cannot get rid of that annoying cough, try inhaling the oil from a sink full of steaming water before bed time.


Common Name: Juniper berryScreenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.36.36 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Juniperus communis

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Protection, Anti-theft, Love, Exorcism, Health. This is an excellent tree for healing and cleansing especially in curbing the spread of poisons or disease.

Medicinal Properties:

Oil of Juniper is given as a diuretic, stomachic, and carminative in indigestion, flatulence, and diseases of the kidney and bladder. One major benefit of juniper berries is the antioxidants they contain. Antioxidants help your body to prevent and fight disease because they relieve oxidative stress caused by too many free radicals in your system. These berries have compelling effects on many strains of bacteria and fungi. In fact, at least one study suggested they could be part of treatment for skin and respiratory infections. A simple Google search reveals that one of the most common uses for juniper berries, specifically in essential oil form, is to treat skin issues like rash or eczema. The antioxidants they contain are probably one major reason this can be effective. Many natural health practitioners recommend juniper berry essential oil as a relaxant and believe it has a positive impact on brain chemistry, encouraging rest. Juniper berries can help to improve heart function. It’s possible that one novel use of juniper berries could be the treatment of the parasite that causes leishmaniasis, a disease commonly contracted in tropical regions and southern Europe.

Practical Uses:

The oil mixed with lard is also used in veterinary practice as an application to exposed wounds and prevents irritation from flies. The antibacterial and antifungal qualities of juniper berries have stood the test of time, which is one reason that juniper berry essential oil is often suggested as a natural household cleaning agent. For the most pungent flavor, try crushing fresh berries before using them in a sauce or marinade. You may also try toasting them, but over-cooking will draw out the bitterness and make the berries inedible. To prepare a diluted infusion with the juniper berries, take 15 gm of dried juniper berries and boil it in 500 ml of water and strain out the liquid. When it is cool enough drink the infusion can treat stomach disorders and chills or menstrual pain.


Common Name: Kaolin Clay

Scientific/Latin Name: Kaolinite

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: N/A

Medicinal Properties:

Kaolin clay has been traditionally used  in caring, nourishing, and soothing different skin types. Kaolin clay is used as skin detoxifying and cleansing agent. The clay contains high content of silica that helps in removing the dead skin and makes it to regenerate. This also purifies and detoxes the skin and makes it moist. In addition, it has unique minerals and phytonutrients present, which helps in eliminating toxin and oil from the skin. Kaolin clay can be used to treat and heal various skin conditions. For instance, in the gastrointestinal tract, kaolin clay has been effectively used to treat and heal soreness and some swellings in the oral mucosa (mouth) that result from radiation treatments. The clay is absorbent so it’s helpful with issues like diarrhea and has the potential to improve conditions like IBS, leaky gut, some ulcers, and inflammations of the large intestine, such as ulcerative colitis.

Practical Uses:

Clays are very important ingredients diy deodorants. Kaolin clay can be used in place of bentonite clay. It will help neutralize odor. It is also gentle when compared to ingredients which are irritating and unnatural. Kaolin clay is sprayed on fruits, leaves, or the entire crop to prevent insects and parasites from damaging them. It is also sprayed on fruits, to prevent sunscald. Studies have also found out that kaolin clay is rich in silica, which improves nutrients uptakes by plants by increasing the mineral bioavailability.


Common Name: LavenderScreenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.39.08 PM

Scientific / Latin Name: Lavandula

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Feminine, Tranquility, Purification, Healing, Release energy block, Love, Sleep, Happiness, Peace, Meditation

Medicinal Properties: Lavender is an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory used in the application of various skin ailments. Antiseptic qualities of the herbs are commonly used to ward off insects. It’s sedative qualities are used to treat stress and anxiety, and helps to soothe the nerves, calm the mind, treat headaches and promote sleep. Other attributes: antimicrobial, bitter, carminative, hypnotic, cholagogue, antidepressant.

Practical Uses: The leaves and flowers of the lavender plant are used fresh or dried. They can be placed in a vase for their aromatic properties in the household, or simmered in water to distribute vapor. They can also be used in culinary dishes. Dried flowers can be infused in hot water to drink as tea, or infused in oil for various topical uses. Lavender essential oil is a concentrated product and allows for various topical applications, and is also used in diffusers to disperse in the air asvapor. Dried flowers can also be stored in a sachet and placed in closets or drawers to keep linens and clothes fresh and free from insects.


Common Name: LemongrassScreenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.41.00 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Cymbopogon

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Repel snakes, Lust, Psychic powers, Love, Balance, Calm, Uplifting, and It teaches us the balance of “Forgive and Forget”.

Medicinal Properties:

The health benefits of lemongrass include relief from stomach disorders, insomnia, respiratory disorders, fever, aches, infections, rheumatism, and edema. The defensive antioxidant activity of the lemongrass herb protects against antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and helps in maintaining optimum cholesterol levels, cellular health, nervous system, healthy skin and immune system. It is also effective in treating type 2 diabetes, cancer, and obesity, while also aiding in detoxification.

Practical Uses:

Lemongrass is used in the manufacturing of shampoos and grooming products for pets due to its repellent effects on lice and ticks. Lemongrass is used as a natural insect repellant and helps in preventing the occurrence of insect-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, and Lyme disease. Lemongrass is used in the manufacturing of deodorants due to its cleansing and antibacterial properties which help to combat unpleasant body-odor and prevent fungal and bacterial infections. It can also be added to footbaths for sanitizing sore and odorous feet.  You can brew a tea by bending and tying two lemongrass stalks with twine, then placing them in a cup and steeping them with boiling water for about 10 minutes, or until the tea becomes golden brown in color.


Common Name: LimeScreenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.42.08 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Citrus aurantifolia

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Pleasure, Fun, Healing Power, Positive, Stimulating Energy

Medicinal Properties:

The health benefits of lime include weight loss, improved digestion, reduced respiratory and urinary disorders, relief from constipation, and treatment of scurvy, piles, peptic ulcer, gout, and gums. It also aids in skin care and eye care. Lime juice can be consumed orally and used in topical applications. It rejuvenates the skin and protects it from infections. It also helps to reduce body odor due to the presence of high amount of vitamin C and flavonoids in it. Both lime juice and lime essential oil are high in antioxidants and have antibiotic and disinfectant properties. Lime has an irresistible aroma which causes your mouth to water and this actually aids primary digestion.

Practical Uses:

It tastes great with coconut water. Add a touch of sweetener if you like and a slice of cucumber for cool, refreshing tropical heaven. Its also great in some teas and infusions, use both the juice and zest. Add lime wedges to water to infuse it with a nice refreshing flavor.

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Herbs & Botanicals E – H

Common Name: EucalyptusScreenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.44.56 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Eucalyptus globulus

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Healing, Protection. It is seen as a protecting and nurturing tree. It can also symbolize ‘sloth’ due to its narcotic foliage. The eucalyptus is a holy tree for the Aboriginals, for them it represents the division of underworld, earth, and heaven. At a spiritual level the eucalyptus has a purifying effect, negative energy disappears in the place where you burn a eucalyptus leaf.

Medicinal Properties:

Eucalyptus features in a range of preparations to relieve symptoms of the common cold, for example, cough lozenges and inhalants. Eucalyptus oil may have antibacterial effects on pathogenic bacteria in the upper respiratory tract, including Haemophilus influenzae, a bacterium responsible for a range of infections, and some strains of streptococcus. It can be used to treat fungal infections and skin wounds. Eucalyptus extract may act as a pain reliever, and research indicates that the oil may have analgesic properties. Other conditions that eucalyptus may help with include arthritis, potentially due to its anti-inflammatory properties, a blocked nose wounds and burns, ulcers, cold sores, bladder diseases, diabetes – eucalyptus might help lower blood sugar, and fevers. Eucalyptus essential oil is highly effective for treating respiratory problems, such as asthma, bronchitis, COPD, pneumonia and even tuberculosis. Using eucalyptus for asthma is a proven treatment that dilates the blood vessels and allows more oxygen into the lungs. Simply mix eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil and coconut oil for a Homemade Vapor Rub, and put on upper chest.

Practical Uses:

Eucalyptus oil is a great hands and feet cleanser so if you’re up for a real treat you can have a refreshing salt soak for hands or feet. It’s also an effective insect repellent and insecticide. Grease can’t stand a chance against it, making a strong case for its inclusion in homemade cleansers.If you have stained fabric surfaces, give eucalyptus essential oil a try at removal. Of course, you want to make sure (in an inconspicuous spot) that the oil is compatible with the blend of fabric you have, just in case a random synthetic blend reacts poorly to the eucalyptus oil. Refresh the mind and lift the spirits with ten drops of eucalyptus essential oil added to a small spritzer bottle filled with distilled water. Simply spray 12 inches from your face and enjoy inhaling the gentle mist. Run stinky clothes and shoes through the dryer with a rag soaked in water and a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil. For shoes, stick the rag down into the shoe. This can help prevent odors as well as help keep the shape intact!


Common Name: Fir BalsamScreenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.24.08 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Abies balsamea

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Springtime, fortitude, immortality, hope, promise, and renewal

Medicinal Properties:

Historically, it has been used for burns, sores, cuts, tumors, heart and chest pains, cancer, mucous membrane swelling (inflammation), colds, coughs, warts, wounds, and as a pain-reliever. It

can be applied directly to the skin to treat hemorrhoids and kill germs. It has great antiseptic and healing properties of balsam fir pitch. Simply dab it on cuts, abrasions, sores, and wounds as a salve. The pitch will form a protective cover that aids in healing and destroys organisms that would otherwise find the area a hospitable place to grow and multiply.

Practical Uses:

Balsam fir pitch can be used as a tonic and quick pick-me-up when consumed, though you probably would not want to eat more than a few dabs at a time. Fir needle oil can be added to many homemade cleaners and disinfectants. The wood is also used for light frame construction, interior knotty paneling, and crates.


Common Name: GingerScreenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.26.00 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Zingiber officinale

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Love, Money, Success, Power

Medicinal Properties:

Whether we’re talking about curing a simple tummy ache or morning sickness and severe nausea from pregnancy, ginger has been used for thousands of years as an effective digestive aid and natural remedy for nausea. Ginger helps people who are bloated, constipated and have other gastrointestinal disorders. Since ginger is so effective at warming the body, it can help break down the accumulation of toxins in your organs and is known to cleanse the lymphatic system. Ginger has been shown to be effective against exercise-induced muscle pain. Since ginger has anti-inflammatory effects it can help with osteoarthritis. This area of research is relatively new, but ginger may have powerful anti-diabetic properties. Ginger has been shown to speed up emptying of the stomach in people with chronic indigestion. Gingerol, the bioactive substance in fresh ginger, can help lower the risk of infections. There is also some evidence that ginger can enhance brain function directly. Ginger may also be effective against pancreatic cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Ginger appears to be very effective against menstrual pain when taken at the beginning of the menstrual period. It may prevent stomach ulcers caused by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen.

Practical Uses:

Great for use in teas, tinctures, capsules or in cooking. To make tea, simmer 3/4 teaspoon of chopped ginger in 1 cup of hot water for five minutes in a closed teapot. A few tablespoons of dried, powdered ginger root added to a hot bath is effective in relieving sore muscles or body aches (can also lower fever). You can also nib­ble crystallized ginger. Taking 1 gram of dried, powdered, encapsulated ginger 30 minutes to two hours before travel can help ease travel related nausea.


Common Name: HibiscusScreenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.28.09 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Joy, Happiness, Lust, Love, Divination, Beauty, Fertility

Medicinal Properties:

The health benefits of hibiscus tea include its ability to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, disturbed digestive and immune system, and inflammatory problems as well. It helps to cure liver diseases and reduces the risk of cancer. It can also speed up the metabolism and help in healthy, gradual weight loss. It is rich in vitamin C, minerals, and antioxidants and helps in the treatment of hypertension and anxiety. The health benefits of hibiscus tea include relief from cramps and menstrual pain. It helps in restoring hormonal balance as well, which can reduce the symptoms of menstruation like mood swings, depression, and overeating. Hibiscus tea is also used as a sports drink in order to satiate thirst.

Practical Uses:

To grow your hair create a paste out of crushed hibiscus flower and leaves by mixing it to your shampoo. Apply it to your hair and lather it like you would normally do for the normal shampoo. Leave it on for about 5 minutes then rinse off. If you want, you can also mix the hibiscus paste to your conditioner. The dried flowers of this plant make a tea with a distinct red color and a somewhat tart, lemony taste.


Common Name: Holy Basil TulsiScreenshot 2018-04-13 at 5.46.15 PM

Scientific/Latin Name: Ocimum tenuiflorum

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: wealth, love, and prosperity

Medicinal Properties:

Holy basil is a powerful antioxidant with demonstrated antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Holy basil functions as an adaptogen, enhancing the body’s natural response to physical and emotional stress. Holy basil is also high in antioxidants and helps your body detox. Studies show that holy basil can protect your body against toxic chemicals. It may also prevent cancer by reducing the growth of cancerous cells. If you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, all parts of the holy basil plant can help reduce your blood sugar. Since holy basil targets metabolic stress, it can also help with weight loss and cholesterol levels. It can even help people with arthritis or fibromyalgia. Holy basil can counteract the effects of stress-induced ulcers.  It is also beneficial in treating respiratory ailments like chronic bronchitis, asthma et cetera.

Practical Uses:

Use the pill and ointment form for eczema. Use an essential oil made from the leaves for insect bites. You can also make holy basil tea using the leaves, flowers, or dried leaf powder.  The leaves are also commonly used in cooking, though some people eat the leaves raw. Holy basil tastes spicy and bitter.


Common Name: Ho wood

Scientific/Latin Name: Cinnamomum camphora var linalool

Symbolism/Spiritual Meanings: Peace, Relaxation

Medicinal Properties:

Ho Wood is calming to the mind without causing drowsiness. Due to its high % of linalol, the oil is thought to be deeply nourishing and supportive to the immune system. Use this oil for healing from an infection, cold or flu. Ho Wood is also a great oil for reducing inflammation, spasms and pain in muscles and joints. The oil has important antibacterial properties. The oil can also boost the immune system, kill germs, fungi and parasites, and improve sex drive (aphrodisiac).

Practical Uses:

Mix up to 15 drops of Ho Wood oil into a cup of Himalayan or Epsom salt, and add it to your steaming bath. The steam will diffuse the oil molecules and improve your mood. The oil can clear your skin, sinuses, etc.Be it a candle oil burner, an ultrasonic or a nebulizer, they can all be used to diffuse Ho Wood essential oil. Skin applications are the best option to make good use of Ho Wood essential oil. You can blend/mix up to 25 drops of essential oil per ounce carrier oil and apply with gentle massage movements directly on the affected area.

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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.