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Blue Tansy Essential Oil (Tanacetum Annuum) ☸ Essential oils ☸ Medicine / Health

Blue Tansy Essential Oil (Tanacetum Annuum)MEDICINE / HEALTH
Therapeutic Properties :
Hormone stimulant
Vermifuge substance.

Contraindications : It is purported to have some toxicity and should not be used directly on the skin. The herb itself is poisonous and the essential oil should only be used very sparingly or as a small part of a blend. Blue tansy essential oil is generally found to be non-irritating and non-toxic but if you use at a maximum concentration of 5%.

Pregnancy / Lactation: Aromatherapy warns against the use of blue tansy essential oil during pregnancy: the essential oil is contra-indicated for women who have an endocrine imbalance and in pregnancy. In addition, do not use in dilution above 5%. Avoid in the first three months of pregnancy. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health-care practitioner prior to use.


Skin Care:  0,1 - 0,2%
Body / Hair Care:  0,2 - 1,0%
Spot Treatment:  Up to 4,0%

Blue tansy oil has traditionally been used to induce relaxation, reduce nervous tension and stress, relieve itching, soothe pain, sedate nerves, calm the lymphatic system, promote a feeling of self-control, and relieve irritating skin conditions.

When blended it with other oils that have overlapping or similar properties, it makes a powerful synergistic blend for sleep.

Blue tansy essential oil is one of the best essential oils to have in your natural medicine chest.  As one of the most powerful anti-histaminic, anti-inflammatory oils it is the perfect choice for spot treatment of any inflammatory issues, as well as being one of the best choices for your bath and body products geared toward healing skin and preventing, or treating, inflammation.  As one of the blue oils, it may be used as a more cost effective source of chamazulene

tansy is also well know for its anti-histaminic activity, where it is said to modulate histaminic response, and many aroma therapists carry this oil for contact irritation reactions.

Blue Tansy essential oil traditionally used to support the body's natural response to irritation. It supports the nervous system by relaxing and soothing stress and irritation.

Essential oil has anti-allergenic properties. it is able neutralise and halt the production of histamines thereby helping to control reactions to different allergenics. Particularly good for asthmatics whose symptoms are often triggered by allergens in their environment. Blend with Lavender and Ravensara for a great synergistic blend for dealing with asthma and croup during the night.

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Tansy Essential Oil (Tanacetum Vulgare) ☸ Essential oils ☸ Beauty / Cosmetics

Tansy Essential Oil (Tanacetum Vulgare)BEAUTY / COSMETICS
Tansy was used as a face wash and was reported to lighten and purify the skin.

Submitted by OperaDreamhouse (2016-09-10)

Tansy Essential Oil (Tanacetum Vulgare) ☸ Essential oils ☸ Base / General

Tansy Essential Oil (Tanacetum Vulgare)BASE / GENERAL
Botanical Name: Tanacetum vulgare.

Botanical Origin: Europe and Asia.

Common Method of Extraction: Steam distillation.

Part Typically Used: Flowers / buds and sometimes leaves.

Color: Yellow to dark orange.

Consistency: Medium.

Perfumery Note: Middle.

Shelf Life: 1-2 years.

Strength of Initial Aroma: Highly aromatic, warm, bitter-sweet, herbaceous aroma with softly penetrating camphor top notes. Sweet, fruity, with subtle floral, camphorous undertones.

Blends Well With: Amyris, Angelica, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cistus, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Labdanum, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Neroli, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang-Ylang essential oils.

Common name :
Common Tansy, Bitter Buttons, Cow Bitter, Golden Buttons.

Chemical structure: Ketone. Up to 80% thujone, camphor, borneol, artemisia ketone.

Tansy essential oil (Tanacetum Vulgare) and Blue Tansy essential oil (Tanacetum Annuum) are very different in their chemical make-up, and subsequent use, despite the fact that they both belong to the Asteraceae plant family. Tanacetum Annuum is often confused with common Tansy (Tanacetum Vulgare) but the former produces an essential oil that is completely different chemically as it contains no thujone and high amounts of chamazulene making the oil dark blue in color, giving rise to it common name of Blue Tansy oil.

Despite claims by some unethical resellers of essential oils who adulterate the very expensive Blue Tansy (Tanacetum Annuum) oil with the much cheaper oil from Tanacetum Vulgare, it should be noted that the oil from Tanacetum Vulgare is never blue in color as it contains no chamazulene. For this reason a high thujone oil from Tanacetum Vulgare should never be referred to as "Blue Tansy" oil and any such blue oil containing significant thujone is an adulterated product.

Tansy is native to Eurasia. It is found in almost all parts of mainland Europe, as well as Britain and Ireland. It is absent from Siberia and some of the Mediterranean islands. The Ancient Greeks may have been the first to cultivate it as a medicinal herb.

is a flowering herbaceous plant with finely divided compound leaves and yellow, button-like flowers. It has a stout, somewhat reddish, erect stem, usually smooth, 50 - 150 cm tall. The roundish, flat - topped, button - like, yellow flower heads are produced in terminal clusters from mid - to - late summer.

The scent is similar to that of camphor with hints of Rosemary. The leaves and flowers are toxic if consumed in large quantities; the volatile oil contains toxic compounds including thujone, which can cause convulsions and liver and brain damage. Some insects, notably the Tansy beetle Chrysolina Graminis, have resistance to the toxins and subsist almost exclusively on the plant.

Tanacetum Vulgare belongs to the Asteraceae plant family.

The name is said to be a corruption of "Athanasia", derived from two Greek words meaning immortality.

When some monks in reading Lucian came across the passage where Jove, speaking of Ganymede to Mercury, says, "Take him hence, and when he has tasted immortality let him return to us," their literal minds inferred that this plant must have been what Ganymede tasted, hence they named it Athanasia.

So great credence having been given to its medicinal powers in Europe, it is not strange the colonists felt they could not live in the New World without Tansy. Strong scented pungent tufts topped with bright yellow buttons - runaways from old gardens - are a conspicuous feature along many a roadside leading to colonial homesteads.

Tansy was hung on the house by Germanic peoples as a protection against monsters. The aromatic herb was also burned as incense.

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Tansy Essential Oil (Tanacetum Vulgare) ☸ Essential oils ☸ Medicine / Health

Tansy Essential Oil (Tanacetum Vulgare)MEDICINE / HEALTH
Therapeutic Properties :

Hormone stimulant

Contraindications: No aromatherapy application. Contact dermatitis in sensitive individuals. Oral toxin, hazardous, irritant, sensitizer, neuron-toxic, avoid in epilepsy.

Pregnancy / Lactation: Abortive. Do not use in pregnancy or nursing period.

Children: 10-12 years.

Tansy essential oil has a warm, spicy - herbaceous aroma. The principal chemical component in Tansy essential oil is thujone, a fairly “reactive” component. Lawless lists tansy as “abortifacient” and advises against use of the essential oil for therapeutic aromatherapy practice.

The danger with using Tansy rests primarily with it's thujone content, which is responsible for much of tansy's medicinal actions. Thujone is powerful but toxic in large doses. The amount of thujone contained can vary from plant to plant making safe dosing problematic.

Tansy essential oil is anticatarrh, anthelmintic (powerfulexpectorant, mucolytic, carminative, nervine stimulant, tonic. Used for congestion, repel insects and fleas, intestinal worms.

Tansy has a long history of use. It was first recorded as being cultivated by the ancient Greeks for medicinal purposes. In the 8th century AD it was grown in the herb gardens of Charlemagne and by Benedictine monks of the Swiss monastery of Saint Gall. Tansy was used to treat intestinal worms, rheumatism, digestive problems, fevers, sores, and to “bring out” measles.

During the Middle Ages and later, high doses were used to induce abortions. Contradictorily, Tansy was also used to help women conceive and to prevent miscarriages.

It was used in Europe to treat hysterical women who were unable to menstruate regularly and it was also used as an abortive. A bitter tea was made for a woman's tonic. Gypsies considered the plant a "Cure all."

In the 19th century, Irish folklore suggested that bathing in a solution of Tansy and salts would cure joint pain. Although most of its medicinal uses have been discredited, Tansy is still a component of some medicines and is listed in Pharmacopeia as a treatment for fevers, feverish colds, and jaundice.

It should not be very hard to understand that the essential oil, which is so poisonous and can be fatal to humans, would also be deadly for those tiny bacteria. Although some bacteriacan survive unimaginable extremities of temperature and toxins, for most of the bacteria which live in the human body, this oil is lethal. It kills them and inhibits their multiplication. This gives effective protection against bacterial infections, provided that it is taken in very, very mild doses.

Tansy was also used to alleviate the pain of for migraine headaches, neuralgia, rheumatism and gout, meteorism (distended stomach due to trapped gas), and loss of appetite.

This oil acts as a sedative for nerves and emotional impulses. In cases of anxiety, depression, anger, convulsions, nervous afflictions, epilepsy, hysteric attacks, and impulsive behavior, it can be used to pacify them and induce a relaxing effect on the nerves and the brain.

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Tansy Essential Oil (Tanacetum Vulgare) ☸ Essential oils ☸ Spiritual Practises

Tansy Essential Oil (Tanacetum Vulgare)SPIRITUAL PRACTISES
Element Association: Yang

Emotional Attributes: Can indicate that you have done very good work and are now ready to take your place within a seat of power. Tansy is a very powerful agent. Do not use without spiritual guidance.

Submitted by OperaDreamhouse (2016-08-12)

Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) ☸ Ingredients ☸ Base / General

Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate)BASE / GENERAL
Description: Very stable Vitamin C derivative (L-Ascorbic acid mono-dihydrogen phosphate magnesium salt) that does not degrade in formulas containing water. Light-stable and oxygen-stable. Purity >98.0%. White-yellowish powder, mild odor. Soluble in water

Solubility: Soluble in water (25°C), may discolor in pH < 6, best when used in emulsion based products at pH between 5,5 - 7. Mix well, allow time for lumps to dissolve.

Recommended dosage:  0,2 - 3, up to 10% of all mixture. (3 -10% in skin whitening mixtures. 0,5 - 2% protection from sun rays, after sun exposure, anti-aging preparations mixtures.)

Scientific name: Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate(CAS number: 114040-31-2)

Recommendations: Vitamin C to dissolve in the warm water and then mix with all the other ingredients.

Storage conditions: Store in a dark place, away from the sun, can be stored in the refrigerator.

Shelf Life:
Two years.

Vitamins letters have nothing to do with their operating principle, this is a very logical link to the sequence (A,B,C,D,E .. and so on).

Vitamin C comes in many forms, with Ascorbic Acid being the most common. Other forms of Vitamin C include magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, L-ascorbic acid, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, ascorbyl palmitate, ascorbyl glucosamine, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl glucoside and ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate.

Several types of Vitamin C descriptions:

L-ascorbic Acid aka Ascorbic Acid (AA):

Ascorbic Acid is the water soluble, biologically active form of Vitamin C found in nature. This is the form the body uses to build skin, repair wounds, and protect itself from disease and disorder. Be careful of any Vitamin C serum that turns from clear to yellow, tan or brown. It contains  Ascorbic Acid that’s being oxidized by air and light. Some manufacturers color their solutions orange to hide what’s going on.

Ascorbic Acid Phosphate (AA2P):

These are different names for essentially the same derivative of AA formed by adding magnesium phosphate in a process known as esterification.  The addition of the phosphate raises the pH level ascorbic acidremains stable in when in solution. Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is another Vitamin C derivative synthesized to deliver the same benefit. Ascorbic acid naturally occurs at a pH of around 3,5 which is fairly Acidic. Its acidity creates problems in emulsions. Emulsions are carriers like lotions and creams formulated to make products look and feel nice.  The addition of a phosphate group to Ascorbic acid, whether magnesium or sodium, raises the pH level it can survive in to greater than 7.

Ascorbyl Palmitate aka Ascorbic Acid-6-Palmitate (AA6P):

This is another ester of Ascorbic Acid using Palmitate (Palmitic acid) to form an oil-soluble molecule. The idea behind creating an oil-soluble derivative is to enhance penetration through the stratum corneum (SC). The SC contains a large number of lipids (fats) by Nature’s design to help keep out pathogens. Lipid soluble (oil soluble) derivatives are proven to penetrate more readily, however there are major problems with making an  Ascorbic Acid derivate oil soluble. In the meantime, if you use a product containing Ascorbyl Palmitate, be sure to stay out of the sun. Under UV exposure, Ascorbyl Palmitate is toxic to skin cells and contributes to disease states including skin cancer.

Etrahexyldecyl Ascorbate  (ATIP):

Ascorbyl Tretaisopalmitate and Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate are  two names for the same molecule. The first (ATIP) is the chemical name while the second (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate) is the marketing name. It is likely the marketing name was chosen to disassociate it from “Palmitate” which as discussed above, is toxic to skin cells under sun exposure.

Liposome Vitamin C

Encasing a molecule in a liposomeis a technique devised by cosmetic chemists to impart stability and penetration properties to Ascorbic Acid and other molecules. The molecule is wrapped in a bubble of lipids (the liposome) making it oil soluble which is a really bad idea when it comes to vitamins. Worse, chemists use Ascorbyl Palmitate when making liposome Vitamin C. The addition of more lipids (the liposome) may only worsen the ingredient’s toxicity.

This article will be dedicated to explore Magnesium-L-ascorbyl-Phosphate (VC-PMG). Usually used for low Vitamin C oxidize quickly darkens, not suitable for use in cosmetic media. This form of Vitamin C (Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate ) is stable and it is therefore advisable to use cosmetics.

Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate is the "real" ester-C, a more stable form of Ascorbic Acid and will stimulate collagen synthesis.

This Vitamin C form not usually used in food of diet industry, it is fits very well in cosmetics. This Vitamin (Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) is highly concentrated so it should be used in small doses. Side effects wasn't observed.

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Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) ☸ Ingredients ☸ Medicine / Health

Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate)MEDICINE / HEALTH
Side effects: There are no adverse side effects to using Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP), although those with sensitive skin may need to be aware of Vitamin C acidic and exfoliating effects. However, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) is generally considered more gentle than traditional Vitamin C and therefore safer on sensitive skin.

Vitamin C regulates the synthesis of collagen and it does this by hydroxylating collagen which makes it more stable and improves the way it supports the epidermis.

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate not only reduces melanin production but it also reduces oxidation of the melanin that is produced. It’s also thought to reverse the conversion of Dopa to o-Dopa quinone (which is a skin pigment).

Skin levels of Vitamin C drop 425% by the time a person reaches middle age. Vitamin C enables every step of collagen production from stem cell activity to the structural integrity of the skin matrix. The only way to increase skin levels is to apply Vitamin C topically.

Submitted by OperaDreamhouse (2016-08-10)

Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) ☸ Ingredients ☸ Beauty / Cosmetics

Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate)BEAUTY / COSMETICS Vitamin C is naturally found in skin (mostly in the epidermis, some in the dermis) and it's role in skin biology is well documented.

Vitamin C is a chemical called ascorbic acid that is naturally occurring in skin. It is known to play a role in collagen production. In addition, when topically applied it is thought to help heal acne, increase the barrier function of skin to decrease moisture loss, protect from UV radiation, and prevent age spots.

Although Vitamin C is not a sunscreen but it protects skin from the free radicals that are caused by UV exposure. It's been shown to reduce lipid peroxidation, limit the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, protect against apoptosis (or cell death) and to reduce redox-sensitive cell signaling.

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Ethyl Alcohol (CH3 CH2 OH) ☸ Ingredients ☸ Base / General

Ethyl Alcohol (CH3 CH2 OH)BASE / GENERAL
Ethanol also commonly called Alcohol, Ethyl Alcohol, and drinking Alcohol, is the principal type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages, produced by the fermentation of sugars by yeasts.

Ethanol is a volatile, flammable, colorless liquid with a slight chemical odor. It is used as an antiseptic, a solvent, a fuel, and due to its low freezing point, the active fluid in many alcohol thermometers. The molecule is a simple one, being an ethyl grouplinked to a hydroxyl group. Its structural formula, CH3CH2 OH, is often abbreviated as C2H5 OH or EtOH.

The origin word Alcohol is not exactly known, but it is believed that it is from Arab origin. The most common interpretation of the Arabic "Al-kohl" - antimony, antimony powder. Although the link between Alcohol and Antimony, in principle, there is no chemicalbond, but may be an explanation of the following: finely crushed antimony, the powder was used for very expensive cosmetic pencils  in the middle ages of Arabia, and the term (Al-kohl) began to take root as exotic, magical qualities of the element synonymous. These unusual properties have been attributed to Ethanol too, so it is also given the name "Al-kohl", which gradually became alcohol.

The stem word "Eth-" used in many related compounds originates with the German word for Ethanol (äthyl). The prefix Ethyl was coined in 1834 by the German chemist Justus Liebig. Ethyl is a contraction of the Ancient Greek (aithḗr, “Upper Air”) and the Greek word (Hyle, substance).

The name Ethanol was coined as a result of a resolution that was adopted at the International Conference on Chemical Nomenclature that was held in April 1892 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ethanol is a byproduct of the metabolic process of yeast. As such, Ethanol will be present in any yeast habitat. Ethanol can commonly be found in overripe fruit. Ethanol produced by symbiotic yeast can be found in Bertam Palm blossoms. It is also produced during the germination of many plants as a result of natural anerobiosis.

Ethanol has been detected in outer space, forming an icy coating around dust grains in interstellar clouds.

You will not find pure alcohol in most drinks. Drinking pure alcohol can be deadly because it only takes a few ounces of pure alcohol to quickly raise the blood alcohol level into the danger zone:

Distilled spirits (rum, gin, vodka, whiskey) - 40 to 95%. Most of the typical spirits purchased in liquor stores are 40% Alcohol. Some highly concentrated forms of rum and whisky (75 to 90%) can be purchased in liquor stores.

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Sweet Mock-Orange Blossom (Philadelphus Coronarius) ☸ Plants ☸ Base / General

Sweet Mock-Orange Blossom (Philadelphus Coronarius)BASE / GENERAL
It is a popular ornamental plant for gardens in temperate regions, valued for its profuse sweetly scented white blossom in early summer.

Philadelphus coronarius is a species of flowering plant in the family Hydrangaceae, native to Southern Europe. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 3 m tall by 2,5 m wide, with toothed leaves and bowl-shaped white flowers with prominent stamens. A woody plant smaller than a tree, and usually with several stems from the same root. In the species the blooms are abundant and very fragrant. First grown in Europe in the 1500s.

Sweet Mock Orange produces strongly scented white flowers in clusters of 5 - 7 in late June - early July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by bees. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay and nutritionally poor soils.

As the "Mock" in its name suggests, Mock Orange is not a True Orange. But the citrusy smell of its blossoms was enough to invite comparison, thus accounting for the origin of the shrub's common name.

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Sweet Mock-Orange Blossom (Philadelphus Coronarius) ☸ Plants ☸ Beauty / Cosmetics

Sweet Mock-Orange Blossom (Philadelphus Coronarius)BEAUTY / COSMETICS
The leaves are rich in saponins , when crushed and mixed with water they produce a lather that is an effective cleaner, used on the body, clothes. You can wash your hands by merely picking a couple of leaves or a bunch of blossom, wetting your hands and then rubbing the plant material vigorously as if it was a bar of soap. This soap is a very gentle cleaner that does not remove the body's natural oils, but does remove dirt. It is not very effective against oil.

Submitted by OperaDreamhouse (2016-06-14)

Rhododendron Essential Oil (Rhododendron Anthopogon D. Don) ☸ Essential oils ☸ Base / General

Rhododendron Essential Oil (Rhododendron Anthopogon D. Don)BASE / GENERAL
Botanical Name: Rhododendron anthopogon D. Don

Botanical Origin: Nepal

Common Method of Extraction:
Steam distilled

Part Typically Used:
Flowers and leaves

Color: Pale yellow

Consistency: Thin liquid

Perfumery Note: Middle

Shelf Life: 3-4 years

Strength of Initial Aroma: Fresh, exotic floral, sweet, fruity, slightly balsamic with herbaceous undertone. This essential oil has an exotic floral aroma with lingering sweet fruity notes.

Blends Well With: Black spruce, clary sage, davana,fir needle siberian, geranium egypt, ginger fresh, lavender, orange sweet, palmarosa essential oils.

Common name :  Sunpati oil, Anthopogon oil, Balu ot sunpati.

Chemical structure:
The oil was characterized by a high amount of monoterpene hydrocarbons (76.1%), mainly α- pinene (37.4%), followed by β-pinene (16.1%), limonene (13.3%), and the sesquiterpene, δ-cadinene (9.1%). Leaves produce aromatic oil containing a- and b- pinine, d-limonene, 3-cyclohexene, linalyl proponate, butonaic acid, caryophyllene, coapene, caryophyllene , copaene , caryophyllene oxide , guaiol ,o-selinene2- nepathalimine.

Note: Only the Rhododendron Anthopogon species is distilled as it has fragrant leaves and is non toxic.  This is one essential oil that is species specific, the species being anthopogon.  The rest of the Rhododendron genus is highly toxic and should not be distilled.

There are more than 850 different natural species in the Genus (group) Rhododendron. They are native to the temperate regions of Asia, North America, and Europe, as well as to the tropical regions of southeast Asia and northern Australia.

An evergreen shrub growing at an altitude of 3,000 - 4,000 m a.s.l., harvested in several regions of Nepal. This plant is a national symbol in Nepal and is widely used as incense for its aromatic properties. It is known more for its brilliant blossoming that covers hillsides from Bhutan to central Nepal, few have encountered its fragrant and unique scent.

It is an evergreen, strongly aromatic shrub-let too 60 cm to 1 m tall. Leaves simple, alternate, short stalked, oval to ovate, 2,5 - 4 cm long, densely scaly beneath and aromatic characteristic smell when crushed. Flowers white or yellowish tinged with pink, 4 - 6 in compact terminal clusters. fruits capsules, about 3 mm long, enriched by persistent calyx. It is in leaf all year, in flower form April to May, and the seeds riped from July to August.

Anthopogon oil, as it is usually referred to in Nepal, is obtained by steam distillation of the aerial parts of Rhododendron Anthopogon.

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Rhododendron Essential Oil (Rhododendron Anthopogon D. Don) ☸ Essential oils ☸ Medicine / Health

Rhododendron Essential Oil (Rhododendron Anthopogon D. Don)MEDICINE / HEALTH
Therapeutic Properties :

Nervous system calming
Antibacterial decongestant
Nervous tonic

Contraindications : 
None. Considered Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing. Do not take Rhododendron essential oil internally.

Pregnancy / Lactation :
No database.

Children: No database.

Rhododendron essential oil can be applied topically, as a compress, in the bath, through direct inhalation, or used with a diffuser.

Tibetan medicinehas long used dried Rhododendron in herbal teas to stoke the digestive fire, to treat heat-related headaches as well as sore throats and nausea, and to promote inner unity.

According to Himalayan aromatherapy, this oil stimulates the nervous system and has been used for treating sore muscles and gout rheumatic conditions.  In the nervous system, Rhododendron's tonifying properties support relaxation and centering.

A general tonic to the system, Rhododendron oil can be applied topically (synergistically blended with Frankincense and German Chamomile) to help reduce inflammation, or can be applied as a compress over the upper abdomen to support adrenal and liver function.

the oil is able to reduce cancer cell growth independently of the cell line and the treatment protocols used.

Its leaves and fresh flowers are made into a tea by Himalayan healers and drunk to promote digestive heat, stimulate appetite and relieve liver disorders. Its tea is also drunk for sore throat, and to counteract water earth illness, fire headaches, fire back pain, cold, bloode disorders, bone disease, potato allergies, and vomiting.

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Rhododendron Essential Oil (Rhododendron Anthopogon D. Don) ☸ Essential oils ☸ Spiritual Practises

Rhododendron Essential Oil (Rhododendron Anthopogon D. Don)SPIRITUAL PRACTISES
Most significant, Anthopogon has been collected and gathered by high Himalayan people from Dolpo, Mustang to the Sherpas and Bhutanese as a scared fragrant substance to be burnt in offering to please and harmonize the earthly divine-especially local earth spirit. It is one five common Himalayan incense herbs symbolizing the elements that are offered to sanctify and pacify the environment.

An interesting spiritual fact is that the dried leaves of Rhododendron Anthopogon are crushed by Buddhist monks, mixed with Ghee, and made into sacred incense for their monasteries and others throughout SE Asia.

This is a wonderful calming oil for meditation or chanting to help makespiritual connections by opening the mind and heart to a free flow of positive energy through its grounding, calming, and centering properties.

Emotional grounding and settling, it is known to quiet mental activity, which is a valuable tool in meditation practice: Protection, grounding, cleanse, consecrate, confidence, attract positive energy flow, creativity, scrying, meditation, reiki, chanting, all spiritual working and connections, anointing, opening the 3rd Eye and working with the 4th Heart Chakra.

This essential oil helps to call and allow in all that you want to manifest in life.

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Rhododendron Essential Oil (Rhododendron Anthopogon D. Don) ☸ Essential oils ☸ Beauty / Cosmetics

Rhododendron Essential Oil (Rhododendron Anthopogon D. Don)BEAUTY / COSMETICS
This oil is a good natural source of sweet herbal, a faintly balsamic essence Rhododendron Anthopogon essential oil can be used on the skin and hair.

According to Himalayan aromatherapy, Rhododendron has grounding, calming, and centering properties.

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Ginger Lily Essential Oil (Hedychium Coronarium) ☸ Essential oils ☸ Beauty / Cosmetics

Ginger Lily Essential Oil (Hedychium Coronarium)BEAUTY / COSMETICS
Ginger Lily essential oil is a good skin moisturizer that leaves the skin rejuvenated and smooth. It is suited for all skin types and is especially for dry and dehydrated skin.

This delicate floral oil is said to be an uplifting aphrodisiac that inspires romance and sensuality and a wonderful skin treatment used for everything from acne to deep skin wounds.

The oil is used inperfume formulations. It is also used in hair oil to prevent hair fall and baldness. Due to its warming sensation, the oil is used in massages.

Ginger Lily essential oil fights bad mouth taste and smell.

Submitted by OperaDreamhouse (2016-06-03)

Ginger Lily Essential Oil (Hedychium Coronarium) ☸ Essential oils ☸ Spiritual Practises

Ginger Lily Essential Oil (Hedychium Coronarium)SPIRITUAL PRACTISES
Ginger Lily essential oil is known to be a fantastic antidepressant. It lifts the spirits and unleashes pent up anger and frustration.

7th Chakra - higher information, expansive, meditative, source energy, transformative, unconditional love, uplifting.

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Lemon Verbena Essential Oil (Aloysia Citriodora) ☸ Essential oils ☸ Base / General

Lemon Verbena Essential Oil (Aloysia Citriodora)BASE / GENERAL
Botanical Name: Aloysia citriodora

Botanical Origin:
Western South America

Common Method of Extraction: Steam distillation

Part Typically Used:
Freshly harvested leaves

Color: Pale olive or yellow in color

Consistency: Thin

Perfumery Note: Top

Shelf Life:  3 - 4 years

Strength of Initial Aroma: Lemony, sweet fresh, green, citrus, floral, nuance of minty back note

Blends Well With: Neroli, Palmarosa, Olibanum (Frankincense),  Bergamot, Elemi, Frankincense Sacra, Geranium Africa, Lavender, Mandarin Petitgrain, Melissa, Myrrh, Orange Wild, Patchouli, Rose Otto, Sandalwood Mysore, Lemon and other Citrus essential oils.

Common name : Lemon Beebrush, Lemonscented Verbena, Herb Louisa.

Chemical strukture: The major isolates in lemon verbena oil are citral (30-35%), nerol and geraniol. The main chemical components of lemon verbena is borneol, geraniol, linalool, nerol, citral, dipentene, limonene, myrcene, verbenone, furocumarines and flavonoids.

Citral: Antibacterial, antihstaminic, fungicide, expectorant, anticancerous.
Linalol: Antibacterial, antiinflammatory, antiespasmodic, hepatoprotective.
Camphene: Antioxidant, expectorant.
Caryophyllene: antiinflammatory, antiasthmatic, antibacterial, antitumor.
Limone: Antibacterial, anticancerous, antiespasmodic, expectorant.

Notes: Lemon Verbena oil must not be mistaken with "Spanish Verbena", also referred to by some as "verbena oil", or with Verbena Officinalis, which refers to the herb Vervain.

Aloysia Citrodora is a species of flowering plant in the verbena family Verbenaceae. Native to South America - more specifically Argentina and Chile. Within a cultivated and semi-wild state it can be found across the Mediterranean region, as well as Kenya and China. Within temperate regions it can easily be picked up at garden centra and nurseries.

It was brought to Europe by the Spanish and the Portuguese in the 17th century and cultivated for its oil. This deciduous shrub was introduced into England in 1784.

Lemon Verbena
is a perennial shrub or subshrub growing to 2 - 3 m high. The 8-cm-long, glossy, pointed leaves are slightly rough to the touch and emit a powerful scent reminiscent of Lemon when bruised.

Sprays of tiny purple or white flowers appear in late spring or early summer. It is sensitive to cold, losing leaves at temperatures below 0 °C.

Native from South America, it can found cultivated in many gardens and orchards, because its Lemon - like scented leaves and flowers and because of its medicinal properties.

It is convenient to pick up the leaves before the plant bloom.  The leaves and stalks are steam distilled for the oil which is liquid, and a yellowish-green.

It has a fresh lemony smell which is hot and bitter at the same time, so subtle that it has proved difficult to reproduce synthetically.

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Lemon Verbena Essential Oil (Aloysia Citriodora) ☸ Essential oils ☸ Food / Cooking

Lemon Verbena Essential Oil (Aloysia Citriodora)FOOD / COOKING
Use the leaves in anything that requires a Lemon flavour - chopped in stuffing’s for fish or chicken, in sausages, in salads, or in fruit jellies and sweets. Leaves can be used instead of Lemongrass in many South-East Asian recipes.

The Verbena oil and plant play quite a considerable part in the food and drink industry for a flavour of Lemon.

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Lemon Verbena Essential Oil (Aloysia Citriodora) ☸ Essential oils ☸ Medicine / Health

Lemon Verbena Essential Oil (Aloysia Citriodora)MEDICINE / HEALTH
Therapeutic Properties :


Contraindications :
There is not much safety data regarding Lemon Verbena oil, but since it has a high citral level it may cause sensitization and is phototoxic. The essential oil is a delightful but dangerously phototoxic oil - use with caution on the skin even when diluted, as allessential oils should be, but it is perfectly safe in burners or vapourisers or as a linen water.

Despite this generally positive portrayal of Lemon Verbena, some people do suffer from mild dermatitis as a mild allergic response. Also, if you suffer from kidney disease, Lemon Verbena’s active ingredients could potentially worsen the condition, so avoid use.

Pregnancy / Lactation :
.Not recommended for use during both pregnancy and lactation, a due to the constituent citral.

Children:  Avoid topical use on children under 7 years.

Lemon Verbena oil has traditionally been used to ease digestion, treat hangovers, clear acne, improve digestion, flush fats from the body, treat cirrhosis of the liver, decrease stress, lift depression, treat impotency and frigidity, decrease inflammation, treat sexually transmitted infections, reduce heart palpitations, and bring the body back into balance.

Lemon Verbena dates back to pre-Biblical times, when the Ancient Celts named the plant after its ability to treat kidney stones.

In traditional South American medicine, Lemon Verbena was trusted as a diaphoretic, meaning that it stimulated sweating, and was therefore used to break fevers and speed healing for those suffering from inflammatory illnesses.

The uses of Lemon Verbena are similar to those of mint, orange flowers, or Melissa, as a stomachic and antispasmodic in dyspepsia, indigestion and flatulence, stimulating skin and stomach.

Moderate antioxidant supplementation with Lemon Verbena extract protects neutrophils against oxidative damage, decreasing the signs of muscular damage in chronic running exercise without blocking the cellular adaptation to exercise.

This oil is a fantastic liver tonic and digestive aid that helps flush fats and toxins from the body. In addition to its sunny, uplifting scent, Lemon Verbena is infused with protective antioxidants said to protect the skin from aging. This luscious elixir is also used to prevent oxidative skin damage.

Packed with antioxidants, Lemon Verbena offers vivacious protection from cell-damage and helps tissue recover after exercise. It stimulates the entire digestive system, helping the body rid itself of toxins, poisons and fats.

Lemon Verbena oil
refreshes the body, stimulates brain function and increases concentration.

This oil parallels rose in its complexity. The clear effects of the antiviral and sedative citrals are complemented by one of the most impressive cocktails of high-impact secondary and trace components. Its activity and benefits fir the endocrine system are unsurpassed. Precious and expensive, Lemon Verbena brings equilibrium and communication between all major endocrine glands.” Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, Medical Aromatherapy.

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Lemon Verbena Essential Oil (Aloysia Citriodora) ☸ Essential oils ☸ Beauty / Cosmetics

Lemon Verbena Essential Oil (Aloysia Citriodora)BEAUTY / COSMETICS
The calming effect of Lemon Verbena is said to enhance sexual drive, particularly in women.

This sedative property also addresses heart palpitations and conditions related to high stress levels and anxiety. Depression can be addressed with this uplifting oil which, on top of so many varied benefits, is also a powerful anti-inflammatory suited to skincare and the reduction of puffiness.

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Lemon Verbena Essential Oil (Aloysia Citriodora) ☸ Essential oils ☸ Spiritual Practises

Lemon Verbena Essential Oil (Aloysia Citriodora)SPIRITUAL PRACTISES
Lemon Verbena essential oil brings the energy of a fresh, new day, full of promise and possibility. Helps to overcome apathy, and live more fully in the present. Assists us in accessing our higher self and creates a harmonization between body and spirit. Uplifting when depression sets in.

3rd Chakra - personal power, 4th Chakra - unconditional love, 6th Chakra - perspective, clarity, expansive, protective, purifying, uplifting.

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Ginger Lily Essential Oil (Hedychium Coronarium) ☸ Essential oils ☸ Base / General

Ginger Lily Essential Oil (Hedychium Coronarium)BASE / GENERAL
Botanical Name: Hedychium coronarium

Botanical Origin: Asia, India

Common Method of Extraction: CO2 Select Extract

Part Typically Used:

Color: Opaque, yellow

viscous liquid

Perfumery Note: Middle / Top

Shelf Life: 6 years

Strength of Initial Aroma: Diffusive, warm, woody, with slight spicy and melon-like top notes that fade to a unique cool, creamy, floral-woody drydown with good tenacity

Blends Well With: Sandalwood, Jasmine, Cassia, Balsam of peru, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Ginger, Lavandin, Lavender, Liquidambar (Styrax), Myrrh, Orris, Patchouli, Vanilla, Ylang - Ylang essential oils.

Common name : White garland-lily, white ginger lily.

Hindi: Dolan Champa
Manipuri: Takhellei Angouba
Marathi: Sontakka
Kannada(Canarese or Kanarese): Suruli Sugandhi
Malayalam: Kalyana Sauganthikam
Cuba: Mariposa (Butterfly)
Philippines: Camia

Chemical structure: Terpineol, limonene, caryophyllene.

Note: Ginger lily essential oil is more expensive when compared to more traditional ginger oil.

Hedychium Coronarium is a perennial flowering plant originally from the Himalayas region of Nepal and India.  It was introduced in Brazil in the era of slavery, brought to the country by African slaves who used its leaves as mattresses. It is also considered an invasive species in Hawaii. Hedychium Coronarium is the National Flower of Cuba.

The oil has been used in both medicine and aromatherapy by ancient Greeks. The term Hedychium is derived from Greek terms "Hedys" and "Chios" meaning flowering plant.

The plant is best harvested in midsummer and late summer. Older stems are removed during pruning. The soil should be kept moist with partial to full sun. This perennial plant grows about 30 centimeters. Ginger Lily is a persistent beautiful plant spreads to a height of up to 120 to 180cm. The Ginger Lily flower are large and very beautiful found in orange and white color. they have a weighty sweet scent and can grow in all conditions and weathers.

Used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine, Hedychium plants are native to the Punjab Himalayas where the roots (rhizomes) are a considerable article of commerce.  The rhizomes contain minute amounts of odorous constituents in the form of essential oil and resin that, when dried, are used by the Hindus to burn as incense.

Ginger Lily oil is best known for its captivating sweet fragrance. This fragrance is used in perfumery and cosmetic products which gives a very refreshing feeling.

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Ginger Lily Essential Oil (Hedychium Coronarium) ☸ Essential oils ☸ Medicine / Health

Ginger Lily Essential Oil (Hedychium Coronarium)MEDICINE / HEALTH
Therapeutic Properties :


Contraindications : There is moderate risk of skin sensitization for Ginger Lily absolute due to its isoeugenolcontent. It is not known if the same is true for Ginger Lily CO2,  recommend that this material be well diluted before using. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.

Pregnancy / Lactation : Do not use in pregnant (no data base information).

Children: Avoid topical use on children under 2 years.

Ginger Lily essential oil is an ornamental, rhizomatous herb occurring throughout the moist parts of India. An essential oil, obtained from rhizomes, is active against gram positive bacteria and fungi.

The fragrance of Ginger Lily essential oil is so refreshing that it works wonders for people who are suffering from nausea. People those who suffer from road sickness can also benefit from this essential oil.

Any kind of confusion, tension or depressing thoughts can be cleared out of your mind by use of Ginger Lily essential oil. This oil is best known to treat people suffering from depression.

Ginger Lily essential oil therapeutic properties is useful for arthritis, sore muscles , menstrual crams, headaches, sexual stimulant,carminative, antibiotic. The essential oil and the rhizomes  are powdered and used as an antiseptic and as a poultice for various aches and pains in the body.

It also treats conditions such as stress, migraines, frozen shoulders, nervous exhaustion, strains and accidental injuries.

Ginger Lily essential oil is also helpful in treating liver problems, food indigestion and poor blood circulation due to clotting of the blood.

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Cellulose Paper ☸ Tools ☸ Base / General

Cellulose PaperBASE / GENERAL
Cellulose is an organic compound with the formula (C6 H10 O5). Cellulose is an important structural component of the primary cell wall of green plants, many forms of algae and the oomycetes. It is mainly used to produce paperboard and paper.

This substance has no taste, is odorless, is hydrophilic with the contact angle of 20-30, is insoluble in water and most organic solvents, is chiral and is biodegradable. It was shown to melt at 467 °C in 2016.

Cellulose was discovered in 1838 by the French chemist Anselme Payen, who isolated it from plant matter and determined its chemical formula.

Cellulose is the most abundant organic polymer on Earth. The Cellulose content of cotton fiber is 90%, that of wood is 40-50% and that of dried hemp is approximately 57%.  

is a thin material produced by pressing together moist fibres of Cellulose pulp derived from wood, rags or grasses, and drying them into flexible sheets. It is a versatile material with many uses, including writing, printing, packaging, cleaning, and a number of industrial and construction processes.

The oldest known archaeological fragments of the immediate precursor to modern paper, date to the 2nd century BC in China. The pulp papermaking process is ascribed to Cai Lun, a 2nd-century AD Han court eunuch. With paper as an effective substitute for silk in many applications.

Its knowledge and uses spread from China through the Middle East to medieval Europe in the 13th century, where the first water powered paper mills were built. Because of paper's introduction to the West through the city of Baghdad, it was first called bagdatikos.

Cellulose paper producing process:

To begin the process, the cellulose has to be boiled, beaten, or shredded into tiny fibers. The paper pulp, made up of those tiny fibers is then spread into sheets, pressed, and dried to make paper. To make strong paper, you need long fibers which is why the pulp has to be beaten instead of chopped. Beating the cellulose separates the fibers from each other, while leaving individual fibers intact.

The reason cellulose molecules in paper stick together after they’re wet is that they are made of long strings of glucose molecules - one of the components of common table sugar.

When cellulose is beaten into a watery pulp, some of the glucose molecules dissolve in the water. Then, when the pulp is spread in a sheet to dry, the glucose re-bonds with the cellulose molecules to hold the paper together.

Because paper comes from a variety of natural materials that are made of much more than pure cellulose, other chemicals, mixed in with the cellulose weaken the paper and cause it to break down faster.

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Mugwort Plant (Artemisia Argyi) ☸ Plants ☸ Base / General

Mugwort Plant (Artemisia Argyi)BASE / GENERAL
Artemisia Argyi, the Chinese Mugwort, is a herbaceous perennial plant with a creeping rhizome. It is native to China, Korea, Mongolia, Japan, and the Russian Far East.

Mugwort is a common name for several species of aromatic plants in the genus Artemisia. In Europe, Mugwort most often refers to the species Artemisia Vulgaris, or common Mugwort. While other species are sometimes referred to by more specific common names, they may be called simply "Mugwort" in many contexts.

For example, one species, Artemisia Argyi, is often called "Mugwort" in the context of Traditional Chinese Medicine but may be also referred to by the more specific name "Chinese Mugwort". Artemisia princeps is the Japanese Mugwort, also known as Yomogi.

Artemisia Argyi
is an upright, greyish, herbaceous perennial about one metre tall, with short branches and a creeping rhizome. The stalked leaves are ovate, deeply divided and covered in small, oil-producing glands, pubescent above and densely white tomentose below.  The individual flowers are pale yellow, tubular, and clustered in spherical turned-down heads.

This Chinese Mugwort is growing on dry mountain slopes, steep river banks, the edges of oak woods, coastal scrub, wasteland and along road and railway verges. The plants do better and are more aromatic when they grow on poor dry soil.

Mugwort also used as an herb to flavor food. The leaves and buds, best picked shortly before Mugwort flowers in July to September, were used as a bitter flavoring agent to season fat, meat and fish. Mugwort has also been used to flavor beer before the introduction of, or instead of hops.

Since ancient times, Chinese Mugwort has been used in several applications. The plant is edible and can be used to make pastries, breads, dumplings, and cakes, and can be mixed with rice or processed into tea or wine.

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Mugwort Plant (Artemisia Argyi) ☸ Plants ☸ Medicine / Health

Mugwort Plant (Artemisia Argyi)MEDICINE / HEALTH
Chemical structure:

Extensive chemical studies of Artemisia species, including Chinese Mugwort, document many compounds, including monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, triterpenes and flavones.


Mugwort oil
contains thujone, which is toxic in large amounts or under prolonged intake. Thujone is also present in Thuja plicata (Western Red Cedar), from which the name is derived. All parts of the plant contain essential oils with all-purpose insecticidal properties (especially in the killing of insect larvae). This is best used in a weak infusion, but use on garden plants is not recommended as it also reduces plant growth. But the plant itself using small quantities is non-toxic.

A volatile oil can be extracted from the leaves and used in the treatment of asthma and bronchitis for which purpose it is sprayed onto the back of the throat and brings rapid relief.

Mugworts are used medicinally, especially in Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan and Korean traditional medicine. Some Mugworts have also found a use in modern medicine for their anti-herpetic effect.

Wormwood leaves are gathered on a warm dry day in spring and summer when the plant is in flower and dried in the shade. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, they are considered to have bitter, pungent and warm properties and to be associated with the liver, spleen and kidney meridians.

The herb is considered to increase the blood supply to the pelvic region and stimulate menstruation, help treat infertility, dysmenorrhea, asthma and coughs. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the leaf has been used to treat asthma, malaria, hepatitis, and inflammation, as well as fungal, bacterial, andviral infections.

Another use is in moxibustion, a form of healing in which the herb is burned in cones or sticks or on the tip of an acupuncture needle.

Boiling water can be poured onto the ground up leaves and used in a decoction, alone or with other substances, and the fresh leaf can be crushed and blended and a juice extracted.

The leaves have an antibacterial action and have been shown to be effective against staphylococcus aureus, bacillus dysenteriae, bacillus subtilis, bacillus typhi, escherichia coli and pseudomonas.

Nearly fifty volatile constituents have been identified from Artemisia Argyi flowers and it is suggested that therapeutic use of the flowers may be just as effective as using the leaves.

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Silver Birch Leaves (Betula Pendula) ☸ Plants ☸ Beauty / Cosmetics

Silver Birch Leaves (Betula Pendula)BEAUTY / COSMETICS
Silver Birch is good eliminator, Birch tea is also effective as a compress applied directly to the skin for herpes, eczema, and the like.

Traditional healers have long considered the leaves of the White and Silver Birch effective for skin rashes and hair loss. A bath with Birch leaf water is a good way to strengthen the hair roots and prevent problems like dandruff.

Birch can have good results against cellulite. Birch tree contains powerful diuretic properties that help in flushing out harmful toxins, uric acid, and excess water from the body. This in turn helps in eliminating cellulite from the body and treats problems like obesity over time. It helps in maintaining good kidney and liver health.

You can soak birch leaves in water for few hours and then use the strained solution for washing the skin as a treatment for these skin problems. It is also good for healing various other skin irritations.

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Silver Birch Leaves (Betula Pendula) ☸ Plants ☸ Base / General

Silver Birch Leaves (Betula Pendula)BASE / GENERAL
Betula Pendula, commonly known as Silver Birch or Warty Birch, is a species of tree in the family Betulaceae, native to Europe and parts of Asia, though in southern Europe it is only found at higher altitudes. Its range extends into Siberia, China and southwest Asia in the mountains of northern Turkey, the Caucasus and northern Iran.

Silver Birch
is a genuine native, growing here since the end of the Ice Age. The birch is a temperate tree, grown as an ornamental plant, also for its timber. It is used for a range of purposes, from broom-making and steeple-chase fencing to medicines.

The Silver Birch is a medium-sized deciduous tree that owes its common name to the white peeling bark on the trunk. The Silver Birch is a medium-sized deciduous tree, typically reaching 15 to 25 m tall with a slender trunk usually under 40 cm diameter. The twigs are slender and often pendulous and the leaves are roughly triangular with doubly serrate margins and turn yellow in autumn before they fall.

Silver Birch can be used to improve soil quality for other plants to grow. Its deep roots bring otherwise inaccessible nutrients into the tree, which are recycled on to the soil surface when the tree sheds its leaves.

The catkins appear early in spring and release their pollen in clouds during April. The leaves emerge shortly after, a bright emerald green at first, turning golden in autumn.

The leaves have short slender stalks and are 3 to 7 cm long, triangular with broad, untoothed, wedge-shaped bases, slender pointed tips and coarsely double-toothed, serrated margins. They are sticky with resin at first but this dries as they age leaving small white scales. The foliage is a pale to medium green and turns yellow early in the autumn before the leaves fall.

In mid-summer, the female catkins mature and the male catkins expand and release pollen, and wind pollination takes place. The small 1 to 2 mm winged seeds ripen in late summer on pendulous, cylindrical catkins 2 to 4 cm long and 7 mm broad. The seeds are very numerous and are separated by scales, and when ripe, the whole catkin disintegrates and the seeds are spread widely by the wind.

Birches produce an abundance of sap in spring and a cut stump will ‘bleed' for weeks. In North America, a species of woodpecker called the sapsucker taps Birch trees in spring by cutting small wells in the bark and drinking the sap, which oozes out.

In early Celtic mythology, the Birch symbolised renewal and purification. Bundles of Birch twigs were used to drive out the spirits of the old year, and gardeners still use the Birch besom, or broom, to "purify" their gardens. It is also used as a symbol of love and fertility. In Scottish Highland folklore, a barren cow herded with a Birch stick would become fertile, and a pregnant cow would bear a healthy calf.

Pick the leaves in late spring (April) or early summer, while they are still fresh and light green.

Birch tea has a slight taste of Green tea and it is a good tonic for internal organs.

Pick the leaves in spring and early summer while they are still a fresh bright green. They can be used fresh in season or dried for later use. To dry, spread the leaves on a sheet of paper or on a drying screen, which can be made by stretching and stapling a piece of netting to a wooden frame. Dry them in the shade, until crisp when crumbled.

To make the tea, use 4 or 5 leaves per cup or mug of boiling water, and allow to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. Drink a cupful up to three or four times daily.

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Silver Birch Leaves (Betula Pendula) ☸ Plants ☸ Medicine / Health

Silver Birch Leaves (Betula Pendula)MEDICINE / HEALTH
Side effect:  Birch is regarded as safe medicinally. Birch bark and leaf in whole herb form have a much lower toxicity. Birch essential oil should be used cautiously and in dilution. Using whole herb applications of Birch leaf and root is preferable. Not to be used for anyone on blood thinning medications, the elderly or fragile.

Birch pollen might cause allergies in people who are sensitive to wild carrot, mugwort, and celery. This has been called the “celery-carrot-mugwort-spice syndrome”. Birch pollen might also cause allergies in people who are sensitive to certain other plants, including apples, soybeans, hazelnuts, and peanuts.

High blood pressure:
There is some concern that Birch leaf might increase the amount of salt (sodium) that the body retains, and this can make high blood pressure worse.

Pregnant or nursing:
There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking Birch if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.  Ask your herbalist for advice. Use in small quantities.

Use Birch leaf tea for:
Spring cleanse, kidney stones, urinary gravel, cystitis, gout, arthritis, rheumatism, psoriasis, eczema, fluid retention, fevers.

Birch has a multitude of historical uses but is less familiar for its undoubted medicinal properties. The sap makes a clear and refreshing drink that can be preserved as a wine, beer, or spirit. The leaves produce a pleasant tea and an infused oil. In each form, Birch is an excellent tonic anddetoxifier, mainly working on the urinary system to remove waste products, as in kidney or bladder stone, gravel, gout, and rheumatism. It reduces fluid retention and swellings, and clears up many skin problems.

This liquid tree used to grow strong leaves, in medicine young leaves have good qualities as well as in the sap. Birch leaves can be taken in teas, and infused in oil for pain relief.

Birch is a natural pain reliever containing salicylate, the compound found in aspirin. Salicylate relieves the inflammation and pain associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and generalized muscle pain.

The fresh leaves or buds of Birch offer a powerful but pleasant tea for general detoxing, urinary complaints, cystitis, rheumatic and arthritic troubles, and gout. Some herbalists add a pinch of sodium bicarbonate to improve the tea's ability to cut high uric acid levels.

Any condition of fluid retention, such as cardiac or renal edema and dropsy, will be helped by the tea. Birch is rich in potassium, so that it does not deplete the body of this mineral in the way that medicaldiuretics do.

The buds of the Birch tree are a rich source of Vitamin C, tannin and flavonoids, which makes them effective in the prevention of viral infections and even the formation of cancer.

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