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Angelica root, Basil (sweet), Garlic, and Fennel

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angelica root

Angelica is a lovely name for a girl but it is also a group of 60 species native to sub-arctic and temperate regions of the northern hemisphere.They grow from 3-9 feet and 10 inches with large umbel flowers. Lapland natives use the stalks for medicine and the roots in food. The distinct flavour of the roots contribute to the flavour of some liqueurs such as Chartreuse.Some first nations tribes use local species for medicine or rituals, while the Sami people of Lapland made an instrument called a Fadno. Meanwhile the Japanese use the shoots and leaves in early spring to make tempura. While angelica may technically be termed a biannual it is only labelled as such because it will die off after going to seed. However it is unlikely to achieve blooming size before it’s third year of growth. In aromatherapy angelica root essential oil is useful for relieving stress, headaches, and opening the lungs.

Uses:

Topically;

to ease pain from menstruation, poor digestion, headaches, and muscular pain.

Diffused;

helps relieve stress and fatigue, opens the lungs for better breathing.

Cautions:

Avoid during pregnancy.

Diabetics should also avoid this oil.

Oil is photo-toxic, avoid direct sun exposure for 24hrs.

First aid:

In the unlikely event of a skin reaction apply cornstarch or similar to absorb excess oil.

If gotten in the eyes rinse with clear water for 15 min, if irritation persists after 30 min seek professional help.

If a pregnant woman has been exposed monitor closely for signs of miscarriage.

If ingested call emergency services immediately.

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sweet basil

The root meaning of “basil” is “royal/kingly plant”. Native to southeast Asia and central Africa, it’s not hard to realise that this delicious herb prefers warm growing environments.Basil is one of the herbs that loses most of it’s flavour once dried, and must be added last when cooking because heat destroys the flavour as well.The plant grows between 12-51 inches tall and prefers hot, dry growing conditions. In cooler climates it is best started under glass before transplanting outside in late spring to early summer. In its native range it can grow as a perennial but in colder climates it must be grown as an annual.Basil is a wonderful companion plant for tomatoes to help deter pests. It is also said to help improve the flavour of tomatoes, though studies refute this, good luck telling any gardener (including me *wink*).The folklore around basil is usually positive in that it generally is thought to bring good fortune of some sort or safe passage to the afterlife. However a couple of exceptions did exist in old European lore where it was a symbol of Satan at one point, and in ancient Greece it was viewed as a symbol of hatred.In aromatherapy basil essential oil should not be used around children under 16 years of age due to strong stupefying effects. However it is useful for regulating menstruation, gout, and anxiety.

Uses:

Topically;

arthritis, difficult menstruation, acne, gout, constipation, cramps.

Diffused;

anxiety, headaches, mental fatigue, allergies.

Cautions:

Do not use if pregnant.

Do not use around children under the age of 16yrs due to strong stupefying effect.

May be a skin irritant for some.

First aid:

If skin irritation has occurred apply cornstarch or similar to absorb excess.

If gotten in the eye rinse with clear water for 15 min, if irritation persists for more than 30 min seek professional help.

If a pregnant woman has been exposed monitor closely for signs of labour or miscarriage.

If a child has been exposed move them to fresh air, if improvement is not seen within 30min or symptoms worsen call emergency services.

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garlic

Garlic and human health have been tied together for 7000 years. Records of the medicinal properties of garlic go as far back as the Sumerians.

Closely related to onions, chives, leeks, and others it’s considered native to northeastern Iran and central Asia. It grows to about 4 feet tall and forms the pungent bulbs we use in our food.

Garlic happily grows in close quarters and is hardy in zones 4-9 (gardening zones), it ideally prefers sunny locations with well drained, loose soil, however will still grow in a wide range of conditions.

There are 2 primary types of culinary garlic: softneck and hardneck. The choice a farmer or gardener makes between hard and softneck has to do with day length and average temp. Hardneck is better suited to cooler growing climates and softneck likes warmer.

In aromatherapy typically garlic essential oil will not be diffused because the effect would be nauseating. If used, garlic essential oil would be applied topically for it’s warming and antiseptic properties, infections, arthritis, and muscle spasms are a few examples. 

Uses:

Heavily diluted (1-2 drops per 2 tablespoons (or more) of carrier oil), can be used the same way as an infused oil, more strongly as a deterrent to wildlife in your garden. Can also be used in food for flavouring.

Cautions:

Oil is very potent, use only at heavy dilution.

Use extreme caution if pregnant, effects are unknown.

Smell of the essential oil is very strong and may induce nausea in many people.

First aid:

If skin irritation has occurred apply cornstarch or similar to absorb excess.

If gotten in the eye rinse with clear water for 15 min, if irritation persists for more than 30 min seek professional help.

If a pregnant woman has been exposed monitor closely for signs of labour or miscarriage.

If gotten on the face contact emergency services immediately and watch for signs of shock.

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fennel

Fennel is a member of the carrot family. In it’s native range it is an important larval food for the Old world Swallowtail and Mouse Moth. In old English paganism, fennel is a traditional ingredient in the Nine Herbs Charm, first recorded in the 10th century. The Nine Herbs Charm was used along with a chanted poem to deal with poison and infection. The charm makes specific mention of Odin, the all father, which suggests there was an earlier version introduced by the vikings. The plant grows to about 2.5 meters tall with hollow stems and very lacy foliage. Fennel is largely grown for it’s seeds though some varieties are grown for a bulbous base that is used as a vegetable. The seeds have a notable liquorice flavour as does the vegetable form though the vegetable is much milder and greener in taste. In aromatherapy fennel essential oil is useful for wound healing, digestive complaints, and regulation of menstruation.

Uses:

Diffused;

Stimulates the appetite, fortifies the mind with strength and courage.

Topically;

Flatulence, constipation, nausea, vomiting, bruises, oily complexions.

Cautions:

Large doses may have a narcotic effect.

Those with epilepsy should avoid this all completely.

Pregnant, endometriosis, and estrogen link cancers need to avoid this oil due to high concentrations of trans-anethole.

If breastfeeding seek professional guidance before using if you wish to utilize the galactagogue properties.

Due to high rates of epilepsy in children better to avoid until age ten. Other oils that affect epileptics can trigger even latent epilepsy.

First aid:

If skin irritation has occurred apply cornstarch or similar to absorb excess.

If gotten in the eye rinse with clear water for 15 min, if irritation persists for more than 30 min seek professional help.

If a pregnant woman has been exposed monitor closely for signs of labour or miscarriage.


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