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Cardamom, Lemongrass, Patchouli, and Cassia bark

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cardamom

Green cardamom is also known as true cardamom and is a member of the ginger family. The plant is native to the Indian sub-continent and grows to 2-4 meters tall with large leaves that form a canopy around the plant. Being a tropical plant that grows in the mountains it prefers rich soil that is consistently moist but drains freely with overall hot temperatures. The Latin name can be traced back to its original roots with a meaning of “cress”, this was likely related to the Indian name for the plant at that time. Records of green cardamom can be found on ancient tablets in Egypt and in equally old records from Greece. Green cardamom is used in both sweet and savoury dishes, from curries all the way to sweet rice puddings. In India and a few other surrounding nations you may find people chewing on just the pods, this is done to sweeten the breath and is actually pretty beneficial to oral health overall. In aromatherapy green cardamom essential oil is useful for digestion, infections, and mental fatigue.

Uses:

Diffused;

Mental fatigue, coughs, phlegm, chest infections

Topically;

Laxative, colic, wind, dyspepsia, nausea, heartburn

Cautions:

No specific cautions.

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.

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lemongrass

There is actually more than one species of lemongrass cultivated for it’s medicinal and culinary uses. These grasses are native to Australia, Africa, and Asia, citronella is also a member of the lemongrass group. As a spice it is widely used dried or fresh all over Asia and Africa for soups, teas, and curries. It is often paired with beef, chicken, fish, and pork to season the meat. Lemongrass oil can be used to lure honey bees because the scent is so similar to a pheromone they use, beekeepers can use the oil to distract or lure a swarm to make it easier to capture. India uses the oil to preserve old manuscripts written on palm leaves. The oil prevents mold growth, blocks water from being absorbed, and keeps the leaves supple. In aromatherapy lemongrass essential oil is useful for digestion, fungal infections, and pain relief.

Uses:

Diffused;

Jetlag, headaches, nervous exhaustion, stress-related conditions, respiratory infections, insect repellant.

Topically;

Digestive problems, diuretic, infections, nervousness, over exerted ligaments, acne, athlete’s foot, fungal infections.

Cautions:

Can irritate skin.

Some do have allergic reactions, please do a patch test and never more concentrated than a 3% dilution.

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.

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patchouli

Patchouli is a member of the mint family native to the tropical regions of Asia but is now cultivated all over Asia. It grows to roughly 2 1/2 feet tall with small, pale flowers. The strong scent has been used in perfumes for centuries but in recent decades that has expanded due to research into natural medicine, insect repellents, and incense. The plants prefer hot but shaded locations with plenty of water for ideal growing conditions. During Napoleon’s reign, France imported cashmere shawls that would be packed with dried patchouli leaves to repel insects. When Europe tried to sell their own versions (in Europe) no one would buy them, that is until the makers realised the patchouli smell was part of what people like so they started packing them with cotton soaked in the oil. In aromatherapy patchouli essential oil is useful for anxiety, in higher doses for insomnia, and inflammation.

Uses:

Diffused;

Anxiety, depression, insect repellent

Topically;

Acne, eczema, sores, ulcers, fungal infections, scalp issues, speeds wound healing, prevents scarring, insect bites

Cautions:

No specific cautions however the smell is very strong.

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.

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cassia bark

Cassia is actually Chinese cinnamon, the bark is used in the same fashion as other cinnamon species as a spice. Cassia bark is coarser than some other types, with a less delicate flavour than the Ceylon type. The trees grow to 10-15 meters tall with leaves up to 15 cm long. Native to southern China it is widely cultivated there and in many other southern and eastern Asian countries as a commercial crop. Chinese cinnamon is the most common type used in the USA. In Traditional Chinese Medicine cassia is considered one of the core 50 herbs for medicine. Due to the presence of coumarin, taking large amounts can cause liver damage. There is also the risk of drug interactions when using the bark and/or the oil. Currently there is research being done on a specific component of cinnamon called cinnamic aldehyde on the effects it has on depressive psychological conditions, thus far the results are hopeful. In aromatherapy cassia bark essential oil is useful for arthritis, digestion, and infection.

Uses:

Diffused;

Infections, nausea.

Topically;

Arthritis, rheumatism, flatulence, diarrhea.

Cautions:

Dermal irritant, must be diluted heavily.

Mucus membrane irritant.

Best avoided during pregnancy.

Best avoided with children.

Professional supervision is advised with this oil.

First aid:

If skin irritation has occurred apply cornstarch or similar to absorb excess. Burns resulting from the oil must be treated as chemical burns.

If gotten in the eye rinse with clear water for 15 min and call emergency services.

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