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Ylang ylang
In the Malayan language, ylang ylang means 'flower of flowers', few trees blossom with the intensely sweet and flower fragrance as ylang ylang.

By: Lesley-Ann Sales - Utah, United States
TEA TREE OIL– A Remarkable Healing Agent.
A clear to very pale golden colour essential oil favoured by aromatherapists and manufacturers of natural antiseptics creams, lotions, toothpastes and shampoos. Tea Trees belong to the genus Melaleuca and the trees in this genus are commonly known as paper barks or honey myrtles. Melaleuca oil is taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia which is native to the northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia. Captured by steam distillation of the leaves the medicinal aroma is reminiscent of cypress, cardmom and camphor combined and generally perceived as a warming and stimulating odour.
The term "tea tree oil" is said to have come about in the 1770s when Captain Cook and the crew of The Endeavour used the leaves as a substitute for ordinary tea. Tea tree oil has been recognized as a potent antiseptic, antibiotic and an antifungal agent; it has been shown to be an effective treatment for dandruff due to its ability to treat Malassezia furfur, the most common cause of the condition.

Tea tree oil has also been known to help soothe sunburns, poison ivy, ear infections, and bee stings along with many other uses including various skin problems, wounds, insect bites and stings, boils and ringworm. Care should be taken when using Tea tree oil; it should not be used neat or in high concentration on sensitive skin and should be used almost exclusively externally.


By: Lesley-Ann Sales - Utah, United States
ELECAMPANE a powerful antibacterial and fungicidal agent

The Latin name for Elecampane is Inula helenium; Inula comes from the phrase meaning ‘from the fields’ and helenium alludes to the legend of ‘Helen of Troy’ who is said to have been gathering the herb when she was abducted from Sparta.

In medieval times the ancient Greeks and Romans used elecampane as a general tonic to heal skin diseases, such as scabies and herbs, to expel worms and to treat dropsy, sciatica and leprosy. This herb has been used as a remedy for whooping cough and asthma, it also can help with colic and liver problems. For many years it has been used to help improve digestion, it has also been very helpful to heal skin infections in horses and sheep.

Elecampane root has at first a somewhat glutinous taste, but by chewing, it becomes subsequently aromatic, it is slightly bitter and pungent and has an agreeably aromatic somewhat camphoraceous orris-like odour. Elecampane is a large herbaceous perennial, indigenous to south-eastern Europe and western Asia but naturalised in Britain, Ireland and the north mid-west US. It has a thick, cylindrical, branched rhizome and an erect, sparsely branched, tough, furrowed stem, hairy in the lower part and downy above. The oval basal leaves narrow into a winged petiole, pointed at the tip and blunt-toothed at the edges.

Elecampane (Radix Inulae), consists of both rhizome or rootstock and roots. It is official in most pharmacopoeias, it has antiseptic properties – it aids the skin in eliminating toxins and promotes perspiration – Today the modern Herbalist mainly prescribes elecampane for treating coughs, colds and flu symptoms, bronchitis, cuts and grazes, the root contains inulin which has been used in place of sugar for people who suffer with diabetes.

By: Lesley-Ann Sales - Utah, United States
Insomnia
Lying in bed unable to sleep is agonising. Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by an inability to sleep or to remain asleep for a reasonable period of time. A lack of sleep can adversely affect our physical and emotional health, it can leave us feeling tired and very irritable, our concentration can be reduced which can make us more prone to accidents and also the making of rash decisions; it can undermine our immune systems so that we are more susceptible to infection.
Insomnia can be caused by fear, stress, anxiety, medications, herbs, caffeine, depression, emotional or mental tension, work problems, financial stress, life-style factors such as too much light or noise, an uncomfortable bed, an unsatisfactory sex life and sometimes it just occurs for no apparent reason.
Are there natural therapies or remedies that may be helpful? Holistic practitioners place a firm emphasis on diet and lifestyle, but there are a number of therapies and remedies that may also be helpful in gently helping the body to regain its natural biorhythms. Therapies such as homeopathy, acupuncture, nutritional therapy and dream therapy are among some that are certainly worth investigation. Relaxation techniques and massage, Feng Shui, diet changes and magnets have also had good success in helping those with insomnia.


By: Lesley-Ann Sales - Utah, United States
LOCUST AND THE BOW
Most of us from time to time do our share of slumping forwards, but rarely do we arch our spines the other way. In Yoga there are two exercises that are used to help release stiffness in the vertebrae down the front of the spinal column.
Care must be taken when doing these exercises, always work at a level that suits you and never force or overstretch your body, build up slowly until you become more flexible.

The Locust exercise stretches the lower back and buttocks; it improves the blood flow to the kidneys and adrenal glands the flexibility of the spine also increases. The Bow exercise expands the chest and increases suppleness in the shoulders it is also very helpful in stretching the front of the thighs and waist. Both of these exercises are done of the floor without any props and can be easily worked on a day-to-day basis.

By: Lesley-Ann Sales - Utah, United States

 


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