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The Mother of All Herbs

Cayenne is the #1 stimulant herb. It is the purest and most powerful of all the medicinal herbs. The best description I have ever read of cayenne is that it causes the "fires of life to burn more brightly". Cayenne rebuilds (yes, rebuilds) vein structures, removes plaque from the veins, and sends the blood rushing along carrying nutrients to every cell of the body. If I could only have one herb in my house, cayenne would be the one that I would choose!

Cayenne's action on the cardiovascular system is almost instantaneous. Cayenne will stop bleeding, even of hemorrhage proportions, and is the first thing that I would reach for at the onset of a stroke or heart attack. Studies have repeatedly shown that cayenne reduces blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In addition to that amazing feat, cayenne reduces the instances of platelet aggregation -- meaning that cayenne prevents blood clots.

Cayenne contains carotene molecules which are powerful antioxidants. Interestingly, although cayenne is hot to the taste it actually lowers body temperatures by stimulating a center in the hypothalamus that is responsible for cooling the body. Cayenne, applied topically, reduces pain.

Cayenne is an accentuator and will increase the healing properties of the other herbs. By adding a touch of cayenne to a respiratory formula, for example, the respiratory herbs will reach the lungs and begin their healing action much more quickly. You will notices in the formulas section of the book, Butterfly Miracles with Herbal Remedies, that cayenne, in small parts, is in nearly every formula.

Cayenne is high in zinc, which is essential to the hormonal glands. Cayenne is also high in vitamin A and vitamin C, rutin (which strengthens arteries and veins), iron, calcium, and potassium.

(The above is taken from the herbal book, Butterfly Miracles with Essential Oils by LaRee Westover.

Be sure to plant some of this wonderful herb in your garden this year. You'll be glad you did.

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THE SYMBOLIC MEANING OF HERBS
by LaRee Westover & Sharon Moran
Butterfly Expressions, LLC

 

It's summertime, so just for fun, during this prolific growing season, I thought I would give you some thoughts and information regarding the symbology of herbs.

Many herbs have symbolic meaning that goes back many centuries. The ancient Romans offered wreaths of bay leaves for triumph and peace. The Greeks thought bay was sacred. They believed that is protected them from disease and witchcraft. The essential oil of bay is used today for very similar effects. The aroma of bay makes you feel as though you have just been wrapped in the arms of a loving and protective father.

Roses and rose petals have long been associated with love. They were lavishly strewn on the paths of wedding parties, a tradition still practiced today. The aroma of rose oil is quite intoxicating. Rose is a very high frequency essential oil, helping in all manner of emotional balancing situations.

In England, rosemary was referred to as "Rose of Mary" in memory of the Virgin Mary. In Shakespeare's "Hamlet", Ophelia says, "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance, pray you love, remember." Today, we use rosemary essential oil to help with memory loss and learning difficulties as well as mental fatigue.

The following is a list of herbs and their symbolic meaning

Aloe - healing, protection, grief, affection

Angelica
- inspiration, magic

Bay
- glory, honor, reward

Calendula
- sacred affection, joy, remembrance

Chamomile
- energy in adversity, patience, long life

Chives
- usefulness

Dandelion
- faithfulness, happiness

Dianthus
- dignity, woman's love

Dill
- preservation, good spirits

Dogwood
- love undiminished by adversity, durability

Elder
- compassion

Fennel
- strength, worthy of praise

Garlic
- protection, strength, healing

Grass - utility

Iris
- message, wisdom, faith

Ivy
- fidelity, eternal life

Lavender
- virtue, acknowledgement

Lily of the Valley
- contentment, return of happiness

Marjoram
- joy, happiness

Mint
- eternal refreshment, wisdom

Mugwort
- tranquility, happiness

Mustard - faith

Nasturtium
- victory in battle

Pansy
- happy thoughts, meditation

Parsley
- feast, joy, victory

Rose - love

Rosemary
- remembrance, loyalty

Sage
- wisdom, long life

Sassafras
- foundation

Sunflower
- pure thoughts

Thyme
- bravery, courage, strength

Violet
- humility, devotion, faithfulness, forgiveness

Yucca
- fidelity, opportunity

Zinnia
- thoughts of missing friends

LeEZ Traveler

INGREDIENTS: birch, chamomile Roman, frankincense, lavender, myrrh, orange sweet, peppermint, ylang ylang

AFFINITY FOR: digestive system, nervous system

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

APPLICATION: LeEZ Traveler should be carried with you whenever you are traveling if you are inclined to motion sickness. An inhaler is a convenient way to carry LeEZ Traveler, or you can place a few drops on a cotton ball and carry it in a small plastic bag. You can also apply this oil diluted to the soft areas of the skin such as the wrists, inner thighs, or behind the ears. It can also be diffused or added to the tub.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma alone is often enough to stop the symptoms of motion sickness. This oil is calming and restful, providing a hint of humor and a sense of gladness to be alive.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Besides alleviating the physical symptoms of motion sickness, LeEZ Traveler promotes feelings of calmness, emotional strength, and the ability to cope with the day?s events and responsibilities. It has been used to treat anorexia.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeEZ Traveler was originally created to assist with motion sickness during airplane travel. This is a good oil to use in the days before traveling to avoid sickness while traveling. It has proven effective against other forms of motion sickness and unrelated incidences of nausea, dizziness, and vertigo. This blend often brings relief from morning sickness.

LeKey to My Heart

INGREDIENTS: copaiba balsam, cypress, geranium, helichrysum, mandarin, orange sweet, palmarosa, ylang ylang

AFFINITY FOR: cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, urinary tract, cardiopulmonary, vein health, sacral and solar plexus chakras, root and crown chakras, connection to heaven and earth, communication between all chakras, governing vessel meridian

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

APPLICATION: LeKey to My Heart, diluted, may be applied on the chest over the heart area several times a day. LeVitality can also be applied to the acupressure heart area on the left foot, or alternatively, to the heart points found under the left ring finger and corresponding toe on the left foot.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: LeKey to My Heart can be worn as a perfume or diffused.

GENERAL INFORMATION: LeKey to My Heart came about originally as a serendipitous mistake made in the blending of LeVitality. It still contains many of the same essential oil singles as LeVitality, but some oils specifically targeting emotions that are linked to heart dysfunction have been added to the blend.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeKey to My Heart is very strong in the balancing and repairing of the cardiovascular, circulatory, pulmonary, and lymphatic systems. This blend can be used in conjunction with, or in lieu of, LeVitality for heart related and circulatory conditions. The choice should be made according to the emotional patterns, stresses, and needs of the individual. LeKey to My Heart has proven useful for lowering high blood pressure, reducing stress levels, and increasing stamina and energy levels.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeKey to My Heart creates enthusiasm for life and confidence that one?s body is capable of healing and adequate to the tasks being required of it.

This blend seems to stabilize and open the emotional and electrical rhythms of the heart and has a dramatic impact on the pericardium, both physically and emotionally. The pericardium is the protective case around the physical heart and the protective watchman of the emotional heart. Openness here allows us to give and receive love and perceive other people?s intentions accurately and without judgement. An open and well-functioning pericardium is the basis for great and effective leadership. This is an effective oil for those stressful days when one has no choice but to multi-task and do so efficiently and well.

One description of this blend by a frequent user described it as helping to ?create a self-disciplined, decided heart.? This is a perfect description of the emotional impact of LeKey to My Heart. She also mentioned that LeKey to My Heart gives one ?sufficient hope to venture out and go forth and live, while creating a safe atmosphere in which to work.? LeKey to My Heart contains additional emotionally balancing oils which are not present in LeVitality, but it is slightly less effective for the physical repair of heart valves.

LeUnity

INGREDIENTS: angelica, frankincense, geranium, hyssop, lavender, mandarin, neroli, orange bitter, palmarosa, rose, rose geranium, sage, sandalwood, spikenard, spruce, ylang ylang

AFFINITY FOR: emotional balance, every chakra, liver meridian, spiritual growth, small intestine meridian

RESONANCE: physical, emotional, spiritual

APPLICATION: LeUnity can be applied over each chakra, beginning at the base and working up to the crown. It can be applied on the feet, over the heart, and on areas of poor circulation.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: LeUnity should be diffused in groups where incompatibility or quarrelsomeness is a problem. Use it in the home to increase peace and cooperation.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeUnity promotes harmony within ourselves, with others around us, and with our Creator. It helps us work with others in a relationship of cooperation, patience, and tolerance. This is the greatest essential oil product I know of for fostering a sense of physical and mental well-being. It can rid us of stubbornness, anger, judgement, and jealousy. Frequent use can promote unity among family members. This essential oil blend has to be experienced to be believed.

If LeBenediction is not providing enough protection from other people?s energies for you, try adding LeUnity, too. This blend, like LeBountiful, fosters a sense of abundance and appreciation in our hearts.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: One of the great strengths of LeUnity is its ability to balance every chakra to the extent of greatly minimizing or eliminating altogether any reaction from overuse of essential oils. This is very useful for children who get into essential oils that have been left laying around the house. Many times the balancing of all of the chakras eliminates or minimizes any allergic reaction. LeUnity makes a good deodorant.

INPORTANT INFORMATION: LeUnity can be used to eliminate or minimize reactions to oils that are caused by suppressed emotions or a toxic physical body. Apply the oil to the palms of the hands and place one hand over the navel and the other hand over the thymus. Hold for 20 seconds and then reverse the position of the hands and hold for another 20 seconds or more. This really works! This procedure is also effective for grounding and balancing in a multitude of situations.

Cedarwood

(Cedrus deodora)

INGREDIENT IN: LeAngel, LeAway, LeConnection, LeExhilaration, LeGoodNite, LeIQ, LeKadence, LeMoonlight, LeRefreshMint, LeSanctuary

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antiseptic, tonic, antifungal, antiseborrheic, regenerative, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal, stimulant to circulatory system but sedative to nervous system?this is a rare and powerful combination

AFFINITY FOR: urinary tract, spleen, pancreas, skin and scalp, lympahtic system, central vessel meridian, kidney meridian, heart meridian, spleen meridian, chakras & subtle bodies

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY: Coniferae

PART UTILIZED: bark, wild crafted

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

APPLICATION: Dilute and apply to the feet or to the body.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Cedarwood is an excellent oil for meditation and clarity of mind. It reduces tension and promotes restful sleep. The aroma of cedarwood can help us realize when we are being self-righteous, rigid, or dogmatic in our opinions.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Cedarwood was used traditionally by the Indian tribes of America to enhance spiritual communication. Like all conifer oils, cedarwood enhances feelings of security and protection. It helps us to feel, and return, the love of heaven. The aroma of cedarwood calms anger and relieves nervous tension. It quiets the mind that is going over and over the same details, analyzing and then analyzing again. Steadiness, integrity, and emotional stability are some of the great gifts of cedarwood oil.

Cedarwood strengthens the energy of the kidney meridian. Strength in this meridian gives us the will to stand firm when we have made a decision, even against persistent opposition. Cedarwood can give us strength in times of crisis as we stand strong, refusing to lose confidence or faith. This is an excellent oil to bolster us when we are going into strange or unfamiliar situations. Cedarwood oil has been shown effective in the treatment of ADHD because it stabilizes beta/theta waves.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Because it is mucolytic (dissolves mucous), cedarwood is useful for chest infections, asthma, and coughs. It it also soothing and healing to the skin, and especially, to the scalp. Cedarwood is often used for dandruff, hair loss, and psoriasis.

Cedarwood encourages lymphatic drainage and stimulates the breakdown of fat in the tissues. Mildly diuretic, cedarwood is used for cellulite and water retention. Decongestant, astringent, and anti-infective, cedarwood is useful for respiratory and urinary tract infections. Cedarwood is of benefit in any physical complaint where the underlying condition is coldness and dampness, physically or energetically. Valued as an insect repellent to be used around spices and other food items.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Cedarwood oil is very powerful at breaking up catarrh. This action of cedarwood oil is a fine example of the connections between the physical body and the more subtle (or energy) aspects of our systems. Just as surely as cedarwood will break up catarrh and phlegm in the physical body, it will remove the congestion and clutter that is clogging our minds and spirits.

CAUTIONS: Cedarwood should be avoided by pregnant women.

Juniper Berry

(Juniperus communis)

INGREDIENT IN: LeDreams, LeEnergy, LeEverlasting, LeInsideOut, LeMagi, LeReflections, LeRefreshMint, LeSynopsis, LeTendaCare, LeWhispering Hope

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antiseptic, diuretic, expectorant, emmenagogue, antiparasitic, tonic, depurative

AFFINITY FOR: digestive system, endocrine system, reproductive system, hormones, urinary tract, brow chakra, kidney meridian, yang energy

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY: Coniferae

PART UTILIZED: fruit

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Juniper berry is said to improve mental clarity and memory without undue stimulation to the nervous system. In fact, juniper berry essential oil is quite relaxing.

APPLICATION: Juniper berry oil should be diluted and applied to the feet, on the abdomen, or on the small of the back (over the kidneys).

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Juniper berry essential oil is suited for people who fear growing up or growing older. The use of juniper berry essential oil is about maturing into wisdom; not just ordinary wisdom but wisdom with compassion. It is about cultivating an understanding of the continuity of life, coupled with a sense of humor. Juniper gives us a feeling of gratitude for the privilege to have learned from the experiences and lessons of life. Juniper berry helps to elevate spiritual awareness and reverence for sacred things. It can open the soul to direction by inspiration and religious principle.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Juniper berry improves circulation, particularly to the kidneys. It helps the body move fluids and toxins out of the cells and tissues. It is a useful remedy for fluid retention, cellulite, premenstrual bloating, gout, and arthritis.

It is said that juniper berry oil helps with nerve function and regeneration. Juniper berry can be a useful oil for the digestive system. It has a beneficial effect on the emotional and physical aspects of over-indulgence in food. Juniper essential oil is effective for acne, eczema, oily skin, psoriasis, and dandruff.

CAUTIONS: Use of juniper berry essential oil should be avoided during pregnancy. It should be used with caution on children. This oil is contra-indicated for people with kidney disease. This is a great oil to balance and strengthen kidney function and deal with kidney infections, but it is not to be used by people with kidney diseases.

Opoponax

(Commiphora guidottii)

INGREDIENT IN: LeAboutFace, LeAgeLess, LeMariah

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antiseptic, antiparasitic, general cerebral and circulatory stimulant

AFFINITY FOR: mucous membranes, muscles

RESONANCE: physical, mental

PLANT FAMILY: Bruseraceae

PART UTILIZED: gum resin

EXTRACTION METHOD: oleoresin

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Opoponax is sweet, spicy, and warming with herbaceous undertones. It has a more pleasing aroma than regular myrrh.

APPLICATION: Can be applied anywhere on the body. As with most essential oils, it is best diluted.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Opoponax is an oil for precision and logic. Opoponax clears fuzzy thinking and helps daydreamers come down from the clouds. It is a good addition to blends which will be used to stimulate clarity of thought and attention to detail. Opoponax can help us make desired changes in our lives and in ourselves because it helps us see situations with more clarity. Opoponax can give us direction and purpose. Emotionally, this oils supports our ability to sort truth from error. It can help us see the way to justice and responsibility in our daily lives.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Opoponax has a drying action on mucous build-up in the lungs. It can be used for bronchitis, colds, sore throats, and coughs.

Opoponax is effective as a muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory, making it useful for arthritis. It may help purge stagnant blood from the uterus. Opoponax is an excellent insect repellent.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Opoponax is sometAimes used as a base note in blends where it stabilizes and sweetens the aroma.