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Allspice

An essential oil is distilled from the berries and leaves and used in soap, perfumes and aromatherapy. Allspice is also used in traditional medicine to treat digestive disorders and as a remedy for corns, neuralgia and rheumatism.

The oil has antioxidant, bactericidal and fungicidal activity, and is a stimulant and purgative. The wood is used for making walking sticks and umbrella handles.

  • Pimenta officinalis
  • EWG Rating: 0

Anise

Aniseed has a delicious sweet liquorice-like flavour and is a commonly used and very safe herbal remedy that is well suited for all age groups from children to the elderly. It is a particularly useful tonic to the whole digestive system and its antispasmodic and expectorant effects make it of value in the treatment of various respiratory problems.

The seed is the part used, generally in the form of an extracted essential oil. The essential oil comprises 70 - 90% anethole, which has an observed oestrogenic effect whilst the seed is also mildly oestrogenic.

  • Pimpinella anisum
  • EWG Rating: 0

Cedarwood

Antiseptic, astringent, calming, harmonizing, sedating, soothing, strengthening, toning

  • Juniperus virginiana

Cypress

Aids in circulation and respiration; astringent, cooling, refreshing, relaxing, stimulating

  • Cupressus sempervirens
  • EWG Rating: 2

Fir Balsam

An oleo-resin is obtained from blister-like swellings in the bark. It is harvested in the summer and used fresh, dried or distilled for oil. The resin extracted from it is used in perfumery, medicine and for caulking ships. Resin is tapped from trees about 60 - 80 years old in the spring and used for the distillation of oil. An essential oil obtained from the leaves is used as a disinfectant and also in medicine and perfumery.

  • Abies balsamea
  • EWG Rating: 2

Fir Needle

An oleo-resin is obtained from blister-like swellings in the bark. It is harvested in the summer and used fresh, dried or distilled for oil. The resin extracted from it is used in perfumery, medicine and for caulking ships. Resin is tapped from trees about 60 - 80 years old in the spring and used for the distillation of oil. An essential oil obtained from the leaves is used as a disinfectant and also in medicine and perfumery.

  • Abies alba
  • EWG Rating: 3

Frankincense

Studies show that boswellia may reduce inflammation and may be useful in treating: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), asthma, inflammatory bowel disease

Besides being an effective anti-inflammatory, boswellia can be an effective painkiller and may prevent the loss of cartilage. Some studies have found that it may even be useful in treating certain cancers, such as leukemia and breast cancer.

  • Boswellia serrata
  • EWG Rating: 0

Hyssop

Decongestant

  • Hyssopus officinalis
  • EWG Rating: 0

Jasmine

Builds confidence, enhances sensuality; relaxing, soothing, warming

  • Jasminum officinale
  • EWG Rating: 0

Marjoram

Aids in respiration and digestion; muscle relaxant; calming, fortifying, sedating.

  • Origanum majorana
  • EWG Rating: 0

Melissa

Lemon Balm has long been known for its aromatic qualities and its culinary uses. The Greeks used Lemon Balm to treat insomnia, to calm nerves and alleviate anxiety. It was used as an ingredient in Mediterranean dishes, as a garnish, as an additive to flavor deserts, to make hot and cold teas, and as a flavoring agent in candies and gums; its essential oils were used in much the same manner as spearmint oil. Lemon Balm is also one of the psychoactive ingredients used to make the historically renowned Absinthe.

  • Melissa officinalis
  • EWG Rating: 4

Myrrh

Astringent, healing. Tonic and stimulant. A direct emmenagogue, a tonic in dyspepsia, an expectorant in the absence of feverish symptoms, a stimulant to the mucous tissues, a stomachic carminative, exciting appetite and the flow of gastric juice, and an astringent wash.

  • Commiphora myrrha
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