H is for Herbs from the Labiatae Family

Sorry for those of you who have come here expecting to read about Home Use. If you too are writing for the AtoZChallenge you may have an understanding of the difficulty in continuity of posts which may not have been writen in order. I decided that as I had writen about Everyday use in E, home use would be pretty similar, but it was only after G’s was published that I realised how I had finished the post. However if you are looking for a starter kit of 13 oils, a base oil and a handy book then I will not disappoint. Check this out and the code for a 10% discount is YDS44I8RSY5X

So on to Herbs Rosemary

As you might expect, this group of essential oils smell like, well like herbs, only a lot stronger than the average dried herbs that you might find on a supermarket shelf, and more concentrated than fresh herbs. The essential oils obtained from herbs are mainly from the Labiatae family, for those of you who know your plants. (I am not 1 of those, so please no technical questions on plants, their Latin names and whether or not they are related to this plant or that.) Please feel free to add your comments if you know your Labiatae from your Myrtaceae

So the Labiatae family contains  herbs such as Basil, Clary Sage, Hyssop, Marjoram, Origanum or Wild Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Spearmint and Thyme

Lavender and Patchouli are also from the same family.

So what do these herbs have in common?

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They are all, without exception, known for their anti-spasmodic properties, so you will find them useful for massaging into any tired and aching muscles, although the spices black pepper and ginger possibly have a better effect, due to their vaso-dilation affect too.

As you might expect from herbs, they also have a disgestive element to them, expelling wind, settling stomach pains, indigestion, constipation and diarrhoea. Some seem to work well on stomach spasms, and help in hiccups and nausea.Is it any wonder that we use them in cooking and confectionery, using their aperitif properties.

So if they have similar properties, how would you decide which one to use? This is where having some knowledge of the individual oils and their specific properties, and how you intend to use it, is useful.

Peppermint and spearmint, are both “cooling”, think of the effect of  eating a mint has. So if you have someone who has hot sweaty feet, you might consider using either of these oils when doing a foot massage. As I said in an earlier post, they are stimulating, so the time of day would be taken into consideration, and if you had a highly excitable personality, you might be best staying away from these oils altogether.

Clary Sage on the other hand has a great relaxing effect, and so is perfect for use at the end of the day.

Rosemary is another stimulating oil, stay clear of Rosemary if you have high blood pressure, as well as sage, thyme and hyssop. If you need an oil to help lower your blood pressure, lavendar, clary sage or marjoram are the 3 oils from this section that you might chose from.

Basil is a great oil for clearing the head, so if the individual needs clarity of thought, you might chose this oil over the others.

Marjoram is the only oil that I know of that is reputed to be an AN-aphrodisiac, which means it is said to quell sexual urges. It was grown  in the herb gardens in monasteries, in abundance apparently.

In Medieval Europe apothecaries were the medical treatment of the time, and were originally attached to grocer’s shops. They sold herbsa nd spices that were prepared and sold for all sorts of ailments. In the 17th century, during the Great Plague in Europe, the doctors wore a “beak” in which were placed herbs and spices as a way of keeping them safe from the disease. Prior to the plague, in 1653, Nicholas Culpepper had written and published the standard reference for herbs The English Physician, more commonly known as Culpepper’s Herbal.

Thanks for reading, Blessings Joy

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