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Amazing Herbs A to Z - J to L
Jasmine oil is extracted from the flower of the jasmine plant that is native to India. The herbal plants exotic aroma is added to perfumes and mixed with other scented oils for a delightful exotic pleasure to the senses. Traditionally, herbalist treated muscle spasms, painful periods, and stress with the scent.
Jojoba is an evergreen shrub like plant that produces a rare oil that Native Americans found a wonderful and effective healing treatment. Today, jojoba is an important ingredient added to shampoos, conditioners, creams, lotions, body oils, and other beauty preparations. Herbalist believe that jojoba oil helps stop hair loss and restores hair to a healthy condition.
The fleshy berries produced by the juniper berry are commonly added to beauty, culinary, and medicinal preparations. Juniper berries are known to stimulate the kidneys and increase urine flow. Herbalist recommend the berry to treat flatulence and indigestion. Warning: juniper berries are hazardous to pregnant women or those with kidney disease.
Lavender plant flowers produce a very potent oil. The lavender oil is added to preparations to treat a number of mental and physical conditions. Inhaling the fragrance is thought to cure insomnia, reduce stress, tension, and balance the emotions. Lavender is also used to lower blood pressure, cure headaches, and stop hair loss.
Lemon grass oil is distilled from the lemon grass plant and used in various preparations to treat stress, muscle pain, spasms. An infusion is used to reduce mucous and treat fears.
In ancient cultures, the roots of the licorice plant were used to treat varied health conditions. Ancients also used the plant to add flavor to foods. Today, licorice is an effective ingredient in cough and flu preparations. It is used as a dietary supplement to treat sore throats, ulcers, and bronchitis. Pregnant women should avoid the herb because licorice has a very high estrogen content.
Lovage is a tall, dark green plant, with yellow flowers. The plant is native to Europe and the United States. Lovage leaves and roots are used to flavor foods. One favorite folk medicine remedy is to add lovage to preparations to reduce gas. Herbalist also suggest the herb has a diuretic affect on the body. Today, the root is an ingredient in various preparations to treat everything from an upset stomach to migraine headaches.
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(Please note that all the herbs and herbal treatments listed are for information purposes only. Use due caution. The statements and information are not meant to diagnose illness or cure any type of ailment)
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