Medical Aromatherapy: Unique Oils and Hydrosols in Clinical Practice

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Medical Aromatherapy: Unique Oils and Hydrosols in Clinical Practice

I became an herbalist in 1972. And yet, for nearly two decades, with the exception of eucalyptus and peppermint oils, I was unaware of the health benefits of essential oils. It wasn’t until I attended the first American Aromatherapy Conference in Napa Valley in the late 1980s that I became most intrigued and fascinated with their healing powers.

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THE TRUE TINDER CONK:FIRST NATIONS' USE

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THE TRUE TINDER CONK:FIRST NATIONS' USE

Chaga, Inonotus obliquus (Ach. ex Pers.) Pilát is a conk living on birch trees throughout the northern hemisphere. It is considered a sterile conk, but does produce small fruiting bodies that appear after the tree has fallen down, for up to six years. It has been widely used in folk medicine in Russia, Poland and other Baltic countries for a wide variety of gastric problems, cancer, tuberculosis, as well as heart and liver concerns.

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Medicinal Lichens

Did you hear the one about the fungus and the algae?
They took a “lichen” to each other.

 

Lichen comes from the Greek leiko to lick or lick up, a habit of the “plant” to lap its tongue all over the host. However, “lichen” may come from the Greek “leprous, wart or eruption,” as Dioscorides thought they resembled the skin of afflicted people, and used the Doctrine of Signatures as an attempted cure. The French scientist, Tournefort named them around 1700 AD.

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Medicinal Mycology - Trich or Treatment

It is no dream!
Matsutake are growing On the belly of the mountain
                             -SHIGETAKA

When I first began my journey into mushroom identification, various genera stumped me time and again. But none were trickier for me than the various species of Tricholoma. White spores, central fleshy stipe, gills adnexed-to- sinuate and no ring or volva, I would repeat to myself.

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