LAVENDER Lavandula angustifolia
Parts Used: Flowering Tops
Wisdom Lavender is a member of the Labiatae family and as such it overcomes the watery element with strong air and warmth processes. The air and warmth processes in Labiatae plants permeate the entire plant. These plants need the sun's warmth for their full development and take this warmth up readily, then distribute it throughout the plant structure. In this way, they become bearers of warmth which support the warmth processes in human beings. Warmth not only encourages the incarnation of the spirit body but also serves as the foundation for the "airing through" of the organization required for the vitalization of the body. Elements Air, Warmth, Light Element, and Fluid Organization
Science Lavender oil is used extensively in therapeutic baths for the treatment cardiovascular and menstrual disturbances. Lavender water is sometimes added to bathwater to relieve nervous tension. In herbal medicine, Lavender is considered harmonizing, sedative, antispasmodic, and stimulant and used to treat poor capillary circulation, headaches, muscular aches, and pains, swelling, cellulite, and scar tissue formation.
LEMON Citrus limonum
Parts Used: Peel
Wisdom Lemon is a purifier of both mind and body. Its noted bactericidal and white blood cell stimulating properties, in conjunction with its alkalizing and decongestant/drainage properties make it a powerful cleanser and refresher. It has a strong relationship with light, which, in turn, exerts a clarifying effect. Lemon enhances movement, such as the movement of white blood cells, blood, and lymph, through stimulation. Elements Fluid, Warmth
Science For many centuries, the lemon has been a leading component of the pharmacopeia of natural medicine. The ancient Greeks and Romans were advocates of its therapeutic properties. While the fruit is the most commonly used part of the lemon tree used medicinally, other parts are used in this reference as well. In Cuba, a root decoction is used to treat fever and, in West Africa, gonorrhea. An infusion of the bark or the fruit peel is sometimes used to relieve colic. The oil-rich outer rind of lemon-peel is extensively used in natural medicine as a warming and aromatic bitter tonic.
LEMONGRASS Cymbopogon citratus
Parts Used: Lower portion of stalk
Elements Air, Earth, Fire, Fluid, Gold, Metal, Warmth, Water, Light Element and Organization
LIMONENE is a chemical found in the peels of citrus fruits and other plants. It is used to make medicine. In pharmaceuticals, limonene is added to help medicinal ointments and creams penetrate the skin.