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Herbs Kopperrose’s Version Herb properties Incense Making Medicinal Uses Dried Herbs & RooTs ~ Essential Oils A compilation of information for Holistic healing ~ Part 1 Agar Wood/ Aloe Wood The Aquilaria genus contains some 15 species of evergreen trees which grow to 120 ft. (40m). The trees are found growing in the low and medium altitude primary forests of Southeast Asia. The trees sometimes become infected by a parasite fungus or mold and the tree produces an aromatic resin to ward off t
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  Kopperrose’s VersionDried Herbs & RooTs ~ Essential Oils Herb properties Incense MakingMedicinal Uses A compilation of information for Holistic healing ~ Part 1  Agar Wood/ Aloe Wood Description:   The Aquilaria genus contains some 15 species of evergreen trees which grow to120 ft. (40m). The trees are found growing in the low and medium altitude primary forestsof Southeast Asia. The trees sometimes become infected by a parasite fungus or mold andthe tree produces an aromatic resin to ward off this infection. It's this rare and preciousaromatic resin in the wood that is treasured around the world for incense use. ! Aloeswood is a highly prized ingredient in Japanese incense and the ingredient used in theenchantingJapanese Kodo Ceremony. ! Under the Japanese grading system, aloeswoods are classified with respect to their aro-matic characteristics. The highest grade of aloeswood is known as Kyara, and the highestgrade of Kyara is called Green Kyara. ! Aloeswood is the aloes found in the text of the Bible. It is perhaps the most sought afteraromatic in the world. ! Threatened Species Alert: The 2007 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species now includesall Agarwood species.  Aquilaria   crassna Status: Critically endangered,  Aquilaria   malaccensis Status : Vul-nerable, Aqualiaria sinensis Status: Critically endangered... ! There are allowable international trade quotas each year by species and srcins.SeeCrop- watchandIUCN.We recommend using only cultivated plantation agarwood or highly repu- table suppliers of legally exported wild harvested woods. !! Family:  Thymelaeaceae Synonyms: Agarwood, aloes, lignin aloes, jinko, jinkoh, oud, ood, chuwar, agallochum, eaglewood, kyara Origin: Malaysia, Indonesia, India, China, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia Parts Used: heartwood, roots Aroma Description: many various types: rich, woody, sweet, sour, hot, spicy, floral, balsamic, cool, elegant,etc. Emotional Attributes: meditation,prayer,relaxation,cleansing/purifying,creativity Cosmetic Uses: perfumery, aromatherapy Culinary Uses: used to flavor curries in Malaysia and India Medicinal Attributes: a long history of use in Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese and Unani medicine to treatmental illness, relieve spasms, fevers, digestive and respiratory disorders, etc. Element Association: Water Magical Associations: spirituality,healing,protection,dreams Astrological Association: Scorpio Planetary Association: Sun Season:  Winter  Amber Pinus succinifera Description:   Fossilized resin from a long since extinct pine tree, some 5 to 60+ million years old. In ancientGreece amber resin was called electron , the root of the English word electricity, due to the electrostatic prop-erties of the resin if it's rubbed. The Ancient Greeks used amber in their incense mixtures andalso called it the sun stone, which they believe connected them to the Sun god. ! Amber is often a confusing ingredient due to the manufactured cake-like soft resins made inIndia and sold worldwide under the same name. True amber is anything but soft and largerpieces of it are widely used in jewelry and pieces with insects trapped inside are highlyprized and collected as art (also used in the movie Jurassic Park as the premise for howthey obtained Dinosaur DNA). Family:  Pinaceae Synonyms: sun stone, hu po Origin: Baltic Sea, Russia, North and Central America Parts Used: fossilized resin Aroma Description: penetrating, biting, smoky, tar-like resinous, resembling tanned leather Emotional Attributes: cleansing/purifying,   brings renewal, alertness Cosmetic Uses: perfumery, aromatherapy;   used in skin rejuvenating creams, etc. Culinary Uses: none Medicinal Attributes: ancient Greeks and Egyptians used amber as a healing remedy for respiratory and uri-nary tract infections, fever, coughs, bronchitis, decongestant, rheumatism and muscle spasms Element Association: Earth Magical Associations: spirituality,healing,protection,prosperity Astrological Association: Taurus Planetary Association: Sun, Mars Season:  Summer Aromatic Note: Base note Essential Oil: Yes, produced by destructive dry distillation then rectified by steam distillation. Mixes Well With: cedar,frankincense,guggul,   labdanum,myrrh,opoponax,pine, etc.  Basil Ocimum basilicum Description:   Some 35 species of aromatic annuals, all are rich in volatile oils and most, if not all, of whichare easily used for incense. It's common name, basil, is said to be associated with basilisk, a mythical serpent-like creature whose glance and breath were fatal, because it was believed that basil could turn into scorpions.Still others note the srcin of its name to be from the Greek 'basilicon', meaning royal. ! One species, Ocimum tenuiflorum  , is a sacred plant in India and is grown in most Hindu homes andaround temples for its protective influence. It's said holding basil protects against thunder and wearing astring of beads made from basil stems wards off infections and induces religious tendency and longevity. Inthe tropical Americas and Caribbean, species of basil are used to repel mosquito's. ! Basil can be easily grown in your garden or potted and grown indoors. Family:  Lamiaceae Synonyms: sweet basil, Genovese basil Origin: tropical Asia and Africa, now cultivated worldwide Parts Used: fresh or dried leaves Aroma Description: sweet-spicy, slightly green, fresh, with faint woody and balsamic undertones Emotional Attributes: love,strengthening,cleansing/purifying,sleep, uplifting, improves memory Cosmetic Uses: perfumery, aromatherapy Culinary Uses: leaves are used to flavor salads, soups, meat dishes, pasta sauces, vegetables, herb oils andvinegars, stuffing's, etc. Seeds are soaked in water, mixed with coconut milk and sugar as a cooling drink. Medicinal Attributes: antibacterial, restorative, warming herb; reduces fevers, relaxes spasms, improvesdigestion, fights intestinal parasites, used to treat skin infections, loss of smell, insomnia, migraine headaches,low spirits and anxiety. Its oil is used in dental products and insect repellants. Element Association: Fire Magical Associations: protection,prosperity Astrological Association: Scorpio Planetary Association: Mars Season:  Summer Aromatic Note: Middle note Essential Oil: Yes, the leaves are steam distilled. Two types are created, Sweet Basil oil (US or Europeangrown) and Réunion Basil oil (grown in Comoro Islands, Seychelles, Madagascar). *Note: The essential oil may cause irritation for some people. Mixes Well With:   coriander,frankincense,galangal,white copal,lemon balm,oakmoss, o poponax,rose-mary, clary sage, lime peel, etc.
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