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Necessary Neem

Neem (Azadirachta indica) Also known as nimtree or Indian lylac has some very powerful healing qualities. Neem trees are a part of the mahogany family of trees, Meliaceae. They are generally found in tropical and subtropical zones and grow well in Australia. In fact, I have two neem trees in my garden which I utilize for a few products. Neem leaves have particularly strong antibacterial and antimicrobial effects, used in medicines, tooth paste, and even used as birth control as it is a spermicide, for this reason, neem is not recommended to be ingested by women who are pregnant or nursing. Neem is said to work as a powerful natural insecticide, when added to a mixture of molasses & water, you spray it...

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Calming Chamomile

Key Uses Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla Anthemis nobilis) also known as German chamomile, Roman chamomile has many uses and is an overall fantastic plant! Key uses are relaxant, antispasmodic (used to relieve muscle spasms of involuntary muscle), anti-inflammatory (used to reduce inflammation), diaphoretic (inducing perspiration), antiseptic (prevents growth of disease-causing microorganisms), analgesic (acting to relive pain), antihistamine (reduces the physiological effects of histamine), & decongestant (used to relive nasal congestion.) Wow! chamomile really packs a punch when it comes to its healing benefits!  History  The history begins in ancient Egypt where it is said to help with fevers and used in the embalming process. The Greeks used chamomile to flavor drinks and incense and the Spanish used to flavor sherry. In medieval...

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Terrific Tulsi

History & Divination Tulsi Leaf (Ocimum tenuiflorum) also known as holy basil is native to Southeast Asia. It is one of the most sacred plants in India and is considered the queen of the herbs for its restorative and spiritual properties. We use tulsi leaf in protection spells, sacred offerings and rituals.  Hindus view Tulsi as a goddess a manifestation of Lakshmi in the form of a plant bestowed with great spiritual powers.    Medicinal Benefits Tulsi is known as a adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens help our body adapt to stress. it’s used as a natural remedy for anxiety, adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism, unbalanced blood sugar and as a home remedy for acne. The primary active compound of holy basil oil is eugenol, the active ingredient in...

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Taking Care with Calendula

History & Divination Calendula (Calendula officinalis) also known as marigold is a beautiful herb for so many things! It is native to Europe and parts of Asia. Calendula was named by the ancient Romans (latin kalends)  as they noticed the flowers bloom on the first day of every month. Egyptians used calendula as a rejuvenating herb, Persians and Greeks used it to garnish and flavor food,  and during the Civil War they used calendula to treat open wounds. In divination Calendula is used for protection, psychic dreams, & transformation. A garland of marigold hung in an entry way protects the home and all occupants from evil. Placing a garland under your bed brings prophetic dreams.  Medicinal Uses Calendula has antiseptic...

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Lavender - A Powerhouse of Healing

Lavender is one of the most commonly used essential oils, but did you know that there are around 40 species of lavender? The two most commonly used are lavandula angustifolia and spike lavender lavandula latifolia. You need to do your homework when using these two especially as they both have very different uses in aromatherapy. Lavender has been used since ancient times in perfumery; many would sew lavender into  sachets to keep linen fresh and pest free, as well as hung up dried leaves to repel flies and mosquitoes. In divination we use lavender flowers for love, protection, sleep, chastity, longevity, purification, happiness, & peace. You can find lavender in quite a few Friendship Herbals products with a focus on lavandula angustifolia...

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