Caraway Hydrosol

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Caraway essential oil or I’d better call it caraway hydrosol (Same thing, either way!) is quite an effective natural oil. A friend suggested the same to me when I was suffering from a skin-related problem. This oil turned out to be quite wondrous for me, I was highly satisfied.

The health benefits of Caraway Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties galactogogue, anti histaminic, anti septic, cardiac, anti spasmodic, carminative, digestive, stomachic, disinfectant, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, aperitif, astringent, insecticide, stimulant, tonic and Vermifuge.

The Essential Oil of Caraway is extracted from seeds of caraway. Caraway is scientifically named as Carum Carvi. Sometimes, it is also addressed with the scientific name Apium Carvi. Caraway Seeds are very popular as a spice, particularly in Europe and in the Indian Subcontinent. In many religious books too, the medicinal properties of caraway seeds have been narrated and appreciated.

It is said to be the cure for nearly all diseases. And where do these medicinal properties of caraway seeds come from? Where else but from its essential oils? And the medicinal properties of the Caraway Oil come from its components like Carvone, Furfurol, Acetaldehyde, Cumuninic Aldehyde and Limonene. In fact, on research, so many medicinal properties and health benefits of Caraway Oil were found that quite a fat book can be compiled on them.

Let us see what wonders these compounds hold in them.

  • Galactogogue: Caraway Oil is a known remedy for increasing milk for lactating mothers. It is advised to take it with honey. It enhances both quantity and quality of milk. The baby, who is feeding on this milk, is also kept safe from flatulence and indigestion due to the properties of this essential oil.
  • Cardiac: It is very good for all round cardiac health. It helps maintain proper heart beat rate, strengthens cardiac muscles, prevent hardening of arteries and veins, lower blood pressure and also lower cholesterol level in the blood, thus helping the heart from all sides. A regular use can keep the heart healthy forever and cut the risk of heart diseases.

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  1. Benefits Of Caraway by Live And Feel
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Camphor Hydrosol

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This hydrosol is quite illustrious world over for its highly stimulating nature. The oil is amazingly antiseptic in nature and hence should be used with utter care. I know it is very contrasting, but, at the same time this oil can be used for minor and sometimes major body woes.

The health benefits of Camphor Essential Oil include it properties like stimulant, anti spasmodic, anti septic, decongestant, anesthetic, sedative and nervous pacifier, anti neuralgic, anti inflammatory, disinfectant, insecticide, etc.

Essential Oil of Camphor is obtained during process of extraction of Camphor, from two types of Camphor Trees. The first one is Common Camphor tree, bearing scientific name Cinnamonum Camphora, from which the common camphor is obtained, and the second one is Borneo Camphor tree, which gives Borneo Camphor and is scientifically known as Dryobalanops Camphora. The Camphor Oil obtained from both have similar properties, but differs slightly in aroma and in the concentration of various compounds found in them.

The various components of Camphor Oil are Alcohol, Borneol, Pinene, Camphene, Camphor, Terpene and Safrol. Camphor Oil, apart from having a cool, penetrating and lasting aroma, has many medicinal properties too, which are listed below.

  • Stimulant & Diaphoretic: Camphor Oil is an effective stimulant. It stimulates circulation, metabolism, digestion, secretions and excretion, thereby treating problems and ailments associated with improper circulation, digestion, sluggish or hyper metabolic rates, obstructed secretions etc.
  • Anti Septic, Disinfectant and Insecticide & Germicide: Camphor Oil is an excellent disinfectant, insecticide and germicide. Camphor Oil can be added to drinking water, particularly in summer and rainy seasons when there is more chance of water getting infected, to disinfect it. A bottle or container of Camphor Oil, if kept open, or a piece of cloth soaked in it, if burnt, drives away insects and kills germs. A drop or two of Camphor Oil, mixed with large quantity of food grains, keep it safe from insects. Camphor is also used in many medical preparations such as ointments and lotion to cure skin diseases, bacterial and fungal infections on skin etc. Mixed in bathing water, it disinfects the whole body externally and kills lice etc.
  • Decongestant: The strong penetrating aroma of Camphor Oil is a powerful decongestant. It immediately opens up congestions of bronchi, larynx, pharynx, nasal tracts and lungs. It is therefore used in many decongestant balms and cold rubs.

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  1. Camphor Oil Uses And Benefits by ehow
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Calamus Hydrosol

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Calamus essential oil is a personal favourite. The oil is very prolific and deals effeciently with a number of diseases and problems. The oil actually takes care of the skin while it scrapes it clean of the problems.

Calamus has been taken over the centuries as a remedy for various sorts of digestive upsets and colic, especially in children. Calamus is a perennial herb of the family Araceae, commonly found in moist habitats such as the banks of ponds or streams and in swamps throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. In appearance, it resembles the iris.

Calamus has been regarded as an aphrodisiac in Indian subcontinent and Egypt for at least 2,500 years. In Europe, calamus was valued as a stimulant, bitter herb for the appetite (if not for the appetites), and as an aid to the digestion. In North America, the decoction was used for fevers, stomach cramps, and colic; the rhizome was chewed for toothache, and powdered rhizome was inhaled for congestion.

Calamus is an important herb in Ayurvedic medicine, and is valued as a “rejuvenator” for the brain and nervous system, and as a remedy for digestive disorders.

In Western herbal medicine the herb is chiefly employed for digestive problems such as gas, bloating, colic, and poor digestive function. Calamus, particularly A. calamus var. americanus, which is the most effective antispasmodic, relieves spasm of the intestines. Calamus helps distended and uncomfortable stomachs, and headaches associated with weak digestion.

The root is -

  • Anodyne
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Aromatic
  • Carminative
  • Diaphoretic
  • Emmenagogue
  • Expectorant
  • Febrifuge
  • Hallucinogenic
  • Hypotensive
  • Sedative
  • Stimulant
  • Stomachic
  • Mildly tonic
  • Vermifuge

It is used internally in the treatment of digestive complaints, bronchitis, sinusitis etc. It is said to have wonderfully tonic powers of stimulating and normalizing the appetite. However if the dose is too large it will cause nausea and vomiting. Sweet flag is also used externally to treat skin eruptions, rheumatic pains and neuralgia.

An infusion of the root can bring about an abortion whilst chewing the root alleviates toothache. It is a folk remedy for arthritis, cancer, convulsions, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, epilepsy etc. Chewing the root is said to kill the taste for tobacco. Roots 2 – 3 years old are used since older roots tend to become tough and hollow. They are harvested in late autumn or early spring and are dried for later use. The dry root loses 70% of its weight, but has an improved smell and taste. Caution is advised on the use of this root, especially in the form of the distilled essential oil, since large doses can cause mild hallucinations.

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  1. Calamus Health Benefits by Articles Base
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  3. Calamus Oil by I Love India

Cade Hydrosol

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Cade essential oil is quite amazing at dealing with almost all skin-related problems and infections. The oil is highly anti-infectious in nature and hence turned out to be a great boon for all its users. My cousin, Anna, is a great crusader of it and she in fact, is the one who told me about this wonderful liquid.

Cade oil, commonly known as Cade essential oil is pure natural oil distilled from the branches and heartwood. The essential oil gives the oil a smoky scent. Cade essential oil comes in dark red brown and dark brown colors. The natural essential oil is widely used in perfume industry and in food because of its smoky scent. Cade oil is also used for a number of medicinal ways like diabetes, high blood pressure, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea and peptic ulcer disease. Cade oil is also used to treat skin problems such as eczema, dermatitis, hair loss.

Juniperus oxycedrus is the Mediterranean equivalent of the common juniper. Known as prickly juniper, it is a hardy spreading plant, which can vary in size from a low shrub (very typical of the Mediterranean maquis and garrigue), to a tree of about 6 m (20 ft). The leaves are tiny, narrow and prickly, and have little surface from which moisture can escape during summer droughts; they are white and green above, dark green beneath. The cones are yellow and rounded, and the fruits are berry-like, growing in clusters, and black when ripe.

Cade oil was introduced into French medicine in the middle of the nine¬teenth century to treat skin irritation. It was listed as having antiseptic, vulnerary and anti-parasitic properties, and was used in the treatment of dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, scalp infections with hair loss, herpes, all skin eruptions and chronic rhinitis. (It was also used in veterinary practice, externally on horses and other animals, to treat ulcers, scabies, worms and parasites.)

Cade oil is distilled from the young twigs and wood of more mature plants. The oil is resinous, a darkish brown colour, and has a strange wary smell which is even caustic and tar-like (not surprisingly, as creosol forms the main constituent of creosote).

The principal constituents are -

  • Phenols (creosol, guaiacol)
  • Sesquiterpenes (cadinene)
  • Terpenes

But unfortunately, there are certain things to be aware of about this oil, cade is often adulterated with pine, birch, petrol and tar, so the benefits this oil can offer to the skin are limited (the name ‘creosote’ comes from the Greek words meaning flesh-saving, referring to the powerful antiseptic action on the skin). In fact the false oil can provoke terrible skin reactions so, to check, hold the oil up to a light: if it is blackish-brown instead of reddish and dark, it may have been adulterated.

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