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The Benefits of Elemi


Originally published in the Plant Prana Newsletter October 26, 2020.

SKIN: signifies “preserving and drying”, aged skin, wrinkles, infected wounds, inflammation, rejuvenation

RESPIRATORY: mucus conditions, coughs (unproductive), slows the respiratory rate down (aspect of paradoxical breathing)

NERVOUS: tension, stress-related conditions, psychosomatic conditions


ENERGETIC: cleansing, activates the ajna 

SPIRITUAL: conductivity, cultivating awareness, helps with inner reflection, and insight

The Benefits of Davana


Originally published in the Plant Prana Newsletter October 26, 2020

NERVOUS: tension, stress- related conditions, psychosomatic conditions


ENERGETIC: soothing, regulating, activates the forehead

SPIRITUAL: helps with the cultivation of oneness, awareness, movement of kundalini, conductivity, detachment, cultivation of emptiness,  expansion of consciousness.

It is offered to Shiva, the Lord of Transformation, by devotees.

The Benefits of Palma Rosa

Palma Rosa

Originally published in the Plant Prana Newsletter October 12, 2020

SKIN: stimulates cellular regeneration, regulates sebum production, good for all types of skin, scars, sores, wrinkles, minor infections, moisturizers the skin 

DIGESTIVE: very good for intestinal infections and flora, digestive Antonia, anorexia, dysentery, very good for the mucus membranes of the intestinal tract

NERVOUS: tension, stress-related conditions, nervous exhaustion

PSYCHOLOGICAL: sense of well-being, stress, abandonment issues

ENERGETIC: soothing, activates the heart, raises the vibration of the body

SPIRITUAL: helps cultivate compassion

In ancient times Palma Rosa was used in places like Bombay, ports of the Red Sea, Constantinople, and Bulgaria as a substitute for rose oil.

The Benefits of Rose Alba

Rose Alba

Originally published in the Plant Prana Newsletter September 28, 2020.

ROSE ALBA, also known as THE HOLY ROSE

SKIN: Sensitive and mature skin.

ENDOCRINE: Stimulates the pineal gland.

NERVOUS SYSTEM: Nervous tension, stress-related conditions, psychosomatic response, depression.

PSYCHOLOGICAL: Happiness, sense of well-being, cultivation of tolerance, negative thoughts about others, grief, relationships, instills a sense of hope, defense mechanisms of the ego.

ENERGETIC: Toning, soothing, purifying, energizing.

SPIRITUAL: Activates the heart and crown chakras, tolerance, helps to cultivate the ability to compromise, sustained awareness, conductivity to the Divine.

The Benefits of Litsea Cubeba

Litsea Cubeba

Originally published in the Plant Prana Newsletter November 9, 2020.

Litsea Cubeba- (also known as May Chang) – may be sensitizing to the skin

IMMUNE: epidemics

DIGESTIVE: indigestion

MUSCULAR: contracture and spasms

RESPIRATORY: slows down respiratory rate (used for anxiety, panic, and paradoxical ​​​breathing)

NERVOUS: psychosomatic conditions


ENERGETIC: inhibits the meng mein, solar plexus, and the forehead

SPIRITUAL: helps one to be non-reactive, conductivity

​Used extensively by the Atayal Aborigines in Taiwan.

The Benefits of Cape Snowbush

Cape Snowbush

Originally published in the Plant Prana Newsletter November 16, 2020.

IMMUNE: colds, influenza (especially recovery after the initial infection)

RESPIRATORY: relaxes the diaphragm, constricted bronchioles

MUSCULAR / CIRCULATORY: relaxes fascia, high blood pressure

NERVOUS: stress related conditions 

PSYCHOLOGICAL: sense of well-being, trauma, issues in the unconscious 

ENERGETIC: activating to the heart, activating to the basic

SPIRITUAL: helps to cultivate unconditional love

The Benefits of Lemongrass


Originally published in the Plant Prana Newsletter September 7, 2020.


Can be a little irritating applied directly so always mix with a carrier oil.

SKIN: Excessive perspiration, toning to tissue, insect repellent, scabies, open pores, athlete’s foot.

DIGESTIVE: Relaxes smooth muscle, indigestion, colitis, gastroenteritis, constipation.

CIRCULATION: Poor circulation.

IMMUNE: Infectious conditions, fever.

MUSCULAR/JOINTS: Pain, muscle relaxer, relaxes the diaphragm, slack tissue, trigger point activity.

NERVOUS: Nervous exhaustion, debility, tension, stress-related conditions, headaches, psychosomatic response, considered a sedative on the central nervous system.

PSYCHOLOGICAL: Stress, somatization, calming.

ENERGETIC: Regulating, inhibiting to over-activated chakras

SPIRITUAL: Conductivity to the Divine.

The Benefits of Galbanum


Originally published in the Plant Prana Newsletter September 1, 2020.

SKIN: Boils, abscess, skin inflammations, skin issues, acne, ulcer

IMMUNE: wound healing, may have an impact on chaotic cell growths

GENITO-URINARY: antispasmodic, diuretic, aphrodisiac

DIGESTIVE: diarrhea, indigestion, digestive complaints

CIRCULATION: Lymphatic function (detoxification process), blood pressure

RESPIRATORY: antispasmodic, expectorant

MUSCULAR: Aches and pains, rheumatism, inflammations, antispasmodic (smooth muscle of the respiratory, digestive, and urinary tract)

NERVOUS: Tonic, restorative, Stress-related complaints, nervous complaints, body tension associated with pain syndromes, polyneuritis (inflamed nerves over a large area, muscle losing tone, paralysis), stress, pain, epilepsy, psychosomatic conditions, tension in body caused by injury or pain

PSYCHOLOGICAL: Stress, fear, higher mental faculties (intuitive mind), restorative to the emotional body, shock, glamours

ENERGETIC: activates the heart, activates the crown, cleansing, fortifying

SPIRITUAL: transmutation (mental), conductivity, expansion within the form, ceremony, ritual, prayer, transition, transcendence

  • 12th century used in the Jewish tradition for deliberate and unrepentant sinners
  • Used in several anointing oils
  • Given to Moses on Mt.Sinai
  • The ancient Egyptian “Green Incense” was Galbanum

The Benefits of Yarrow


Originally published in the Plant Prana Newsletter August 17, 2020

SKIN: Inflammation, wounds, rashes, cuts (especially fresh cuts – can help stop bleeding,) eczema, rashes, may have a toning effect on the skin.

IMMUNE: Fever, colds, flu, allergies in the digestive tract.

DIGESTIVE: Colitis, inflammation in the digestive tract, may help stop any sort of bleeding in the digestive tract, cramping, indigestion, gas, hemorrhoids.

NERVOUS: The effects of stress, hypertension, any stress-related condition.

MUSCULAR: Rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation, pain.

CIRCULATORY: May help high blood pressure, may be helpful with thrombosis, may be useful with arteriosclerosis.

PSYCHOLOGICAL: Old emotional wounds, trauma, abandonment, transmutation of emotions

ENERGETIC: Helps to heal old emotional and mental wounds, helps to stabilize the emotions, has an inhibiting effect on the Meng Mein chakra.

SPIRITUAL: Divine Love

The Benefits of Jasmine


Originally published in the Plant Prana Newsletter August 3, 2020

LYMPHATIC:  Strengthens and tones lymphatic function

RESPIRATORY: General respiratory tonic, sinus issues, bronchitis, coughs, skeletal muscles that aid in respiration, relaxes the diaphragm.

NERVOUS: Neuralgia, the effects of pain (on the body, emotions, and mind), nervous tension, tonic, stress-related conditions, psychosomatic response, fortifying

PSYCHOLOGICAL: Somatization.

ENERGETIC: Restorative, tension, impacts protective webs of chakras, helps to displace lower vibrational energy

SPIRITUAL: Increases conductivity to the Divine, may help with the development of sustained awareness.