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01/06/2016
Green Vein Borneo
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Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a member of the Coffee tree family. This plant contains many of the same alkaloids found in Chocolate and a series of alkaloids that effect the human opioid receptors.

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Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
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Frankincense is prized for its essential oils which are believed to be medicinal and energetic. Oils are also used in the production of cosmetics and perfumes. Clinical aromatherapy uses it for skin diseases, respiratory and urinary tract infections, rheumatism, and even syphilis.





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              Aside from it's long history of medicinal use the Jasmine Flower is also the national flower of Pakistan. It has applications in aromatherapy and other properties. The essential oils are the most prized part of the plant. These oils are mostly concentrated in the flowers. This is typical for most medicinal plants. Essential oils can easily be extracted from fresh or dried flowers using water and the heat of the sun.


The medicinal properties of Jasmine are aromatic, antiseptic, and anti- inflammatory. In China they have been used in the treatment of hepatitis. There have been studies that show them to have anti-viral activity in vitro. This natural remedy well known for its heavy aroma that is loved by people around the world. Aromatherapy is a way to reduce stress and depression naturally. Scent receptors that respond to these holy fragrances seem to elevate ones mood, and lower negative responses by produced by the brain in times of stress.


The fragrance and beauty of the Jasmine flower is sure to lift your spirits. It looks a lot like Xhosa. It's the simple things in life that can bring joy to a soul in despair. If nothing beautiful nor good existed, and there was never any fresh air, or a cool rain on an otherwise hot day, what would life be like? Never take for granted something as simple as a colorful and aromatic flower. Not only is it a beautiful sight to see, but the scent, and the therapeutic benefits that it possess are absolutely worthy of our attention and gratitude.


Jasmine also has a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Aphrodisiacs are stimulants of a sexual nature. The scent is thought to trigger sexual desires in both men and women. They make a great treat for any couple, especially if you actually enjoy each others company. Some scents are even suggested for the treatment of insomnia. Essential oils can be dropped directly on a pillow before bed time, or placed into a cup of boiling water to fill the air with the pleasant fragrance of choice.


There are a lot of resources available on the internet that discuss oneirogens( able to induce lucid or prophetic dreams. ). The thing that bothers me is that most of them repeat the same information over and over. My goal is to introduce new information to the people. With that in mind, you may find it fascinating to know that from a shamanic perspective, Jasmine is also considered an oneirogen (Heaven, Charing 2006 60)


How does it work though? How can a plant possibly act as a medicine? Well, as stated many times on this website, there is an entire branch of chemistry dedicated to the study of pharmacological alkaloids that plants produce, and it's called phytochemistry. Nature is the ultimate chemist. If you think about it, before modern drugs this is all we had. Not only that but no matter how you look at it, plants are required to sustain life. They make the air, and even the animals we eat, eat plants.


Precautions: The oil may cause irritations in some individuals and consistent use and high concentrations should be avoided. Pregnant women should also avoid use of this plant.


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References:


Heaven, Ross, and Howard G. Charing. Plant Spirit Shamanism: Traditional Techniques for Healing the Soul. Rochester, VT: Destiny, 2006. Print.


Jasminum officinale. (2015, April 15). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:34, January 6, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jasminum_officinale&oldid=656597943



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