Coffee Materia Medica


Essential oil of coffee is virtually ignored in aromatherapy, but coffee has long been used in herbal medicine and its applications are well-described. Earlier herbalists noted coffee’s nerve stimulant and antispasmodic actions.

The most notable active ingredient in coffee is caffeine. Coffee beans contain 1% to 2% caffeine, an alkaloid which quickens perception, causes wakefulness and suppresses appetite. Caffeine also increases the force of muscle contractions, increases heart rate, stimulates the central nervous system and relaxes the smooth muscles of the blood vessels (except the cerebral blood vessels) and bronchial tubes. It also exerts a diuretic effect, stimulates gastric secretions and the release of catecholamines.

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19 pages excerpted from Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils.

Miasms: Addiction; Malarial
Sefirot: Yesod/Malkhut interface
Constitutional Type: Neurasthenia
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Core Perspectives: plant characteristics and historical perspectives; herbal medicine; homeopathic remedy Coffea; sympathetic nervous system (SNS); etheric body and liver; astral body; neurasthenia; Addiction miasm; Malarial miasm; Yesod/Malkhut Interface.

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