Santolina Materia Medica


Santolina’s alternative common name, cotton lavender derives from the wispy or cottony appearance of the
plant’s foliage in conjunction with its silvery green coloration reminiscent of lavender plants (santolina and
lavender are botanically unrelated)

Santolina is widely used as a medicinal herb in Mediterranean folk medicine. The leaves and flowering tops exert the following therapeutic actions: analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, emmenagogue, fungicidal, digestive, stimulant, vermifuge and vulnerary.

The herb has long been used internally (commonly prepared as a decoction) as a vermifuge (expels intestinal worms) for children as well as a digestive tonic and to allay certain menstrual symptoms.

In aromatherapy practice, santolina, viewed as exerting a stimulating and refreshing effect upon the mind, is considered of potential value for treating the following symptoms: asthma; coughs; deficient gastrointestinal tone; gastric spasms; intestinal worms; liver congestion and obstruction; jaundice; kidney congestion; scanty periods; leucorrhea; inflamed, itchy skin; ringworm; warts.

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

Miasm: Typhoid
Sefirah: Hod – interface with soul level of Nefesh
Primary Constitutional Type: Hysteria
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Core Perspectives: plant characteristics and history; herbal medicine and aromatherapy; Merkabite calcite; Fire, Air and Water elements; hysteria; Typhoid miasm; Hod, the soul level of Nefesh and the North, South and East Facets of the self-structure.

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