Tamarack Materia Medica


Historically, the tamarack tree has served as a highly useful source of herbal medicines: Early white settlers used the inner bark medicinally to treat melancholia (archaic medical term meaning extreme, persistent hopelessness and/or depression). The aboriginal peoples of Canada’s northwest regions used a poultice of the inner bark to treat: hemorrhoids,
infected wounds, frostbite, boils and cuts. The outer bark and roots were used with in the treatment for arthritis and general aches and pains.

Tamarack is little used in aromatherapy, so there is limited information regarding the clinical uses of tamarack essential oil. The oil opens the lungs exerts analgesic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic (antibacterial and antifungal), expectorant, immune stimulant, neurotonic and vulnerary actions and has been found to be valuable in the treatment of: nervous fatigue; anxiety; headache; allergies; infection; respiratory conditions including nasal congestion, coughs, fluid build-up in the lungs, bronchitis and pneumonia; colds; flu.

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

Miasms: Psoric
Sefirah: Chokma
Constitutional Type: Neurasthenia
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Core Perspectives: plant characteristics and history; herbal medicine and aromatherapy; gemstone goshenite; Light and Water elements; neurasthenia; Psoric miasm; Chokma.

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