Therapeutic orchids of Asia by Singapore Memories : Acriopsis family
With over 20,000 different species, orchid is one of the biggest family in the flora world. They are well-liked by many due to their divine scents and beautiful looks. However, when it comes to scents, each gives off a different scent from pleasant floral scent to unpleasant scent based on the type of insects that pollinate them.
Orchids are very popular in the perfume industry as it gives the perfume a more feminine side that capture the hearts of many women. One can describe orchids notes in perfume as powdery, sweets or even vanilla-ish. In Je’taime Perfumery Workshop, it offers workshops individual, couples and corporate where they can explore and discover a collection of fragrance oil on natives’ orchids of Singapore. Some fabulous orchids scent you can find there includes Vanda Miss Joaquim, national flower of Singapore. It will be a unique weekends activity for couples or a perfect team building sessions for all to create a signature scent of your own
Other than in fragrances, many orchids are used for therapeutic and medical condition. Below, we will continue to discover more about the orchid family – Acriopsis and its medical uses.
Acriopsis family orchids are mainly loosely flowered, with only a few flowers bloom at any one time. There are nine species growing across Asia, Australia and Queensland. They are commonly found in lowland forest or roadsides tress in Southeast Asia. Out of the nine species, only Acriopsis liliifolia (J. Konig) Seidenf are used for medical purposes.
Acriopsis liliifolia (J. Konig) Seidenf are very easily spotted with its unique looks. Their flower consist of two narrow petals which stretch out horizontally thus resembling insects in flight with their wings outstretched.
Malaya/India à uses the decoction of the leaves and roots to reduce fever.
Malacca à use to treat headaches
Indonesia à use to treat earache or tinnitus by dropping the juice from the pseudobulbs into the ear. Pulverised pseudobulb was also plastered on head to treat fever and hypertension.