Therapeutic orchids of Asia by Singapore Memories : Bulbophyllum
Nothing is perfect, or rather, too perfect can be a limitation. Similarly, just one bottle of perfume will not be perfect to use for all occasion. It will be best to have a few selections to wear it for different occasion.
Prefer your perfume to smell like orchid but not too flowery? You have come to the right place! Jetaime Perfumery offers a variety of orchid scents for you to choose from. Be prepared to spend at least 2 hours in the studio to fine tune your personal scents.
Fun fact: Not all orchids smell flowery, some orchids can be categorised as fruity or even musky! So, don’t be surprise that you will still be able to create a musky men’s fragrances using orchid ingredients.
Nonetheless, today we will still continue to discover certain therapeutic orchids, so next time in a boot camp either in Singapore or overseas, keep a look out for these orchids that may help you when needed.
Bulbophyllum vaginatum (Lindl.) Rchb. f.
Malay name: Magrah batu
It is a common lowland orchid in Singapore and Malaysia. In Malaya, juice from the roasted pseudobulb of this orchid was dropped into the ear to treat earache. If you happen to visit Jetaime Perfumery, this orchid is one of the ingredients you will find under the Citrus category. It is wonderful scent for a cheerful and vibrant lady, giving the perfume a touch of liveliness.
Calanthe alismifolia Lindl.
Chinese names: Zexiexiaji Lan, Xidiangenjie Lan
Chinese medicinal name: Zongyeqi
This plant will be wash and clean to be used as herbs. In TCM, it states that it helps remove gas and humidity, reduces swellings, improve blood circulation and heal ulcer or traumatic injuries.
Calanthe alpina Hook. f. ex Lindl.
Chinese name: Liusuxiaji Lan
Medicinal names: Mayaqi, Daxiancao
It is one of the herbs for TCM where the roots and stems helps to remove “heat”, “gas” and toxins, relieve pain. It is also often used as a prescription for stomach ulcer, sore throat, common cold, fatigue, tooth ache and painful joints.
Calanthe brevicornu Lindl.
Chinese name: Shenchunxiaji Lan
The root counter ‘heat’, promote diuresis, arrest bleeding, reduce swelling, and to treat nephritis or the presence of blood in the urine. It is also used to promote expulsion of an incompletely delivered placenta, recovery after a stillbirth.
Calanthe cardioglossa Schltr.
Thai names: Ueang namton, Uang liam
It can be commonly found in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. The stem is used as a tonic in Thailand.
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