Therapeutic orchids of Asia by Singapore Memories : Cephalanthera
Looking in your vanity table and realised that you have too much unfinished perfume? That will be a constant issue for us, girls. Same for me, I will never be content just to have one perfume!
Today, I will be sharing some tips to maximise the use of your perfume – which is call perfume layering. It allows you to create your own new scents that matches your mood or style of the day.
When layering your perfumes, start with the heaviest scents which are normally the ones that are musky and end with the lighter scents. The logic behind the order is so the first perfume you sprayed is not being covered by the next perfume scents you are going to put.
Opposite always attracts, it is the same for perfume. Try mixing from different category often will turn out better than mixing within the same category. For an example, mix a citrusy perfume with one that is very heavy woodsy scents will give you a something intense yet sophisticated, ladylike scent.
It will be inevitable to not find floral ingredient in the ladies’ perfume. Not only does it give the perfume a soft and feminine scents, it can also become musky. However, flower or should I say orchids in general have more function than we know.
Cephalanthera erecta (Thunb.) Blume
Chinese name: Yin Lan
This plant can be easily found in China and Japan. The Chinese used it as an herb to treat fever, thirst, urinary infection.
Cephalanthera falcata (Thunb.) Lindl.
Chinese names: Jin Lan, Lianyetourui Lan
Chinese medicinal name: Jin Lan
The entire plant is anti-heat, and relieves fever. It is used to treat sore throat and toothache in China.
Cephalanthera longifolia (L.) Fritsch.
Chinese names: Changyetourui Lan, Tourui Lan
In Chinese medicine, the roots and stems of the plant were used for nocturesis and enuresis whereas it is valused as tonic in Arunachal Pradesh.
Changnienia amoena Chien
Chinese names: Duhua Lan
Chinese medicinal name: Changnian Lan
In Chinese, the whole plants are considered as an antitonic which can helps to cool the blood. Thus, it is used to treat coughs, blood-streaked sputum and sores.
Cleisostoma birmanicum (Schltr.) Garay
Laotian name: Ka dam phi
It can be found in Hainan, Indochina, Thailand and Myanmar which used it to treat orchitis.
Cleisostoma fuerstenbergianum Kraenzl.
Chinese name: Changyegeju Lan
Thai names: Kloi nam thai, kang pla
In China, this entire plant was used to solve heaty body, sore throat and tonsillitis. While in Thailand, they use it to treat diabetes.
Cleisostoma paniculatum (Ker-Gawl) Garay
Other names: big centipede orchid; tiger stripes; Taiwan centipede; purple stripes
This plant is widely distributed across Asia such as Taiwan, Homg Kong, China, Vietnam, Thailand and India. It is used in Taiwan to treat coughs and strengthening the lungs as the plant is believed to be able to boost individual “yin” in the body.
Cleisostoma tenuifolium (L.) Garay
Common name: delicate leafed Cleisostoma
It is a rare plant that can be found in India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. There are plenty of usage for this plant, but basically it is used in India to treat kidney disorder, scalds and leucorrhoea. The plant can also be blended together with vinegar which helps expel kidney stones, other forms of white vaginal discharge and heavy menstrual loss.
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