Therapeutic orchids of Asia by Singapore Memories : Coelogyne + tips on choosing EDT/ EDP
Looking to buy a perfume but there is so much selection, starting from their different category of names which includes -EDP, EDT or body mist etc. Do you know what does it stand for?
While, I will say they are just fanciful names to categorised the concentration of fragrances oil in the perfume. The most common type you will find in Singapore will be EDP and EDT. EDP have a higher concentration of oil, around 15-20% while an EDT only have 5-15%. Therefore, if the price between both is not more than $10 and the concentration is double, you are better of buying an EDP as it has more fragrance oil which will last longer!
As you can see from the above, you will realise that deodorant or body mist have less than 5% of fragrance oil in it so you are basically spending your money buying their packaging. With this new knowledge, it will be easier to pick a perfume off the shelves now.
Nonetheless, we will still be discovering more therapeutic orchids which are often being overlooked in today world – where orchids are just being use for decoration or as an ingredient for perfume.
Coelogyne barbata Lindl. ex Griff.
Other name: Xuchunbeimu Lan, Ranmaobeimu Lan
Chinese medicinal name: Fengian
This plant is being harvested for use all round the year, regardless of season. It needs to be washed and sun-dried before use. It is sweet in nature and have cooling ability thus often being used in TCM to tackle “heaty” boy, relieve thirst, cough and pain.
Coelogyne corymbosa Lindl.
Chinese name: Yanbanbeimu Lan, Beimu Lan, Zhixueguo; Shibajiao
Chinese medicinal name: Beimu Lan; Guoshangye
Newari name: Tuyu kenbu swan
Similarly, this plant can be harvest all year round. The entire plant can be used to treat soft tissues injuries or bone fracture. Moreover, it can also help reduce coughs, heat and flu.
Coelogyne cristata Lindl.
Chinese name: Beimu Lan
Indian name: Hadjojen
Nepali names: ban maiser, jhyanpate in Chepang dialect; chandi gabha (Nepali), syabal (Tamang)
This orchid is commonly used to treat animals with fractured bones or wounds in Himalaya. While the local in Myanmar and Nepal use it as a remedy for diarrhoea or constipation. In addition, the fresh paste from the flower can be consumed to help relieve headaches and fever.
Coelogyne flaccida Lindl.
Chinese names: Lilinbeimu Lan, Guishangye
Chinese medicinal name: Jidatui
Nepali name: Thur gava
This plant/herb is very well-liked by the tribes in China as it is used to clear heat, promote body fluids thus counter the dryness in one body and stop coughs. Similar to the previous plant, this is also being use in Nepal to treat headache and indigestion.
Coelogyne fuscescens Lindl.
Chinese name: Hechunbeimu Lan
Thai names: Sing to, phaya rat, phao hin
In Thailand, the stem is being used to treat burns, whereas in Nepal, it is use to reduce abdominal pain.
Coelogyne leucantha W.W. Sm.
Chinese name: Baihuabeimu Lan
This plant has the properties to lessen heat, reduce coughs and pain while improving blood flow in the body. Furthermore, it can repair torn tendons!
Coelogyne nitida (Wall ex D. Don) Lindl.
Chinese name: Mijingbeimu Lan
Nepali names: Silver Orchid in English, bhyanpat(Chepang), Salida, Sanit (Gurung),
Chandi gabha, para phul (Nepali)
In Nepal, the juice of the pseudobulb is recommended for stomach ache.
Coelogyne stricta (D. Don) Schltr
Indian name: Harjojan
In India, the plant is widely use to heal bone by applying externally onto fractured bones. While in Nepal, they continue to use this plant externally to relieve headache and fever.
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