Therapeutic orchids of Asia by Singapore Memories : Cymbidium & Aranda
Behind every perfume, there will be story that inspire the perfumer to design that scents.
Singapore Memories come up with a range of perfume that represented Singapore history whilst using orchids fragrance as their main ingredient. Singapore Memories’ perfume is definitely a must buy souvenirs for your loved ones!
The inspiration behind their Aranda 1965 perfume is that; Singapore become independent in 1965. There are many uncertainty and fear within the citizen, but with great leadership from out leader, Singapore have become a great city. Thus, Aranda 1965 is specially designed to dedicate to leaders around the world, people with courage and people who believe in possibilities. Using Aranda orchid as a main ingredient, it spokes one’s confident with its intense spiciness and musky scent.
Speaking of orchids, there are many orchids that are not known to us but they serve as a medicinal purpose to our ancestor – where they use orchids to treat illness.
Cymbidium faberi Rolfe
Chinese names: Jiuhua Lan, Yijingjiuhua, Tubaibu, Taiwanyijingjiuhua, Hui Lan, Changye Lan.
Taiwan: multi-ﬂowered orchid
Medicinal name: hua qi lan
The roots are being removed from the plant, only the pseudobulbs is being sun-dried for further usage. Roots are removed as it can be slightly poisonous. This plant is being used to relieve headache or coughs, destroy insects, worms and lice.
Cymbidium floribundum Lindl.
Local name: Duohua Lan
Entire plant is used in the same manner as C. ensifolium(mentioned in the previous post).
This orchid can be made into tea and to be consumes to reinforce fluids in the body, nourish blood, reduce phlegm and stop coughing. The flowers brighten up the eyes when consumed for a long period. It is also being use as a home remedy to treat stomach ache by mixing the decoction of roots and rhizome with rice wine.
The orchid can also be used for the induction of labour.
Cymbidium goeringii (Rchb. f) Rchb. f.
Local names: Chun Lan, Riben Chun Lan, Diaolanhua, Cao Lan, Shan Lan
Japanese: Hokuro , Jiji- baba
It is said that the roots improve blood flow, cool blood and detoxify. Mainly used as herb to treat traumatic injuries, bleeding from injuries or fractures, relieve coughs and sore throat, treat rabies too. The entire plant can also be used to treat fever, worm infestation, weak kidney, dizziness and backache. All in all, there are many usages to this plant!
Cymbidium hookerianum Rchb. f.
Chinese name: Hutou Lan
Chinese medicinal name: Hutou Lan
In India, the seeds are used to stop bleeding from cuts or wounds whereas in China, the whole plant will be used to treat fractures and traumatic soft tissue injuries.
Cymbidium iridioides D. Don
Chinese name: Huang chan Lan
In Nepal and India, juice from the leaves are use to stop bleeding from wounds and to stop diarrhoea.
Cymbidium kanran Makino
Local Name: Han lan, winter orchid, Cao Lan
The Chinese uses the entire plant to smooth the lungs, stop coughs and asthma.
Cymbidium lancifolium Hook.
Chinese names: Soushan Hu, Zhupo Lan, Tuer Lan, Diqingmei, Xuli Cao
Taiwan: white bamboo-leaf orchid.
Indonesian name: Ki Adjag in Sunda
In China, it is used to treat traumatic injuries, improve blood circulation and to helps relieve rheumatism.
Cymbidium macrorhizon Lindl.
In northern India, the stems of the plant are used to treat boils and rheumatism.
Cymbidium sinense (Jacks.) Willd.
Chinese names: Baisui Lan, Baosui Lan, Chun Lan, Mo Lan
Either the whole plant or just the roots have therapeutic effect. They purify the heart and lungs, and stop coughs and asthma.
Cymbidium wilsonii (Rolfe ex De Cock) Rolfe
Chinese names: Duanyechutou Lan, Diannanhutou Lan
The roots of the plant is used to treat weak lungs, coughs, tonsillitis and body ache.
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