Therapeutic orchids of Asia by Singapore Memories : Few different Calanthe
Unconsciously, scents affect our mood and behaviour. Bad scents definitely won’t put someone in a good mood! Imagine waking up to a foul smell. That’d be awful.
Have you heard of room fragrance or room scents? They often come in an oil form which you can spray your room with or be placed in the humidifier. The smells are normally floral or woody infused such as lavender, lemon grass or sandalwood. It is scientifically proven to be able to calm our nerves and help us to relax. Research has shown that people sleep faster and better when the room has room serum compared to a “normal” smelling room. This is why beauty spas always has their preferred scents to make the guests feels relax.
Perfumes are corelated with memories. Certain scents bring us back to those good memories we had in the past. For example, the smell of your favourite apple pie freshly baked your mom or the smell of the garden that reminds you of spending time walking with your loved ones. These “triggered” memories brings us at peace. However, you may not want to have pies baked everyday in your kitchen or you may not even have time to go to garden every day. Good thing, you can create your own scents at Jetaime Perfumery to smell like the good old memories. They have a wide range of orchids’ scent, especially native orchids of Singapore!
Other than using orchids as an ingredient for perfume or room fragrances, it also has many other purposes such as home remedy for minor illnesses. Some orchids that you can take note of when going trekking includes the following:
Calanthe ceciliae Rchb. f.
Malay name: Sebueh
In Sumatra this plant’s flower were used as a poultice to relieve the pain of ulcers.
Calanthe davidii Franch.
Chinese name: Jianyexiaji Lan, Changyegenjie Lan
Chinese medicinal name: Mayaqi
Although the vegetative appearance of the two species Calanthe davidii and Calanthe alpina is dissimilar, they have similar properties. The plants’ root and stems help to remove toxins, relieve pain, common cold, fatigue, sore throat and even treatment for chest injuries.
Calanthe densiflora Lindl.
Chinese name: Zhuyegenjie Lan, Mihuaxiaji Lan
This plant usage was recorded in Taiwanese Chinese Herbal to use to improves blood circulation, reduces stasis of blood and swellings. Moreover, it helps to treat backaches, lower limb ache and even running nose.
Calanthe discolor Lindl.
Chinese names: Xiaji Lan
Chinese medicinal names: Jiuzilianhuancao, ye baiji, Roulainhuan, Jiujiechong, Yichuanniuzi
Entire plant is used to improve blood ﬂow, and to heal abscesses, bone pain treats skin ulcers
and traumatic injuries.
Calanthe graciliflora Hayata
Chinese names: Goujuxiaji Lan, Xiyegenjie Lan, Xihuagenjie Lan, Zhihuagenjie Lan, Goujuxiaji Lan Taiwan: slender ﬂower Calanthe
Chinese medicinal name: Silima
In Taiwan, this plant was used to relieve fever and for detoxiﬁcation. It beneﬁts the lungs, improves blood ﬂow, reduces stasis of blood and stops pain and coughing.
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