Therapeutic orchids of Asia by Singapore Memories : Medicinal Bulbophyllum part 3
Just like what Marilyn Monroe says, “there are no women who do not like perfume, there are just women who have not found their scent”. Give yourself some time to find your perfect scent by spending 2 hours on a perfume workshop by Jetaime Perfumery. They house more than 100 fragrances for you to choose from, enabling you to create your own signature scent.
Fear not, if you are clueless of what kind of scent you like, there will be a personality test to be done and that, together with their perfumer will guild you along in your scent journey. Specialise in natives orchids of Singapore, do not be surprise to find a large collection of orchids being used in workshop. Not only can orchids smell flowery, some can even smell citrusy!
In addition, orchids can also act as medicines! Some example are as follows:
Bulbophyllum cylindraceum Wall. ex Lindl.
Chinese name: Dabaoshidou Lan
It is usually found in Sichuan and Yunnan and the entire plant can be used to treat painful joints and numbness.
Bulbophyllum flabellum-veneris (J. Koenig) Aver.
Thai names: Phet phra in, Sa mai, Khon dam phi
Despite its small size, in Thailand, the pseudobulb is widely used to treat oedema whereas the entire plant is used to treat liver dysfunction.
Bulbophyllum inconspicuum Maxim.
Japanese name: Mugiran
Chinese medicinal names: Maihu, Guoshanye, Yangnaicao, Yaquezui, Linzhijiao; Shiyangmei, Wangniantao, Zishangye, Guazilian, Shilongshiwei.
In Sichuan, the entire plant is used to treat tuberculosis, while treating coughs in Quizhou and Fujian. It can also be used for fretfulness in children, acne, menstrual irregularities and external injury.
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