Therapeutic orchids of Asia by Singapore Memories : Medicinal Bulbophyllum part 4
“No elegance is possible without perfume. It is unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory” – Coco Chanel.
As the world evolve, perfume have become part of us just like how we cannot survive without our phone. There are thousands of perfumes in the world and choosing one to match your style might be a challenge. Head down to Jetaime Perfumery Workshop(https://www.perfumeworkshop.com) which specialist in natives’ orchids of Singapore scent. It will be an interesting weekends experience where you craft your own perfume from the scratch. From choosing your favourite ingredients to mixing it in test-tubes to match your likings. It gives you an opportunity to create a unique scent that will makes people remember you!
While exploring those fragrances oils from the workshop, have you wonder how does it differ from essential oils?
Here is a quick summary of the differences between fragrance oil and essential oils:
Fragrance oils are synthetic products thus they do not have any therapeutic properties. They are mainly just oils that have a pleasant scent and are widely used in many modern perfumes.
On the other hand, essential oils are natural product that are being extracted from plants. These oils are usually used in aromatherapy to help ease muscle pain, emotional problems, menstrual issues, skin problems, arthritis and more.
Before essential oils become a popular home remedies, plants were already being used for its therapeutic properties in other ways. Some examples of therapeutic orchid plant will be as follows:
Bulbophyllum ambrosia (Hance) Schltr.
Chinese name: Fangxuianshidou Lan, Xiangshidou Lan
Chinese medicinal name: Fangzhucao
This plant is being use in Chinese herbal medicine. The decoction of the plant was used to treat hepatitis, coughs and heat in the lungs.
Bulbophyllum andersonii (Hook. f.) J.J. Smith
Chinese names: Shumaojuanban Lan, Chenhongjuanban
Chinese medicinal name: Yipicao
The entire plant is used for expelling wind, improving blood ﬂow, stopping coughs and clearing retention of food. The decoction of the plant is also useful to treat rheumatism. Furthermore, it can be used as an ingredient for soup to improve feminine weakness.
Bulbophyllum careyanum (Hook.) Sprengel
The pseudobulbs and leaves of the plant is made into poultices to treat burns on the skin.
Bulbophyllum cariniflorum Rchb. f.
Chinese name: Jianyeshiduo Lan
Indian name: Sumura
In India, paste made from the dried roots, together with black pepper and cow’s milk is taken for several days to induce abortion during the ﬁrst.
Photo credits: OrchidRoots, miejue.net, Bhaktar B. Raskoti
A salve for the senses
The treatment includes an exfoliating body scrub infused with Singapore's national flower, a head-and-foot massage, a therapeutic orchid bath and a harmony massage led by two therapists.
Unsurprisingly, orchids are also used in medicine. The flower’s herbal extracts help with medical conditions including hypertension, migraines, allergies and cramps. With the myriad ways in which Singapore incorporates the Vanda Miss Joaquim, your encounters with the orchid will inevitably be unique – much like the hardy, hybrid national flower.
Orchids in general are rich in symbolism. Some of its associations are luxury, elegance, fertility, with different shades bringing with them different connotations.