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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.




AGLAIA
aka Mock Lime
(Aglaia odorata)
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Trees and shrubs of tropical zones. This variety grown primarily for fragrance and associated uses.

PROPAGATION: Grown as an ornamental and propagated by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
NEEDS: Rich, well-drained moist soil and warmth and humidity. Is not tolerant of temperatures below 60° F.
HARVEST: Leaves during growing season, which are used fresh or dried in decoction (often combined with root); flowers as they open and are dried for infusions and for crafts. Dried parts are renewed annually for medicinal purposes.

USES

MEDICINAL:
Has been used internally for feverishness, convulsive illnesses and menopausal problems.
In Indonesia A. argentea is used to treat feverishness and in preparations for leprosy.

CULINARY:
Used to scent tea in China.

In Fiji and neighboring islands, the fruits of A. edulis are eaten.

CRAFTS:
Flowers retain their fragrance for many years.




©2000 by Ernestina Parziale, CH

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