Herbal This & That

Some Herbs Known to be Dangerous to Pregnant Women

“SOME” HERB’S KNOWN TO BE DANGEROUS TO PREGNANT WOMEN


ANGELICA
Contains sterols and saponins in doses too high for safety during pregnancy.

BLACKBERRY and RASPBERRY
Avoid during early pregnancy; as is a uterine stimulant.. Is used in labor and to expel the afterbirth.

BLACK COHOSHand BLUE COHOSH
Both of these contain hormones.

Burdock
Listed by some sources as a uterine stimulant. Lowers blood sugar levels.

CHAMOMILE
Dyers Chamomile promotes menstruation – the oils of both Roman & German Chamomile are uterine stimulants.

CINNAMON OIK
Therapeutic doses may cause miscarriage.. (Uterine stimulant).

COW PARSNIP (YERBA DEL OSO)
Contains sterols and saponins in doses too high for safety during pregnancy.

HTSSOP
Used to treat herpes, in high doses it can cause convulsions. May cause miscarriage.

MISTLETOE
Will cause miscarriage.

MUGWORT
A uterine stimulant that may cause FETAL ABNORMALITIES!! Thujone can harm babies through BREAST FEEDING!! Is used to expel afterbirth.

PENNYROYAL
Traditionally has been used to induce miscarriage.

Peony
Traditionally has been used to induce miscarriage.

RUE
Used to treat congestion in uterus; traditionally has been used to induce miscarriage.

SHEPERD’S PURSE
Avoid during early pregnancy; as is a uterine stimulant. Rapidly & temporarily lowers blood pressure.

THYME OIL
Avoid during early pregnancy; as is a uterine stimulant.

UNICORN ROOT
may cause miscarriage.

VERVAIN
Avoid during early pregnancy; a uterine stimulant.

WORMWOOD
May cause FETAL ABNORMALITIES!! Can also harm babies through BREAST FEEDING!! Is used to expel afterbirth.

YARROW
A uterine stimulant.

 

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Herb Lore And Magick (NOW THE MAGICK)

Herb Lore And Magick

(NOW THE MAGICK)

 

Aloe Vera
Growing an aloe vera plant in the kitchen will help prevent burns and mishaps while cooking. It will also preven household accidents, and guard against evil.

Anise
Anise mixed with bay leaves provides an excellent bath additive prior to ritual. Using anise in potpourri around the house wards off evil, and anise in your sleeping pillow at night will chase away nightmares. It is believed that hanging an anise seed head on your bedpost will reestore lost youth.

Apple
Apple blossoms are used in love and healing incenses. An apple should be given to a lover as a present. It is given as an offering on Samhain to the dead, since it is a symbol of immortality. Apple wood is used to make magickal wands.

Basil
Basil protects from evil and negativity, and aids in attracting and keeping love. It is used for purification baths, and in wealth and prosperity rituals. Carrying a basil leaf in your pocket brings wealth.

Bayberry
The oil of bayberry will bring prosperity and luck.

Burdock
Used to ward off all sorts of negativity, making it invaluable for protective amulets and sachets. Add to potpourri in the house.

Caraway
Carry Caraway in an amulet for protection. Carrying caraway seeds promotes the memory. It can also guard against theft. It is said to promote lust when baked into breads cookies, or cakes.

Catnip
Use the large leaves, well dried, to mark pages in magickal books. Use in conjunction with rose petals in love satchets. It will also create a psychic bond between you and your cat. Grow near your home to attract luck and good spirits.

Cayenne
Cayenne pepper scattered around your house will break bad spells. Adding it to love powders will ensure that your love will be spicy, and can inflame the loved one with passion.

Cedar
Cedar chips used in rituals or burnt attracts money, and is also used in purification and healing. It is a symbol of power and longevity. Hung in the home it will protect against lightning. Juniper can be used in place of cedar.

Chamomile
Chamomile is used in prosperity charms to attract money. Added to incense, it will produce a relaxed state for better meditation. Burned alone it will induce sleep. Added to a ritual bath, it will attract love. Sprinkle it around your property to remove curses and bad spells.

Cinnamon
Burned in incense, cinnamon will promote hil spirituality. It is also used to stimulate the passions of the male. It should also be burned in incenses used for healing. The essential oil is used for protection.

Cloves
Cloves worn in an amulet will drive away negativity and hostility, and stop gossip. It is often carried to stimulate the memory, and can be added to attraction sachets. Clove oil is also worn as an aphrodisiac, and the buds when eaten are said to stir up bodily lusts. It is placed in sachets with mint and rose to chase away melancholy and to help one sleep soundly. Carried, it can also bring comfort to the bereaved and mourning.

Dandelion
It is a sign of rain when the down from a ripened dandelion head falls off without wind helping it to do so. To blow the seeds of a ripened head is to carry your thoughts to a loved one, near or far.

Dill
Dill is used in love and protection sachets. The dried seed heads hung in the home, over doorways, and above cradles provides protection. Add dill to your bath to make you irresistible to your lover.

Dragons Blood
Added to love incenses and sachets, it increases the potency of other herbs used. A piece of the plant is often used under the mattress as a cure for impotency. It is also used in spells to bring back a loved one. A pinch added to other herbs for magickal purposes will increas their potency.

Echinacea
Echinaea is used as an offering to the spirits or gods and goddesses to strengthn a spell or ritual.

Eucalyptus
Healing energies come from the leaves. A branch or wreath over the bed of a sick person will help spread the healing energies. The oil is added to healing baths, and for purifications.

Eyebright
Eyebright is used to make a simple tea to rub on the eyelids to induce and enhance clairvoyant visions.

Fennel
Use for scenting soaps and perfumes to ward of negativity and evil. Grow near the home for the same purpose.

Feverfew
Feverfew is carried for protection against illnesses involving fever, as well as for preventing accidents.

Frankincense
Frankincense is burned to raise vibrations, purify and exorcise. It will aid meditations and visions. The essential oil is used to anoint magickal tools, altars, etc.

Garlic
Peeled garlic cloves placed in each room is said to ward of disease. It is hung in new homes to dispel negativity and evil. It is a strong protective herb. Place a clove under the pillow of sleeping children to protect them.

Ginger
Ginger is used in passion spells to “heat up” the relationship. It is used in success spells, and to ensure the success of spells.

Ginseng
Ginseng is carried to guard your health and to attract love. It will also ensure sexual potency. Ginseng can be a substitute for mandrake.

Hazel
Hazel’s forked branches are used for divining, and the wood makes wonderful wands. Hazel nuts hung in the house will bring luck, and can be carried to cause fertility. Eaten the nuts bring wisdom.

Heather
Heather is carried as a guard against rape and violent crime. In poutpourri it adds protection. When burned with fern, it will bring rain.

Henbane
Henbane is sometimes thrown into the water to bring rain. In olden times, it had many more uses, but is seldom used today due to its poisonous nature.

Holly
Holly is used as a protective plant, and used as decoration during the Yule season. Planted outside the home, it will also afford protection. Sprinkly holly water on newborn babies to protect them.

Ivy
Ivy is grown to grow up the outside of a home to act as a guardian and protector. It is worn by brides to bring luck to the marriage.

Jasmine
Jasmine is used in love sachets and incenses. It is used to attract spiritual love. A drop of the essential oil in almod oil, massaged into the skin, is said to overcome frigidity. Carrying, burning or wearing the flowers attracts money and wealth. If burned in the bedroom, jasmine will bring prophetic dreams.

Juniper
Juniper is used to protect from accidents and theft. Grown at your doorstep, it will offer you protection. It is used in incenses for protection.

Lavender
Lavender is used in purification baths and rituals. It is used in healing incenses and sachets. Carrying the herb will enable the carrier to see ghosts. The essential oil will heighten sexual desire in men. Lavender water sprinkled on the head is helpful in keeping your chastity. The flowers are burned to induce sleep, and scattered throughout the home to maintain peaceful harmony within.

Licorice
Licorice root was buried in tombs and caskets to help the soul pass easily into the Summerland. Chewing on a piece of the root will make you passionate. It is added to love sachets and an ingredient in spells to ensure fidelity.

Mandrake
Mandrake is used in the home as a powerful protection. It is carried to promote conception, and men carry it to promote fertility and cure impotency.

Marigold
Fresh marigolds in any room heightens the energy within. Placed under the pillow before bed, it induces clairvoyancy. Planted in rows with tomatoes, it will keep pests from them and other vegetables. Planted near the porch/deck, it will keep mosquitoes away. It is also used to attract and see the fairies. Scattered under the bed, they protect during sleep. Add to bath water to win the respect of everyone you meet.

Myrrh
Myrrh is burned to purify and protect. It is used to consecrate and purify ritual tools and objects needing to be blessed. It is a standard magickal herb to be included in the tools of everyone.

Nettle
Sprinkle nettle around the room to protect it. It is also burned during ceremonies for exorcism. Stuffed in a poppet and sent back the sender of a curse or bad spell, it will end the negativity. Nettles gathered before sunrise and fed to cattle is said to drive evil spirits from them.

Nutmeg
Carried, nutmeg will help with clairvoyancy, and ward off rheumatism. It is included in properity mixtures. Nutmegs are carried as good luck charms.

Oak
The oak is one of the most sacred of all the trees. The most powerful mistletoe grows in oaks. The leaves are burned for purification, and the branches make powerful wands. The acorn is a fertility nut. It is carried to promote conception, ease sexual problems, and increase sexual attractiveness.

Oats
Oats are used in prosperity and money spells, and in rituals to the harvest.

Onion
Has been used as a charm against evil spirits. Halved or quartered onions placd in the home absorb negativity. An onion under your pillow will give you prophetic dreams. Magickal swords and knives are purified by rubbing them with an onion half.

Orange
The dried peel is added to love charms. The fresh or dried orange flowers added to the bath makes you attractive. The fruit itself induces lust.
Orange juice is used in rituals in place of wine.

Oregano
Oregano is used to help forget and let go of a former loved one, such as a former spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend etc. Burn in incenses or drink the infusion to aid in spells for letting go.

Patchouli
Patchouli is a powerful oil worn to attract the opposite sex. It is a sensual oil, and it can ward of negativity and evil. It is also burned in incenses to aid divination and clairvoyance.

Pennyroyal
Pennyroyal placed in a shoe will prevent weariness on long walks and hikes, or journeys. It is also added to protection and exorcism incenses. It aids in making favorable business deals. It is given to arguing couples to cease their fighting and restore harmony in the relationship.

Peony
Dried Peony roots are carved and/or made into bracelets and necklaces for protection, as well as for breaking spells and curses. Peonies planted outside the home guard against storm damage and demons. A chain of beads cut from the dried root was worn as a protection against illness and injury, and to cure insanity.

Peppermint
Peppermint is used in charms to heal the sick, as well as in incenses in the sickroom of the patient. It is burned to cleanse the home, and is used in sleep pillows to aid in getting to sleep. Placed beneath the pillow, it can bring dreams that give a glimpse into the future. The essential oil is used in spells to create a positive change in one’s life.

Periwinkle
Periwinkle can help restore memory when it is gazed at or carried. It is also hung on a door to protect all within, and to prevent a witch from entering a home.

Poppy
Poppy seed pods are used in prosperity charms. The seeds are added to food to aid in getting pregnant. To find the answer to a question, write it in blue ink on a piece of white paper. Place the paper inside a poppy seed pod and put it beneath your pillow. The answer will come to you in a dream.

Raspberry
Raspberry is served as a love-inducing food. The brambles are hung at the entrance to the home to prevent unwanted spirits from entering.

Rose
Rose water is used in gourmet dishes and in love potions. Petals are used in healing incense and sachets, and burned to provide a restful night’s sleep. The essential oil is used in ritual baths to provide peace, love, and harmony within the self. The hips are strung like beads and worn to attract love. Rose petals sprinkled around the home will calm personal stress and upheavals in the home.

Rosemary
Rosemary in all of its forms is used for protection and banishment. Rosemary leaves under your pillow do away with evil spirits and bad dreams. It is hung on porches and doors to keep thieves out. Rosemary is grown to attract elves.

Saffron
Saffron is used to clean the hands before rituals. It is used in healing mixtures. The essential oil is used to induce clairvoyancy. Thrown in the air, it can bring the winds.

Sage
Sage is used in healing amulets, incenses, and sachets, and is also used in the same manner for bringing prosperity. Sage burned at the altar or in sacred space consecrates the area. Burned in the home, it removes impurities and banishes evil, as well as providing protection.

Sandalwood
Sandalwood oil is massaged on the forehead and between the eyes to help center and calm the mind. It is used in healing oils and sachets. It is burned as a purifying agent in every room of the home, and as a protective agent.
Spearmint Spearmint is added to healing incenses and sachets to aid in healing lung diseases and other afflictions. Place some in a sleeping pillow for protection during sleep.

Thyme
Thyme is burnt to purge and fumigate magickal rooms and spaces, as well as to bring good health. Thyme in a sleeping pillow repelts nightmares.

Valerian
Valerian is used to get fighting couples back together, in love spells, and in purification baths.

Vervain

Vervain is used for cleansing incenses and baths. Buried in a field, it will make your crops abundant. It is burned to attract wealth, and hung above a bed to prevent nightmares, and above a baby’s crib (out of reach) to offer protection for the little one, and will enable the child to grow up with a love of learning and a happy outlook. Hung in the home it offers protection from negative spells, and is used as a pledge of mutual faith when given to a friend.

Willow
Wiollow trees are trees of faith as the Willow bends with the elements. It is a tree of Goddess. Its branches have been used for the bindings on a witch’s broom, and as healing wands. It is also used to bring the blessings of the moon into your life. Planted near the home Willow trees are guards against all that would oppose Goddess.

Witch Hazel
The forked twigs of the witch hazel are used for divining. It will help heal a broken heart and cool passions when carried.

 

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Herbal Lore and Magick (Herbs M thru Y)

Herbal Lore and Magick (Herbs M thru Y)

 

Mace – Psychic Powers, Mental Powers
Maguey – Lust
Magnolia – Fidelity, Oppurtunity, Conflict Resolution
Mahogany, Mountain – Anti-Lightning
Maidenhair – Beauty, Love
Male Fern – Luck, Love
Mallow – Love, Protection, Exorcism
Mandarin – Calming
Mandrake – Protection, Love, Money, Fertility, Health
Maple – Love, Longevity, Money
Marigold – Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Legal Matters, Psychic Powers
Marjoram – Protection, love, Happiness, Health, Money
Master Wort – Strength, Courage, Protection
Mastic – Psychic Powers, Manifestations, Lust
May Apple – Money
Meadow Rue – Divination
Meadowsweet – Love, Divination, Peace, Happiness
Mesquite – Healing
Mimosa – Protection, Love, Prophetic Dreams, Purification, Grace
Mint – Money, Love, Lust, Healing, Exorcism,Travel, Protection
Mistletoe – Protection, Love, Hunting, Fertility, Health, Exorcism
Molukka – Protection
Moonwort – Money, Love
Moss – Luck,Money
Mugwort – Strength, Psychic Powers, Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Healing,Astral Projection
Mulberry – Protection, Strength
Mullein – Courage, Protection, Health, Love, Divination, Exorcism
Musk(Light) – Sexuality
Musk(Dark) – Deep Memories
Mustard – Fertility, Protection, Mental Powers
Myrrh – Protection, Exorcism, Healing, Spirituality
Myrtle – Love, Fertility, Youth, Peace, Money
Narcissus – Love, Beauty
Neroli – Astral Travel, Visions
Nettle – Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Lust
Niaouli – Purification, Health
Norfolk Island Pine – Protection, anti hunger
Nutmeg – Quick Luck, Visions
Nuts – Fertility,Prosperity, Love, Luck
Oak – Protection, Health, Money, Healing, Potency, Fertility, Luck
Oak Moss – Money
Oats – Money
Olive – Healing, Peace, Fertility, Potency, Protection, Lust
Onion – Protection,Exorcism, Healing, Money, Prophetic Dreams, Lust
Orange – Love, Divination, Luck, Money
Oarnge Blossoms – Visions, Astral Travel
Orchid – Love
Oregon Grape – Money, Prosperity
Orris – Love, Protection, Divination
Palm,Date – Fertility, Potency
Palma Rosa – Love, Health
Pansy – Love, Rain Magic, Love, Divination
Papaya – Love, Protection
Papyrus – protection
Parosela – hunting
Parsley – Love, Protection, Purification
Parsley Seed – Balancing
Passion Flower – Peace, Sleep, Friendship
Patchouly – Money, Fertility, Lust
Pea – Money, Love
Peach – Love, Exorcism, Longevity, Fertility, Wishes
Peach Blossom – Creativity
Pear – Lust, Love
Pecan – Money, Employment
Pennyroyal – Strength, Protection, Peace, Independence, Confidence
Peony – Protection, Exorcism
Pepper – Protection, Exorcism
Peppermint – Purification, Sleep, Love, Healing, Psychic Powers
Pepper Tree – Purification, Healing, Protection
Periwinkle – Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Money, Protection
Persimmon – Changing Sex, healing, Luck
Petitgrain – Protection, Healing
Plot Weed – Protection
Pimento – Love
Pimpernel – Protection, Health
Pine – Healing, Fertility, Protection, Exorcism, Money
Pineapple – Luck, Money, Chastity
Pinyon – Home Blessing
Pipsissewa – Money, Spirit Calling
Pistachio – Breaking Love Spells
Plantain – Healing, Protection, Strength, Snake Repelling
Plum – Healing
Plumeria – Love
Poke – Courage, Hex Breaking
Pomegranate – Divination, Luck, Wishes, Wealth, Fertility
Poplar – Money, Flying
Poppy – Fertility,Love, Sleep, Money, Luck, Invisibility
Potato – Image Magic, Healing
Prickly Ash – Love
Primrose – Protection, Love, Health, Beauty
Purslane – Sleep, Love, Luck, Protection, Happiness
Quassia – Love
Quince – Protection, Love, Happiness
Radish – Protection, Lust
Ragweed – Courage
Ragwort – Protection
Raspberry – Protection, Love
Rattlesnake Root – Protection, Money
Rhubarb – Protection, Fidelity
Rice – Protection, Rain, Fertility, Money
Roots – Protection, Power, Divination
Rose – Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Love, Divination, Luck, Protection
Rosemary – Protection, Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Exorcism,Purification, Healing, Sleep, Youth
Rowan – Psychic Powers,Healing, Protection, Power, Success
Rue – Healing,Health, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Love
Rye – Love, Fidelity
Saffron – Love, Healing, Happiness, Wind Raising, Lust, Strength, Psychic Powers, Wealth, Longevity
Sage – Immortality, Longevity, Wisdom, Protection, Wishes
Sagebrush – Purification, Exorcism
St.Johns Wort – Health, Power, Protection, Strength, Love, Divination, Happiness, Calming
Sandalwood – Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Spirituality
Sarsaparilla – Love, Money
Sassafras – Health, Money
Savory/Summer – Mental Powers, Healing
Scullcap – Love, Fidelity, Peace
Senna – Love
Sesame – Money, Lust
Shallot – Purification
Skunk Cabbage – Legal Matters
Slippery Elm – Halts Gossip
Sloe – Exorcism, Protection
Snakeroot – Luck Money
Snakeroot/black – Love, Lust, Money
Snapdragon – Protection
Solomons Seal – Protection, Exorcism
Sorrel Wood – Healing, Health
Southern Wood – Love, Lust, Protection
Spanish Moss – Protection
Spearmint – Healing, Love, Mental Powers
Spikenard – Love, Contentment
Spruce – Blessings
Squill – Money, Protection, Hex Breaking
Star/anise – Psychic Powers, Luck
Stillengia – Psychic Powers
Straw – Luck, Image Magic
Strawberry – Love, Luck
Styrax – Blessings
Sugar Cane – Love, Lust
Sumbul – Love, Luck, Health, Psychic Powers
Sunflower – Fertility, Wishes, Health, Wisdom
Sweetgrass – Calling Spirits, Vlessings, Purification
Sweetpea – Friendship, Chastity, Courage, Strength
Tamarind – Love
Tamarisk – Exorcism, Protection
Tangerine – Happiness
Tansy – Health, Longevity
Tarragon – Clearing
Tea – Riches, Courage, Strength
Tea Tree – Healing
Thistle – Strength, Protection, Hex Breaking, Healing
Thistle/holy – Purification, Hex Breaking
Thistle/milk – Snake enraging
Thyme – Health, Healing, Sleep, Psychic Powers, Love, Purification,Courage
Ti – Protection,Healing
Toadflax – Protection, Hex Breaking
Toadstool – Rain Making
Tobacco – Healing, Purification
Trifolia – Balancing
Tuberrose – Peace, Love
Turmeric – Purification
Turnip – Protection, Ending Relationships
Uva Ursa – Psychic Workings
Valerian – Love, Sleep, Purification, Protection
Vanilla – Love, Lust, Mental Powers
Venus Flytrap – Protection, Love
Vervain – Love, Protection, Purification, Peace, Money, Youth, Chastity, Sleep, Healing
Vetch/Giant – Fidelity
Vetivert – Love, Hex Breaking, Luck, Money, Anti-Theft
Violet – Protection, Luck, Love, Lust, Wishes, Peace, Healing
Wahoo – Hex-breaking, Courage, Success
Walnut – Health, Mental Powers, Infertility, Wishes
Water Lilly _ Psychic Ability, Peace
Wax Plant – Protection
Wheat – Fertility, Money
Willow – Love, divination, Protection, Healing
Wintergreen – Protection, Healing, Hex Breaking
Winters Bark – Success
Wisteria – Crystal Gazing
Witch Grass – Happiness, Lust, Love, Exorcism
Witch Hazel – Protection, Chastity
Wolfs Bane – Protection, Invisibility
Wood Rose – Luck
Woodruff – Victory, Protection, Money, Success, Purification
Wormwood – Psychic Powers, Protection, Love, Calling Spirits
Yarrow – Courage, Love, Psychic Powers, Exorcism
Yellow Evening Primrose – Hunting
Yerba Mate – Fidelity, Love, Lust
Yerba Santa – Beauty, Healing, Psychic Powers, Protection
Yew – Raising the Dead
Ylang Ylang – Peace, Sex, Love
Yohimbe – Love, Lust
Yucca – Transmutation, Protection, Purification

 

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Herb Lore And Magick (Herbs A thru L)

Herb Lore and Magick

 

HERB LORE
Acacia – Protection, Psychic Powers
Adam & Eve Roots – Love, Happiness
Adders Tongue – Healing
African Violet – Spirituality, Protection
Agaric – Fertility
Agrimony – Protection, Sleep
Ague Root – Protection
Alfalfa – Prosperity, Anti-hunger, Money
Alkanet – Purification, Prosperity
Allspice – Money, Luck, Healing
Almond – Money, Prosperity, Wisdom
Aloe – Protection, Luck
Aloes, Wood – Love, Spirituality
Althea – Protection, Psychic Powers
Alyssum – Protection, Moderating Anger
Amaranth – Healing, Protection, Invisibility
Amber – Success, Love, Insipration
Ambergris – Psychic Ability, Viions
Anemone – Health, Protection, Healing
Angelica – Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Visions
Apple – Love,Healing, Garden Magic, Immortality
Apricot – Love
Arabic Gum – Purify negativity and evil
Arbutus – Exorcism, Protection
Asafoetida – Exorcism, Purification, Protection
Ash – Protection, Prosperity, Sea Rituals, Health
Aspen – Eloquence, Anti Theft
Aster – Love
Avens – Exorcism, Purification,Love
Avocado – Love,Lust, Beauty
Bachelor’s Buttons – Love
Balm, Lemon – Love,Success, Healing
Balm of Gilead – Love, Manifestations, Protection, Healing
Bamboo – Protection, Luck, Hex-Breaking, Wishes
Banana – Fertility, Potency, Prosperity
Banyan – Luck
Barley – Love, Healing, Protection
Basil – Love, Exorcism, Wealth, Flying, Protection
Bay – Protection, Psychic Powers, Healing, Purification, Strength
Bayberry – Properity
Bean – Protection, Exorcism, Wart Charming, Reconciliations, Potency
LoveBedstraw/Fragrant – Love
Beech – Wishes
Beet – love
Belladonna – astral projection *DEADLY POISON*
Benzoin – Purification, Prosperity
Bergamot – Focus, Manifestations
Bergamot, Orange – Money
Be-Still – Luck
Betony wood – Protection,Purification,Love
Birch – Intution,Empathy, Protection, Exorcism, Purification
Bistort – Psychic Powers, Fertility
Bitter Almond – Peace, Meditation
Bittersweet – Protection, Healing
Blackberry – Healing, Money, Protection
Black Pepper – Energy, Strength
Blackberry – Money, Healing, Protection
Bladderwrack – Protection, Sea Spells, Wind Spells, Money, Psychic Powers
Bleeding Heart – Love
Bloodroot – Love, Protection, Purification
Bluebell – Luck, Truth
Blueberry- Protection
Blue Flag – Money
Bodhi – Fertility, Protection, WIsdom, Meditation
Boneset – Protection, Exorcism
Borage – Courage, Psychic Powers
Bracken – Healing, Rune Magic, Prophetic Dreams
Brazil Nut – Love
Briony – Image Magic, Money, Protection
Bromeliad – Protection, Money
Broom – Purification, Protection, Wind Spells, Divination
Buchu – Psychic Powers, Prophetic Dreams
Buckeye – Divination, Money, Wealth
Buckthorn – Protection, Exorcism, Wishes, Legal Matters
Buckwheat – Money, Protection
Burdock – Protection, Healing
Cabbag – Luck
Cactus – Protection, Chastity
Cajeput – Healing
Calamus – Luck, Healing, Money, Protection
Camellia -Riches
Camphor – Chastity, Health, Divination
Caper – Potency, Lust, Luck
Carawy – Protection, Lust, Health, Anti-theft, Mental Powers
Cardamon – Lust, Love
Carnation – Protection, Strength, Healing
Carob – Protection, Health
Carrot – Fertility, Lust, Grounding
Cascara Sagrada – Legal Matters, Money, Protection
Cashew – Money
Cassia – Stimulant
Castor – Protection
Catnip – Cat Magic, Love, Beauty, Happiness, Psychic Development
Cattail – Lust
Cedar – Healing, Purification, Money, Protection
Celandine – Protection, Escape, Happiness, Legal Matters
Celery – Mental Powers, Lust, Psychic Powers
Centaury – Snake Removing
Chamomile – Money, Sleep, Love, Purification
Cherry – Love, divination
Chestnut – Love
Chickweed – Fertility, Love
Chicory – Removing Obstacles, Invisibility, Favors, Frigidity
Chili pepper – Fidelity, hex Breaking, Love
China Berry – Luck
Chrysanthemum – Protection
Cinchona – Luck, Protection
Cinnamon – Spirituality, Success, Healing, Power, Psychic Powers, Lust Protection, Love
Cinquefoil – Money, Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Sleep
Citron – Psychic Powers, Healing
Citronella – Beauty, Enjoyment
Civit – Lust, Sexuality
Cloth of Gold – Understand animal languages
Clove – Protection, Exorcism, Love, Money
Clover – Protection, Money, Love, fidelity, Exorcism, Success
Club Moss – Protection, Power
Coconut – Purification, Protection, Chastity
Cohosh,Black – love, courage, protection, potency
Coltsfoot – Love, Visions
Columbine – Courage, Love
Comfrey – Safety during travel, Money
Copal – Love, Purification
Coriander – Love,Health, Healing, Happiness
Corn – protection,luck, divination
Cotton – Luck, Healing, Protection, Rain, Fishing Magic
Cowslip – Healing, Youth, Treasure Finding
Crocus – Love, Visions
Cubeb – Love
Cuckoo-flower – Fertility, Lover
Cucumber – Chastity, Healing, Fertility
Cumin – Protection, Fidelity, Exorcism
Curry – Protection
Cyclamen – Fertility, Protection, Happiness, Lust
Cypress – Longevity, Healing, Comfort, Protection, Grief
Daffodil – Love, Fertility, Luck
Daisy – Lust, Luck
Damiana – Lust, Love, Visions
Dandelion – Divination, Wishes, Calling Spirits
Datura – Hex Breaking, Sleep, Protection
Deerstongue – Lust, Psychic Powers, Love, Fedility
Devils Bit – Exorcism, Love, Protection, Lust
Devils Shoestring – Protection, Gambling, Luck, Power, Employment
Dill – Protection, Money, Lust, Luck
Dittany of Crete – Manifestations, Astral Projection
Dock – Healing,Fertility, Money
Dodder – Love,Divination, Knot Magic
Dogbane – Love
Dogwood – Wishes, Protection
Dragons Blood – Love, Protection, Exorcism, Potency
Dulse – Lust, Harmony
Dutchmans Breeches – Love
Ebony – Protection, Power
Echinacea – Strengthening Spells
Edelweiss – Invisibility, Bullet-Proofing
Elder – Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Prosperity, Sleep
Elecampane – Love, Protection, Psychic Powers, Strengthening
Elemi – Grounding
Elm – Love
Endive – Lust, Love
Eryngo – Travelers Luck, Peace, Lust, Love
Eucalyptus – Healing, Protection
Euphorbia – Purification, Protection
Eyebright – Mental Powers, Psychic Power
Fennel – Protection, Healing, Purification
Fenugreek – Money
Fern – Rain Making, Protection, Luck, Riches, Eternal Youth, Health, Exorcism
Feverfew – Protection
Fig – Divination, Fertility, Love
Figwort – Health, Protection
Fir Balasm – Expansion, Success
Flax – Money, Protection, Beauty, Psychic Powers, Healing
Fleabane – Exorcism, Protection, Chastity
Foxglove – Protection
Frankincense – Protection, Exorcism, Spirituality
Fumitory – Money, Exorcism
Fuzzy Weed – Love, Hunting
Galangal – Protection, Lust, Health, Money, Psychic Powers, Hex breaking
Galbanum – Purification
Gardenia – Love, Peace, Healing, Spirituality
Garlic – Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Lust, Anti-Theft
Gentian – Love, Power
– Fertility, Health, Love, Protection
Ginger – Love, Money, Success, Power, Protection
Ginseng – Love, Wishes, Healing, Beauty, Protection, Lust
Goats Rue – Healing, Health
Goldenrod – Money, Divination
Golden Seal – Healing, Money
Gorse – Protection, Money
Gotu Kola – Meditation
Gourd – Protection
Grain – Protection
Grains of Paradise – Lust, Luck, Love, Money, Wishes
Grape – Fertility, Garden Magic, Mental Powers, Money
Grass – Psychic Powers, Protection
Ground Ivy – Divination
Groundsel – Health, Healing
Hawthorn – Fertility, Chastity, Fishing Magic, Happiness
Hazel – Luck, Fertility, Anti-Lightning, Protection, Wishes
Heather – Protection, Rain Making, Luck
Heliotrope – Exorcism, Prophetic dreams, Healing, Wealth, Invisbility, Opens Chakras
Hellebore,Black – Protection *POISON*
Hemlock – Destroy sexual drives *POISON*
Hemp – Healing, Love, Vision, Meditation
Henna – Healing
Hibiscus – Lust, Love, Divination
Hickory – Legal Matters
High John the Conquerer – Money, Love, Success, Happiness*POISON*
Holly – Protection, Anti-Lightning, Luck, Dream Magic
Honesty – Money, Repelling Monsters
Honeysuckle – Money, Psychic Powers, Protection, Peace
Hops – Healing, Sleep
Horehound – Protection, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Healing
Horse Chestnut – Money, Healing
Horseradish – Purification, Exorcism
Horsetail – Snake Charming, Fertility
Houndstongue – Tying dogs tongues
Houseleek – Luck,Protection, Love
Huckleberry – Luck, Protection, Dream Magic, Hex Breaking
Hyacinth – Love, Protection, Happiness, Self Confidence, Grieving
Hydrangea – Hex Breaking
Hyssop – Purification, Protection
Indian Paint Brush – Love
Iris – Purification, Wisdom
Irish Moss – Money, Luck, Protection
Ivy – Protection, Healing
Jasmine – Love, Money, Prophetic Dreams, Meditation
Jobs Tears – Healing, Wishes, Luck
Joe-pye weed – Love, Respect
Juniper – Protection, Anti-theft, Love, Exorcism, Health
kava-Kave – Visions, Protection, Luck
knotweed – Binding, Health
Ladys mantle – Love
Ladys slipper – Protection
Larch – Protection, Anti theft
Larkspur – Health, Protection
Lavendar – Love, Protection, Sleep, Chastity, Longevity, Purification, Happiness, Peace
Leek – Love, Protection, Exorcism
Lemon – Longevity, Purification, Love, Friendship
Lemon Balm – Clearing, Success, Love, Healing
Lemongrass – Repel snakes, Lust, Psychic powers
Lemon Verbena – Purification, Love
Lettuce – Chastity, Protection, Love, Divination, Sleep
Licorice – Love,Lust, Fidelity
Life Everlastin – longevity, Health, Healing
Lilac – Exorcism, Protection
Lilac (Blue) – Inner Harmony
Lilac (White) -Purification
Lily – Protection, Breaking Love spells
Lily of the Valley – Mental Powers, Happiness
Lime – Healing, Love, Protection, Energy
Linden – Protection, Immortality, Luck, Love, Sleep
Liquidamber – Protection
Liverwort – Protection
Liverwort – Love
Looestrife – Peace, Protection
Lotus – Protection, Lock-Opening
Lovage – Love
Love Seed – Love, Friendship
Lucky Hand – Employment, Luck, Protection, Money, Travel

 

From the Website, Coven of the Goddess.com

 

 

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A Quicker Method to Herbal Infused Oils

A Quicker Method to Herbal Infused Oils


Items You Will Need:
2 – 3 oz. dried herbs or 3 – 4 oz. fresh
1 1/4 cups unblended vegetable oil (preferably sunflower or olive)
A heat-proof container with a tight-fitting lid (jam jars work well)

Chop the herb and put it in the container with all the oil. Put the container in a pan filled with water to within 1 inch of the top of the container of oil. Simmer slowly for 2 hours.

After 2 hours, allow the oil to cool, and strain well. Discard the spent herbs (makes lovely compost). Refill the canister with the remaining herbs and return to the water bath (remember to replace the lid). Simmer for another 2 hours. Be sure to check the water level occasionally so as to not burn the oil.

When the oil has cooled enough to work with, pour it through a jelly bag or sieve lined with cheesecloth. If using fresh herbs, there may be a watery liquid at the bottom of the oil.

This must be separated and discarded, or else it will spoil the oil over time. This oil can be used as a base for ointments, creams, or salves, or as a massage oil.

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Let’s Talk Witch – Getting Those Herbs Gardens Ready, How About Planting By The Moon

Egyptian Comments & GraphicsGetting Those Herbs Gardens Ready, How About Planting By The Moon

A lot of gardeners, even those who aren’t witches, plant and harvest by the phases of the Moon. You can still find old almanacs that list what to plant and when in line with astrological timings. Think how much the Moon affects the sea and her tides, so it must affect the earth and how things grow too.

A Waxing Moon is good for planting. Fruit ready for eating straight away should be picked on a Waxing Moon; a Waning Moon is good for planting plants that fruit below ground such as potatoes. A Waning Moon is also good for pruning, weeding and harvesting food to be stored.

Just after a New Moon plant leafy vegetables and herb seeds.

Waxing Moon gardening activities include potting cuttings, re-pottting house plants and picking herbs, fruit and vegetables for eating straight away.

On a Full Moon plant vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers and onions (any type of ‘watery’ vegetables and fruit). Fertilise your plants on a Full Moon too.
Just after Full Moon plant tuber vegetables such as carrots and potatoes, also biennials and perennials.

On a waning Moon start a compost heap, weed, cut and prune, pick fruits and flowers, herbs and vegetables that will be stored.

Close to the Dark Moon cut timber and spray any fruit trees (preferably with eco friendly spray).

Then you have the categories for the astrological signs; a list of each type of energy is show below, either barren, productive, semi-fruitful or fruitful:

Moon in Aries: Barren
Moon in Taurus: Productive
Moon in Gemini: Barren
Moon in Cancer: Fruitful
Moon in Leo: Barren
Moon in Virgo: Barren
Moon in Libra: Semi fruitful
Moon in Scorpio: Fruitful
Moon in Sagittarius: Barren
Moon in Capricorn: Productive
Moon in Aquarius: Barren
Moon in Pisces: Fruitful

Another useful guide is:

Above Soil-Level Plants: These are the plants that will produce crops above the ground; these should be sown the day after the New Moon up until the first quarter, preferably in a fertile or semi-fertile astrological sign.

Annuals: Plant the day after the New Moon up until the day before the first quarter, preferably in a fertile or semi-fertile astrological sign.

Below Soil-Level Plants: These are the plants that crop under the ground. These should be planted during the day after the Full Moon, preferably in a fertile or semi-fertile astrological sign.

Biennials and Perennials: This category includes shrubs and trees. Begin planting the day after the Full Moon and up to the day before the last quarter preferably in a fertile or semi-fertile astrological sign.

Seed Collection: This is best done at the Full Moon when the Moon is in a fire or air astrological sign such as Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Libra, Gemini or Aquarius.

Harvesting: Picking fresh flowers and smaller harvests for magical use straight away, can be done in the early evening. If you want to dry and store the flowers and herbs, cut them mid morning, after the dew has evaporated. Fruit and vegetables are best harvested during the Waning Moon and when the Moon is in a barren or semi-barren fire or air sign such as Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Libra, Gemini or Aquarius.

Pagan Portals – Moon Magic
Rachel Patterson

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WOTC Extra – Using Your Plant

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Using Your Plant

 

How do you extract the goodness from the plant and put it to use? You can’t just eat all the herbs you want to use, and strangely enough, some dried herbs have more medicinally active constituents than fresh ones. Use some common sense and follow safety procedures. First make sure that you identify your herb correctly- if in any doubt at all, leave it alone. Make sure that you have looked up the method of preparation and the safe dosages. Pick your herbs from unpolluted locations- herbs from the side of a busy road will be covered with chemicals.  Herbs may be used in a variety of ways, internally and externally:

Internal Remedies:

Dried Herbs in Capsules

This is usually the way you purchase herbs from a shop, and it is the worst way to take them, and the least effective. They are poorly digested, poorly utilized, often stale or ineffective, and quite expensive.

Hot Infusion (Teas or Tisanes)

Many of a herbs components, such as its minerals, vitamins, sugars, starches, hormones, tannins, volatile oils and some alkaloids dissolve well in water, and for this reason, herbs are often taken as infusions or tisanes. Generally the difference between the two is simply of strength- an infusion is a medicinal dose, whereas a tea or tisane is weaker. Use one teaspoon of dried herb per cup or 1 oz per pint of boiling water. Pour the boiling water over the herb and infuse for 5-15 minutes.

Cold Infusion

Some herbs have properties which are destroyed by heat, so a cold infusion is made. Use a non metal container and put in 1 oz of the herb and 1 pint of cold water. Close the lid or cover with cling film and leave for 5-6 hours.

Decoction

Some seeds, roots, buds and barks etc. need to be boiled in water for a while. This is called a decoction. If they are dried they should first be pounded into a powered. Use 1 oz of dried herb or 2 oz of fresh herb to one pint of water. Bring the mixture to the boil in a non aluminium pan and simmer 10-15 minutes. Strain.

Tinctures

Plant constituents are generally more soluble in alcohol than water, so tinctures are made. Alcohol will dissolve and extract resins, oils, alkaloids, sugars, starches and hormones, though it does not extract nutrients such as vitamins or minerals. Brandy or vodka is usually used. Because a tincture is much stronger than an infusion or decoction, you only use a few drops -5-15) in a glass of water as a medicinal dose. Alternatively, a few drops may be added to a salve or bath. To make a tincture put 4 oz of dried herbs or 8 oz fresh herbs into a clean jar and pour on one pint of vodka or brandy. Seal and keep in a warm place for two weeks, shaking daily. Strain and store in a dark bottle.

External Remedies

Baths

Add one pint of infusion or decoction to the bath water.

Ointments (Salves)

Herbs can be made into salves. Melt 8 oz petroleum jelly or other fat and simmer 2 tablespoons of the herb in it for 15 minutes.

Compresses

Prepare a clean cotton cloth and soak it in a hot infusion or decoction. Use this as hot as possible on the affected area. Change the compress as it cools down.

Poultice

Bruise fresh herbs and apply directly to the skin and cover directly with a cloth.

Cold Infused Oil

Fats and oils extract the oily and resinous properties of an herb, many of which are strongly antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and wound-healing. These are applied to the skin or used with massage. To make an infused oil cut up the herb and cover with vegetable oil (olive, sunflower, almond etc.) in a glass bottle or jar, Leave in  a warm place for 2-3 weeks, shaking daily. Strain into a clean jar. Infused herbal oils are available as is, or thickened into ointments. Unlike essential oils, they do not need to be diluted for use.

Essential Oils

These can be used in the bath, with massage or in an evaporator. They cannot be made at home, but are readily available from shops. They are very concentrated and must always be diluted with vegetable carrier oil.

Hearth Witch (The Eight Paths of Magic)

Anna Franklin

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Let’s Talk Witch – Meeting the Plants

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MEETING THE PLANTS

Only a few short years ago, every child would have walked to school picking rose hips to make itching powder, nibbling ‘bread and cheese’ (i.e. the hawthorn buds before they unfold in the spring), telling the time with dandelion clocks, using the buttercup test for whether you liked butter, throwing sticky buds and playing pooh sticks. Not too long ago, children knew most of their local plants and played in the open fields and parks. However, a couple of years ago I gave a talk on herbalism at a Pagan camp, and I was shocked to discover that while most people over forty could identify a good many common plants and trees, two out of every three people under twenty could not even recognise a simple dandelion.

If you want to work in the Hearth Witch tradition with herbs, then you must begin by getting to know the plants that grow in your local area, those vegetation spirits that live with you, along your local hedgerow, meadow, park, road or in your garden. Don’t assume that medicinal plants are hard to find; dandelion, plantain and nettles (to name just a few) are as common in cities and suburbs as in the country. Get a good field guide to help you identify them and a reputable modern herbal to tell you what they may be used for. You will need to refer to the botanical name (usually Latin or Greek) since these names are specific while the same common name can refer to several very different plants. There are a dozen dissimilar plants referred to as bachelor’s buttons, while “marigold” can be Calendula officinalis, a medicinal herb, or Tagetes, an annual flower used as a bedding plant.

Spend time with the plants, noting where they live, in sun or shade, on chalky soil or sandy soil and so on, their growth habits, when they flower, and when they set their seeds. Note the shape of the leaves, their texture and colour, their taste, if edible. In this way you will begin to learn from the plants themselves. Each plant is a living teacher and must be approached as an individual spirit, a vital life force which may become your ally if approached with love and respect. You must learn to speak its language by listening with an open heart and using the inner senses, as well as the everyday senses of taste, smell and touch. Don’t expect to learn everything at once as it will likely be over several seasons that the plant reveals its nature to you. This is the wisdom that the old herbalists passed down to their apprentices, part of which is preserved in folklore and old wives tales. It is a knowledge that cannot be bought, and which cannot be learned from books but only by doing.  Allow yourself to trust your inner wisdom, and you will uncover the instinctive knowledge of Mother Nature that lies deep within all our souls.

Witches use plant powers, but to capture them without dissipating them is not simple a matter of walking three times around a tree and saying ‘can I have a branch?’  lopping one off and leaving a coin in return. You might as well buy a dried herb off the shelf in the local shop, or pick up a dead twig from the forest floor. These instructions are based on folk magic, a distorted version of half forgotten lore, a shadow of the true knowledge. I learned this from Phil, my old High Priest, who insisted that first of all a relationship must be established with the particular tree or plant that you want to cut. Of necessity, this will be forged over a period of time; you must understand each other. He insisted that some plants are well disposed towards humankind, some need to be persuaded, some fought and some will never give you anything no matter what you do, and it would be dangerous to try. Few western magicians today understand or work with the Old Knowledge concerning plants.

Trees and herbs are not really ‘used’ magically. When properly approached they may share something of their life force, their spirit. True magical herbalism is not really a case of following a kind of cookbook approach, a pinch of this and a pinch of that. Individual herbs and plants can be befriended as allies to enable the practitioner to travel to Otherworldly places, and to become in tune with different energies. The Craft of the magical herbalist takes many years and absolute self discipline to master. The plant itself is always the teacher. Each plant must be correctly approached and harvested in perfect condition. It must always be respected as a living being: its life force is the essence of its power. This force is harnessed by taking the plant internally or externally, fresh or as an infusion, by smoking it or employing it in an incense or bathing herb, by using it as a magical condenser, and so on.

If the herb is approached with love and trust, its force will harmonise with the witch and share its secrets. If the plant is taken with the wrong motives, if it is mistreated or misused, it may cause discomfort, mislead or seek to gain control of the witch. If an enemy is made of the plant spirit, it can destroy. It is a common misconception that a plant needs to have hallucinogenic properties to facilitate expansion of consciousness. Only a small number of power plants are psychedelic, and these plant spirits are the most difficult to deal with and easily overcome the weak will of anyone stupid enough to use them for recreational purposes. Every plant, from the common daisy to the mighty oak, has its own power and vibration, and by taking time to gain the trust of the plant spirit, these can be shared.

Hearth Witch (The Eight Paths of Magic)

Anna Franklin

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