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WOTC Extra (b)5 Best Herbs For An Herbal Salve

5 Best Herbs For An Herbal Salve

 

What Are The 5 best Herbs For Making Herbal Salve

By Amy Jeanroy, Herb Gardens Expert

Salve making is one of the first ways a home herbalist becomes familiar with herbal healing. Salves are easy to make and can be crafted to suit particular ailments, or made with an assortment of herbs for a more general healing.

When crafting salves, think about the sort of skin issues you want to treat. Do you want to simply provide protection from the elements on exposed skin? How about who the salve is going to be used on; some people do not like the feeling of heavy or waxy things on their skin. Others object to strongly scented herbs.

Most of all, consider when to apply a salve. Never apply to an unclean or fresh wound that may become infected. You do not want to trap unwanted extras in a wound, and the oily layer will do just that. In this case, wash the wound well, allow it to begin healing, and then apply a clean, fresh salve to continue the healing and provide a layer of protection from any more damage to the area.

The following is a list of 5 easy to find, easy to grow herbs that make up a lovely introduction to herbal salves.

1. Burdock

Used for skin issues like eczema, acne and psoriasis, burdock is a wonderful herb to include in your salve making. Try it for these ailments, keeping in mind that many issues that appear on the skin as a result of something needing attention within the body.

Burdock root is used as an infused oil in this application.

2. Calendula

Quite possibly the gentlest of skin herbs, calendula makes the list of salve herbs. Calendula is soothing, lightly scented, and anti inflamatory; perfect for salves that help protect a delicate baby’s bottom. You often see it as an ingredient in herbal preparations for babies.

I like to also use it for salves on elderly skin. Medications and time both make elderly skin thin and delicate. Calendula is soothing and nourishing. If making a salve for elderly skin, infuse in a skin friendly oil that will be absorbed into the skin. A heavier oil like olive, can be too greasy feeling

3. Comfrey

Comfrey gets a bad rap occasionally. Although the idea that comfrey is dangerous, is akin to the glass half empty idea. Yes, it can keep infection in a wound, but that is only because it heals skin so quickly, that an unclean wound will heal over and trap the infection within. Comfrey does not cause infection.

Despite this, it should remain on the list of salve herbs, because if a wound is free of infection, applying comfrey salve is a wonderful idea. This type of salve is going to speed healing considerably.

4. Mullein

Mullein is a must have for salve making. The flowers are used for salves, and are gentle enough for a baby’s skin. Mullein is a wildly common herb, so you may find a patch on a roadside or back side of a farmer’s land.

Making an infused oil out of mullein flowers is not difficult but can be time consuming. The flowers actually open in a spiral pattern around the plant. Every morning, one can harvest a few more and add to the original oil. I keep mine on a windowsill, covered with a coffee filter than has been held on by elastic. That way, the natural moisture of the fresh flowers does not create condensation inside the jar. This moisture promotes spoilage, and should be avoided. The finished oil is an electric yellow color, beautiful!

5. Plantain

Plantain is one of those herbs that you probably walk on every time you get the mail. It grows in most lawns in the US, sticking to the height of the mower blade, making it sometimes difficult to notice. Renowned for its soothing ability on bees stings and bug bites, once you try plantain, you will keep a sharp lookout for this useful herb.

Infuse some oil with it when plantain is growing everywhere, then you can keep making this skin soothing salve all year round.

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WOTC Extra (a)Top 9 Herbs For Making Skin Creams

 

Top 9 Herbs For Making Skin Creams

 

What Herbs Make To Include In A Skin Cream Recipe

By Amy Jeanroy, Herb Gardens Expert

No matter what the bottle says, all skin creams and lotions are based on a few simple ingredients. The percentages of ingredients,is the only difference in the recipes.

All creams are a mixture of melted waxes, oils and scent infused water. These simple ingredients are then vigorously mixed together, while the mixture is cooled. The result is a luscious cream, perfect for soothing and softening your skin.

1. Aloe

Aloe is the perfect addition cream. It provides soothing and healing properties and is usually tolerated by young and old alike.

Use the clear gel inside the leaves, and remove any of the green outer layer before adding to your cream mixture.

2. Borage

Borage is a good ingredient to include in a cream for dry or sensitive skin.

3. Calendula

Probably the most commonly used herb by those who create herbal creams and salves, calendula is definitely a must have.

It is well tolerated by any age skin, and is used for rough, damaged skin, as well as helping to provide a soothing protective layer to the area. This is the first herb I use for any salve or cream that is going to be used on a baby – especially a diaper area.

4. Chamomile

Another gentle herbs, chamomile is useful for any recipe that is going to be soothing and calming the skin. Perfect for babies and the thin skin of the elderly, chamomile is lightly scented and blends well is all other herbs.

Use chamomile if you are specifically trying to soften the skin, when there is redness from chafing and irritation. It seems to calm the inflammation very quickly.

5. Comfrey

Often misunderstood, comfrey deserves a place in this list of herbs for salves. Comfrey heals the skin, a fact that no one denies. The problem lies in that comfrey heals so well, it can heal over an infected area, trapping the infection under healthy skin. Use comfrey in any cream that you wish to use on healing skin; skin that has no sign of infection present, and needs only to heal. You can also use comfrey cream on skin that is irritated

6. Dandelion

Dandelion is amazing as an emmolient herb, perfect for the driest of skin. This is the must have herb, if making a cream for elderly skin. Dandelion has so many uses, it is hard to narrow down just the top few. Here are just a sampling of uses for this common weed.

7. Elderflowers

Used for any type of skin, elderflowers and especially nice for reams that will be used on mature skin.

Said to smooth wrinkles and soothe sunburn, this is a useful herbal flower to include in your recipe!

8. Fennel

Once again, fennel surprises many of us. Not always used to the fullest potential, fennel is great for a cleansing cream. It is a very soothing herb, and the scent is relaxing.

9. Lavender

Lavender is a gentle herb, great for any type of skin. It’s lasting scent is both soothing and refreshing. I prefer using lavender as a common herb in almost all my creams. I feel that it holds up the other scents well, and offers just the right amount of soothing and comfort to any skin condition.

 

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Lets Talk Witch – 5 Best Herbs For a Medicinal Herb Garden

Lets Talk Witch – 5 Best Herbs For a Medicinal Herb Garden

Grow Your Own Medicinal Herbs

By Amy Jeanroy, Herb Gardens Expert

 

Growing your own is a great way to incorporate good health into your life. These herbs are recommended for their wide range of health benefits, and basic healing properties.

1. Nettles

Nettles are easy to grow, full of micro nutrients and add a healthy punch to many dishes. Try growing nettles in an area that you can allow them to reseed themselves. If you are continue to harvest the small plant, you will end up with fresh greenstuff throughout most of the growing season. Don’t forget to wear gloves when harvesting. Nettles have a harmless but unpleasant sting, if brushed. Because nettles can be harvested multiple times, they can be planted in front of taller landscaping plants. If left to their own devices, nettles will grow over 6 feet tall. They are not tasty at this stage, so unless you are growing them for a plant barrier, keep them pruned to a more controlled level, and enjoy.

2. Dandelion

Dandelion is often considered the bane of a lawn lover’s existence. This is a shame. Dandelions are one of the most multipurpose herbs there are. The leaves are eaten as a tasty spring green.The blossom is used to make jelly, fried in the bud stage as a delicious side dish. The delicate petals are added to salads and as a lovely edible flower addition to summer dishes. The root is also used, dried and ground as a substitute for coffee. As a medicinal plant, the blossom is added to oil and infused, to relieve aching muscles. The leaf and root are used in teas, tinctures, salves and oils as a liver tonic, soothing skin and muscle herb. Full of promise, these cheerful plants make a great addition to the herbalist’s garde

3. Calendula

Calendula is an important addition to a healer’s garden. Its striking orange flowers are used as a soothing skin wash, tea and salve. They are edible for a cheerful addition to a salad as well. Because it is so gentle, calendula is often an ingredient in diaper salves and other baby related skincare items. Calendula offers a beautiful spot of color in any landscape. The flowers will readily reseed themselves, so consider this when planting. Look for plants that are sticky with resin, for this is the medicinal quality that you need. There are many cultivated varieties that may or may not work in the medicinal sense. Look for Calendula Officinalis, to be certain it is the right variety.

4. Burdock

Burdock, often called Gobo, is a common herb that is overlooked in American gardening. Its root used as a blood purifier and an overall medicinal vegetable. The leaf can be applied as a poultice to draw out infection. The seed is a much stronger medicine, and should be used with caution. Because this article highlights a beginner’s herbal garden, only the root and leaf are addressed here.

5. Chamomile, German

Chamomile is a sweetly scented, light tasting herb. Its many uses have been known for many years. Chamomile is a gentle soother for teas and skin washes. There has been some discussion about contraindications of this well known herb. As a disclaimer, if an individual has an allergy to ragweed, they may react to chamomile with the same symptoms. This is rare, but should be mentioned. Another effect that should be at least mentioned, is that there is some proof that chamomile is a blood thinner. This would not apply to an occasional cup of tea used as an evening treat, however, if someone was on blood thinning medication, they should bring their tea use to their medical provider’s attention.

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BASIL BANISHING SPRAY

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BASIL BANISHING SPRAY

This is used after the house blessing anytime you may feel a negative presence in any room in your home.

You will need:

Dried Basil-if you can get some direct from a garden and hang it to dry in your own home do so. If not store bought will work also. Use about 1 tablespoon.

Water-Tap water is all right to use but if you can gather rain water or melted snow they works even better. Use about 8 ounces.

Spray Bottle or Squirt gun

How to make Banishing Water:
Place basil in a bottle add water to the bottle. Let steep for two to three days then strain out the basil and put water into a spray bottle.

After straining it into the bottle empower it with these words:
To banish something from a room:

Walk counter clockwise starting at the entrance to the room. Hold spray bottle in your power hand (hand you write with) have the nozzle set on stream squirt rather then a mist type spray it along the base boards as you walk around the room.

To banish something from a person takes more then just using the empowered spray and should NOT be attempted unless you know exactly what you are doing. The reason for this is you could move it from one person to someone else in the same home, office, apartment building or more than likely have it come directly at you.

Copy write by Carla Schultz-Ruehl 2012 from Musing of an Everyday Witch.

 

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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ Protection Herbs


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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ Protection Herbs

 

*A fresh sprig of dill, tied with a blue ribbon, can be hung over a
doorway to prevent those who mean you harm from entering. You can do the
same with a small bouquet of dill, yarrow, nettle and ivy.

*You can also make a wreath of rosemary, bind it together with green
yarn and hang it on your front door while saying: “Bonds of power, bonds
of light, grow strong, protect and defend against all those who would
rend.”

*Or grind Dragon’s Blood herb into a powder and sprinkle it on door and
window sills, to protect your house from harm. You can also do the same
thing with salt.

*Garlic is best known for its properties of averting vampires. However,
it was considered equally effective in warding off the evil eye and
demons. Garlands of garlic worn around the neck or hung inside a house
can evil spirits, spells, and creatures.

*Acorns put on window sills keep evil from creeping into the house.

*Salt sprinkled in corners, around windows and doors also will keep bad
vibes out of a house.

~Witches Moon
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Courtesy of Granny Moon’s Morning Feast

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Easy Herbal Magick

Easy Herbal Magick

 

Here are some herbs that I have used through the years. There are many places on the web to buy fresh herbs and plants.

**Before you begin – make sure you are not allergic or sensitive to any of the herbs**

If you live with any animals – check with your vet to make sure that what you plant is not toxic to your furry friend(s).

Money and Prosperity

Benzoin – Burn with cinnamon for business success.

Bryony – Use the root and set it on a piece of money to watch your riches grow.

Cinquefoil – A great all-purpose herb. Make a prosperity sachet by mixing together equal parts of cinquefoil, cinnamon, cloves, lemon balm, and add a whole vanilla or Tonka bean. Do this on a Thursday after sunset during the Waxing Moon. Sew up into a rich purple cloth bag and carry it with you.

High John The Conqueror – Anoint the root with some mint oil and tie up in a green or purple bag to attract needed money.

Honeysuckle – Put flowers around green candles to attract money.

Poppy – Carry the dried seed-pod as a prosperity amulet.

Sage – Burn as an incense to attract money/prosperity.

Love and Attraction

Apple – Give an apple to a lover as a present, cut it in half and eat one half while your loves eats his or hers.

Camphor – If a would-be lover is lavishing too much attention on you and you are not interested – have them smell the camphor. It will instantly turn them off.

Cinnamon – Burn to stimulate and excite the passions of a man.

Dill – Add a half-handful of seeds to your bath water to attract the opposite sex to you.

Gardenia – Wear the flower to attract love, new friends and lovers. Dry and crush its petals, mix with ground orris root and light dust your body to attract the opposite sex.

Jasmine – The flowers attract spiritual love.

Lavender – Burn the flowers to attract the opposite sex.

Lemon Verbena – Wear to make yourself attractive to the opposite sex.

Lovage – Carry the root as a love attractor.

Orange – Add fresh or dried blossoms to a bath to make one attractive to the one you want.

Patchouly – Attracts men and woman – wear alone or with other love herbs. Normally used in oil form.

Rose – Burn the petals or scatter them in your bedroom to have a wondrous night.

Vanilla – Normally this herb is used in oil form, but the whole bean is sometimes carried on ones body to make yourself attractive and ready for an evening of loving. Used by some for some get up and go!

Violet – Use with lavender to make a powerful love sachet.

Protection

Acacia – Carry the wood as a protective amulet.

Angelica – Grow in the garden for protection.

Bay Laurel – Wear as an amulet to ward of negativity and evil.

Cactus – Fill a jar with cactus spines, rusty nails, old tacks, pins, and needles. Add rue and rosemary leaves to fill the jar, seal tightly, and then bury under your doorstep as a powerful protective device.

Celandine – The herb aids in escaping unwarranted imprisonment and entrapments of every kind. Wear the herb next to the skin.

Comfrey – Carry the herb while your traveling to ensure your safety. Put some in your luggage to make sure it arrives at your destination.

Cyclamen – Grow in the bedroom for protection.

Fern – Grow in the shady areas of the garden and in the house. Throw fern on hot coals for an aura of protection. All ferns are extremely powerful protection.

Frankincense – Mix with cumin and burn as a powerful protective incense useful for general working.

Garlic – Take garlic with you when you travel over water to prevent drowning.

Ivy – Grow on the outside of your house as Ivy is used as a guardian.

Juniper – Carry a sprig to protect yourself from accidents. Grow at your doorstep for protection.

Periwinkle – Hang on the door to protect all within the building.

Primrose – Plant in the garden to protect, especially the blue and red varieties.

Thistle – Grow in the garden to ward off thieves.

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Plant Kingdom Helps and Hints

Plant Kingdom Helps and Hints

The fresher a plant (or a plant preparation) is the better it responds to magical energy, unless you leave that item where it will receive constant charging.

Dry plants and plant parts are fine for convenience, but they don’t have the magical vitality fresh ones do because the vital oils (and life energy) are also “dry.” Mind you, there are cases when the dry quality may help your magic, such as when performing a good-weather spell!

The essential oil from a plant is a perfectly good substitute for fresh parts. Just be careful–these oils can be harsh on the skin, and some are toxic to pets.

Growing your own magical plants and harvesting them at a traditional tie (e.g., Midsummer’s Day) does seem to boost the magical energy within.

If you have to buy plants from a supplier, organic plants have the best magical potential (chemicals can obscure magical intention). Also, find a supplier you can trust. One green leafy thing looks a lot like another, and not all companies are honest in their packaging.

Along the same lines, as you collect plants for magical work make sure to carefully label everything both inside and outside the container. Always trust this rule: If you’re not sure what it is, don’t use it!

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The Baneful Herbs

The Baneful Herbs

 

Belladonna = Also known as deadly nightshade, Belladonna is a source of the poisonous drug atropine. In minute quantities, atropine, in the form of a sulfate, is used to dilate the pupils of the eye, to relieve pain, to diminish secretions, and to relieve spasms. In greater quantities, it was used to kill. Belladonna was believed to have been used in flying potions.

Cinquefoil = In folklore, cinquefoil was used in flying potions. Found in many old recipes & Grimores.

Deadly Nightshade = Deadly nightshade was ingested by those who wished to foresee the future.

Foxglove = Many of the common names of this plant pertain to its toxic nature (Witches’ glove, Dead Man’s Bells, Bloody Fingers). Foxglove belongs to the Figwort family (Scrophulariaceae) and the whole plant is toxic. It contains various cardiac glycosides. Foxglove also went by the names Goblin’s Gloves (in Wales), Throttle-wort, Thimble Flower, Finger Flower, Ireland it was also known as Fairy Cap, Lunsmore, and the Great Herb. Foxglove was also considered dear to faeries. If a plant was harmed, the faeries would bring retribution.

Hemlock= Hemlock is an extremely poisonous cousin of parsley. The juice from hemlock’s tiny white flowers was believed to be used to make men impotent. “The plant was an ingredient in many Witches’ Ointments…. According to German folk tradition, the hemlock was home to a toad, which lived beneath it and sucked up its poisons.

Hemp = Hemp was used in many old spells and Incense. I do not consider this plant poisonous, and believe it is quite a magical plant when the female flowers are smoked. Mother earth gave us this plant for a reason. Not to mention what we could do with the fibers and just about every other part of this plant. We could feed and cloth the world.(end rant).

Mandrake = Another plant with a narcotic effect, mandrake or the mandragore (Mandragora officinarum L.) was thought to be a potentially lethal herb to harvest from the earth. For this reason, great caution was used in gathering these magical roots. Many people believed that the mandrake shrieked when harvested and that anyone hearing the piercing cry would die. The root of the mandrake resembles a phallus or a human torso, and for this reason was believed to have occult powers. In some areas of Europe, possession of the root was punishable by death. The crushed root was purported to have caused hallucinations followed by a death-like trance and sleep. The root was also said to have caused insanity and was believed to have been used in flying potions Mandrake root makes a powerful addition to any “Binding spell” and works as a great “Witches” protector.

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