The Wicca Book of Days for April 24th
The herb vervain shares its planetary governor (Venus) with this day. Indeed, the Romans named it Veneris herbs (Herb of Venus). Its oil is said to be an aphrodisiac (even when worn as an amulet in a miniature container), which is why vervain was carried by Roman brides and was once a vital ingredient in love philters. It is most often used today to banish feelings of anxiety, to stimulate the liver, and to increase breastfeeding mothers’ milk flow(note that it should be avoided in pregnancy, however).
Crystallize Violets, Venus’s flowers, by cooking 1lb of sugar with 31/2 fl oz water until the mixture starts to harden. Add 5 oz freshly picked violets and stir gently over a high heat until the syrup dries around the flowers. Transfer to an airtight container and store until required for decoration.