Herbs For Children
|There are many herbal treatments that are safe and effective for use with children of all ages. Here I will deal with the childhood illnesses and problems I am most often asked about. The most important factor in dealing with any illness, whether acute or chronic, is diet. A proper diet goes a long way to alleviating problems and illnesses that stem from inadequate nutrition. Were you aware that medical studies are proving that diet can profoundly affect illness in children? It has also been proven that a lot of dietary factors are responsible for worsening such problems as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), hyperactivity, asthma, and others. A child who is getting what his or her body needs through good nutrition is going to develop more normally, be less prone to illness, and the duration of common illnesses is shortened.
Remember too that our children today are under a lot of stress, just as us adults are. Peer pressures, pressures in the classroom, dealing with separation anxieties and broken marriages are just some of the things creating stressful situations for our youngsters. This stress can manifest itself in many mysterious physical and mental ailments. Teaching your children when young how to meditate and relax is an important building block for their young lives, and is a useful tool that they will carry with them through adulthood.
ANXIETY, STRESS, EXCITABILITY
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“SOME” HERB’S KNOWN TO BE DANGEROUS TO PREGNANT WOMEN
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COW PARSNIP (YERBA DEL OSO)
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Properties and Uses of Herbs
LAUREL, BAY LAUREL – Laurus nobilis (Lauraceae)
Native to the Mediterrenean region, bay laurel is know cultivated all over the world. Bay laurel was sacred to the gods Apollo and Aesculapius, who together oversaw healing and medicine. The herb was thought to be greatly protective and healing. An infusion of the leaves was taken for its warming and tonic effect on the stomach and bladder, and a plaster made from the leaves was used to relieve wasp and bee stings. Bay laurel is used mainly to treat upper digestive tract disorders and to ease arthritic aches and pains. It is settling to the stomach and has a tonic effect, stimulating the appetite and the secretion of digestive juices.
HEALINGPROPERTIES: Astringent, digestive.
LAVENDER – Lavandula officinalis syn. L. angustifolia (Labiatae)
Lavender is native to the Mediterranean region and is cultivated in France, Spain and elsewhere. It has been used for aromatic purposes by the Romans in washing water and baths. This herb has uses in culinary, cosmetics and medicine. It is effective to cure headaches, especially when related to stress, to clear depression associated with weakness and depression. Externally, lavender oil has been used as a stimulating liniment to help ease aches and pains of rheumatism.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Carminative, relieves muscle spasms, antidepressant, antiseptic and antibacterial, stimulates blood flow.
LEMON – Citrus Limon (Rutaceae)
A native from Asia, probably from India, it is now widely cultivated in Italy, California and Australia. Lemon was unknown to the ancient Greeks arriving in Europe probably brought by Roman soldiers returning from Asia Minor. It is one of the most important and versatile natural medicines for home use. A familiar food as well as a remedy, it has a high vitamin C content that helps improve resistance to infection, making it valuable for colds and flu. It is taken as a preventative for many conditions, including stomach infections, circulatory problems and arteriosclerosis. Lemon juice and oil are effective in killing germs. It decreases inflammation and improves digestion.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Antiseptic, anti-rheumatic, antibacterial, antioxidant, reduces fever.
MALVA, COMMON MALLOW – Malva silvestris (Malvaceae)
The young leaves and shoots of this plant have been eaten since at least the 8th century BC. The plant’s many uses gave rise to the Spanish adage, “A kitchen garden and mallow, sufficient medicines for a home.” The flowers and leaves are emollient and good for sensitive areas of the skin. It is applied as a poultice to reduce swelling and draw out toxins. Taken internally, the leaves reduce gut irritation and have a laxative effect. When common mallow is combined with eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), it makes a good remedy for coughs and other chest ailments.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Anti-inflammatory, emollient, astringent, laxative.
MARJORAM,WILD MARJORAM – Origanum vulgare (Labiatae)
Native from Asia, marjoram cultivated commercially in several regions. Much used by the ancient Greeks, wild marjoram has had a more significant role in medicine than sweet marjoram (O. majorana). Marjoram tea is an age-old remedy to aid digestion, increase sweating and encourage menstruation. As a steam inhalant, marjoram clears the sinuses and helps relieve laryngitis. Wild marjoram helps settle flatulence and stimulates the flow of bile. Strongly antiseptic, it may be taken to treat respiratory conditions such as coughs, tonsillitis, bronchitis and asthma. The diluted oil can be applied to toothache or painful joints.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, digestive.
MATE- Hex paraguariensis syn. I. paraguensis (Aquifoliaceae)
Native to South America, probably to Paraguay, mate is a traditional South American tea that increases short-term physical and mental energy levels. It is taken as a fortifying beverage in much the same way as tea (Camellia sinensis) is consumed throughout Asia and Europe. Mate has properties similar to those of tea and coffee (Coffea arabica). It stimulates the nervous system, is mildly analgesic and diuretic. As a medicinal herb, mate is used to treat headaches, migraine, neuralgic and rheumatic pain, fatigue and mild depression. It has also been used in the treatment of diabetes.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Stimulant, diuretic, analgesic.
MELISSA, LEMON BALM – Melissa officinalis (Labiatae)
Lemon Balm has been cultivated in the Mediterranean region for more than 2,000 years. The Muslim herbalist Avicenna recommended lemon balm for heart problems. Its main action is as a tranquilizer. It calms nervous spasms, colics and hearth spasms. The hot tea promotes sweat that that is good for colds, flus and fevers. Its sedative actions have been used to help in the treatment of psychiatric problems, including dystonia. Lemon’s balm anti-histamine action is useful to treat eczema and headaches. Today, this sweet-smelling herb is still widely valued for its calming properties, and new research shows that it can help significantly in the treatment of cold sores.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Relaxant, antispasmodic, increases sweating, carminative, anti-viral, nerve tonic.
MISTLETOE – Viscum album (Loranthaceae)
Native to Europe and northern Asian, mistletoe is chiefly used to lower blood pressure and hearth rate, ease anxiety and promote sleep. In low doses it also relieves panic attacks, headaches, and improves the ability to concentrate. Mistletoe is also prescribed for tinnitus and epilepsy. It may be used to treat hyperactivity in children. Mistletoe contain viscotoxins that ihnibit tumors and stimulete the immune system. For this reason, research has been carried out on its potential use as a cancer treating plant .
HEALINGPROPERTIES: Tranquilizer, reduces pain, controls blood pressure.
MOTHERWORT – Leonurus cardiaca (Labiatae)
Native to Europe, motherworth has been used as a medicinal plant in early Greece, where it was used to calm pregnant women suffering from anxiety. The other prominent use of the herb is due to is action over the hearth by decreasing muscle spasms and lowering blood pressure. Other uses include the improvement of fertility, the relief of postpartum depression and menopause. Antispasmodic and sedative, the herb promotes relaxation rather than drowsiness. However, motherwort stimulate the muscles of the uterus, and is particularly suitable for delayed periods, period pain and premenstrual tension (especially if shock or distress is a factor).
HEALING PROPERTIES: Nervine, emmenagogue, anti-spasmodic, hepatic, hypotensive, cardiac tonic.
MYRRH – Commiphora molmol syn. C. myrrha (Burseraceae)
Native to north-east Africa, myrrh is mainly found in Ethiopia, Somalia, Saudi-Arabia, Iran and Thailand. Myrrh has been used in perfumes, incense and embalming. Its astringent, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties have been used to treat acne and boils as well as mild inflammatory conditions. It finds specific use in the treatment of infections in the mouth such as ulcers, gengivitis, phyorrea, as well as catarrhal problems associated with pharyngitis and sinusitis.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Stimulant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, expectorant, antispasmodic, carminative.
MYRTLE – Myrtus communis (Myrtaceae)
Myrtle is native to the Mediterranean region and is mainly cultivated for the extraction of its essential oil. Used in ancient Greece, the astringent, tonic and antiseptic properties of its leaves are used to heal wounds, or internally to remedy disorders of the digestive and urinary systems. The essential oil is antiseptic and anti-catarrhal, and is used to treat chest ailments.
HEALINGPROPERTIES: Antiseptic, astringent, expectorant.
NETTLE – Urtica dioica (Urticaceae)
Nettle occurs in Eurasia and is naturalized elsewhere, including America and is one of the most applicable plants found. Nettles have supplied fibers for cloth and paper since the Bronze Age into the 20th century. Throughout Europe, it has been used as a spring tonic and general detoxifying remedy. Nettle leaves contain iron and vitamin C, being used for treating anemia and poor circulation. Tea an poultice made from nettle leaves are used to treat eczema and skin conditions. Its astringent properties are used to stop bleeding. Today, nettle is used for hay fever, arthritis, anemia, and, surprisingly, even for nettle rash.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Diuretic, tonic, astringent, prevents hemorrhaging, anti-allergenic, reduces prostate enlargement (root).
OLIVE – Olea europaea (Oleaceae)
The olive was probably first cultivated in Crete in around 3500 BC. The leaves have been used since those times to clean wounds. Olive leaves lower blood pressure and help to improve the function of the circulatory system. They are also mildly diuretic and may be used to treat conditions such as cystitis. Possessing some ability to lower blood sugar levels, the leaves have been taken for diabetes. The oil is nourishing and improves the balance of fats within the blood. It is traditionally taken with lemon juice in teaspoonful doses to treat gallstones. The oil has a generally protective action on the digestive tract and is useful for dry skin. Externally, it is a good, although sticky, carrier oil for essential oils.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Digestive, diuretic, anti-inflammatory.
PALMETTO, SAW PALMETTO – Sabal serrulata syn. Serenoa serrulata (Palmaceae)
Saw palmetto berries were eaten by Native North Americans and animals. According to legend, on seeing the animals grow “sleek and fat”, European settlers tried the berries and attributed medicinal properties to them. The fruit pulp was used as a tonic from the l9th century onwards, and today it is used to help in debility, for urinary tract problems and for reducing enlarged prostate glands.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Tonic, diuretic, sedative, anabolic.
PARSLEY – Petroselinum crispum (Umbelliferae)
Parsley is probably native from northern and central Europe and western Asia. It was known in ancient Greece and Rome – but more as a diuretic, digestive tonic and stimulant of the menstrual flow than as a salad herb. Parsley leaves, seed and root treat urinary tract infections and help eliminate kidney stones. It also stimulates appetite and increases blood flow to digestive organs, as well as reduces fevers. Parsley was introduced into Britain in 1548. Parsley has the unusual ability of masking strong odors, that of garlic in particular (which is one of reason for the herb’s frequent use as a garnish in cookery). Parsley root is more commonly prescribed than the seeds or leaves in herbal medicine. It is taken as a treatment for flatulence, cystitis and rheumatic conditions. Parsley is also valued as a promoter of menstruation, being helpful both in stimulating a delayed period and in relieving menstrual pain.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Digestive, diuretic.
PASSIFLORA, PASSION FLOWER – Passiflora incarnata (Passifloraceae)
Passiflora is natural from the north America. Its name comes from its beautiful flowers, thought to represent Christ’s crucifixion – 5 stamens for the 5 wounds, 3 styles for the 3 nails and white and purple-blue colors for purity and heaven. The herb has valuable sedative and tranquilizing properties and has a long use as a medicine in Central and North American herbal traditions, being taken in Mexico for insomnia epilepsy and hysteria. The leaves are an ingredient in many pharmaceutical products to treat nervous disorders such as heart palpitations, anxiety, convulsions and sometimes high blood pressure. It is also used to prevent spasms from whooping cough, asthma and other diseases.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, hypotensive sedative, tranquilizing.
PATCHOULI – Pogostemon cablin syn. P. patchouli (Labiatae)
Native to Malaysia and the Philippines, Patchouli is now cultivated in tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world. Patchouli has been used extensively in Asian medicine, apperaring in the Chinese, Indian and Arabic traditions. The oil is widely employed as a fragrance and, in India, as an insect repellent. Patchouli is used in herbal medicine in Asia as an aphrodisiac, antidepressant and antiseptic. It is also employed for headaches and fever. Patchouli essential oil is used in aromatherapy to treat skin complaints. It is thought to have a regenerative effect on skin tone and to help clear conditions such as eczema and acne. The oil may also be used for varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Antiseptic, aromatic, antidepressant.
PEONIA, WHITE PEONY – Paeonia lactiflora syn. P. albiflora (Paeoniaceae)
Native to the southern Europe and the Mediterranean, peony is widely cultivated as a garden plant. Peony’s history of medicinal use in China stretches back for at least 1,500 years. It is known most widely as one of the herbs used to make “Four Things Soup”, a women’s tonic, and it is also a remedy for gynecological problems and for cramp, pain and dizziness. Traditionally, it is considered that women who take the herb on a regular basis become as radiant as the flower itself.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Antispasmodic, tonic, astringent, analgesic.
PEPPERMINT – Mentha piperita (Labiatae)
Peppermint’s origin is a mystery, but it has been in existence for a long time – dried leaves were found in Egyptian pyramids dating from around 1000 BC. It was highly valued by the Greeks and Romans, but only became popular in Western Europe in the 18th Century. Peppermint tea helps with indigestion and relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract. Peppermint’s chief therapeutic value lies in its ability to relieve wind, flatulence, bloating and colic, though it has many other applications. Studies have shown that it relieves colon spasms and helps to cure ulcers. Peppermint also eases nervous headaches. Menthol, its main constituent, has antibacterial properties. Externally, the essential oil is used in balms and liniments to stimulate hot and cold nerve endings and increase local blood flow.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Carminative, relieves muscle spasms, increases sweating, stimulates secretion of bile, antiseptic.
PEPPER – Piper nigrum (Piperaceae)
Native to south-western India, pepper is now cultivated in tropical regions around the world. Praised as a spice and a medicine since ancient times, pepper was a vital commodity in world trade for thousands of years. Pepper has a stimulant and antiseptic effect on the digestive tract and the circulatory system. Pepper is commonly taken, either alone or in combination with other herbs and spices, to warm the body, or to improve digestive function in cases of nausea, stomach ache, flatulence, bloating, constipation or lack of appetite. The essential oil eases rheumatic pain and toothache. It is antiseptic and antibacterial, and reduces fever.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Antibacterial, antiseptic, digestive, reduces fever.
RADISH – Raphanus sativus (Cruciferae)
Radish probably is native from southern Asia. It has been used for medicinal purposes by the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Chinese. Radish stimulates the appetite and the digestion. The juice of the black radish is drunk to counter gassy indigestion and constipation. Black radish juice has a tonic and laxative action on the intestines, and indirectly stimulates the flow of bile. Consuming radish generally results in improved digestion, but some people are sensitive to its acridity and strong action. In China, radish is eaten to relieve abdominal distention.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Digestive, mild laxative.
RAUVOLFIA, INDIAN SNAKEROOT – Rauvolfia serpentina (Apocynaceae)
Rauvolfia is native to southern and south-eastern Asia, including India, Malaysia and Indonesia. Indian snakeroot contains reserpine, a substance now widely used to lower blood pressure and lessen some symptoms of mental illness. The root has a pronounced sedative and depressant effect on the sympathetic nervous system. By reducing the system’s activity, the herb brings about the lowering of blood pressure. It may also be used to treat anxiety and insomnia, as well as more serious mental health problems such as psychosis.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Antidepressant, lowers blood pressure.
RHUBARB, CHINESE RHUBARB – Rheum palmatum (Polysonaceae)
Native to China and Tibet, chinese rhubarb is now grown also in the West. The use of chinese rhubarb has been reported in the 1st century AD in China and it has been cultivated in the West since the 18th century. Its main use is as a laxative safe even for young children due to its gentle action. It is also extremely effective in the treatment for many digestive problems. Paradoxically, it is a laxative when taken in large doses but has a constipating effect in small measures. The rhizome has an astringent, unpleasant taste.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Laxative, constipating, astringent, eases stomach pain, antibacterial.
ROSE – Rosa gallica (Rosaceae)
The rose comes originally from Asia Minor, where it is cultivated mostly in Bulgaria, Iran and India. Rosewater was prepared by the Arab physician Avicenna (AD 980-1037) during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the rose was esteemed as a remedy for depression. The rose is currently little used in herbal medicine, but it is probably time for a re-evaluation of its medicinal benefits. The essential oil, called “attar of rose”, is used in aromatherapy as a mildly sedative, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory remedy. Rose petals and their preparations have a similar action. They also reduce high cholesterol levels. Rosewater is mildly astringent and makes a valuable lotion for inflamed and sore eyes.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Aromatic, antidepressant,, sedative, anti-inflammatory.
ROSEMARY – Rosmarinus officinalis (Labiatae)
Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean region. Rosemary is a well-known and greatly valued herb that is native to southern Europe. It has been used since antiquity to improve and strengthen the memory. Rosemary leaves increase circulation, reduce headaches and have anti-bacterial and fungal properties. Rosemary improves food absorbtion by stimulating digestion, the liver, the intestinal tract, and the gallbladder. It also is used in antiseptic gargles for sore throats, gum problems and canker sores. Rosemary has a long-standing reputation as a tonic, invigorating herb, imparting a zest for life that is to some degree reflected in its distinctive aromatic taste.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Tonic, stimulant, astringent, nervine, anti-inflammatory, carminative.
RUE – Ruta graveolens (Rutaceae)
Rue is native to Southern Europe. In ancient Greece and Egypt, rue was employed to stimulate menstrual bleeding, to induce abortion and to strengthen the eyesight. The rutin contained in the plant helps to strengthen fragile blood vessels and alleviates varicose veins. Rue is also used due to its antispasmodic properties, especially in the digestive system where it eases griping and bowel tension. The easing of spasms gives it a role in the stopping of spasmodic coughs. In European herbal medicine, rue has also been taken to treat conditions as varied as hysteria, epilepsy, vertigo, colic, intestinal worms, poisoning and eye problems. The latter use is well founded, as an infusion used as an eyewash brings quick relief to strained and tired eyes, and reputedly improves the eyesight.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Antispasmodic, increases peripheral blood circulation, relieves eye tension.
SAGE, CLARY CLARY SAGE – Salvia sclarea (Labiatae)
Clary sage has been perceived both as a weaker version of its close relative, sage (S. officinalis), and as a significant herb in its own right. Since the seeds were once commonly used to treat eye problems, it was also known as “clear eye”. An antispasmodic and aromatic plant, clary sage is used today mainly to treat digestive problems such as wind and indigestion. It is also regarded as a tonic, calming herb that helps relieve period pain and premenstrual problems. Owing to its estrogen-stimulating action, it is most effective when levels of this hormone are low.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Astringent, antiseptic, aromatic, carminative, estrogenic, reduces sweating, tonic.
SAGE – Salvia officinalis (Labiatae)
Sage grows from north to central Spain to the west of Balkans and Asia Minor. It was used in Crete in 1600 AD to clear throat inflammation, one of its most popular uses today. Its leaves are a well-known cold germ and flu fighter. It has been found to be very effective to reduce many physical emissions like sweating and is an excellent remedy for sore throats, poor digestion and irregular periods. It is also taken as a gently stimulating tonic. It has a slightly warm, noticeably bitter and astringent taste.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Astringent, antiseptic, aromatic, carminative, estrogenic, reduces sweating, tonic.
SANDALWOOD – Santalum album (Santalaceae) ,br>Native to eastern India, sandalwood is cultivated in South-East Asia for the extraction of wood and essential oil. Sandalwood’s aroma as been highly esteemed in China and India for thousands of year. The heartwood is most often used in perfumery, but it has also been taken as a remedy in China since around AD 500. Sandalwood and its essential oil are used for their antiseptic properties in treating genito-urinary conditions such as cystitis and gonorrhea. In India, a paste of the wood is used to soothe rashes and itchy skin. In China, sandalwood is held to be useful for chest and abdominal pain.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Antiseptic, aromatic.
SARSAPARILLA – Smilax spp. (Liliaceae)
Sarsaparilla is found in the tropical forest of the world, especially in Mexico, Peru and Brazil. There are more than 200 known species. Brought from the New World to Spain in 1563, sarsaparilla was heralded as a cure for syphilis. In Mexico, the herb has traditionally been used to treat a variety of skin problems. Sarsaparilla is anti-inflammatory and cleansing, and can bring relief to skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis and general itchiness, and help treat rheumatism, rheumatoid, arthritis and gout. Sarsaparilla also has a progesterogenic action, making it beneficial in pre-menstrual problems, and menopausal conditions such as debility and depression. In Mexico the root is still frequently consumed for its reputed tonic and aphrodisiac properties. Native Amazonian peoples take sarsaparilla to improve virility and to treat menopausal problems.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Diuretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic.
SCOTS PINE – Pinus sylvestris (Pinaceae)
Native to the mountainous regions of Europe and north and west Asia. Its oil, extracted from the leaves, is added to disinfectants and other preparations. Scots pine leaves, taken internally, have a mildly antiseptic effect within the chest, and may also be used for arthritic and rheumatic problems. Essential oil from the leaves may be taken for asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory infections, and for digestive disorders such as wind. Scots pine branches and stems yield a thick resin, which is also antiseptic within the respiratory tract. The seeds yield an essential oil with diuretic and respiratory-stimulant properties.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Antiseptic, diuretic and anti-rheumatic.
SESAME – Sesamum indicum (Pedaliaceae)
Native to Africa, sesame is now cultivated in many tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world. In ancient Egypt, the seeds were eaten and also pressed to yield oil, which was burned in lamps and used to make ointments. Sesame is used in China to redress afflictions of the liver and kidneys. The seeds are prescribed for problems such as dizziness, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and blurred vision. Owing to their lubricating effect within the digestive tract, the seeds are also considered a remedy for constipation. Sesame seed oil benefits the skin and is used as a base for cosmetics. A decoction of the root is used in various traditions to treat coughs and asthma.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Digestive, aromatic, antispasmodic.
ST JOHN’S WORT – Hypericum perforatum (Guttiferae)
The plant is native to Europe but is widely cultivated elsewhere. St. John’s wort flowers at the time of the summer solstice, and in medieval Europe it was considered to have powerful magical properties that enabled it to repel evil. The most well-known action of St. John’s wort is in repairing nerve damage and reducing pain and inflammation. It is taken to relieve the pain of menstrual cramps, sciatica and arthritis. Th oils is applied to inflammations, sprains, bruises and varicose veins. St. John’s wort is also used to treat circulation problems, bronchitis and gout.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Antidepressant, antispasmodic, astringent, sedative, relieves pain, anti-viral.
TARRAGON – Artemisia dracunculus (Compositae)
Tarragon is probably native of southern Europe or the steppes of Asia. Historians believe that tarragon reached Europe brought into Spain by invading Mongols. Tarragon is widely used as a herb in cooking. In French, it is sometimes known as herbe au dragon, because of its reputed ability to cure serpent bites. While tarragon stimulates the digestion, it is reputed to be a mild sedative and has been taken to aid sleep. With its mild menstruation-inducing properties, it is taken if periods are delayed. The root has traditionally been applied to aching teeth.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Anti-inflammatory, digestive.
TEA TREE – Malaleuca alternifolia (Myrtaceae)
Tea tree is native to Australia and is now cultivated extensively. Tea tree, and in particular its essential oil, is one of the most important natural antiseptics. Useful for stings, burns, wounds and skin infections of all kinds, the herb merits a place in every medicine chest. Its therapeutic properties were first researched during the 1920s and it is now widely used in Europe and the US, as well as in Australia.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral.
THYME – Thymus vulgaris (Labiatae)
Thyme occurs in the west Mediterranean to the southwest Italy. The herb was known to the Sumerians, used by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Thyme was praised by the herbalist Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654) as “a notable strengthener of the lungs”. Its main medicinal application is in treating coughs and clearing congestion. Many current formulas for mouth washes and vapor rubs contain thymol, one of the constituents found in thyme. It also improves digestion, destroys intestinal parasites and is an excellent antiseptic and tonic.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Antiseptic, tonic, relieves muscle spasm, expectorant.
TURMERIC – Curcuma longa syn. C. domestica (Zingiberaceae)
Turmeric is native to India and southern Asia where it is extensively cultivated. Best known for its bright yellow color and spicy taste to lovers of Indian food, its medicinal value is not so well known. However, recent research has confirmed the effects traditionally associated in ancient practices in the treatment of digestive and liver problems. The herb has also been shown to inhibit blood-clotting, relieve inflammatory conditions and help lower cholesterol levels.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Stimulates secretion of bile, anti-inflammatory, eases stomach pain, antioxidant, antibacterial.
VALERIAN – Valeriana officinalis (Valerianaceae)
Valerian is native to Europe and western Asia. The medicinal properties of valerian were well known at least since Roman times. Valerian root is a general tranquilizer used for relieving nervous tension, insomnia and headaches. Valerian decreases muscular spasm, being useful in cases of nervous digestion, bowel syndrome, stomach and menstrual cramps. Valerian helps relieve stress and has become an increasingly popular remedy in recent decades. It is a safe, non-addictive relaxant that reduces nervous tension and anxiety and promotes restful sleep.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Sedative, relaxant, relieves muscle spasm, relieves anxiety, lowers blood pressure.
VERBENA – Verbena officinalis (Verbenaceae)
Native of Europe, verbena is extensively cultivated in other countries. Verbena has long been credited with magical properties and was used in ceremonies by the Romans, Druids of ancient Britain and Gaul. It is a traditional herbal medicine in both China and Europe. Verbena is used in mouth washes for infected gums and as a poultice for hemorrhoids. A tea has been used as a nerve tonic, to treat insomnia and to help digestion. D It has tonic, restorative properties, and is used to relieve stress and anxiety, and to improve digestive function.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Nervine, tonic, mild sedative, stimulates bile secretion, mild bitter.
WHITE WILLOW – Salix alba (Salicaceae)
White willow is native to Europe but is also found in North Africa and Asia. White willow is an excellent remedy for arthritic and rheumatic pain, affecting the joints like knees and hips. Famous as the original source of salicylic acid, first isolated in 1838 and synthetically produced in the laboratory in 1899, white willow and closely related species have been used for thousands of years in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America to relieve joint pain and manage fevers. The Greek physician Discorides in the 1st century AD, suggested taking “willow leaves, mashed with a little pepper and drunk with wine” to relieve lower back pain.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, reduces fever, anti-rheumatic, astringent.
WORMWOOD – Artemisia absinthium (Compositae)
Native to Europe, wormwood was called absintium by the Romans, what means “bitter”. Wormwood leave’s primary uses is to stimulate the gallbladder, help prevent and release stones, and to adjust digestive malfunctions. It also increases bile secretion and is useful in expelling intestinal worms. It is taken in small doses and sipped, the intensely bitter taste playing an important part in its therapeutic effect. In the past, wormwood was one of the main flavorings of vermouth (whose name derives from the German for wormwood).
HEALING PROPERTIES: Aromatic bitter, stimulates secretion of bile, anti-inflammatory, eliminates worms, eases stomach pains, mild antidepressant.
WILD THYME – Thymus serpyllum (Labiatae)
Thyme is native to the west Mediterranean to southwest Italy. Like its close relative thyme (Thymus vulgaris), wild thyme is strongly antiseptic and anti-fungal. It may be taken as an infusion or syrup to treat flu and colds, sore throats, coughs, whooping cough, chest infections, and bronchitis. Wild thyme has anti-catarrhal properties and helps clear a stuffy nose, sinusitis, ear congestion and related complaints. It has been used to expel thread worms and roundworms in children, and is used to settle wind and colic. Wild thyme’s antispasmodic action makes it useful and is used to settle wind and colic. Wild thyme is also used in herbal baths and pillows.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Antiseptic, anti-fungal, antispasmodic.
YARROW – Achillea millefolium (Compositae)
Yarrow is a native European plant, with a long history as a wound healer. In classical times, it was known as herba militaris, being used to staunch war wounds. It has long been taken as a strengthening bitter tonic and all kinds of bitter drinks have been made from it. Yarrow helps recovery from colds and flu and is beneficial for hay fever. It is also helpful for menstrual problems and circulatory disorders.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Antispasmodic, astringent, bitter tonic, increases sweating, lowers blood pressure, reduces fever, mild diuretic and urinary antiseptic.
YLANG -YLANG – Canananga odorata syn. Canangium odoratum (Annonaceae)
Ylang-ylang is native to Indonesia and the Philippines. The flowers are a traditional adornment in the Far East. Their scent is thought to have aphrodisiac qualities. The flowers and essential oil are sedative and antiseptic. The oil has a soothing effect, and its main therapeutic uses are to slow an excessively fast heart rate and to lower blood pressure. With its reputation as an aphrodisiac, ylang-ylang may be helpful in treating impotence.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Antiseptic, aromatic, regulates blood pressure
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Properties and Uses of Herbs
|ALOE VERA – Aloe vera syn. A. barbadensis (Liliaceae)
Native to Africa, aloe vera is commonly cultivated elsewhere. The clear gel found inside the plant’s leaf and the crystalline part found alongside the leaf blade, which contains aloin, are both used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. The clear gel is a remarkably effective healer of wounds and burns, speeding up the rate of healing and reducing the risk of infection. The brownish part containing aloin is a strong laxative, useful for short-term constipation. Aloe is present in many cosmetic’s formulae because its emollient and scar preventing properties.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Heals wounds, emollient, laxative.ANGELICA – Angelica arcangelica (Umbelliferae)
Angelica has a long-standing record as a prized medicinal herb and has been mentioned by European herbalist since the 15th Century. Angelica has been used to reduce muscular spasms in asthma and bronchitis. It has also been shown to ease rheumatic inflammation, to regulate menstrual flow and as an appetite stimulant. The stems are candied for culinary use.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Antispasmodic, promotes menstrual flow.
ANISE – Pimpinella anisum (Umbelliferae)
ARNICA – Arnica montana (Compositae)
ARROWROOT – Maranta arundinacea (Marantaceae)
ARTEMISIA, WORMWOOD – Artemisia absinthium (Compositae)
BASIL, HOLY BASIL – Ocimum sanctum (Labiatae)
BELLADONA, DEADLY NITIGHTSHADE – Atropa belladonna (Solanaceae)
BENZOIN GUM – Styrax benzoin (Styraceae)
BERGAMOT – Citrus bergamia syn. C. aurantium var. bergamia (Rutaceae)
BITTER ORANGE – Citrus aurantium (Rutaceae)
BOLDO – Peumus boldus (Umbelliferae)
CALENDULA, MARIGOLD – Calendula officinallis (Compositae)
CAMPHOR – Cinnamomum camphora syn. Laurus camphora (Lauraceae)
CARDAMOM – Elettaria cardamomum (Zingiberaceae)
CARDUS, MILK THISTLE, MARY THISTLE – Carduus marianus syn. Silybum marianum (Compositae)
CELERY, SMALLAGE – Apium graveolens (Umbelliferae)
CHAMOMILE, GERMAN CHAMOMILE – Chamomilla recutita syn. Matricaria recutita (Compositae)
CHICORY – Cicorium intybus (Compositae)
CINNAMON – Cinnamomum verum syn. C. zeylanicum (Lauraceae)
CLOVE – Eugenia caryophyllata syn. Syzgium aromaticum (Myrtaceae)
COMFREY, KNITBONE – Symphytum officinale (Boraginaceae)
CORIANDER – Coriandrum sativum (Umbelliferae)
CYMBOPOGON, LEMON GRASS – Cymbopogon citratus (Gramineae)
Native from Sri Lanka and South India, lemon grass is now widely cultivated in the tropical areas of America and Asia. Its oil is used as a culinary flavoring, a scent and medicine. Lemon grass is principally taken as a tea to remedy digestive problems diarrhea and stomach ache. It relaxes the muscles of the stomach and gut, relieves cramping pains and flatulence and is particularly suitable for children. In the Caribbean, lemon grass is primarily regarded as a fever-reducing herb. It is applied externally as a poultice or as diluted essential oil to ease pain and arthritis.
DAMIANA – Turnera diffusa syn. T. diffusa var. aphrodisiaca (Turneraceae)
DANDELION – Taraxacum officinale (Compositae)
Occurring naturally in Asia, Dandelion is now a common plant everywhere. Its medicinal virtues were probably introduced in Europe by the Arabs in the 10th Century. Both the Persians and the East Indians used it for liver complaints. Known principally as a weed, dandelion has an astonishing range of health benefits. The leaves, which can be eaten in salads, are a powerful diuretic. The roots act as a “blood purifier” that helps both kidneys and the liver to remove impurities from the blood. This effect seems to be due to its potassium content. It also acts like a mild laxative and improves appetite and digestion.
DILL – Anethum graveolens syn. Peucedanum graveolens (Umbelliferae)
EUCALYPTUS, BLUE GUM – Eucalyptus globulus (Myrtaceae)
FENNEL – Foeniculum vulgare (Umbelliferae)
GARLIC – Allium sativum (Liliaceae)
GENTIAN – Gentiana lutea (Gentianaceae)
GINGER – Zingiber officinali (Zingiberaceae)
GINKGO – Ginkgo biloba (Ginkgoaceae)
GINSENG – Panax ginseng (Araliaceae)
GUMPLANT – Grindelia camporum syn. G. robusta var. rigida (Compositae)
HAMAMELIS, WITCH HAZEL – Hamamamelis virginiana (Hamamelidaceae)
HAWTHORN – Crataegus oxyacantha & C. monogyna (Rosaceae)
HYSSOP – Hyssopus officinalis (Labiatae)
JASMINE – Jasminum grandiflorum (Oleaceae)
JUNIPER – Juniperus communis (Cupressaceae)
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Herb Lore And Magick
(NOW THE MAGICK)
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 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 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 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.
The oil of bayberry will bring prosperity and luck.
Used to ward off all sorts of negativity, making it invaluable for protective amulets and sachets. Add to potpourri in the house.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Echinaea is used as an offering to the spirits or gods and goddesses to strengthn a spell or ritual.
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 is used to make a simple tea to rub on the eyelids to induce and enhance clairvoyant visions.
Use for scenting soaps and perfumes to ward of negativity and evil. Grow near the home for the same purpose.
Feverfew is carried for protection against illnesses involving fever, as well as for preventing accidents.
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.
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 is used in passion spells to “heat up” the relationship. It is used in success spells, and to ensure the success of spells.
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’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 is carried as a guard against rape and violent crime. In poutpourri it adds protection. When burned with fern, it will bring rain.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
Carried, nutmeg will help with clairvoyancy, and ward off rheumatism. It is included in properity mixtures. Nutmegs are carried as good luck charms.
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 are used in prosperity and money spells, and in rituals to the harvest.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 is served as a love-inducing food. The brambles are hung at the entrance to the home to prevent unwanted spirits from entering.
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 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 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 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 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 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 is used to get fighting couples back together, in love spells, and in purification baths.
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.
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.
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)
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
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
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
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
Glossary of Herbal Terms
ANALGESIC; pain relieving.
ANODYNE: pain relieving.
ANTIBIOTIC; combats infection.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY; reduces swelling, sheet and pain due to irritation, infection or injury.
ANTIPYRETIC; controls infection and helps pervent tissue degeneration.
ANTISPASMODIC; relieves cramp.
APHRODISIAE: An agent that stimulates sexual desire.
AROMATIC; to open nasal passages, improve palatability of medicines or give a psychological boost.
CARMINATIVE; expels gas trapped in intestines, improves digestion.
DEMULCENT; soothing agent that protects mucous membranes and relieves irritation.
DETOXANT; eliminates poisons.
DIAPHORETIC; causes increase in perspiration and release of waste via the skin.
DIURETIC; increases urine and excretion.
EMMENAGOGUE; promotes and regularizes menstrual flow.
EMOLLIENT; An agent that will soften, soothe and protect the part when applied locally.
EXPECTORANT; removes excess mucous from bronchial tubes.
HAEMOSTATIC; arrests bleeding/haemorrhage.
MUCILAGE; thick aqueous solution used as a lubricant.
NERVINE; reduces nervous disorders.
PECTORAL; An agent that relieves chest conditions or respiratory disorders.
PURGATIVE; An agent that will cause watery evacuation of the intestinal contents.
REFRIGERANT; An agent that produces coolness or reduces fever.
STIMULANT; increases one or more of the metabolic processes, such as blood circulation, or perspiration.
STOMACHIC;An agent that stimulates the appetite and gastric secretion.
TONIC; An agent that invigorates and strengthens all systems and organs.
Author & Research, Sif Redeagle
From the Website, Coven of the Goddess.com
Working & Healing with Herbs
|There are two basic ways a witch can use herbs in her healing practices:
* For medicinal purposes
* For magical purposes
These methods may overlap, as herbs may be simultaneously used for medicinal and magical purposes. The ways in which herbs are prepared and used may also overlap, as herbal oils, incense, and teas may be used for both medicinal and magical purposes.
Herbalists today rely on both ancient wisdom and the knowledge of modern science. There remains, however, a reverence for the plant and herbs are never used without first understanding their effects. Some herbs have immediate effect on the body and many can be toxic.
There are two basic methods to prepare herbal teas:
When making an herbal tea, it is standard to use one ounce of dried herb, either alone or in formula, to each pint of water (or 1 Tbsp. per 8 oz. water). The standard therapeutic dosage of the tea is one-half cup tea, 3x per day.
Herbal Compresses & Poultices
A poultice is made by powdering or macerating fresh or dried herbs and applying them directly to the affected area. Alternately, you can also create a plaster by placing the herbs between two layers of linen or cotton.
Herbal Oils & Tinctures
To create an oil extract, the herbs are prepared by macerating them and then adding olive or sweet almond oils (about one pint to 2 oz. herb). The mixture is then allowed to stand in a warm place for three days, or, a faster method is to heat the oil and herbs in a saucepan for at least an hour. In either method, the herbs are then strained off and the oil is bottled, preferably in a dark bottle to keep the oil from oxidizing too quickly.
Essential oils are easily purchased at any of the above locations or metaphysical stores like Herbs & Arts. They vary in expense and quality; you should always make sure to get the essential oil of the plant rather than anything synthetic. Most essential oils, with the exception of lavender and tea tree oils, need to be diluted in a carrier oil before they are applied to the skin. Sweet almond, jojoba, or apricot kernel are good choices for a carrier oil although in a pinch you can substitute olive oil or even good ‘ole vegetable oil.
One nice way to use essential oils is in a diffuser. A diffuser gently heats the oil and allows the scent to spread out throughout the space. I prefer diffusers to incense because they do not burn the herbs, which creates smoke. Essential oils are excellent for aromatherapy, one form of herbal healing.
Tinctures are similar to oils except that alcohol is used to extract the herbal ingredients. It is relatively easy to make tinctures at home by combining 4 oz. of powdered or cut herb with one pint of vodka, brandy, gin, or rum. Shake daily, allowing the herbs to extract for about two weeks. Let the herbs settle and then pour off the tincture, straining through a fine cloth or filter. It is best to put up a tincture at the new moon and strain it off on the full moon to take advantage of the drawing power of the waxing moon.
Tinctures are also readily purchased at any of the above locations. Some are made without alcohol and most are standardized. Like oils, tinctures should be stored in dark bottles and administered with an eyedropper. They are concentrated herbal extracts that only require a few drops to about a teaspoon per dose. Generally, tinctures are made of more potent herbs that are unsuitable for consumption via an herbal tea.
Using Herbs Medicinally
Getting to know how herbs work is a matter of study and experience. If you want to use herbs medicinally, it is recommended that you get a good herb book (a few recommendations at the end) or even take more extensive classes. Herbs are medicine. They are not to be used or taken lightly. It can be difficult to standardize their use, so every practitioner should use caution and seek the advice of a trained herbalist if you are ever unsure!
There are, however, many common herbs and spices that are gentle and non-toxic. We’ll talk about a few of them in this class. If you are new to working with herbs, this would be an excellent place to begin experimenting!
Kitchen Herbs & Spices
Bay oil can be applied to arthritic joints and sprains.
Cayenne is a wonder healer that can be used to prevent heart problems, lose weight, stave off colds/flu/fever, relieve arthritis pain, and more.
Clove powder or oil can be used to relieve toothache pain.
Cumin will prevent and relieve gas (serve with beans!).
Dill will relieve colic and stomach ache.
Garlic oil can be used for colds & flu and to relieve earache.
Ginger can be applied via compress to treat pain and inflammation. It is also excellent for colds/flu/fever and to “activate” any herbal formula.
Olive oil can be taken regularly as a mild laxative.
Rosemary tea can be used as a substitute for aspirin for headache.
Sage tea can be used as a gargle for sore throat.
Chamomile is known as the “Band Aid” of the stomach and is indicated for all stomach and gastrointestinal discomfort. It is also an excellent remedy for menstrual cramps. Chamomile is traditionally used as a remedy for insomnia.
Catnip is a sedative and therefore excellent for insomnia as wellas gently relieving built-up emotional tension. It is also an excellent treatment for diarrhea and colic. It is best taken as tea.
Damiana is an aphrodisiac and also useful for treating depression.
Eucalyptus is one of the most powerful natural antiseptics and is wonderful for chest congestion. Can be rubbed on the chest and back or used in a humidifier or steam bath.
Lavender is an aromatic anti-depressant that is also sleep-inducing.
Lemongrass is the source of citronella oil and may be used to repel insects. It relieves gas and is antimicrobial. It has a sedative effect and is therefore helpful in relieving insomnia. Lemongrass supports the parasympathetic nervous system, which is important in the processes of healing and stress relief. The oil can also alleviate headache. It is excellent in a diffuser. Avoid use during pregnancy.
Licorice root has been shown to be as effective at relieving heartburn as many commercial treatments (like “the purple pill”). It is also a mild laxative and is sweet, so is excellent to add to other bitter herbs. It should be avoided by those with high blood pressure or during pregnancy and should not be used for prolonged periods.
Peppermint (and spearmint) are effective sweating agents to be used for cold, flu, and fever. They are also useful in relieving gas. Peppermint is also good for relieving depression and may be effective in relieving headache.
Raspberry Leaf has been used for centuries by women during pregnancy and childbearing to facilitate delivery and prevent miscarriage. It has a relaxing effect on the uterus and is an excellent tonic for general uterine and reproductive health.
Slippery Elm is a mucilaginous herb that is excellent for sore or irritated throats, cough, or dry throat and lungs. It is also a survival food and may be eaten as needed; it will generally stay down even when all else causes vomiting.
Stevia is an herb that is 10-30 time sweeter than sugar. It makes an excellent, natural sugar substitute and may help to control blood sugar.
Herbs can be combined to create a formula with multiple effects. It is important to store herbs and herbal formulas in glass jars to prevent volatile oils from evaporating. Be sure to label jars—particularly if there is more than one herb in the formula!
Aromatherapy can be used in several ways. One is massage, which activates the circulation in the skin and speeds the entry of the oils into the body (make sure to dilute essential oils before using on skin!). Another method is to put a couple of drops of oil into a hot bath. The oils can also be inhaled by placing a couple of drops in a bowl of hot water and breathing in the steam (or by using a commercial vaporizer). Essential oils can be combined with Epsom and sea salts to create bath salts and bath bombs; they can also be added to an unscented base of shampoo, conditioner, or moisturizer. The oils can be inhaled directly from the bottle. And, my favorite method, is a candle-heated diffuser, which you can buy in just about any metaphysical or health food store. Here are some common essential oils:
Sandalwood is used for tension and anxiety; is a sexual stimulant.
Ylang-ylang is a sedative and antidepressant.
Lavender can heal burns and wounds and is a relaxant.
Rose is helpful for relieving tension in women, especially stress.
Jasmine oil can treat addictions and is a powerful relaxant.
Rosemary can relieve fatigue and headache when inhaled.
Peppermint relieves headache and stimulates perspiration.
Like cut herbs, essential oils can be combined in formula to increase their effectiveness.
Like their medicinal qualities, herbs also possess magical correspondences which align them with the four elements as well as other things we may wish to bring to or put out of our lives. There are also a number of magical applications for herbs, including, but certainly not limited to:
Herbs and herbal essential oils can be used in magic just like other correspondences and they are not restricted to healing magic. Due to their medicinal effects, however, they are a powerful ingredient to add to any physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual healing work.
Incense is typically made by crushing herbs with a mortar and pestle and then combining the crushed herbs with essential oils until the right scent and consistency is reached. Potpourri, on the other hand, uses larger herb pieces and a variety of herbs that is appealing to the eye. Use a bit of orris root powder to “fix” the potpourri; it will help the smell to last.
Essential Oil Blends
Herbs and spices can be used in the kitchen without reservation to make food and drink both healing and magical. Herbs are particularly effective when used to induce sweating (thereby enhancing immunity) or when used to alleviate indigestion. When grown, gathered, or used with magical intention, those herbs become even more powerful.
When working with any of these magics, it is easy to “layer” the magic that you use to make your intent strong. For example, you could work a spell over many months, planting herbs at a specific time on a specific day, then harvesting the herbs in the same way. Those herbs could then be used for a specific magical working, to be executed at a specific date and time. These “layers” make the magic just that much stronger.
Author & Research of this Article, Sif Redeagle, April 1, 2006
From the Website, Coven of the Goddess.com
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2015 August 13
Explanation: Have you watched the Perseid meteor shower? Though the annual shower’s predicted peak was last night, meteor activity should continue tonight (August 13/14), best enjoyed by just looking up in clear, dark skies after midnight. Of course, this year’s Perseid shower has the advantage of being active near the August 14 New Moon. Since the nearly New Moon doesn’t rise before the morning twilight many fainter meteors are easier to spot until then, with no interference from bright moonlight. The Perseid meteor shower last occurred near a New Moon in 2013. That’s when the exposures used to construct this image were made, under dark, moonless skies from Hvar Island off the coast of Croatia. The widefield composite includes 67 meteors streaming from the heroic constellation Perseus, the shower’s radiant, captured during 2013 August 8-14 against a background of faint zodiacal light and the Milky Way. The next moonless Perseid meteor shower will be in August 2018.
Jupiter in Virgo
Now Until Sep 9, 2016
Jupiter is the largest of all the true planets. Its mass is greater than all the rest of the planets combined. If it was only 20% larger it would develop enough heat at its core to be a star. Astrologically, Jupiter is the planet of expansion, growth and optimism. Known as “The Greater Benefic,” it symbolizes good luck and fortune. In the ancient Indian language Sanskrit Jupiter is called “guru” or teacher. This fits its association with the higher mind, philosophy, truth and religion. Perhaps Jupiter’s good fortune derives from the capacity to give us a larger view in which to see the world.
Expansive Jupiter in the technically-oriented sign of Virgo is a wonderful time to develop new systems and skills. A broader understanding of how things function is possible now. This includes a greater awareness of psychological patterns so that emotions are used more intelligently.
Traditional astrology considered Virgo to be a difficult place for Jupiter. The planet of expansion can feel constrained in the sign of details. Putting too much importance on minor matters and turning molehills into mountains are possible. A little flaw can be blown up out of proportion, distracting attention from the big picture.
The key, as is often the case with Jupiter, is judgment. If we are overly concerned with trying to make ourselves right or wrong, we can miss out on the information that’s available to us. Instead of trying so hard to measure the results, the gift comes from watching the process. There’s an enormous amount to be learned when Jupiter’s overview and Virgo’s precision operate well together.
Jupiter in Virgo is common among female tennis stars. Steffi Graf, Venus Williams and Martina Navratilova are among the sport’s all-time greats who each have this planetary placement. A taste for the unusual is shown by Jupiter in Virgo individuals Art Bell and Whitley Streiber.
Actresses Cate Blanchett and Anne Heche belong to this club, as do Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Philip Roth, Steve Martin and Michael Douglas. Other members include Michele Kwan, Chelsea Clinton, Lisa Marie Presley and Larry Bird.
The Words of Confucius
Virtuous people often revenge themselves for the constraints to which they submit by the boredom which they inspire.