Herb of the Day for December 2nd is Club Moss

Herb of the Day

Club Moss

Running Pine, Foxtail, Stag’s Horn Moss, Wolf Claw

The spores were once used for gastric and urinary disorders, as an antispasmodic sedative and to coat pills.  
Blackfoot Indians knew of the spores’ blood-stanching, wound-healing and moisture-absorbing properties and inhaled them for nosebleeds and dusted them on cuts. They are still used on wounds and eczema.  
The whole plant is used as a cathartic, the spores are used as a diuretic in edema, a drastic (a forceful agent of cure) in diarrhea and dysentery, a nervine for rabies and spasms, a mild laxative in cases of gout and scurvy, and a corroborant (strengthening agent) for rheumatism.

Club Moss can be an active narcotic poison when overused. For this reason it is probably better to use only the spores, which are non-toxic.

Magickal uses: Druids respected the plant to such a degree that it was gathered only under strict ritual guidelines. One of the Ovates would dress in white, bathe both feet in free-running water and offer a sacrifice of bread and spirits, and then with white robe wrapped around the right hand, using a brass hook, would dig up the plant by the roots. When properly gathered, the herb becomes a charm of power and protection. Wear it, add it to incense, and use it to commune with the Gods and Goddesses. Also used in protection and power spells. This herb is feminine and ruled by the Moon. It is associated with the element of Water.

Properties: diuretic, drastic, stomachic, aperient, nervine, and suppression of urine

Growth: Club moss are found in North America, northern Europe, Asia, and the southern hemisphere. The plants are several inches in height and resemble moss. They creep by means of prostrate stems, which branch upward at intervals, with crowded, linear, simple leaves. Large two valved spore cases product the medicinally active spores.
Author: Crick