CHEROKEE HERBOLOGY (A begining of understanding)

CHEROKEE HERBOLOGY (A begining of understanding)  
  [Collected & Distributed by Joseph Teller of the  
  Pagan Information Network, Homeboard being the  
  Wonderland BBS 508-663-6220 Billerica MA. Open  
  for public non-commercial Distribution]  

      Agrimony (Agrimonia Gyposepala) DRink tea of burs to check bowels,  
  and for fevers; root tea to build up blood.  

Alder, red/smooth/tag (Alnus Serrulata) For pains realted to birth,
  ingredient in tea for menstrual period – acts as an emetic and a true  

      Alder, white (Clethra Acuminata) Decoction of bark and wild cherry  
  is drunk to break a high fever.  

      Aloe, false Aloe (Agave Virginica) Chew root for obsitant problems  
  with diarrhea. Also good for treating animals for worms.  

      Alum-root, American Sanicle (Heuchera Americana) Root is an  
  astringent; root tea for bowel complaints or dysentery (usually made  
  with honey to improve the taste).  

      Angelica (Angelica Atropurpurea) Root tonic for fevers and colds;  
  Gargle for sore throats and mouth pains/cold sores.  

      Bastard Toadflax (Comandra Umbellataa) Steep with roots of pink  
  lady’s slipper for kidneys; put juice on open cuts or sores.  

      Beardtongue, hairy (Penstemon Laevigatus) Tea for cramps.  

Birch, cherry/mountain/red/river/sweet (Betula Lenta) chew leaves or
  drink tea for dysentery; tea for colds.  

      Bittersweet (Celastrus Scandens) Bark tea to settle stomache; strong  
  tea combined with red raspberry leaves for pains of childbirth.  

      Blood leather/rock tripe (Gyrophora Dillenii) Stop bleeding from  
  open wounds.  

      Bluebellslungwortvirginia cowslip (Mertensia Virginica) for  
  whooping cough; consumption.  

      Bluets (Houstonia Caerulea) Tea to stop bedwetting.  

      Branch lettuce/saxifrage (Saxifraga Pensylvanica) Root poultice for  
  Sore swollen muscles.  

Buckeye, red (Aesculus Pavia) Pounded nuts are poultice for swelling,
  sprains and infected wounds. bark tea drank for facilitating woman’s  
  delivery in childbirth.  

      Buffalo nut/oilnut (Pyrularia Pubera) Salve for old sores.  

      Butterfly weed/Witch weed (Asclepias Tuberosa) Seeds or root are  
a gentle laxative; boil seeds in new milk for diarrhea; also for pleurisy,
  pains in breast, stomache and lungs.  

      Cinnamon tree (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum) Bark tea for flu.  

      Comfrey (Symphytum Officinale) roots in water for gonorrhea.  

      Coneflower/Black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia Fulgida) Root ooze for earache.  
  wash for snakebites and swelling caused by worms.  

      Fern, bracken (Pteridium Aquilinum) Root tonic used as antiseptic.  

      Fern, rattlesnake (Botrychium Virginianum) boil root down tyo syrup  
  and rub on snake bites.  

      Feverfew (Chrysanthemum Parthenium) Bathe swollen feet in a tea.  

      Geranium, wild (Geranium Maculatum) used for open wounds; astringent.  

      Goosegrass (Galium Aparine) Tea to move bowels.  

      Indian Pipe/Fit root/ice plant (Monotropa Uniflora) root pulverized  
  and given for epilepsy and convulsions.  

      Laurel, Mountain (Kalmia Latifola) INgredient in liniments.  

      New jersey tea/Red root (Ceanothus Americanus) hold root tea on an  
  aching tooth; hot root tea for bowel complaints.  

               **** Short Bibliography ****  

  Cobb, B. 1963 : Field guide to The Ferns. Boston. Houghton-Mifflin Co.  

  Fernald, M.L. : Gray’s Manual of Botany. NY  

  Hamel, Paul   : Plants of The Cherokees. 1974.  

  Plowden, C.C. : Manual of Plant Names. NY 1970.  

  Sharp, J.E.   : The Cherokees Past and Present. 1970. Cherokee Press.  

  [This is not meant to be a complete monograph on the subject of the  
  CHerokee plant lore, just a sampling of the available information.]  

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Your Animal Spirit for September 17th is the Eagle

Your Animal Spirit for Today
    September 17, 2013


Eagle soars high enough to see the grand panorama of life, and yet has vision keen enough to spot a fish a mile away. How’s your vision? Are you seeing the big picture or are you only concentrating on the fish? Eagle is asking you to take a step back so you can once again see the whole. You’ve gotten so lost in the trees you’ve forgotten the forest.

Calendar of the Sun for August 17

Calendar of the Sun

17 Weodmonath

Day of the Sacred Grove

Color: Green
Element: Earth
Altar: Upon a green cloth patterned with leaves, place many tree branches. In front of the altar should be one or more potted saplings to be planted.
Offerings: Plant trees, on your own or other property.
Daily Meal: Vegan

Invocation to the Trees

(Call and Response)

We call you Birch, first of the trees to stride into the field!
We call you Rowan, chaser of demons!
We call you Ash, avatar of the World Tree!
We call you Alder, tree of widely spreading fire!
We call you Hawthorn, May-tree of Beltane!
We call you Willow, tree of the moon on the river!
We call you Oak, lightning-magnet, tree of the Iron Wood!
We call you Holly, with leaves like spear-points!
We call you Hazel, with nuts that give inspiration!
We call you Grapevine, autumn’s harvest!
We call you Ivy, with your magical embrace!
We call you Reed, soldier of the wetlands!
We call you Elder, healing-tree of the grandmothers!
We call you Silver Fir, living green in the coldest snow!
We call you Aspen, tossing tree of the winds!
We call you Yew, tree that watches over the denizens of graveyards!
We call you Elm, first woman of the North!
We call you Whitethorn, guide on the path!
We call you Blackthorn, adversary who tests our mettle!
We call you Spindle-Tree, turning on the lathe!
We call you Guelder Rose, ripe with red fruit!
We call you Sycamore, beloved of Lady Death!
We call you Apple, fragrant blossoms of the Isle of Avalon,
And we ask for your blessing upon our lives.

(Pots of blessed tea are carried out to the woods and orchards, and poured at the roots of the most honored trees. All should touch the branches for a blessing.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Daily OM for July 10 – The Unseen World

The Unseen World

What We Can’t See

by Madisyn Taylor


Exploring the unseen world can be well worth your while as there are many gifts awaiting you there.


Just because we can’t see something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, although this is a common way in which people deny the existence of spirit guides, angels, and other unseen helpers in our lives. However, anyone who has encountered such beings can attest to the fact that they do, indeed, exist, just as our breath exists, keeping us alive, even though we can’t see it. The wind exists, too, but we only know this because we feel it on our skin and hear it moving the leaves on the trees. All around us and within us are things we can’t see, and yet we know they are just as real as the grass beneath our feet.

What we see and don’t see may just be a matter of perspective, like the ladybug who sees the leaf on which she sits, but not the tree the leaf grows on, or the person sitting beneath it. And the person beneath the tree may or may not see the ladybug, depending on where he focuses his attention. Still, all of these things, whether seen or not seen by the person or the ladybug, exist in reality. Some people are more gifted at accessing that which we cannot see, but given an open and willing heart, anyone can tune into the invisible realm and begin to find their way.

Human beings have always done this, and it is only recently that we have fallen into distrusting the existence of what we can’t see. If you have lost touch with the unseen world, all you have to do is resolve to open your heart to its existence, and it will make itself known. Closing your eyes in meditation and visualization, or engaging the unseen through the written word, are just two ways to welcome the invisible back into your life. Whatever you choose to do, cultivating a relationship with that which you can’t see is a time-honored human practice that can greatly enhance your life.

Elder’s Meditation of the Day June 6

“We need to save those Elders who cannot speak for themselves — the trees.”

–Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders

The trees are the Elders of the Earth. Go to the forest or to the mountains and find a young tree. Then find and old tree. Spend time with each. Sit by the young tree and listen to your thoughts. Then move to an old tree and listen to your thoughts again. Just being in the presence of an old tree, you will feel more calm. Your thoughts will contain wisdom and your answers will be deeper. Why is this so? These old trees know more, have heard more and are the Elders of the Earth. We must ensure these trees live so we can learn from them.

My Creator, help me to protect the trees and listen to them.


May 11 – Daily Feast

May 11 – Daily Feast

Honeybees that relied on early flowers in the garden can now feast all across the meadows. Red clover, honey locust trees, and rose-colored Indian paintbrush abound in clusters to feed the bees and give peace to the eye. An evening chorus of field sparrows trills in the wheat field and a nesting killdeer demands privacy by doing her broken-wing act to sidetrack walkers. The whole meadow teems with activity until dusk – and then a silence pervades, only to be broken by the throaty voice of the tree toad. It is common knowledge among the Cherokee that every animal, except man, knows the main business of life is to enjoy it, and he, the Cherokee, sides with nature.

~ Seed time is here but your grounds have not been prepared for planting. Go back and plant the summer’s crop. ~

KEOKUK, 1832

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler


A Tree Spell for Protection of Self and the Home

There are a number of variations of this traditional ritual. Especially in Scandinavia and Germany, red is a color of protection and was the color of Thor/Thunor, the thunder God whose magickal tree was the Oak.

Trees are believed to stand guardian over homes. If you don’t have one near your house, if you live in a potentially dangerous area or live alone and feel vulnerable indoors, you can use leaves to transfer tree power and as a portable symbol of protection. This spell is very effective for creating a psychic shield round yourself and your home.

Since the spell uses red leaves, it is easiest in Autumn, but copper beech and red Maple are just two tree with naturally red leaves. If you walk round an arboretum or ornamental garden, you will find a number of different species.

Timing:  As the sky reddens at sunset

You will need:  Three red leaves. Always remember to thank the tree even for a few leaves and do something small for nature, when you have time, in return for the power given. If you can’t find any red leaves, use three sprigs of any tree (oak is very effective) with a few leaves still on each stem. Tie the stems together with red wool or thread in three knots before you begin.

Any single tree essential or fragrance oil such as birch, cedarwood, cypress, laurel, pine or sandalwood.

A small red scarf or circle of fabric.

  • Work in the open air, if possible close to the tree from which you take the leaves or if not where you can see the sunset. If you need to be indoors, light a red candle.
  • Pick the red leaves, if possible close to or at the beginning of the spell.
  • Set them on the red cloth and very carefully anoint each leaf or sprig with a drop of oil, saying as you do so, over each leaf:
Leaves three,
grant to me
Protection this night
That from thy sight
Harm and malice,
Darkness and danger
Fears and intruding stranger
May flee.
  • Fold the scarf of cloth round the leaves and knot the top three times to make a bag. Repeat the chant three more times as you make the bag.
  • Hang the bag on the back of the main house door or your bedroom door if you sleep alone and are anxious.
  • Repeat the spell when the leaves have crumbled or every three months, whichever is sooner.

Trees and Magick

Each tree species carries strength and healing, though obviously longer standing tree with deep roots and spreading branches have greater repositories of energy. Each kind of tree also has its own unique powers. These you may associate with the kind of nature essence dwelling in that species or more abstractly with the qualities filtered through different kinds of wood.

Hold a crystal pendulum close to different trees and you will feel in your hands and body, amplified by the crystal, the differing tree strengths. For example, a redwood may make you feel confident and a willow, dreamy and intuitive. Note these feelings in your nature journal along with any images or words that come into your mind.

There are variations in intensity even with different trees within the same species. Take time to explore these energies and to visit forests (children love them) to get yourself attuned.

An arboretum or botanical garden is a good place to start if you are not familiar with trees. Buy a small tree book to carry with you so you can identify trees wherever you go, even in cities.