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While surfing the forums @ The Old Farmers Almanac,, I ran across an interesting article posted by: Golden Gryphon. Thought it may do some good here also. Sounds soooo Magical! Hope you find in as interesting as I did.

Blessings to all,


Olde Herbal Names
Posted by: Golden Gryphon (IP Logged)
Date: February 26, 2009 05:49PM

I found this old list from an e-mail many years ago on olde herbal names. Thought I would share with everyone what I thought was kinda neat. Many you probably already know about, but for some it may be new. I cut and pasted so forgive any typo's or names that might offend... Anyway, hope you enjoy...

Some are from a Greek papyrus dating (~200BC-500AD). Others come from Galen and Dioscorides, who are other ancient sources. Galen (120-200 AD) was a physician at the temple of Asclepias. Dioscorides (40-90AD) was a physician in ancient Greece and in Rome at the time of Nero. He wrote De Materia Medica, the first pharmacopeia (a sort of cookbook of medicine) in Western civilization.
Thus, it is clear that since antiquity, animal parts named in "magical" formula have NOT referred primarily to actual animal parts but to parts of plants.

Adders Fork: Adders tongue
Adders Tongue: Dogstooth Violet, Plantain
An Eagle: Wild Garlic
Ass's Foot: Coltsfoot
Bat's Wings: Holly
Bear's Foot: Lady's Mantle
Bird's Eye: Germander, Speedwell
Black Maidenhair: Black Spleenwort
Black Sampson: Echinacea
Blood: Sap of Elder Tree
Blood from a Head: Lupine.
Blood from a Shoulder: Bear's Breeches
Blood Leather: Reindeer Moss/Rock Tripe/Caribou Lichen
Blood of a Goose: A Mulberry Tree's sap.
Blood of an Eye: Tamarisk Gall.
Blood of Ares: Purslane
Blood of Hephaistos: Wormwood
Blood of Hestia: Camomile
Blood: Elder sap or another tree sap
Bloody fingers:foxglove
Bloodwort: Yarrow
Blue jay: Bay Laurel
Bone of an Ibis: Buckthorn
Brains: cherry tree gum (or any fruit tree gum)
Bread and Cheese Tree: Hawthorne. Whitethorn, Hazels,
Bull's Blood: Horehound
Bull's Foot: Coltsfoot
Burning Bush: Fraxinella, Bastard, or False/White Dittany
Calf's Snout: Snapdragon
Candelmas Maiden: Snowdrop
Candlewick Plant:Mullein
Capon's Tail: Valerian.
Cat: catnip
Cat's Foot: Canada Snake Root or Ground Ivy
Cheeses: Marsh Mallow
Chocolate Flower: Wild Geranium
Christ's Eye: Vervain Sage
Christ's Ladder: Centaury, Centaury Gentian, Century Red
Clear Eye: Clary Sage
Click: Goosegrass
Clot: Great Mullein
Corpse candles: mullein
Corpse Plant: Indian Pipe, Fungus
Crowdy Kit: Figwort
Crow's Foot: Wild Geranium, cranesbill, buttercup
Crown for a King: Wormwood
Cuckoo's Bread: Common Plantain
Cucumber Tree: Magnolia
Cuddy's Lungs: Great Mullein
Daphne: Laurel/Bay
Devils Dung: Asafetida
Devil's Plaything: Yarrow
Dew of the Sea: Rosemary
Dog: couch grass
Dog's Mouth: Snap Dragon
Dogs Tongue: hounds tongue
Dove's Foot: Wild Geranium
Dragon Wort: Bistort
Dragon's Blood: Calamus, resin of draco palm
Dragon’s scales: bistort leaves
Eagle: wild garlic of fenugreek
ear of an ass: comfrey
ears of an goat: st. johns wort
Earth Smoke: Fumitory
Elf's Wort: Elecampane
Enchanter's Plant: Vervain
Englishman's Foot: Common Plantain
Erba Santa Maria: Spearmint
Everlasting Friendship: Goosegrass
Eye of Christ: Germander Speedwell
Eye of the Day: Common Daisy
Eye of Newt: Mustard Seed
Eye of the Star: Horehound
Eye Root: Goldenseal
Eyes: Aster, Daisy, Eyebright, etc
Fairy Smoke: Indian Pipe
Fat from a Head: Spurge.
Felon Herb: Mugwort, Filwort, Centory, or Feverwort
Fingers: cinquefoil
Five Fingers: Fiveleaf grass or Cinquefoil
Foot: leaf
Fox's Clote: Burdock
Frog: Cinquefoil
Frog's Foot: Bulbous Buttercup
From the Belly: Earthapple.
From the Foot: Houseleek.
From the Loins: Chamomile.
Goat's Foot: Ash Weed
God's Hair: Hart's Tongue Fern
Golden Star: Avens
Gosling Wing: Goosegrass
Graveyard Dust: Mullein
Great Oxeye: Oxeye Daisy
Guts: the roots and stalk of a plant
Hag's Taper: Great Mullein
Hagthorn: Hawthorn
Hair: dried stringy herbs, ripe male fern
Hairs of a Hamadryas Baboon: Dill Seed.
Hair of Venus: Maidenhair Fern
Hare's Beard: Great Mullein
Hawk: hawkweed
Hawk's Heart: Wormwood seed or wormwood crown
Head: flower of a plant
Heart: walnut; bud, seed or nut
Heart of Osmund: Royal Fern
Herb of Grace: Vervain
Hind's Tongue: Hart's Tongue Fern
Holy Herb: Yerba Santa
Holy Rope: Common Agrimony
Hook and Arm: Yerba Santa
Horse Hoof: Coltsfoot
Horse Tongue: Hart's Tongue Fern
Hundred Eyes: Periwinkle
Jacob's Staff: Great Mullein
Joy of the Mountain: Marjoram
Jupiter's Staff: Great Mullein
King's Crown: Black Haw
Knight's Milfoil: Yarrow
Krono’s blood: Cedar
Ladies' Meat: May Flower blossom.
Lad's Love: Southernwood
Lady's Glove: Foxglove
Lamb: lettuce
Lamb's Ears: Betony
Leg: Leaf
Lion's Hairs: Turnip leaves
Lion's Tooth: Dandelion
Little Dragon: Tarragon
Love in Idleness: Pansy
Love Leaves: Burdock
Love Lies Bleeding: Anemone
Love Man: Goosegrass
Love Parsley: Lovage
Love Root: Orris Root
Maiden's Ruin: Southernwood
Man's Bile: Turnip Sap.
Man's Health: Ginseng
Master of the Woods: Woodruff
Masterwort: Angelica
May Lily: Lily of the Valley
May Rose: Black Haw
May: Black Haw
Maypops: Passion Flower
Mistress of the Night: Tuberose
Moonwort: Fern.
Mutton Chops: Goosegrass
Nightingale: Hops
Nose Bleed: Yarrow
Old Man's Flannel: Great Mullein
Old Man's Pepper: Yarrow
Old Maid's Nightcap: Wild Geranium
Oliver: Olive
Osmund the Waterman: Royal Fern
Password: Primrose
Paw: Leaf
Peter's Staff: Great Mullein
Physicians bone: Sandstone
Pig's Tail: Leopard's Bane.
Poor Man's Treacle: Garlic
Priest's Crown: Dandelion leaves
Privates: seed
Puchapat: Patchouli
Queen of the Meadow: Meadowsweet
Ram's Head: American Valerian
Rat: Valerian
Red Cockscomb: Amaranth
Ringobells: Bluebells
Robin-run-in-the-grass: Goosegrass
Scaldhead: Blackberry
See Bright: Clary Sage
Seed of Horus: Horehound
Seed of Ammon: Houseleek.
Seed of Ares: Clover.
Seed of Helios: White Hellebore.
Seed of Hephaistos: Fleabane
Seed of Herakles: MustardGreens
Seed of Hermes: Dill
Seven Year's Love: Yarrow
Shameface: Wild Geranium
Shepherd's Heart: Shepherd's Purse
Silver Bells: Black Haw
Skin of man: Fern
Skull: Skullcap mushroom
Sleep Sand: Dill Juice
Sleepwort: Lettuce
Snake: Bistort
Snakes ball of thread: soapstone
Snakes head: leech
Sopewort: Soapwort/Bruisewort.
Sorcerer's Violet: Periwinkle
Sparrow's Tongue: Knotweed
St. John's Herb: Hemp Agrimony. (not St. John's Wort)
St. John's Plant: Mugwort
Star Flower: Borage
Star of the Earth: Avens
Starweed: Chickweed
Starwort- Aster
Sweethearts: Goosegrass
Sweetscented Cactus: Largeflowered Cactus
Swine's Snout: Dandelion leaves.
Tail: Stem
Tanner's Bark: Common Oak
Tarragon: Mugwort
Tartar Root: Ginseng
Tears of Hamadryas baboon: dill juice
Teeth: Pine cones
Thousand Seal: Yarrow
Thousand Weed: Yarrow
Thunder Plant: House Leek
Titan's Blood: Wild Lettuce.
Toad : Toadflax, sage
Toe: Leaf
Tongue: Petal
Tongue of Dog: Hound's Tongue
Tongue of a Turnip: Turnip leaves
Torches: Great Mullein
Unicorn Root,Unicorn's Horn False or True Unicorn Root: Ague Root
Urine: Dandelion
Wax Dolls: Fumitory
Weasel: rue
Weasel Snout: Yellow Dead Nettles
Weed: OxEye Daisy
White Man's Foot: Common Plantain
White Wood: White Cinnamon
White: Oxeye Daisy
Wing: leaf
Witch's Asprin: White Willow/Willow Bark
Witches Bells: Foxglove
Witch's Brier: Brier Hips
Witches' Gloves: Foxglove
Witches Grass: Dog Grass
Witches Herb: Mugwort
Witchwood: Rowen
Wolf Claw: Club Moss
Wolf Foot: Bugle Weed
Wolf's Milk: Euphorbia
Woodpecker: Peony
Worms: Thin roots

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~*Roots & Herbs - Their Magickal Uses
(In regards to Hoodoo & Santeria tradition)

There are some bad magic correspondences here, but that is because it's a REFERENCE ONLY. If you DARE use them to even try and harm someone, honey, you are going to be so busted, I can't even imagine.

~*A Through To L*~

Acacia flowers- Burn for power & blessings
Adam & Eve Root- Powerful for love & happiness. The man carries the Eve root ,the woman ,the Adam root
Adders Tongue-Use to stop gossip or slander
African Bird Pepper- Throw in someones yard to cause problems
African Ginger- Stops hexes & curses, cures mouth sores
Agar Agar- mix with Fast Luck powder to bring luck in bingo,rub on hands before you play
Agrimony- Burn to reverse & turn back spells
Ague Weed- Burn to stop hexes & crossings from getting to you
Ajenjible- wash a persons clothes in this tea added to wash water to make someone move out of your house
Alfalfa- Keep in the home to keep poverty away & help you prosper
All Heal- Make into a tea & sprinkle in the room of the sick to cure illness
Allspice- mix with Gloria incense & burn everyday for money,attracts success & prosperity
Aloes- Burn on the night of the full moon to have a new lover by the new moon
Althea(Marshmallow) - keep a jar on altar or burn on candles to pull the good spirits to you
Angelica Root- As a tea, sprinkle in corners & entryway to to purify & stop evil
Anise- Burn to increase your clairvoyant abilities
Anise Estella(Star Anise)- brew into tea and sip or bathe in it to bring back your lover,burn as incense
Archangel- Burn to bring a lost love back to you
Altamisa- This makes a very good love & attraction bath
Arrow Root- Mix with gambling powder to increase luck
Asafoetida- Burn to hex & increase black magic power,throw in a persons yard to cause misery
Ash Leaves- Burn to prevent hexes & witchcraft from harming you
Balm- Put on wine or food to make a love potion
Balm of Gilead buds- Carry for protection against evil & to solve love problems
Balmony- wrap a persons name in a bundle of balmony & it will cause them to get sick
Basil- A very good herb to bathe in to remove jinx & to change your luck
Bay Leaves- Keep in home or on person to to protect against any type of evil,best protection
Bayberry Bark- Attracts good fortune & money,Burn a white candle sprinkled with the bark
Berry of The Fish- Sprinkle in enemies yard to make them move away or keep away from you
Beth Root- Attract a mate by secretly mixing this into food or drink
Benzoin- Burn with incense & oils for peace of mind & to defeat witchcraft,It is said that no demon can stand this scent
Bergamot- Considered very powerful for success, it can be burned at any ritual for more power
Betony Wood- Burn with uncrossing incense to defeat any form of witchcraft
Bistort- Carry in a yellow flannel bag to attract wealth & good fortune
Bittersweet- Toss into an enemies path or yard to make them leave town & never look back
Black Candle Tobacco- Mix with salt & burn with a black candle ,said to win most court cases
Black Cohosh- Make into a tea & add to bath water, it is said to ensure a long & happy life
Black Mustard Seed- Causes problems & disturbances when sprinkled in an enemies yard
Black Snake Root- Bath in tea to uncross your nature, also may be burned as a love incense
Bladderwrack- Carry while traveling for protection, said to cause a UTI if placed by stall of enemies
Blood root- A favorite voodoo root used for defeating hexes & spells aimed to harm you
Blue Flag- Mix with money drawing incense for financial gain
Blueberry- Said to cause confusion & strife when tossed in a doorway or path of enemy
Boldo Leaves- Sprinkle around the house to ward off evil ,must be renewed once a month
Boneset- To curse an enemy, burn as incense along with a black candle inscribed with their name*
Broom Tops- Make into a tea & sprinkle around the home to clear away all evil
Buchu Leaves- Bathe in these to be able to fortell the future
Buckthorn Bark- Grants a wish if made into a tea & sprinkled in a circle at the the full moon
Camphor- Burn with Rama Dream incense before retiring for prophetic dreams
Caraway seed- Carry these for protection
Cardamon- Add this,powdered, to the drink of the one you want to love you
Cascara Sagrada- sprinkle tea made from this around the courtroom before court to win case
Chamomile- Wash your hands with a tea made of this before going to gamble for good luck
Chewing John Root- Chewing the root & throwing it away sends back a curse, use for court cases
Chicory- Burn with a black skull candle to cause a sure hex on an enemy
Cinnamon- Add to wine or food as a love potion, use for good luck in money matters
Cinquefoil -To curse someone, rub on an image candle along with Dume oil at the full moon:**
Cloves- Mix with Camphor & burn before using a ouija board for better luck/results with it
Coriander- Powder & mix with food or drink for a strong love potion
Cumin- Mix with food to keep lover faithful even over long period of separation
Curry Powder- Burned to keep evil forces away
Damiana- Said to be an aphrodesiac & to draw love to those who drink it as tea
Dandelion- Carry to make wishes come true, said to induce clairvoyant ability
Devil Bone Root- Cut into small pieces & carry in a red flannel bag to ward off arthritis
Devil Shoestring- Carry in a red flannel bag for protection or in pocket for drawing gambling luck
Dill Seed- Steep in hot wine for love potion or keep in home to repel witchcraft
Dittany of Crete- Bathe in this before a date for success & attraction with the person
Dog Grass- Sprinkle in an enemies yard to ruin their yard & make it look ugly
Earth Smoke- To attract quick financial gain, ake into tea & sprinkle about & rub on shoe bottoms
Eucalyptus- Sew into a pillow to ward off nightmares & for peaceful sleep
Elecampane- grind together with vervain & mistletoe to make a powerful love powder
Elder Berries- Grind & place in corners & doorway for protection & to eliminate trouble
Fennel Seeds- Carry to prevent witchcraft and also used in love potions
Five Finger Grass- Wrap in red cloth and hang over the bed to ward off dark spirits of the night
Flax Seed- For more accurate readings into someones future ,sprinkle a tea made of this in the area
Frankincense- one of the strongest resins for mystical purposes. Burn prior to any ritual for success
Galangal- Burn nightly for 14 days before a court case. Save the ashes in a green flannal bag & take to court.
Garlic- Kept on hand to protect from witchcraft & envious people
Gentian- add tea to bath for much power & strength
Grains of Paradise- to ensure success & protection** *
Gravel Root-Helps get a job, carry in green flannel bag and annoint with Job oil
Guinea Pepper- Cast upon doorsteps to break up homes,Used to cause death by enchantment :-( (OK, this
is only here for information purposes and there is a very elborate ritual to make it
work properly, otherwise its just a nice soup flavouring)
Holy Thistle- Brew into a tea and sprinkle around the house to get rid of a jinx thrown on you
Hawthorne- Add to scrub water to purify your home, & to remove negative vibrations
Holy Ghost Root- prolongs life and protects against evil spirits & witchcraft
Hyssop- bathe in to keep away evil eye and ward of jinx & to purify
Horehound- keep near doorways to keep trouble away
Irish Moss- make into tea & sprinkle around business to bring in customers
Iron Weed- Carry in purple flannel bag for control over others, controls boss & co-workers
Jamaican Ginger- carry for gambling luck, bathe in this before going to Vegas Etc...
Jasmine- very good as a love & attraction bath, sewn into lovers pillow so they will only want you
Jezebel Root- to cause one harm,put root in jar with Jezebel oil & Destierro powder,bury in thier
Job Tears- Carry 7 for luck ,and having one wish come true
Joe Pie- Carry in blue flannel bag to gain popularity & friendship ,annoint with pure Orris oil
Juniper Berries- steep in wine for increased vitality
Kava Kava Root- carry in red flannel bag for success & job promotions, protects from harm
Khus Khus(Vetivert) - to change your luck ,bathe in this tea for 9 days
King of the Woods-A man carries for this control over his woman
Knot weed- Used to get rid of an enemy+
Ladies Thumb- draws love to you++
Lucky Hand Root- carried in red flannel bag with good luck charms while gambling for best of luck
Life Everlasting- It is belieived that this tea will prolong life
Lovage Root- bathe in this prior to court for victory
Laurel- Give to the bride for a long & happy marriage
Lavendar- Burn with incense to bring peace, love & money to the home
Linseed- Burn to attain divinitory powers
Lemon Verbena- Used for a peaceful home, To help a marriage going sour or to break one up+++
Licorice- Sprinkle on the footprints of lovers to keep them faithful
Linden- Keeps a lover faithful, dab a small amount on your forehead before retiring

Chant the following: I alone will break your bone, you can no longer harm me,The harm you have done will return to you, as sure as the sky turns blue.

**As it burns repeat the following over & over: "I burn thee, I curse thee" . This should cause an enemy much despair & heartache by the next waning moon.

***Put a picture of St. Peter at the front door & a picture of St. Michael at the back door with a bag of Grains of Paradise behind each .

+Fill black voodoo doll with knotweed and any of the enemies possessions. On parchment write the name of the enemy & pin to the doll. Sprinkle the doll with Destructor oil and then nail the doll to a tree in the cemetary. While hammering the doll repeat over & over "I beat you, I break you, I curse you" then don’t look back as you leave.

++Place the herb on the picture of the one you want and seal it in a box. bury the box beside your front door.

+++Mix with 4 thieves vinegar & sprinkle on the doorsteps of the couple. Discord will prevail and they may even become bitter enemies. To help a bad marriage, place a jar of Lemon Verbena mixed with Peaceful Home powder & place behind wedding pictures ass well as sprinkling around the house.

:-( Sorry guys..this one’s far too heavy-duty to include here . In the wrong hands it could be truly disasterous.

~*M Through To Z*~

Mace-In earlier times this was thought a very powerful love herb. Still used in some reuniting rituals
Maiden Hair Fern- Brings beauty & love into your life(represents Venus, the goddess of Love)
Mandrake- Carry in a red flannel bag to draw love from the opposite sex. Burn as incense in black magic spells
Manzanilla- Used as a hand wash for good luck in bingo & lotto,keep tickets with a packet of the herb
Marjoram- Prized as a charm against witchcraft, place in each room of dwelling & renew monthly
Magnolia- Sew into a mates pillow to ensure faithfulness
Marigold- Used with love sachets to attract, bathe in tea for 5 days to find ‘Mr. Right”
Marjoram- for a person who is sad or grieving,bathe them in this for 7 days
Master of the Woods- A man carries this to have control over his woman
Mesquite-burn as an incense to cleanse your tools or voodoo room,us in purification baths
Mistletoe- Made into a tea & bathed in it for love drawing
Motherwort- keep some in a jar by the family pictures to keep them safe
Mugwort- Burn as an incense while crystal gazing to increase psychic visions & ability
Mullien- Used as an incense in black magic to dume(doom) an enemy
Mustard Seed (Red)- Sprinkle in & around the home to ward off burglers
Mustard Seed(Yellow) - A symbol of faith followed by success, One of the oldest good luck amulets
Myrrh- Burn on the altar before performing any ritual, for success, a good incense to clear your home
Myrtle- Inhaling the warm vapors of a myrtle infusion is said to clear head pains caused by severe colds,also
used as a love herb
Nettles- For removing curses & hexes,mix with Jinx removing powder & sprinkle in each room &
Nutmeg- Make a hole in the nutmeg, fill with quicksilver, seal hole with wax,carry in red flannel bag for best
gambling luck
Oak- The most royal of all trees,burn with mistletoe to remove spirits from businesses
Orange- Use the leaves or flowers for love rituals, very good to bring on a proposal
Oregon Grape Root- Carry in green flannel bag with money drawing powder for money & popularity
Oregano-mix with Stay Away powder to repel in-laws,with Law Stay Away to repel law
Orris Root- Cast a love spell by dusting it on the clothes of the opposite sex & wear for attraction
Palo Azul- Very powerful,make into a tea and use to remove any jinx or hex
Palo Santo-Used when you feel you have been cursed,Rub this herb on your body then bathe
Papaya leaves- mix with Mandrake root and burn or bathe for spell reversal or jinx
Parsley- mix with jasmine & carry in your shoe to make you more attractive to opposite sex
Passion Flower- Brew into a tea & bathe in for 5 days to attract opposite sex
Patchouli- Used in money & love rituals,incites lust,use in any ritual where graveyard dirt is required
Peach Tree-mix the leaves with Concentration & Success oil to help pass tests
Pennyroyal- Carry while traveling by water & never know the pangs of sea sickness
Peony- For protection againts any evil or to cure lunacy
Peppercorns Black- Can be used to cast evil to someone or to get rid of evil
Pepper Tree(Pirul)- Used for limpias and cleansing,mix with ruda ad bathe in for 10 days to remove evil
Peppermint- To increase chance of prophetic dreams,add to Rama dream incense
Periwinkle- A love herb, Burn with love incense before having sex
Pine- burn as an incense to cleanse house, also used to remove negativity & attract money
Plantain- hang in car to protect from evil or jealous people
Poke Root- Breaks hexes by brewing it into a teas & adding it to bath water
Poppy Seeds- Sleep on a pillow stuffed with poppy seeds if you suffer from insomnia
Primrose- Put in childrens pillows to gain control over them, also put some in bath water to make them mind
Quassia Chips- Mix with some hair of your beloved, burn & keep ashes in small bottle to preserve the love
Queen of The Meadow- for good luck ,make into a tea
Queens Delight Root- Legends say that drinking a tea made from this root will help a woman concieve
Queens Root- Take a bath in this when you wish to get married
Quina Rojo- Use only when sex is desired & with extreme caution
Quince Seed- Used in spells pertaining to protection, love & happiness
Raspberry- Bathe in this herb daily and your man will not want to wander
Rattle Snake Root- Put in a purple flannel bad for protection from sudden death & accident,
keeps others from doing you wrong
Rosemary- Kept near the bed to ensure faithfulness, good for cleansing & protection as well
Rose Petals- Known as the love herb, Keep your lovers picture in a bowl of rose petals*
Rue(Ruda)- Make into a tea & bathe in it for 7 days to attract love from the opposite sex
Sacred Bark-Keep in a bowl on your alter or reading table to help you concentrate
Safflower- Mix with any jinx incense to cause destruction to an enemy,also used by gay men to bring on
exciting sexual encounters by rubbing it on the inside of their knees
Sage- Wards off misfortune,used in reversing spells, also used for protection
Sampsons Snake Root- Used to regain male vigor(lost manhood)**
Sandalwood- One of the 3 holy incenses,used for love, health & fortune,to grant wishes***
Sarsaparilla- alledged to prolong life,hinder premature aging, excite passions, improving virility
Sassafras- Should be carried in your purse or wallet near your money, makes it go farther
Saw Palmetto- use in a strong tea made of Damiana,Sarsaparill a, muira puama to help men get erections,
Supposedly, this is what the ancient gods use to have sexual encounters
Scullcap- To keep mate faithful,women should sew into his pillow some scullcap and 2 white lodestones in
white flannel
Sea Wrack- add to black magic & hex rituals
Senna- secretly have mate bathe in a tea made of this to ensure faithfulness, to get one to notice you+
Slippery Elm- Excellent in poultices for skin ailments,keeps others from gossiping about you++
Smartweed- attracts money & clears the mind
Snake root- carried as a charm to strengthen ones vitality, also good for court cases
Solomons Seal root- carry for protection & success, place on altar to ensure success with all rituals
Southern John The Conqueror- carry as a charm to bring luck in love & money matters
Southernwood- kept in the home as a love charm , burned to protect one from trouble
Spearmint- used for cleansing
Spikenard- to keep a lover faithful,to secure a relationship bury it in the ground and renew monthly
Squaw Vine- Bathed in by pregnant women once a week to keep jealousy away from unborn child
Squill Root- to draw money, place in container, add one dime, quarter & dollar ,say money prayer
Star anise- to increase power ,place on altar, carried for luck, burn to increase psychic ability
St. Johns Wort- protects against all forms of black witchcraft , hang above all windows in home
Sulfur- although not an herb,it is mixed with many herbs to bring ahrm upon an enemy
Sumbul Root- A favorite love root, said to attract the opposite sex very quickly, carry on you or burn
Tansy- a bit placed on shoes is said to keep the law away, can also be bathed in for same purpose
Tarragon- To cause a person to have a toothache, sprinkle on mouth of figure candle & burn at midnight
Thyme- bathe in to ensure money at all times,add to jar & keep in home for good luck,use to cleanse magic areas and place in pillows to stop nightmares
Tonka Beans- a favorite hoodoo good luck charm, to make wishes come true...+++
Tormentil- as a tea,drunk to keep or remove witchcraft that has been given in food or drink
Trefoil- mix with vervain , dill & St. Johns Wot for most effective defense againt evil doing
Trumpet Weed- used to make a man more potent, rubbed on member as a tea while hard
Twitch Grass- reverses hexes,causes trouble for enemies if thrown on their doorstep
Unicorn Root-Carried for protection,used as a love charm,hide in loves belongings for love or hide two tied
together to keep them faithful
Uva Ursi- carry to increase your power,burn with psychic incense when meditating
Valerian- drink to soothe nerves, sprinkle about to bring peace and end strife
Vanillian-powder can be burned with love incense to ensure that mate will always think of you
Verbena- Bathe your children in this to help them learn faster,Burn with sandalwood for jinx removing
Vervain- considered a holy herb, bathe in for 7 days to bring money,used for love drawing & jinx
Vetivert(Khus Khus)- placed in cash registers for increased business, burnt to overcome evil spells
Violet- used with other attraction herbs like lavender to bath in , helps those ill to heal faster
Virginia Snake Root-Said to be best good luch charm but very expensive & hard to get
Wahoo Bark- Also very hard to get,used to remove hexes
Willow Bark- Burn when you want th aid of Satan
Wintergreen- bathe your children in this to grant them good fortune & luck throughout their lives
Witch Grass- bathe in to attract a new lover, wear special witch perfume as well
Woodruff- good for victory, place in your left shoe before a game so your team will be victorious

Burn in the bedroom for love or scatter rose petals all over the floor,leave them on the floor during the day and then sweep or vacumn them up at night. Use as a tea for a love and attraction bath. Carry petals in a red flannel bag with a picture of your love to draw them to you.

**Make a Mojo bag containing a magnetic lodestone,a swallow heart & some Sampson Snake root,sew it shut and carry in the pocket nearest your private parts.

***When you want a wish to come true,write your desire on a piece of parchment paper & burn sandalwood on top of it while concentrating on your wish coming true.

+When someone doesnt know you want them, write their name on parchment paper with Doves Blood ink & put Senna leaves & Come To Me oil in a yellow flannel bag and carry it on your person.

++Stuff a yellow helper doll with Tapa Boca powder and write your name and family members names on a slip of paper, insert into doll along with a packet of Slippery Elm. For 3 days say the Tapa Boca prayer or express your wishes for the gossip to stop. Then burn the doll,save the ashes & use them to make the sign of a cross on the bottoms of your shoes.

+++ Carry the beans for 18 days(No more!) On the 18th day they must be left at a church & In 3 days your wish will be granted
Wormwood- sprinkle on enemies path to cause strife & misfortune to them
Yarrow- Used to overcome fears, place in yellow flannel bag with a piece of parchment paper on which you
have written your fears,carry with you
Yerba Mate- Said to keep a lover from wandering, put 2 Tablepoons into their food once a day
Yerba Santa- Used to attain beauty from within,to make ones body more desirable
Yucca- For jinx removing, Use a new slice of yucca root daily for 7 days and rub all over your body

please add a very severe warning on this blog, there are some roots and herbs, on here that are so dangerous as to die from , here is one right here
Tonka Beans- a favorite hoodoo good luck charm, to make wishes come true...+++
tonka is not poison unless ingested, but in tiny hands it could be, i hve and do carry lucky hand root with me all the time, I do sell adam and eve.
These are roots and herbs stored behind the shelves as to not for public .
I am not into hoodoo, except readings , but I do know somewhat, or more than a lot of young newbies about it. Voodoo, i have great respect for as it as i should not admit but it scares me.
very much. Remember I grew up in the area too and my Mother is cajun. Not Voodoo or Santeria.

Lady Moondancer's avatarLady Moondancer

The following list of deities is NOT complete by any means, just to give you a general overall view...

ADONIS--anemone (wood) and Frankincense...

APHRODITE--Apple, Benzoin, Parsley and Rose...

APOLLO--Anise, Bay, Fenugreek, Frankincense, Hyacinth and Sunflower...

ARTEMIS--Almond, Daisy and Wormwood...

ATHENA--Musk and Olive...


BACCHUS--Ivy, Orchid, and Soma...




BLODEUWEDD--Broom, Meadowsweet and Oak...

CERES--Chaste Tree...


CIRCE--Mandrake, Mullein and Nightshade...

CONSUS--Dogwood and Sage...



DEMETER--Myrrh, Pennyroyal and Sunflower...

DIANA--Jasmine, Mandrake, Mugwort, Verbena/Vervain, Willow and Wormwood...




FREYA--Cowslip, Daisy, and Primrose...

HECATE--Aconite, Almond, Garlic, Lavender, Myrrh, and Willow...


HERA--Irish and Willow...


HERMES--Lotus, Storax, Verbena/Vervain...




ISIS--Irish and Lotus...

JUNO--Irish and Myrrh...

JUPITER--Ambergris, Houseleek and Oak...






MARS--Rue and Vervain...


MERCURY--Anise and Storax...





ODIN--Mistletoe and Oak...

OSIRIS--Dittany and Lotus...

PAN--Blessed Thistle...

PERSEPHONE--Dittany, Parsley and Pomegranate...

POSEIDON--Olive and Pine...



SATURN--Lavender, Mandrake, Myrrh and Pomegranate...



THOR--Birch, Daisy and Houseleek...

THOTH--Musk and Storax...

VENUS--Anemone, Benzoin, Marjoram, Parsley, Quince and Sandalwood...



ZEUS--Almond, Ambergris, Daisy, Olive, Oak, Peppermint and Violet...



Betony (wood), Blackberry, Blessed Thistle, Cowslip, Juniper, Loosestrife, Marjoram, and Mushrooms...


Apple Blossom, Cumin Fig wort and Lovage...


Dragon's Blood Reeds and Meadowsweet...


Adder's Tongue, Alder (black), Agrimony, Balm, Betony (water), Daisy, Duckweed, Honeysuckle, Hyssop and Liverwort ...


Agaric, Angelica, Bay Tree, Borage, Goat's Rue, Oats, Peony, Rue, Rye, Saffron, Sage, Saint John's Wort and What...


Lavender and Maidenhair...


Geranium (rose), Horse-tongue, Verbena and Vervain...


Basil, Bloodroot and Dwarf Elder...


Alexander and Dandelion...


Comfrey and Moss ...


Anise (star), Curry, Spikenard and Wisteria ...


Alder (common), Hemp and Sphagnum Moss...

Witchcraft without herbalism is like an airplane without wings... Herbal lore
and magic are linked in every age and every culture... This is partly due to
the ability of many herbs to create an altered state, as well as the powerful
healing effect of many medicinal herbs...

Our ancestors were savvy in the way of herbs... Unlike us ignorant folk, they
knew all about the local flora and their effects...

Today's Pagans often have web pages and cell phones, but very little hands-on herbal instruction... As a result, well-meaning Pagans often expose themselves needlessly to highly toxic substances... For example, Z. Budapest had a near-fatal experience with belladonna that landed her in the hospital...

There are many herbs that are only toxic when ingested, but quite a few can
be toxic when merely exposed to the skin... Oleander is so poisonous that just trimming it without hand and arm protection can make you very ill... Other
herbs, such as apples, are edible except for the seeds... If you accidentally
swallow a seed nothing dire is likely to result, but if you were to grind up several dozen to put in a love potion you could end up poisoning the one you desire...

When in doubt, avoid ingesting any herb until you research it adequately... It
is also wise to avoid putting even mildly toxic herbs into baths, massage
oils, or ointments... Listed below is a compendium of herbs that could get you into more trouble than you bargained for... Whenever you do magic of any type it is important to be familiar with your tools... Herbs are complex and effective magical allies... Your magic will be much more effective if you take the time to get to know the herbs you are using... Please be advised that this list is by no means comprehensive and I am sure there are many poisonous herbs that have not come to my attention...


Belladonna (Nightshayde): Forget it... Whatever idea you had for using
belladonna was a bad plan... It's to toxic that even removing it from your property could make you very ill if you don't take the right precautions... Use gloves and for Goddess sake don't burn the stuff or put it in your compost Because it dilates the pupils, Italian noblewomen used to take it in order to make their eyes look bigger... If you are feeling so inclined, perhaps a little mascara would be a better idea...

Coltsfoot: Used to treat coughs, this herb is extremely toxic...

Comfrey: This herb has been used to soothe the gastrointestinal tract, but it
has also been associated with liver damage... The FDA has advised herbal
manufacturers to remove products containing comfrey from the market...

Chaparral: Used as a remedy for cancer though there's no evidence to support this, this herb is potentially dangerous...

Datura: Just don't use it... Any magical effect datura may provide can be
gotten elsewhere... It is most toxic when ingested by either eating or smoking... At best it causes severe insanity; at worst, death... The flowers are beautiful Children have been poisoned using them as trumpets... They are rarely used as garden plants because of their toxicity... Alternatives are barley, anise, cinnamon, fennel, garlic, myrrh, nettle, oak, patchouli, and sage...

Elder: Elderberries are delicious to eat and the flowers are beautiful and
are used in topical medicines... However, the leaves and stems are poisonous... Feel free to use elder--just avoid ingesting the stems and always remember to ask Mother Elder's permission...

Foxglove: Foxglove is typically used to plant around a house for protection...
It is a beautiful plant, but I would never put it anywhere where small
children might get to it... The flowers are too tempting as elf hats and finger caps... Children playing with the crushed blossoms could easily make themselves sick if they ate something else without washing their hands first... The medicine digitalis is a synthetic of the same alkaloid... Hence, foxglove can cause palpitations and heart failure...

Hemlock: Nasty stuff... The juice was applied to swords and arrow heads before battle to induce debilitating visions in the maimed and dying... Unless you need to repel the invading Viking hordes with your cold steel, I'd leave it

High John The Conqueror:.. High John the Conqueror is fine to use externally, but avoid internal use...

Holly: Hollies are fine to handle (just mind the thorns) but the berries are
toxic... They can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and depress your central
nervous system... The chief concern is with children who are attracted to the
pretty red fruits...

Iris: These flowers take their name from the ancient Greek rainbow goddess,
Iris... They are extremely bitter, which discourages ingestion... However, the
entire plant is toxic and can cause nausea, diarrhea, and severe intestinal
pain... Don't worry about handling them--just don't attempt to purify your life
with an iris tea or bath... You might end up considerably purer than you had

Ivy: If vomiting, headache, fever, abdominal pain, and possible coma don't
sound like your idea of a good time, then please don't ingest the leaves or
berries of an ivy plant... Some folks with sensitive skin develop blisters and
inflammation just from handling the leaves...

Kava: Studies show this herb relieves anxiety... Yet recently kava has been
associated with liver toxicity (resulting in an inflamed liver, jaundice, liver
dysfunction or irreversible liver damage)... although no causal link has been
found... The FDA is looking into it, in the meantime, kava shouldn't be used by people with liver problems or people who are taking drugs with known adverse affects on the liver or by regular consumers of alcohol... And kava shouldn't be taken every day for more than four weeks unless you're getting the advice of a doctor...

Lily: Lily bulbs tend to be toxic... However Gloriosa lilies (climbing lilies)
are highly poisonous... They have occasionally been used as medicinal herbs in Africa and Asia with mixed results... Overdose can cause death from respiratory failure within four hours...

Lily of the Valley: Lily of the valley may grace its wearer with alertness,
but not if you ingest it... The entire plant is toxic and can cause nausea,
vomiting, irregular heartbeat, hallucination, depression, heart failure, and much, much more!...

Ma Huang: This herb (used to increase weight loss) has potentially dangerous compounds that boost metabolism... And it has been associated with heart failure... Those with the following conditions shouldn't use it: high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, glaucoma, prostate enlargement, psychiatric conditions, pregnant and nursing women and those under 18 using medications including decongestants...

Mandrake: Mandrake is usually used in the making of poppets because the roots often have a vaguely human shape... It is extremely rare, so if you are lucky enough to possess one then keep it by all means... Just don't ingest it...

Mistletoe: Druids used to harvest mistletoe during Midsummer with a golden
sickle... It's also popular as a Yule decoration... The entire plant is toxic,
especially the berries... Hallucinations, diarrhea, delirium, nausea, and death are just a few of the effects you can enjoy if you ingest mistletoe... It is so toxic that I would avoid using it as a Yule decoration around small children as the pretty berries tend to fall off and roll around on the floor...

Mulberry: Ripe mulberries are edible, but the green unripe berries and the
milky sap from the stems and leaves are toxic... It can be irritating to the
skin, and cause upset stomach and hallucinations...

Oleander: This is another of those herbs I would just avoid... I wouldn't even
use it in a bouquet... Roses are the best herbs for love spells anyway...

Pennyroyal: The oil of this herb, taken internally, can be deadly
Pennyroyal herb, however, can be used, with caution, as a tea to alleviate menstrual cramps or bring on delayed menstruation... But it should be used only under the supervision of a doctor...

Periwinkle: Periwinkles are pretty and popular, and popular ingredients in
sachets and amulet... Just don't eat them...

Plumeria: It is easy to see how plumeria got its reputation as a love herb...
The smell is enough to open your heart and make everything around you look
sweet and inviting... However, if you taste it you won't be feeling so good

Poke: The crushed berries can be used to make a magical ink... Scott
Cunningham suggests making an infusion of the herb to sprinkle around your house to break a curse... Just don't drink it! ... The entire plant is toxic and can result in the ever popular nausea, diarrhea, spasms, and coma... Ingesting large amounts will kill you...

Potato: Of course potatoes are edible--just don't eat the eyes or green
shoots and it will be okay...

Tansy: Tansy is fine in most applications... However, it is an abortive and is
contraindicated during pregnancy...

Tobacco: You can kill yourself slowly by smoking the stuff or you can kill
yourself relatively quickly by ingesting it... Both deaths are extremely

Wormwood: Usually used in dream pillows with mugwort, wormwood can be
ingested in small amounts unless you are pregnant or nursing... It is so bitter that it's not much of a temptation, though...

Yew: Yew is highly toxic when ingested... It is extremely rare and its recent
medical use as an anti-cancer agent has created a storm of controversy about the best way to cultivate this powerful plant...

Yohimbe: Yohimbe's reputation as an aphrodisiac has made it very popular... Just avoid ingesting large amounts... I have found damiana to be a much more effective herb for that purpose anyway...

Herbs are wonderful teachers and powerful tools... Understanding their
properties and attributes will make you a stronger and more capable magic user...

Use in all protection sachets and spells, also to banish negative energies and spirits It protects against goblins, evil and poison Agrimony has also long been used to reverse spells sent against the magician; i.e. it not only breaks hexes, it also sends them back to the hexer. Agrimony placed under the head will make one sleep as if dead, according to ancient lore, but don't use this for insomnia: the sleeper won't awaken until the herb is removed.

Keep in the home to protect from poverty and hunger. It is best placed in in the cupboard or or pantry.

A crown of amaranth flowers worn on the head speeds healing. To make sure that you are never struck by a bullet, pull up a whole amaranth plant (including roots) preferably on a Friday during the Full Moon. Leave an offering to the plant and then fold it, roots and all, in a piece of white cloth. Wear this against your breast and you'll be 'bullet-proof. ' The dried amaranth flowers have been used to call forth the dead, and are also carried to cure the affections'; i.e. to mend a broken heart.

Grown, the plant is protective. Use in all protection and exorcism incenses. Sprinkle the four corners of the house with angelica to ward off evil, or do this around the perimeter of the house. Added to the bath angelica removes curses, hexes and any spells that may have been cast against you. The root was carried in the pocket as a gambling talisman among some American Indian tribes. Angelica is also used in healing incenses and mixtures, and smoking the leaves is said to cause visions.

Fill a small pillowcase with anise seeds and sleep on it. This will ensure that you have no nightmares. Use in protection and meditation incenses. Fresh anise leaves placed in a room will drive off evil, and they are sometimes placed around the magic circle to protect the magician from evil spirits. It also averts the evil eye. Anise seed is also used in purification baths, especially with bay leaves. It is used to call forth spirits to aid in magical operations, and a sprig hung on the bedpost will restore lost youth.

A bramble bush that forms a natural arch is a great aid to magical healing. On a sunny day, crawl through the arch backward and then forward three times, going as nearly east to west as possible. This will cause boils, rheumatism, whooping cough and even blackheads to disappear. The blackberry leaves are used in spells of wealth, as are the berries themselves and the vines are protective if grown. this tree several times and the evil shall flee in terror. Barren women walk naked beneath a bodhi tree to become fertile. Use the leaves in meditation incenses and all mixtures designed to give wisdom.

The plant wards off evil spirits. Make an infusion and sprinkle about the house to drive away evil.

Carry the fresh blossoms to strength-en your courage, or place one in your buttonhole for protection when walking outdoors. A tea of Borage induces psychic powers.

An infusion of Buchu, drunk, enables one to foretell the future. Frankincense mixed with Buchu is burned directly before retiring to produce prophetic dreams. Only a small amount should be burned, and this must be in the bedroom.

Branches of the Buckthorn, placed near doors and windows, drive away all enchantments and sorceress, according to Dioscorides. A charming legend concerning the Buckthorn vows that if one sprinkles Buckthorn in a circle and then dances within it under a full Moon, an elf will appear. The dancer must notice the elf and say, 'Halt and grant my boon!' before the creature flees. The elf will then grant one wish. I cannot make any guarantees this will happen, however. Buckthorn is also used in legal matters (carried or worn to court, etc.) and as a general good luck generator.

Cast around the home to ward off negativity. Add to protection incenses and use in such spells. Gather burdock roots in the waning Moon, dry and then cut them into small pieces. String these on red thread like beads and wear for protection against evil and negativity. The leaves of the burdock, when laid to the soles of the feet help to cure gout. .

The caraway serves as protection against Lilith, as well as all manners of evil spirits, entities and plain old negativity. It s often carried for this purpose. Any object that holds some caraway seeds is theft-proof.

Cascara Sagrada
Sprinkle an infusion of casa sagrada around your home before g to any court proceeding. It will help win your case. Cascara sagrada is also use in money spells, and worn as an amulet against evil and hexes.

Given to your cat, catnip creates a psychic bond between the two of you. It is also intoxicating to the cat. Catnip is used in love sachets, usually in conjunction with rose petals. If you hold catnip in your hand until it is warm, then hold anyone else's hand, they will forever be your friend, as long as you keep the catnip you used for the spell in some safe place. Grown near the home or hung over the door, catnip attracts good spirits and great luck. Catnip is also used in spells designed to enhance beauty and happiness. Large catnip leaves are pressed and used as bookmarks in magical texts.

Chew the seeds to aid in concentration, or use in spell pillows to induce sleep. Burned with orrisroot, celery seed increases psychic powers. The stalk, along with the seeds, induces lust when eaten. Witches supposedly ate celery seed before flying off on their brooms that they wouldn't become dizzy and fall.

The smoke from burning or fuming centaury drives off snakes.

Chamomile is used to attract money and a handwash of the infusion is some times used by gamblers to ensure winnings. It is used in sleep and meditation incenses, and the infusion is also added to the bath to attract love. It is also a purificatory and protective herb. When sprinkled around the property, it removes curses and spells cast against you.

Carry or use in spells designed to attract a love or to maintain a relationship

Chicory is used to remove all obstacles that might crop up in your life. It is carried for this purpose. At one time it was thought to make its possessor invisible, and to open locked boxes and doors if held against the locks. But for these last two purposes, chicory has to be gathered with a gold knife in perfect silence at noon or midnight on Midsummer. If you anoint your body with chicory juice, you will obtain favors from great persons. It is also carried to promote frugality.

Burned as incense, cloves attract riches, drive away hostile and negative forces, produce spiritual vibrations, and purify the area. Cloves are burned as incense to stop others from gossiping about you. Worn or carried, cloves attract the opposite sex and bring comfort to the bereaved. Evil presence's.

Add to love sachets and use in spells of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions.

Worn or carried, Comfrey protects and ensures safety during travel. Also, tuck some into your suitcases so that they aren't lost or stolen. The root is also used in money spells.

Damiana is used in lust infusions as well as lust spells. It is also burned to produce visions.

To find out how long you will live, blow the seeds off the head of a dandelion. You will live as many years as there are seeds left on the head. To tell the time: blow three times at the seed head. The number left is the hour. The root, when dried, roasted and ground like coffee, is used to make a tea. This infusion will promote psychic powers. This same tea, steaming and placed beside the bed, will call spirits. To send a message to a loved one, blow at the seed head in his or her direction and visualize your message. Dandelion, buried in the northwest corner of the house, brings favorable winds.

Indians used Echinacea as an offering to spirit and strengthen spells.

Worn, Elecampane attracts love Sew up some of the leaves or flowers in pink cloth, or make a sachet. It is also carried for protection, and the herb smoldered on charcoal aids in sharpening psychic powers, particularly when scrying.

The leaves are used to stuff healing poppets and are carried to maintain good health. To relieve colds, ring greens candles with the leaves and pods and burn them to the socket, visualizing the person (or you) as being completely healthy. Also hang a small branch or twig of eucalyptus over the sick bed. String the immature (green) pods on green thread and wear to help heal sore throats. Placed beneath the pillow, the pods guard against colds. The leaves are also carried for pro-tection.

Grown around the home, fennel confers protection. Wearing a piece of fennel in the left shoe will prevent wood ticks from biting your legs. Fennel is also hung up at windows and doors to ward off evil spirits, and the seeds can be carried for the same reason. Fennel is used in purification sachets, as well as healing mixtures.

To bring money into the household, a few fenugreek seeds can be added to the mop water (or a small amount of a fenugreek infusion). Also, half-fill a small jar with fenugreek and leave open in the house to attract money. Add a few seeds every couple of days until the jar is full; then empty the fenugreek out and begin again. Return the spent herb to the ground.

Carry with you for protection against colds and fevers, as well as accidents.

Hung from the neck, the Figwort keeps the wearer healthy and protects against the evil eye. The plant is also smoked over Midsummer fires and then hung in the home for its protective powers -

Garlic was once worn to guard against the plague. It is still used to absorb diseases. Simply rub fresh, peeled cloves of garlic onto the afflicted part of the body, then throw into running water An old spell utilized garlic in protecting against hepatitis. To do this, simply wear' thirteen cloves of garlic at the end of cord around the neck for thirteen days On the last day, in the middle of thc night, walk to a corner of an intersection of two streets, remove the necklace throw it behind you and run home with out looking back. Garlic is also extremely protective Sailors carry some while on board ship to protect against its wreckage. Soldiers wore garlic as a defense in the middle ages, while Roman soldiers ate it to give them courage. It is placed in the home to guard against the intrusion of evil, to keep out robbers and thieves, and is hung over the door to repel envious people. Garlic is especially protective in new homes - Worn, garlic guards against foul weather (mountaineers wear it) as well as monsters, and it also shields you from the blows of your enemies. When evil spirits are about, bite into garlic to send them away, or sprinkle powdered garlic on the floor (if you don't mind smelling it for some time). Garlic is also placed beneath children's pillows to protect them while asleep, and brides once carried a clove of garlic in the' pocket for good luck and to keep evil far from her on her big day. Rubbed onto pots and pans before cooking in them garlic removes negative vibrations, which might otherwise contaminate the food. When eaten, garlic acts as a lust. inducer, and when a magnet or lodestone, is rubbed with garlic it loses its magic powers.

Eating ginger before performing spells will lend them power, since you have been 'heated up' by the ginger. It is especially true of love spells, in which ginger is much used. Whole ginger roots are planted a grown to attract money, or the powdered root is sprinkled into pockets or onto money for this purpose. Ginger is also used in success spells or to ensure the success of a magical operation. In the Pacific the Dobu islander make much use of ginger in their magic They chew it and spit it at the 'seat' of an illness to cure it, and also spit chewed ginger at an oncoming storm, while at sea, to halt it.

The root is carried to attract love as well as to guard one's health, to draw money, and to ensure sexual potency Ginseng will also bring beauty to all w carry it. Burn ginseng to ward off evil spirits and to break hexes and curses. A tea of ginseng is used as a powerful lust-inducing drink, whether alone or mixed with other like herbs. Hold a ginseng root in your hands, visualize your wish into the root, and throw it into running water. Or, carve your wish onto a root and toss into the water. Ginseng can be a substitute for the mandrake -

Gotu Kola
Use in meditation incenses. Burn small amount prior to (but not during) meditation.

Hawthorn has long been used to increase fertility. Because of this power it is incorporated into weddings, especially those performed in the spring. The leaves, curiously enough, are also used to enforce or maintain chastity or celibacy. The leaves are placed beneath the mattress or around the bedroom for this purpose. Carried in a sachet on a fishing trip hawthorn ensures a good catch, and worn or carried it promotes happiness in the troubled, depressed, or sad. Hawthorn protects against lightning, and in the house in which it resides, no evil ghosts may enter. It is also powerful for protecting against damage to the house from storms. The Romans placed hawthorn in cradles to guard the child from evil spells. In the past most Witch's gardens contained at least one hawthorn hedge. The hawthorn is sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree fairy triad of Britain: 'Oak, Ash and Thorn,' and where all three trees grow together it is said that one may see fairies.

A pillow stuffed with dried hop; brings on sleep and rest. Hops are also used in healing sachets and incenses.

Horehound is used in protective sachets, and is carried to guard against sorcery and fascination. Horehound is also scattered as an exorcism herb. Drink an infusion of the herb and it will clear your mind and promote quick thinking, as well as strengthen the mental powers. Horehound, when mixed with ash leaves and placed in a bowl of water, releases healing vibrations, and should be placed in a sickroom.

Horseradish root (dried and grated or ground) should be sprinkled around the house, in corners, on the steps outside, and on doorsills. This will make all evil powers clear out, and will diffuse any spells that may have been sent against you.

Whistles made of the stems of the horsetail, when played will call snakes to the musician. Horsetail is also used in fertility mixtures, or placed in the bedroom for this purpose.

Use the bark of the hydrangea to unhex by carrying, scattering around the home, or burning.

Hyssop is the most widely used purification herb in magic. It is added to baths in sachets, infused and sprinkled on objects or persons to cleanse them, and hung up in the home to purge it of evil and negativity.

Irish Moss
Irish moss is carried or placed beneath rugs to increase luck and to ensure a steady flow of money into the house or pockets of the person. Irish moss is also carried while on trips for protection and safety, and is used to stuff luck or money poppets.

Used throughout Europe as a protective herb, Juniper also guards against theft. It was probably one of the earliest incenses used by Mediterranean Witches. Juniper hung at the door protects against evil forces and persons, and it is burned in exorcism rites. A sprig of the plant protects its wearer against accidents and attacks by wild animals. It also guards against ghosts and sickness. Juniper is added to love mixtures, and the berries are carried to increase male potency When carried or burned, juniper helps the psychic powers and breaks hexes and curses, and drives off snakes.

Lady's Slipper
Lady's slipper is used in protective sachets as it guards against all manner of hexes, curses, spells and the evil eye

Lemon Grass
Lemongrass planted around the home and in the garden will repel snakes. It is also used in some lust potions, as well as in an infusion to aid in developing psychic powers.

Chewing on a licorice stick (the root, not a piece of candy) will make you passionate. It is also a good practice to use while quitting smoking. Licorice is added to love and lust sachets, carried to attract love, and used in spells to ensure fidelity. Licorice sticks make useful wands.

Throw some powdered lobelia at an oncoming storm to stop its approach. Lobelia is also used to attract a love.

A whole mandrake root, placed on the mantel in the home, will give the house protection, fertility, and prosperity. Mandrake is also hung on the headboard for protection during sleep, carried to at-tract love, and worn to prevent contraction of illnesses. Where there is mandrake, demons cannot reside, and so the root is used in exorcism. To 'activate' a dried mandrake root (i.e., to bring its powers out of hibernation) , place it in some prominent location in the house and leave it there undisturbed for three days. Then place it in warm water and leave overnight. Afterwards, the root is activated and may be used in any magical practice. The water in which the root has bathed can be sprinkled at the windows and doors of the house to protect it, or onto people to purify them. The mandrake has also long served as a poppet in image magic, but its extreme scarcity and high cost usually forces the magician and Witch to look for substitutes; ash roots, apples, the root of the briony, the American may apple and many others have been used. Money placed beside a mandrake root (especially silver coins) is said to double, and the scent of the mandrake causes sleep.

Marigolds, picked at noon when the Sun is at its hottest and strongest, will strengthen and comfort the heart. Garlands of marigolds strung on the doorposts stop evil from entering the house, and scattered under the bed they protect you while asleep and make your dreams come true, i.e. give you prophetic dreams. Especially effective in discovering a thief who has robbed you. Marigolds added to the bath water help win the respect and admiration of everyone you meet. Looking at the bright flowers strengthens the sight, and carried in the pocket, marigold helps justice to smile favorably upon you while in court. If a girl touches the petals of the marigold with her bare feet, she will understand the languages of the birds.

Marjoram is used in love spells is also added to food to Strengthen Carried it is protective, as it placed around the house, a bit room, and renewed each month. in the garden it offers Shielding against evil. Violets Given to a depressed person, marjoram brings happiness It is also used in money mixtures and sachets.

Long used for protection against lightning, disease, and misfortune of every kind, fires and so on, it is carried or placed in an appropriate spot for these uses. The leaves and berries are used. Mistletoe is placed in cradles to protect children from being stolen by fairies and replaced with changelings. A ring carved of mistletoe wood will ward off sicknesses when worn and the plant will cure fresh wounds quickly when carried (do not apply to the wound). Mistletoe is also carried or worn for good luck in hunting, and women carry the herb to aid in conception. It has also been utilized in spells designed to capture that elusive state of immortality, and to open locks. Laid near the bedroom door, mistletoe gives restful sleep and beautiful dreams, as it does when placed beneath the pillow or hung at the headboard. Kiss your love beneath mistletoe and you'll stay in love. Burned, mistletoe banishes evil. Wear it around your neck to attain invisibility. Mistletoe is an all-purpose herb.

Mullein is worn to keep wild animals from you while hiking in untamed areas. It also instills courage in the bearer, and a few leaves placed in the shoe keeps one from catching a cold. Mullein is also carried to obtain love from the opposite sex. Stuffed into a small pillow or placed beneath your pillow mullein guard against nightmares In India, mullein is regarded as the most potent safeguard against evil spirits and magic, and is hung over doors, in windows, and carried in sachets. It is also used to banish demons and negativity. In the Ozarks, men performed a simple love divination. The man went to a clearing where a mullein grew and bent it down so that it pointed toward his love's house. If she loved him the mullein would grow upright again; if she loved another it would die. Graveyard dust-an infrequent ingredient in spells-can be substituted with powdered mullein leaves. At one time Witches and magicians used oil lamps to illuminate their spells and rites, and the downy leaves and stems of the mullein often provided the wicks.

The Hindus used mustard seed to travel through the air. A more down-to-Earth use is carrying mustard seed in a red cloth sachet to guard against colds and to increase mental powers. Italian peasants sprinkle mustard seed on the doorsill for protective reasons, and mustard seed buried under your doorstep will keep all manner of supernatural beings from your home. When eaten mustard seed increases fertility in women.

Burned as incense myrrh purifies the area, lifts the vibrations and creates peace. However, it is rarely burned alone, usually in conjunction with frankincense or other resins. Myrrh increases the power of any incense to which it is added. Myrrh is also included in healing incenses and sachets, and its smoke is used to consecrate purify, and bless objects such as amulets, talisman, charms, and magical tools. Myrrh aids meditation and contemplation. It is often added to sachets, usually with frankincense.

The protective powers of the nettle have long been used in magic. To remove a curse and send it back, stuff a poppet with nettle, or carry some in a sachet. Also, sprinkle nettle around the house to keep evil out and to send it back. Nettle is also thrown onto a fire to avert danger, held in the hand to ward off ghosts, carried with yarrow to allay fear, and worn as an amulet to keep negativity far away. A pot of freshly cut nettles placed beneath a sickbed will aid in the person's recovery. Nettle has sometimes been used as a lust Inducing herb, and contemporary Mexican spiritualists recommend its use in purification baths because it is 'more carnivorous' than other herbs, and so will work more efficiently.

The papaya has long been used in magical rites. One of the simplest of these is to tie a rag around a limb of a papaya tree while visualizing your need. Hang several twigs of papaya wood over the doorsill; this will keep evil from entering the house. Eat the fruit and serve to a loved one; it will intensify feelings of love.

When eaten, parsley provokes lust and promotes fertility, but if you are in love don't cut parsley-you' ll cut your love as well. Though the plant has associations with death and is often regarded as evil, the Romans tucked a sprig of parsley into their togas every morning for protection. It is also placed on plates of food to guard it from contamination. Parsley is also used in purification baths, and those to stop all misfortune. A wreath of parsley worn on the head prevents (or delays) inebriation.

Passion Flower
Contrary to its name, the passion flower is placed in the house to calm problems and troubles, and to bring peace. Carried, it attracts friends and great popularity. Placed below the pillow it aids in sleep.

The fruit, when eaten, induces love, and so a peach or peach pie served a desired one may help to win his or her heart. Branches of the peach tree are used to drive off evil spirits in China, and also to root out illnesses. Children in China wear a peach pit suspended about the neck to keep demons away. Carrying a bit of peach wood will increase one's life span and may even lead to immortality. The Japanese use the peach to increase fertility, and branches of the tree are utilized as divining and magical wands

Pennyroyal placed in the shoe prevents weariness during travel and strengthens the body in general. When worn it acts against the evil eye and aids in making business deals. When given to quarreling couples it will cause them to cease their fighting, and so pennyroyal is an herb of peace. it is also carried on board ships to prevent seasickness -

Peppermint has long been used in healing and purification spells. Its presence raises the vibrations of an area. Smelled, it compels one toward sleep, and placed beneath the pillow it sometimes offers one glimpses of the future in dreams. It is rubbed against furniture, walls and floorboards to cleanse them of evil and negativity. Pliny stated that peppermint excites love, and so can be added to this type of mixture.

A powerful magical herb, periwinkle should be gathered according to strict procedures before it is of any efficacy in magic. It is to be gathered when one is 'clean of every uncleanness' when the Moon is one night old, nine nights old, eleven nights old or thirteen nights old, and the following incantation should be uttered while plucking the plant: I pray thee, vinca pervinca, thee that art to be had for thy many useful qualities, that thou come to me glad blossoming with thy mainfulness, that thou outfit me so that I be shielded and prosperous and undamaged by poisons and water. After this the plant is carried to obtain grace, to attract money, and to protect against snakes, poison, wild beasts, terror, the evil eye and spirits. It is, placed over the door to protect the home. Periwinkle is utilized in love and is thought to increase one's passions when carried or sprinkled under the bed. When gazed upon it restores lost memories.

Bind the plantain with red wool to the head to cure headaches, and place beneath the feet to remove weariness. Plaintain is also hung in the car to guard against the intrusion of evil spirits. A piece of the root in the pocket protects "its bearer from snakebites

Prickly Ash
Use the fruits of the prickly ash as a perfume to attract love.

Quassia is used in love mixtures, both to draw and to maintain love. The powdered wood is used in incense bases. .

Red Raspberry
The brambles (branches) of red raspberry are hung up at doors and windows for protection. This is also done when a death has occurred, so that flu spirit won't reenter the house once it has left. Raspberry is served as a love inducing food, and the leaves are carried by pregnant women to alleviate the pain of pregnancy and childbirth.

Wear a piece of rhubarb root around the neck on a string to protect against pains in the stomach. Rhubarb pie served to a mate helps to maintain his or her fidelity. .

Rosemary, when burned, emits powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations, and so is smoldered to rid a place of negativity, especially prior to performing magic. It is one of the oldest incenses. When placed beneath the pillow rosemary ensures a good sleep and drives away nightmares. Laid under the bed it protects the sleeper from all harms. Rosemary is also hung on the porch and doorposts to keep thieves from the house and is carried to remain healthy. Placed in the bath it purifies. A chaplet of rosemary, worn, aids the memory, while the wood, smelled often, preserves youthfulness. To ensure the latter add a rosemary infusion to the bath water. Rosemary has long been used in love and lust incenses and other mixtures, and healing poppets are stuffed with rosemary to take advantage of its curative vibrations. Rosemary infusion is used to wash the hands before healing work, and the leaves mixed with juniper berries are burned in sickrooms to promote healing. If you wish to receive knowledge or the answer to a question, burn rosemary on charcoal and smell its smoke - Rosemary is also grown to attract elves, and the powdered leaves wrapped in linen cloth and bound to the right arm dispel depression and make the emotions light and merry. Rosemary is generally used as a substitute for frankincense.

Rue leaves placed on the head relieve headaches. Worn around the neck rue aids in recuperation from illnesses and also wards off future problems. Rue is added to healing poppets. Fresh rue, sniffed, clears trouble in love matters and also improves processes. Rue added to baths breaks hexes and curses that may have been cast upon you, and it is also added to exorcism incenses and mixtures. The fresh leaves rubbed on the boards of your house sends back any ill spell against you. The Romans ate rue preservative against the evil eye, and it was also carried to guard the bear poisons, werewolves, and all manner of ills.

The infusion, drunk, enables you to foresee the future, and simply ingesting saffron dispels melancholy. In fact, one early author warns against eating too much saffron lest one should 'die of excessive joy'! Saffron in the home keeps lizards from venturing in, and wearing a chaplet of saffron will protect you from inebriation. Sheets were rinsed with a saffron infusion in Ireland so that the arms and legs would be strengthened during sleep, and the ancient Persians utilized saffron to raise the wind.

Sage has been utilized to ensure a long life-sometimes- even immortality. This is done by eating some of the plant every day, or at least in May, for: Sage is carried to promote wisdom, He who would live for aye Must eat sage in May. and the leaves are used in countless healing and money spells. To guard you against contracting the dreaded evil eye wear a small horn filled with sage. There are a few curious gardening tips concerning sage: first, it is bad luck to plant sage in your own garden; A stranger should be found to do the work; Second, a full bed of sage brings ill I so ensure that some other plant shares plot. Incidentally, toads love sage.

St. Johnswort
Worn, St. John's Wort wards off fevers and colds, makes soldiers invincible, and attracts love. If it is gathered on Midsummer or on a Friday and worn it will keep mental illness at hay and will also cure melancholy. When placed in a jar and hung by a window, St. John's Wort protects against thunderbolts, fire and evil spirits. Both flowers and leaves are used for this purpose. It is also dried over the Midsummer fires and hung near the window to keep ghosts, necromancers and other evil doers from the house, and is burned to banish spirits and demons. Any part of the herb placed beneath the pillow allows unmarried women to dream of their future husbands. Use in rituals or carry to detect other magicians; at one time it was held to the mouth of accused Witches to attempt to force them to confess.

Sarsaparilla is mixed with cinnamon and sandalwood powder and sprinkled around the premises to draw money. It is also utilized in love spells.

Sassafras is placed in the purse or wallet to attract money, or is burned for this purpose. It is also added to sachets and spells designed to aid healing.

Scullcap is used in spells of relaxation and peace. A woman who wears Scullcap protects her husband against the charms of other women.

Magical Uses: Use Senna in love spells.

Slippery Elm
Burn Slippery elm and throw the fire a knotted yellow cord or thread. Any gossip against you will. Slippery elm bark worn about a neck will give it a persuasive use when fully grown.

Spearmint is used in all healing applications, especially in aiding lung diseases. Smelled, spearmint increases and sharpens mental powers. For protection while asleep.

Spikenard worn around the neck brings good luck and wards off disease

Burn the root to develop psychic If you have lost something, burn stillengia and follow the smoke to its hiding place.

Strawberries are served as a love food, and the leaves are carried for luck. Pregnant women may wish to carry a small packet of strawberry leaves to ease their pregnancy pains.

Thyme is burned to attract good health and is also worn for this purpose. It is also used in healing spells. Placed beneath the pillow, it ensures restful sleep and a pleasant lack of nightmares. Worn, thyme aids in developing psychic powers, and women who wear a sprig of thyme in the hair make themselves irresistible. Thyme is also a purificatory herb; the Greeks burned it in their temples to purify them and so thyme is often burned prior to magical rituals to cleanse the area. In spring a magical cleansing bath composed of marjoram and thyme is taken to ensure all the sorrows and ills of the past are removed from the person. Thyme is also carried and smelled to give courage and energy. If you wear it you will be able to see fairies.

Uva Ursi
Add to sachets designed to increase psychic powers.

The rather ill smelling root, powdered, is used in protective sachets, hung in the home to guard it against lightning, and placed in pillows to aid in falling asleep. .

VIOLET (Viola odorata) When the flowers are carried they offer protection and bring changes in luck and fortune. Mixed with lavender, they are a powerful Jove stimulant and also arouse lust. If you gather the first Violet in the spring dearest wish will be granted. Ancient Greeks wore the violet to induce sleep.

Willow leaves are carried or used in mixtures to attract love, and the wood is used to fashion magical wands dedicated to Moon Magic. If you wish to know if you will be married in the new year, on New Year's Eve throw your shoe or boot into a willow tree. If it doesn't catch and stay in the branches the first time, you have eight more tries. If you succeed in trapping your shoe in the tree you will be wed within 12 months-but you'll also have to shake or climb the tree to retrieve your shoe. All parts of the willow guard against evil and can be carried or placed in the home for this purpose. Knock on a willow tree ('knock on wood') to avert evil. The leaves, bark and wood of the willow are also utilized in healing spells. If you wish to conjure spirits, mix crushed willow bark with sandalwood and burn at the waning Moon outdoors. Magical brooms, especially Witch' brooms, are traditionally bound with willow branch.

Wintergreen is placed in children's pillows to protect them and grant them good fortune throughout their lives. When sprinkled in the home it removes hexes and cures, especially when mixed with mint. Wintergreen is also utilized in healing spells, and when fresh sprigs are placed on the altar they call good spirits to witness and aid your magic.

Witch Hazel
Witch hazel has long been used to fashion divining rods, hence the common name. The bark and twigs are also used to protect against evil influences. If carried, witch hazel helps to mend a broken heart and cool the passions.

Wormwood is burned in incenses designed to aid in developing psychic powers, and is also worn for this purpose. Carried, wormwood protects not only against bewitchment, but also from the bite of sea serpents. Also, according to ancient traditions, it counteracts the effects of poisoning by hemlock and toadstools, but 1 wouldn't bet my life on its effectiveness in this area. Hung from the rear-view mirror wormwood protects the vehicle from accidents on treacherous roads. Wormwood is also sometimes used in love infusions, probably because it was once made into an alcoholic beverage called absinthe. This highly addictive and dangerous liqueur is now outlawed or banned in many countries, but the reputation lingers and wormwood is still used in love mixtures. One such use is to place it under the bed to draw a loved one. Wormwood is also burned to summon spirits. It is sometimes mixed with sandalwood for this purpose. If burned in graveyards the spirits of the dead will rise and speak, according to old grimoires.

When worn, yarrow protects the wearer, and when held in the hand, it stops all fear and grants courage - A bunch of dried yarrow hung over the bed or yarrow used in wedding decorations ensures a love lasting at least seven years. Yarrow is also used in love spells. Carrying yarrow not only brings love but it also attracts friends and distant relations you wish to contact. It draws the attention of those you most want to see. The flowers are made into an infusion and the resulting tea is drunk to improve psychic powers.

Yerba Santa
Yerba Santa is carried to improve or to attain beauty, and the infusion is added to baths for the same reason. The leaves are added to healing incenses and are worn around the neck to ward off illnesses and wounds. It is also carried for spiritual strength, to increase psychic powers and to protect the bearer.

A hoop or loop of twisted yucca fibers will transmute a person into an animal if he or she jumps through it, according to American Indian magic. An-other method instructs the magician to place a small wreath of yucca fibers on his or her head. This allows the person to assume any form desired. A cross of yucca fibers twisted together and placed on the hearth protects the house from evil. Suds made from the yucca plant are used in purifying the body before magic. If a spell to remove curses or illnesses is performed, repeat the yucca-suds bath afterward to ensure that all traces of the evil or sicknesses are removed.
Your Herbal First Aide Kit

Below is a list of preparations you will find effective in treating and
soothing everyday ailments. Keep them on hand and use them for your First Aid Herbal Approach

Lavender Essential Oil
Sinus headaches. Rub 2 drops of lavender into the forehead. Mix together - 3 drops of lavender essential oil into 1 tsp. of olive oil. Massage temples and neck to relieve headaches.

Draws pus out of wounds. Use as cough reliever. Mix 2 Tbs. lemon juice and 2 Tbs. honey in a small container. Sip slowly. Honey is also a natural
antibiotic, and it truly does work to heal minor cuts. Is also good taken
plain for sore throats and colds.

Aloe Vera
Soothes minor burns and sunburn.

Used to rid the body of infection. Rub on corns and acne. Take two cloves of garlic and slice add a 1/2 cup of honey let sit for 4 hours, take sliced garlic out and take a teaspoonful for coughs and sore throats.

Tea Tree Oil
Antiseptic and anti-fungal oil. Great for cold sores. This is great to use for yeast infections. Put a few drops into a douche of warm water and use 2-3 times a day for a couple of days. Also good in shampoos to keep lice out of your school child's hair. A drop of tea tree and a drop of lavender oil and
1 tablespoonful of olive oil works great on pimple break outs.

Ginger Tea
Ease travel sickness or an upset stomach. Make a cup of tea with ground ginger
or grated ginger root. Ginger also makes a wonderful bath for sick children and adults. Just put about a tsp. of ginger in a tepid bath and then soak. This helps congestion, as well as upset tummies.

Take 2 capsules daily to ward off a cold during the cold flu season. (*And don't forget Vitamin C and zinc with this to really zap a cold.)

Witch Hazel
Use to clean cuts. 1 part witch hazel 4 parts water. This is also a fabulous bruise healer. Soak a cotton pad in witch hazel and apply the pad to the area for as long as you can keep it on there. Witch hazel is also a great toner for the skin.

Chamomile and Lavender
Use dried herbs or tea bags. Chamomile tea: soothes nerves, insomnia and digestive problems. Lavender: relieves headaches, migraines, stress, reduces painful swelling. Both herbs can be infused and use as a skin tonic. 2 cups of chamomile tea in a bath will calm restless children, infants and adults.

Herbal tinctures and extracts are the preferred form of medicine as they are assimilated quickly and administered easily. Tincturing also extracts valuable constituents not found in teas since certain active plant properties are only soluble in alcohol. If you dislike the alcohol, you can reduce its presence somewhat by placing the drops in a half cup of hot, boiled water and allowing it to sit for 15 minutes. You can also mix the extract with juice to disguise the taste. To keep things in perspective, it has been said there's more alcohol in a ripe banana than in the suggested dosage of herbal extracts.

Arnica. This external remedy makes a great massage liniment for sore and cramped muscles. It will decrease pain and prevent swelling and bruising associated with torn ligaments, sprains, crushed fingers and toes, and broken bones -- provided the skin is not broken. Arnica works best if applied immediately after an injury and continued every couple hours for the first day.
Cayenne. Five to ten drops diluted in two ounces of water can be used internally for frostbite and hypothermia. It moves the blood from the center of the body to the peripheral areas, warming hands and feet. A couple drops under the tongue will help to revive someone in shock or trauma. Used externally for heavily bleeding lacerations, it will coagulate the blood to stanch the flow (though it stings a mite).
Valerian. As an antispasmodic and painkiller, this herb relieves intestinal and menstrual cramps, headaches and general aches or pains. As a nervine, it will bring sleep to an exhausted person. The dosage range is 30 to 60 drops.
Echinacea. Besides possessing the ability to increase the supply of white blood cells to an infected area, thus boosting the immune system, echinacea is also antibiotic and antibacterial to gram positive bacteria such as strep or staph. It's helpful with fevers, poisoning, or any type of internal infection and has reportedly been used for poisonous insect and snake bites by many native Plains tribes. Echinacea is a good preventative and supportive herb for the onset of the flu or common cold. The dosage ranges from 30 to 60 drops, the higher ranges used for fevers and acute situations. For toothaches, it can be massaged into the surrounding gums and teeth. For poisonous bites, 60 drops every 15 minutes is appropriate.
Grindelia. As an external remedy, grindelia cools and soothes hot, irritated skin rashes, sunburns, itchy insect bites and poison ivy. When taken internally, it helps expel mucus obstruction in the bronchioles and may be useful for some types of asthma and respiratory congestion.
Milk thistle combination. This can include milk thistle, burdock and kelp in equal parts. An alternative to chaparral that acts to leach heavy metals and radiation toxicity from the thyroid, blood, and liver as well as protects the liver against further damage. Good to take before and after dental x-rays and after taking Tylenol or Advil.
Quassia. As an antimicrobial, this herb is traditionally used for bacterial diarrhea, dysentery, and giardia -- a lower gastrointestinal complaint contracted by drinking contaminated water. The standard dose is three to five droppersful every six hours. To treat suspected bad water, add 30 drops to each quart of water.
Syrup of Ipecac. This standard remedy promotes vomiting and should only be used in certain types of poisoning.
Flower rescue remedy. Used for emotional trauma for all ages, flower essences work quickly and effectively on symptoms ranging from hyperventilation to neurosis. Rubbing the drops on the temples and wrists of hysterical children unable to take anything orally will have an immediate calming influence. Extracts will keep their potency for several years if stored in a dark and cool place.

Slippery elm capsules. Used for food poisoning, this powder combines and buffers poisons in the stomach and bowels to decrease toxic absorption. It can soothe mucous membranes and settle an upset stomach.

Ginger root capsules. Use two caps for motion and morning sickness. It's also effective for nausea caused by flu or bad food.

Marshmallow- peppermint oil capsules. This is an easy-to-make combination of four parts marshmallow powder to one part peppermint oil. The powder in this formula is basically a vehicle for the peppermint oil to reach the small intestines without dissolving in the stomach. The capsules reduce intestinal cramping that can accompany any gastrointestinal tract infection.

For children not able to swallow capsules, you can dissolve the contents in four cups of juice or sweetened water.

Poultice combination powder. This should consist of at least one antibacterial herb, one antifungal, an emollient, and an astringent. A possible combination can contain equal parts gentian, myrrh gum, goldenseal, and marshmallow. This powder can be stored in a zip-lock plastic bag and makes a nice dust for sore feet, lacerations (it will stop excess bleeding), diaper rash, infections, insect bites, or inflamed eyes (it is cooling and soothing). A tea of these herbs can be used externally as a wash. For foreign objects in the eye, make a paste by adding water to the mix and bandage it over the closed eyelid to draw the object out and soothe the eye simultaneously.

Peppermint. A little on the temples can help you stay awake and a few drops in water will settle an upset stomach.

Tea tree oil. Called a "first aid kit in a bottle," tea tree (Melaleuca leucadendron) oil has strong antifungal and antibiotic properties with antiseptic abilities. It can be used for fungal infections, pus-filled wounds or burns, cold sores, and herpes lesions. For use with earaches and on sensitive skin, dilute with equal parts olive oil. Use sparingly -- tea tree oil goes a long way.

A good all purpose salve is essential. You want one that will draw and shrink swollen tissues, fight bacteria, and soothe compromised tissues. Here is a list of common herbs that fall in each category:

Emollients -- marshmallow, slippery elm, plantain, comfrey, and mullein;
Antimicrobials -- echinacea, goldenseal, yerba mansa, Oregon grape, osha, propolis, myrrh gum, garlic, calendula, chamomile, chaparral, gentian, and usnea;
Astringents -- horsetail, bistort, geranium, rose, alum, yarrow, witch hazel, yellow dock, and St. John's wort.
A combination of one herb from each category is a good disinfectant for anaerobic bacteria and is soothing to epithelial cells. The mixture will also cut down on bleeding and slow the scarring process. It will speed up the healing time and can be used anywhere a salve is needed to coat and protect.

All of the herbal products mentioned are available at most health food stores or by mail order herb businesses (see margin). All of the hardware can be found at your local pharmacy. If you are making your own extracts, start with either fresh or whole plants and cut to near powder yourself. The herb will be more potent. If you are buying your extracts and bulk herbs, look to see that they are either organically grown or ethically wild harvested, which means they were gathered in a conservative, sustainable manner that does no harm to the full survival of the plant species. If this is not written on the label ask your retailer to provide you with documentation as this information should always be available to the customer. Be sure to include dosage information on the bottles as well as in the instruction booklet, which can be nothing more than 3x5 cards that you can cover with see-through packing tape to waterproof and keep clean. The actual kit can be made out of many different things: a cigar box, a gutted cassette case, or something you make out of durable canvas material with a Velcro closure. Keep your first aid kit compact and organized with dividers or see-through nylon mesh so everything can be found quickly.

Using herbal remedies -- either those you prepare yourself or ones that are made by environmentally responsible companies -- is self-empowering. And it's rewarding to know you had a hand in the healing process.

These are the remedies you will reach for most often. All of these items are available in health food stores and here are some recipes you can make yourself. Making herbal remedies yourself is fun, can save your family lots of money and assures you the highest quality.
Mullein Garlic Ear Oil
1/4 cup Mullein Flowers
3 cloves Garlic
Olive oil
Preparation: Chop the garlic into small pieces. Place the garlic and mullein flowers in a small glass jar with a lid. Cover the mullein flowers with olive oil and allow to set in the sun for several days, or heat over very low heat for 4 hours. If you are using fresh mullein flowers, cover your jar with cheesecloth rather than a lid to allow moisture to escape. Strain the oil through cheesecloth and store your oil in a small dropper bottle in the refrigerator.

To use warm the oil to body temperature by placing the bottle of oil in a glass of hot water for a few minutes. Insert 2-3 drops in the affected ear 2-3 times per day.

If there is fluid oozing from the ear or any chance that the ear drum is perforated do not use the ear oil

Herbal Salve
1 part St. John's Wort
1 part Calendula
1 part Comfrey leaf
1 part Plantain
Olive Oil
Vitamin E

Great all purpose salve. Use for insect bites, itching, wounds, burns and on fungal infections.

To begin your salve, measure the desired amount of herbs into an enamel or stainless steel pan, or into a crock pot.

Cover the herbs with oil. Use enough oil to cover the herbs plus another inch of oil above the level of herbs.

Heat the herbs and oil over a low heat for several hours ( about 3 hours). If you are using roots you should heat the oil longer( about 5 hours). I strongly encourage you to use a crock pot for heating your oil because it operates at a controlled low temperature which is less likely to be a fire hazard. If you don't use a crock pot then use a double boiler.

After heating, cool your oil for awhile. Set up a strainer lined with cheesecloth then pour the oil through to strain. When most of the oil has filtered through the cheesecloth, pick up the cheesecloth, keeping the herbs enclosed, and squeeze as much oil as possible from the herbs and cloth.

Add beeswax to the oil and heat it until all the wax is melted. To test to see if your salve is hard enough, put some on a spoon and set it in a cool place for a few minutes. If your salve is too soft, add more beeswax.

If you are using essential oils or Vitamin E you can blend them in now. Finally, pour your salve into containers and label.

Note - If 1 part equals 1/3 cup then you will need 12 - 14 ounces of oil and about 1 ounce of beeswax.

Usnea Tincture
1 ounce Usnea barbata
1 cup 100 proof vodka
To make an alcohol tincture you will need the herb, 100 proof grain alcohol and a labeled glass jar. Do not use isopropyl rubbing alcohol which is very toxic when ingested!

Place the chopped herbs in a glass jar and cover with alcohol plus another inch of alcohol above the level of the herbs. Shake the mixture well to bring the alcohol into to contact with all surfaces of the herb. Label the jar with the contents and the date. Shake your tincture everyday throughout the next six weeks. Strain and use as needed.

Usnea is best extracted in alcohol as some constituents are not soluble in glycerin. If you don't wish to consume alcohol it is possible to put the required dosage into a cup with an few ounces of boiling water. The heat will cause the alcohol to evaporate leaving the therapeutic qualities of the herb in the water.

Echinacea Glycerite
2 ounces Echinacea purpurea root
4 ounces pure vegetable glycerin
2 ounces distilled water
Follow the same basic instructions for making the alcohol tincture substituting glycerin for alcohol. To make a glycerin tincture you can cover your herbs with 3/4 part glycerin with 1/4 part water.

Glycerin is very sweet and will dissolve mucilage, vitamins and minerals. It will not dissolve the resinous or oily properties of herbs very well. Because glycerin is sweet it is an excellent choice for children's remedies. Make glycerin tinctures in small amounts because it will not last as long as an alcohol tincture, about 1 to 3 years. Be sure to use 100 % vegetable glycerin.

Dosages for Children
Dosages for children are not provided in most herbals. To determine the correct dose you need to consider the size of the child, the ailment, the power of the herb you intend to use, and the adult dosage.
Clark's Rule for determining dosages divides the weight of the child by 150 to give the approximate fraction of the adult dose. Dosage for a 40 lb. child: 40 /150 = .26 or approx. 1/4 the adult dose.

The information in this article should not replace the advice of your medical Doctor.
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Wild Herbs for Practical and Magical Purposes

Certain plants of the commonest sort may be of great use in the procuring of both physical and spiritual benefits. It would be superfluous to treat at length here those cultivated herbs all gardeners know, powerful though they be for tonics and teas; yet those other plants, the lowly stalks many ignore by the path or roadside, or from which they idly strip the leaves with no thought of what treasures they cast down, may serve the Wise most faithfully.

Cherish then those leaves, flowers, or other parts that are healthful, and pluck them at their height, to be dried and brewed as teas, or otherwise used as will be directed. Those that are of value in their spiritual aspects may be prepared and duly fashioned into charms, and kept carefully, as will be described.

Here follow some whose virtues are undeniable, yet too little honored by most persons (who surely ever have need of them).

* The yellow Avens, called also Geum, has a modest flower which yet produces pertinacious hooked seeds. Take then its manner as a pattern, and bind twenty-two of these seeds in a small bag of gauze, to call forth strength of purpose from even the most malleable of natures.

* The leaves of the Bayberry will produce a vigorous tea, of healthful flavor and inspiriting vapor, good to be taken by those who require renewal in the midst of misfortune. The silver frosted berries may be boiled a while in rainwater and the freed wax then skimmed off the surface. This wax mixed with a pure oil will make a balm of value for soothing the skin, and hence the mind.

* Bedstraw, its stalks starred along their length by radiating leaves, should be laid beneath the pillow, secretly, to strengthen a failing marriage.

* The Bindweed, unwrapped from some other plant to which it clings, may be thrice knotted and thus kept to assure the fidelity of a lover. If it should break at all in the knotting, it must be cast away and another strand of the weed gathered. Yet if three strands should thus break, it shall be a sign
that this lover is weak and unworthy of your attentions.

* The Black Mustard, a plant of great vigor, may be dried and worn in a bag about the neck for safety from illness and misadventure. It shall also be of value when held in the hand during an eclipse of the Sun, assuring that no evil influence may enter into one upon whom the Moon's shadow falls.

* Burrs of the Burdock, packed in a wooden box, must inspire honesty in one
to whom they are given. There is also another use that shall be shown later in this book.

* The Buttercup, its blossoms filled to overflowing with the Sun's benisons,
shall confer a harmony as of milk and honey upon the household where a bunch
is hung over the doorway, and the falling petals allowed to remain for a week upon the threshold.

* Use the golden sap of the Celandine as a powerful ink, especially for charmed inscriptions upon parchment or fine leather.

* The lowly Chickweed, flowering like small stars tangled in the meadow grasses, may yield a tea of noble nourishment; also let it be wound into a garland and hung about the neck to attract the favors of the Heavens.

* Cut ten strong stalks of blue-flowered Chicory with a sharp knife and bind them about from top to bottom with a cord. This wand should then be given to one who is ill that he may be strengthened in blood, flesh, and bone.

* All Cinquefoils assist the works of magic. Sprigs thick-leaved should he held in the hand for some moments before the inception of any spiritual task, and likewise after such an undertaking is completed.

* The Daisy is named Flower of the White Sun, and all endeavors of high virtue may be better accomplished by its influence. Where this plant blooms, you shall walk about it thrice and name it as it is named here. Take away a single flower, from which the petals should then be plucked and pressed in a white paper. Thereafter swallow one petal each day, again naming the name, until all shall be consumed and your own pure fire thereby strengthened.

* Collect some white sap from stalks of the Dandelion, and mix it with a little cow's milk as a bitter potion-this to be performed and taken when you would chasten greed and pride, lest these faults lead you from the ways of truth.

* The Fringed Loosestrife shall yield inner peace to one who gathers it from the roadside and wears it on the breast for seven days.

* Goatsbeard, combining powers of the Sun and Moon, as its head is first gold-rayed and then silverglobed, should be plucked in both guises and the stems' juices pressed upon your palms. Thus shall the right hand and the left hand both serve you well.

* Ground Ivy, called also Gill-over-the- Ground, may be brewed into a bitter tea and sipped, to overcome weakness and timidity. Strewn about the floors of the house, these leaves will promote serenity and benign dreams.

* The Heal-All, also called SelfHeal, is in all its parts most fervent as a favorable charm. Dried, tied up in a bag of purple silk and hung on a cord about the neck, it will soothe the stomach, clear the consciousness, enliven the eye, and guard the hand from hesitation. Treat this good herb with esteem and it shall not fail.

* The Jewelweed, also called Touch-Me-Not, and also Orange Balsam, provides a most excellent lotion for afflictions of the skin, particularly ivy poisoning. Crush the whole plant and press its juices upon the malady, then bind on a good number of the leaves, bruised, as a poultice. This should be left in place from dawn to dawn.

* Beware the powerful Jimsonweed, an ancient poison. Shun its touch, yet wearing a glove uproot it and carry it to the rat's tunnel. Forthwith thrust it in, and drive it deep below with an iron rod or stake. This should then be repeated with further stalks until the space is filled, which will thus be of great efficacy in driving away the thieving vermin.

* Take berried branches of the juniper at the Winter Solstice and hang them over your doorway for thirteen days. Then take them down and pluck the berries therefrom, saving these in a small box, in honor of life renewed. Keep them well all the year, until the Winter Solstice comes again, when they should be solemnly burned and the same gathering of branches performed anew.

* The elegant Lady's Thumb, as it grows perfect and chaste in the worst of waste places, shall be plucked and kept for a charm against all foulness and corruption.

* Lady's Sorrel, called also Sourgrass, may well be eaten as it grows, for health and a clear intelligence, or else be brewed into a broth, with a little salt added, to the same end.

* The May Apple, called also False Mandrake, may be used for the same purposes of sorcery as the true and deadly Mandrake or Mandragora. While its fruit is benign, it serves also magically, whereby it should be dried and pierced with spines of the Hawthorn as an object of spite. The root is a source of poison, and may be employed in a dire charm later prescribed
within this book.

* The fragrant Melilot, called also Sweet Clover, both white and yellow varieties, should be gathered in great bunches when it flowers, and hung upon the walls of every chamber in your house. Thus will its scent prove a benison to you for many months thereafter.

* When the Milkweed buds and blooms along the dusty roadside, its emanations are as of the costliest perfume; yet who, passing by, shall think to savor it? Gather then an immense bouquet, and set it soon in water within your house. This attention shall be rewarded by such sweetening of the air that all evil shall be driven from your spirit, and you shall be thus blessed as
long as the fragrance shall last.

* The clever Mistletoe, of berries white and leaves substantial, shall render powerless your staunchest enemy if you will keep it hung above your bed; and later in this book a further charm shall yet be told.

* A stiff sprig of Motherwort, rough with leaves, ripe-seeded and sharp- husked, should be carried to the place where a woman lies in labor. Its keen barbs are scratched lightly upon each of her palms; two leaves are laid upon her brow, and a leaf given her in either hand to grasp. Thus shall she be succored by the Earth, who stands Midwife of midwives to all life.

* Pound well in a mortar the fresh leaves of Mullein, and make of them a poultice for infections, warts, and rashes of the skin. These woolly leaves, whole, may be used in charms attracting fertility and prosperity to those whose lands grow dry and barren.

* A few seeds of Peppergrass should be chewed to cure the headache. They may also be used as a charm for wealth.

* Pluck up the lowly Pineapple Weed by its poor roots, and crush it in the hands; such fruitful fragrance shall thereby be liberated as shall renew forgotten hope and expectation, and inspire the hands to strengthened works.

* The Plantain of common growth, its hardy spike arising from broad leaves, shall, when decocted to a lotion with rain water, and rubbed upon the skin, invigorate the whole flesh to a condition of redemption, and the senses to a state of exhaltation.

* Gather the spiked leaves of Prickly Lettuce and dry them well, then crush them, and they may be burned as an incense to renew the senses and heal the
wounded spirit.

* Brew the young leaves of Queen Anne's Lace (taking care that it be indeed this herb itself, and not one of those, as the notorious Hemlock, that resembles it but yields an extreme poison) and thus produce a tea of very healthful flavor and properties. The petals of the dried blossoms, scattered throughout the house, shall work a beneficial influence on all who live therein.

* Those who suffer in summer from the pollen of Ragweed should take the plant before it flowers, break it small, and pound these fragments to a dust. A pinch of this powder placed, on each of seven mornings, upon the left palm, while the word laedo is uttered, shall serve to weaken the plant's powers over the afflicted.

* St. Johnswort, an herb of ancient repute, may simply be carried in the pocket as a powerful charm against all evil. Otherwise it is useful as a beneficial bath, if the leaves and flowers are infused in a tub full of water and the whole body immersed therein.

* The Sandbur, called also Sand Spur, whose hurtful spines will sting the careless foot, may yet bring an assuagement of pain to the grieving and heartsore. Wrap three of these burrs in a lock of lamb's wool and keep these in a small bag of leather hung about the neck, for the length of three lunar months. So shall the viper sorrow be vanquished.

* Scrub the teeth with a split twig of Sassafras for cleanliness of the mouth and facility of speech. Flatten three of its lobed leaves within a book, and later hang them in your window against the works of evil wizards; boil its twigs in water to produce a lotion of benefit to the skin. In all ways this plant shall be of service to you and further your well-being.

* The Stinging Nettle, which must in wisdom be avoided for its malevolent
properties, yet shall yield a nutritious tea if the leaves are plucked young (by hands safeguarded in gloves the while). Also it may work a fitting revenge upon one who has betrayed you, if a box full of the stems, these wrapped in gaudy paper, be sent to the offender secretly at the waxing of the Moon.

* The Sunflower, whether growing wild or boldly planted in the garden, may bestow great strength upon all who attend it. Let one plant be observed from day to day, and when its fire shall cool, its growth cease, and its seed be firm, cut the bowed head off with a hand's length of stalk remaining. Tie this tightly with a cord, and thus suspend it from a hook fixed to a ceiling
within your house, that it may hang there all the winter and be well preserved. In the spring take it down, remove the seeds, and plant all but one of these in a great circle surrounding your house. The remaining seed you should then crack open and swallow the kernel thereof, thus to become
one with its Sun-engendered flesh, while you live thereafter encircled by the new flowers that growyourself the fertile center of their solar influence.

* The purple blooming Thistle, of many forms and sizes, is, like the Stinging Nettle, both vicious and mild. For its best use, take from it the sword-guarded flowers, when in the autumn they shall pale and open to silver silk. Collect this fine floss, and pack it into a small box, to be kept in
readiness thereafter to treat any bleeding wound. Lay it soon, in abundance, upon the place, saying:

Thistledown across thee
Now comfort, stanch, and close thee.

* The Violet, herb of beauty and true love, yields a tea of exquisite azure if the flowers be duly steeped in boiling water. This identical infusion is also to be used in preparing a ceremonial potion which will later in this book be described. Presently the recipe will be given for a charmed
confection made from Violet blossoms.

* Behold the motley Viper's Bugloss, of spired flowers fair to view yet frail, of spiny stems and leaves all pricking and bristling. One blossom from each of seven stalks, to be plucked and pressed dry within a sacred book, then kept in a folded paper over the heart, shall strengthen the immortal spirit.

* The Wild Rose embodies such immutable sweetness and immaculate virtue that a tea made from its petals and given to any malefactor must change his very nature.

* Likewise a dust of rose petals, well dried, pulverized, and mixed with a little powdered Orris root, may be sprinkled in the bed of a contrary lover; so shall it turn love's vagaries to a faithful path again.

* The Woody Nightshade, also called Bittersweet, has not the deadly character of the greater nightshades. Yet take t not for brew or potion, lest its kinship with these others work you harm. Use it, rather, for the comely and passionate appearance of its flowers and berries, as a charmed bouquet, to bestow where you would receive in return the amorous desires of a lover.

* Leaves of the melancholy scented bone-pale Yarrow may serve as an aromatic to revive the fainting senses, or as a tea to slake the thirst of a fevered brain, but best of all as a reminder of mortality. Dried and hung up above the mirror where you most often see your face, it shall remain a chastisement to all ambitious vanities. Yet as Moon without Sun loses her strength, so yarrow's truth is incomplete.

* For the whole of wisdom, you must match it with the solar Goldenrod, gathering both at their height. Set them to dry within an earthen jar, to bloom and shine all winter, and favor you with signs of everlasting life. Thereby shall you be made all-wise, seeing that death, while potent, is not omnipotent.
Valerie Worth
The Crone's Book of Charms & Spells
ISBN 1-56718-811- 7cc -p. 6-19
Egyptian Herbs

EGYPTIAN HERBAL MEDICINE Egyptian medicine was widely respected throughout the ancient Mediterranean world. The earliest written records of its practices are to be found in the Ebers Papyrus, dating from the sixteenth century BC. This is historically of value since in itself, it represents a compilation of earlier works that contain a large number (877) of prescriptions and recipes. Once again we see how many of the plants currently used by herbalists are mentioned, including opium, cannabis, myrrh, frankincense, castor oil, fennel, cassia, senna, thyme, henna, juniper, linseed, aloe and castor oil. Cloves of garlic have been found in Egyptian burials, including the tomb of Tutankhamun and in the sacred underground temple of the bulls at Saqqara. In a somewhat cryptic statement about the pyramid builders by Herodotus (since there are no inscriptions relating to the affairs of mortals involved with this monumental enterprise), it is claimed that to aid endurance, they consumed large quantities of garlic and onions. Garlic was an important healing agent to the ancient Egyptians just as it still is to the modern Egyptian Copts and in all Mediterranean countries. At a later time, Pliny, the Roman, devotes a lengthy section of praise to the use of garlic. Raw garlic was routinely given to asthmatics and for those suffering with other bronchial-pulmonary complaints. Fresh Garlic cloves can be peeled and mashed and macerated in a equal parts vinegar and water. This can be used to gargle, rinse the mouth, or take internally to treat sore throats and toothache. Another delicious way to take garlic both for prevention as well as treatment is to macerate several cloves of mashed garlic in olive oil. This can be used as an external liniment or taken internally for all bronchial and lung complaints including colds. A freshly peeled clove of raw garlic wrapped in muslin or cheesecloth and pinned to the undergarment will protect against infectious diseases such as colds and flus. Besides these, garlic has many more uses when applied externally or internally to relieve pain, promote healing, stimulate digestion, stimulate sexual libido, treat insomnia and to eliminate and prevent parasites. In fact, it has been said that garlic is able to effectively treat all diseases except the ones it causes. If this is a problem, one can use parsley to alleviate the strong smelling breath, or use deodorized or fermented enteric coated garlic products that are currently commercially available. Other herbs used by the Egyptians include:
Coriander (C. Sativum): commonly used by the ancient and modern Egyptians (Copts). It is considered to have cooling, stimulant, carminative and digestive properties. Both the seeds and the plant are used as a spice in cooking to prevent and eliminate flatulence, they are also taken as a tea for stomach and all kinds of urinary complaints including cystitis. Coriander leaves are commonly added fresh to spicy foods to moderate their irritating effects. Coriander was one of the herbs offered to the temple by the king, and seeds were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun and in other ancient burial sites.
Cumin seeds (Cumin cyminum): is an umbelliferous herb indigenous to Egypt. The seeds are considered to be stimulant and carminative. They are often used together with coriander for flavoring (especially in curries together with turmeric). Besides its use as a condiment it has many medicinal uses. Cumin powder mixed with a little wheat flour as a binder, mixed with a little water can be applied to relieve the pain of any aching or arthritic joints. Powdered cumin mixed with lard or pork fat can be inserted as an anal suppository to disperse heat from the anus and stop itching. A teaspoon of powdered cumin seeds mixed with a little honey can be taken along with warm milk to calm a cough.
Cyperus (C. esculentus): this plant belongs to a family that has many species growing through widely diverse areas of the world, the most famous being Egyptian papyrus, which was commonly used as a pulp for the manufacture of paper. There are several small varieties that grow wild as weeds in North America. A Chinese species known as "zhang fu" (C. rotundus) is used as a carminative and energy and hormone regulating herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Currently, the North American cyperus grass is merely regarded as another obnoxious weed, however, historically its small tuberous rhizomes were used both as a food and medicine by the Native Americans. Even today, the Egyptians cultivate a native species of cyperus in moist soils or sandy shores for their edible tubers. These are called "tiger nuts" and are first dried, then soaked in water. Reportedly, the taste is similar to hazelnuts. It was another species, the famous papyrus (C. papyrus), that the Egyptians used to make paper, sails, cloth, mats, ropes or plaited into sandals. I personally learned from a trip to the Peruvian Amazon jungle of a native species of cyperus that has had widespread use by tribal women as a natural contraceptive. Botanist, Dr. James Duke attributes this to a certain mold that grows on the root of the Amazonian species that has oxytoxic (abortive properties) similar to Ergot, a fungus that grows on rye. The Egyptians were also well known for other healing techniques. They practiced various methods of spiritual healing, color healing, massage and surgery as well as the extensive use of therapeutic herbs and foods. One interesting section in the Papyrus Ebers describes several charms and invocations that were used to encourage healing. One is used before taking an herbal remedy as follows: "Come Remedy! Come thou who expellest (evil) things in this my stomach and in these my limbs!" Obviously the ancient Egyptians had no problem utilizing the psychological aspect of healing to best advantage whenever possible The most reknowned figure of Eqyptian healing was Imhotep. Honored as the first physician known by name, he evidently was an Egyptian physician and vizier (prime minister) to King Zoser of the third Egyptian dynasty. His fame was so great that after his death the Egyptians elevated him to the stature of a god and worshipped him for his healing powers. He was the architect of Zoser's step pyramid at Saqqara. This is located a relatively short distance from the more famous great pyramids outside of Cairo. Despite the fact that the older pyramid in Saqqara is in a more advanced state of sandy ruin, its surrounding environs offers proof of a possible open sports and ceremonial arena, once verdant arbors and walkways, small niches for worship and meditation along the fragmented wall that encircles the enclave. It is hard to imagine amidst the sand, that probably in ancient times, before the ravages of erosion from over cultivation, these sacred areas where once fertile and green. At Saqqara, there is evoked a sense of wonder as we conjure images of King Zoser and his chief philosopher and physician, Imhotep, contemplating and holding discourse on the mysteries of the universe. The Egyptians believed that disease and death were neither natural nor inevitable, but was caused by some malign influence which might use any agency, natural or invisible, and very often was part of the spirit world. Often a god, a spirit, or the soul of a dead man was responsible for cunningly entering the psyche of a living person, or blamed for inflicting some irresistible violence or disease. The Egyptian Shaman-physician had two important functions. First, to discover the nature of the particular entity possessing the person and then attack, drive it out, or otherwise destroy it. This was done by some powerful magic for which rituals, spells, incantations, talismans and amulets were used. Physical medicines such as herbs were only expected to assuage the pain while magic alone was expected to effect the cure. The art of divination was first known to be used by the Mesopotamians (now occupying the area roughly encompassed by Iraq) along with the use of astrology to determine the influence of the stellar constellations on human welfare and medical ethics. The contributions of Crete were hygiene, temple medicine and the cult of the serpent deity. The symbol of the serpent was pervasive throughout ancient Mediterranean civilizations. It was positive when associated with healing rites and apparently negative as it is depicted assuming the form of Satan in the first book of Genesis. Egyptian, along with other Mediterranean and Indian medicine was therefore strongly magico-religious even though there were many practical cures and remedies using herbs, minerals and various animal parts. Historically, hygiene (named after the ancient Greek goddess, Hygeia) has been one of the most decisive elements of health and with the ancient Egyptians, a high level of personal and social hygiene was attained. Despite their tendency to worship strange animal headed deities, the Egyptians also tended to deify their outstanding physicians. Thus temples were erected to honor the humanized physician-god, Imhotep. Bronze statues of him have been preserved and found in burial cites as evidence of their deep respect. It is said that the Greeks later identified Imhotep with their own humanized god of healing, Asclepias. As the first historically recorded physician, a statue of Imhotep standing in the Hall of Immortals, is to be found at the International College of Surgeons in Chicago.
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Medicine in ancient Egypt was but one aspect of an advanced civilization. It was not practiced by witch doctors as in primitive tribes, with mixture of magic, herbal remedy, and superstitious beliefs. This was acknowledged by Homer in the Odyssey:
“In Egypt, the men are more skilled in Medicine than any of human kind”. Sovereigns from foreign lands have frequently appealed to pharaohs to send them their physicians. A wall painting in a Thebean grave of the 18th dynasty (1400 BC) depicts “Nebamun”, scribe and physician of the king, receiving a Syrian prince paying him for his services in gifts. According to Herodotus, King Cyrus of Persia has requested Amasis (Ahmose II of the 26th dynasty, 560 BC) to send him the most skilful of all the Egyptian eye-doctors.
Some kind of medicine was already practiced in Egypt in the earliest prehistoric days, (the use of malachite as an eye paint in the Badarian age – around 4000 BC, and the same use of galena in predynastic times). The oldest yet discovered papyrus is the “Kahun Gynecology Papyrus”, dating back to 1825 BC, during the reign of Amnemhat III. It describes methods of diagnosing pregnancy and the sex of the fetus, toothache during pregnancy, diseases of women, as well as feminine drugs, pastes and vaginal applications.
The most famous and elaborate papyri are the “Edwin Smith Papyrus” (1600 BC) and the “Ebers papyrus”, which refers to King Den (1st dynasty, 3000 BC), suggesting a much earlier origin.
The Edwin Smith Papyrus.
“The book of …….. was found in writings under the two feet of Anubis in Letopolis and was brought to the majesty of the king of Upper and Lower Egypt Den.” The Edwin Smith Papyrus is 5 meters long, and is chiefly concerned with surgery. It described 48 surgical cases of wounds of the head, neck, shoulders, breast and chest. Unfortunately, the scribe who copied it did not proceed further from the thorax, and it ended abruptly in the middle of a sentence. The papyrus listed the manifestations, followed by prescriptions to every individual case. It included a vast experience in fractures that can only be acquired at a site where accidents were extremely numerous, as during the building of the pyramids. The Ebers Papyrus is a huge roll of more than 20 meters long and 30 cm wide. It is chiefly an internal medicine reference, as well as diseases of the eye, skin, extremities, gynecology and some surgical diseases. Anatomical and physiological terminology are also included. For treatment of those diseases, 877 recipes and 400 drugs were described.
The human body was believed to be born in a healthy state, and could not fall ill or die except through the influence of a foreign agent. In case of wounds or intestinal worms, that agent was visible and the treatment prescribed was hence rational. As they were not aware of microbiology, internal diseases were thought to be due to an occult force attributed to evil gods, a divine punishment or magical procedures. The physician was obliged to neutralize this evil before turning into actual treatment. Despite such limitation in their knowledge of the causes of diseases, their study of anatomy and physiology was so advanced. No doubt, this was due to their embalming of the dead, when other nations at that time used to burn them. For instance, the process of emptying the skull through the nostrils by means of a long hook could have never been devised without a good knowledge of the anatomy of the head and brain. In our modern medicine, many brain surgeries are nowadays performed through this route. They obtained a good knowledge of the meninges, the cerebrospinal fluid, and the twitches and pulsations, and were aware that the brain was the seat of the body control. "If thou examines a man having a gaping wound in his head penetrating to the bone, smashing his skull, and rending open the brain of his skull, thou shouldst palpate his wound. Shouldst thou find that smash which in his skull like those corrugations which form in molten copper, and something therein throbbing and fluttering under thy fingers, like the weak place of an infant's crown before it becomes whole- when it has happened there is no throbbing and fluttering under thy fingers until the brain of his skull is rent open and he discharges blood from both his nostrils, and he suffers with stiffness in his neck." The Ebers Papyrus describes the position of the heart precisely, and illustrates some of its disorders, as dropped beats. Egyptian physicians recognized the heart as the source of blood vessels. They were aware that the blood vessels were hollow, having a mouth which opens to absorb medications, eliminate waste elements, distribute air and body secretions and excretions, in a confusion between blood vessels and other passages, as ureters. The physiology of blood circulation was demonstrated in the Edwin Smith Papyrus, together with the its relation to the heart, as well as awareness of the importance of the pulse. “It is there that the heart speaks”, and “It is there that every physician and every priest of Sekhmet places his fingers …….… he feels something from the heart”.
They also knew that blood supply runs from the heart to all organs of the body.
“There are vessels in him for every part of the body”. “It speaks forth in the vessels of every body part”.
However, their inability to distinguish between blood vessels, nerves, tendons and channels has limited their full understanding of the physiology of circulation.
The first treatise in the book of the heart at the Ebers papyrus is entitled “Beginning of the secret of the physician”. Probably the examination of the pulse was one of the secret teachings they refrained from passing to Greek visitors later, and hence has not developed in our modern medicine. The process of examination follows in the same steps we follow in our modern medical practice. Interrogation of the patient as a first step was shown in the Edwin Smith Papyrus
“If thou ask of him concerning his malady and he speaks not to thee”.
This is followed by our classical steps, inspection, palpation the percussion of the body and diseased organs.
“Thou shouldst inspect his wound”, and “his eyebrows are drown, while his face is as if he wept”.
Inspection also included the body discharges as urine, stools, sputum and blood.
Equally to palpation of the pulse, were those of the abdomen, fractures (for crepitus) and tumors.
“You should put your finger on it, you should then palpate his belly”. Tumors were well differentiated. An aneurysm was described as a hemispherical tumor of the vessel, which increases in volume beneath the fingers at each pulsation. It ceases to throb if one exerts pressure with the finger in the direction of the “current”. A skill practiced nowadays by physicians. An inguinal hernia was described as a tumor above the genitalia, which appears on coughing, and could be restored by heat application.
“If thou examinst a swelling of the covering of his belly’s horns above his pudenda (sex organs) then thou shalt place thy finger on it and examine his belly and knock on the fingers (percuss) if thou examinst his that has come out and has arisen by his cough. Then thou shalt say concerning it: it is a swelling of the covering of his belly. It is a disease which I will treat”. That impulse on cough is the first manifestation of a hernia in modern surgical teachings. Heat application is one of the methods to reduce a strangulated hernia. The mummy of Meren-Ptah (19th dynasty) shows a sign of an open wound resulting from surgical interference. The ancient physician also knew percussion, as the third step in examination modern physicians practice.
“and examine his belly, and knock on the finger” and “place thy hand on the patient and tap”. Following diagnosis, the decision was in one of three forms: “An ailment which I will treat”, “An ailment which I contend” or “An ailment not to be treated”. In only 3 out of 49 cases discussed in the Smith Papyrus was the verdict hopeless. Simple bed-side diagnostic tests were then performed:
“Say to the patient: ‘Look at thy shoulder, then thy breast, then look upwards and downwards’. If he is not able to do this, he is suffering from a dislocation of the vertebrae of the neck”.
Eye care of the workmen was demonstrated in several papyri and tomb inscriptions. Foreign body removal and treatment of eye inflammations and minor operations were so common. The Ebers Papyrus says: “Another, not to let a hair grow into the eye after it has been pulled out: Terebinth resin … It can not grow again”. Night blindness was cured by roasted and crushed ox liver, which is known to be very rich in vitamin A. Cataract (loss of eye lens transparency) was so named as the Latins thought it was due to a liquid flowing from the brain into the eyes. The Egyptians called it “rise of water”, denoting a same false understanding as Latins did centuries later. It was treated by a mixture of tortoise brain and honey. The first surgery was performed in Alexandria during the Ptolomies’ era (31st dynasty).
Numerous papyri enumerate prescriptions to dental diseases, such as pyorrhea, loose teeth, dental caries and abscesses. Surgically produced holes to drain an abscess under the 1st molar were found in the mandible of a 4th dynasty mummy (2625 - 2510 BC). A loose tooth fixed with a gold wire bridge to a neighboring sound tooth was discovered in another mummy of the same dynasty in Giza. Artificial teeth holding a maxillary bridge by a silver wire was also found in the late period (Greco-Roman) . Tooth extraction, treatment of mouth ulcers and treatment of jaw dislocation were dealt with in the Edwin Smith and Ebers Papyri.
The knowledge of the Egyptian physicians to chemistry was so vast that some would attribute the origin of the word “chemistry” to “Kemet”, the ancient name of Egypt. Drugs of different sources were used. Mineral, as sulfur, antimony and zinc were used especially in eye and skin ointments. Animal products, as ox meat and liver as well as more than 160 plants (many still in use) were used in the form of pills, powders or suppositories (rectal and vaginal). Among the common plants used were senna, sycamore, castor oil, acacia gum, mint and linseed. Yeast was used for indigestion and externally for leg ulcers.
Prescriptions were too far from primitive, almost sticking to the same guidelines physicians apply today. The dosage was adjusted to patient’s age “If it is a big child, he should swallow it like a draught, if he is still in swaddles, it should be rubbed by his nurse in milk and thereafter sucked on 4 days”. The timing of administration was not disregarded in a prescription “… and the eye is painted therewith in the evening, its other half is dried, finely ground, and the eye is painted therewith in the morning”.
The duration of treatment in the Smith Papyrus was considered as “until he recovers”, “until the period of his injury passes by” or “until thou knowst that he has reached decision point”. In the Ebers Papyrus, the duration was more specified. During the pyramid building, workers were given enormous amounts of radish, garlic and onion. Herodotus has mentioned in his second book, Euterpe: “There is an inscription in Egyptian characters on the pyramid which records the quantity of radishes, onions, and garlic consumed by the laborers who constructed it; and I perfectly well remember that the interpreter who read the writing to me said that the money expended in this way was 1600 talents of silver”.Only during the 20th century AD when an antibiotic preparation (Raphanin) has been extracted from radish, and Allicin and Allistatin from garlic and onion. A wise procedure undertaken in such an overcrowded camp. The Egyptians have learned enemas from the Ibis, with its long beak with which it pushes water into its rectum to evacuate the bowel.
Psychiatric diseases had their share in ancient Egyptian medicine. Depression was described as: “fever in the heart”, “dryness of the heart”, “falling of the heart”, “debility of the heart” and “kneeling of the mind”. The heart and mind were synonymous.Hysteric al disorders were described in the Kahun Papyrus as: “the woman painted in her teeth and jaws, she knows not her mouth” and “a woman who loves bed, she does not rise, and does not shake it”.
The treatment was prescribed in the same papyrus, not too different than those applied nowadays. Psychotherapy was also applied by “incubation” or “temple sleep”, were a night was passed in a court of a temple. The temple at the island of Philae (Elephantine) was a center of sleep treatment. Dreams received during that period were interpreted in a psycho-religious way. This was conducted by divine healers, and enhanced by the temple atmosphere and the confidence in the supernatural powers of the deity.
Alternative medical procedures were commonly practiced. Physiotherapy was depicted in a relief tomb in Saqqara showing massaging of a shoulder and a knee. Heliotherapy (exposure to ultraviolet sunrays) was mentioned in Ebers Papyrus for pain relief “To relieve any painful part ……. The body is anointed and exposed to the sun”.The Kalup Papyrus describes treatment by mud and clay “Thou shalt do for it: rub her feet and legs with a mat (mud and clay) until she is well”.
Hydrotherapy (treatment by water) was also practiced. A sanatorium near Dendara temple has chambers equipped with basins. Water was poured over a statue, then flowed down a canal into the basins.
The lay physician was named “swnw” (sunu). The profession was so organized, with the swnw over-ranked by Overseer of physicians (imy-r swnw), Chief physician (wr swnw), Eldest physician (smsw swnw), Inspector of physicians (shd swnw), and finally Overseer of Physicians of Upper and Lower Egypt. Some sunus were scribes, with the ability to to read medical texts, while others were not.Magic physicians also existed, and were named “sau”. In between “swnw” and “sau” were priests of Sekhmet (a lioness-goddess, worshiped in Memphis as a creature of vengeance to punish mankind for his sins) who can inflict death and disease. Her priests used to heal those whom she punished, were medically qualified but not to bear the title “swnw”.
The three types of physicians, with scientific medicine and magical one, coexisted peacefully. There was no specific term to describe a surgeon or veterinary. However, specialty was pushed to the extremity, during the Old Kingdom and Late Period. There had been specialists for the eye, teeth, mouth, stomach pains and physicians of uncertain diseases. The title “Shepherd of the anus of the Pharaoh”, was encountered to men honored to administer enema to the king.
Hesyre was the oldest known physician in history. He was the “Chief of Dentists and Physicians” at the time of King Zoser (3rd dynasty, 2700 - 2625 BC).
Peseshet was the oldest female physician in the world, practicing at the time of the pyramids (4th dynasty). She was titled “Lady Overseer of the Lady Physicians”, and supervised a corps of ladies who were qualified physicians, not midwives. She graduated midwives at the peri-ankh (medical school) of Sais.
Outstanding physicians were deified and worshiped. Temples were erected to to honor Imhotep, the physician and Vizier of King Zoser of the 3rd dynasty. He was an astronomer, architect and the builder of the Stepped Pyramid at Saqqara too. Imhotep was worshiped as the god of Healing and medicine. The Greeks later identified him with their own humanized god of healing, Asclepias. His statue stands today in the Hall of Immortals at the International College of Surgeons in Chicago.
Since the 1st dynasty (3150 – 2925 BC), medical institutes called “peri-ankh” or “houses of life” existed. The most reputable ones where that of Imhotep at Memphis which has gained an international reputation particularly for its library till AD, the one at Sais where midwives were trained and afterwards themselves instructing physicians in the art of obstetrics, and the peri-ankh of Abydos which Ramses IV visited frequently its library. At least four other houses of life were attached to temples at Bubastis, Edfu, Tel-el-Amarna and Kom-Ombo. Apart from being a teaching center, in those house medical books and papyri were written and preserved. The eldest books ever known, “Practical Medicine” and “Anatomical Book” were written by one of the kings of the 1st dynasty. Unfortunately, both were lost. By the Late Period, more specialized books had been written, that Clement of Alexandria (first president of the Christian school at Alexandria in AD 180) have found in its library six books devoted to specific aspects of medicine (anatomy, illnesses, surgical instruments, drugs, eye ailments and gynecology).
A code of ethics was followed, and probably an oath was made by physicians. In the tomb of Nenkh-Sekhmet, Chief of Physicians in the 5th dynasty, was written:“Never did I do anything evil towards any person”. Though these houses of life were under the direct protection of the Pharaoh himself, sometimes they were apt to suffer from royal caprice. The return of Cambyses, the Persian king of the 27th dynasty (525 BC) after military defeat in Upper Egypt, has coincided with the harvest festivals. He thought the Egyptian people were rejoicing his defeat, and in his rage, ordered the schools and temples to be destroyed. His successor, Darius, anxious to win the friendship of the Egyptians once more, ordered his private physician, Usaherresnet, to rebuild the "house of life". The inscription on the statue of Darius referring to this event concludes with these words: "His Majesty did this because he knew the utility of this art, which restores life to all those who are ill".
Sunus were appointed by the state, with medical attention granted for every citizen. During the building of the pyramids, medical services were available at high standards. Methen was the “swnw gereget” or “Colony Physician” appointed for their camp. Employees and workers enjoyed a medical insurance. An interesting text shows a temple employee being hit in his eye during work and was dismissed due to his physical incapacity. He was reinstated after pleading that the accident was a work injury, and demanded that the temple should pay all expenses of his medical care.There was no fixed age for retirement except for physical incapacity. The Papyrus of Anastasi IV shows that workers had the right to claim a pension in case of invalidity. Sick leaves were allowed. A limestone dated the 40th regnal year of Ramses II (19th dynasty, 1240 BC) bears a list of 40 names of absenteeism, with the most frequent cause being illness. The Turin Papyrus informs that neither sick nor broken workers were commanded to lift stones. The working time schedule was fixed to 4 hours in the morning and 4 in the afternoon, with a meal and nap in between to avoid sunstroke.
Medical facilities were available at mines and quarries. The Sinai Stella gives the name of Chief Physician “Ren-ef-Seneb” among the expeditionary crew searching for copper and turquoise. Perhipidje was the Community Physician at Dair-el-Medina. Data regarding military medicine is scarce. An inscript illustrates a man caring for the leg of his fellow in the rear of the battle of Kadesh (1274 BC). Hygienic disciplinary procedures were practiced for army personnel. Egypt was the first country in history to practice the tradition of hair trimming to avoid insect infestation. A tradition still practiced in modern armies.
An Ancient Egyptian Herbal by Lise Manniche
Herbal uses
Note: G/P/E refers to the Gender/Planet/

Element with
which the plant is related. When the information is
not provided, it means that the relationships are
either non-existent or unknown. For each herb, the
Magickal attributes are listed first, then the uses.
Those for which no medicinal uses are know, (such as
Amaranth) list only the Magickal attributes.

ALOE—G/P/E: Feminine, Moon, Water.

Magickal attributes: Beauty, protection, success, and

Uses—Aloe has always been k from the plant or in gel
form for burns, sunburns, and can relieve poison ivy
rash and helps to combat a variety of bacteria that
commonly cause infections in skin wounds. It is well
known for its healing qualities. For treating wounds
and maintaining healthy skin. It may be applied
directly to the skin from the leaf (after peeling off
the spines and one side of the tough outer protective
covering. It is also an excellent additive for soaps
and creams as a conditioner. After using gel from a
leaf the opened leaf will seal itself so you can store
it in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for
future uses.

AMARANTH (Cockscomb)—Magickal attributes: repair a
broken heart.

ANGELICA (Archangelica- Angelica)— G/P/E: Masculine,
Venus, Fire.

Magickal attributes: Protection, Exorcism.

Uses—Grow in the garden as a protection. Carry the
root with you as an amulet. Burn the dried leaves in
exorcism rituals.

ANISE—G/P/E: Masculine, Jupiter or Moon, Air.

Magickal attributes: Protection, purification,
awareness, joy.

Uses—For treating coughs, bronchitis and a stuffy
nose, it loosens bronchial congestion, making it
easier to cough it up and expel it. A good breath
freshener in the morning, and if kept by the bed it
will prevent bad dreams. Also a digestive aid and can
relieve an upset stomach and flatulence when taken as
a tea, and a treatment for colic. Also suggested that
anise may be beneficial to women because certain
chemicals in the plant are chemical cousins to the
female hormone estrogen. Though it is mild, anise may
help to relieve the discomfort of menopause. In
traditional folk medicine it has been used to promote
milk production in nursing mothers. It's recommended
dosage would be 1 teaspoonful of seeds for every cup
of boiling water, steep 10-20 minutes and strain,
drink 3 cups a day for maximum effect. A good general
cleansing bath is made with a handful of anise seeds
and a few bay leaves. A pillow of anise keeps away
nightmares. It is also a good sedative.

BASIL—G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire

Magickal attributes: Protection, love, wealth (if
carried in your wallet), healing relationships,
courage, fertility, and exorcism.

Uses—It is good as a tea for calming the nerves,
settling the stomach, and easing cramps and good for
the bladder. In tincture form, also makes a good hair
rinse for brunettes. An ingredient of the Purification
bath sachet. Add to love sachets and incenses.

BAY—G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire

Magickal attributes: wisdom, protection, and psychic

Uses—DO NOT TAKE INTERNALLY (except when used
well-diluted as a seasoning) Use as a poultice on the
chest for bronchitis and chest colds.

CARAWAY—G/P/E: Masculine, Mercury, Air

Magickal attributes: Protection, Passion

Uses—Add to love sachets and charms to attract a lover
in the more physical aspect. It is also a mild
stimulant for digestion.

CATNIP—G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Water.

Magickal attributes: Cat magic, familiars, joy,
friendship, and love.

Uses—Its flowers and leaves have often been used to
treat colds and insomnia. It lowers fevers, dries up
postnasal drip, gets rid of bad headaches and relieves
sore aching bones due to colds and flu, when taken in
tea form, 2-3 times daily. As incense it may be used
to consecrate Magickal tools.

CHAMOMILE—G/P/ E: Masculine, Sun or Venus, Water.

Magickal attributes: Good as meditation incense, for
centering, peace, sprinkle in your home for
protection, healing, and money.

Uses—Is an excellent herb both internally and
externally for calming. Great for digestion, fevers,
burns, ulcers, anti-inflammatory for wounds, and
sedative for nervous disorders. It is often used to
relieve stomachaches and diarrhea in infants and small
children (always using in diluted form). As a tea,
made of 2 teaspoons of the herb steeped for 5 minutes
in a cup of boiling water, it is a gentle sleep
inducer. Chamomile also makes an excellent insect
repellent, simply splash some tea on face arms and
feet. It is also a good hair rinse for blondes. Plant
chamomile in your garden to be the guardian of the
land, and you will have certain success.

CAYENNE PEPPER—G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire

Magickal attributes: Protection, strength, working
with Salamanders (Fire Elementals)

Uses—An excellent flu fighter. Promotes fast recovery,
stops internal and external bleeding, said to prevent
heart attacks and also helps with depression and
headaches. Also makes a fine liniment, quickly
bringing blood to the surface of the skin, use either
cider vinegar or alcohol as base for the liniment.
Dilute with rose water or distilled water, heating the
vinegar or spirits before using them.

CINNAMON—G/P/ E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magickal attributes: Spiritual quests, augmenting
power, love, success, psychic work, healing,

Uses—It is recommended as a skin astringent and
digestive aid in tea form. Ground, or taken with milk,
good balance after a heavy meal or dessert. Also used
for diarrhea, dysentery or general indigestion. It is
an excellent aromatic and makes a good anointing oil
for any Magickal working.

CLOVE—G/P/E: Masculine, Jupiter or Uranus, Fire.

Magickal attributes: Protection and money; dispel
negativity; incense against gossip; vision, and

Uses—It has a mild antiseptic quality for toothaches
(chew), or in tea form it is an expectorant for colds,
also good foe nausea or vomiting. It is an
antibacterial, antiseptic, and analgesic, which means
that helps prevent disease and infection.

COMFREY—G/P/E: Feminine, Saturn, Water.

Magickal attributes: Safe travel spells, money,

Uses—Has been known to slow bleeding, aid colds, ease
burns. As a poultice or a tea, comfrey may be applied
to bites, sores, rashes, broken bones, and cuts. It is
a good ingredient for lotions to soothe sunburn.

CORIANDER—G/P/ E: Masculine, Mars, Fire.

Magickal attributes: Protection of home, peace, good
in ritual drinks, incenses for longevity and love,

Uses—If added to wine, it makes a serviceable love
potion for 2 consenting parties. Also used in love
sachets and charms.

DANDELION—G/P/ E: Masculine, Jupiter, Air.

Magickal attributes: Divination, welcoming, messages.

Uses—The ground root can act as a coffee substitute,
and the flowers make a lovely wine. A superb cleansing
tonic, and the milky juice is a diuretic, a tonic and
a relief for common stomach problems. Use a handful of
flower tops to 1 pint of boiling water, steep 10
minutes and strain. Drink this several times a day.
Use the milky latex from the stem, rub on a wart
several times daily and soon it’s gone. It is also
good for night blindness.

FENNEL—G/P/E: Masculine, Mercury, Fire.

Magickal attributes: Purification, protection,
healing, and money.

Uses—Sometimes employed as an appetite suppressant and
digestive aid. Used in tea form to expel mucus. Chew
the seeds slowly for get rid of really bad breath, or
use the fluid extract to rub on gums.

GINGER—G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire.

Magickal attributes: Power, success, love, and money

Uses—Acts as an aid to ingestion or colds (tea form).
Also in tea form, good for cramps, to stimulate the
digestive organs, migraines and nausea, external
stiffness. Can be added to the bath as a way to ease
pain and increase circulation, but only use a few
sprinkles, not to much, like cayenne, ginger quickly
brings the blood to the surface of the skin. For pain
you can also soak cloths in ginger tea and apply them
directly to the painful areas. Add in cooking to
detoxify meat, especially chicken. A good healing tea
is made from a pinch of peppermint, a pinch of ginger
and either a pinch of clove powder or 2 bruised
cloves, add 1 cup of hot water and steep.

GINSENG—G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magickal attributes: Love, wishes, beauty, and desire.

Uses—Stimulant, tonic, and agent for prolonged life.
Also a mild pain killer, and improves blood
circulation. Reported to successfully treat asthma,
bronchitis, cancer, flatulence, diabetes, weakness,
fever, coughs and heartburn, and a mild stimulant. In
tea form it helps to relieve stress and moderate heart

GARLIC—G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire.

Magickal attributes: Protection, healing, good
weather, courage, and exorcism.

Uses—Lowers tension, ease colds, and improve
circulation. Garlic vinegar can be used to disinfect
wounds and soothe rheumatic pain and any common pain
(made from one liter of vinegar and ten cloves of
crushed garlic steeped for at least 10 days). Shrinks
warts, relieves pain from teeth and earaches. Good for
high and low blood pressure and removing parasites and
infections. To ease the pain of aching joints, a
toothache or an earache, place a crushed raw bulb of
garlic on a piece of gauze and place over the area of
pain. For joints, try using garlic paste.

LAVENDER—G/P/ E: Masculine, Mercury, Air.

Magickal attributes: Sleep, long life, peace, wishes,
protection, love, and purification.

Uses—Has strong antiseptic qualities. Mild infusions
(3 tablespoons to 6 cups of water) make a good
sedative, headache treatment, and digestive aid. Used
in oil or tincture form to heal cuts, burns or scalds,
bites. This also acts as a tonic and may be used for
colds, chills, and the flu. Lavender is an excellent
aromatic, usually mixing well with other floral
scents. An ingredient in the Purification bath sachet
and also used in purification incenses. Witches throw
it onto the Midsummer fires as a sacrifice to the
ancient Gods. Lavender is a frequent addition to
healing sachets, especially bath mixtures, and is
added to incense to cause sleep. Lavender is a great
antibiotic, antiviral, antidepressant, sedative and
detoxifier. Stimulates the immune system.

LEMON—G/P/E: Feminine, Moon or Neptune, Water.

Magickal attributes: Purification, love, and

Uses—Sweetens breath. Antiseptic, antibacterial and
hypotensive. For chills and sore throat, the juice of
a lemon mixed in a glass of honey and warm water,
taken 3 times daily should help. For nosebleeds, apply
a small piece of cotton, soaked in lemon juice. In
oil form it is used for treating warts, insect bites,
tension headaches, eliminates cellulite, and is an
anti-wrinkle tonic.. Stimulates the digestive system.
Also makes a good skin cleanser, hair rinse for
blondes, and cleaning agent for brass and silver.

LILAC—G/P/E: Feminine, Moon, Water

Magickal attributes: Protection, beauty and love

MARIGOLD—G/P/ E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magickal attributes: Prophesy, legal matters, the
psychic, seeing Magickal creatures, love,
clairvoyance, dreams, business or legal affairs.

Uses—For internal use the flowers are prepared by
infusion and recommended for the flu, fever,
rheumatism, jaundice, and painful menstruation.
Externally, buds are made into compresses for the
treatment of burns. Marigold petal ointment can help
chapped hands and varicose veins, also works wonders
with eczema and inflammation. To ease inflammation,
dip a compress into a strong marigold tea combined
with an equal part of apple cider vinegar. Sprains
can also be helped with marigold petals steeped in
vinegar, or make a lotion with milk. Simmer 12 heads
in 2 cups milk, steep, strain and apply. Also use as
an antiseptic in first aid. Place the flower beneath
the head at night to induce clairvoyant dreams.
Sometimes added to love sachets. It should be gathered
at noon.

MARJORAM—G/P/ E: Masculine, Mercury, Air

Magickal attributes: protection, love, healing.

Uses—Add to all love charms. Give to a grieving person
to bring them happiness.

Mercury or Venus, Air.

Magickal attributes: Money, healing, strength, augment
power, luck, travel.

Uses—Mint in tea form aids upset stomachs, flu, and
can be used to ease hiccups. Inhalation of the leaves
in boiling water is recommended for head colds and
asthma. Mint tea used instead of aspirin is great for
headaches, particularly premenstrual headaches.
Nervous headaches can be relieved if you lie in a dark
room with fresh peppermint leaves on the forehead.
Aids the respiratory and circulatory systems. An
anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic. Ideal for
treating indigestion, flatulence, varicose veins,
headaches, migraines, skin irritations, rheumatism,
toothache, and general fatigue.

MYRRH—G/P/E: Feminine, Jupiter or Moon, Water.

Magickal attributes: Bless objects, lift energy,
spiritual growth, focus.

Uses—Myrrh oil can act as a mosquito repellent, and in
tincture form it is a good treatment for gums.

NETTLE—G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire.

Magickal attributes: To avert danger, protection,

Uses—Use gloves to handle so as to avoid getting
pricked. High in vitamin C and iron and when in tea
form can ease asthma and up your energy levels.

PARSLEY—G/P/E: Masculine, Mercury, Air.

Magickal attributes: Fresh parsley leaves in tea form
are a treatment for cramps, while dried root
decoctions eases urinary infections and arthritis.
Externally, crushed leaves relieve insect bites, and
may be applied in poultice form to sprains.

PINE—G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Air.

Magickal attributes: Attunement to nature, centering,
cleansing, healing, productivity, and purification
against illness.

Uses—Pine buds prepared by decoction act as an
expectorant and antiseptic. This same mixture can be
used for inhalation for head colds, although it is
easier to toss some needles in hot water. Green cones
and needles can be added to bath water to ease muscle
pains and swelling. For magic, pine is best suited
for its aromatic qualities of bringing one back into
balance, and enhancing connection with the natural

POPPY—G/P/E: Female, Moon, Water

Magickal attributes: Fertility, Prosperity

Uses—Use the seeds in prosperity amulets.

ROSE—G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Water.

Magickal attributes: Love, friendship, luck,
protection, psychic power and divination.

Uses—Conserves of roses or rose petals in honey are
often recommended for nausea and sore throats. Roses
are high in vitamin C.

ROSEMARY—G/P/ E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magickal attributes: Improve memory, sleep,
purification, youth, love, power, healing, and
protection. Enhances intellectual activities.

Uses—Promotes healing of wounds, acts as an
antiseptic, and can be a mild stimulant. Good in teas
for treating flu, stress, and headaches or body aches.
Mental and physical booster. In oil form, it is used
for treating muscular sprains, arthritis, rheumatism,
depression, fatigue, memory loss, migraine headaches,
coughs, flu and diabetes. It is an excellent remedy
for acne or cellulite. When the leaves are soaked in
wine for two weeks, small glasses may be taken as a
digestive aid. Oil of rosemary is excellent in hair
conditioners, and the flowers of this herb may be
added to lotion recipes to improve the complexion. Add
to all purification bath sachets, love incenses, and
protection incenses. Make a simple of rosemary and
use it to cleanse the hands before working magic, if
you have no time for a regular ritual bath. Burn
rosemary and juniper as a healing and recuperation

SAGE—G/P/E: Masculine, Jupiter or Venus, Air.

Magickal attributes: Fertility, longevity, wishes,
wisdom, and protection.

Uses—Can be used in an infusion to aid digestion, or
as part of a honey wine to fight colds and fever. When
applied in compresses it can ease many skin
discomforts, including dandruff. If made into cream it
is good for muscular pain, and if dried and smoked
sometimes gives relief to asthma.

THYME—G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Water.

Magickal attributes: Sleep, psychic energy, courage,

Uses—Powerful antiviral, antibiotic, and diuretic
properties. It helps eliminate wastes from the body.
It is used in treating whooping coughs, warts,
rheumatism and acne. A strong antiseptic which when
prepared by infusion is useful for poor digestion,
exhaustion, colds, and infections, and with honey is
an effective treatment for sore throats. Also used in
tea form as a fever breaker, headache reducer and to
be rid of intestinal worms, and can be used as a
mouthwash. It is a great insect repellent. Use both
the leaves and flowers. This tea works best for
headaches when taken cold. Take a Magickal cleansing
bath in the spring of thyme and marjoram (used in tea
form or whole herbs). A pillow stuffed with it cures

VALERIAN—G/P/ E: Feminine, Mercury or Venus, Water.

Magickal attributes: Love, calming, sleep.

Uses—Use the dried, powdered root. Promotes
relaxation while counteracting the effects of
insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, headaches,
premenstrual syndrome and menstrual cramping. For
sleep, before bed take 1 teaspoon of herb to 1 pint of
water and simmer. Also acts as a good substitute for
catnip. Use the fresh herb in spells of love, also to
get fighting couples together. Used in the
Purification bath sachet.

WITCH HAZEL—G/P/E: Masculine, Saturn or Sun, Fire.

Magickal attributes: Protection, chastity, healing the

Uses—In tincture form it is good as a mouth rinse and
to ease hemorrhoids. As a compress, witch hazel can be
applied to insect bites and other skin irritations.

YARROW—G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Water.

Magickal Uses—Courage, love, psychic abilities,

Uses— A very potent healer, it intensifies the
medicinal action of other herbs taken with it. Helps
eliminate toxins (good for colds). Most useful in its
abilities to staunch blood flow. In poultice form, it
is useful against infections and swelling. In magic
there is evidence that yarrow was often used as a
component in incantations. The tea drunk prior to
divination will enhance one's powers of perception (a
touch of peppermint brightens this brew up and always
works better). Also drink the tea to stop arthritis
symptoms such as swelling and inflammation and
generally end all aching, sore muscles, or stiff
joints or back pain. A powerful incense additive for
divination and love spells. Also associated with
weather divination.
The Sacred Herbs of the Gods

Adonis: myrrh, corn, rose, fennel, and lettus, white heather

Aescalapius: bay, mustard

Ajax: delphinium

Anu: tamarisk

Apollo: leek, hyacinth, heliotrope, corneal, bay, frankincense, date
palm, cypress

Attis: pine, almond

Ares: buttercup

Bacchus: grape, ivy, fig, beech, and tamarisk

Baldur: St. John's wort, daisy

Bran: alder, all grains

Cupid: cypress, sugar, and white violet, red rose

Dagda: oak

Dianus: fig

Dionysus: figs, apple, ivy, grape, pine, corn, pomegranate,
toadstools, mushrooms, fennel, all wild and cultivated trees

Dis: cypress

Ea: cedar

Eros: red rose

Gwydion: ash

Helios: oak

Horus: horehound, lotus, and persea

Hypnos: poppy

Jove: pine, cassia, houseleek, carnation, cypress

Jupiter: aloe, agronomy, sage, oak, mullein, acorn, beech, cypress,
houseleek, date palm, violet, gorse, ox-eye daisy, vervain

Kernunnos: heliotrope, bay, sunflower, and oak, orange

Kanaloa: banana

Mars: ash, aloe, dogwood, buttercup, witch grass, and vervain

Mercury: cinnamon, mulberry, and hazel, willow

Mithras: cypress, violet

Neptune: ash, bladderwack, and all seaweed's

Odin: mistletoe, elm, yew, and oak

Osiris: acacia, grape, ivy, tamarisk, cedar, and clover, date palm,
all grains

Pan: fig, pine, reed, oak, fern, and all meadow flowers

Pluto: cypress, mint, and pomegranate

Poseidon: pine, ash, fig, bladderwack, and all seaweed's

Prometheus: fennel

Ra: acacia, frankincense, and myrrh, olive

Saturn: fig, blackberry

Sylvanus: pine

Tammuz: wheat, pomegranate, and all grains

Thoth: almond

Thor: thistle, houseleek, vervain, hazel, ash, birch, rowen, oak,
pomegranate, burdock, beech

Uranus: ash

Woden: ash

Zeus: oak, olive, pine, aloe, parsley, sage, wheat, fig
APHRODITE: olive, cinnamon, daisy, cypress, quince, orris (iris),
apple, myrtle

ARADIA: rue, vervain

ARTEMIS: silver fir, amaranth, cypress, cedar, hazel, myrtle, willow,
daisy, mugwort, date palm.

ASTARTE: alder, pine, cypress, myrtle, juniper

ATHENA: olive, apple

BAST: catnip, vervain

BELLONA: belladonna

BRIGIT: blackberry


CARDEA: hawthorn, bean, arbutus

CERES: willow, wheat, bay, pomegranate, poppy, leek, narcissus

CYBELE: oak, myrrh, pine

DEMETER: wheat, barley, pennyroyal, myrrh, rose, pomegranate, bean,
poppy, all cultivated crops.

DIANA: birch, willow, acacia, wormwood, dittany, hazel, beech, fir,
apple, mugwort, plane, mul-berry, rue


FREYA: cowslip, daisy, primrose, maidenhair, myrrh, strawberry, mistletoe

HATHOR: myrtle, sycamore, grape, mandrake, coriander, rose

HECATE: willow, henbane, aconite, yew, mandrake, cyclamen, mint,
cypress, date palm, sesame, dandelion, garlic, oak, onion.

HEKAT: cypress

HERA: apple, willow, orris, pomegranate, myrrh

HINA: bamboo

HULDA: flax, rose, hellebore, elder

IRENE: olive

IRIS: wormwood, iris

ISHTAR: acacia, juniper, all grains

ISIS: fig, heather, wheat, wormwood, barley, myrrh, rose, palm, lotus,
persea, onion, iris, vervain

JUNO: lily, crocus, ashpodel, quince, pomegranate, vervain, iris,
lettuce, fig, mint

KERRIDWEN: vervain, acorns

MINERVA: olive, mulberry, thistle

NEFER-TUM: lotus

NEPTHYS: myrrh, lily

NUIT: sycamore

OLWEN: apple

PERSEPHONE: parsley, narcissus, willow, pomegranate

RHEA: myrrh, oak

ROWAN: clover, rowan

VENUS: cinnamon, daisy, elder, heather, anemone, apple, poppy, violet,
marjorem, maidenhair fern, carnation, aster, vervain, myrtle, orchid,
cedar, lily, mistletoe, pine, quince

VESTA: oak
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The Magick Pantry

Let me first say that while these are magickal proceedures, they are not
intended to be taken literally.
They are taken purely for their historical
value, hence quite archiac.
With this in mind it is suggested that you keep
an open mind relalizing that perhaps someone did use them at one time.

These posts were written to assist those participating in CrystaLink's
ASTRAL_CHEF and ASTRAL_GARDEN echos, or anyone for that matter that can
benefit from its content.
These were referenced from "The Book of Spells"
by David Norris & Jacquemine Charrott-Lodwidge, with additional references
were by Greg Edwards.

It is intended as a general historical reference which gives those familiar
with a Larder, a touch of past history and what items might have been
Some of the items my not be considered ethically sound, so please
use your own descretion and training to make these decisions for yourself.

Purpose and Directions:

The larder or Magick Pantry must be kept secret and secure.
It is a place
to store all of your magickal herbs and various plants that the magician
needs to rely on in the day to day practice of magick.
It is a perfect
accompinemt for the plants grown in your Magick Garden.

Find a cupboard or recess in the house, preferably one with a solid oak
door. Be careful not to let in too much light. Damp must be kept out.
the door swiftly, put in and take out what is needed and close the door
again. Keep all the herbs separate and in labelled jars.
Rose water and
orange water must be placed in earthenware pots since glass would allow the
light to draw their potency.
Similarly, precious substances such as
Ambergris and Caviare should be stored in boxes of Almond-Wood as this is
the safest of all of the known woods.

To prepare well all spells and magick potions, the vessels, including
mortar and pestle, spoons, and knives should be perfectly clean and in some
cases brand new.
For the more demanding spells the utensils can be used
only once.

More difficult spells or those requiring open cooking, may need the
construction of a tripod of sticks from which to hang the pot.
Keep a
selection of Efficacious Sticks.
Elder, Almond, Oak, Apple, Rowan, Medlar,
Vine, Cypress and Laurel branches can be gathered for this purpose.

For spells promising fertility and youth Hippomanes is needed.
(Of course
this is definately NOT used by all magicians, and therefore I'd suggest
using your own descretion.
) This is the foamy white substance found on the
head of a newly born foal.
The vital parts of a wolf as well as its skin,
teeth and feet will be useful in many spells, particularly those warding
off injury and attack.
To inspire, excite or please the pet cat, a supply
of its favourite herb, Catnip is also needed.

For making spells stay or even last for ever, dissolved gold, silver and
pearls are necessary.
To ease all pains, to secure death for oneself or to
bring it under control and make a slave of it Hemlock is the classic herb.

Legend said that to eat only a little of the herb will make someone your
slave for life.
I don't know if that it actually the case, as I've never
really wanted a slave, so I've never tried using it in this manner.
sounded dangerous anyway..

Varied additional supplies that are available thru some Herbalists and
which are good for the Magick Pantry are: Camel Oil, Dragon's Blood, and
Unicorn Milk (of course these are simply the man-made names) Again, check
with your local herbalist for recipes of this nature.
If you have recipes
for either of these three, I'd certainly appreciate and welcome your
posting them.

In the next post labeled "The Magick Pantry" you will see some of the herbs
to include as well as their names and some of their magickal uses.
are some of the most important ones to read: Marigold, Nettle, Wild Teasel,
Celandine, Periwinkle, Pennyroyal, Houndstongue, Henbane, Lily, Mistletoe,
Centuary, Sage, Vervain, Celery, Rose, and Snakeweed.

The Magick Pantry - Contents of Stock Summary

The following items should be included in your Magick Pantry.
this post, additional posts will follow describing each in some detail, as
well as giving the Magickal uses of each.
I certainly hope that you will
enjoy them.


The Magick Pantry - Alchone

If this herb can be obtained, it must be kept and preserved as something
precious. It is the herb of the sun itself.
It can heal the passions and
secret griefs of any sufferer. It can also soothe the stomach.
Moreover, it
increases a man's sexual potency if the juice is taken prudently.
To carry
the root is tot keep the eyes free from infection or even from seeing
anything to grieve them.
A little Alchone tucked inside a shirt will
preserve the wearer from fits.
It is also an anti-congestant and an

Your selection of canisters should be glass, ceramic, or earthenware, and
properly labeled.
Remember, it is a very vital root for any magician to

The Magick Pantry - Asphodel

This is the same beautiful flower that covered the fields of Elysium but it
is useful, too.
It works best under the influence of Saturn, since it
belongs to this planet. Use Asphodel for pains in the legs or bladder.
a little of the root in water and drink the resulting infusion.
A little of the root
itself, carried in a clean white linen cloth, will protect against all
negativity .
keep some wrapped up and hidden in the house
for the same effect.
Teething children should carry a little Asphodel and
their teeth will break through and grow painlessly.
It also offers ver good
nighttime protection against fears and enemies alike.

The Magick Pantry - Basil

Some say that this is the most controversial of all the herbs.
To many it
is sweet and charming. To others it is poison.
In all ancient writers Basil
excites rude abuse.
A French physician of the Middle Ages has claimed that
to inhale the herb causes a scorpion to be born in the brain, or as the
modern doctor might say, madness. Of course, opinion again vary.. although
many myths have their basis of fact.
On the other hand, Basil is a popular
and harmless cooking herb. Include it fresh in the Magick Pantry.
Grow a
new sprig in the garden and it will keep you safe.
The Hindus solemnly hold
it to be a sacred herb and worship it.
So dear to them is the Basil that
they place a sprig of it in each room of their house to bring safety and
prosperity. Hang it on the inside of the door of each room.
Sprinkle a
pinch on food just before it is eaten and your soul will be joined to that
of the goddess of love.
The married partner who has eaten Basil will be
truly loved, but may also become quarrelsome.

The Magick Pantry - Belladonna

The term deadly nightshade accurately describes the strength of this
powerful Herb.
Sweno's army, when it invaded Scotland, was lulled into
repose while its leaders were negotiating a truce which the Scots never
intended to accept.
The Scottish side provided the drinks and refreshments
by mutual agreement.
The drink given to Sweno's army was laced with
The wretched army fell into a deep slumber and, thus made
vunerable, was overwhelmed by the Scots.
The name Belladonna derives from
two sources.
The herb has its cosmetic uses and can make a lady twice as
beautiful by enlarging her pupils into a seductive wide-eyed look.
But also
it is named after a notorious Italian poisoner, Leucota, who viciously used
the herb to poison all her beautiful female friends.

The Magick Pantry - Betony

This herb is also known as Bishopswort but in the Magick Pantry it may not
be given an ecclesiastical name.
Call it Betony or Wood Betony and hold it
in awe. It has both a good and evil reputation.
The physician to the
Emperor Caesar Augustus used it to treat his master for liver trouble, to
protect him from Epidemics and to assist in his digestion.
It was said that the
Emperor used it to guard against Witchcraft although this term was mistaken
in those days.

On the other hand, Betony is said to have been invaluable to sorcerers'
It's forbidden name was bestowed upon it because it tended to grow
around old abbeys and derelict churches.
Many people said that the herb was
hiding on consecrated ground from the may occultists who would use it for
evil purposes.

In opposing various forms of witchcraft, it may be used as follows:

Gently flake the dried leaves and strew them in an unbroken circle around
the outside of the house or place you want to protect.
Make the ring
thicker under windows and outside the door.
A wall of good enfluences will
arise and no evil deed will be able to pass through it.

Caution: If Betony is consumed it is sure to cause death by vomiting.

Please do not use this herb in edible recipes!

Betony is a natural enemy of the vine, for their tendrils repel one
another. Keep them far apart in the Magick Pantry for this simple reason.

Like described in the Astral_Garden, there are those herbs and trees that
simply will not tolerate each other.

The Magick Pantry - Blood Root

Store this herb in a jar labelled with a false name but remember that the
Blood Root is within. This herb is the root of deception.
The Indians of
North America used it to stain their bodies, and it is used still to dye
fabrics. Taken internally it can produce a hypnotic trance.
(use with
caution as with all magickally oriented herbs) Carried on a person, inside
a leather pouch or a money-purse, Blood Root will protect that individual
from negativity or evil influences.
But keep it close to money for it
demands payment.
If a home is suffering from an evil influence, put a sprig
of Blood Root under the doorstep or windowsill and all will be well.
definite spell or curse placed by a witch can be reversed by flinging
broken pieces of the root onto his/her doorstep.
However, never trust Blood
root unquestioningly, as it often times will suprise you.

The Magick Pantry - Brimstone

No substance is more powerful in invoking or in driving off the forces of
evil. Find a piece of red paper and lay this on a metal plate or dish.
the paper place a pinch of Brimstone.
do this four times and put each dish
in one of the four corners of the room in which the spell is being cast.
midnight set light to the Brimstone.
Address each dish with the following

* I command all evil to flee this house never to return *

Remember to leave all windosw wide open during this rite or the smoke of
the brimstone will be unable to escape and with it the spell.

Some say that Brimstone is actually a resin like that of Frankinsence.

The Magick Pantry - Celandine

Never confuse this important plant with the lesser Celandine or Pilewort
used traditionally in the treatment of haemorrhoids.
The true Celandine is
at once a more disagreeable and more potent herb.
It has black seeds; its
taste is bitter and caustic; and its smell is foul.
But its influence is
not to be sneered at.
Swallows and Eagles build their nests in May, and the
flowering of the Celandine in that month is linked with this annual
domestic impulse in the animal kingdom.
the herb has its human uses and it
is a useful medicine for jaundice, corns, warts, sore eyes, toothache,
ringworm and scurvy.

John Parkinson, in a manual published in 1640, writes that he has it on
good authority that any sufferer from yellow jaundice will benefit by
putting a sprinkling of Celandine herb beneath his bare feet and treading
it. But its influence is wider still.
If the heart of a mole can be
obtained, cooked with this herb and then consumed, it will vanquish all
enemies and win any law suits that may be contested.
More somberly, when
placed on the head of a dying man, the Celandine will disclose whether or
not the sufferer is bound to lose his fight.
If the man must die, he will
sing out in a loud voice, but he will weep if he can be saved.
I thought
that was interesting indeed.
Something that I simply must try when given
the unfortunate opportunity.

The Magick Pantry - Celery

Known traditionally as smallage, this plant has always been one of the
prime aphrodisiac foods and more will be made of this kind of magick in the
final set, probably located in the Astral_Home echo.
The rumour is that the
famous cola drinks contain elements of this particularly stimulating tonic.

Gather the root when it is still green, drench it in the oil of the Cypress
tree and place the greenery in a pot of gruel.
Leave the gruel for one
Worms will appear, and those who carry these worms with them will be
gentle and kind and able to triumph over their enemies.

To make Oxen etc, faithfull and certain to follow their masters, tie a
pouch of the celery herb around their necks.
The length of time
unfortunately was not specified.

The Magick Pantry - Centaury

The Sun dominates this herb as it does many of the other Magick Plants.
Centaury opens its flowers just as the sun comes out and closes them as the
sun goes in.
Often the Centaury is described as an agreeable herb and is
prescribed for Dyspepsia, but care is advised.
If this herb is mixed with
the blood of a female lapwing or a black Plover and poured with oil into a
lamp, all those who circle the light will believe themselves to be magickal
and will live in a world of delusions, so it is stated.
Throw the same
mixture into a fire when the stars are shining and then watch the heavens.

The stars will seem to clash and collide.
Put some of the herb and the
birs's blood on a bandage and push it under a foe's nostril, it is said
that he/she will suddenly be filled with groundless fears and run for
his/her life.

The Magick Pantry - Chicory

Do not despise Chicory or Endive and exile it to some anaemic salad.
was a divinely chosen herb among many cultures.
Traditionally, it is a herb
of love.
To prepare it and bring it to usefulness, chop the Chicory and let
it dry.
Grind it to a powder and as a love philtre add it to your food or
(especially to flavour coffees) It is said to do so without telling
anyone and, if the secret is well kept, this philtre will arouse passion in
the lover of one's choice.
For good fortune in romance an Endive must be
carried on the person.
Be sure to renew it every two weeks with a fresh
plant as its period of potency is not more than fifteen days.

Legend states that in certain ceremonies, if carried out with Chicory, can
make the man who eats the plant invisible to human view.
Crusaders hung it
on their banners, explorers carried it as they wen venturing into a new
land, and prospectors looking for gold in California kept a sprig of it in
hand for good luck.

Gather Chickory at midnight on the 25th of July.
Force a sprig into any
lock that will not open, and pass another sprig over parchment bearing a
description of any problem to be solved; all obstacles and difficulties
will be resolved according to legend about this herb.

The Magick Pantry - Coriander

In many religions Coriander is honoured.
Several references have been
documented that the Gods demanded that this herb should be used with four
others at each feast. Its other uses are not so godly however.
Grate the
seeds into a glass of your best, matured wine.
Give them to a lover and
strong passions will be arroused.
But as the powder is placed in the wind,
the lovers must chant together with the following couplet:

"Warm seed, warm heart, Let us never be apart"

Nothing else must be said according to legend.
When the wine is drunk its
influence will be felt sruging in the blood, so it is written.

The Coriander seed is round and has an appearance like that of a small nut.

Its shell is eaisly broken once dried, and has a very pleasent fragrance.

The Magick Pantry - Dill

Like with most herbs, the myths are endless for this one as well.
It was
said that many attributed this herb as a cure for the common hiccough.
even thought that the common hiccough was a result of a witch with a frog
in the throat.

The power of the Dill shouldn't be taken lightly, as it should be greatly
appreciated by any magician.
To cure the common hiccough, stir a small
pinch of Dill into a syrup made from Black Cherries which have been laying
in the Magick Pantry for at least (3) days.
When the powder is well
dissolved in the liquid/syrup, allow a few drops to trickle down the throat
without swallowing. The hiccoughs will cease.

Dill was also included in many love potions.
Here's an old recipe used here
as an example. Steep a few sprigs in hot sweet wine.
A few minutes after
drinking on half of a pint, it is said that passions will be excited.

Dill is also quite effective in removing negative energies throughout the
household. As with Basil, the same techniques are applied.

The Magick Pantry - Elecampane

Make a light distillation of this herb and bathe the face with it.
Do not
use a mirror and trust the herb.
It is said that by utilizing this tincture
on the face that it will profit the complexion by removing unwanted
blemishes etc.

Elecampane is of course also an effective love potion.
Aristotle himself
taught how to make them, using this herb as follows.
Take Vervain and
Mistletoe and place these herbs in a got oven with the Elecampane.
Dry and
mingle the sprigs thoroughly.
Pound the three herbs into a powder and put
this into the food or drink of the one desired.
The magickal combination of
each herb bound together by this process is said to achieve a potency far
beyond that of your basic aphrodisiac' s strength.

The Magick Pantry - Eringo

This unique herb has many benefits, not to mention its tremendous powers in
the healing plane.
It is a necessary part of any Magick Pantry, one that
should never be left out.

To heal broken bones or simply to draw out thorns from lacerated flesh,
make a paste of the herb by brusing the root and boiling it with pig fat
(bacon, fatback etc.
although salted lard works best) Apply the mixture as
a poultice.
The bones will heal, the thorns will spring out and the skin
will mend without a any trace of a scar.

Again, this herb has many benefits.
Like most herbs it too can be used in
Love Potions.
To improve a love affair or invigorate a marriage bed, grind
the root into small pieces or into a powder.
Add this to your food or
better still, to that of the uninspired partner.
Legend says that the
ancient Greek women always wore a sprig of Eringo to ensure that they kept
the love of a man.

The Magick Pantry - Ginseng

With the exception of tea's, Ginseng is the most celebrated plant in all
the Orient.
The Chinese have great faith in its curative and strengthening
properties and call it the "Chinchona of China".
The Manchurian Genseng
comes from the Emperor's mother country, from the soil from which legend
says sprang the ..God of Heaven'.
It is, therefore, gragrded as more
efficacious than the Ginseng grown anywere else.
When the plant grows wild
its root resembles the shape of the human body, and like Mandrake, it is
thought to be most appropriate for most any Magickal spell.

Medicinally, Ginseng is a cure for colds, skin diseases and poor
circulation of the blood.
It's anti-spasmodic properties relieve certain
forms of hiccoughs too, like Dill.
But it is also a very powerful remedy
for rheumatism.
When taken regularly it removes general fatague and
promotes good health.
Combined with the juices of a ripe pineapple, it is
an excellent medication for indigestion.
Ginseng is particularly useful in
the treatment of young children as well as the aged.

Ginseng tea can be made from the dried leaves or blossoms of the herb.

After the berries are gathered select the brightest, cleanest leaves from a
mature plant.
Place them above the kitchen stove in thick bunches turning
and mixing well until they are very dry. Store away in paper sacks.
the leaves are steeped in boiling water, just like ordinary tea, the liquid
may be drunk with cream and sugar if preferred.

Another recipe for general use in the home is the following: Take a piece
of the root when it is very hard and dry.
Break it up with a hammer and
grind it through a coffee mill several times until it is reduced to a fine
To three ounces of the powder add one ounce of milk, sugar and
sixty drops of oil of wintergreen.
Mix all the ingredients well and store
in a glass jar.
The correct dosage in one teaspoonful to a small teacup of
boiling water.
When the drink is cooled it should be taken before each
It may also be filtered served with cream and sugar, and consumed
with the meal.
Made as directed this is a most pleasant aromatic tea and
has a good effect on the stomach, brain and the nervous system.
If the
evening cup of ginseng is much larger, it is a good and safe hypnotic,
producing a deep restfull, natural sleep.

I would also like to point out that Ginseng does not always have to be
considered as a medicinal herb, as that is simply not true.
It is a food, a
plant that can be consumed as food.
Therefore one should consider Ginseng
as a food rather than a medicinal remedy.
Long before the Chinese used
herbs medicinally, they realized the benefits of Ginseng as a food.
the warring states began, they began to search out its benefits
Now that we are once again a peace loving lot, we once again
should realize these' related benefits as opposed to the medicinal

The Magick Pantry - Henbane

Mystery has shrouded this herb for centuries.
Many legends both true and
false as also accompanied it for this reason.
To begin with let's discuss
the hard cold facts.. NEVER play with Henbane.
It is as powerful as Opium
and a deadly poison if taken unprepared.
NEVER let a child sleep near a
Henbane as if he/she does, they will never wake.

Not suprisingly, it was a traditional means of putting down a mad dog in
years gone by.
The dog was induced to eat meat mixed with this herb and the
animal quickly died.
Curiously, too, if the juice of the henbane is poured
into a silver cup, the cup will shatter into thousands of fragments.

For those who enjoy a dish of Hare in season but cannot endure the hunt,
the following is recommended.
Mix Henbane with the blood of a young hare
and hang the hare's skin, smeared with the potion, outside the kitchen
According to English legend, every Hare from the neighborhood will
gather there and will not move until the skin is removed.
Truly a Magickal
enchantment, if the legend holds true.

The benefits of Henbane to human life are more controversial.
It is said
that if the feet are washed in Henbane a peacefull sleep ensues.
the flowers can have the same effect.
Hundred of years ago, dentists would
burn Henbane in a sizzling dish of charcoal surrounded by water, and the
desperate patient would be prevailed upon to inhale the fumes.
charlatan would then claim that he could see the wicked, achebearing worms
make their escape from the painful tooth into the water around the coals.

The chronicler of this story notes that the dentist had usually arranged
for an accomplice to drop tiny pieces of lute strings into the water, as
the patient closed his eyes against the smoke.
When he looked again he
would feel less pain, owing to the numbing effects of the Henbane, and he
could actually see his toothache wriggling in the dish.

Truly an interesting herb that does warrent some serious considerations,
both in the preperation and storage of the plant.
Please do be careful when
working with this herb.

The Magick Pantry - Houndstongue

If you are squeemish please pass this entry as it's quite detailed,
although an interesting addition to the Magick Pantry.
The herb is however
a part of the pantry.

Whether or not this herb does neutralize the bite of a mad dog cannot be
stated authoritatively.
But it is recorded that when strewn under the feet
of a barking dog Houndstongue will silence the nuisance.. hence the name.

The full spell is a bit more complicated.

Capture a frog (it must be a young female) remove its heart and
reproductive organs and crush them into the powdered plant.
Put the paste
in an open dish outside your door or wherever the annoying dogs choose to
bark. Soon all the dogs in the neighborhood will gather around the pot.

Take enough sprigs of the herb and push one under the front toe of each of
the dogs assembled. They will be dumb henceforward.

A more infuriating yapping can be even more effectively silenced.
Tie a
small sachet of Houndstongue around the dog's neck, where it cannot be
ripped by the creature's teeth.
The animal will turn round and round wildly
and finally drop down in a state of paralysis, barely distinguishable from

These techniques are of course totally used at the magicians own personal

The Magick Pantry - Ivy (General)

Ivy should have been planted into the very stones of the house.
It is also
a necessary part of the Magick Garden (see the Astral_Garden echo for
When it has wrapped itself around the home, it is said that
everyone within will be well guarded against negative influences and
However, it is said that if the ivy withers and does not thrive
around the outside walls, financial storms will follow.

Old legends tell us that wine merchants, and innkeepers, or anyone who is
making wines or throwing a party, must have a pring of Ivy outside their
Bacchus owns this plant and he will bring special merriment to any
house where it is honoured.
It is also said that in doing the above that
there will be gaiety but no drunkenness.

Another legends states that if a girl who wants to find herself a spouce,
takes a sprig of Ivy, laying it gently on her breasts and repeats these
words, will find her awaited mate.

"Ivy, ivy, I love thee, In my bosom I put thee, The first young man who
speaks to me, My future husband he shall be.."

It is also said that the concentrated essense of Ivy dropped into the
nostrils will cure the common cold.

In many religions the Evergreen Ivy is a symbol of everlasting life.
others, more pessimistic, the gentle Ivy is a poison.
Which ever view you
choose, the Ivy is definately an essential accompaniment to your Magick

The Magick Pantry - Lettuce

This is a very powerful plant, homely as it is.
Lettuce seems to be woman's
enemy, and is said to be a chief cause of infertility.
Never let more than
twelve lettuces grow in the garden and never keep more than one lettuce in
the pantry or the house will lack children.
Legend sometimes says
otherwise, although many still swear by this today.

For the Romans lettuce was a good counter to drunkenness and titillated the
sexual appetite after a good dinner.
The earliest English sources use in
severe cases of insomnia.
The Egyptian Pharahos prized the Lettuce and
offered it in worship to the high gods.

It has been said that nutritionally, some forms of Lettuce are perhaps
absent of nutrients.
It is also documented that Lettuce contains 70%
vegetable fats and water, which unlike popular thought, is not the best
choice of dieters using this philosophy.

The Magick Pantry - Lilly

This is the flower of the moon and its best known action is to cool and
Medically, its strength lies in settling fevers and particularly in
soothing madness.
Freckles and sunburn respond to the gentle application of
the distilled water of the Lilly.
In some phases of the Magickal world the
power of the Lily is somewhat different however.
Some say it produces
madness, as does the moon herself, although these cases are few and far

Again, the following may not be pleasent for some.
If you tend to be
squeemish, I'd simply go to the next entry.

Gather the flowers when the sun is in the sign of Leo.
Mix the dried
flowers with the juice of the Laurel or of the Bay tree and leave the paste
under a pile of cow dung. Worms will breed.
Catch the worms, dry them and
make up a powder.
Secretly sprinkle this powder on the chosen victim's
clothes or even try to drop some down his neck.
So long as this powder
sticks to him, never again will the enemy rest or sleep.
The oil drawn from
the origional dung will cause an instant fever, if you can succeed in
anointing the victim's brow with it.
However, if the enemy is just to be
given a severe warning, drop some of the oil into his milk churns and
endeavour to cover these with the skin of a cow of a single colour.
cows will dry up till the spell is undone.

As you can see from the above, many cultures have abused the essences of
the Lily, which in itself is a shame.
The herb/plant is a beautiful
creation with many benefits to mankind.
Why someone would want to harm
another using this addition to the Magick Pantry does not seem to be

The Magick Pantry - Mandrake

The root of Mandragora crudely suggests the appearance of a man.
It hardly
needs saying that this plant is probably the most famous in magick lore.

Superstition decrees that Mandrake must not be plucked from the ground by
human hand or else the plant will kill.
Instead, a cord was wound round the
plant and then tethered to the collar of a manageable dog.
When the dog was
chased, the root was pulled up and a hideous cry was heard to come from the
Again, according to superstition, the dog did not survive the

Many superstitions of this nature shroud this mysterious herb.
The great
sorcer Merlin knew of ways to call upon the Mandrake's powers, as well as
the proper method of harvesting the herb.
Legend has it that it was from
the Mandrake that Morgan Lefae' was bewitched into Merlin's dominion.
say that they still are incased together for eternity below Stonehenge as a
result of the Mandrake's influence.

It is said that a little of the juice makes a man vain.
More makes him an
Mandrake is dedicated to Circe, the goddess of fecundity,
celebrated for her golden hair and notorious for her knowledge and
application of Witchcraft.
Circe's Island, the basis of many legends is
said to hold the true key to the Mandrake and it's uses.
Although no man
has ever returned from the island sane, according to legend.

To keep this herb in the house sufficiently guarantees against sickness and
When it was impossible to find a single uncloven root, again legend
says that some of the ancient ones formed peices of Mandrake into human
figures. These also held tremendous magickal powers.
A man would order a
female form and a woman would order a male form.
Each believed that the
affection of the opposite sex could be secured thereby.
Many people burried
their entire wealth by the Mandrake plant in the belief that the pot of
gold would increase.

Moreover, the powder is an indispensable aphrodisiac.
Even the sceptical
Pliny has no doubt about this.
In parts of Asia the root was worn to
increase vertility and provide protection against attacks on the person.

Most magicians value the potiency of the Mandrake, and heed the cautions
Many spells will be useless unless the herb is burned as an
incense while an incantation is being chanted.
Never forget that the
Mandrake is supposed to be a living creature, engendered underground from a
dean man's seed dropped on the earth as he was hanged for murder.

The Magick Pantry - Marigold

Taken as a mouthwash, this is an ancient remedy for a toothache.
marigold is a well known stimulant too.
For hundreds of years, particularly
in Holland, it has been the favourite flavouring for stews and potions.
it is the flower of the sun and a summer flowering plant, it must be kept
in a dried state.
The ancients believed that the Marigold's power to turn
with the sun was a highly magickal property.
Rightly used it would ensure
perfect peace and prosperity to the bearer.
But the following spell must be
worked with the Marigold before it can succeed.

Always gather this flower in August when the sun is in Leo.
Wrap the head
from one of the flowers in a Laurel leaf or in the leaves of the May tree
or Hawthorn. Add a wolf's tooth.
No one will say a bad word against the
wearer of this charm.
Let him sleep with this small parcel under the pillow
and if any man secretly wrongs him the enemy's identity will be made known.

If a marigold is left in your circle, or church, it is said that no woman
that has commited adultery against a wronged and faithful husband will be
able to leave the spot where they stand or sit.
If any spell demands that
the marigold is eaten, make sure that this is done at breakfast time ONLY!

The Magick Pantry - Mistletoe

Legend and superstition place this plant on the higest plane of magickal
power and influence.
Most of us involved in magick, have heard stories of
the Mistletoe, or have utilized it in one fashion or another.
It is said
that to hang Mistletoe round the neck would ward off negative influences.

Its habit of growing on trees, and particularly the mighty Oak has been
attributed to the plant's anxiety never to touch the ground.
It's a
benefical exchange as the Mistletoe actually protects the Oak from the
dangers of lightning.

The Anglo-Saxons worshipped Mistletoe as a present form of heaven and as
the sprem of the holy Oak tree.
It has been written that only the Druid,
robed in white and carrying his golden sickle, could gather it, and then
but once a year during a ceremony dignified by the sacrifice of two white
At this ritual sacred songs were sung in honour of the plant and
prayers to the gods were addressed to it.
Every New Year the Mistletoe was
distributed to each family and used throughout the following twelve months
as a remedy against all ills and as an antidote to all poisons.

More specific among its uses is its power to open all locks.
How to perform
this ritual is unfortunately not recorded in any text that I could find.
you know or have read it somewhere, I'd certainly appreciate the post.

It has also been said to test whether a man's prophecy is valid, lay a
pinch of Mistletoe mixed with rosinweed on his tongue.
If the prophecy is
true the man will repeat his statement. Otherwise he will forget it.
It is
also a well-authenticated phenomenon that if the mixture just described is
rubbed into a swallow's wing and the wing is the left hanging from a tree,
the birds from miles around will spped to the spot and hover there

Exactly why anyone would want to do the above with the swallow is not

The Magick Pantry - Mugwort

This is definitely a female herb and its medical uses are generally in the
interest of women.
With ordinary field daisies, it may be used to smooth
away all hard cysts and bumps that grow in the neck.
In medieval witchcraft
and in some modern traditions, Mugwort could bestow gifts of Clairvoyance
if respectfully used. One of its names is Witch Herb.

Crystal Gazers/Scryers valued the plant and would strew their tables and
tabernacles with sprigs of dried Mugwort.
The plant's tendency to lean to
the north as it grows made many people believe that it was magnetic and
responsive to many supernatural messages.

To dream about the future, take three leaves of Mugwort and tuck them
inside a hemp bag. Put the bag under the pillow at night.
After three
nights have passed it is said that one will dream of the days to come.

When a magician had to be consulted, they frequently took a long time to
complete the spell.
To prevent fatigue, they would often give their clients
a sprig of Mugwort as they journeyed homeward.

The Magick Pantry - Musk Oil

Never feel that this is too exotic for the larder.
Many spells are made
sweeter or more insidious by the lingering scent of musk.
To bless a
Talisman of Venus and ensure good health, prosperity and love, Musk can be
utilized in the following ways..

Bring the talisman for blessing on a friday; come at the tenth hour of the
day or at the eighth hour of the morning.
Make a fire of Myrtle wood and
throw Musk Oil and Lignum into the flames.
Place the talisman (used for
defense, protection, or allurement) in front of the vessel that bears an
offering to Venus, and as the incense rises chant the following invocation:

"Conjuro et confirmo Super vos angeli fortes, Sancti atque potentes, Sancti
atque potentes.

After this invocation a special request is made and the Talisman will be
blessed. It is important not to touch the talisman until the next day.

Leave it to rest, or the spell will be undone.

As you can see, Musk Oil is traditionally used in incenses, bath oils, and
elixers for love.
This recipe simply allows the maker to invoke the
talisman with a purpose.

I would like to add here that in many traditions, the difference between a
Talisman and an Amulet is that while the Talisman is used for protection,
love ect.. the Amulet is usually agressive, and promotes agressive magickal
Do not confuse the two, as the "Purpose" must be clearly stated
prior to the invocation of any magickal tool.

The Magick Pantry - Myrtle

Out of all of the primary ingredients, Myrtle is one of your best
If one is ever afflicted by bad dreams sent by one's enemies, it
has been written that Myrtle is the perfect remedy.

Here's what you do:

Make a small glass of the liquid and keep it by the bedside.
It is said
that any negative night spell at work will be cancelled.
The reason for
this is unclear, however based on research and from personal experience, it
is definately worth the effort.

Myrtle was a particular favourite of the goddess Venus.
Both the Greeks and
the Romans believed that the plant contained the secrets of eternal youth
and passionate love.
The theory was as follows: To gain these benefits for
ever, a brew of Myrtle must be drunk once every three days since the spell
lasts only that long without renewal.

The taste of the plant is undeniably disagreeable.
It is, therefore,
permissible to mix Myrtle with food.
But mix it only with meat for when it
is added to another substance it will taste of blood.
Remember for this
charm to work both lovers must eat or drink from the same container,
otherwise no good effect will be felt from the Myrtle.

It is said that for thinning hair, you can use Myrtle berries together with
rosemary, southernwood, hazel-bark and maidenhair in equal amounts.
them together in a fresh fire and collect the ashes carefully.
Stir this
powder into white wine and use the liquid as a shampoo, rubbing and
massaging into the scalp. make this a daily ritual.

Some old cultures believed that if Myrtle was eaten, it would empower
anyone to spot those delving into evil magickal art forms.
Be forewarned
however, that most expert in these arts are also able to counter these
actions. It is not something to play with to say the least.

It is said that when a fresh Myrtle sprig is picked and crackles in the
hand that the beloved person is always true and faithfull.

Many legends refer to this herb with affection calling it the bleeding
tree, since it was connected with blood and sorrow in Greek mythology.

Phaedra pricked these leaves with a hairpin in her anxious frustration as
she awaited Hypolytus, who was already dead.
The leaves still bear the
sorrowful marks.
Therefore, when storing Myrtle leaves, never crush or bend
them before they are dried or used.

The Magick Pantry - Nettle

Nettle is an agressive plant with many properties.
The Nettle in England
was traditionally supposed to have been planted by the Roman legions of
Julius Caesar.
Unused to England's miserable and freezing climate, they
frequently found their limbs chilled or even numbed by the frost or sleet.

As a remedy they p
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G/P/E: Feminine, Moon, Water.

Magical attributes: Beauty, protection, success, peace.

Uses: Aloe has always been known for its healing qualities. For treating wounds and maintaining healthy skin. It may be applied right from the plant or in gel form for burns, sunburns, and can relieve poison ivy rash and helps to combat a variety of bacteria that commonly cause infections in skin wounds. It is also an excellent additive for soaps and creams as a conditioner.

After using gel from a leaf the opened leaf will seal itself so you can store it in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for future uses.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Venus, Fire.

Magical attributes: Protection, Exorcism.

Uses: Grow in the garden as a protection. Carry the root with you as an amulet. Burn the dried leaves in exorcism rituals.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Jupiter or Moon, Air.

Magical attributes: Protection, purification, awareness, joy.

Uses: For treating coughs, bronchitis and a stuffy nose, it loosens bronchial congestion, making it easier to cough it up and expel it. A good breath freshener in the morning, and if kept by the bed it will prevent bad dreams. Also a digestive aid and can relieve an upset stomach and flatulence when taken as a tea, and a treatment for colic. Also suggested that anise may be beneficial to women because certain chemicals in the plant are chemical cousins to the female hormone estrogen. Though it is mild, anise may help to relieve the discomfort of menopause. In traditional folk medicine it has been used to promote milk production in nursing mothers. It's recommended dosage would be 1 teaspoonful of seeds for every cup of boiling water, steep 10-20 minutes and strain, drink 3 cups a day for maximum effect. A good general cleansing bath is made with a handful of anise seeds and a few bay leaves. A pillow of anise keeps away nightmares. Also a good sedative.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Water.

Magical attributes: Love spells, good luck.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Water.

Magical attributes: A tree with protective qualities, it is used to make brooms for purification and wands for healing. The leaves placed beneath a pillow induce psychic dreams. The leaves bring luck and good fortune when carried in a pocket of bag worn around the neck.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Saturn.

Magical attributes: The buds are carried to ease a broken heart and can be added to love and protection charms and spells.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire

Magical attributes: Protection, love, wealth (if carried in your wallet), healing relationships, ensuring faithfulness in a mate, courage, fertility, exorcism.

Uses: It is good as a tea for calming the nerves, settling the stomach, and easing cramps and good for the bladder. In tincture form, also makes a good hair rinse for brunettes. An ingredient of the Purification bath sachet. Add to love sachets and incenses.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire

Magical attributes: wisdom, protection, psychic powers, banishes negative energy.

Uses: DO NOT TAKE INTERNALLY-use as a poultice on chest for bronchitis and chest colds.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magical attributes: Psychic visions and dreams, repels negativity and evil.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Air.

Magical attributes: Used widely in purification incenses. Tincture of benzoin preserves oils and preparations.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Jupiter, Fire.

Magical attributes: Add to incenses of protection and purification. Sleep on a pillow stuffed with betony to prevent nightmares.


G/P/E: Masculine, Mercury, Air

Magical attributes: Protection, Passion

Uses: Add to love sachets and charms to attract a lover in the more physical aspect. Also a mild stimulant for digestion.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magical attributes: Worn by witches for protection during the "Burning Times", adds energy and power when used during a ritual as an incense.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Water.

Magical attributes: Cat magic, familiars, joy, friendship, love.

Uses: Its flowers and leaves have often been used to treat colds and insomnia. It lowers fevers, dries up post nasal drip, gets rid of bad headaches and relieves sore aching bones due to colds and flus, when taken in tea form, 2-3 times daily. As an incense it may be used to consecrate magical tools.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun or Venus, Water.

Magical attributes: Good as a meditation incense, for centering, peace, sprinkle in your home for protection, healing, money.

Uses: Is an excellent herb both internally and externally for calming. Great for digestion, fevers, burns, rs, anti-inflammatory for wounds, and sedative for nervous disorders. And releaves stomachaches and diarrhea in infants and small children (always using in diluted form). In tea form, made of 2 teaspoons of the herb steeped for 5 minutes in a cup of boiling water is a gentle sleep inducer. Chamomile also makes an excellent insect repellent, simply splash some tea on face arms and feet. It is also a good hair rinse for blondes. Plant camomile in your garden to be the guardian of the land, and you will have certain success.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Mercury, Air.

Magical attributes:Used in love charms to attract a lover.

Uses: Culinary herb.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magical attributes:Helps the wearer escape unfair imprisonment and entrapment, cures depression.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Jupiter, Earth.

Magical attributes:Hang around the doors and windows for protection from evil. Use in spells and charms for prosperity, purification and protection.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magical attributes: Spiritual quests, augmenting power, love, success, psychic work, healing, cleansing. Used in incenses for healing, clairvoyance, high spiritual vibrations. Reputed to be a male aphrodisiac. Use in prosperity charms.

Uses: It is recommended as a skin astringent and digestive aid in tea form. Ground, or taken with milk, good balance after a heavy meal or dessert. Also used for diarrhea, dysentery or general indigestion. It is an excellent aromatic and makes a good anointing oil for any magical working.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Mercury, Air.

Magical attributes: Associated with the Triple Goddess. Use in rituals for beauty, youth, healing injuries, curing madness. A Four-leaved clover enables one to see fairies, and as a general good-luck charm.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magical attributes: Wear in an amulet or charm to dispel negativity and bind those who speak ill of you. Cloves strung on a red thread can be worn as a protective charm. Money matters, visions, cleansing and purification.

Uses: It has a mild antiseptic quality for toothaches (chew), or in tea form it is an expectorant for colds, also good foe nausea or vomiting. It is an antibacterial, antiseptic, and analgesic, which means it helps prevent disease and infection.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Saturn, Water.

Magical attributes: Safe travel spells, money, healing, honoring the Crone aspect of the Goddess.

Uses: Has been known to slow bleeding, aid colds, ease burns. As a poultice or a tea, comfrey may be applied to bites, sores, rashes, broken bones, and cuts. Also a good ingredient for lotions to soothe sunburn.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire.

Magical attributes: Protection of home and serenity, peace , good in ritual drinks, incenses for longevity and love spells.

Uses: If added to wine, it makes a good love potion for 2 consenting parties. To use in this fashion, grind 7 grains of coriander and mix into a wine and drink. Also used in love sachets and charms.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Water.

Magical uses: Luck in love, a woman who washes her face with milk infused with cowslip will draw her beloved closer to her. Induces contact with departed loved ones during dreams.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Saturn, Earth.

Magical uses:Connected to death in all of its aspects. The smoke of Cypress can be used to consecrate ritual objects.


G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Water

Magical uses:Decorate the house with daisies at Midsummer's Eve to bring happiness to the home and to obtain the blessings of faeries. Daisies are also worn at Midsummer for luck and blessings. In the old times, young maidens would weave and wear daisy chains in their hair to attract their beloved.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Jupiter, Air.

Magical attributes: Divination, welcoming, messages.

Uses: The ground root can act as a coffee substitute, and the flowers make a lovely wine. A superb cleansing tonic, and the milky juice is a diuretic, a tonic and a relief for common stomach problems. Use a handful of flower tops to 1 pint of boiling water, steep 10 minutes and strain. Drink this several times a day. Use the milky latex from the stem , rub on a wart several times daily and soon its gone. Also good for night blindness.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Mercury, Fire.

Magical attributes:Useful in love charms. May also be hung in childrens rooms to protect them from evil spirits and protect against bad dreams.

Uses: A culinary herb.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire.

Magical uses:Widely used in love, protection and purification spells. Keep a piece under the bed to cure impotency. Carried for good luck. May be dissolved in the bath for strong purification.


G/P/E: Masculine, Mercury, Earth.

Magical uses:Useful in raising spirits and to aid in meditation.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Air.

Magical uses:Branches are widely used for wands. One must always be cautious to ask permission from the Elder Dryad before cutting or harvesting Elder limbs or leaves and berries to avoid very bad luck. It is also considered very bad luck to burn Elder wood. The leaves hung around the doors and windows will ward off evil.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Moon, Air.

Magical uses:Used in healing rituals, charms and amulets. Place the leaves around a blue candle and burn for healing energies. Green pods worn around the neck eases the discomfort of colds, sore throats and congestion.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Air.

Magical uses:Anoint eyelids with the infusion daily to induce clairvoyant visions and psychic dreams.


G/P/E: Masculine, Mercury, Fire.

Magical attributes: Purification, protection, healing, money.

Uses: Sometimes employed as an appetite suppressant and digestive aid. Used in tea form to expel mucus. Chew the seeds slowly for really bad breath, or use the fluid extract to rub on gums.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Saturn, Earth.

Magical uses:The Fern is an extremely powerful protective plant. Grow them in and around the house for protection from evil and negativity.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magical uses:A very powerful aid to meditation. Use to purify ritual spaces and invoke a spiritual frame of mind.


G/P/E: Feminine, Moon, Water.

Magical uses:Used to attract true love.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire.

Magical uses:A very protective herb, healing, good weather, courage, exorcism.

Uses: A culinary herb.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire.

Magical attributes: Power, success, love, money matters.

Uses: Acts as an aid to ingestion or colds (tea form). Also in tea form, good for cramps, to stimulate the digestive organs, migraines and nausea, external stiffness. Can be added to the bath as a way to ease pain and increase circulation, but only use a few sprinkles, not to much, like cayenne, ginger quickly brings the blood to the surface of the skin. For pain you can also soak cloths in ginger tea and apply them directly to the painful areas. Add in cooking to detoxify meat, especially chicken. A good healing tea is made from a pinch of peppermint, a pinch of ginger and either a pinch of clove powder or 2 bruised cloves, add 1 cup of hot water and steep.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magical attributes: Love, wishes, beauty, desire.

Uses: Stimulant, tonic, and agent for prolonged life. Also a mild pain killer, and improves blood circulation. Reported to successfully treat asthma, bronchitis, cancer, flatulence, diabetes, weakness, fever, coughs and heartburn, and a mild stimulant. In tea form it helps to relieve stress and moderate heart disease.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire.

Magical attributes: Protection, healing, good weather, courage, exorcism.

Uses: Lowers tension, ease colds, and improve circulation. Garlic vinegar can be used to disinfect wounds and soothe rheumatic pain and any common pain (made from one liter of vinegar and ten cloves of crushed garlic steeped for at least 10 days). Shrinks warts, relieves pain from teeth and earaches. Good for high and low blood pressure and removing parasites and infections. To ease the pain of aching joints, a toothache or an earache, place a crushed raw bulb of garlic on a piece of gauze and place over the area of pain. For joints, try using garlic paste.


G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire.

Magical uses:Used in protective sachets and amulets against evil influences. Promotes happiness in marriage or a relationship. It is bad luck to cut down a hawthorn. Burn the berries as an incense when you need energy and and change in life.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Air.

Magical uses:Hazel wood is excellent for an all-purpose wand. Forked branches can be used for divining. Sprigs of Hazel can be carried for good luck, they are especially powerful if bound together by red and gold thread.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Jupiter, Water.

Magical uses:Carried to attract the love of a woman. Was once used as an ingredient in a Witches flying ointment. Henbane is extremely poisonous and the upmost caution is urged.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Saturn, Earth.

Magical uses:Use this as an additive to candle anointing oils, and charms to increase their strength.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire.

Magical uses:Planted around the home for protection against evil. The leaves and berries can be carried by a man to heighten his masculinity, virility and to attract a lover.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Jupiter, Earth.

Magical uses:Used widely in prosperity spells and love charms.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Water.

Magical uses:Used in healing incenses and charms. A mild sedative. Hops placed in a pillow will help with sleep.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Jupiter, Fire.

Magical uses:Use in purification baths, protective and banishing spells. Hyssop was widely used during the Middle Ages for purification, cleansing and consecration rituals. If burnt as an incense or thrown into a fire is is said one may draw upon magickal dragon energy.


G/P/E: Masculine, Saturn, Water.

Magical uses:Protects the houses it grows around and over from evil and harm. In the old traditions, Ivy and Holly was given to newlyweds as good-luck charms.


G/P/E: Feminine, Jupiter, Earth.

Magical uses:Used in love spells, charms and sachets. Women have used Jasmine from the earliest recorded history because of its seductive effects on men.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magical uses:Protection against accidents, harm and theft. The berries are used to attract lovers once dried and worn as a charm.


G/P/E: Masculine, Mercury, Air.

Magical attributes: Sleep, long life, peace, wishes, protection, love, purification, visions, attracting men, clarity of thought.

Uses: Has strong antiseptic qualities. Mild infusions (3 tablespoons to 6 cups of water) make a good sedative, headache treatment, and digestive aid. Used in oil or tincture form to heal cuts, burns or scalds,bites. This also acts as a tonic and may be used for colds, chills, and the flu. Lavender is an excellent aromatic, usually mixing well with other floral scents. An ingredient in the Purification bath sachet, also used in purification incenses. It is thrown onto the Midsummer fires by Witches as a sacrifice to the ancient gods. Lavender is a frequent addition to healing sachets,especially bath mixtures, and is added to incenses to cause sleep. Lavender is a great antibiotic, antidepressant, sedative and detoxify. Stimulates the immune system.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Moon or Neptune, Water.

Magical attributes: Purification, love, blessings.

Uses: Sweetens breath. Antiseptic, antibacterial and hypotensive. For chills and sore throat, the juice of a lemon mixed in a glass of honey and warm water, taken 3 times daily should help. For nose bleeds, apply a small piece of cotton, soaked in lemon juice. In oil form it is used for treating warts, insect bites, tension headaches, eliminates cellulite, and is an anti-wrinkle tonic.. Stimulates the digestive system. Also makes a good skin cleanser, hair rinse for blondes, and cleaning agent for brass and silver.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Moon or Neptune, Water.

Magical uses: Love potions, aphrodisiacs, fertility anti depressant. Drink as an infusion to soothe emotional pains after a relationship ends.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Air.

Magical uses:Love charms, youth, beauty and attractiveness to the opposite sex. Wear around your neck or place under a pillow to prevent dreams.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Air

Magical attributes: Protection, warding off evil or banishing rituals, beauty, love, harmony and balance.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Jupiter, Water.

Magical uses:Associated with conjugal love or attraction and longevity.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Water.

Magical uses:Add the dried and powdered root to cleansing and purification baths to release negativity. Carry to attract love and the attention of the opposite sex.


G/P/E: Masculine, Mercury, Earth.

Magical uses:A protective charm for the home. The root increases fertility in women and impotency in men when carried. Charge a mandrake root with your personal energy, sleep with it for three nights prior to the full moon. The root can be carried to increase courage.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magical attributes: Prophesy, legal matters, the psychic, seeing magical creatures, love, clairvoyance, dreams, business or legal affairs and renewing personal energy.

Uses: For internal use the flowers are prepared by infusion and recommended for the flu, fever, rheumatism, jaundice, and painful menstruation. Externally, buds are made into compresses for the treatment of burns. Marigold petal ointment can help chapped hands and varicose veins, also works wonders with eczema and inflammation. To ease inflammation, dip a compress into a strong marigold tea combined with an equal part of apple cider vinegar. Sprains can also be helped with marigold petals steeped in vinegar, or make a lotion with milk. Simmer 12 heads in 2 cups milk, steep, strain and apply. Also use as an antiseptic in first aid. Place the flower beneath the head at night to induce clairvoyant dreams. Sometimes added to love sachets. It should be gathered at noon.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Mercury, Air

Magical attributes: protection, love, healing.

Uses: Add to all love charms, place a piece in rooms for protection. Give to a grieving person to bring them happiness.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Jupiter, Water.

Magical uses:Protection against evil influences, promotes love, balance and harmony. A sacred herb of the Druids. Place meadowsweet on the altar when making love charms and conducting love spells to increase their potency. Wear at Lammas to join with the Goddess.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Mercury or Venus, Air.

Magical attributes: Money, healing, strength, augment power, luck, travel.

Uses: Mint in tea form aids upset stomachs, flu, and can be used to ease hiccups. Inhalations of the leaves in boiling water is recommended for head colds and asthma. Mint tea used instead of aspirin is great for headaches, particularly pre menstrual headaches. Nervous headaches can be relieved if you lie in a dark room with fresh peppermint leaves on the forehead. Aids the respiratory and circulatory systems. An anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic. Ideal for treating indigestion, flatulence, varicose veins, headaches, migraines, skin irritations, rheumatism, toothache, and general fatigue.

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Magical uses:Worn for protection and to attract love, or to help conceive.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Air.

Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches herb of all time.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Saturn, Fire.

Magical uses:Courage, protection from wild animals, protection from evil spirits, cleansing of ritual and psychic places before and after working there. Also used for cleansing and purifying ritual tools and altars.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Moon or Jupiter, Water.

Magical uses:Purifying and protective incense for ritual areas. Can be used to consecrate tools.

Uses: Excellent insect repellent and as a tincture it is good for bad breath and gum problems.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Water.

Magical uses:Myrtle was sacred to the Greek Goddess Venus and has been used in love charms and spells throughout history. Grow indoors for good luck. Carry or wear Myrtle leaves to attract love, charms made of the wood have special magickal properties. Wear fresh Myrtle leaves while making love charms, potions or during rituals for love.


G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire.

Magical attributes: To advert danger, protection, healing, courage, antidote for many poisons.

Uses: Use gloves to handle so as to avoid getting pricked. High in vitamin C and iron and when in tea form can ease asthma and increase your energy levels.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Jupiter, Air.

Magical uses: Clairvoyance and psychic power of visions.


G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magical uses:The Oak is a sacred tree in many cultures. A Witch will often seek out a grove of Oak to perform rites. It has always been considered unlucky to cut down an oak. After getting permission from the tree's Dryad, burn oak leaves for purification of ritual spaces. Oak is often used for all-purpose wands and they imbue great power. The acorns have been carried to increase fertility in women and to increase sexual appeal by men, preserve youth and to banish illness. Hang Oak over windows and doors to protect your house from evil spirits.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire.

Magical uses: Protection and healing. Place cut onions in a sick persons room to absorb the illness. Leave them overnight and throw away in the morning.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Jupiter, Water.

Magical uses:The dried and powdered peel is added to love and fertility charms.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Water.

Magical uses: Love, sexual appeal. Use in charms, amulets, sachets, incenses and baths.


G/P/E: Masculine, Mercury, Air.

Magical attributes: Fresh parsley leaves in tea form are a treatment for cramps, while dried root decoctions eases urinary infections and arthritis. Externally, crushed leaves relieve insect bites, and may be applied in poultice form to sprains.

Uses: Widely used as a culinary herb

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Earth.

Magical uses: Aphrodisiac and attractant of lovers for either sex


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G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Earth.

Magical uses: Protection, weariness, deters insects. Avoid Pennyroyal while pregnant.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire.

Magical uses:Use in protective charms.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Water.

Magical uses:Protection against evil influences. Hang around doors and windows.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Mercury, Air.

Magical uses:Wear to detect falsehood to prevent or know when others are lying to you.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Air.

Magical attributes: Attunement to nature, centering, cleansing, healing, productivity, purification against illness, a good winter incense, fertility charms.

Uses: Pine buds prepared by decoction act as an expectorant and antiseptic. This same mixture can be used for inhalation for head colds, although it is easier to toss some needles in hot water. Green cones and needles can be added to bath water to ease muscle pains and swelling. For magic, pine is best suited for its aromatic qualities of bringing one back into balance, and enhancing connection with the natural world.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Moon, Water.

Magical uses:Eat poppy seeds as a fertility charm, just don't take a urine test at work for a few days afterward. Carry the seeds or dried seed-pod as a prosperity charm.


G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Water.

Magical attributes: Love, friendship, luck, protection, psychic power and divination.

Uses: Conserves of roses or rose petals in honey are often recommended for nausea and sore throats. Roses are high in vitamin C.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magical attributes: Improve memory, sleep, purification, youth, love, power, healing, protection, intellectual.

Uses: Promotes healing of wounds, acts as an antiseptic, and can be a mild stimulant. Good in teas for treating flu, stress, and headaches or body aches. Mental and physical booster. Used for treating (oil form) muscular sprains, arthritis, rheumatism, depression, fatigue, memory loss, migraine headaches, coughs, flu and diabetes. Excellent remedy for acne or cellulite. When the leaves are soaked in wine for two weeks, small glasses may be taken as a digestive aid. Oil of rosemary is excellent in hair conditioners, and the flowers of this herb may be added to lotion recipes to improve the complexion. Add to all purification bath sachets, love incenses, and protection incenses. Make a simple of rosemary and use it to cleanse the hands before working magic, if you have no time for a regular ritual bath. Burn rosemary and juniper as a healing and recuperation incense.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magical uses:Protection, good luck, healing.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magical uses:Protection, preventing illness, clearness of mind, purification of ritual spaces and tools, clearing the mind of emotional clutter.


G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magical uses: Prosperity, healing and sexual prowess in men


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G/P/E: Masculine, Jupiter or Venus, Air.

Magical attributes: Fertility, longevity, wishes, wisdom, protection, healing, health.

Uses: Can be used in an infusion to aid digestion, or as part of a honey wine to fight colds and fever. When applied in compresses it can ease many skin discomforts, including dandruff. If made into cream it is good for muscular pain, and if dried and smoked sometimes gives relief to asthma.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magical uses:Protective charms, ward off fever and illness, a banishing or exorcism incense, the tea increases courage and will power. Gather on Midsummer's Eve, pass through the smoke of bonfires to purify, and hang in the house as protection and to prevent nightmares.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Moon, Air.

Magical uses: Purification, protection and healing.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magical uses:Welcomes and invites the blessings of the Sun into the garden. The seeds are eaten by women to increase fertility.


G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Water.

Magical attributes: Sleep, psychic energy, courage, healing, purification incense, magickal cleansing baths, a renewing of one's personal energy, warding off of negative energy.

Uses: Powerful antibacterial, antibiotic, and diuretic properties. It helps eliminate wastes from the body. It is used in treating whooping coughs, warts, rheumatism and acne. A strong antiseptic which when prepared by infusion is useful for poor digestion, exhaustion, colds, and infections, and with honey is an effective treatment for sore throats. Also used in tea form as a fever breaker, headache reducer and to be rid of intestinal worms, and can be used as a mouthwash. Also, a great insect repellent. Use both the leaves and flowers. This tea works best for headaches when taken cold. Take a magical cleansing bath in the spring of thyme and marjoram ( used in tea form or whole herbs). A pillow stuffed with it cures nightmares.

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Uses: added to warm milk it regulates menstrual cycle.


G/P/E: Feminine, Mercury or Venus, Water.

Magical attributes: Love, calming, sleep, purification or relaxing baths.

Uses: Use the dried, powdered root. Promotes relaxation while counteracting the effects of insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, headaches, pre menstrual syndrome and menstrual cramping. For sleep, before bed take 1 teaspoon of herb to 1 pint of water and simmer. Also acts as a good substitute for catnip. Use the fresh herb in spells of love, also to get fighting couples together. Used in the Purification bath sachet.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Jupiter, Fire.

Magical uses:The bean is used in a love charms, the oil is worn as an aphrodisiac.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Water.

Magical uses: Ritual cleansing or sacred space, magical cleansing baths, purification incenses. Hang over the bed to prevent nightmares. Love and protection charms, Vervain is also an excellent for use in prosperity charms and spells as it brings good luck and inspiration.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Water.

Magical uses:Mix with lavender for a powerful love charm. A Violet and Lavender compress will aid in eliminating headaches. The flowers are carried as a good-luck charm. The scent will soothe, clear the mind and relax the wearer.


G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.

Magical uses:Carry the nut as a charm to promote fertility and strengthen the heart.

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G/P/E: Feminine, Moon, Water.

Magical uses:Willow wands can be used for healing. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch's brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing.


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G/P/E: Masculine, Saturn or Sun, Fire.

Magical attributes: Protection, chastity, healing the heart.

Uses: In tincture form it is good as a mouth rinse and to ease hemorrhoids. As a compress, witch hazel can be applied to insect bites and other skin irritations.

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G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Air.

Magical uses: Wormwood is burned to gain protection from wandering spirits. Used in divinatory and clairvoyance incenses, initiation rites and tests of courage. Enables the dead to be released from this plane so they my find peace.

G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Water.
Magical uses: Courage, love, marriage charms, dispelling negativity, psychic abilities, divination.
Uses: A very potent healer, it intensifies the medicinal action of other herbs taken with it. Helps eliminate toxins (good for colds). Most useful in its abilities to staunch blood flow. In poultice form , it is useful against infections and swelling. In magic there is evidence that yarrow was often used as a component in incantations. The tea drunk prior to divination will enhance one's powers of perception (a touch of peppermint brightens this brew up and always works better). Also drink the tea to stop arthritis symptoms such as swelling and inflammation associated with weather divination and generally end all aching, sore muscles, or stiff joints or back pain. A powerful incense additive for divination and love spells.

Herbs can be mixed and combined to produce a "recipe" that's just right for each of us. Since the Sun sign you were born under has such an amazing influence on your health and well-being, using the herbs that correspond with that sign alone can be a tremendous help in times of stress or illness. Here's a short list of herbs that seem to be tailor-made for each of the signs, due to their associations with both the planetary ruler and the positive qualities of that sign.
Aries - Mars
Allspice, basil, cayenne, garlic, ginger, mustard, onion, pepper. It's no secret that Aries is the astrological equivalent of a bullet. It's a red-hot burst of energy that's capable of overcoming any obstacle by charging straight for it. The ruler of Aries is Mars, the "red" planet, the ancient god of war who was known for his equally fiery temperament. No wonder, then, the herbs that correspond with your sign are also a bit "hot" to the taste. Use them in cooking to raise your endorphins, the substance Mars loves best.
Taurus - Venus
Apple, apricot, blackberry, cherry, heather, hibiscus, raspberry, rose. Taurus is the sign that's fondest of the pleasures that life inside these bodies can provide. Whether it's a blazing sunset, a symphony by Mozart, or a delicious meal, you folks are experts at enjoying the physical delights of the senses. It's no surprise that the herbs you'll enjoy most are the sweet ones, since your planet, Venus, is the provider of sweetness. Use each of them to satisfy that sweet tooth.
Gemini - Mercury
Clover, eyebright, fennel, lemongrass, lemon verbena, marjoram, parsley. Your quick-witted, fleet-footed energy just loves variety - in fact, the expression "variety is the spice of life" was written with you in mind. Each of these herbs provide a different type of taste, and most can be combined in a light, aromatic tea you can sip on the run. Use clove or slippery elm to protect against gossip and to keep your thoughts and actions grounded.
Cancer - Moon
Aloe, lemon balm, chamomile, mimosa, lavender, lilac.
Nurturing is your business, Cancer, and you distribute your soothing touch to one and all. There's nothing you like better than a home that smells good, too, whether it's because there's something wonderful simmering on the stove, a vase of fresh flowers on the dining room table, or a warm, fragrant bubble bath waiting for you upstairs. Each of the herbs listed above are known for their ability to calm, heal, or bring a wonderful aroma to the environment. Use aloe to soothe burns and scrapes and chamomile for a wonderful bedtime tea.
Leo - Sun
Chicory, cinnamon, goldenseal, rosemary, St. John's Wort, sandalwood. Your planet is the Sun, Leo, the source of life and warmth that keeps us all alive and provides us with the energy we need to keep pursuing our life's quest. It makes perfect sense, then, that the bright, cheerful sunflower would be the perfect representation of your equally bright nd happy sign. Herbs like goldenseal and St. John's Wort are tailor-made for you, too, since their ability to keep the body resistant to illness and depression are well known. Mix a bit of chicory with your morning coffee to help remove any obstacles that come up.
Virgo - Mercury
Caraway, dill, eyebright, horehound, lily of the valley, marjoram, savory. Your quick-thinking meticulous sign likes nothing better than a mental challenge, Virgo, whether it's organizing a pile of papers at the office, solving a puzzle, or learning a new skill. The herbs listed above are all well known for their subtle abilities to strengthen the mind, and many can be mixed together in teas to give you a boost you often need at the end of a long day. The lily of the valley seems perfect for you, too, with its subtle, "clean" scent and delicate flowers.
Libra - Venus
Catnip, passion flower, persimmon, rose, sugar cane, violet. There's no sign as fond of pleasing others as yours, Libra, whether it's by saying just the right thing to bring warring factions together, or by using your polite charm to draw the object of your desires closer. Of course, catnip is famous for its effects on our feline friends, but its also traditionally used in conjunction with rose petals to bring loving relationships that last forever. Since you're ruled by Venus, you're capable of being every bit as sweet as the sugar cane - but if you need a bit of help to attract a beloved, use this potent plant (sugar cane) that's long been used to conjure love - sweetly.
Scorpio - Pluto/Mars
Ginseng, dill, patchouli, pomegranate, saffron, vanilla. As fond as you are of intensity and intimacy, Scorpio, it's no wonder the herbs you'll love best are famous for their use in stirring up passion. Drink ginseng tea (or offer some to your beloved) to induce a agnetic physical attraction. Wear patchouli to arouse lust and silently conjure the magic of the Beltane rituals. Present the object of your desire with a pomegranate, the fruit raditionally associated with seductive Pluto, your ruling planet.
Sagittarius - Jupiter
Anise, clove, fig, hyssop, mugwort, myrtle, nutmeg, rosemary, sage. There's no sign that hangs on to youth with more fervency and determination than yours Sagittarius. To keep that youthful appearance and disposition going as you travel the world in search of yet another experience, drink a tea made of anise, rosemary, and Vervain. To aid in making your dreams more prophetic than they already are, use mugwort. Burn clove incense to attract the wealth you'll need to pay for your travels.
Capricorn - Saturn
Comfrey, horsetail, mint, poppy, sassafras, woodruff. You've always been described as a very "focused" sign, Capricorn, intent on self-sufficiency and material success. The influence of your planet, Saturn, gives you the ambition and self-discipline to attain those goals, and to ensure success and prosperity in business matters, too. Each of the herbs mentioned above are known for their ability to attract that success, and most can be mixed together in a tea.
Aquarius - Uranus/Saturn
Anise, bittersweet, citron, dandelion, lemon verbena, rosemary, sage. Your sign is a cerebral one, Aquarius, and your ability to turn "odd" or eccentric ideas into strokes of genius is well known. Since communication (and mass communication in particular) is your specialty, the herbs above are all associated with the air principle, which rules the intellectual side of life. To increase your already powerful intuition, use citron, clover, or rosemary. Above all else, listen to that intuition. It will seldom prove to be wrong.


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