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Spiritual/Magical Uses of Herbs & Plants

While the focus of this group is healing herbs and their medicinal use, occasionally something gets posted concerning the spiritual or magical use of these herbs. If you have some info that fits into spiritual or magical use, please post it here so we can try to keep things organized and easy to find if we should need it again. And as always, be sure to give credit where credit is due. Post the author and where the information was obtained. Ethics are very important here! .

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Comment by Amethyst Samia on July 16, 2014 at 8:02pm
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HOW TO MAKE HERBAL INCENSE

posted by Perimede, 15 July 2014

I've been offering a 'Sacred Smoke' class that has been very well received locally for a number of reasons. Many of the 'traditional' resins and woods that have been harvested for centuries have reached endangered status. The prices of Frankencense, copal, golanga and others have shot through the roof. Also, there is the added toll on the environment of getting them to your house which takes a significant amount of fossil fuel. And most commercial incense has chemicals added to make them burn better. Many of these chemicals are quite harmful to breath. So I refer to make my own and the class focuses on making all sorts, from the simplist (see below) to making ancient kyphi and cone and stick incenses. But this is one that I used as a poor college student. There were times I didn't have the money even for charcoal (now, I make my own to avoid the saltpeter that is often used). Use plain un-inked paper (yes, you can get fancy and get hemp or any other style paper that you'd like, roll it into a tube and place it in a glass filled with salt. Use a funnel and carefully fill the tube with dried powdered local herbs (such as mugwort or chamomile) or even dried powdered herbs from the dollar store'. Light the paper and it will burn for about 20 minutes (sometimes longer, depending on the herb and how well it packed.) Never leave burning candles or incense unattended.


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Comment by Amethyst Samia on June 29, 2014 at 8:44am
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Garden Necromancy: Summoning Spirits
Posted by Rev. Carol A. Ingle AKA Raven on December 29, 2011 at 10:54am in Garden of Healing Herbs

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