Herbs and Oils
Practical, Magical and
senegal) Also known as gum arabic, gum senegal and gum acacia, produced by a
tree that grows in North Africa. The species of acacia that produces gum arabic
and gum acacia are so closely related that one can be used for the other.
Parts Used: flowers, leaves, stems, root, bark, resin, seeds,
and essential oil
Magical Use: (Herb and Oil) Burn for altar offerings or
purification, aids psychic powers, meditation, platonic love, psychic awareness,
purification, inspiration, wisdom, visions, anointing, protection, prophetic
dreams, spirituality, money. A sprig place over the bed wards off evil.
(Agrimonia eupatoria) the dried herb has an apricot scent and is used in sachets
and potpourri. Also called "Church Steeples".
Parts Used: flowers, leaves, stem, and root
Magical Uses (Herb and Oil) Use in all protection sachets and
spells, also to banish negative energies and spirits. Returns spells to sender,
Alfalfa: Alfalfa is
a well-known herb to health-conscious consumers. It is high in nutrients, which
are drawn into the plant from deep in the soil. The richest land source of trace
minerals, the roots of Alfalfa plants have been known to reach as much as thirty
feet deep! The leaves of the alfalfa plant are rich in minerals and nutrients,
including calcium, magnesium, potassium, and carotene. They are also a source of
protein, vitamin E and vitamin K. Alfalfa has been used by the Chinese since the
sixth century to treat kidney stones, and to relieve fluid retention and
swelling. Alfalfa nourishes the digestive, skeletal, glandular, and urinary
systems. Alfalfa contains chlorophyll, which is renowned for its cleansing
dioica) Tropical evergreen with aromatic bark, leaves, and berries and bunches
of greenish white flowers with a pervading scent. The berries, picked when
mature but still green, are dried and ground to create the familiar spice.
Parts Used: leaves, fruit and essential oil
Magical Use: (Herb and Oil) Burn for prosperity, courage,
healing/health, luck, determination, magical power, energy, strength.
dulcis) The Sweet Almond tree has dark-colored bark, rose to white flowers in
early spring, and dry-fleshed fruit with a pitted stone containing the nut.
Almonds flavor many dishes. Almond oil is a fixed oil pressed from the Sweet
Almond seeds and is used in cosmetics, massage oils, and medicines. Almonds must
be chewed well and slowly. The whole raw almond had been described as a cancer
preventative. Arabs crossing vast deserts live on only almonds, dates and water.
One ounce of almonds can be soaked overnight in four ounces of water and blended
in the morning to make a milk substitute. Peeled almonds can relieve heartburn.
Ground almonds make a wonderful facial scrub. The oil relieves coughs and
hoarseness. Almonds have very little starch and the butter and flour of the nuts
is recommended for diabetics. Caution: Almonds contain hydro cyanic acid and can
be toxic if eaten in large amounts (over 50 kernels for an adult, ten for a
Parts Used: Seed and wood
Magical Use: (Wood) Burn for money, riches and wisdom. Almond
wood makes a nice magickal wand. Sweet Almond Oil is one of the primary carrier
oils for ritual and anointing blends. In an old fable, Phyllis was deserted by
her lover Demophoon and died of grief. The gods changed her into a barren almond
tree. When Demophoon returned and embraced the tree, it burst into leaf and
flower - a symbol of true love transcending death.
Aromatherapy Use: (Oil) Great base for massage, bath, body
and skin-care products. Sweet Almond oil is scentless and nourishing to the
ALOE: (Aloe Vera or
Aloe ssp.) This plant has remarkable qualities. Two parts are used: the clear,
gel-like central leaf pulp, and the yellow-green juice from the green part of
the leaf. The gel is used in creams to soothe, heal, and moisturize the skin,
and in shampoos for dry, itchy scalps. It cools the skin, protects it from
airborne infections and fungi, and reduces scarring. It speeds cell
regeneration, and so treats radiation burns coral wounds, and dermatitis. It can
be scraped from split leaves for first aid treatment of small burns, cuts,
chapped skin, sunburn, eczema and Poison Ivy rash. Compounds in the leaf juice
are added to sunscreens from protection against UV rays and have shown
Part Used: Pulp or juice from the leaves
Magical Use: A protective houseplant. It guards against evil
influences and prevents household accidents. In Africa, the aloe is hung over
houses and doors to bring good luck and drive away evil.
Aromatherapy Use: Aloe Vera gel is used in cosmetic recipes
where a cream or lotion isn't appropriate.
archangelica) also called "Angel's Food". This three-year "biennial" has a
taproot, divided leaves, and umbels of green-white flowers in its third year,
and then it seeds and dies. Crushed leaves in car interiors reduce travel
nausea. The oil is distilled from the root or seeds. Used in infusion or
tincture, the root raises body temperature and promotes digestion, making it an
ideal herb for older folks. It also helps bring down the menses. Use it for
colds and flu, to induce a sweat and warm the body. The decoction of the dried
root is said to remove the taste for alcohol. Simmer two teaspoons of the root
in two cups of water for twenty minutes; take one cup twice a day. Caution: Do
not exceed the indicated amounts, or the heart, blood pressure, and respiration
can be affected. Use the root in salves for skin problems and rheumatic pains.
The tincture can be used in doses of ten to thirty drops, four times a day.
Parts Used: Root, essential oil and seeds
Magical Use: Sprinkle crushed leaves around the 4 corners of
a house to ward negativity and purify the home, burn for meditation, protection,
divination, exorcism, healing/health and visions. The leaves can be smoked in
herbal "tobacco" formulas. (Oil) Use for anointing.
Aromatherapy Use: Coughs, Colds, Fevers, Flatulence,
Indigestion, Skin Care, Circulation. Do not use during pregnancy or if diabetic.
anisum) Anise has sweetly, aromatic leaves, rounded at the base and narrower on
the stem, with umbels of flowers followed by aromatic fruits. The flowers and
leaves are used in fruit salads, the stem and roots in sweet soups. In cooking
or infused as a tea, the seeds aid digestion, quell nausea, and ease flatulence
and colic. Anise is used in cough mixtures, as it is expectorant and soothes
spasms of irritant coughs and bronchial problems. It promotes estrogen
production and is used to encourage breast milk, ease childbirth, and stimulate
libido. Tiny amounts of the essential oil, produced from the seeds, are added to
toothpaste, perfumes and mouthwashes, and are used to mask bitter medicines, but
in large amounts Anise is highly toxic. The seeds are carminative (they move gas
out of the intestinal tract). Used in tea or as lozenges, they soothe a hard
cough. For the tea, steep one teaspoon of the seeds in one cup of boiled water
for ten minutes. Take up to one and half cups a day. The seeds can also be
tinctured using two ounces of seed per on-half quart of brandy and some lemon
peel. Let the mixture sit for twenty days. The dose is one teaspoon as needed.
The seeds are make into a liqueur called anisette, which is mixed with hot water
as a remedy for bronchitis and asthma. Anise seed tea is sweetened with honey
and given to children with lung colds. Epilepsy, colic, and smoker's cough are
treated with anise. For colic, simmer one teaspoon of the seed in one-half pint
of mild for ten minutes, strain, and take it hot. Oil of anise is a natural
Parts Used: Seeds and essential oil
Magical Use: Anis seeds are an herb of protection said to
avert all evil. In ancient Roman times, they ere baked into a cake that was
served at the end of the wedding feast. Purification, Protection, entices
spirits to aid in spells, divination, psychic awareness, youth, In a pillow it
wards off nightmares.
Aromatherapy Use: Muscular aches and pains, Rheumatism,
Bronchitis, Colds and coughs, Colic, Cramps, Flatulence, Indigestion.
APPLE: (Malus spp.)
A Druid sacred tree. The apple is a symbol of immortality, A branch of the apple
which bore buds, flowers and fully ripened fruit (sometimes known as the Silver
Bough), was a kind of magical charm which enabled its possessor to enter into
the land of the Gods, the underworld, in Celtic Mythology. Apples clean the
liver, cure constipation, and tone the gums. When baked they can be applied as a
warm poultice to sore throats and skin inflammations. The cooked apple is
especially laxative. The peeled raw apple helps with diarrhea. The cider
corrects intestinal flora, reduces stomach acidity, corrects gas, and helps the
kidneys, take three or four cups a day. Apple cider vinegar and water make a
rinse to restore hair, scalp and skin, use equal parts of vinegar and water.
Blondes should use white vinegar. Apple cider vinegar, water, and honey aid
digestion when taken with meals, use two teaspoons of vinegar to a glass of
water, add honey to taste. This was one of my great-grandmothers favorite cures
for a sore throat.
Parts Used: Whole fruit (cooked or raw, apple cider, apple
cider vinegar, and wood
Magical Use: Wiccan altars are often piled high with apples
during Samhain for the apple is considered to be one of the foods of the dead.
For this very reason Samhain is sometimes known as "Feast of Apples". Apples are
considered symbols of life and immortality. The apple has long been used in
spells of love. The blossoms are added to love sachets, brews and incenses, and
they are infused in melted pink wax, then strained out to make candles suitable
to burn for attracting love. Use apple cider in place of blood where it is
called for in old recipes. Apples and apple blossoms are symbolic of love,
healing and immortality. Burn the blossoms as incense, wear the perfume, and
make them into herb candles for a hand fasting rite.
ASAFETIDA: Ferula asafoetida Also called Stinking Gum. The
pungent gum is extracted from the living rootstock by notching the plant at soil
level. It was a popular Roman condiment. (If you can imagine that!) Research
suggests the plant is anticoagulant and lowers blood pressure. Used to treat
stomach ailments such as intestinal flu, gas, and bloating. Add a pinch to beans
as they cook. The herb is good in cases of Candida albicans. Has been used for
asthma, bronchitis, and whooping cough because of it's antispasmodic properties
and is a good herb for croup and colic in babies (newborns should get it through
their mother's milk). Another method is to give it to infants via the rectum -
make an emulsion with four parts asafetida to one hundred parts water and
insert. It has been used as a sedative for hysteria and convulsion. Please Note:
This herb tastes awful and is perhaps best taken in capsule form, one hundred
milligrams to one gram being the dose.
Parts Used: Resin of the root
Magical Use: Use for prophetic dreams, exorcism, and
protection. Worn in a bag around the neck, asafetida dispels diseases and evils
of all kinds. (It literally repels evil spirits!) Add a clove of garlic to
enhance the effect. Asafetida is a classic for exorcism and purification rites.
Use it to smudge a ritual space with smoke. Unfortunately, though asafetida is
powerful, it also has a horrible odor. Just the slightest whiff of the fragrance
has been known to cause vomiting. Use with Care!
ASH TREE: (Fraxinus americana or excelsior) A Druid sacred
tree. This spring-flowering deciduous tree has smooth gray bark and showy,
scented flowers, although the scent is unpleasant to some. The bark of the ash
can be used as a substitute for quinine in intermittent fevers. It is reputed to
clear obstructions from the spleen and liver. Simmer two tablespoons of bark for
twenty minutes in one cup water, take a quarter-cup four times a day. The leaves
are laxative and can be used as a substitute for senns (tree leaves are always
gathered before midsummer). Steep two tablespoons of the leaf in one cup of
water for twenty minutes, take one quarter cup four times a day.
Parts Used: Bark and Leaf
Magical Use: Ash is the sacred world tree of the Teutons,
known as Yggdrasil. Ash wood makes a traditional Yule log. Druid wands were
often made of ash and carved with decorations. Ash wands are good for healing,
general and solar magic. Put fresh ash leaves under your pillow to stimulate
psychic dreams and prosperity. An herb of the sun, ash brings light into the
hearth at the winter solstice.
BASIL: (Oncimum basilicum) The warm, spicy taste of this
popular herb's leaf combines well with garlic, tomatoes, eggplant, and Italian
dishes, Basil flavors vinegar, pesto sauce, and oil. The essential oil flavors
condiments and liqueurs, and scents soaps and perfumes. Inhaling the essential
oil refreshes the mind and stimulates a sense of smell dulled by viral
infection. The infusion relieves gas and stomach pains. Reputedly abortive, it
can help expel the placenta. A warming herb, it is used for colds and flu,
constipation, vomiting, headaches, and menstrual cramps. Steep two teaspoons per
cup of water for twenty minutes, take up to one and a half cups per day.
Parts Used: Leaf and stem
Magical Use: Burn basil to exorcise negativity from the home.
To do a really thorough cleansing and protection of yourself and your home, also
sprinkle a little basil in each corner of each room in the house and add to your
bathwater. Basil is used to mend lovers' quarrels and brings good luck to a new
home. The scent of basil causes sympathy between two people and so is worn to
avoid major clashes. Basil Use it in rites of exorcism and in the ritual bath.
Sprinkle to powder over the area of your heart to promote fidelity. The scent
brings happiness to the home and will protect you in crowds.
Aromatherapy Use: Bronchitis, Fatigue, Colds, Loss of
Concentration, Migraine, Gout, Aches and Pains, Insect bites, Insect Repellent,
Coughs, Migraine, Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression, Infectious Disease. Key
Qualities: Restorative, Tonic, Antidepressant, Refreshing, Uplifting,
Fortifying, Purifying, Clearing, Warming, Cephalic, Stupefying in excess.
BAY LAUREL: (Laurus nobilis) The culinary leaves may be
slightly narcotic, and aid digestion when added to Bouquet garni, marinades,
pâté, soups and stews. The wood is used to give an aromatic tang to smoked
foods, and oil of Bay, from the fruit, flavors some liqueurs. A leaf decoction
added to bath water will relieve aching limbs, and diluted leaf essential oil
can treat sprains and rheumatic joints but may irritate the skin. The leaf and
berry are used in salves for itching, sprains, bruises, skin irritations, and
rheumatic pain. The fruit and leaf are simmered until soft and made into a
poultice with honey for chest colds. Bay leaf and berry tea makes a bath
additive that helps the bladder, bowel, and female reproductive organs. Use two
tablespoons per cup and steep for forty-five minutes, add to bath water.
Parts Used: Leaf and berry
Magical Use: Bay leaves were used by the Delphic priestesses.
The incense and the leaf are said to produce a prophetic trance. Burn for
psychic powers, purification, wish magic, exorcism, healing/health, protection,
divination, visions, clairvoyance, energy, power, strength, inspiration, wisdom,
meditation, defense, creative word. Put the leaves under your pillow to give
inspiration and visions. An herb of the sun, bay brings the light of summer into
the darkest time of the year. Carry the leaf or place in the home to ward off
illness and hexes.
Aromatherapy Use: Sprains, Colds, Flu, Insomnia, Rheumatism.
BENZOIN: (Styrax benzoin) Benzoin is a shrubby tree with gray
bark, simple leaves, and short racemes of small, fragrant, bell-shaped white
flowers. The scented yellowish resin is thought to be created in response to
injury, so it is tapped by making hatchet incisions in the trunk. The resin,
called benzoin or gum benjamin, is used as incense, a fixative in perfumes, and
is added to cosmetics to prevent fats turning rancid. The tree resin is used
externally, diluted with water, as an antiseptic skin wash. Taken internally, it
relieves intestinal gas and is antiseptic to the urinary tract. Take ten to
twenty drops in water or tea four times a day. Put it in vaporizers or use it an
inhalant for bronchitis, and laryngitis. A simple method is to place it, along
with a few drops of the oils of peppermint and eucalyptus, in a bowl of boiling
hot water. Put your face as close to the bowl as you can and cover your head,
and the bowl, with a towel. Inhale the steam. Tincture of benzoin is often added
to salves as a preservative, (one pound of benzoin to about one and a half
quarts of salve.) Benzoin is used in Aromatherapy but may cause allergic
Parts Used: Resin
Magical Use: An herb of purification, burned in incense to
sanctify an area. The scent is also used to attract business when combined with
basil, peony or cinnamon. Dilute the essential oil and rub onto the body to
increase your personal power. It awakens the conscious mind as well. Burn to
purify, protect, for prosperity, for astral projection or to increase mental
Aromatherapy Use: Asthma, Bronchitis, Laryngitis, Chills,
Flu, Colic, Coughs, Itching, Arthritis, Colds, As a Sedative. Benzoin has been
found to help retain skin elasticity. It is valuable in treating dry, cracked
skin and is believed to be anti-depressant. Key Qualities: Warming, Energizing,
Uplifting, Comforting, Purifying, Elevating, Stimulant, Soothing,
BERGAMOT: (Citrus bergamia) Bergamot has aromatic flowers and
fruits. The thin, smooth peel yields Bergamot oil for "true" eau de Cologne and
Earl Grey Tea.
Parts Used: Flower and fruit
Magical Use: Use for money and protective rituals. Add the
distilled bouquet to your bathwater for these purposes. Synthesized versions of
the oil abound but should not be used.
Aromatherapy Use: Boils, Cold Sores, Insect Bites, Spots,
Varicose Ulcers, Colds, Flu, Fevers, Acne, Tension, Wounds, Coughs, Stress, as
an Antidepressant, as an Insect Repellent, Depression, Cystitis, Infectious
Diseases, Tonsillitis, Halitosis, Flatulence, Loss of appetite. Key Qualities:
Reviving, Refreshing, Calming, Soothing, Uplifting, Sedative, Regulating,
BERGAMOT MINT: (Mentha x piperita 'citrata') This herb is
sometimes confused with the Citrus of the same name. Bee Balm is also called
bergamot at times. This is a hairless mint with thin smooth leaves and purple
runners, it has purplish flowers. In full sun it develops a strong citrus scent
and the whole plant is tinged purple. In shade the color is more coppery. Use it
as an aromatic herb in potpourri or to make a honey-sweetened drink. The flavor
is not so good for cooking. Also called Eau De Cologne Mint.
Parts Used: Leaf and Essential Oil
Magical Use: The leaves of bergamot mint are slipped into
wallets and purses to attract money. Fresh leaves are also rubbed onto money
before spending it to ensure it's return. Also used in "success" rituals and
BETONY: (Stachys officonalis or Stachys betonica or Betonica
officionalis) Also known as Bishop wort, Wood Betony or Purple Betony. Wood
betony has fairly pungent, scalloped, hairy leaves and spikes of pale magenta
summer flowers. A Druid sacred herb. The arial parts provide a tea substitute
and are added to tonics and herbal cigarettes. An infusion is mildly sedative
and cleansing and is a nerve and circulation tonic for migraine, anxiety,
indigestion, drunkenness, and difficult labor. Wood Betony was an Anglo-Saxon
Parts Used: Leaf, flower, stem and root
Magical Use: This was a very powerful herb to the Druids as
it has the power to expel evil spirits, nightmares and despair. It was burned at
Midsummer Solstice for purification and protection. Sprinkle around or near al
doors and windows to form a protective barrier. If troubled by nightmares fill a
small cloth pillow and place it under your pillow. Betony is added to
purification and protection mixtures and incenses.
BIRCH: (Betula alba) A Druid sacred tree. Also known as Lady
of the Woods, Paper Birch or White Birch. The antibacterial leaves give a
diuretic tea used to treat gout and rheumatism, to dissolve kidney and bladder
tones and to lower cholesterol. Steep two teaspoons of leaf per cup of water for
twenty minutes. The dose is one to one a half cups over a day. Birch twigs and
leaves are simmered and added to the bath for itchy skin conditions and falling
hair. Taken before bed, the tea is sedative. The young shoots and leaves make a
tonic laxative. The inner bark is simmered and used in fevers. Twigs and bark
are simmered using two teaspoons of plant per cup of water for twenty minutes.
The dose is one-fourth cup four times a day. The twigs of B. lutea (Yellow
birch) and B. lenta (black birch) are gathered in spring and simmered gently for
twenty minutes to make a delicious beverage. Please note: the leaves must be
used fresh, and not after Midsummer, as they will then contain natural
insecticides. The white birch has no real flavor and does not make a good
beverage tea. The bark and bud oil are used in medicated soaps.
Parts Used: Leaf, bark and twigs
Magical Use: The traditional broom of witches is made of
birch twigs. Protection, purification, wards negativity, love, new beginnings,
changes. Birch is a feminine tree and an embodiment of the Great Mother. Cradles
are often made of her wood as a protection for the child.
Aromatherapy Use: Gout, Rheumatism, Eczema, Ulcers.
BLACKBERRY: (Rubus villosus) A Blackberry leaf decoction is a
blood and skin tonic, and a poultice treats eczema. The juicy purple-black fruit
are rich in fiber and Vitamin C. The root is a classic remedy for diarrhea and
is reputed to clean the kidneys and urinary tract of stones and gravel. Simmer
two teaspoons for the root per cup of water for twenty minutes, and take a
quarter cup four times a day. The buds and leaves are used fresh in poultices
for wounds, burns, mouth sores, and sore throats. Chew the leaves or make a
poultice. The berries are slightly binding (as is blackberry wine) and are
useful in diarrhea, as are the leaves.
Parts Used: Root, leaf, bud, and berry
Magical Use: Sacred to Brighid, the leaves and berries are
used to attract wealth or healing. This is a Goddess herb, belonging to the
planetary sphere of Venus. Protection, health, prosperity, pie for Lughnasadh,
to commemorate the harvest.
BLACKTHORN: (Prunus spinosa) Also know as Sloe, Mother of the
Wood, or Wishing Thorn. This tree has small, serrated, oval leaves on dark,
thorny branches with purple blooms and black fruit. The leaves yield a
mouthwash. The astringent fruits make Sloe gin. Traditionally, the wood was used
to make clubs.
Parts Used: Leaf, twig, fruit
Magical Use: Returns evil to sender. The thorns are used for
sticking into black figure candles or poppets of enemies that will not leave you
alone. Hung over doorways or carried, the sloe wards off evil and calamity,
banishes demons and negative vibrations.
BORAGE: (Borago officionalis) The flowers decorate salads and
cakes and are frozen in ice cubes. The cooling, mineral-rich leaves flavor
drinks, dips, and salt-free diets. A leaf and flower infusion is an adrenaline
tonic taken for stress, depression, or cortisone and steroid treatment. It
reduces fevers, dry coughs, and dry skin rashes. Pressed seed oil can be used
like Evening Primrose for menstrual and irritable bowel problems, eczema, blood
pressure, arthritis and hangovers.
Parts Used: Flower, leaf, stem and seeds
Magical Use: Tea aids psychic power. Carry the leaves for
protection. Carry the fresh blossoms to strengthen your courage. Use in money
and business spells.
BRIAR ROSE: (Rosa rubiginosa) Also known as Wild Rose, Sweet
Briar, Hop Fruit, or Briar. Regular scented roses may be substituted. See also
Parts Used: Flower and fruit
Magical Use: For clairvoyant dreams, steep two teaspoons
fresh or dried rose petals in one cup of boiling water. Cover and let stand five
minutes. Drink at bedtime. Burn the petals with love incense to strengthen love
spells. Rose essential oil is used in formulas designed to attract love, confer
peace, stimulate sexual desires and enhance beauty. Healing, Creativity, Love
Luck, Prophetic Dreams, Protection, Psychic Awareness, Divination, Clairvoyance,
Aromatherapy Use: Anxiety, Depression, Circulatory Problems,
menopausal Problems, as an Antiseptic and Tonic, Menstrual Disorders, Stress,
Tension, as a Sedative.
BROOM: (Genista scoparius syn. Cytisus scoparius and
Sarothamnus scoparious) Also known as Scotch Broom, and Irish broom. A Druid
Sacred Tree, it is a many-branched erect shrub with simple or trifoliate leaves,
and golden "sweet-pea" flowers. A flowering sprig of Broom was a heraldic battle
device of Henry II of England who is said to have taken the family name
Plantagenet from this medieval "planta genista". Flowering broom tips are
gathered in spring (before Midsummer) and are later used fresh or dry. The seeds
are as useful as the tops. Both are soluble in water and alcohol. The infusion
is used to tread cardiac edema. Simmer one teaspoon of the herb or seeds per cup
of water for twenty minutes. The dose is one-half cup a day in one-fourth cup
doses. Broom is combined with dandelion root, uva ursi, and juniper berries to
treat bladder and kidney ailments. Take one part broom, one half part uva ursi,
and one half part dandelion root. Simmer until the liquid is reduced to half the
original quantity. Add one-half part juniper berry and cool. A pinch of cayenne
is sprinkled into each one-eighth cup dose. Caution: Acute kidney problems
contraindicate this herb. Broom is a heart tonic. Use one teaspoon of the herb
per cup of water, and do not exceed more than one-half cup per day. One to ten
drops of tincture may be given as a dose.
Parts Used: Flowering twig and seed.
Magical Use: Broom flowers bound with colored ribbons are
carried at weddings. Couples may choose to "jump the broom" as they make their
transition to a new station of life. Broom can be substituted for furze (gorse))
at Spring Equinox. The Irish called it the "Physician's Power" because of its
diuretic shoots. Sweep your outside ritual areas with it to purify and protect.
Burning the blooms and shoots calms the wind. Hang indoors for protection and
purification. Toss in the air or bury it to raise or calm winds.
CAMPHOR: (Cinnamomum camphora) This white, intensely scented,
crystalline substance is distilled from a tree native to China and Japan. The
essential oil is steam-distilled from wood, root stumps, and branches. For many
years true camphor wasn't sold in the U.S. All "camphor blocks" and mothballs
were made of synthetic camphor which is extremely poisonous. Both the leaf and
crystallized extract are used for wet lung conditions such as asthma and
bronchitis. Camphor is useful in depression, exhaustion, and stomach cramps and
to improve circulation. Use about two teaspoons of leaf per cup of water and
steep for twenty minutes. Take one-fourth cup four times a day. Alternatively,
use one teaspoon of the crystallized extract per two cups of water. Take it in
one-teaspoon doses four times a day. The tincture is also available and is used
in doses of five to ten drops four times a day. Camphor is incorporated into
salves for external use to kill parasites and treat ringworm, scabies, and itch.
The oil open the lungs, making breathing easier, and helps with muscular and
joint pain, arthritis, and bruises (not for open wounds). The salve functions as
a "smelling salt," and the herb has been used internally to revive those in coma
or delirium. Camphor can be burned to purify the air or inhaled to open lung
passages. Caution: Do not use this herb if you are pregnant or if you are very
weak and debilitated. Only natural plant extracts should be used, as chemical
camphor is contaminated with industrial poisons.
Parts Used: Crystallized extract and leaf
Magical Use: (Solid Form) Camphor is added in small amounts
to Lunar and chastity type mixtures, (Eucalyptus or Lavender oil may be
substituted). Divination, Prophetic Dreams, Psychic Awareness. Burn in the home
to purify the air and to dispel disease.
Aromatherapy Use: Coughs, Colds, Fevers, Rheumatism,
CARAWAY: (Carum carvi) Caraway is a hardy biennial with
finely cut feathery leaves, umbels of small flower heads in midsummer and
capsules containing two curved narrow seeds. The seeds are a popular spice,
especially in Central Europe. They enhance port, goulash, sauerkraut, cheese,
and pickles and are added to cooking cabbage to reduce the smell. They flavor
brads and cakes and are eaten raw or sugar- coated as Caraway comfits after a
spicy meal. They sweeten the breath, aid digestion, and relieve flatulence.
Chopped leaves are added to soups and salads, and the root is cooked as a
vegetable. Essential oil, distilled from the seeds, flavors gin, candy, the
liqueur Kümel, and mouthwashes, and scents soaps, and aftershaves. The seeds are
antiseptic and a vermifuge. Caraway seeds have been used in cooking since the
Stone Age. The powdered seeds are taken in doses of one-fourth to one teaspoon
to promote digestion and relieve gas. Caraway tea also relieves menstrual
cramps, as it helps to bring on the menstruation. Caraway increases breast mile.
To make the tea, steam three teaspoons of the ground seeds in one-half cup of
water for twenty minutes (use a kitchen blender to lightly crush the seed). Take
up to one and a half cups a day in one-fourth cup doses, or simply chew the
seeds. One to four drops of the essential oil may be taken as a digestive aid.
For colicky babies, soak one ounce of the ground seed in a pint of cold water
for about six hours. The dose is from one to three teaspoons of the infusion, or
boil three teaspoons of seed in one-half cup of milk for a few minutes, then
steep for ten minutes. The powdered seeds are moistened to make a poultice for
bruises and earaches.
Parts Used: Seed, leaf, root and essential oil
Magical Use: Caraway is often added to love potions to keep
lovers from being unfaithful. The seeds are placed in poppets and used in spells
to find one's mate. They are said to inspire lust when baked into cakes or
breads. Put some in your wedding cake, or use it instead of rice to throw at the
bride and groom. Pigeons are very fond of it too!
CARDAMOM: (Elettario cardamomum) This perennial bears
violet-striped white flowers and aromatic green fruits on erect or trailing
racemes. The seed pods are an expensive spice, sold as whole green, bleached, or
sun-dried cardamom. The seeds are digestive, stimulant, and antispasmodic, and
rhizome is given for fatigue and fever. The essential oil from almost-ripe
fruits is used in liqueurs and perfumes. Cardamom seeds are a symbol of
Parts Used: Seed
Magical Use: Deliciously spicy, cardamom essential oil brings
a nice jolt of energy to live and sexually oriented formulas. Burn for love
spells or use in love sachets. The ground seeds are added to warmed wine for a
quick lust potion. They are also baked into apple pies for a wonderful amatory
Aromatherapy Use: Nausea, Coughs, Headaches, Aches, as a
Digestive and Tonic, Dyspepsia, Mental Fatigue, Nervous Strain, Halitosis,
Anorexia, Colic. Key Qualities: Cephalic, Aphrodisiac, Warming, Comforting,
Refreshing, Uplifting, Penetrating, Soothing.
CARNATION: (Dianthus caryophyllus) Also called Pink , Clove
Pink or Gilly Flower. This short lived perennial has blue-green grass like
foliage and spicy, fragrant long-lasting flowers in the summer. This "Flower of
Divinity" and symbol of betrothal, woven into garlands is the parent of
cultivated carnations, although is seldom available in its true for.
Fortunately, the petals of any clove-scented Pink, with the bitter white heel
removed, can be added to fruit dishes, sandwiches, soups, and sauces, or used to
make floral syrup, vinegar, liqueur, or wine. This was Chaucer's "sops in wine"
and is still enjoyed as a nerve tonic today. The strong-sweet spicy scent is
used in soaps and perfumes. Worn during Elizabethan times to prevent coming to
an untimely death on the scaffold.
Parts Used: Flower petals
Magical Use: Altar offering for the Goddess, Anointing,
Protection, Strength, Health and Healing, Energy, Power, Magical Power,
Blessing, Consecration. Can be used in all purpose protective spells.
CATNIP: (Nepeta Catoria) A Druid sacred herb. The root and
leaf scent, mint with cat pheromone overtones, intoxicates cats and repels rats
and flea beetles. The tender leaves are added to salads and flavor meat. They
can also be brewed as tea and were used before China tea was imported. The
leaves and flowering tops treat colds, calm upset stomachs, reduce fevers, and
soothe headaches and scalp irritations. When smoked, leaves give mild euphoria
with no harmful effects.
Parts Used: Leaf
Magical Use: Chewed by warriors for fierceness in battle.
Large dried leaves are powerful markers for magic books. Give it to your cat to
create a psychic bond. Used in spells to promote beauty, happiness, love. Use in
all Cat Magic Spells.
CASSIA: (Cinnamomum aromaticum var. cassia) This is the
highest grade of Cinnamon. See Cinnamon.
Magical Use: Purification
Aromatherapy Use: See cinnamon
CEDARWOOD: (Cedrus libani or Cedrus spp.) A Druid sacred
herb. Also known as Cedar, Tree of Life, Arbor Vitae (Thuja occidentalis) or
Yellow Cedar (T. occidentalis). Ancient Celts on the mainland used cedar oil to
preserve the heads of enemies taken in battle. The wood of the Atlas Cedar
subspecies is distilled to produce the essential oil. Yellow cedar is used by
herbalists to treat bloody cough and heart weakness. Simmer two teaspoons per
cup for twenty minutes and take it cold in one-tablespoon doses, three to six
times a day. It is used internally and externally as an anti-fungal (the dry
powder is excellent for Athlete's foot).
Parts Used: Twig and leaf
Magical Use: Cedar smoke purifies the home. Use it in smudge
sticks, incense and sweat lodges. The scent is said to enhance psychic powers. I
use it in a simmering pot which smells much better than the burning herb, it
makes the whole house smell clean and sweet. Use for: Purification, Health and
Healing, Luck, Good Fortune, Happiness, Banishing, Releasing, Exorcism, Money
and Riches, Justice, Protection, Harmony, Peace.
Aromatherapy Use: Bronchitis, Catarrh, Acne, Arthritis, as a
Diuretic, Sedative, Antiseborrhoeic.
CHAMOMILE: (Chamaemelum nobile or Anthemis nobilis) Also
called Roman chamomile, English chamomile, Perennial Chamomile, Wild Chamomile,
and Ground Apple. A Druid Sacred Herb, this aromatic evergreen has feathery,
apple-scented leaves and white flowers with conical golden centers. The flowers
make a digestive, soothing and sedative tea, which is used for soothing restless
children, helps prevent nightmares and insomnia, and suppresses nausea. The
flower compounds have shown anti-tumor activity in laboratory tests. In the
garden it is a "physician plant" reviving nearby ailing plants. The essential
oil is a beautiful blue color turning yellow as it ages. This herb has an
affinity for the solar plexus area of the human body. Colic, upset stomachs, and
fevers are benefited by the tea of the fresh or dried flower. Use two
tablespoons per cup, steep for twenty minutes, and take a quarter cup four times
a day. Women with menstrual cramps can try adding a few thin slices of fresh
ginger root to the tea. Chamomile is an antibacterial. Sores, wounds, itches,
and rashes respond to external applications. Use the tea as a wash or add the
herb to salves and poultices. The oil is rubbed into swollen joints. Chamomile
calms the nerves and brings on sleep. Use it in baths and gargles. Add the tea
to a vaporizer to help asthmatic children. The classic tea for cranky, teething
babies, it is given in the bottle or through a mother's breast milk.
Parts Used: Flower
Magical Use: Yellow chamomile brings the power of the sun to
love potions, money spells and rites of purification. Use in incense for the
God. When sprinkled around the house it removes hexes, curses and spells. It can
be burned or added to prosperity bags to increase money. Use for: Love, Luck,
Fortune, Justice, Prosperity, Purification, Meditation, Rest.
Aromatherapy Use: Nerves, Migraine, Acne, Inflammation,
Insomnia, Menstrual Problems, Dermatitis, Analgesic, Tension Headache, Stress.
CHERRY: (Prunus serotina) A Druid sacred tree, chips of the
wood or bark were burned at Celtic festivals especially Sabbaths. Also known as
Black Cherry, Wild Cherry or Chokecherry (P. virginiana). Chokecherry bark tea
is used to clear the throats of singers and public speakers, the powdered
berries were once used to improve the appetite. If you've never tried
chokecherry jelly, you've missed a real treat. CAUTION: The stone is poisonous.
Parts Used: Fruit, bark and wood
Magical Use: (Wood and Fruit Juice) Creativity, Healing, Long
been used to attract Love, Cherry juice is used as a substitute for blood in old
CINNAMON: (Cinnamomum verum or zeylanicum) A tropical
evergreen tree up to 50 feet tall. Cinnamon sticks are quills from the inner
bark and the essential oil is distilled by water or steam from the leaves and
Parts Used: Bark
Magical Use: (Herb and Oil) Meditation, Defense, Creative
Work, Divination, Energy, Power, Protection, Success, Astral Projection, Health
and Healing, Love Lust, Money and Riches, Purification.
Aromatherapy Use: (Oil) Lice, Scabies, Wasp Stings, Poor
Circulation, Childbirth (stimulates contractions), Anorexia, Colitis, Diarrhea,
Dyspepsia, Intestinal Infection, Sluggish Digestion, Spasm, Flu, Rheumatism,
Warts, Coughs, Colds, Viral Infections, Frigidity, Infectious Disease, Stress
Related Conditions, Tooth and Gum Care, Nervous Exhaustion. Key Qualities:
Warming, Reviving, Tonic, Strengthening, Aphrodisiac, Restorative, Uplifting.
CINQUEFOIL: (Pontentilla reptans) Also called Five Fingered
Grass, Creeping cinquefoil, and Five Leaved Grass. The rootstock was cooked as a
vegetable by the Celts and Native Americans. Applied to sore areas, the fresh
plant relieves pain. A root decoction is used in anti-wrinkle creams. A wash
reduces skin redness, freckles, and sunburn. The powdered root and leaf are used
to stop internal hemorrhaging. The powder also makes an astringent for mouth
sores and treats diarrhea. Taken with honey, it relieves sore throats, coughs,
and fever. Take one-quarter to one-half teaspoon at a time, or twenty to forty
drops of the tincture. The leaves can be steeped using two teaspoons per cup of
water for twenty minutes, or one ounce of the root can be simmered in one and a
half cups of water for twenty minutes. The dose is a quarter cup four times a
Parts Used: Root and leaf
Magical Uses Use the infusion in ritual baths and for
purification rites. Cinquefoil bestows eloquence and protection to the wearer,
bring it to court. Love, power wisdom, health, and abundance are symbolized by
its five petals. Prick a hole in an egg, drain it and fill it with cinquefoil.
Tape the egg shut, and your home and property are protected. Bathe in the
infusion every seven days to ward off evil influences. Prosperity, Protection,
Defense, Purification, Anointing, Divination Dreams, Energy, Strength, Luck,
Fortune, Justice, Healing, Inspiration, Wisdom, Love,. Hang at the door for
protection. Add to pacificator bath sachets.
CLOVE: (Syzgium aromaticum) Cloves are the sun-dried unopened
flower buds of a dense evergreen tree, they have a strong spiciness that flavors
foods and prevents nausea. The flowers are used to soothe aching eyes. Clove
oil, from the distillation of leaves and flower buds, is an antiseptic numbing
agent for toothache and indigestion. It is added to cosmetics, perfumes, and
cigarettes. There are now Clove-based anesthetics.
Parts Used: Leaf and flower bud
Magical Use: Use for: Divination, Love, Lust, Banishing,
Releasing, Inspiration, Wisdom. Burn for Wealth, Purification, to ward negative
thoughts, or to stop others from gossiping about you.
Aromatherapy Use: Nausea, Flatulence, Asthma, Bronchitis,
Arthritis, Rheumatism, Toothache, Diarrhea, Infections, as an Analgesic and
Antiseptic, Insect Repellent (Mosquitoes). Key Qualities: Tonic, Stimulating,
Revitalizing, Aphrodisiac, Warming, Comforting, Purifying, Active.
CLUB MOSS: (Lycopodium selago or clavatum) Also called
Selago, Foxtail, Lycopod, Vegetable Sulpher, Wolf Claw or Stag's Horn Moss. This
toxic, evergreen, moss like herb has trailing stems, upright branches and
developing cones encasing the ripe spores. The spores were once used for gastric
and urinary disorders, as an antispasmodic sedative and to coat pills. Blackfoot
Indians knew of the spores' blood-stanching, wound-healing and
moisture-absorbing properties and inhaled them for nosebleeds and dusted them on
cuts. They are still used on wounds and eczema. The spores are explosive when
set alight, and used to create theatrical lightening and added to fireworks.
Magicians once used them to create "lightening flashes" and other pyrotechnics
as needed. These effects were originally intended as a form of sympathetic magic
-of evocation by emulation - not simply (or deceptively) as stage effects. The
club mosses are found in North America, northern Europe, Asia, and the southern
hemisphere. The plants are several inches in height and resemble moss. They
creep by means of prostrate stems, which branch upward at intervals, with
crowded, linear, simple leaves. Large two valve spore cases product the
medicinally active spores. While the whole plant was used by the ancients as a
cathartic, the spores were used as a diuretic in edema, a drastic (a forceful
agent of cure) in diarrhea and dysentery, a nervine for rabies and spasms, a
mild laxative in cases of gout and scurvy, and a corroborant (strengthening
agent) for rheumatism. The dose is ten to sixty grains of the spores. The spores
also make a dusting powder for skin diseases and diaper rash. CAUTION: Selago
can be an active narcotic poison when overused. For this reason it is probably
better to use only the spores, which are non-toxic. The whole plant can be used
externally, however, as a counterirritant - made into a poultice, it will keep
blisters open and kill lice.
Parts Used: Above-ground portions of the herb, and spores.
Magical Use: Druids respected the plant to such a degree that
it was gathered only under strict ritual guidelines. One of the Ovates would
dress in white, bathe both feet in free-running water and offer a sacrifice of
bread and spirits, and then with white robe wrapped around the right hand, using
a brass hook, would dig up the plant by the roots. When properly gathered, the
herb becomes a charm of power and protection. Wear it, add it to incense, and
use it to commune with the Gods and Goddesses.
COMFREY: (Symphytum officonale) Also known as Slippery Root,
Knit bone or Black wort. Teas, tinctures and compresses of comfrey roots or
leaves speed healing of cuts, rashes, and broken bones.
Parts Used: Root and leaf
Magical Uses Root or leaves for healing. Carry for safe
travel. To ensure the safety of your luggage while traveling, tuck a piece of
the root into each of your bags.
COPAL: (Bursera odorata) Copal is a white, pale yellow or
yellowish-orange gum resin. When smoldered on charcoal it produces a rich,
delicious, piney-lemony fragrance. Copal is North America's equivalent of
Frankincense. While it lacks some of frankincense's bittersweet odor, it is a
fine substitute. When frankincense if left smoldering on charcoal for some time
it eventually emits a very bitter scent. Copal, however, never varies as it
burns. It is native to Mexico and Central America, and has been used as incense
in religious and magical ceremonies for untold hundreds of years, beginning,
perhaps, with the Mayans or even prior to the days of that fables people. The
finest copal is a pale to dark yellow color with an intense resinous-citrus
odor. It is usually sold in chunks and may contain leaf fragments.
Parts Used: Resin
Magical Use: Burn for protection, cleansing, purification, to
promote spirituality, and to purify quartz crystals and other stones before use
in magic. May be substituted for Frankincense. A piece of copal may be used as
the heart in poppets.
CORIANDER: (Coriandrum sativum) The whole of this annual is
pungently aromatic. The seed is a mild sedative, aids digestion, reduces
flatulence, and eases migraines. The spicy essential oil, distilled from the
seeds, is used in perfumes and incense, flavors medicines and toothpaste, and is
added to massage oil for facial neuralgia and cramps. The seeds are
strengthening to the urinary system. The leaf and seed are infused to treat
bladder infections. The tea helps with stomach problems such as gas and
indigestion. Steep two teaspoons of the dried seed per cup of boiled water fro
twenty minutes, and take up to one cup a day. The powdered seed and the oil are
used to flavor other herbal preparations and to ease griping in laxative
formulas. Use one-fourth to one-half teaspoon at a time. Coriander is a common
ingredient of Indial curries.
Parts Used: Seed and leaf
Magical Use: Coriander oil works well in love and healing
mixtures. The seeds are used for healing, especially easing headaches and are
worn for this purpose. Add the powdered seeds to warm wine to make an effective
lust potion. Put some in the chalice for a hand fasting ritual.
Aromatherapy Use: Eating Disorders, Colic, Diarrhea,
Dyspepsia, Measles, Migraine, Neuralgia, General Infections, Indigestion,
Influenza, Fatigue, Rheumatism, Flatulence, Nervousness, as an Analgesic,
Stimulant, Aphrodisiac. Key Qualities: Aphrodisiac, Stimulating, Soporific (In
excess), Refreshing, Warming, Comforting, Revitalizing, Strengthening,
Purifying, Soothing, Active.
CYPRESS: (Cupressus sempervirens) This tall evergreen tree
has gray-brown bark, and tiny, dark green leaves. It bears yellowish male cones
and green female cones, which ripen to brown. Cypress Oil, distilled from the
leaves, branches, and cones, has a refreshing, camphor-resinous scent.
Parts Used: Leaf, twigs, fruit, bark, wood, resin and
Magical Use: Burn for Happiness, Harmony, Peace, Inspiration,
Binding, Wisdom, Releasing, Defense, Longevity. Cypress Oil is used for
Blessing, Consecration, and protection. The unique scent stimulates healing and
eases the pain of losses of all kind.
Aromatherapy Use: Skin Care, Perspiration, Wounds, bruises,
Hemorrhoids, Varicose Veins, Cellulites, Muscular Cramps, Edema, Poor
Circulation, Rheumatism, Asthma, Bronchitis, Spasmodic Coughing, Dysmenorrhea,,
Menopausal Problems, Nervous Tension, Stress-related Conditions, Treats
inflamed/bleeding gums, Insect Repellent. Key Qualities: Refreshing, Purifying,
Relaxing, Warming, Reviving, Restorative, Comforting, Protective, Soothing.
DILL: (Anethum graveolens) Uniquely flavored, Dill offers
culinary "seeds" and leaves, but the choicest flavor is in the fresh immature
green seed heads. They give character to dill pickles, vinegar and potato salad.
Distilled seed oil is colorless to pale yellow, with a light, fresh, warm-spicy
scent and flavors drinks, food and infant gripe water for colic. The seeds aid
digestion, and their infusion reduces flatulence, hiccups, stomach pains, and
insomnia. A seed decoction gives a nail-strengthening bath.
Parts Used: Flower, leaf, stem, fruit, seeds, and essential
Magical Use: Seeds draw money, Leaves for protection, Flowers
for love and defense. Protective when hung at the door, no one ill-disposed or
envious of you can enter your house. Smell Dill to cure hiccups.
Aromatherapy Use: (Oil) Colic, Constipation, Dyspepsia,
Flatulence, Headaches, Indigestion, Nervousness, Amenorrhea.
DRAGONS BLOOD: (Draceana draco spp.) Dragon's blood is the
resin of the Draceana draco species. The common name of this plant is "dragon
tree" hence the name.
Parts Used: Resin
Magical Use: Burn for love, protection, exorcism, and sexual
potency. Use for Courage, Magical Power, Energy, Strength, Purification,
Changes, Determination, Cleansing. A pinch of Dragon's blood added to other
incenses increases their potency and power.
ELDER (Sambucus canadensis or nigra) Also known as Ellhorn,
Elderberry, Lady Elder, and Black Berried Elder. A Druid Sacred Tree. Sacred to
the White Lady and Midsummer Solstice. The Druids used it to both bless and
curse. In Chinese medicine, the leaves, stems, and roots are used to treat
fractures and muscle spasms. The flowers treat colds, sore throats, hay fever,
and arthritis, and act as a mild laxative. Named the "country medicine chest"
for its many health uses, the Elderberry is also rich in European folklore. The
black elder (S. nigra) can be used as an insecticide in the garden or to repel
insects from the face and body. A simple infusion of the fresh leaf is made for
this purpose. It can also be poured down mouse and mole holes. The berries are
used for jam, wine, pies, and syrups. Medicinally, they help coughs, colic,
diarrhea, sore throats, asthma, and flu. A pinch of cinnamon makes the tea more
warming. The leaves are added to salves for skin conditions. The flowers are
infused for fevers, eruptive skin conditions such as measles, and severe
bronchial and lung problems. A classic flu remedy is a mixture of elder flower,
yarrow and peppermint teas. Keep the patient well covered, as the flowers
promote sweating. Use two teaspoons of the herbs per cup of water, steep for
twenty minutes, and take up to three cups a day.
Parts Used: Leaf, flower, and berry
Magical Use: Elder wands can be used to drive out evil
spirits or thought forms. Music on panpipes or flutes made of elder have the
same power of the wands. A Dryad "Elder Mother" is said to live in the tree, she
will haunt anyone who cuts down her wood. Stand or sleep under an elder on
Midsummer Eve to see the King of the Faeries and his retinue pass by. The
flowers are used in wish-fulfillment spells. The leaves , flowers, and berries
are strewn on a person, place or thing to bless it. Wood is NOT to be burned as
it is sacred to Hecate. Flowers are used for altar offerings. Hung over doorways
and windows, it keeps evil from the house. Carry Elder to preserve against the
temptation to commit adultery. Use for: Money, Riches, Love, Blessings,
Banishing, Releasing, Consecration, Cursing, Purification, Cleansing.
EUCALYPTUS: (Eucalyptus spp.) Perhaps the ultimate healing
oil. The Eucalyptus genus comprises over 500 species of aromatic trees and
shrubs with deciduous bark. The most common species, Tasmanian Blue Gum
(Eucalyptus globulus) has a blue-gray trunk, blue-green juvenile leaves, green
adult leaves, and white flower stamens. Eucalyptus leaves, scented of balsamic
camphor, are used by aboriginals to bind wounds, the flower nectar gives honey,
and the oil, distilled from the leaves and twigs, is used in medicines,
aromatherapy, and perfumes. Eucalyptus oil is antiseptic, expectorant, and
anti-viral, treats pulmonary tuberculosis, lowers blood sugar levels, and is
useful for burns, catarrh and flu. The roots of Eucalyptus trees secrete a
poisonous chemical, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants.
Parts Used: Leaf, twigs, wood, sap and essential oil
Magical Use: Add to all healing blends. Apply (undiluted) to
the body to relieve colds. Also used in purification mixtures. For protection,
carry the leaves.
Aromatherapy Use: Blue Gum: Burns, Blisters, Cuts, Herpes,
Insect Bites, Lice, Skin Infections, Wounds, Muscular Aches and Pains, Poor
Circulation, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sprains, Asthma, Bronchitis, Catarrh, Cough,
Sinusitis, Throat Infections, Chicken Pox, Colds, Epidemics, Flu, Measles,
Cystitis, Leucorrhoea, Nervous Debility, Headaches, Neuralgia, Insect Repellent.
Key Qualities: Stimulating, Refreshing, Clearing, Purifying, Balsamic,
Regulating. Lemon Eucalyptus: (E. citriodora) Athlete's Foot and other Fungal
Infections (such as Candida), Cuts, Dandruff, Herpes, Infectious Skin Conditions
(such as Chicken Pox), Asthma, Laryngitis, Sore Throat, Colds, Fevers,
Infectious Diseases, Insect Repellent. Key Qualities: Invigorating, Active,
EYEBRIGHT: (Euphrasia officionalis) A Druid sacred herb. This
semi parasitic annual extracts its nutrients from the roots of certain grasses
found in poor meadowland. It has tiny oval leaves and small, scallop-edged,
white flowers with yellow spots and red veins, resembling a bloodshot eye. The
slightly bitter leaves have been used in salads. A whole plant infusion or
strained juice from crushed, fresh stems is a general eye tonic treating strain
and infections, and is a popular cosmetic wash, giving sparkle to eyes. Its
antiseptic, mildly astringent, inflammation-and phlegm-reducing properties ease
the irritated eyes and runny nose of hay-fever and sinusitis.
Parts Used: Flower, leaf, and twigs
Magical Use: In a tightly covered pot gently brew a handful
of the herb in a pint of boiling water. Allow to stand overnight. Strain out the
herb, squeezing as dry as possible. Store the liquid in a tightly sealed
container away from sunlight and heat but not in the refrigerator. Drink a half
teaspoon in a half cup of spring water or psychic herb tea to promote
clairvoyance, clear the mind and improve memory. Burn as incense for
clairvoyance and divination. Carry when you need to see the truth in a matter.
FENNEL: (Foeniculum vulgare) Sacred to the God. This biennial
or perennial herb has finely cut feathery foliage, umbels of midsummer flowers,
curved, ribbed seeds and a thick root, all with a fresh anise seed flavor. The
seeds are chewed to allay hunger and ease indigestion. They are brewed for
constipation, to increase breast milk and regulate menstruation, with root
extract, they are detoxifying and diuretic. Research indicates Fennel helps
repair the liver after alcohol damage. Seed and leaf steam aids deep skin
cleansing, and the essential oil is used in a muscle-toning massage. Fennel oil
should not be used by epileptics or young children. To help with indigestion and
gas, pour boiling water over crushed fennel seeds (one teaspoon seed to a pint
of water). The seeds are simmered in syrups for coughs, shortness of breath and
wheezing. Powdered fennel seeds repel fleas from pets' sleeping quarters. Place
fennel inside a fish when you cook it to make it more digestible. The seeds and
root help clean the liver, spleen, gall bladder, and blood. The leaves and seeds
when boiled with barley increase breast milk. The tea and broth of this herb are
said to help in weight loss programs. Fennel is eaten in salads, soups, and
breads. Fennel oil mixed with honey can be taken for coughs, and the tea is used
as a gargle. The oil is eaten with honey to allay gas and it is applied
externally to rheumatic swellings. The seeds are boiled to make an eye wash: use
one half teaspoon of seed per cup of water, three times a day, and be sure to
strain carefully before use.
Parts Used: Leaf, root and seeds
Magical Use: Hang over doors with St. John's Wort at Litha to
repel evil spirits. Carry fennel to influence others to trust your words. Use
for: Protection, Healing, Health, Purification.
Aromatherapy Use: Bruises, Dull, Oily, Mature Complexions,
Cellulites, Obesity, Edema, Rheumatism, Asthma, Bronchitis, Anorexia, Colic,
Constipation, Dyspepsia, Flatulence, Hiccoughs, Nausea, Menopausal Problems,
Insufficient Milk in Nursing Mothers. Key Qualities: Stimulating, Balancing,
Restorative, Revitalizing, Purifying, Cleansing.
FERNS: Especially Male Fern (Dryopteris filixmas), Maidenhair
Fern (Adiantum pedatum), Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum), Lady Fern, Polypody, or
Oak Fern (Polypodium vulgare). The Druids classified ferns as sacred trees.
Uncurled fronds of Male fern were gathered at Midsummer, dried and carried for
good luck. The mysterious regeneration of ferns led to the ancient belief that
their seed could confer invisibility. The root was added to love potions and the
fronds eaten by those embarking on love quests. Male Fern: The fall gathered
root is a remedy for tapeworm. A few hours after it has been ingested, a
purgative is given. Begin the vermifuge process by eating fresh garlic. Take one
to four teaspoons of the liquid extract of the root, or of the powdered root, on
an empty stomach and follow several hours later with castor oil. Caution: do not
ingest alcohol while taking this herb. Overdose can result in blindness and
death. The roots are added to healing salves for wounds and rubbed into the
limbs of children with rickets.
Parts Used: Leaf and root
Magical Use: Fern "seeds" are said to render on invisible if
gathered on Midsummer's Eve. Ferns are also said to be an herb of immortality.
Moonwort (Botrychium lunaria) is especially effective if gathered by moonlight.
This fern aids in opening locks and breaking charms, is used in love spells and
has the alchemical reputation of being an herb to convert quicksilver into
silver. Use it to conjure money. Burned indoors, dried male fern fronds produce
a very strong wall of protection. Burned outdoors they produce rain. Use for:
Luck, Love, Banishing, Releasing, Exorcism, Defense.
FEVERFEW: (Tanacetum parthenum) Also known as Feather foil or
Flirt wort. Semi evergreen Feverfew has pungent, divided, medium to yellow-green
leaves and white daisy flowers appearing in summer. The leaves add a bitter tang
to food and are found in digestive aperitifs. They relax blood vessels, reduce
inflammation and are mildly sedative. Feverfew's importance lies in its success
in reducing some migraines. Chewed daily its accumulative effect is to reduce
headache pains and inhibit the secretion of a compound implicated in migraine
and arthritis, infused flowering tops are applied to ease headaches and
arthritic swellings. A tea is taken for tinnitus and irregular periods. Warning:
Fresh leaves can irritate the mouth.
Parts Used: Leaf, flower, essential oil
Magical Use: Travelers carries it as a ward against sickness
or accidents during their journeys. Protection, Purification, Defense,
FIR, SILVER: (Abies alba) Also known as Birth Tree. A Druid
sacred tree. The Silver Fir grows to a height of 180 feet. This was the original
Christmas tree from central Europe, chosen for its long lasting, aromatic
needles. The bark resin is distilled to make Strasburg turpentine. The buds and
leaves are distilled to make the expectorant and antiseptic Silver Pine needle
oil, which is used in cough drops and asthma inhalations, and to give pine scent
Parts Used: Leaf tips, bark, wood, seeds, and sap
Magical Use: The needles are burned at childbirth to bless
and protect the mother and baby. Burn for Happiness, Harmony, Peace,
Inspiration, and Wisdom.
FLAX: (Linum usitatissimum) Also called Linseed. Annual Flax
has slender stems with linear green leaves, beautiful, flat blue flowers, and
oily brown seeds. A teaspoon of the seed is placed in a quart of water and
gently simmered down to one-half quart. The resulting liquid is given for
constipation, for ulcerated sore throat, and as an expectorant for bronchitis in
one-fourth cup doses throughout the day. To pass a gallstone, take one and a
half to two tablespoons of linseed oil and lie on your left side for a half
hour. The whole seeds (about two tablespoons) can be taken with plenty of water
to relieve constipation. Follow with stewed prunes or prune juice. The cooked
seeds are added to fresh grated carrots, and the mix is warmed to make a
poultice to rheumatism and swellings.
Parts Used: Seed
Magical Use: the child who runs or dances in a flax field at
the age of seven is assured of growing up to be attractive. Newborn babies are
placed in a flax field to sleep for similar reasons. The blue flowers are worn
as a preservative against sorcery. Sprinkle the altar with flax seeds while
performing healing rituals or include it in healing mixtures. Use for:
Protection, Psychic Awareness, Money.
FOXGLOVE: (Digitalis purpurea) Also known as Fairy Gloves,
Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men's Bells. A Druid sacred herb associated with the
"little people". Caution: This plant is poisonous and should be used by
qualified personnel only.
Magical Use: Grow in a garden for protection of house and
FRANKINCENSE: (Boswellia carteri) A small tree or shrub, with
pinnate leaves, and white or pale pink flowers. It yields a natural oleo-resin
gum, which is used to make a healing incense, which induces a meditative state.
Frankincense essential oil is also useful in promoting spirituality and
meditative states. Dilute before applying to the skin as it may be irritating.
Pliny claimed that Frankincense was an antidote to hemlock poisoning. Avicenna
advocated its use for tumors, fevers, vomiting, and dysentary. Chinese
herbalists use it in powder form and in teas for rheumatism and menstrual pain,
and externally as a wash for sores and bruises. The dose is three to six grains
in a glass of wine, or twenty drops of the tincture. Frankincense is highly
antiseptic and the scent is said to calm and clear the mind. Caution: Prolonged
use of resins can damage the kidneys.
Parts Used: Resin
Magical Use: Sacred to the Sun God Ra, frankincense is
burned in rites of exorcism, purification, and protection. It is said to
accelerate spiritual growth. Rosemary may be used as a substitute. (Oil) Anoint
tools, sachets or the body. Use for spirituality, exorcism, purification, luck
and protection rites. (Resin) burn for protection, exorcism, spirituality, love,
consecration, blessing, energy, strength, visions, healing, meditation, power
Aromatherapy Use: (Oil) Blemishes, Dry and Mature
Complexions, Scars, Wounds, Wrinkles, Asthma, Bronchitis, Colds, Coughs, Flu,
Laryngitis, Cystitis, Anxiety, Nervous Tension, Stress-related Conditions.
Frankincense has the ability to slow down, and deepen the breath - very
conducive to prayer and meditation.
GALANGAL: (Alpinia officionalis or A. galanga) Also known as
Low John the Conqueror or Siamese Ginger. Galangal has dark green, sword-shaped
leaves, white flowers with pink veins, round red seed capsules, and a rhizomous
rootstalk that smells of ginger and camphor. The rhizome has a spicy, ginger
like flavor used in Southeast Asia soups and curries. The young shoots and
flowers are eaten raw and the flowers can be boiled or pickled. The rhizome
yields an essential oil, essence d'Amali, used in perfumes.
Magical Use: Use tincture for luck, money, protection,
exorcism and psychic development. Ginger can be substituted.
GARDENIA: (Gardenia jasmenoides) This evergreen shrub or
small tree has exquisitely scented white double flowers and o range-red fruits,
with glossy, dark green leaves.
Parts Used: Flower
Magical Use: Health, Healing, Love, Peace, Psychic Awareness,
Spirituality. Place fresh blossoms in sick rooms or on healing altars to aid the
process. Add dried petals to healing mixtures. Dried gardenia is scattered
around a room to induce peaceful vibrations. Add to Moon incenses. Gardenias are
used in love spells, and to attract good spirits during rituals. They have very
high spiritual vibrations.
GARLIC: (Allium sativum) Garlic has a clustered bulb made up
of several bulblets (cloves) enclosed in a papery tunic. It has a single stem
with long, thin leaves and an umbel of edible, rose-tinted white summer flowers
and a bulb whose flavor increases the more it is sliced or crushed. Cooking with
fresh ginger prevents the slight nausea some experience with Garlic. Garlic
repels insects and can be applied to their bites and stings. The cloves add
flavor to savory dishes, especially in hot countries where the plants develop
the best flavor. Garlic purifies the blood, helps control acne, and reduces
blood pressure, cholesterol, and clotting. Tests confirm antibiotic activity
against samples of candida, cholera, staphylococcus, salmonella, dysentery, and
typhus: and a mild anti-fungal action. Garlic clears phlegm, thus providing
treatment for colds, bronchitis, pulmonary tuberculosis, and whooping cough. New
tests suggest it has a role in treating lead poisoning, some carcinomas and
diabetes. It's said that growing garlic around potatoes reduces potato blight.
The garlic bulb is one of the great herbal "polycrests" - herbs of many uses.
Fresh garlic is a preventative and a cure for intestinal worms. It is generally
taken in one-teaspoon doses, three to six times a day, with some grated fresh
ginger root. Garlic is a natural antibiotic for internal and external use. Mash
it and use as a wound dressing. For a sore throat, lightly roast unpeeled cloves
in a dry frying pan, peel them when they grow soft, and eat them. For pinworms,
a slightly smashed fresh clove can be inserted into the rectum with olive oil.
For vaginal infections, smash a few cloves and wrap them in cheese cloth. Insert
directly into the vagina. Fresh raw garlic is more effective than the powdered
and extracted forms available for sale. Garlic has been shown to be more
effective than tetracycline as an antibiotic. CAUTION: Pregnant women and
persons with "hot and fiery" temperaments should avoid overuse of garlic.
Parts Used: Bulb
Magical Use: In the home, braids of garlic guard against
evil, repel thieves, and turn away the envious. And of course, garlic protects
against vampires. It is a very effective blessing for a new home. Garlic was
eaten on festival days to Hecate and was left at a crossroads as a sacrifice in
Her name. 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 a cord around the neck for thirteen days. On the last day, in the
middle of the night, walk to a corner of an intersection of two streets, remove
the necklace, throw it behind you and run home without looking back Garlic is
also extremely protective. Sailors carry some while on board ship to protect
against its wrecking. Soldiers wore garlic as a defense in the middle ages,
while Roman soldiers ate it to give them courage. 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 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, it 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 magical powers.
GINGER: (Zingiber officionale) Ginger has an aromatic
rhizome, erect stems of two ranks, lance-shaped leaves, and spikes of white
flowers. The rhizome is used fresh, dried, pickled and preserved. Essential to
Asian dishes. Crystallized or infused Ginger suppresses nausea. Ginger tea eases
indigestion and flatulence, and reduces fever. the root is warming to the body,
is slightly antiseptic, and promotes internal secretions. Chop about two inches
of the fresh root, cover with one cup of water, and simmer for about twenty
minute, or one-half teaspoon of the powdered root can be simmered in one cup of
water. Add lemon juice, honey, and a slight pinch of cayenne. A few teaspoons of
brandy will make and even more effective remedy for colds. This preparation
treats fevers, chest colds, and flu. A bath or a foot-soak in hot ginger tea is
also beneficial. The tea without additives helps indigestion, colic, diarrhea,
and alcoholic gastritis. Dried ginger in capsules or in juice is taken to avoid
carsickness and seasickness. Use about one half teaspoon of the powder. It works
well for pets and children!
Parts Used: Root
Magical Use: Powerfully spicy, Ginger essential oil is useful
in sexuality, love, courage, and money attracting blends. Eating Ginger before
performing spells will lend them power, since you have been "heated up" by the
Ginger, this is especially true of love spells. Ginger is also used in Success
spells, or to ensure the success of a magical operation. In the Pacific the Dobu
islanders 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.
Aromatherapy Uses Arthritis, Fatigue, Muscular Aches and
Pains, Poor Circulation, Rheumatism, Sprains, Strains, Catarrh, Congestion,
Coughs, Sinusitis, Sore Throat, Diarrhea, Colic, Cramp, Flatulence, Indigestion,
Loss of Appetite, Nausea, Travel Sickness, Chills, Colds, Flu, Fever, Infectious
Disease, Debility, Nervous Exhaustion. Key Qualities: Tonic, Aphrodisiac,
Stimulating, Warming, Cephalic, Comforting
GINSENG: Oriental (Panax ginseng) or North American Ginseng
(Panax quinquefolium) roots older than two years are a famous yang stimulant
(North American less so than Oriental). Rather than treating specific problems,
Ginseng strengthens the body by increasing the efficiency of the endocrine,
metabolic, circulatory, and digestive systems. It reduces physical, mental, and
emotional stress by increasing oxygen-carrying red blood cells and immune
strengthening white blood cells and eliminating toxins. Warning-Ginseng should
not be taken continuously.
Parts Used: Root
Magical Use: Lust, Creative Work, Love, Wishes, Beauty,
Protection, Can be substituted for Mandrake. The root is carries 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 who carry it.
HAWTHORN: (Cratageus spp.) Also known as May Tree, May
Blossom, or White Thorn. A Druid sacred tree, this deciduous, thorny shrub has
serrated, lobed leaves, dense white flower clusters in late spring, and red
false fruits (haws). The flowers consist of five white petals, sacred to the
Goddess. During World War I, young Hawthorn leaves were used as substitutes for
tea and tobacco, and the seeds were ground in place of coffee. The berry is a
superior heart tonic, useful for almost any heart condition. Cholesterol
problems and valvular diseases are benefited. The berries also strengthen the
appetite and digestion. Extended use lowers blood pressure. Hawthorn berry is a
good remedy for the nerves and for insomnia. The berries are simmered or
tinctured. Simmer two teaspoons of berries per cup of water for twenty minutes.
The dose is a quarter cup four times a day. Take ten to twenty drops of tincture
four times a day. The flowers are taken as a tea to benefit the heart. Steep two
teaspoons of flowers per cup of water for twenty minutes, the dose is a quarter
cup four times a day.
Parts Used: Berry and flower
Magical Use: Hawthorn is the classic flower to decorate a
maypole. An herb of fertility, it finds its place in weddings, May Day
celebrations, and ritual groves. Beltaine was once reckoned as the day the
hawthorn first bloomed. Wands made of hawthorn have great power. The blossoms
are highly erotic. Use for Fertility magic, Protection, Defense, and Chastity.
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.
HAZEL: (Corylus avellana) Also called European Filbert. A
Druid sacred tree, Hazel is a deciduous, suckering shrub with pendulous male
catkins in spring and clusters of nuts in autumn. The leaves have served as a
tobacco substitute. Hazel nuts are rich in phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and
copper. Culpeper says that hazel nuts with mead or honey will cure a chronic
cough. These are made into an "electuary". Grind the nuts in an electric
blender, then add mead or honey or form a past, which is eaten several times a
day in tablespoon doses. Add pepper to discharge phlegm.
Parts Used: Nut
Magical Use: Hazel is an ancient Celtic tree of wisdom,
inspiration, and poetry. Hazel nuts are eaten before divination. Diancecht, the
god of healing, invented a porridge that would cure colds, sore throats, and
worms. According to legend, it consisted of hazel buds, dandelions, chickweed,
sorrel, and oatmeal. It was to be taken in the mornings and evenings. Wands of
Hazel symbolize white magic and healing. Forked sticks are used to find water or
buried treasure. If outside and in need of magical protection quickly, draw a
circle around yourself with a hazel branch. To enlist the aid of plant fairies,
string hazelnuts on a cord and hang up in your house or ritual room. Healing,
Protection, Luck, Clairvoyance, Divination, Inspiration, Wisdom, Defense,
HEATHER: (Calluna vulgaris) A Druid Sacred Herb, there are
more than a thousand cultivars from this low-growing, evergreen species, which
has scale like leaves and crowded racemes of flowers. Heather provides a support
system for rural farmers, who use it for fuel, thatch, fodder, tea, and as a
dye. Growing the plants increases the soils fertility. The flowering shoots of
heather are used for insomnia, stomach pains, coughs, and skin problems.
Heather, used fresh or dry, strengthens the heart and slightly raises the blood
pressure. Heather is slightly diuretic. Fresh or dried heather shoots are
simmered, four teaspoons to a cup of water, the dose is one-half cup a day.
Parts Used: Flowering shoot
Magical Use: Heather is a Goddess herb associated with the
planet Venus and sacred to Isis. It is carried as a guard against rape and other
violent crimes, or just to bring good luck. White heather is the best for this
purpose. Heather when burned with fern outside attracts rain, or dip heather and
fern in water and sprinkle around to conjure rain. Heather has also long been
used to conjure ghosts. Red Heather is used for passion, to start or end an
affair. Purple for spiritual development. White for cooling passions of unwanted
HOLLY: (Ilex aquifolium) The American variety is Ilex opaca.
A Druid sacred tree. Sacred to the Winter Solstice, when it is used for
decorating. The leaf is dried and used as tea for fevers, bronchitis, bladder
problems, and gout. Steep a half ounce of the chopped leaf in boiled water for
twenty minutes, take up to one cup a day. The juice of the fresh leaf is helpful
in jaundice, take one tablespoon per day. CAUTION: the berries are poisonous!
Parts Used: Leaf
Magical Use: Holly, with it's warrior-like bristles, is known
as an herb of protection. Cast it about to repel unwanted animals and spirits.
Sprinkle newborn babies with "holly water" (water in which holly has been
soaked, especially if left under a full moon overnight) to keep them happy and
safe. Holly is one of the evergreens brought into the home by Druids. It
symbolizes a willingness to allow the nature spirits to share one's abode during
the harsh, cold season. Planted near a house, holly repels negative spells sent
against you. A bag of leaves and berries carried by a man increases his ability
to attract women. Carry to promote good luck. Energy, Power, Strength,
Protection. After midnight on a Friday, without making a sound, gather nine
holly leaves, preferably from a non-spiny plant. Wrap these up in a white cloth
using nine knots the tie the ends together. Place this beneath your pillow, and
your dreams will come true. The traditional crowns for the bride and groom are
made of holly (a male plant) and ivy (a female plant), wreaths and altar
decoration are made of these as well.
HONEYSUCKLE: (Lonicera japonica) This evergreen or
semi-evergreen vine has hairy leaves and fragrant spring to summer flowers that
open white and turn yellow, followed by poisonous black berries. Properties
cited are for the common flower that grows wild, rather that the ornamental
varieties. The flowers have a broad spectrum anti-microbial effect against
salmonella, staphylococcus, and streptococcus. Chinese herbalists have long
recognized honeysuckle as an antibiotic herb for colds, flu's, and fevers. Sore
throats, conjunctivitis, and inflammations of the bowel, urinary tract, and
reproductive organs have been treated with it. It is said to be useful in
treating cancer. Combine it with seeds of Forsythia suspensii, the well-known
yellow flowering shrub, or Echinacea augustifolia or E. purpurea for maximum
antiviral and antibacterial effect. Steep two teaspoons per cup for twenty
minutes. The dose is a quarter cup, four times a day.
Parts Used: Flower
Magical Use: Health-Healing, Love, Luck, Creativity,
Prophetic Dreams, Protection, Psychic Awareness, Divination, Clairvoyance,
Anointing, Balance. Lightly crush the fresh flowers and then rub on the forehead
to heighten psychic powers. Ring green candles with honeysuckle flowers to
HOPS: (Humulus lupulus) Also known as Beer Flavor. A Druid
sacred herb, this herbaceous twining herb has large toothed leaves and flowers
with a distinctive scent of beer. The young shoots are eaten as a vegetable and
the leaves blanched for soups, but Hops are cultivated mainly for the brewing
industry. The ripe, female flowers, called "strobiles," are added to beer to
flavor, clarify, and preserve it. A pillow stuffed with dried hops aids sleep
Parts Used: Flower
Magical Use: Use in exorcism incenses and mixtures, as well
as healing sachets.
HOREHOUND: (Marrubium vulgare) Horehound is a woolly herb
with a faint scent of wormwood, crinkled hairy leaves, and flowering stems with
whorls of small white blossoms. Navajo mothers were given a root decoction
before and after childbirth. Horehound's woolly leaves were once used to clean
milk pails, and the dried flower remains were floated on oil as candle wicks.
The leaves are used in tonics, liqueurs, and ales, and are made into expectorant
and antiseptic cough drops. An infusion relaxes muscles, and helps expel mucus,
treating bronchitis, croup, and asthma. It destroys intestinal worms, and acts
as a digestive and liver tonic and a laxative. The tea is used internally and
externally to treat eczema and shingles.
Parts Used: Leaf
Magical Use: Use in protective sachets and carry to guard
against sorcery and fascination. 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
HYSSOP: Hysopus officinalis Hyssop is a semi evergreen shrub
or sub shrub with aromatic leaves and spikes of blue, two-lipped, late-summer
flowers. The leaf is added to liqueurs, adds bit to sweet and savory dished, and
aids in the digestion of fatty meat. Once used for purifying temples and
cleansing lepers, the leaves contain an antiseptic, antiviral oil. A mold that
produces penicillin grows on the leaves. An infusion id taken as a sedative
expectorant for flu, bronchitis, and phlegm. A leaf poultice treats bruises and
wounds. The antiseptic, antiviral, but hazardous essential oil is used in
perfumes and to treat cold sores, disperse bruises, and heal scars. Hyssop is
added to potpourri and laundry rinses. Hyssop is used in companion to distract
cabbage butterflies and planted near vines to increase yield. It should be
avoided when pregnant and by those with hypertension and epilepsy. The herb is
used (often in combination with sage, which has similar properties, or
horehound) for respiratory tract infections. Flu, sore throats, lung complaints,
asthma, chronic bronchitis, gas, and bloating are treated by it. Externally, it
is used as a wound herb for bruises, injuries, and rheumatism. The green tops of
the herb can be added to soups to benefit asthmatics. Hyssop baths are useful
for rheumatic complaints. Make a standard infusion of the herb using two
teaspoons per cup of water and steeping for twenty minutes. The dose is
one-fourth cup four times a day.
Parts Used: The above ground portions of the herb
Magical Use: Hyssop was a holy herb of the ancient Greeks,
used to cleanse sacred spaces. It is the most widely used purification herb in
magic. Hyssop can be burned in incense, worn, used in decorations, and added to
the chalice. Use a bunch to ritually "sweep" the altar as a preparation for a
ceremonial rite. 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
Aromatherapy Uses Bruises, Cuts, Dermatitis, Eczema,
Inflammation, Wounds, Low or High Blood Pressure, Rheumatism, Asthma,
Bronchitis, Catarrh, Cough, Flu, Sore Throat, Tonsillitis, Whooping Cough,
Colic, Indigestion, Amenorrhea, Leucorrhoea, Anxiety, Fatigue, Nervous Tension,
Stress related Conditions. Key Qualities: Tonic, Cephalic, Nervine, Warming,
Calming, Purifying, Cleansing, Aphrodisiac, Mental Stimulant, balancing.
IVY: (Hedera helix) A Druid Sacred Herb. An ancient plant,
believed by the Greeks to treat intoxication, its toxic leaves are used as a
poultice to soothe neuralgia, rheumatism, and sciatica, and in a tincture for
toothache and whooping cough. They reduce fevers, expel worms and in a compress,
reduce cellulite. They contain saponins and in solution, darken hair, blacken
silk and taffeta. Ivy leaves kill some amoebas, fungi and mollusks. Tender ivy
twigs are simmered in salves to heal sunburn, follow the standard instruction
for salves. The leaves are used as a douche for vaginal infections. Externally,
ivy is used in poultices to heal nerves, sinews, ulcers, enlarged glands, boils
Parts Used: Twig and leaf
Magical Use: Connected with the Winter Solstice when it is
used for decorating. Ivy provides protection when growing on or near a house.
Ivy is equated with fidelity and is woven into marriage wreaths. Use in charms
to bind luck, love, and fidelity to your person. It is paired with holly,
magically. Ivy is carried by women for good luck in general, and is worn by
brides for the same reason. Traditional crowns for the bride and groom are made
of holly (a male plant) and ivy (a female plant). Wreaths and altar decorations
are made from these as well.
JASMINE: (Jasminum officionale) Common Jasmine is a deciduous
shrub with strongly scented, white summer flowers. The flowers make a tea that
calms the nerves and increases erotic feelings. Steep two teaspoons of flowers
per cup of water for twenty minutes. The dose is a quarter cup,, four times a
day. The oil of the leaf is rubbed on the head to heal the eyes. A syrup of
jasmine flowers and honey will help with coughs and lung complaints. The
essential oil of jasmine is said to help menstrual pain and lung problems.
CAUTION: The berries are poisonous.
Parts Used: Flower
Magical Use: Symbolic of the moon and of the mysteries of the
night. Jasmine essential oil is useful for sexuality, DON'T use synthetics!
Dried Jasmine flowers are added to sachets and other love mixtures. They will
attract a spiritual (as opposed to a physical)love. The flowers will also draw
wealth and money if carried, burned or worn. Jasmine will also cause prophetic
dreams if burned in the bedroom, and the flowers are smelled to induce sleep.
Use for: Anointing, Balance, Luck, Fortune, Justice, Happiness, Harmony, Peace,
Prophetic dreams, Meditation, Money, Riches, Astral Projection.
Aromatherapy Uses Aphrodisiac, Dry, greasy, irritated skin,
Muscular spasms, sprains, Coughs, Hoarseness, Laryngitis, Frigidity, Labor
Pains, Uterine Disorders, Depression, Nervous Exhaustion, Stress Related
Conditions. Key Qualities: Intoxicating, Uplifting, Anti-depressant, Euphoric,
Balancing, Warming, Tonic.
JUNIPER: (Juniperus communis) A Druid sacred tree, Juniper is
an evergreen tree or shrub with needle-like leaves in threes and berrylike cones
that ripen to blue-black in their second or third year. Primarily a diuretic,
the berries help digestive problems, gastrointestinal inflammations, and
rheumatism. The berries are taken as a tea (simmer two teaspoons per cup of
water for ten minutes, take up to one cup four times a day), or taken as jam or
syrup in water, mild, or herb tea. The dry berries can be chewed, three a day is
sufficient. CAUTION: Pregnant women and people with weak kidneys should not use
Parts Used: Berry and young twig
Magical Use: Probably one of the earliest incenses used by
Mediterranean Witches. Its berries were used with thyme in Druid and grove
incenses for visions. Juniper grown by the door discourages thieves. The mature
berries can be strung in the house to attract love. Men use the berries to
increase potency. Burn Juniper as incense for: Exorcism, Protection, Healing,
Love. The Essential oil is useful in protection, purification and healing
Aromatherapy Uses Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Hair Loss,
Hemorrhoids, Wounds, Tonic for Oily Complexions, Accumulation of Toxins,
Arteriosclerosis, Cellulite, Gout, Obesity, Rheumatism, Colds, Flu, Infections,
Anxiety, Nervous Tension, Stress Related Conditions. Key Qualities: Aphrodisiac,
Purifying, Clearing, Depurative, Nerve Tonic, Reviving, Protective, Restorative.
LAVENDER: (Lavandula species) Also called Elf Leaf, Nard,
Nardus, Spike. There are 28 species of these aromatic, evergreen, shrubby,
perennials, all with small, linear leaves and spikes of fragrant, usually purple
or blue, two-lipped flowers. The best-quality essential oil is from L. stoechas
and L. angustifolia. Aromatic oil glands cover all aerial parts of the plants
but are most concentrated in the flowers. The flowers flavor jams, vinegar,
sweets, cream, and Provençal stews, and are crystallized for decoration. Dried
flowers add long-lasting fragrance to sachets and potpourri. Flower water is a
skin toner useful for speeding cell renewal and is an antiseptic for acne.
Flower tea treats anxiety, headaches, flatulence, nausea, dizziness, and
halitosis. The essential oil is a highly valued perfume and healer. It is
antiseptic, mildly sedative, and painkilling. It is applied to insect bites, and
treats burns, sore throats and headaches. Queen Elizabeth I is said to have
consumed up to 10 cups of lavender water a day to relieve migraines. The oil is
used for intestinal gas, migraine, and dizziness. Being antiseptic, lavender is
added to healing salves. A tea of the leaf allays nausea and vomiting. Use two
teaspoons per cup of water and steep for twenty minutes. The dose is one-fourth
cup four times a day. Steep lavender blossoms in white wine and strain to make a
natural antidepressant beverage. Lavender and rose petal vinegar is applied to
the temples and brow to ease headache. Lavender oil is added to footbaths, eases
toothaches and sprains, and is used as a rub for hysteria and palsy.
Parts Used: Flower and leaf
Magical Use: Lavender is strewn into bonfires at Midsummer as
an offering to the Gods and Goddesses. An ingredient of love spells, its scent
is said to attract men. Lavender in the home brings peace, joy and healing. The
essential oil is included in health, love, peace, and conscious mind-oriented
formulas. Use to attract love, to produce sleep by anointing your forehead and
pillow, to purify by adding to baths and to promote chastity and peace. Attracts
elves, burn for purification, peace. Burn at Litha as an offering. Love, Psychic
Awareness, Happiness, Creative Work, Money and Business, Anointing, Exorcism,
Harmony, Peace, Healing. The odor of lavender is conducive to long life and so
should be smelled as often as possible.
Aromatherapy Uses Abscess, Acne, Allergies, Athlete's Foot,
Boils, Bruises, Burns, Dermatitis, Eczema, Inflammation, Insect Bites and
Stings, Lice, Psoriasis, Ringworm, Scabies, Spots, Sunburn, Wounds, Lumbago,
Rheumatism, Sprains, Asthma, Bronchitis, Catarrh, Flu, Halitosis, Throat
Infections, Whooping Cough, Colic, Dyspepsia, Flatulence, Nausea, Cystitis,
Dysmenorrhea, Leucorrhoea, Depression, Headache, Hypertension, Insomnia,
migraine, Nervous tension, Stress. Key Qualities: Soothing, Sedative,
Antidepressant, Calming, Relaxing, Balancing, Restorative, Cephalic, Appeasing,
LEMON: Citrus lemon The fruit, juice, and peel of citrus
fruits flavor food and drink and provide vitamin C. Essential oils from the peel
scent food, cosmetics and perfume. The seed oils are used in soaps.
Magical Use: Use in Lunar oils. Wear diluted lemon oil during
the Full Moon to attune with its energies. Use in purification and healing oils.
Purification, Love. A Lemon may serve as a poppet.
Aromatherapy Uses Acne, Anemia, Brittle Nails, Boils,
Chilblains, Corns, Cuts, Greasy Skin, Herpes, Insect bites, Mouth Ulcers, Spots,
Throat Infections, Warts, Arthritis, Cellulites, High Blood Pressure,
Nosebleeds, Obesity, Poor Circulation, Varicose Veins, Rheumatism, Asthma,
Bronchitis, Catarrh, Dyspepsia, Colds, Flu, Fever, Infections. Key Qualities:
Refreshing, Mental Stimulant, Cephalic, Purifying, Reviving, Strengthening,
LEMON BALM: Melissa officionalis This bushy herb has square
stems, lemon-scented foliage, and late-summer flowers that mature from white or
yellow to pale blue. Fresh leaves add a delicate flavor to many dishes, oils,
vinegars, and liqueurs, provide a relaxing bath, soothe insect bites, and make a
sedative and tonic tea.
Parts Used: Leaf and Flower
Magical Use: Soak in wine for 3 hours, remove and serve wine
to friends and loved ones. Used in spells to ensure success.
LEMONGRASS: (Cymbopogon citratus) This aromatic grass has
clumped, bulbous stems becoming leaf blades and a branched panicle of flowers.
The stem and leaf, used widely in Thai cuisine, have a distinct lemon flavor.
Leaf tea treats diarrhea, stomachache, headaches, fevers, and flu, and is
antiseptic. The essential oil is used in cosmetics, food and aromatherapy.
Parts Used: Leaf, stem and oil
Magical Use: The essential oil strengthens psychic awareness
and is also useful in purification mixtures.
Aromatherapy Uses Acne, Athlete's Foot, Excessive
Perspiration, Open Pores, Pediculosis, Scabies, Tissue Toner, Muscular Pain,
Poor Circulation and Muscle Tone, Slack Tissue, Colitis, Indigestion,
Gastroenteritis, Fevers, Infectious Diseases, Headaches, Nervous Exhaustion,
Stress-Related Conditions, Insect Repellent (fleas, lice and ticks). Key
Qualities: Refreshing, Active, Stimulating, Soothing.
LEMON VERBENA: (Aloysia triphylla syn. Lippia citriodora)
Lemon Verbena has strongly lemon-scented whorls of three or four leaves along
its stems and panicles of tiny, pale summer flowers. The leaves are used to
flavor drinks and fruit and sweet dishes, and to make herb tea. The tea is
refreshing and mildly sedative. The leaves also yield a green coloring and
essential oil. The leaves and flowering tops are used to lower fevers and to
relieve gas and indigestion. Lemon Verbena is calming, a sedative for the
nerves. Steep two teaspoons per cup of water for twenty minutes and take
one-fourth cup four times a day. Stimulating to the skin, lemon verbena makes a
good facial scrub for pimples and blemishes. To make the scrub, grind the dry
herb or use the powder and mix in a little natural clay and ground oatmeal, add
water to make a paste.
Parts Used: Leaf and flowering top
Magical Use: Often sold simply as "Verbena" This full
lemon-scented essential oil is wonderful in love blends. Added to other mixtures
to increase their strength, and is also used to purify an area or is added to
bathwater for protection and purification purposes. Lemon Verbena is worn to
make oneself attractive to the opposite sex, and is used in love spells and
LILAC: (Syringia vulgaris) Lilac is a deciduous, twiggy shrub
or small tree with a mass of heart-shaped leaves and showy panicles of small,
waxy, spring flowers. The perfume is extracted from the flowers and used
commercially. The flowers were once used to treat fever. In the language of
flowers, Lilac symbolizes the first emotions of love. If inhaled too deeply,
however, the strong flower fragrance can cause nausea.
Parts Used: Flower
Magical Use: Lilac drives away evil where it is planted or
strewn. It was originally planted in New England to keep evil from the property.
The fresh flowers can be placed in a haunted house to clear it. Peace,
Clairvoyance, Divination, Creativity, Happiness, Harmony, Exorcism, Protection:
Psychic Awareness, Reincarnation.
LIME: (Citrus limata) A small evergreen tree, up to 15 feet,
with stiff, sharp spines, smooth ovate leaves, and small white flowers. The
bitter fruit is a pale green color, about half the size of a lemon. The
essential oil is extracted from the fruit peel.
Parts Used: Fruit
Magical Use: (Peel) Useful in purification and protection
spells. The peel is used in love mixtures and incenses.
Aromatherapy Use: Anti-rheumatic, antiscorbutic, antiseptic,
antiviral, aperitif, bactericidal, febrifuge, restorative, tonic. Use for Acne,
anemia, brittle nails, boils, chilblains, corns, cuts, greasy skin, herpes,
insect bites, mouth ulcers, spots, warts, arthritis, cellulitis, high blood
pressure, nosebleeds, obesity, poor circulation, rheumatism, asthma, bronchitis,
catarrh, dyspepsia, colds, flu, fever, throat infections, and other infections.
Key Qualities: Refreshing, Uplifting, Active.
LINDEN: (Tilia spp.) Linden have small highly fragrant
flowers, and can be hard to identify, since they hybridize freely. The flowers
are brewed to make a tea, the classic digestive end to a continental meal, and a
treatment for insomnia, nervous tension, and overwrought children. The world's
most valued honey is made from Linden blossoms and is used in liqueurs and
medicines. The inner bark treats kidney stones, gout and coronary disease.
Parts Used: Flower, leaf, twigs, bark and wood
Magical Use: Bark used for protection, leaves and flowers or
immortality. Good Fortune, Sleep and Love. Hang branches over the door for
protection or grow in the garden.
LOOSESTRIFE: (Lythrum salicaria) Purple Loosestrife has a
creeping rootstock, angled stems with lance-shaped leaves, and spikes of
purple-red flowers. The leaves are eaten as an emergency vegetable and fermented
into a mild alcohol. The flowering plant is an intestinal disinfectant, treating
diarrhea and food poisoning. It acts as a typhus antibiotic, a sore throat
gargle, and is given for fever and liver problems.
Parts Used: Flower, leaf and stem
Magical Use: Placed in the corners of each room, this herb
restores harmony and brings peace. Give as a gift to bring about an accord.
LOTUS: (Nelumbo nucifera or Nymphaea lotus) This aquatic
herb's waxy leaves rise high above the water its long-stalked fragrant flowers
open at dawn and close at sunset. Lotus stalks, leaves, petals, seeds and
rhizome are all eaten. The flowers are a religious offering in many cultures and
are planted for devotional reasons. The leaf of Nelumbo nucifera is used for
fever, sweating, irritability, dysentery, diarrhea, and scanty urine. It is a
styptic (stops bleeding) and has been used to antidote alcohol and mushroom
poisoning. It affects the liver, heart, and spleen energies. The nodes of the
root are used to stop bleeding and to break down blood clots. All types of
internal bleeding are affected. The plumule (bud) affects the heart, kidney, and
spleen. It is used to calm mental agitation and worry, relieve insomnia, and
lower fevers. The seed affects the kidney, heart, and spleen. It is used for
agitation, insomnia, palpitations, dry mouth, dark urine, and chronic diarrhea.
It strengthens the heart and kidneys. The leaf is steeped, and the bud, root,
and seed are simmered, using two teaspoons of herb per cup of water, for twenty
minutes. The dose is one-fourth cup, four times a day.
Parts Used: Leaf, node of the root, buds, and seeds
Magical Use: Lotus is an all-purpose spiritual elixir. Burned
as incense, it encourages the dead to seek their highest possible reincarnation.
It reminds the living of their inner sanctity and divinity. Lotus plants thrive
in murky waters. They float serenely on the stagnant surface and never a drop
sticks to them. Anyone who breathes the scent of the lotus will receive its
protection. It's said that if you place the root of a lotus under the tongue and
say the words "SIGN, ARGIS" toward a locked door. It will open miraculously.
Lotus sees and pods are used as antidotes to love spells and any part of the
lotus carried or worn ensures blessing by the Gods and Good Luck. There are no
true Lotus oils. Perfumers simply haven't found a way to capture the scent of
the flower. Use this mix to approximate the odor: Rose, White Musk, Jasmine and
Ylang-Ylang, Mix until the scent is heavy, floral and warm. Use in spirituality,
healing and meditation formulas.
MACE: (Myristica fragrans) This bushy evergreen has scented
leaves and tiny yellow flowers. The fruits hold the seed -nutmeg- and its aril,
a red, lacy shell coating -mace. Nutmeg and Mace are culinary spices used in
sweet and savory dishes in a variety of cuisines. Nutmeg increases the
intoxicating and soporific effect of alcoholic drinks and is claimed to be an
aphrodisiac. It is prescribed for flatulence and nausea. The essential oil is
added to perfumes, soaps, hair oils, tobacco, and fumigants. The nuts yield an
oil, nutmeg butter, used in skin creams. Large doses of nutmeg are toxic,
because of the presence of the hallucinogen myristicin.
Magical Use: Burn to increase psychic power, or for creative
work. Carry to improve the intellect.
Aromatherapy Use: Indigestion, General Weakness, Bacterial
Infections, Gout, Rheumatism, Arthritis, As an aid to Circulation.
MARIGOLD: (Calendula officinalis) Also known as Calendula,
Holigold, Pot Marigold and Bride of the Sun. A Druid sacred herb, this cheerful
annual or perennial has hairy leaves and golden-orange daisy flowers. The leaves
are added to salads and garnishes of flowers color rice and fish dishes.
Calendula is antiseptic and anti-fungal and contains hormone and vitamin A
precursors. Essential oil is extracted from the petals but is extremely
expensive. This is the "pot marigold" not the African variety so common in
American gardens. The flowers are a healing agent. Added to fomentations,
poultices and salves, they speed healing of wounds and of nerve damage. The
infusion is given for intestinal problems and to clean lymph and blood. Useful
in fevers, the herb can be used fresh, dry, or in tincture. For tea, steep two
teaspoons of flowers per cup of water for twenty minutes, take one teaspoon per
hour. Using tincture, take five to twenty drops four times a day.
Parts Used: Flower and leaf
Magical Use: Known as "summer's bride", the yellow calendula
embodies the Sun's fire and life sustaining virtue. Calendula is carried into
court for a favorable verdict. In the mattress it encourages prophetic dreams.
Pick in full sun. Added to bathwater it helps with he respect and admiration of
everyone you meet. Garlands of marigolds strung on the doorposts stop evil from
entering the house. Use for: Marriage spells, Love, Divination, Protection,
Enhanced Psychic Powers.
MARJORAM: (Origanum majorana) Also known as Sweet Marjoram,
Winter sweet, and Pot Marjoram (O. onites). Sweet Marjoram leaves have a
sweeter, spicier taste than the leaves of Oregano and Pot marjoram. It is a
popular culinary herb used in salads, sauces, cheese, and in liqueurs and as
part of herbes de Provence. As an aromatic tea, Sweet Marjoram aids digestion,
relieves flatulence, colds and headaches, soothes nerves and encourages
menstruation. Marjoram essential oil is distilled from the leaves and flowering
tops. It is antioxidant, reduces skin aging, antiviral, eases spasms, and
stimulates local circulation.
Parts Used: Leaf and flower
Magical Use: An infusion of marjoram, mint and rosemary can
be sprinkled around the house for protection. This also works for protecting
specific objects. Brings happiness to a depressed person. Violets and Marjoram,
mixed together, are worn during the winter months as an amulet against colds.
Grown in the garden it offers shielding powers against evil. Love, Protection,
Defense, Wealth, Happiness, Purification, Cleansing.
Aromatherapy Use: Chilblains, Bruises, Tics, Arthritis,
Lumbago, Muscular Aches and Stiffness, Sprains, Strains, Asthma, Bronchitis,
Colds, Coughs, Colic, Constipation, Dyspepsia, Flatulence, Amenorrhea, PMS,
Headache, Hypertension, Insomnia, Migraine, Nervous Tension, Stress Related
Conditions. Key Qualities: An aphrodisiac, stupefying on large doses, Cephalic,
Sedative, Nervine, Restorative, Warming, Comforting.
MASTIC: (Pistachia lentiscus) Also known as Gum Mastic. This
aromatic, evergreen shrubby tree has scented pale green spring flowers in
clusters and red to black berries. The bark is tapped for mastic, its resin,
which chewed in the eastern Mediterranean as a breath freshener and employed as
a flavoring for bread, pastries, and the liqueur Mastiche. This resin can be
difficult to find, if unavailable try substituting a combination, equal parts of
gum arabic and frankincense.
Magical Use: Love, Magical Power, Psychic Awareness, Adds
potency and power to any incense.
MEADOWSWEET: (Filipendula ulnaria) Also known as Queen of the
Meadow, Gravel Root, and Meadow wort. One of the three most sacred Druid herbs,
(with Mint and Vervain), this herb has upright stems of wintergreen-scented,
divided leaves, topped by frothy umbels of almond-scented cream flowers. The
stems grow up to four feet tall and are sometimes purple. The leaves smell like
almonds and the flowers give an almond flavor to mead, herb wines, jam and
stewed fruit. Dried flowers scent linen and yield an astringent skin tonic.
Flower buds contain salicylic aced, a chemical from which aspirin was
synthesized (not from Filipendula but from Spirea, a related herb), but the herb
as a whole is gentler on the stomach. Herbalists use flower tea for stomach
ulcers and headaches, as an antiseptic diuretic, and for feverish colds,
diarrhea, and heartburn. Meadowsweet was a favorite strewing herb of Elizabeth
I. Traditional herbalists simmered the flowers in wine to treat fevers and to
cure depression. The fresh flower tops, taken in tea, promote sweating. Steep
two teaspoons of the herb in one cup boiled water for twenty minutes. Take
one-quarter cup four times a day. A distilled water of the flowers makes an
eyewash to treat burning and itching. Meadowsweet is a classic for diarrhea,
especially valued for children. The leaf is added to wine to bring a "merry
heart", that is, to treat depression. Meadowsweet contains methyl salicylate,
making it a good herb for rheumatic complaints and flu's. It is astringent and
helps with indigestion. It has diuretic properties, which make it helpful in
edema. The tea has been used for respiratory tract infections, gout, and
arthritis. It can help bladder and kidney problems, epilepsy, and rabies. The
whole plant is used - roots, flowers, and leaves - with the root being more
useful for fevers. To prepare the root, simmer two tablespoons of the dried root
in one cup of water for twenty minutes. Take one cup a day. The leaf is placed
in claret wine to enhance the tast, and it was at one time added to mead.
Parts Used: Root, leaf and flower
Magical Use: According to Grieve, meadowsweet, water mint,
and vervain were the three most sacred herbs of the Druids. Meadowsweet is an
herb of Jupiter and is useful in love spells. Use fresh flowers to decorate the
altar during love spells, use the dried petals in love mixtures. Strew about the
house to keep peace. Fresh flowers should be included in the bridal bouquet. Use
for: Love, Happiness, Divination, Peace.
MINT: (Mentha spicata, sativa, aquatica, and others) A Druid
sacred herb, most mints are creeping plants that hybridize easily, producing
infinite variations. The have erect, square branching stems, aromatic foliage
and flowers in leaf axils. Mints are stimulant, aid digestion, and reduce
flatulence. They flavor candy, drinks, cigarettes, toothpastes, and medicines.
The infusion of the herb has been used for diarrhea and as an emmenagogue (it
brings down the menses). It is a classic for colds and influenza, especially
when mixed with elder flower-but be careful, as this remedy will make you sweat,
and you must take care to keep well covered with blankets and woolens. Stomach
flu is helped by a mint, elderflower, and yarrow combination in a standard
infusion of two teaspoons per cup steeped for twenty minutes and taken in
quarter-cup doses. Mint is helpful in stomach complaints, but a strong infusion
will be emetic (it makes one throw up). Mint tea eases colic and eases
depression. It relieves earaches when the fresh juice of a few drops of the
essential oil are placed in the ear. A few drops of the oil in water, applied
with a cloth, help burning and itching, heat prostration, and sunburn. Apply it
directly to an itchy skin condition or sunburn. For heat prostration place the
cool fomentation on the forehead and wrists. Mint tea with honey soothes a sore
throat. A classic cold remedy that will unblock the sinuses is two drops of mint
essential oil, two drop eucalyptus essential oil and the juice of half a lemon
in a cup of hot water. The mix is first inhaled and then drunk when warm.
CAUTION: No more than two drops of the essential oils should be taken at any
time, and no more that two cups a day of the above mixture. Larger doses can be
toxic to the kidneys.
Parts Used: The above ground portions of the herb.
Magical Use: Mint is placed in the home as a protective herb.
It belongs to the sphere of Venus and has long been used in healing potions and
mixtures. The fresh leaves rubbed against the head are said to relieve
headaches. Mint worn at the wrist assures that you will not be ill. Its bright
green leaves and crisp scent led to its use in money and prosperity spells.
Fresh mint laid on the altar will call good spirits to be present and aid you in
magic, especially healing spells. Added to incenses it cleanses the house or
ritual area. Use for: Protection, Healing, Prosperity, Good Luck, Fortune,
Justice, Travel, Exorcism.
Aromatherapy Use: (Peppermint) Acne, Dermatitis, Ringworm,
Scabies, Toothache, Neuralgia, Muscular Pain, Palpitations, Asthma, Bronchitis,
Sinusitis, Spasmodic Cough, Colic, Cramps, Dyspepsia, Flatulence, Nausea, Colds,
Flu, Fevers, Fainting, Headache, Mental Fatigue, Migraine, Nervous Stress,
Vertigo, Halitosis, Insect Repellent. Key Qualities: Refreshing, Restorative,
Nerve Tonic, Cephalic, Aphrodisiac, Mental Stimulant.
MISTLETOE: (Viscum album) Also known as Birdlime, All-Heal,
Druid's Herb, and Golden Bough. It is the most sacred "tree" of the Druids and
rules over Winter Solstice. The berries are poisonous. Mistletoe is thought to
be most powerful if growing on an oak tree. The leafy twigs, toxic in volume,
are a heart tonic, reduce blood pressure, slow heart rate, strengthen capillary
walls, stimulate the immune system and inhibit tumors. Mistletoe grows from
northern Europe to northwest Africa and east to Asia and Japan. Different
varieties are found on hard-wood and softwood trees, which include apple (the
most common), elm, oak, spruce, pine, and poplar. Druids considered that the
mistletoe found on oak was the most potent and sacred.V The berries ripen in
midwinter and have a further peculiarity in that the ripe berries, open flowers,
green berries, and immature leaves can all be found on the same plant. Mistletoe
does not adhere to the linear logic of most plants, wit their budding,
flowering, and seed production sequence. It also seems to ignore heliotropism
and geotropism, it will grow upside down, sideways, or in any direction it
"chooses". Another unique feature is that it germinates only in the light,
unlike most plants, which require darkness to germinate. The flower buds form in
May but do not open until February. The berries ripen the following winter. The
entire process, from flower to fruit, can take almost two years! Even its name
mistl (different) tan tan (twig) (from the Anglo-Saxon) reminds us of its
peculiarities. Mistletoe is a semi-parasitic plant, generally spread by bird
droppings. It forms a globular mass that can reach up to three feet in diameter.
There are male plants and female plants, and both derive their water and
minerals from the host tree and produce their own carbohydrates via
photosynthesis. Mistletoe seems to hold itself aloof form the rhythms and laws
of the earthly seasoned, and in this way parallels the illogical and
uncontrolled growth of cancerous cells in the body. As early as 1961, laboratory
studies demonstrated that mistletoe, along with other immune stimulant plants
(such as eupatorium, astragalus, echinacea, acathopanax, chamomilla, and sabal),
inhibited tumors in mice. Fermented mistletoe taken from oak trees was shown to
stimulate the activity of killer cells and showed an especially strong effect on
rat hepatomas (liver cancers). Unfermented mistletoe showed a strong effect on
human leukemia (Molt 4) cells. Korean mistletoe (Viscum coloratum) was found to
be more active in inhibiting the growth of leukemia L1210, especially when used
fresh. Mistletoe extracts have been shown to possess significant anti-tumor
activity, not only against murine tumore but also in cases of Lewis' lung
carcinome, a colon adenocarcinoma 38 and C3H adenocarcinomas of the breast. The
extracts are not toxic and may be administered in high doses. Twenty drops four
times a day is the average dose. Many nervous conditions such as convulsions,
delirium, hysteria, neuralgia, urinary disorders, and heart conditions have
benefited from the activity of mistletoe. It has also been used to temper the
spasms of epilepsy. Mistletoe strengthens the heart and has been used as a heart
tonic in cases of typhoid fever. It strengthens the glandular system and has
helped with inflammation of the pancreas. It promotes hormonal balance when
taken daily for six months. Mistletoe is recommended for use after a stroke or
when hardening of the arteries is suspected. It will stop pulmonary and
intestinal bleeding caused by dysentary and typhoid. It helps to lower high
blood pressure and raise low blood pressure, and it has been used to ease heavy
menstrual flow, heart palpitations, hot flashes, and the anxiety associated with
menopause. The fresh juice has been said to increase fertility in barren women.
The green plant can be simmered using a standard concoction of two teaspoons of
the herb per cup of water and taken in tablespoon doses several times a day.
CAUTION: Large doses have been known to induce convulsions in children. The
berries should not be used for internal consumption. They are used in salves and
washes for wounds.
Parts Used: Twig and leaf
Magical Use: Not quite herb, not quite tree, beyond the
limitations of classification, freed from the restrictions of convention, and
resembling a constellation of stars suspended in midair from the bough of a
sacred tree - such is the "spirit" of this plant. It belongs to the in-between
times of dusk and dawn, or the exact interval between two seasons. It is a
gateway to something "other". In Italy, there is an old tale of a radiantly
beautiful fairy who appeared to a certain knight with the image of the crescent
moon and the Holy Grail at her feet. In her hands she held a sprig of mistletoe.
She told the knight that the mistletoe was what kept her eternally young and
beautiful. Mistletoe should be cut on Midsummer's Day, or else when the moon is
six days old. Druids would use a golden sickle to cut it and it wasn't allowed
to touch the ground. It is traditionally hung in the home at Yule, and those who
walk under it exchange a kiss of peace. Bunches of mistletoe can be hung as an
all-purpose protective talisman. Long used for protection against lightening,
disease, misfortune of every kind fires and so on. 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. Its wood is a good
choice for wands and ritual implements. Mistletoe is an excellent all-purpose
Use in spells for: Protection, Love, Hunting, Fertility,
Health, and Exorcism.
MUGWORT: (Artemisia vulgaris) Also known as Sailor's Tobacco,
Witch Herb, and Old Man. A Druid sacred herb, this aromatic perennial its wood
is a good choice for wands and ritual implements. The plant has medium green
leaves with silver, downy undersides and red-brown florets. The classic herb for
premenstrual symptoms, used in tea and the bath. Use a standard infusion of two
teaspoons per cup of water steeped for twenty minutes, take one-fourth cup four
times a day. It makes a good footbath for tired feet and legs. Cleansing to the
liver, it promotes digestion. Mugwort in an emmenagogue, especially when
combined with pennyroyal, blue cohosh, or angelica root. It is helpful in
epilepsy, palsy, and hysteria and is useful for fevers. When laid among
clothing, mugwort repels moths.
Parts Used: Leaf and stem
Magical Uses Mugwort is burned with sandalwood or wormwood
during scrying rituals, and a mugwort infusion is drunk (sweetened with honey)
before divination. The infusion is also used to wash crystal balls and magic
mirrors, and mugwort leaves are placed around the base of the ball (or beneath
it) to aid in psychic workings. In China it is hung over doors to keep evil
spirits for buildings. Mugwort is also carried to increase lust and fertility,
to prevent backache, and to cure disease and madness. Placed next to the bed it
aids in achieving astral projection. It is said to protect travelers from
fatigue, sunstroke, wild animals, and evil spirits.
MULLEIN: (Verbascum thapsus) Also known as Hag's Taper,
Candlewick Plant, Aaron's Rod, Velvet Plant, and Shepherd's Club. This biennial
has a rosette of woolly leaves and a tall, thick, downy, resinous stem of bright
yellow flowers, followed by many-seeded capsules. The honey-scented flowers
flavor liqueurs and yield skin-softening mucilage. The expectorant, soothing,
and spasm-sedating properties of the leaf and flowers are used to treat raspy
coughs and are added to herbal tobacco. Woolly leaf wraps preserve figs and are
used as tinder and emergency bandages. The powdered leaves are sometimes called
"Graveyard Dust", and can be substituted for such. The leaf is a classic remedy
for bronchitis (as well as other coughs) and burning urination. Simmer two
teaspoons per cup and take a quarter cup four times a day. A tea of the flowers
take before bed brings on sleep. A poultice of the leaves helps wounds and
sores. The leaves steeped in vinegar and water will soothe inflammations,
painful skin conditions, and hemorrhoids when used externally as a poultice.
They may be used in tincture form, fifteen to forty drops every two to four
Parts Used: Leaf and flower
Magical Uses 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. 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. Protection,
Divination, Health, Courage, Determination, Exorcism, Defense.
MYRRH: (Comniphora myrrha) Ancient and sacred incenses, the
antiseptic, anti-inflammatory oil of Myrrh was used for embalming. It is now
found in toothpaste and perfume. Myrrh was burned to Ra at noon in Ancient Egypt
and was also fumed in the temples of Isis. Especially valued as a disinfectant,
myrrh is used as a wash for wounds. Use as a wound wash only after the wound has
been well cleaned. It has the tendency to seal wounds once it is placed on them.
Use the alcohol tincture in water or the tea as a wound wash. Myrrh promotes
circulation and increases heart rate and power. Said to move stagnant blood
through the uterus, it has been used for menopause, menstrual irregularities,
and uterine tumors. Myrrh benefits diabetes and obesity, the dose is one to
fifteen grains. Combined with Echinacea and mullein to one quarter part myrrh,
steep two teaspoons per cup of water for twenty minutes, take a quarter cup
every four hours. Myrrh, goldenseal, arnica, and cayenne can be soaked in
rubbing alcohol for a few weeks to make a liniment for bruises and sprains.
CAUTION: Prolonged internal use of myrrh (longer than a few weeks) can lead to
Parts Used: Resin
Magical Use: Myrrh is a Goddess plant of the Moon's sphere,
sacred to Isis. Burned as incense, myrrh purifies the area, lifts the vibrations
aids contemplation and meditation and creates peace. However, it is seldom
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, talismans, charms, and magical tools. It also
aids meditation and contemplation. The essential oil can be added to blends
designed to enhance spirituality and meditation. It is also used in healing
Aromatherapy Use: Athlete's Foot, Chapped and Cracked Skin,
Eczema, Ringworm, Wounds, Wrinkles, Mature Complexions, Arthritis, Asthma,
Bronchitis, Catarrh, Colds, Coughs, Sore Throats, Voice Loss, Diarrhea,
Dyspepsia, Flatulence, Hemorrhoids, Loss of Appetite, Thrush, Purities, Treats
Gum Infections and Mouth Ulcers. Key Qualities: Purifying, Uplifting,
Revitalizing, Sedative, Restorative, Soothing.
MYRTLE: (Myrtus communis) This dense, evergreen shrub has
aromatic leaves and flower buds, creamy white flowers, and blue-black berries.
The flowers are made into toilet water called eau d'ange, added with the leaves
to acne ointment, and dried for potpourri. Leaf essential oil is the source of
myrtle, given for gingivitis.
Magical Use: Love, Money and Riches, Creative Work, Youth. If
grown on each side of a house love and peace will reside within and it is a
lucky plant to grow in window boxes if a woman plants it.
Aromatherapy Use: Acne, Hemorrhoids, Oily Skin, Open Pores,
Asthma, bronchitis, Catarrhal conditions, chronic Coughs, Tuberculosis, Colds,
Flu, Infectious Disease. Key Qualities: Mildly stimulating, Nerve Tonic,
Antiseptic, Clarifying, Cleansing, Uplifting, Aphrodisiac, Refreshing.
NUTMEG: (Myristica fragrans) See Mace.
Magical Uses Nutmegs have long been carried as good luck
charms, and are strung with star anise and Tonka beans for a potent herbal
necklace. Burn for prosperity. luck, psychic awareness, fortune, clairvoyance,
divination, justice, and meditation.
Aromatherapy Use: Arthritis, Gout, Muscular Aches and Pains,
Poor circulation, Rheumatism, Flatulence, Indigestion, Nausea, Sluggish
Digestion, Bacterial Infection, Frigidity in Women, Impotence in Men, Neuralgia,
Nervous Fatigue. Key Qualities: Aphrodisiac, Analgesic, Narcotic, Tonic (nerve
and heart), Comforting, Soothing, Calming, Elevating, Cephalic, Euphoric.
OAK: (Quercus alba or spp.) Also known as Tanner's Bark,
White Oak, and Common Oak. A Druid Holy tree, the oak was the King of trees in a
grove. Oak bark and galls are astringent and antiseptic. Oak bark provides
tannin and as leather tanners seemed immune to tuberculosis, the bark was used
for treatment of the disease. The white oak (Q. alba) is the best for internal
use. Infuse the inner bark or young leaf (before Midsummer) for douches and
enemas. Internal rectal problems, hemorrhoids, leucorrhoea, menstrual
irregularities, and bloody urine are also benefited. Take internally as a tea
and apply externally in fomentation, to shrink varicose veins. The tea brings
down fevers, treats diarrhea, and makes a wash for sores. Up to three cups a day
may be safely taken. As a gargle, it treats mouth sores and sore throats. Being
an astringent, it stops internal bleeding. Black oak (Q. tinctoria) and red oak
(Q. rubra) can be used externally. English oak (Q. robur) can be used both
externally and internally. Oak leaves are prepared in infusion for douches to
treat vaginal infections, gather them before Midsummer. To prepare, steep one
tablespoon per quart of water for thirty minutes. A tea of the buds is a
valuable tonic for the liver, steep two teaspoons per cup of water for twenty
minutes. Simmer the bark in salves to make a remedy for hemorrhoids.
Parts Used: Inner bark (cambium) and young leaf, for the
leaf, use two teaspoons per cup and steep for twenty minutes, for the bark, use
one tablespoon per cup and simmer for twenty minutes.
Magical Use: The Oak is a tree of the sun, and sacred to
Brighid and the Dagda. Druids do not celebrate unless in the presence of an oak,
yew, ash, or other sacred tree. Oak symbolized abundance, fertility, longevity,
protection, and the ability to withstand the lightening blasts of spiritual
awareness while remaining firmly rooted in the material. All parts of the tree
are powerful protective charms, which bring healing. Magic wands are made of Oak
Wood (Mine Is!). A tree as long-lived and strong as the oak naturally offers
magical protection. Oak Galls, known as Serpent's Eggs, were used in magical
charms. Acorns bring fertility and abundance to any endeavor. Carry one for
luck. Acorns gathered at night hold the most fertility powers. The Druids and
priestesses listened to the rustling oak leaves and the wrens in the trees for
divinatory messages. Burning oak leaves purifies the atmosphere. Represents the
God. Use galls in chars. Acorns draw money; burn the wood for good health,
energy, strength, power, protection, defense, money and business.
OAK MOSS: (Pseudevernia prunastri) Oak Moss is a whitish blue
to green, shrubby lichen. Lichen is an alga (which photosynthesizes) and a
fungus operating together in a symbiotic relationship. The Arabs use ground Oak
Moss to leaven bread. It is collected as a violet-scented fixative and an
oleoresin, extracted for perfumes and soap. Native Americans used it when
binding wounds, it is a stomach tonic and an expectorant, and soothes coughs.
Oak Moss yields a purple wool dye, but air pollution has made it scarce.
Parts Used: Whole Plant
Magical Use: Use to attract money.
ORANGE, SWEET: (Citrus sinensis) See Lemon
Magical Uses Use Peels in incense for love, good fortune,
divination, balance, healing, harmony, peace, money and riches, Psychic
awareness, Luck. A highly Solar scent, add essential oil to purification blends.
Aromatherapy Use: Dull and oily complexions, Obesity,
Palpitations, Water Retention, Bronchitis, Chills, Colds, Flu, Constipation,
Dyspepsia, Spasm, Nervous Tension, Stress-Related Conditions, Used to treat
Mouth Ulcers. Key Qualities: Tonic, Refreshing, Warming, Uplifting, soothing,
ORRIS ROOT: (Iris germanica var.florentina) Orris root has a
stout rhizome, sword like leaves, and large, scented flowers in early summer
that range in color from pale blue to white.
Parts Used: Root
Magical Use: The Orris root has long been used to find and
hold love. The whole Orrisroot is carried; the powder is added to sachets,
sprinkled on sheets, clothing and the body as well as around the house.
Orrisroot powder is sometimes known as "Love Drawing Powder".
Use for: Divination, Protection, And Psychic Awareness.
PARSLEY: (Petroselinum sativum also crispum) Parsley is a tap
rooted biennial with solid stems, triangular, toothed and curled leaves divided
into three segments, umbels of tiny cream summer flowers, and aromatic "seeds".
Grown near roses, it improves their health and scent. Leaf infusions are a tonic
for hair, skin and eyes. The leaves, root, and seeds are diuretic, scavenge
skin-aging free radicals, and reduce the release of histamine. The second-year
roots, the leaf, and the seed are used. Parsley is diuretic and helpful for
gravel and stone as well as for edema, jaundice, and kidney problems. The root
is the most powerful part. The oil of the seed (five to fifteen drops) has been
used to bring on menstruation. The seed, when decocted, has been used for
intermittent fevers. Steep one teaspoon of leaf per cup for twenty minutes or
simmer one teaspoon of the root or seed for twenty minutes. The dose is
one-fourth cup, four times a day. Parsley leaves (with violet leaf and figwort
herb when possible) are used in poultices for cancer. A parsley poultice will
help insect bites, stings, and sore eyes. Parsley tea is used for asthma and
coughs. CAUTION: Persons with weak kidneys should avoid this herb.
Parts Used: Root, leaf and seed
Magical Use: the Greeks used Parsley in funeral rites, it was
held sacred to Persephone. It was wound into funeral wreaths and used to
decorate tombs. Though the plant has associations with death and is often
regarded as evil, the Romans tucked a sprig into their togas every morning for
protection. It is also placed on plates of food to guard it from contamination.
Parsley is used in purification baths, and those to stop all misfortune.
Aromatherapy Use: Accumulation of toxins, Arthritis, Broken
Blood vessels, Cellulites, Rheumatism, Sciatica, Colic, Flatulence, Indigestion,
Hemorrhoids, Amenorrhea, Dysmenorrhea, To aid Labor, Cystitis, Urinary
Infection. Key Qualities: Refreshing, Stimulating, And Warming. Avoid during
PATCHOULI: (Pogostemon patchouli or heyeanus) This tender,
aromatic herb has upright, square stems with soft oval leaves and whorls of
whitish flowers on spikes. The leaves, placed among clothes to deter insects,
give Indian shawls their characteristic fragrance. Patchouli gave the
distinctive scent to original India ink and Chinese red ink paste.
Parts Used: Leaf
Magical Use: Patchouli smells like rich earth, and so has
been used in money and prosperity mixtures and spells. It is sprinkled onto
money, added to purses and wallets, and placed around the base of green candles.
Also, owing to its earthiness, Patchouli is used in fertility talismans and is
also substituted for 'graveyard dust'. Patchouli is added to love sachets and
baths. Patchouli is used to attract people and to promote lust. Burn as incense
for: Drawing Money, Fertility, Protection, Defense, Lust, Banishing, Releasing,
Love, Earth, and Underworld.
Aromatherapy Use: Acne, Athlete's Foot, Cracked and Chapped
Skin, Dandruff, Dermatitis, Eczema, Fungal Infections, Hair Care, Impetigo,
Sores, Oily Hair and Skin, Open Pores, Wounds, Wrinkles, Frigidity, Nervous
Exhaustion, Stress Related Conditions. Key Qualities: Stimulant in small
amounts, Sedative in large doses, Aphrodisiac, Nerve Tonic, Appeasing, Calming,
PEPPERMINT: (Mentha piperita) See Mint.
Magical Use: This familiar scent is excellent when used for
purification. Though slow-growing the results are worth the wait. Rub against
furniture and walls and floorboards to cleanse them of evil and negativity.
Smelled it compels one towards sleep and placed beneath the pillow it sometimes
offers one glimpses of the future in dreams. Burn as Incense for: Exorcism,
Health, Healing, Lust, Money and Riches, Changes, Psychic Awareness,
Aromatherapy Use: See Mint
PINE: (Pinus spp.) Sacred to the Druids, the pine was known
as one of the Seven Chieftain Trees of the Irish. Dry distillation of Scotch
Pine (Pinus sylvestris) needles, twigs, and cones gives the best quality pine
oil for perfumes and for expectorants in inhalations for bronchitis and colds.
The root tar is included in some hair growth stimulation products. The needles
and young twigs of the white pine (Pinus strobus, Pinus alba) are made into
infusions for coughs and as an antiscorbutic, use two teaspoons per cup of water
and simmer for twenty minutes. High in vitamin C, they helped our ancestors get
through the long winters. The knot of the wood is boiled with angelica,
acathopanax, quince, and mulberry branches to make a bath for arthritis and
rheumatism. Pine needles are simmered into massage oils. The oil is used
externally to relieve rheumatic pain, chronic bronchitis, sciatica, pneumonia,
and nephritis. Simply cover the needles with a good quality olive oil and simmer
at low heat for twenty minutes, or place in a low (180°) oven overnight. The
resin heals the kidneys, liver and lungs. The scent is calming to the lungs and
Parts Used: Needle, twig, and knot of the wood
Magical Uses Pine is the "tree of peace" of the Native
American Iroquois confederacy. Burn pine to purify the home and decorate with
its branches to bring healing and joy. Mix with equal parts of Juniper and
Cedar; burn to purify the home and ritual area. The cones and nuts can be
carried as a fertility charm. Placing pine needles in a loose-woven bag and
running bathwater over this makes a good magical cleansing and stimulating bath.
To purify and sanctify an outdoor ritual area, brush the ground with a pine
branch. The oil is commonly added to purification, protection, money and healing
mixtures. Burn as incense for, money, purification, healing and exorcism.
Aromatherapy Use: (Scotch Pine) Cuts, Lice, Excessive
Perspiration, Scabies, Sores, Arthritis, Gout, Muscular aches and pains,
Neuralgia, Poor Circulation, Rheumatism, Asthma, Bronchitis, Catarrh, Colds,
Coughs, Flu, Sinusitis, Sore Throat, Cystitis, Urinary Infection, Fatigue,
Nervous Exhaustion, Stress Related Conditions. Key Qualities: Strengthening,
Cleansing, Restorative, Reviving, Refreshing, Stimulant, Soothing.
ROSE: (Rosa spp.) The Rose has aromatic, cosmetic, medicinal,
culinary, and craft uses. Fresh petals and rosewater flavor sweet and savory
dishes and are crystallized for decoration. Rosewater revives tired skin and
eyes. Dog Rose (Rosa canina) is the major source of hips for jam, syrup, tea and
wine. Associated with pure love and femininity, it is valued by aroma therapists
for it's rejuvenating qualities. Adding twice the petals’ weight of sugar and
infusing in hot water can make rose petal syrup. Alternatively, the fresh petals
can be ground with a little boiling water and strained, and the liquid combined
with honey. The resulting liquid is a natural laxative and a tonic for the
stomach. The rose hips should be gathered after the first frost. They will be
read and ready for drying or making into jam. The jam or jelly is used or
coughs. The dried hips are opened, the seeds and hairs removed, and the skins
used for an excellent sore throat tea, use two teaspoons per cup of water and
simmer for ten minutes. An infusion of the petals, one ounce to one pint of
water, makes a soothing eye lotion, strain it first through cheesecloth.
Parts Used: Flowers and hips
Magical Use: The Rose is a Goddess herb belonging to Venus
and the Water element. Rose is the accepted love scent. Rose buds are added to
bath water to conjure a lover. Place some in a red cloth bag and pin it under
your clothes. Rose hips worn as beads attract love. True rose essential oil
(known as Otto) and rose absolute are expensive but worth it, one drop has
powerful properties. DO NOT use synthetics. Rose oil is used in formulas
designed to attract love, confer peace, stimulate sexual appetites, and enhance
beauty. A tea of rosebuds drunk before sleep induces prophetic dreams. Rose
petal and hips are used in healing spells and mixtures. Rose petals sprinkled
around the house calm personal stress and household upheavals. Roses planted in
the garden attract fairies and are said to grow best when stolen. Burn as
incense for: Healing, Health, Love, Luck, Creativity, Balance, Anointing,
Divination, Clairvoyance, Protection, Psychic Awareness.
Aromatherapy Use: Thread Veins, Dry, Mature and Sensitive
Skin, Wrinkles, Eczema, Herpes, Palpitations, Poor Circulation, Asthma, Coughs,
Hay Fever, Cholecystities, Liver Congestion, Nausea, Irregular Menstruation,
Leucorrhoea, Menorrhagia, Uterine Disorders, Depression, Impotence, Insomnia,
Frigidity, Headache, Nervous Tension, Stress Related Conditions. Key Qualities:
Aphrodisiac, Soothing, Comforting, Antidepressant, Sedative, Uplifting,
Appeasing, Regulating, and Heart Tonic.
ROSEMARY: (Rosmarinus officinalis) Rosemary leaves are an
ancient savory herb, especially popular in Italian dishes, and with shellfish,
pork and lamb. The antiseptic, antioxidant leaves help preserve food, aid
digestion of fat, and are included in several slimming compounds. The flowers
can be used fresh as a garnish or crystallized as decoration. Distilled flower
water makes soothing eyewash. The leaf and flowers are stimulating to the liver
and the digestion. For this reason, rosemary is a classic herb for migraine
headache when associated with liver or stomach torpidity. Rosemary increases the
circulation and slightly raises blood pressure. To make the tea, steep two
teaspoon of the dried flowering tops in one cup of water for twenty minutes.
Take one-fourth cup four times a day. Use rosemary in salves for eczema, wounds,
and sores. The tea makes a mouthwash for bad breath. The oil benefits stomach
and nerves. Steep the herb in white wine for a week and strain. Rub the rosemary
wine into gouty or paralyzed limbs. Taken internally, the wine quiets the heart
and stimulates the kidneys, brain, and nervous system. Rosemary tea relieves
depression. Rosemary and coltsfoot are smoked as an herbal tobacco to relieve
asthma and lung conditions. CAUTION: When rosemary is used as a tea, the dose
should not exceed one cup per day. Overdose can cause fatal poisoning.
Parts Used: Leaf and flower
Magical Use: "Any home where rosemary thrives is a home where
the mistress rules." 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. Burn for
protection, exorcism, purification, healing, to cause sleep, To restore or
maintain youth, to bring love and to increase intellectual powers. 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. Rosemary may be
substituted for any other herb, in any spell or mixture. It is generally used as
a substitute for Frankincense.
Aromatherapy Use: Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Lice, Scabies,
Hair, Scalp, Arteriosclerosis, Fluid Retention, Gout, Muscular Pain, Neuralgia,
Palpitations, Poor Circulation, Varicose Veins, Rheumatism, Asthma, Bronchitis,
Whooping Cough, Colitis, Dyspepsia, Flatulence, Hepatic Disorders, Jaundice,
Dysmenorrhea, Leucorrhoea, Colds, Flu, Infections, Headaches, Hypo tension,
Nervous Exhaustion, Stress Related Conditions. Key Qualities: Stimulant (nervous
and mental), Analgesic, Tonic, Strengthening, Restorative, Purifying,
Protective, Reviving, Refreshing.
ROWAN: (Sorbus aucuparia) Also known as Mountain Ash, Witch
wood, Witch bane, and Sorb Apple. A Druid sacred tree and sacred to the goddess
Bride/Bridgit, Rowan bears clusters of spring flowers and bright red berries in
autumn, when the leaves may turn red. The berries, rich in vitamin C, can be
made into a tart jelly, Ground into flour, fermented into wine, or distilled
into spirit. The seeds should be removed as they can contain hydro cyanic acid
and are considered poisonous. Rowan is a traditional country charm against
witchcraft.(!) Rowan is a close relative of Sorbus americana (American mountain
ash) and can be used in the same way herbally. The bark is decocted for diarrhea
and for vaginal douches, simmer two teaspoons of the bark per cup of water for
twenty minutes. The bark is tinctured in alcohol for eight days to treat fevers
(especially intermittent fevers). The berries are gathered when ripe and then
dried or made into jam. The berries are very high in vitamin C and are useful
for sore throats and tonsillitis. Take one teaspoon of the fresh berry juice or
a quarter cup of the tea made by simmering one teaspoon per cup of water for
twenty minutes. The ancient Welsh made an ale from rowan berries.
Parts Used: Fruit
Magical Use: Rowan is said to have come from the land of
Fairy and as such is a very magical tree used for wands, rods, amulets, and
spells. All parts of the tree are sacred. Make a tea with a few of the ripe
berries and add it to the ritual chalice. A forked branch can help find water.
Wands are for knowledge, locating metal, and general divination. Fires made of
Rowan serve to summon spirits, especially when facing conflicts. Incense of
leaves and berries for divination. Grow for protection of home. Carrying Rowan
wood increases psychic powers. Rowan carried on board hip will prevent its
involvement in storms, kept in the house it guards against lightening strikes,
and when planted on a grave Rowan keeps the deceased one from haunting the
place. Rowans growing near stone circles are the most potent. The leaf and berry
are used in incense to increase psychic powers. Wear a tiny cross of rowan wood
somewhere in your clothing or protection.
RUE: (Ruta graveolens) Also known as Herb of Grace. This
evergreen subshrub has yellow summer flowers and deeply divided, bluish,
aromatic leaves. Rue is a stimulant and abortifacient and strengthens
capillaries. Its antispasmodic action treats high blood pressure, epilepsy and
colic. A leaf wash treats tired eyes and was used by da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Rue's round-lobed leaves inspired the symbol for the suit of clubs. CAUTION:
Some people may experience skin irritation when picking the fresh plant. The
whole herb is used, fresh or dry. It is taken warm to bring on menstruation. The
infusion benefits coughs, cramp, and colic. Steep two teaspoons of the dried
herb in a cup of water for twenty minutes. Take no more than one-half cup per
day. The leaves are used in poultices and salves to relieve sciatica, gout, and
rheumatic pains. The fresh eaves are placed on the temples to relieve headache.
Fomentations of the tea are placed on the chest to help bronchitis. The juice or
oil is placed in the ear to relieve earaches. CAUTION: This is a strong herb.
Use in dosages only as indicated. Overdose will lead to vomiting.
Parts Used: Above-ground portions of the herb
Magical Use: Ancient Celts considered Rue an anti-magical
herb, which is a defense against spells and dark magic. A fresh sprig can be
used to sprinkle sacred water for consecration, blessings and healings. Burned
in exorcism or purification incenses, it routs negativity and gets things
moving. Used in altar oil, blessing, purifying, cleansing, consecration,
protection, banishing, releasing, exorcism, inspiration, wisdom. Fresh Rue
leaves placed on the forehead relieves headaches. Rue added to baths breaks all
hexes and curses that may have been cast against you. Rue is another plant said
to grow best when stolen, and indeed its presence in the garden beautifies and
protects it. For some reason, toads have an aversion to Rue.
SAFFRON: (Crocus sativus) The stigmas and style tops flavor
and color liqueurs and many dishes, especially rice. Saffron is considered an
aphrodisiac, but too much may be narcotic. It is given to reduce fevers, cramps,
and enlarged livers, and to calm nerves, and is applies externally for bruises,
rheumatism, and neuralgia. In India saffron is used ceremonially. Although water
soluble, it is used cosmetically and as a sacred dye. Turmeric is mistakenly
called saffron in Asia.
Parts Used: Stamens
Magical Use: Saffron is added to love sachets as well as
though aimed at raising lustful feelings. It is used in healing spells, and the
infusion is used as wash water for the hands prior to healing rituals. Sheets
were rinsed with a saffron infusion in Ireland so that the arms and legs would
be strengthened during sleep, and the ancient Persians used Saffron to raise the
wind. Use in spells for: Happiness, Health/Healing, Lust, Psychic Awareness,
Wing Raising, Strength.
SAGE: (Salvia officinalis) Sage leaf has a strong taste that
increases when dried. Used sparingly to flavor and aid the digestion of fatty
meats, it is popular in poultry stuffing and combines well with strongly
flavored floors. The flowers are tossed in salads and are brewed for a light,
balsamic tea, while the leaf tea is an antiseptic nerve and blood tonics. Sage
contains hormone precursors that help irregular menstruation and menopause
symptoms. Sage is a drying agent for the body. The tea of the leaf will dry up
night sweats, breast milk, and mucous congestion. It benefits the nerves and the
menstrual cycle as well. Being astringent, it helps with diarrhea. Use it as a
sore throat gargle and as a poultice for sores and stings. Use two teaspoons of
the herb per cup of water, steep for twenty minutes and take a quarter cup four
times a day. Tincture, fifteen to forty drops, up to four times a day.
Parts Used: Leaf
Magical Use: Sage absorbs negativity and misfortune. It
drives away disturbances and tensions, and lifts the spirits above the mundane
cars of life. Burn it to consecrate a ritual space. Carry it as an herb of
protection. Use it in the ritual bath and chalice. Tradition holds that those
who eat sage become immortal in both wisdom and years. Sage is used in wish
manifestations and to attract money. Smolder to promote healing and
spirituality. Carry to promote wisdom. Use in spells for: Protection, Wisdom,
Health, Money and Riches, Spirituality.
Aromatherapy Use: (Clary Sage Salvia sclarea) Acne, Boils,
Dandruff, Hair Loss, Inflamed Skin Conditions, Oily Skin and Hair, Ulcers,
Wrinkles, High Blood Pressure, Muscular Aches and Pains, Asthma, Throat
Infections, Whooping Cough, Colic, Cramps, Dyspepsia, Flatulence, Labor Pain,
Irregular Menstruation, Depression, Frigidity, Impotence, Migraine, Nervous
Tension, Stress Related Conditions. Key Qualities: Relaxing, Rejuvenating,
Balancing, Inspiring, sedative, Revitalizing, Aphrodisiac, Intoxicating,
ST. JOHN'S WORT: (Hypericum perforatum) A Druid sacred herb,
the Celts passed it through the smoke of the Summer Solstice fire, then wore it
in battle for invincibility. This herb has woody-based stems, with pairs of
small, balsamic-scented leaves and clusters of lemon-scented, yellow summer
flowers. The leaves are used in salads and to flavor liqueurs. Extract of the
flowering tops is antiviral, astringent, and sedative, it treats inflammation,
wounds, and diarrhea. Taken internally, it calms nerves and treats depression.
It is under research for AIDS treatment. The flowers yield yellow and red dyes.
The herb is the part used for lung problems, bladder complaints, diarrhea,
dysentery, depression, hemorrhages, and jaundice. Steep two teaspoons of the
herb per cup of water for twenty minutes. Take one-half cup in the morning and
one-half cup at bed time. Bedwetting is helped by a nightly cup of the tea. The
oil and fomentation are applied externally the injuries, especially when nerve
endings are involved (i.e. fingers and toes) and to soften tumors and caked
breasts. To make the oil, cover the flowers with good cold-pressed olive oil and
leave the sealed preparation in the hot sun for twenty-one days or until it
becomes a rich red. The oil is excellent for massages, as it affects the spine
directly. Varicose veins, mild burns, inflammations, neuralgia, and rheumatism
are helped by a poultice of it. CAUTION: Malignant tumors must be treated with
care. Never rub or massage a malignant growth, as cells may become detached and
travel to other parts of the body.
Parts Used: Flower, leaf, and stem
Magical Use: The Welsh called this plant "leaf of the
blessed." It was understood to be an idea combination of water and fire, the
ultimate healing essence. Fire symbolized the fruitful light-filled forces of
summer, and water the gathering and settling forces of the dark season.
Midsummer was the time of balance between these forces of light and dark. Burn
at Litha to send away negativity, wear for invincibility, health and willpower.
Gather at Litha or on a Friday and worn it will keep mental illness at bay and
also cure melancholy. When placed in a jar and hung by a window, St. John's
Wrote protects against thunderbolts, fire and evil spirits. Both flowers and
leaves are used for this purpose. At one time St. John's Wort was held to the
mouth of accused Witches to attempt to force them to confess.
SANDALWOOD: (Santalum album) Sandalwood is one of the most
valuable woods in the world. All parts yields Sandalwood oil, particularly the
heartwood and the roots, which yield about 6 percent essential oil. Recorded in
Ayuvedic medicine and Egyptian embalming, the oil is now used as an inhalant for
its expectorant and sedative effect on coughs and as a powerful antiseptic for
lung and urinary tract infections. Sandalwood makes a popular incense, as its
calming effect aids meditation. It is commonly used for funeral pyres in India,
where devotees believe the scent protects places from evil spirits. The fragrant
heartwood is a classic for bladder infections. It is taken to help in the
passing of stones, in kidney inflammations, and in prostatitis. The oil is
cooling to the body and useful for fevers and infections when used as a massage.
The scent is calming to the mind. Sandalwood has been used internally for
chronic bronchitis and to treat gonorrhea and the urethral discharge that
results. Simmer one teaspoon of the wood per cup of water for twenty minutes,
and take up to two cups a day in quarter-cup doses.
Parts Used: Heartwood
Magical Use: Lower grades of Sandalwood (light colored with
little scent) are not recommended to use in magic. Sandalwood powder is burned
during protection, healing and exorcism spells. When mixed with lavender it
makes an incense designed to conjure spirits. This fragrant wood possesses very
high spiritual vibrations and is mixed with Frankincense and burned at séances
and Full Moon rituals. Powdered sandalwood can be scattered about a place to
clear it of negativity. Sandalwood beads are protective and promote a spiritual
awareness when worn. Sandalwood oil placed on the forehead aids in focusing the
mind. The scent opens the highest spiritual centers and so makes an appropriate
incense for rituals, exorcisms, and healings. The scents of frankincense and
sandalwood have some of the highest vibrations inherent in any plant. They will
resonate with aspects of ourselves or with Devic/Angelic beings of the highest
order. Rose is another herb held to have that frequency, thus attracting or
eliciting the highest spiritual vibrations from within ourselves and the cosmos.
Sandalwood is used as an incense base for: Protection, Healing, Exorcise,
Spirituality, Wishes, Full Moon Esbats, Wards Negativity, Astral Projection,
Reincarnation, Spirit Offering.
Aromatherapy Use: Acne, Dry, Cracked, Chapped Skin, After
Shave, Greasy Skin, Moisturizer, Bronchitis, Catarrh, Coughs (dry, persistent),
Laryngitis, Sore Throat, Diarrhea, Nausea, Cystitis, Depression, Insomnia,
Nervous Tension, Stress Related Conditions. Key Qualities: Aphrodisiac,
Soothing, Relaxing, Uplifting, Purifying, Warming, Grounding, Opening,
SPEARMINT: (Mentha spicata) Also called Garden Mint, Our
Lady's Mint, Sage of Bethlehem, Erba Santa Maria and Lamb Mint. Spearmint is the
most generally cultivated of the culinary mints. The leaves are almost or
completely stalkless, lance-shaped bright-green and hairless. Mice hate the
smell of mint and will avoid any place where the herb is scattered.
Magical Use: Spearmint is used in all healing applications,
especially in aiding lung diseases. Smelled, spearmint increases and sharpens
mental powers. For protection while asleep, stuff a pillow or mattress with
Aromatherapy Use: See Mint
STAR ANISE: (Illicium verum) All parts of this small,
evergreen tree are aromatic, the smooth, gray-white bark, narrow to elliptic
shiny green leaves, solitary yellow flowers, and glossy brown seeds. The
distinctive seeds and pods are used as a spice in Asian cookery, notably as an
ingredient of Chinese five-spice powder. The fruits and foliage yield an
essential oil, used as a substitute anise seed flavoring, or, medicinally to
relieve chest complaints, rheumatism, and flatulence. The oil appears in soaps,
hair oils, and Asian perfumes. Chew the seeds after a meal to help the
digestion. Simmer the seeds to make a tea for colic and rheumatic complaints.
Steep one teaspoon of the crushed seed in one cup of boiled water for twenty
minutes and take up to two cups a day. Often added to other brews to improve
taste, the tea of the seed will help cramps and nausea, promote menstruation,
and increase breast milk. It also relieves insomnia. The seeds are simmered into
salves for scabies and lice. The oil is a stomach tonic. The seeds can be
tinctured in brandy (rather than the usual vodka, whiskey, or grain alcohol)
with some lemon peel, the dose is one-fourth to one-half teaspoon.
Parts Used: Seed
Magical Use: The powdered bark is used as an incense in
Japanese temples. The tree is planted by the Japanese around temples and on
graves as an herb of consecration and protection. The seeds are burned as
incense to increase psychic powers, and are also worn as beads for the same
purpose. Sometimes star anise is placed on the altar to give it power, one is
placed to each of the four directions. It is also carried as a general
luck-bringer, and the seeds make excellent pendulums. The tree is often grown
near Buddhist temples where it is revered.
Aromatherapy Use: Couldn't find any reference to it's use in
Aromatherapy, though it is widely used in homeopathy.
SUNFLOWER: (Helianthus annuus) This fast-growing annual has a
thick, tall, hairy stem, heart-shaped leaves, and large yellow flower heads in
late summer. The nutritious seeds are eaten raw, roasted, and ground into meal
or nut butter and were used by Native American warriors as "energy cakes." The
flower buds give a yellow dye and are cooked like artichokes. The pressed seeds
yield an all-purpose oil with culinary, cosmetic, and industrial uses.
Medicinally, the seeds are used as a diuretic and expectorant and treat coughs,
dysentery, and kidney inflammation. The root is a laxative and treats stomach
pan. The stem pith yields potash and fibers for textiles and paper, and its
cellular lightness is used for microscope slide mounts. The seed heads provide
food for birds in winter.
Parts Used: flower, leaves, stalk, root and seeds
Magical Use: In Aztec temples of the sun, priestesses carried
sunflowers and wore them as crowns. As sun symbols, these flowers symbolize the
healthy ego, the wisdom, and the fertility of the solar logos. Sunflower seeds
are eaten by women who wish to conceive. To protect yourself against smallpox
wear sunflower seeds around the neck, either in a bag or strung like beads. If
you cut a sunflower at sunset while making a wish, the wish will come true
before another sunset - as long as the wish isn't too grand. Sleeping with a
sunflower under the bed allows you to know the truth in any matter. If you wish
to become virtuous, anoint yourself with juice pressed from the stems of the
sunflower. Sunflowers growing in the garden guard it against pests and grant the
best of luck to the gardener.
TEA TREE: (Melaleuca alternifolia) Tea tree oil has huge
healing potential. It is a powerful antiseptic and immune stimulant, active
against bacteria, viruses, and fungi such as athlete's foot and thrush. It helps
treat colds, flu, lesions, warts and acne. Tea Tree is the best remedy for yeast
Aromatherapy Use: Abscesses, Acne, Athlete's Foot, Blisters,
Burns, Bruises, Chicken Pox Rash, Cold Sores, Dandruff, Herpes, Insect Bites,
Oily Skin, Spots, Rashes, Warts, Wounds (infected), Asthma, Bronchitis, Catarrh,
Coughs, Sinusitis, Tuberculosis, Whooping Cough, Thrush, Vaginitis, Colds,
Fever, Flu, Infectious Illnesses, Cystitis, Pruritis. Key Qualities:
Penetrating, Medicinal, Stimulating, Refreshing.
THYME: (Thymus vulgaris) Also known as Common Thyme, Mother
of Thyme, and Garden Thyme. A Druid sacred herb, culinary Thyme aids the
digestion of fatty foods and is part of bouquet garni and Benedictine liqueur.
Thyme oil is distilled from the leaves and flowering tops and is a stimulant and
antiseptic. It is a nerve tonic used externally to treat depression, colds,
muscular pain and respiratory problems. The oil is added to acne lotions and
mouthwashes. Research has confirmed Thyme strengthens the immune system. Thyme
is an excellent lung cleanser. Use it to dry up and clear out moist phlegm and
to treat whooping cough. It makes a good tea for the mother after childbirth, as
it helps expel the placenta. Steam one-half teaspoon fresh herb or one teaspoon
dried herb in one-half cup of hot water for five minutes. Take up to one and a
half cups a day in quarter-cup doses. A natural antiseptic, thyme is often used
in salves for wounds, swellings, sciatica, and failing eyes. The tea relieves
gas and colic (as does the oil, taken in one- to five-drop doses). The tincture
can be used in ten- to twenty-drop doses, taken three times a day. Use thyme for
headaches and hangovers.
Parts Used: Above-ground portions of the herb.
Magical Use: Thyme is burned in incense to purify an area. A
place where wild thyme grows will be a particularly powerful energy center on
earth. A magical cleansing bath can be make by pouring a tea made with thyme and
marjoram into the bathwater. A pillow stuffed with thyme cures nightmares. When
attending a funeral, wear a sprig of thyme to repel the negativity of the
mourners. Use as incense for: Health, Healing, Purification, Clairvoyance,
Courage, Love, Psychic Awareness, Energy, Power, Strength. Thyme is often burned
prior to magical rituals to cleanse the area. Carried and smelled to give
courage and energy.
Aromatherapy Use: Abscess, Acne, Bruises, Burns, Cuts,
Dermatitis, Eczema, Insect Bites, Lice, Arthritis, Gout, Muscular Aches and
Pains, Obesity, Edema, Poor Circulation, Rheumatism, Sprains, Asthma,
Bronchitis, catarrh, Coughs, Laryngitis, Sinusitis, Tonsillitis, Diarrhea,
Dyspepsia, Flatulence, Chills, Colds, Flu, Infectious Diseases, Cystitis,
Urethritis, Headaches, Insomnia, Stress Related Conditions. Key Qualities:
Stimulating, Restorative, Warming, Reviving, Refreshing, Purifying,
TOBACCO: (Nicotiana tabacum) This annual or biennial has
large, long leaves and green-white to rose tubular flowers. The cured, dried
leaves are smoked as a narcotic, but the poisonous nicotine they contain causes
heart and lung disease and cancer. North and South American tribes smoke the
leaves in ceremonies and apply poultices to sprains, to infected cuts and bites,
and to problem skin. The juice is applied externally to relieve facial
neuralgia, and wet leaves offer a quick cure for hemorrhoids. Research has
revealed a chemical in the leaves that inhibits tumors.
Parts Used: Leaf
Magical Use: Candidates for some shamanic systems must drink
tobacco juice to induce visions as part of their training. Tobacco has long been
used in religious ceremonies by some of the American Indians. Indeed many
peoples still regard the plant as sacred. Tobacco is a magical substitute for
sulphur, as well as for datura and nightshade, both of which are related to
tobacco. It can be substituted for any other poisonous herb in ritual incense
blends. Although it is regularly smoked by millions, tobacco is a very poisonous
plant and can kill.
VALERIAN: (Valeriana officinalis) Also known as Garden
Heliotrope, Vandal Root, and St. George's Herb. Valerian has compound leaves
with a fresh pea pod scent, and clusters of honey scented flowers in midsummer.
Both have unpleasant fetid undertones. Their musky root is used in stews and
perfumes and unskinned root is a tranquilizer. The herb treats headaches, muscle
cramps and irritable bowel syndrome and is used topically for wounds, ulcers,
and eczema. Laboratory tests show anti-tumor activity. Composted leaves are rich
in minerals. Do not take large doses or continuously. Although the root of the
herb has a strong pungent scent, some cats love it more than catnip. (Mine do!!)
Parts Used: Root
Magical Use: A sprig of the plant pinned to a woman's
clothing will cause men to 'follow her like children'. Valerian Root is added to
Love Sachets. Put in pillows to promote deep rest. Use in spells for:
Protection, Purification, Harmony, Peace, Happiness, Love, Creative Work, Money
Aromatherapy Use: Insomnia, Nervous Indigestion, Migraine,
Restlessness, Tension States. Key Qualities: Sedative, Depressant of the Central
Nervous System, Mildly Hypnotic, Regulator, Calming, Soothing, Grounding.
VERVAIN: (Verbena officinalis) Also known as Enchanters Herb,
Holy Herb, Verbena, Blue Vervain, and Holy Wort. A Druid sacred herb, common in
their many rites and incantations, this hardy perennial has deeply cut lower
leaves and smooth upper leaves with small dense spikes of pale lilac-pink
flowers. An ancient sacred herb of purification, visions, and love potions, it
was included in liqueurs and aphrodisiacs. Vervain was so highly regarded by the
Druids that offerings were placed on altars. "Vervain" is a derivative of the
Celtic fer (to drive away) and faen (stone), given to it because of its ability
to purge calculi (gravel) from the bladder. A tea of the herb helps to increase
breast mild and is helpful in lowering fever, especially of the intermittent
type. It will benefit eczema and other skin eruptions, as it is a kidney and
liver cleanser. Jaundice, whooping cough, edema, mastitis, and headaches fall
under its sphere. To make the tea, steam one tablespoon of the herb per cup of
water for twenty minutes. Externally, vervain is used in poultices for ear
infections, rheumatism and wounds. Vervain is an emmenagogue (brings down the
menses) and soothes the nerves. It is reputed to have aphrodisiac properties. It
is a powerful lymphatic detoxifier and has a cleansing effect on the female
organs. Blue Vervain (Vervena hastata), the American variety, is a natural
tranquilizer and is helpful with colds and fevers, especially when the upper
respiratory tract is involved. It will eliminate intestinal worms and is used
externally for wounds. It is distinguished from the European vervain by its
deeper blue flowers and denser, bristly flower spikes. Blue vervain is also
prepared in a standard infusion or tinctured in alcohol.
Parts Used: Above ground portions of the herb.
Magical Use: Vervain is a profoundly magical herb belonging
to the sphere of Venus. Roman priests and priestesses used it as an altar plant
- it was tied in bundles and used to ritually "sweep" and purify the altar.
Druids placed it in water that was sprinkled on worshipers as a blessing.
Vervain was picked at the rising of the Dog Star, at the dark of the moon, just
before flowering. It was taken from the earth with the sacred sickle and raised
aloft in the left hand. After prayers of thanksgiving were spoken the Druid or
Druidess left a gift of honey to recompense the Earth for her loss. Vervain was
once infused in wine and worn on the body to ward off the stings of insects and
serpents. It is used in the bath as a protection from enchantments and to make
dreams come true. Wearing or bathing in vervain places one under the influence
of Diana. After washing your hands in the infusion, it will be possible to
engender love in the one you touch. To dispel fears, light a candle daily and
surround it with vervain. Speak aloud a prayer to the Gods and Goddesses asking
for release from your fear. Do this as long as necessary. On the night of the
full moon, go outside with a chalice filled with water, vervain and salt. Take
also a candle and a piece of petrified wood. Dip the stone into the water
mixture and then pass it through the candle flame. Touch the stone to your feet,
hands, shoulders, and head. As you do this ask for the blessings of youth and
beauty. Repeat the process seven times. Vervain is worn as a crown during
Druidic initiatory rites and as protection for those who are working magic.
Sprinkle throughout the home for protection and to bring peace. Keep some in the
bedroom to bring tranquil dreams. Keep it in the home to attract wealth and to
keep plants healthy. Sprinkle some on the garden as an offering to the
elementals and other nature spirits. Drinking the juice of fresh vervain is said
to cut sexual desire. Burn it to banish the pangs of unrequited love. Vervain is
worn to recover stolen articles. Tucked into a child's cradle, the plant brings
joy and a lively intellect. When burned, Vervain is powerful for warding psychic
attack, but it is also used in spells for love, purification and attracting
wealth. It is a powerful attractant to the opposite sex. Use for Anointing,
Banishing, Gather and burn at Litha, Altar Offering, Creativity, Energy,
VETIVERT: (Vetivera zizanioides) Also called Khus-khus. This
perennial grass grows in dense clumps of stout stems with long leaves and has an
aromatic rhizome and roots. The distilled root essential oil flavors Asian
sherbets and sweets, fixes perfumes, and scents quality soaps, cosmetics and
aftershaves. The scent is a deep yet refreshing, woody, resinous mixture of
myrrh and violets.
Parts Used: Root
Magical Use: Vetivert root is burned to overcome evil spells.
It is also used in love powders, sachet and incenses and is added to the
bathwater in a sachet to make yourself more attractive to the opposite sex.
Vetivert is also used in money spells and mixtures, placed in the cash register
to increase business, carried to attract luck, and burned in anti-theft
Aromatherapy Use: Acne, Cuts, Oily Skin, Wounds, Arthritis,
Muscular Aches and Pains, Rheumatism, Sprains, Stiffness, Debility, Depression,
Insomnia, Nervous Tension. Known as the "Oil of Tranquility". Key Qualities:
Sedative, Soothing, Calming, Tonic, Grounding, Uplifting, Protective.
VIOLET: (Viola odorata) Also called Heartsease, Little Faces,
and Viola. This stem less perennial has scalloped, heart-shaped leaves and
violet or white, sweetly scented flowers from winter to spring. The crystallized
flowers flavor sweets and liqueurs and are tossed in salads with the leaves. The
root treats bronchitis The leaves are a folk remedy for breast and lung cancer.
The flower syrup is antiseptic and a mild laxative, and with the leaves treats
coughs, headaches, and insomnia. Ancient Greeks wore the violet to calm tempers
and to induce sleep The whole plant is used, fresh or dry. The leaves can be
eaten as a type of wild spinach, and the flowers are used in salads and
desserts. High in iron, the fresh leaf is used internally and externally for
cancer, especially of the colon, throat, and tongue. For this purpose, the fresh
laves should be infused daily and taken as tea, using one teaspoon of plant
parts to a half cup of water, steep and take a quarter cup four times a day. The
tea can be applied externally as a fomentation. The flowers are laxative, the
roots and stems are emetic and purgative. The fresh leaves are used in salves
and poultices for wounds.
Parts Used: Whole Plant
Magical Use: violet crowns are said to cure headache, bring
sleep, and calm anger. Violets are mixed with lavender, apple blossoms, yarrow,
and roses in love potions. The leaf is a protection from all evil. Use for:
Protection, Luck, Love, Lust, Wishes, Peace, Healing. Mixed with Lavender, the
flowers are a powerful live stimulant and also arouse lust. Violets and
Periwinkle are used to decorate the graves and corpses of children.
WILLOW: (Salix alba) Also known as White Willow, European
Willow, Tree of Enchantment, and Witches Aspirin. One of the Seven Sacred Trees
of the Irish. A Druid sacred tree, the willow is a Moon tree sacred to the White
Lady. It's groves were considered so magical that priests, priestesses and all
types of artisans sat among these trees to gain eloquence, inspiration, skills,
and prophecies. The stem bark is a painkiller, a fever-reducer, and an original
source for salicylic acid for aspirin. The infused leaves make a tea for nervous
insomnia and are added to baths to ease rheumatism. The Salix species provide
the best-quality artists' charcoal, branches are used for weaving, and the White
Willow var. caerulea is the source of wood for cricket bats. The genus name
Salix comes from the Celtic sal-lis, "near water". Black willow (S. nigra) bark
is used to treat gonorrhea and ovarian pain. The white willow contains salicin,
the active constituent from which Aspirin was first synthesized. White willow
bark is used for rheumatic complaints, arthritis and headaches as well as
diarrhea and dysentary. Fevers, edema, and the aftereffects of worms are treated
with willow bark. To make the tea, steep three teaspoons of the bark in on cup
of cold water for two to five hours, boil for one minute, and strain. Willow is
also available as a powder. The dose is one teaspoon, three times a day in tea
or capsules. The tincture can be taken in ten- to twenty-drop doses four times a
Parts Used: Bark, collected in the Spring.
Magical Use: Willows are commonly found near ancient British
burial sites. The willow is a guardian tree, said to protect from evil
influences. The willow tree has a healing aura that blesses all it touches. All
parts of the willow guard against evil and can be carried or placed in the home
for this purpose. Burn bark with sandalwood for divination and love. Magical
brooms, especially Witch's brooms, are traditionally bound with a willow branch.
WITCH HAZEL: (Hammamelis virginiana) Also called Spotted
Alder, and Winter Bloom, Witch Hazel, a distillation from the leaves and
flower-bearing twigs, is included in skin products for its disinfectant and
astringent properties. It is used on chapped and sunburned skin, bruises,
swellings, and rashes, to stop bleeding, and to reduce varicose veins and
hemorrhoids. The seeds are edible and the leaves can be brewed for a warming
tea. Commercially distilled witch hazel contains 14 percent alcohol. It must not
be confused with tincture of Witch Hazel, which may be much more astringent and
could disfigure skin.
Parts Used: Leaf and young twigs
Magical Use: 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.
Aromatherapy Use: Distilled witch hazel is one of the basics
in any home first aid kit. It is useful for stings, bruises, cuts, scrapes,
sprains, tissue swelling, and many other minor conditions. It is also useful in
skin care regimes.
WOOD ALOE: (Aquilaria agallocha) The prized elusive scent of
Wood Aloe exists only in resin-saturated diseased wood.
Magical Use: Wood Aloe possesses high spiritual vibrations.
Will bring love if worn. Use in incense for Love, Protection, Money and Riches,
WORMWOOD: (Artemisia absinthium) Also known as Absinthe. A
Druid sacred herb, Wormwood is very magical and sacred to Moon deities. An
accumulative poison if ingested. Wormwood is a bitter herb used to flavor
vermouth and the now-banned liqueur absinthe. A leaf and flowering top infusion
is a tonic for the digestive system, liver, gallbladder, and blood, reducing
inflammation and clearing impurities. The plant treats fever, expels worms, and
reduces the toxicity of lead poisoning. As a companion plant, it acts as a
deterrent against several insect pests. Toxic in high doses! The leaves and
flowers are used in a light infusion to help digestion, flatulence, and
heartburn. Wormwood improves circulation and stimulates the liver. The tea is
said to relieve labor pains. Use one teaspoon per cup and steep for twenty
minutes, take a quarter cup up to four times a day, or use as a tincture, eight
to ten drops in water up to three times a day. A fomentation of the leaves and
flowers soothes bruises and sprains. The oil relieves arthritis. CAUTION: The
oil is for external use only! Prolonged use of wormwood can lead to nerve
Parts Used: Leaf and flower
Magical Use: The scent of wormwood is said to increase
psychic powers. Burned with incenses on Samhain to aid evocation, divination,
scrying and prophecy. Especially good when combined with Mugwort. Strengthens
incenses for exorcism and protection. Hung from a rear-view mirror, wormwood
protects vehicles from accidents on treacherous roads. Use in spells for:
Binding, Psychic Awareness, Evocation, Love, Clairvoyance.
YARROW: (Achillea millefolium) Also known as Seven Year's
Love, Milfoil, and Woundwort. The flowering tops are a digestive and cleaning
tonic and a diuretic and are used to reduce high blood pressure. Fresh leaves
arrest bleeding and are applied as a poultice to wounds or are placed on shaving
cuts. One of the true treasures of the earth, Yarrow essential oil is naturally
blue and possesses an incredible scent. The oil treats colds , flu, and inflamed
joints. This is a classic herb for flu, especially the intestinal variety. Try a
mixture of elderflower, peppermint, and yarrow to bring down a fever and induce
perspiration. The tea benefits the kidneys. Yarrow is used in salves for
hemorrhoids and in poultices to stop bleeding and help heal wounds. Cramps and
rheumatism are treated with the tea, as are intestinal gas, diarrhea, anorexia,
Parts Used: Above-ground portions of the herb
Magical Use: Large patches of yarrow growing in a field
indicate a very grounded energy spot. Sit there to center and relax. Yarrow is
used to exorcise evil and negativity from a person, place or thing. A bunch of
dried yarrow hung over the bed or yarrow used in wedding decorations ensures a
love lasting at least seven years. Use in spells for: Divination, Love, Happy
Marriage, Wards Negativity, Defense, Protection, Gather at Litha, Psychic
Awareness, Banishing, Releasing, Clairvoyance.
Aromatherapy Use: Acne, Burns, Cuts, Eczema, Hair Rinse,
Inflammation, Rashes, Scars, Wounds, Arteriosclerosis, High Blood Pressure,
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Thrombosis, Varicose Veins, Constipation, Cramps,
Flatulence, Hemorrhoids, Indigestion, Amenorrhea, Colds, Fever, Flu, Cystitis,
Hypertension, Insomnia, Stress Related Conditions. Key Qualities: Balancing,
Restorative, Tonic, Strengthening, Opening, Grounding, Revitalizing, Mildly
YLANG-YLANG: (Cananga odorata) Ylang-ylang has glossy leaves
and masses of perfumed, greenish-yellow (sometimes mauve or pink) flowers with
narrow petals that resemble witch hazel flowers but appear during two flowering
periods. The essential oil is distilled by steam from freshly picked flowers and
is featured in many perfumes, soaps, skin lotions, and to balance sebum in
Macasser hair oil. Use in moderation, since the oil's heady scent can cause
headaches or nausea. Ylang-Ylang means "flower of flowers".
Magical Use: (Oil) Useful for Peace, Love and Sex Spells. It
can be worn on the body or included in mixtures for these purposes.
Aromatherapy Use: (Oil) Acne, Hair Growth, Hair Rinse, Insect
Bites, Irritated and Oily Skin, General Skin Care, High Blood Pressure,
Palpitations, Depression, Frigidity, Impotence, Insomnia, Nervous Tension,
Stress Related Disorders. Key Qualities: Powerfully Sedative, Soothing, Calming,
Regulating, Euphoria-inducing, and narcotic when used in large quantities,