2009-11-03 daily 0.8 Beginning Witchcraft Beginning Witchcraft: HERBS A-C


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Sunday, November 1, 2009


Please use caution when using Herbs and Resins. Some Herbs cannot be taken internally or applied to the skin. Purchase a good herbal book such as:

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham

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AGRIMONY (Agromonia eupatoria)
AKA: Holy Rope. St. John's Herb
Jupiter - Air - Masculine
Powers: Protection, Sleep

Overcoming fear & inner blockages; dispelling negative emotions. Also used for reversing spells. Sew into a dream pillow with Mugwort for best results. Use as a wash or oil to increase the effectiveness of all forms of healing rituals. Wards off evil entities and poison.
ALFALFA (Medicago sativa)
AKA: Buffalo Herb, Purple Medic, Lucerne
Venus - Earth - Feminine
Powers: Prosperity, Anti-Hunger, Money
Put a small jar of alfalfa in the cupboard or pantry to ward off poverty and hunger. Burn in a cauldron and use the ashes in amulets for protection from hunger and poverty.
Allspice (Pimenta dioica)
AKA: Eddo, Madere, Basheen, Kouroubaga
Mars - Fire - Masculine
Powers: Money, Luck, Healing
Tropical evergreen with aromatic bark, leaves, and berries and bunches of greenish white flowers with a pervading scent. The berries are dried and ground to create the familiar spice. Burn for prosperity, courage, healing/health, luck, determination, magical power, energy.
Angelica (Angelica archangelica)
AKA: Archangel, Masterwort, Garden Angelica
Sun - Fire - Masculine
Powers: Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Visions
Angelica is a very powerful protection herb - it protects against negative energy and attracts positive energy. Healing & exorcism incenses. Scatter for protection and uncrossing. Caution: Do not exceed indicated amounts, the heart, blood pressure, & respiration can be affected. Poland.

ANISE (Pimpinella anisum)
AKA: Anneys, Anise seed, Yanisin, Sweet Cumin
Jupiter - Air - Masculine
Powers: Protection, Purification, Youth

Anis seeds are an herb of protection said to avert all evil. In ancient Roman times, they were baked into a cake that was served at the end of the wedding feast. Entices spirits to aid in spells; divination; psychic awareness; youth; In a pillow it wards off nightmares.
ARNICA (Arnica Montana) POISON
AKA: Wolf’s Bane, Aconite, Cupid’s Car, Monkshood
Saturn - Water - Feminine
Powers: Protection, Invisibility
Added to protection sachets, to guard against vampires and werewolves. Also used by werewolves to cure themselves. DO NOT: eat or rub this plant on the skin.
ASTRAGALUS (Astragalus membranaceus)
In China, Astragalus enjoyed a long history of use in traditional medicine to strengthen the Wei Ch'i, or "defensive energy", AKA the immune system. A potent tonic for increasing energy levels and stimulating the immune system, Astragalus has also been employed historically as a diuretic, as a support treatment for respiratory infections. It replenishes vital energy, and may also support a reduction of blood pressure by helping to rid the body of excess water weight.

BALM OF GILEAD (Populus balsamifera)
AKA: Balsam Tree, Bechan, Mecca Balsam
Venus - Water - Feminine
Powers: Love, Manifestation, Protection, Healing
Burning the aromatic buds of this large tree, is said to attract spirits for purposes of divination. Also used to bring together estranged lovers. Carry the buds to mend a broken heart.
BARBERRY ROOT BARK (Berberis vulgaris)
AKA: Jaundice berry, Pepperidge, Pepperidge bush
Common Uses: It is used in all cases of jaundice, general debility and biliousness, and for diarrhea.Qualities & Properties: Tonic, purgative, antiseptic. Warning: Not to be used during pregnancy.
BASIL (Ocimum basilicum)
AKA: American Dittany, Witches Herb, Balanoi
Mars - Fire - Masculine
Powers: Love, Exorcism, Wealth, Flying, Protection
The scent of basil was said to soothe tempers between lovers. Thought to bring wealth to those who carried it in their pockets; used to attract customers to a place of business by placing over the door; thought to ensure fidelity; strewn on floors to ward off evil or negativity.
BAY (Laurus nobilis)
AKA: Daphne, Laurel, Lorbeer, Noble Laurel
Sun - Fire - Masculine
Powers: Protection. Psychic Powers, Healing, Strength

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. Carry the leaf or place in the home to ward off illness and hexes.
BAYBERRY (Myrica cerifera)
AKA: bayberry wax tree, myrtle, wax myrtle
Astringent and stimulant. In large doses emetic. It is useful in diarrhea, jaundice, scrofula, etc. Externally, the powdered bark is used as a stimulant to indolent ulcers, though in poultices it should be combined with elm. The decoction is good as a gargle and injection in chronic inflammation of the throat, leucorrhoea, uterine hemorrhage, etc. An excellent wash for the gums.
BEE POLLEN (Bee Pollen)
Bee Pollen contains around 50% Protein much of which is in the form of free amino acids. It is also high in the B Complex Vitamins and enzymes. Use: Bee Pollen Granules can be sprinkled on salads for added flavor. They have a slightly sweet taste and a strong flavor so are typically mixed with other foods. It is best to mix into foods after cooking-enzymes are destroyed by heat.
BEESWAX (Beeswax)
2 tablespoons of beeswax melted and add 1/2 cup oil (add some of our Essential Oils for an easy solid perfume or magical ointment). You can always make a solid perfume by adding essential oils for fragrances after removing the wax from the heat, but better yet, first infuse a Carrier Oil with fragrant herbs, strain, then add to melted wax for a subtle, magical unguent or ointment. Pour into little jars or tins and then either leave it alone to harden.
BERGAMOT (Monarda fistulosa)
AKA: Horsemint, Bee Balm, Monarda
Feminine - Air
Power: Clarity
Wild Bergamot can be used to bring clarity and good working order to the surface of any situation.
BILBERRY (Vaccinium myrtlillus)
AKA: Whinberry, Trackleberry, Huckleberry
The leaves can be used in the same way as those of Uva Ursi. The fruits are astringent, and are especially valuable in diarrhea and dysentery, in the form of syrup. The ancients used them largely, and Dioscorides spoke highly of them. They are also used for discharges. A decoction of the leaves or bark of the root may be used as a local application to ulcers, and in ulceration of the mouth and throat.
BLACK HAW BARK (Viburnum prunifolium)
AKA: Stagbush, American Sloe
Powerful relaxant of the uterus and is used for dysmenorrhoea, false labor pains as well as in threatened miscarriage. Shown to be useful in reducing blood pressure in hypertension. Anti-spasmodic, nervine, hypotensive, astringent.Warning: Individuals with a history of kidney stones should use this herb cautiously.
BLADDERWRACK (Fucus vesiculosus)
AKA: Cut Weed, Kelp, Sea Oak, Black Tang
Moon - Water - Feminine
Powers: Protection, Sea Spells, Money, Psychic
Has been used in scrofula, and is thought by some to reduce obesity through stimulating the thyroid gland.It has alterative properties. Warning: Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing. Therapeutic use is not recommended in hyperthyroidism.
BLOODROOT (Sanguinaria Canadensis) POISON
AKA: King Root, Red Root, Tetterwort
Mars - Fire - Masculine
Powers: Love, Protection, Purification
The root is carried or worn to draw love, avert evil spells and negativity. Place near doorways and windowsills so the home will be protected.
BONESET (Eupatorium perforlaitum)
AKA: Feverwort, Indian Sage, Teasel
Saturn - Water - Feminine
Powers: Protection, Exorcism
The plant wards off evil spirits. Make an infusion and sprinkle about the house to drive away evil.
BORAGE (Borage officinalis)
AKA: Burage, Star Flowers, Borak, Lisan selvi
Jupiter - Air - Masculine
Powers: Courage, Psychic Powers
It reduces fevers, dry coughs, and dry skin rashes. Tea aids psychic power. Carry the leaves for protection. Carry the fresh blossoms to strengthen your courage. Use in money and business spells.
BUCKTHORN BARK (Rhamnus frangula)
AKA: Alder Buckthorn, Glossy Buckthorn
Saturn - Water - Feminine
Powers: Protection, Exorcism, Wishes, Legal
Well known cure for constipation. Not habit forming. An effective remedy for appendicitis. Good in rheumatism, gout, dropsy, and skin diseases. Warning: Not to be used during pregnancy. Not to be used while nursing. Do not use this product if you have abdominal pain or diarrhea. Consult a health care provider if you are pregnant or nursing.
BURDOCK ROOT (Artium lappa)
AKA: Fox's Clote, Thorny Burr, Beggar's Buttons.
Venus - Water - Feminine
Powers: Protection, Healing
Spread around the home to ward off negativity. Add to protection incense and spells. The anti-scorbutic properties of the root make the decoction very useful for boils, scurvy and rheumatic affections. It has in addition been recommended for external use as a wash for ulcers and scaly skin disorders.
BUTCHERS BROOM (Ruscus aculeate)
AKA: Box holly, sweet broom, knee holly, pettigree
Butcher's broom has vasoconstrictive and anti-inflammatory properties with no toxicity problems when administered correctly. It is also used in the treatment of varicose veins and hemorrhoids.Qualities & Properties: Diuretic and cathartic.
CALAMUS ROOT (Acorus calamus) POISON
AKA: Calamus, Vacha, Bach Agri-turki, Baje
Moon - Water - Feminine
Powers: Luck, Healing. Money, Protection

Growing Calamus is good luck to the gardener. It is also used to strengthen and bind spells.
CALENDULA (Calendula officinalis)
AKA: Marigold, Bride of the Sun, Summers Bride
Sun - Fire - Masculine
Powers: Protection, Prophetic, Psychic, Legal
Marigolds are often referred to as Flowers for the Dead, this herb can be used in funerary rites, and remembrance. Scattered under the bed they protect you while you sleep and give you prophetic dreams.
CARAWAY (Carum carvi)
AKA: Kummel, Alcaravea
Mercury - Air - Masculine
Powers: Protection, Lust, Health, Anti-theft, Mental
Caraway is often added to love potions to keep lovers from being unfaithful. They are said to inspire lust when baked into cakes or breads. Protection from evil spirits, entities and negativity. They also strengthen the memory.
CARDAMON PODS (Elettaria cardamomum)
Venus - Water - Feminine
Powers: Lust, Love

Deliciously spicy, cardamon 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 pastry. The seeds are added to love sachets and incenses.
CATNIP (Nepeta cataria)
AKA: Catmint, Catnep, Catswort, Field Balm
Venus - Water - Feminine
Powers: Cat Magic, Love, Beauty, Happiness

The leaves and flowering tops treat colds, calm upset stomachs, reduce fevers, and soothe headaches and scalp irritations. 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. Use in all Cat Magic Spells.
CAT’S CLAW (Unicaria tomentosa)
AKA: Uncaria tomentosa, and Una de Gato
Usually used as a tincture. The tannins in the herb are released only if it is taken in an acidic medium; add a little lemon juice to a quarter-cup of water to which you add the tincture or prepare as a tea. Used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. The herb is also used for stomach ulcers, gastritis, eczema, "break-bone fever," and liver diseases. Recent clinical studies find that the herb is useful for relieving knee pain.
CASCARA SAGRADA (Rhamnus purshiana)
AKA: Sacred Bark Bitter Bark, Yellow Bark
Powers: Legal matters, Money, Protection
Mild laxative, acting principally on the large intestine. It is considered suitable for delicate and elderly persons, and may with advantage be given in chronic constipation.Properties: Purgative, bitter tonic. Warning: Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing. Do not use if you have abdominal pain or diarrhea.
CELERY SEED (Apium graveolens)
AKA: Aipo, Carafs. Elma
Mercury - fire - Masculine
Powers: Mental Powers, Lust, Psychic Powers
Promotes restfulness and sleep, and diffusing through the system a mild sustaining influence. Good combined with Scutellaria for nervous cases with loss of tone. Chew the seeds to aid in concentration. Burned with Orris root, it increases psychic powers.
CENTAURY (Centaurea)
AKA: Christ’s Ladder, Feverwort
Sun - Fire - Masculine
Powers: Snake-Removing
It acts on the liver and kidneys, purifies the blood, and is an excellent tonic. Aromatic bitter, stomachic and tonic.The smoke from burning Centaury drives off snakes.
CHAMOMILE (Matricaria chamomilla)
AKA: Ground Apple
Sun - Water - Masculine
Powers: Money, Sleep, Love, Purification
The official preparations are a decoction, an infusion, the extract and the oil. Tonic, achic, anodyne and antispasmodic. chamomile brings the power of the sun to love potions, money spells and rites of purification. When sprinkled around the house it removes hexes, curses & spells. It can be burned or added to prosperity bags.
CHAPARRAL (Larrea tridentate)
AKA: Creosate bush, greasewood
Has been used in treatment of venereal disease, arthritis, rheumatism, tuberculosis, colds, stomach disorders and skin infections. Warning: Seek advice from a health care practitioner before use if you have any history of liver disease. Discontinue use if nausea, fever, fatigue or jaundice occur (e.g. dark urine or yellow discoloration of eyes).
CHASTE TREE BERRIES (Vitex angus castus)
AKA: Chaste tree fruit, monk's pepper
The fresh ripe berries are pounded to a pulp and used in the form of a tincture for the relief of paralysis, pains in the limbs, weakness, etc.Qualities & Properties: Nervine, cephalic, emmanagogue.Warning: Not to be used during pregnancy. May counteract the effectiveness of birth control pills.
CHIA SEEDS (Salvia hispanica)
AKA: Wild Chia Seed
Touted as being the new “superfood”, Chia seeds are high in easily digestible protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, soluble fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and are a digestive, disinfectant, febrifuge and ophthalmic. They are currently being used for their nutritional and medicinal properties, endurance for athletes, for suppressing the appetite, weight loss, leveling blood sugar, and for aiding intestinal regularity.
CHICKWEED (Stellaria media)
AKA: Addre's mouth, Indian chickweed, satin flower
Moon - Water - Feminine
Powers: Fidelity, Love
It is held in great repute among herbalists, used mostly in the form of an ointment.Use in spells to attract love or maintain a relationship.
CHICORY (Cichorium intybus)
AKA: Succory, wild chicory, coffeeweed
Sun - Air - Masculine
Powers: Removing Obsticles, Invisibility
Chicory is often recommended for jaundice and or spleen problems. Qualities & Properties: Appetizer, cholagogue, digestive, diuretic, tonic. If you anoint your body with Chicory juice, you will obtain favors from great persons.
CILANTRO (Coriandrum sativum)
AKA: Coriander leaf, Chinese Parsley
Mars - Fire - Masculine
Powers: Love, Health, Healing
For digestive and gastric complaints as well as for coughs, chest pains, bladder complaints, leprosy rash, fever, dysentery, externally for headaches, oral and pharyngeal disorders, halitosis, and post- partal complications.Cilantro has long been used in love sachets and spells.
CINNAMON (Cinnamomum cassia)
AKA: Sweet Wood, Ceylon cinnamon
Sun - Fire - Masculine
Powers: Spirituality, Success, Healing, Psychic

Magical Uses: (Herb and Oil) Meditation; Defense; Creative Work; Divination; Energy; Power; Protection; Success; Astral Projection; Health and Healing; Love Lust; Money and Riches; Purification.
CLEAVERS (Galium aparine)
AKA: Bedstraw, goose grass, goose's hair
Saturn - Fire - Feminine
Powers: Relationships, Commitment, Protection
The dried plant is often infused in hot water and drunk as a tea, which has a most soothing effect in cases of insomnia, and induces quiet, restful sleep. Cleavers cleave to fabrics. This can be used in binding spells.
CLOVES (Syzygium aromaticum)
AKA: Clovos, caryophyllus
Jupiter - Fire - Masculine
Powers: Protection, Exorcism, Love, Money
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.
COLTSFOOT (Tussilago farfara)
AKA: Coughwort, Foal's Foot, bull's foot, horsefoot
Venus - Water - Feminine
Powers: Love, Visions
Warning: For external use only. Not to be used during pregnancy. Not to be used while nursing. Do not apply to broken or abraded skin. Uses include dispersing illness; pain relief; cough remedy; wealth and prosperity; love.
BLACK COHOSH (Cimicifuga racemosa)
AKA: Black Snake Root, Bugbane, Rattle Root. Actaea
Powers: Love, Courage, Protection, Potency
The root is much used in America in many disorders, and is supposed to be an antidote against poison and the bite of the rattlesnake. Warning: Not to be used during pregnant or nursing. Use it in love sachets and add an infusion to the bath water to help in cases of impotency.
COMFREY (Symphytum officinale)
AKA: knitbone, blackwort, bruisewort, healing herb
Saturn - Water - Feminine
Powers: Protection during travel, Money
Applied to the skin to help heal cuts and bruises.
The root is used in money spells.
Warning: For external use only. Not to be used during pregnancy. Not to be used while nursing. Do not apply to broken or abraded skin.
CORIANDER (Coriandrum sativum)
AKA: Chinese Parsley, Cilantro, Cilentro, Uan-Suy
Mars - Fire - Masculine
Powers: Love, Health, Healing
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 handfasting ritual.
AKA: Maize, Sacred Mother, Giver of Life
Venus - Earth - Feminine
Powers: Protection, Luck, Divination

Useful in acute and chronic cystitis and in the bladder irritation of uric acid and phosphatic gravel.
CRAMP BARK (Viburnum opulus)
AKA: High Cranberry, Rose elder, Squaw Bush
Has been used as a nerve sedative and anti-spasmodic in asthma and hysteria.Qualities & Properties: Anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, nervine, hypotensive, astringent, emmenagogue.
CUMIN (Cuminum cyminum)
AKA: Cumino, Cumino Aigro, Sanoot, Kimoon
Mars - Fire - Masculine
Powers: Protection Fidelity, Exorcism, Anti-Theft
Often added to amulets and talismans, it protects the family and brings luck and prosperity. It is burned with Frankincense for protection. Cumin is mixed with salt and scattered on the floor to drive out evil.
This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness.

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