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Magickal Folk Names for Herbs

Having knowledge of herbs and plants (either magically or medicinally) during the Middle Ages, often was reason enough to accuse a woman of being a “witch,” so there is no doubt some of the country folk at the time took these herbal folk names literal.  Chances are, these names were used merely as descriptors to help remember them easier.  Most plants were given names descriptive of their uses and others were given names for something they generally resembled. Spells written by witches in ancient times were often written with such descriptors, which personally i believe to be a form of secret coding.

Here is a small list of “witchy” herb names (most of these are already floating around the community) that you can use in your craft when you create your spells.  This list could be a great addition to any Grimoire and i hope you find them as useful as i do.

Enjoy ~~~  Cannawitch

Plants

Aaron’s Rod - Goldenrod or mullein stalk
Absinthe - Wormwood
Adder’s Fork - Adder’s Tongue Fern or Bistort
Adder’s Tongue - Dog’s Tooth Violet (or Adder’s Tongue Fern
Ague root - Unicorn root
Alison - Sweet Alyssum
Angel Food, Archangel - Angelica
Angel’s Trumpet - Datura
Ass’s Ear - colt’s foot or comfrey
Ass’s Foot, Bull’s Foot - colt’s foot
Auld Man’s Bells, Old man’s bells - wood hyacinth, Hyacinthoides hispanica

Bad Man’s/Devil’s Oatmeal/Porridge - hemlock
Bad Man’s/Devil’s Plaything - Yarrow
Bastard - false Dittany
Bat flower - tacca
Bat’s Wing - Holly leaf
Bat’s Wool - moss (which moss?)
Bear’s Foot - Lady’s Mantle
Bear’s Grape Bearberry Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Bear Paw - ramsons Allium ursinum or the root of male fern Dryopteris Felix-mas
Bear weed - Yerba Santa Eriodictyon californicum
Beard of a Monk - Chicory
Beggar’s Lice - Hound’s tongue
Beggar’s Buttons - Burdock
Bird’s Eye - Speedwell Veronica officinalis
Bird’s Foot - Fenugreek Trigonella foenum-graecum (Also bird’s foot violet and bird’s foot trefoil)
Bird’s Nest - carrot, Indian pipe
Bishop’s Wort, Bishop’s Elder - Wood betony Stachys betonica
Bitter Grass - Ague Root Aletris Farinosa
Black Sampson - Echinacea
Blazing Star - liatris
Blind Eyes - Poppy
Blood from a head - Lupine *
Blood from a shoulder - Bear’s breech *
Blood of a Goose - Sap from a mulberry * Morus nigra
Blood of an Eye - Tamarisk gall * (probably the tannin extracted from)
Blood of Ares - purslane *
Blood of Hephaestus - wormwood *
Blood of Hestia - Chamomile *
Blood - sap of the elder or bloodwort
Bloody butcher - Valerian
Bloody Fingers - Foxglove
Blue Bottle - Bachelor’s buttons
Boy’s Love, Lad’s Love: Southernwood
Brain Thief - Mandrake
Bone of an Ibis - buckthorn * I am not sure if this is Rhamnus cathartica or sea buckthorn Hippophae spp If I can find a recipe containing this, I will know for sure by comparing its purpose to their very different qualities
Bread and Cheese - Hawthorn
Bride of the Meadow - meadowsweet
Bull’s Blood - beet or horehound
Burning bush - false dittany, also a modern name for species of Euonymus
Cow’s Horn - Fenugreek Trigonella foenum-graecum
Bride of the Sun - calendula
Brown Dragon - wake robin
Buttons - tansy

Calf’s snout - Snapdragon
Candlemas Maiden - snowdrop
Candlewick - mullein, the flower stalk
Capon’s Tail - valerian
Carpenter’s Herb - bugleweed Lycopus europaeus
Carpenter’s Square - knotted figwort
Carpenter’s weed - Yarrow
Cat - catnip
Cat’s foot - white balsam, black cohosh, ground ivy
Cat’s herb - valerian
Chameleon star - bromeliad
Cheeses - marsh mallow
Chocolate flower - wild geranium (I don’t buy it)
Christ’s eye - wild clary Salvia verbenaca
Christ’s ladder - centaury
Christ’s spear - adder’s tongue fern Ophioglossum vulgatum
Church steeple - Agrimony
Clear eye - clary sage
Cleavers - bedstraw
Click - goosegrass
Clot - great mullien
Cocklebur - Agrimony
Cock’s comb - amaranth
Colt’s Tail - fleabane
Crane’s bill - wild geranium
Crow’s foot - wild geranium, or wood anemone bulbous buttercup (verified)
Crowdy kit - figwort
Cuckoo’s bread - common plantago
Cucumber tree - magnolia
Cuddy’s lungs - great mullein
Crown for a king - wormwood

Dagger flower - blue flag
Daphne - bay laurel
Dead man’s bells foxglove
Death angel - fly agaric Amanita Muscaria
Death cap - fly agaric Amanita Muscaria
Death flower - Yarrow
Death’s Herb - Belladonna
Delight of the Eye - rowan
Devil Plant - basil
Devil’s Apple - Mayapple or Mandrake
Devil’s beard - houseleek
Devil’s bit - false unicorn root
Devil’s cherries Belladonna berries
Devil’s plaything - yarrow
Devil’s dung - asafoetida
Devil’s ear - wakerobin
Devil’s eye - henbane or periwinkle
Devil’s flower - bachelor’s buttons
Devil’s fuge - mistletoe
Devil’s guts - dodder
Devil’s herb - belladonna
Devil’s milk - celandine
Devil’s nettle - yarrow
Devil’s Shoestring: Various varieties of vibernum, esp Black Haw, cramp bark, hobblebush
Dew of the Sea - Rosemary
Dog Berry - wild rose hips
Dog’s mouth - snap dragon
Dog’s tongue - hound’s tongue
Dove’s foot - wild geranium
Dragon - tarragon
Dragon Flower - blue flag (really, wild iris? not an arum or a Antirrhinum?)
Dragon wort - bistort
Dragon’s blood - calamus

Eagle - ramsons Allium ursinum
Earth apple - potato
Earth smoke- fumitory
Elf’s wort - Elecampane
Enchanter’s plant - vervain
Englishman’s fruit/ White man’s foot - common plantain
Everlasting friendship - goosegrass
Eye root - goldenseal

Fairy smoke - Indian pipe
Fairy fingers - foxglove
Fat from a Head - spurge *
Felon herb - Mugwort
Five fingers - cinquefoil
Fox’s Clote - burdock
Frog’s foot - bulbous buttercup
From the belly - Earth-apple. * potato?? Did the writers know about potatoes? When was pgm written?
From the foot - houseleek *
From the loins - chamomile *

Goat’s foot - morning glory
Goat’s Horn - Fenugreek Trigonella foenum-graecum
God’s hair - hart’s tongue fern
Golden’s star - avens
Gosling’s wing - goosegrass
Graveyard dust - mullein (and sometimes it’s just graveyard dust)

Hag’s taper - mullien stalk
Hagthorn - hawthorn
Hair of Venus - Maidenhair fern
Hairs of a Hamadryas Baboon: Dill Seed *
Hare’s beard - mullein
Hawk’s Heart, Old Woman - Wormwood Artemisia absinthium crown or seed head *
Hind’s tongue - hart’s tongue fern
Holy herb - yerba santa
Holy rope - hemp agrimony Eupatorium cannabinum
Horse tongue - hart’s tongue fern
Hundred eyes - periwinkle

Innocence - bluets

Jacob’s Staff - Great Mullein
Joy of the Mountain - Marjoram
Jupiter’s Staff - Great Mullein

King’s Crown: Black Haw vibernum
Knight’s Milfoil - Yarrow
Kronos’ Blood - sap of Cedar *

Lady’s glove - foxglove
Lamb’s ears - betony but more likely lamb’s ear Stachys byzantina
Lion’s Hair - The extra little roots that stick out of the turnip bulb or the base leaves Brassica rapa *
Lion’s tooth - dandelion
Little dragon - tarragon
Love in idleness - pansy
Love Lies Bleeding - amaranth (Not so ancient, a modern ornamental variant)
Love Leaves - burdock
Love man - goosegrass
Love Parsley - lovage
Love root - orris root

Maiden’s Ruin - Southernwood
Man’s Bile - Turnip Juice *
Man’s Health - Ginseng
Master of the Woods - Woodruff
May Lily - Lily of the Valley
May Rose - Black Haw viburnum
May - Black Haw viburnum
Maypops - Passion Flower
Mistress of the Night - Tuberose
Mutton Chops - Goosegrass

Nose Bleed - Yarrow

Old Man’s Flannel - Great Mullein
Old Man’s Pepper - Yarrow
Old-Maid’s-Nightcap - Wild Geranium

Password - primrose
Peter’s Staff - Great Mullein
Poor Man’s Treacle - Garlic
Priest’s Crown - Dandelion leaves

Queen of the Meadow Root - Gravelroot
Queen of the Meadow - Meadowsweet
Queen of the Night - Vanilla Cactus

Rats and Mice - Hound’s tongue
Ram’s horn - valerian
Ring a Bells - bluebell
Robin run in the grass - goosegrass

Scaldhead - blackberry
Seed of Horus - horehound
See bright - Clary sage
Semen of Ammon - Houseleek *
Semen of Ares - Clover *
Semen of Helios - White Hellebore *
Semen of Hephaistos - Fleabane *
Semen of Herakles - arugula *
Semen of Hermes - Dill *
Seven Year’s Love Yarrow
Shameface - Wild Geranium
Shepherd’s Heart - Shepherd’s Purse
Silver Bells - Black Haw viburnum
Snake Root - black cohosh
Soapwort - Comfrey or Daisy or maybe Soapwort
Sorcerer’s Violet - Periwinkle
Sparrow’s Tongue - Knotweed
St. John’s Herb - Hemp Agrimony
St. John’s Plant - Mugwort
Star Flower - Borage
Star of the Earth - Avens
Starweed - Chickweed
Sweethearts - Goosegrass
Swine’s Snout - Dandelion leaves

Tail of a Pig - Leopard’s bane *
Tanner’s bark - toadflax
Tartar root - ginseng
Tears of a Hamadryas Baboon - Dill Juice *
Thousand weed - yarrow
Thunder plant - houseleek
Titan’s Blood - Wild Lettuce Lactuca virosa *
Torches - mullein flower stalk

Unicorn’s horn - unicorn root or false unicorn root
Urine - dandelion or maybe urine

Wax dolls - fumitory
Weasel - rue
Weasel snout - yellow archangel
Winter wood - wild cinnamon Canella alba
White - ox eye daisy
Witch’s Asprin - white willow bark (this is ancient?)
Witch’s brier - wild brier rose hips
Wolf claw - club moss
Wolf’s foot - bugleweed
Wolf’s milk - euphorbia
Woodpecker - herbLpeony
Worm fern- male fern Dryopteris Felix-mas

Yerba Santa Maria - epazote

Plant Parts/Body Parts

Blood - Sap or juice
Eye - The disc of a composite flower, or a seed
Foot - Leaf
Guts - Roots, stalks, tangly bits
Hair - Very stringy roots (sometimes silk or tangly stems)
Head - Flower head or seed head
Tail - Stem
Tongue - Petal, sometimes stigma
Toes - leaf or bud
Paw - sometimes bud, usually leaf
Privates - Seed pod
Worm - stringy roots
Wool - Moss

Minerals

A Snake’s Ball of Thread - soapstone *
Blood of a Snake - hematite *
Crocodile Dung - Soil from Ethiopia *
A Physician’s bone - sandstone *

Animal Parts

A Snake’s Head - A leech *
Blood of a Hyrax - A rock badger, * small weasel-like/rodent-like (but actually neither) creature native to Africa and the Middle East
Blood of a Hamadryas Baboon - Blood of a spotted gecko *
Bull’s semen - the egg of a blister beetle *
Lion Semen - Human semen *
Kronos’ Spice - Pig Milk *

* From Ecloga ex Papyris Magicis: Liber I, V, xxvi



More Sources for verification -

  • Galen - De succedaneis, Claudii Galeni Opera Omnia, v 19
  • Paulus Aegineta, Corpus Medicorum Graecorum IX/2 vII
  • Dioscorides De Materia Medica
  • Witchipedia
  • Lady Raven
  • Tryskelion
Herbal and Plant Listing By Purpose

Balance: basil, chamomile, comfrey, mullein, nettle, woodruff

Blessing: chamomile, dianthus, elder flower, fennel, mint, oats, rosemary, rue. vervain

Cleansing/Purification: avens, Betony, benzoin, burdock, clove, hyssop, lavender, mullein, parsley, pine, rosemary, thyme, vervain, wormwood, yarrow

Consecration: acacia, anise, basil, clover, dragon’s blood, hyssop, lavender, mistletoe, mugwort, nettle, rosemary, rue, sunflower, vervain

Countering Negative Energies: agrimony, avens, fennel, holly, hyssop, motherwort, rowan, rue, vervain

Courage: basil, borage, mullein, rosemary, thyme

Creativity: anise seed, basil, catnip, hawthorn, lavender, St. Johnswort, vervain

Divination: anise seed, basil, bay, cinquefoil, clover, damiana, dittany of Crete, eyebright, honeysuckle, hops, lavender, marigold, moonwort, mugwort, mullein, orange peel, rowan, thyme, vervain, woodruff, wormwood, yarrow

Encourage Change: dragon’s blood, linden, purple heather, woodruff

Energy/Power/Strength: cinquefoil, dragon’s blood, elder flower, fennel, St. Johnswort, vervain, woodruff

Fortune/Justice: bay, bergamot, cinquefoil, lemon balm, orange peel, star anise, vervain, woodruff

Happiness/Peace: fennel, lavender, loosestrife, rosemary, vervain, yarrow

Healing: cinquefoil, confrey, coriander, hops, lavender, lemon balm, mullein, mustard, rosemary, rue, sage, St. Johnswort, tansy, thyme

Love: apple, avens, basil, cardamom, catnip, dill flowers, elm, ginger, lavender, lemonbalm, linden leaves, marigold, marjoram, moonwort, mustard seed, orange peel, red heather, rosemary, vetivert, willow, yarrow

Meditation: acacia, benzoin, chamomile, frankincense, woodruff

Money: basil, bergamot, chamomile, clove, dill seeds, mint, moonwort, nutmeg, oats, vetivert

Protection/Defense: betony, birch, burdock, cumin, dianthus, dill leaves, fennel, fern, marjoram, mint, mugwort, mullein, mustard, parsley, rosemary, rue, sage, vervain, white heather, woodruff, wormwood, yarrow

Psychic Awareness: bay, betony, burdock, cinnamon, elderflower, lavender, mace, marigold, star anise, woodruff

Releasing Negativity: betony, clove, hyssop, mugwort, rosemary, St. Johnswort, thyme, vervain, vetivert, yarrow

Sealing/Sending Positive Energy: angelica, wormwood

Spirit Contact/Blessings: lilac, purple heather, mint, Solomon’s Seal

Strength/Willpower: rosemary, St. Johnswort

Wisdom: elder, sage, willow

Here’s a long list of herbal and plant uses from Ann Moura’s Grimoire for the Green Witch. It’s a very useful resource and I highly recommend it. Some of these herbs are common, some of them I’ve never even heard or seen in real life. As a bit of a spiritual bioregionalist myself, I tend to work with herbs and plants that grow native in my landbase (which a few of these do!), but hopefully this very comprehensive list is helpful to some of you out there.

Medicinal uses for common culinary herbs

(Found this useful and figured I’d share it)


 Category: Herbology Published: Wednesday, 19 September 2012 Written by Super User

Medicinal Uses For Common Culinary Spices

ALLSPICE - Active ingredient is eugenol, same as cloves. Topical pain relief, tea and mouthwash.

ANISE - Seven tsp. of seed to one quart water, boil down by half, add 4 tbsp. of honey, take two tsp to calm a cough. Drink tea for memory, aid digestion, and a wash for oily skin.

ANNATO - (Lipstick tree)- Lightly crushed seeds added to food is like natural gas-x.

ARROW ROOT POWDER - One tbsp in a cup of juice every few hours to relieve diarrhea. Poultice to soothe skin inflammations.

ASAFOETIDA - Buy the tincture in Indian shops. They add a drop to many dishes to relieve stomach pains (gas). Insect repellent. Topical use to heal ulcerated sores.

ASPARAGUS - Boil in water and drink the water for kidney problems. Dissolves uric acid deposits and promotes urination.

BASIL - Add fresh herb or seeds to boiled water to make tea for migraines and bed time restlessness. Douche for yeast infections, eliminates candida, gargle and mouthwash. Pregnant women should avoid medicinal use of basil.

BAY LAUREL - Heat leaves in a little olive oil to make a bay oil salve for arthritis and aches.

CARAWAY - Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add 4 tsp lightly crushed seeds. Simmer for 5 minutes, then steep 15 min. Drink with meals to prevent gas, even for infant colic. Promotes menstruation and relieves uterine cramping.

CARDAMON - Digestive aid, eases gluten intolerance (celiac disease). Sprinkle powder on cereal.

CAYENNE PEPPER - Capsicum speeds metabolism. Capsicum cream and oils relieve arthritis and aches, not just by warming and stimulating blood flow, but also by blocking pain transmission by nerves. (blocks substance P) Prevents blood clots, heals ulcers. Cayenne and garlic in chicken soup really IS as effective as antibiotics after the onset of cold or flu. Cayenne dramatically drops blood sugar levels and should by avoided by hypoglycemics. Cayenne promotes excretion of cholesterol through the intestines. It increases energy levels and aura brilliance.

CELERY - Sedative. Active ingredient thalide. Seed and stalk, reduces hypertension. Celery seed tea for the kidneys as a cleanser.

CHERVIL - Steep in boiled water and apply with an eye cup for a wide range of eye complaints.

CHICORY - Liver cleanser, fat cleanser, dissolves gallstones. Prepare like coffee.

CILANTRO - Leafy part of coriander plant. Food poisoning preventative.

CINNAMON - Mouthwash, good for upset stomach. Simmer sticks with cloves for 3 min, add 2 tsp lemon juice, 2 tsp honey, 2 tbsp whiskey - as cold medication. Cinnamon is good for yeast infection and athlete’s foot. A 2% solution will kill both of these conditions. Boil 8-10 sticks in 4 cups water, simmer 5 min, steep 45 min, then douche or apply to athlete’s foot. Cinnamon reduces cancer causing tendencies of many food additives.

CLOVE - Use oil for pain relief for sore gums and toothache. Add clove oil to neutral oils for topical pain relief of arthritis. Small amounts of clove in a tea for nausea. 3 cloves in two cups of boiled water, steeped for 20 minutes, as an antiseptic and mouthwash. Former alcoholics can suck on one or two cloves when the craving strikes to curb the desire.

COFFEE - Although not a spice, it is commonly available in the kitchen. The caffeine in coffee can be used to alleviate headaches (particularly those caused by caffeine withdrawal.) Coffee enemas with olive oil are used to cleanse the bowels and are one of the safest and most thoroughly cleansing enemas available. Caution and common sense must be used to avoid dependency. Hot black coffee sipped through a straw helps break up mucus congestion in the lungs.

CORIANDER - Coriander tea can be used topically to remove unpleasant odors in the genital area for men and women. The tea can be held in the mouth to relieve the pain of a toothache. Can also be drank to relieve flatulence and indigestion.

DILL - Bring one pint of white wine almost to a boil, remove from heat and add 4 tsp of dill seeds, let steep 30 minutes and strain. Drink 1 ½ cups a half hour before retiring to sleep well. To the same directions, but substitute for the 4 tsp of dill, instead add 1 tsp each of anise, caraway, coriander and dill to stimulate the flow of breast milk in nursing
mothers. Chewing dill seeds removes bad breath.

FENNEL - Chewing fennel seeds relieves bad breath. Fennel seed tea sweetens breastmilk. Fennel tea relieves colic in infants.

FENUGREEK - Use as a tea as an excellent relief for colic and fever in children. 1 tbsp ground fenugreek seed taken in the diet daily can reduce cholesterol. 8 tsps of seed presoaked in 4 cups cold water for 4 hours, then boil for 2 minutes, strain and drink 1 cup a day to ease hay fever attacks.

GARLIC - Ultimate antibiotic. Useful even for sexually transmitted diseases. Strongly recommended for hypoglycemia, and diabetes. Destroys intestinal parasites. Reduces cholesterol. Repels insects, and reduces sting effects of insects and red ants.

GINGER - Anti-nausea tea, blood thinner, substitute for coumadin. Boil 2/3 cup of freshly chopped root in 1 gallon water, wrapped in cheesecloth (or old nylon stocking) until the water is yellow. Then soak towel and lay on bruises and sprains while still hot, to ease them. Stimulates a delayed period. Warm ginger tea is good to break up congestion and fever. Ginger is one of the few herbs that easily passes the blood/brain membrane and is used in conjunction with other herbs that are meant to have an effect on the mind. Pregnant women should avoid medicinal concentrations of ginger.

HORSERADISH - Freshly dug root is added to a cold-pressed oil of choice (such as safflower or olive) to make a massage oil for muscle aches and to break up chest congestion. Grate fresh ginger and horseradish together and make a tea to stop post nasal drip.

LEMONGRASS - ½ cup dried leaves to 2 pints of water, simmer for 10 minutes, and sip to bring down fevers.

LICORICE - Tranquilizer. Balances nervous system, stimulates liver functions. Long term usage (over 3 months) could cause liver damage.

LOVAGE - Steep root for 15 min in a cup of boiled water, drink after every meal to prevent flatulence.

MARJORAM AND OREGANO - Over 2 dozen related species. Use as a tea to help reduce fevers and break up bronchitis. Drink tea to relieve cramps and irregular menstruation. Eases suffering of childhood diseases like mumps and measles.

MINT - (Peppermint and spearmint)- Peppermint tea for migraines, nervousness, stomach disorders, heartburn, and abdominal cramps. Herpes sufferers can take 2 cups of tea a day to ease the symptoms when the virus is active. Mints are used to buffer the action of other herbs that have uncomfortable effects on the stomach and intestines. Can be used in any combination for flavor.

MUSTARD - 1 ½ cups of dry yellow mustard in a bathtub of water for sprained backs. Make a paste with water and apply to knee and elbow sprains till blisters appear! Mustard and ginger plaster for deep rattling coughs - 1 tsp each mustard and ginger powder mixed with 2 ½ tbsp of olive oil. Rub over chest and back and put on an old T-shirt (or cover with cloth diaper).

NUTMEG AND MACE - Gas, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, and kidney problems - make a paste of powder with cold water and then add to boiled water. 1 tbsp of powdered nutmeg produces a floating euphoria for between 6 and 24 hours. Can cause near constant erections for men during that time. Side effects are bone and muscle aches, burning eyes, sinus drainage, and limited diarrhea.

ONION - Egyptians swore their oaths on onions; Grant refused to move his army until he got 3 railroad cars full of onions; interviews with hundreds of people who lived to 100 plus all indicated a heavy intake of onions in the diet. Onion is an excellent dressing for burns. Crush sliced onions with a little bit of salt and apply to burns. Apply sliced onion to bee and wasp stings. For asthma: puree an onion, cover it with brandy and let sit overnight, strain it, filter it through a coffee filter, and refrigerate. Take 2 tbsp 20 minutes before expected onset or before going to bed.

PARSLEY - The purifier. Chew for halitosis. A few sprigs provide 2/3 the vitamin C of an orange, lots of vitamin A, and the important amino acid histidine, which is a tumor inhibitor. Parsley tea is good for kidney problems, painful urination, and kidney stones. One cup of parsley to 1 quart of water makes a strong tea. Two cups of parsley to 1 quart of water, steep an hour and drink warm, as an aphrodisiac. In Spain they have found that feeding parsley to sheep will bring them into heat at any time of year!

PEPPER (black)- Pain relief from toothache, brings down a fever.

ROSEMARY - Flower tea for the breath. Boil water with rosemary in it to make it safe to drink. Diuretic and liver aid, increases bile flow. Two handfuls of flowering tips into 2 cups of good brandy, soak 10 days, strain and seal. Mouthful twice daily. Oil of rosemary is a natural anti-oxidant, and stress reliever; sniff for headaches. Chop a double handful of twigs and put in a pint of olive oil for one week, and use as a muscle liniment.

SAGE - Chew a fresh leaf and put on insect bite to reduce sting and swelling. Sage tea for the throat. Two cups of sage tea a day for a week will dry up mother’s milk. For the itching of skin problems, steep a handful of freshly crushed leaves in a pint of boiled water for one hour, and bathe the area, then sprinkle with whole wheat flour. Sage tea
prevents blood clots.

SAVORY - (the herb of love) One quart boiled water, 3 ½ tbsp fenugreek seed, and steep for 5 minutes. Remove fenugreek and add 2 handfuls of savory leaves, steep 50 minutes and drink 2 cups, as an aphrodisiac.

TARRAGON - 1 ½ tsp cut dried herb in 1 ¾ cups boiled water, steep 40 minutes, drink warm for insomnia, hyperactivity, depression, or nervous exhaustion. (or anything “jittery”) For digestion steep a handful of dried leaves in a jar with apple cider vinegar, stand 7 hours, strain and seal. Take 1 tbsp before each meal.

TEA - Caffeine relieves migraines. Tea drinkers suffer less hardening of the arteries than coffee drinkers. Black tea kills dental plaque.

THYME - Antibiotic. A tsp in ½ cup boiled water to make a gargle or mouthwash, to prevent bad breath, tooth decay, and cold sores. Drink for cold, flu, fever, and allergy symptoms. As a bath for nail fungus and athlete’s foot, and also as a douche. Compress for bumps and bruises. Health liqueur - 6 sprigs of thyme in 1 ½ cups of brandy for 5 days, shaking daily. Take several times daily when you feel a cold coming on. Thyme is good for killing bacteria and for relaxing tense muscles. Relieves migraine headaches and stomach cramps.

TUMERIC - Anti-oxidant. Powdered turmeric on any ulcerated skin condition or mix with enough lime juice to make a paste and put on herpes sores, mumps, chicken pox, etc. Dip a cloth in turmeric solution to wash away discharges from conjunctivitis and opthamalia. As an anti-inflammatory, turmeric’s properties are as good as 1 % hydrocortisone and phenylobutazone. Take ½ tsp in juice in the morning and evening to aid in removing fat around the liver. Turmeric, bay leaf, clove, and cinnamon all tripled insulin performance in metabolizing blood glucose in a test tube! Field tests proved to greatly enhance production of insulin by the pancreas. “Spicecaps” from Great American Natural Products have a pinch of cinnamon, 2 cloves, ½ bay leaf, and 1 tsp of turmeric per capsule.

VANILLA - Sexual stimulant. Soak a cotton ball with vanilla extract, squeeze it out, put it under the tongue and it will quickly calm hysteria.

VINEGAR - Naturally brewed apple cider vinegar deserves a course all on its own. It is one of the finest blood cleansers and arthritis cures known. Take 1 tbsp per day of equal parts vinegar and honey in water to taste to cleanse the blood and reduce inflammation from arthritis. Be sure to use naturally brewed vinegar, as the white cheap stuff in the grocery store is actually acetic acid, a petroleum by-product, and pretty well useless. (except as a window cleaner!)

BAKING SODA - Although not an herb or a spice, this is especially recommended for people who are allergic to MSG. Many people will use a meat tenderizer for bee stings,
but it contains MSG which can cause some people to swell. Instead, make a paste and apply directly to the insect bite to reduce swelling. You can also mix 1 tsp with water and take for relief of indigestion.

The above information was obtained from the following sources: 
The Herb Book, by John Lust.
“Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs and Spices”, by John Heinerman.
“The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines”, by Micheal Castleman
“The Vinegar Book”, by Emily Thacker

As a reminder, the above listed information should not replace the advice given to you by your health care professional. 

Rowan Morgaine

The Green Witch’s Herbal Listing by Purpose
  • Balance- basil, chamomile, comfrey, mullein, nettle, woodruff.
  • Blessings- chamomile, dianthus, elder flowers, fennel, mint, oats, rosemary, rue, vervain.
  • Cleansing/Purification- avens, Betony, benzoin, burdock, clove, hyssop, lavender, mullein, parsley, pine, rosemary, thyme, vervain, wormwood, yarrow.
  • Consecration- acacia, anise, basil, clover, dragon’s blood, hyssop, lavender, mistletoe, mugwort, rosemary, rue, sunflower, vervain.
  • Countering Negative Energies- agrimony, avens, fennel, holly, hyssop, motherwort, rowan, rue, vervain.
  • Courage- basil, borage, mullein, rosemary, thyme.
  • Creativity- anise seed, basil, catnip, hawthorn, lavender, St. Johnswort, vervain.
  • Divination- anise seed, basil, bay, cinquefoil, clover, damiana, dittany of Crete, eyebright, honeysuckle, hops, lavender, marigold, moonwort, mugwort, mullein, orange peel, rowan, thyme, vervain, woodruff, wormwood, yarrow.
  • Encourage Changes- dragon’s blood, linden, purple heather, woodruff.
  • Energy/Power/Strength- cinquefoil, dragon’s blood, elder flower, fennel, St. Johnswort, vervain, woodruff.
  • Forture/Justice- bay, bergamot, cinquefoil, lemon balm, orange peel, star anise, vervain, woodruff.
  • Happiness/Peace- fennel, lavender, loosestrifle, rosemary, vervain, yarrow.
  • Healing- cinquefoil, comfrey, coriander, hops, lavender, lemon balm, mullein, rosemary, rue, sage, St. Johnswort, tansy, thyme.
  • Love- apple, avens, basil, cardamon, catnip, dill flowers, elm, ginger, lavender, lemon balm, linden leaves, marigold, marjoram, moonwort, mustard seed, orange peel, red heather, rosemary, vetivert, willow, yarrow.
  • Meditation- acacia, benzoin, chamomile, frankincense, woodruff.
  • Money- basil, bergamot, chamomile, clove, dill seeds, mint, moonwort, nutmeg, oats, vetivert.
  • Protection/Defense- betony, burth, burdock, cumin, dianthus, dill leaves, fennel, fern, marjoram, mint, mugwort, mullein, mustard, parsley, rosemary, rue, sage, vervain, white heather, woodruff, wormwood, yarrow.
  • Psychic Awareness- bay, betony, burdock, cinnamon, elderflower, lavender, mace, marigold, star anise, woodruff.
  • Releasing Negativity- betony, clove, hyssop, mugwort, rosemary, St. Johnswort, thyme, vervain, vetivert, yarrow.
  • Sealing/Sending Positive Energy- angelica, wormwood.
  • Spirit Contact/Blessings- lilac, purple heather, mint, Solomon’s Seal.
  • Strength/Willpower- rosemary, St. Jpohnswort.
  • Wisdom- elder, sage, willow.

Source:
Grimoire for the Green Witch- A Complete Book of Shadows by Ann Moura

Low Calorie And No Calorie Fruits And Vegetables

Wouldn’t it be great to find foods with so few calories that you could eat as much or as many as you want without worrying about calories? Or what about​ negative calorie
​ foods, foods that use more calories during their digestion process than the amount of calories these foods possess? Are there really no cal, low cal or negative calorie foods out there?
Remember that saying “if it sounds too good to be true…” it may apply here, BUT, ​yes, there really are foods, especially vegetables that come close to the negative calorie dream​. Adding these fruits and vegetables to your diet will help you feel full sooner, feel full longer, add bulk (fiber) to your diet and most definitely help you avoid those calorie bombs like chips, fries and sodas.
Start with raw cauliflower, carrot or celery sticks.​ Celery sticks are mostly water, average about 10 calories each and can use up to 12 calories to digest. That’s negative 2 calories for a snack that can fill you up and provide some healthy fiber. ​The problem:​ you dip them in ranch dressing and ruin any progress you would have made with the veggie sticks! Make your own healthy dip with plain Greek yogurt, chives, onions and spices.
Salads!​ Green leafy vegetables, especially lettuce, kale, raw spinach and swiss chard all have minimal calories and lots of bulk and fiber to fill you stomach and lean toward that negative digestion balance. ​The problem:​ you add salad dressing, one of the most fattening, fatty and unhealthy “foods” on the grocer’s shelf. Learn to make your own with a small amount of olive oil and vinegar and spices, then dip your fork in the dressing rather than pouring the dressing on the salad.
Cucumbers, radishes and similar veggies.​ Cukes are similar to celery sticks, more water than calories and more calories to digest than they contain. Add as many fresh raw vegetables to your salads or your plate as you can. ​The problem:​ avoid avocados and coconut, both have some very healthy benefits including omega 3 fatty acids, but both are loaded with calories and don’t belong on this list!
Spices and spicy foods.​ Think about the dishes that make you sweat, what are the spices and peppers that make these dishes hot? Those spices, peppers and powders literally raise your body temperature and speed your metabolism to burn more calories (and body fat). Add these “hot” ingredients to your meals to increase flavor and spice things up. The problem: If you use any pre-packaged hot sauces or salsas, etc. check for natural ingredients, avoid artificial flavors and colors.

Here is a short list of fruits and vegetables that should provide the “bulk” of any meal or snack if you are trying to lose weight:
Vegetables:​ Asparagus, Bean sprouts, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery,
Chicory/Radicchio, Cucumbers, Endives, Green beans, Jicama, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Radishes, Spinach, Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips, Zucchini.
Fruits:​ Apples, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cranberries, Grapefruits, Honeydew, Lemons/Limes, Mangoes, Oranges, Papaya, Peaches, Pineapple, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangerines, Watermelon.
Herbs & Spices:​ Anise, Cayenne, Chili peppers, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander/Cilantro, Cumin, Dill, Fennel seeds, Flax seeds, Garden cress, Garlic, Ginger, Parsley, Onion, Mustard seeds, Watercress.

Herbs ( Sorry it's so long)

Acorn: Used for good luck, protection, wisdom, and personal power

African Mojo Beans: carried in a pocket, purse, or mojo for good luck

Agrimony: Overcoming fear & inner blockages and dispelling negative emotions. Reversing spells. Use as a wash or oil for healing rituals. Ward off evil entities and poisons

Alfalfa Leaves: Used in money, prosperity, and anti-hungry spells

Allspice: Money, luck, healing, and obtaining treasure. Added determination and energy to any spell

Angelica Root: Very powerful. Protects against negative energy and attracts positive energy. Used in healing and exorcisms. Protects against curses.

Anise Seeds: Used to help ward off the Evil Eye, find happiness, and stimulate psychic ability. Used in sleep pillows to prevent nightmares

Anise Star: Burned to increase psychic awareness & abilities.  Placed on altar to increase power generated or carried to bring good luck

Arabic Gum Powder: Purification and increased spirituality. Burned to reach meditative state

Arbica Flowers: Psychic powers and protection from spirits

Astragalus Root: Used for protection and energy

Balm of Gilead Tear: Used for love, manifestation, protection, healing, assisting in healing from loss of a loved one.

Barberry Root Bark: Cleansing, sorcery, atonement, freeing oneself from the power or control of another

Basil: Love, exorcism, wealth, and protection. Dispels confusion, fears, and weakness. Drives off hostile spirits

Bat Head Root: Used in spell work, rituals, to obtain wishes

Bay leaves: Used for protection, good fortune, success, purification, strength, healing and psychic powers. Write wishes on the leaves and burn them to make the wish come true. Put in dream pillows for prophetic dreams.

Bayberry Root Bark: Good fortune, luck, healing, and stress relief

Bee Pollen: Friendship, attraction, love, strength, happiness, and overcoming depression

Birch Bark: Powerful aid divination magic and finding the heart of truth. Other uses protection, exorcism, and purification.

Black Cohosh Root: Love, protection, courage, protection, potency

Black Walnut Bark: Wish magic, access to divine energy, and bringing the blessing of the Gods

Bladderwrack Cut: Protection, sea spells, wind spell, money, and psychic powers

Blessed Thistle Cut: Purification, protection against negativity, evil and hex breaking

Bloodroot Cut: Love, protection, and purification. Hex breaking

Blue Cohosh Cut: Use empowerment, purification, money, drawing, love breaking, and driving away evil

Blue Violet Leaf: Love, inspiration, good fortune, and protection for all evil. Wore to calm tempers and bring sleep

Boneset Leaf: Protection, exorcism and evil spirits. To curse an enemy burn as incense with a black candle inscribed with the name of the enemy

Borage Leaf: Courage and psychic powers. Burn as an incense to increase courage and strength of character.

Buckthorn Bark: Elf magic, driving away enchantments, luck, wishes

Burdock Root: Used in cleansing magic. Protection incense and spells

Calamus Root: Luck, Healing, money, protection, prevention of hunger & poverty and strengthening/binding spells (Poisonous)

Calendula Flower Petals: Protection, legal matters, and psychic/spiritual powers. Put in dream pillows for protection and to make dreams come true

Caraway Seed: Health, love, protection, mental powers, memory, passion, and anti- theft. Improve memory when used in dream spell, remember dreams

Cascara Sagrada Bark: Legal matters, money spells and protection against hexes.

Cat’s Claw Cut: Vision quests, shamanic journeys, money drawings

Catnip Cut: Sacred to Bast. Used in ritual having to do with cats or cat deities. Love, enhance beauty or happiness, protection, bad habits

Cedar: Confidence, strength, power, money, protection, healing and purification. Use in sachets to promote calmness

Celery Seed: Used for mental and psychic powers and concentration. Use in dream pillows for to help with sleep

Chamomile Flowers: Used for love, healing, production marriage proposals, gambling luck, prosperity, good fortune, reducing stress, removing hexes, curses, and spells

Chaste Tree Berries: Used in rituals to draw down the moon, chastity, and protection of the home.

Cherry Bark: Lust, direction, frugality, invisibility, magical potency. Burn as an increase while performing divination, or to during love spells

Chickweed: Fertility and love, lunar magic, animal, magic, healing with birds, carry to attract love.

Chicory Root Granules: favors, removing obstacles, and invisibility, positive outlook, sense of humor. Use a black candle and burn as an incense to hex someone.

Chive: Protection and weight loss

Chrysanthemum Flowers: Love, joy, humor, and protection

Cilantro: Protection of gardeners, bring peace to the home, and help attune one with their soul

Cinnamon: Spirituality, success, healing, personal protection, love, luck, strength, passion, and prosperity, associated with fire and the sun

Cinquefoil: An all-purpose magical herb. Love, money, health, power, and wisdom, stimulates memory, eloquence, and self-confidence, financial gain, or by those who are otherwise seeking good fortune and self-improvement, bring love, money, health, power, and wisdom into their live,  business & house blessing

Clover: Ritual baths to aid in financial estrangement. It is also used for lust, money, love, success, luck, blessing and protection of animals.

Cloves: Protection, friendship, banishing hostel or negative forces, mental clarity, money, purify, cleanses the aura.

Coltsfoot Leaves: Wealth, prosperity, love, peace, and tranquility

Comfrey Leaves: Money, safety during travel, stability, anti-theft

Coriander Seed: Love, health, protection, ease pain of broken heart, peace, ward off disease and migraines

Corn Silk: Protection, divination, good luck

Cubeb Berries: Love, lust, adding fire to spells

Cumin Seed: Fidelity, protection, exorcism, anti- theft

Damiana Leaf: Lust, sex magic, attracting love, open chakras and increase psychic abilities (Toxic to the liver)

Dandelion Leaf: Summoning spirits, healing, purification and defeating negativity, wish

Deer Antler Velvet Powder: Health, stamina, vigor, mental clarity, fertility and longevity (For external use only)

Devil’s Claw : Protection, dispelling unwanted company, and confusing enemies

Dill Seed: Money, protection, luck, lust, keeping away dark forces, house blessings, Lust

Dragon’s Blood: Protection, energy, lush, banishing, purification, and ending bad habits, increase potency of a spell, luck

Dulse: Use for lust, harmony in the home, sea rituals, and pacifying sea winds, peace

Echinacea Augustifolia/ Purpurea: Adding strength to spells, money, altar offerings

Elder Berries: Releasing enchantments, protection against negativity, wisdom, houses blessings, used in rites of death to protect the loved ones on the way to the Otherworld (May be Poisonous)

Elder Flower: Sleep, releasing enchantments, protection against negativity, wisdom, house blessings

Elecampane Root: Banishing and dispel angry or violent vibration, associated with elves, attract love, purify

Eucalyptus: Protection and attracting healing vibration

Eyebright: Psychic ability, improves memory, encourages rationality, brings light into dark and negative situations

Fennel Seed: Strength, vitality and sexual virility, prevents curse, hexes, possession and negative problems

Fenugreek Seed: Money drawing, and fertility magic

Feverfew: Protection while traveling, protection against accidents, cold/flu, love magic, spiritual healing

Flax Seeds: Money spells, healing spells, protection spells

Frankincense: Protection, consecration, meditation, cleansing, purification, offerings at Beltane, Lammas, and Yule, self-will, self-control, the ego, success

Fumitory Herb:  Associated with the Underworld, offering during Samhain, communicating with sports, attracted money, purification

Galangal Root: Winning in court, doubling money, hex breaking; remove evil spells, protection, improving psychic abilities, good health, sex magic

Garlic Powder: Healing, protection, exorcism, purification, guards against negative magic and spirts, invoking Hecate

Ginger Root: Adventure, new experiences, sensuality, sexuality, personal confidence, prosperity, success, adds strength and speed to anything it’s added to, good health, protection

Gingko Leaf: Fertility, grace, love, beauty, healing, creativity

Ginseng Powder: Love, health, beauty, protection, rejuvenation, longevity, sexual potency

Goldenrod: Money and divination

Grains of Paradise: Luck, love prosperity, protection, getting a job, divination, spells to determine guilt or innocence

Gravel Root: job security, gaining employment, success, and career

Green Tea: Courage or strength, future riches

Gum Arabic: Purification, increase spirituality, good vibration or meditative

Hawthorn Berry: Chasity, fertility, fairy magic, and rebirth

Heather Flowers: Protection, luck, bring rain, protection against violent, peace

Hibiscus Flowers: Love, lust, divination, dreams

High John the Conqueror Root: Strength, confidence, conquering any situation, success, gambling luck, luck, money, love, health, and protection

Honeysuckle Flowers: Money, success, abundance, confidence, intuition, increase psychic powers

Hops: Restfulness, sleep, healing

Horehound: Sacred to Horus, protection, clarity during rituals, creativity, inspiration, balances energy

Horsehoe Chestnut: Money and healing

Hyssop: Purification, lightens vibrations, spiritual opening, cleansing, anti-theft, ritual baths

Irish Moss: luck, money, protection

Jasmine Flowers: Divination, charging, new ideas, wealth, sleep, prophetic dreams

Jezebel Root: Money, achievement, curses and hexes

Juniper Berries: Banish, good health, attract good, healthy energies and love, anti- theft

Kava Kava Root: astral work, travel protection, sex

Kelp: healing, protection, travel protection, psychic powers, business success, attracting customers, any water/ sea/ wind magic

Lavender: Love, protection, healing, sleep, purification, peace, depression, peace

Lemon Balm: Love, success, healing, psychic, spiritual

Lemon Peel: Cleansing, spiritual opening, purification, removal of blockages, unwanted negative

Lemon Verbena: Purification, attractiveness, prevent dreams

Lemongrass: psychic cleansing/opening and lust

Licorice Root: Love, lust, fidelity

Lily of the Valley: Soothing, calming, peace, tranquility, repelling negativity, harassment, empowering, happiness, mental power, marital longevity

Linden Flower: Love and sleep

Lobelia: Love and preventing storms (Poisonous)

Lucky Hand: Protection and good luck

Lungwort: Air magic, deities of air, protection while travel by air, healing to lungs

Mandrake: Protection, prosperity, fertility, exercising evil, enhancing creativity, increasing potency of spells, attract love, health

Maple Wood: Love, money, wealth, longevity, good luck

Marjoram: Cleansing, purification, dispelling negativity, revealing dreams, protection, love, money, resolving sadness and grief

Marshmallow Root: Protection, psychic power

Mesquite Chips: Healing, cleansing, purification

Milk Thistle Seed: Strength, perseverance, wisdom, aid in decision making

Mistletoe: Fertility, creativity, prevention of illness and misfortune, protection from negative spells, Carry for luck when hunting, associated with Yule, Jupiter, and the sun, fertility, love, protection, prophetic visions

Motherwort: Confidence, success and counter magic

Mugwort: Lust, fertility, prevent backache, cure disease and madness, astral travel, prophetic dreams, clean crystal balls and scrying mirrors

Mullein Leaf: Protection from nightmares & sorcery, courage, cursing and invoking spirits

Mustard Seed: Courage, faith, endurance, luck

Myrrh: Spiritual opening, meditation, healing, high psychic vibrations, peace, blessing of talismans, charms, and magical tools

Nettles Leaf: Dispelling darkness & fear, strengthening will aiding in the ability to handle emergencies, drive off evil & negativity

Nutmeg: Money, prosperity, luck, protection, breaking hexes

Oak Moss: Luck, money, protection, strength

Oat Straw: Money and prosperity

Olive Leaf: Peace, potency, fertility, healing, protection, and lust

Onion Flakes: Prosperity, stability, endurance, protection, negative influences, ending bad habits, and removing illness, sacred to the moon

Orange Peel: Love, divination, luck, money, house blessing

Oregano: Joy, strength, vitality, and added energy

Orris Root: Popularity, persuasiveness and personal success, communication, draw love, protection

Palo Santo: Purification, increase energy flow to the body, meditation, wards off negativity

Papaya Leaf: Banishing evil and intensifying existing love relationships

Paprika: Add energy to any spell

Parsley: Calm, protects the home, money, luck, restores sense of well-being, strength and vitality after surgery or illness

Passion Flower: Attract friendship, prosperity, emotional balance, sex, stress, diminish disagreements

Patchouli: Element of earth, prosperity, fertility, personal growth, money

Patchouly: Money, love, grounding, fertility

Pau d’Arco: Healing of severe diseases

Peach Leaf: Fertility, love, and wisdom

Pennyroyal Leaf: Peace, tranquility, consecration rituals, repelling insects, seasickness, physical strength, endurance, success, good health

Peony Root: Protection from hexes and jinxes, good luck, good fortune, prosperity, success, attract fairies

Peppercorns: Courage, banishing negative vibrations, ward off jealousy against you

Peppermint Leaf:  Increase vibrations, healing purification, peaceful sleep, prophetic dream

Periwinkle: Marriage, mental power, money, grace, protection against snakes and poison, lost memory (May be poisonous)

Pine Cones: Clean breaks, new beginnings, prosperity, success, strength, grounding and growth, cleansing, purification, repelling negativity

Poppy Seed: Pleasure, heightened awareness, love, luck, and invisibility, insomnia

Quassia: Love magic

Raspberry Leaf: healing, protection, love. Carried ( NOT EATEN) by pregnant women to reduce the pain involved in pregnancy & childbirth

Rhubarb Root: Fidelity and protection

Rose Buds & Petals: Attracting love, beauty, clairvoyance, domestic peace, happiness, joy of giving

Rose Hips: Healing spells, good luck, calling in good spirits

Rosemary: Healing, good health, love, lust, prevent nightmares, purification and removing negativity

Sage: Self-purification, grief, loss, mental ablilty, wisdom, negative energy, spiritual, emotional, and physical health, well- being

Sandalwood: Removing negativity, increasing opportunities and bringing success, protection, healing, exorcism, purification

Sarsaparilla Root: Sexual vitality, health, love, money

Sassafras: Health, money, and overcoming addictions

Saw Palmetto Berries: Healing, protection, exorcism, passion, spiritual openings

Skullcap: Fidelity, commitment, relaxation, binding oaths, consecrate vows

Sea Salt: Cleansing crystals, purification, consecration, grounding, protection magic and rituals

Senna Leaf: Lust and love, enhance tact and diplomacy

Spanish Moss: Protection, opening blockages, and dispelling negativity

Spearmint Leaves: Protection while sleeping, healing, love

Spikenard Root: Bring luck, ward off illness

Squaw Vine: All matters of fertility and childbirth

St. John’s Wort: Protection, banishing, protection, blessing, depression, sorrow, prevent colds, protection from evil spirits, divination

Strawberry Leaf: Attract success; good fortune, and favorable circumstances, luck, pregnant women carry to ease pain for pregnancy and childbirth

Sulfur Powder: Used to dispel or prevent a hex on you

Sunflower Petals: Energy, protection, power, wisdom, wishes

Tansy: Health, invisibility, immortality, longevity, keeping evil out of the house

Tarragon: Healing in abusive situation and compassion magic

Thyme: Loyalty, affection, and good opinion of others, grief, strength, courage, banishing, purification, luck, health, warding off nightmares

Tonka: Love, wishes, courage, gain prosperity, courage, luck, protection

Vervain: Protection, purification, money, youth, peace, healing, sleep, wealth, depression, creativity

White Oak Bark: Wisdom, strength, youthfulness, attractiveness, fertility, negativity

White Pine Bark: Clean breaks, new beginnings, prosperity, success, strength, grounding, growth, also used cleansing, purification, repelling negativity

White Sage: Purification, evil spirits, negative energies, prosperity, fertility and longevity, money

White Willow: Blessing of the moon, healing, binding, wishes, divination

Wintergreen: Good fortune, luck, purification

Witch Hazel: Chastity, protection, grief, broken heart, love spells, ward off evil

Witches Grass: Happiness, lust, love, exorcism, overcoming obstacle, reversing hexes, depression

Wood Betony: Purification, protection, nightmares, despair

Wormwood: removing anger, stopping wars, protection from the Evil Eye, accidents, clairvoyance, to summon spirts, divination, bring enemies misfortune

Yarrow Flowers: Healing, hand fasting, weddings, divination, love, negativity, ward off fears, courage, confidence, psychic opening

Yellow Dock: Fertility, healing, money, attract customers

Yerba Santa: Beauty, healing, psychic powers, protection, ward off illness, use in bath if you think you are hexed

Yohimbe Bark: Love, lust, virility, fertility, cursing

Yucca Root: Protection, purification, cleanse and purify the body before magic, remove curse

Protection Bottle Charm

You’ll need:

  • 1 glass jar
  • ½ to 1 cup salt
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 9 dry bay leaves (crumbled)
  • 7 tsp. dried Basil
  • 4 tsp. dill seeds
  • 1tsp sage
  • 1tsp anise
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • 1tsp fennel
  • 1 bowl

In the morning ideally on a bright sunny day assemble the items.
Place in the bowl and say: “Salt that protects, protect my home and all within.”
Add the cloves of garlic: “Garlic that protects, protect my home and all within.”
Add the bay leaves:“Bay that protects, protect my home and all within.”
Add the basil and say: “Basil that protects, protect my home and all within.”
Add the dill and say: “Dill that protects, protect my home and all within.”
Add the sage and say: “Sage that protects, protect my home and all within.”
Add the anise and say: “Anise that protects, protect my home and all within.”
Add the fennel and say: “Fennel that protects, protect my home and all within.”


Mix together the salt and the herbs with your hands, throughout the movement
of your hands and fingers lend energy to the potent protective items, visualize
your home safe and as a shining secure place. Pour the mixture in the jar and cap tightly.


 Place it in your home with these words:

 “Salt and herbs, nine times nine
Guard now this home of mine”

-Berk

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cosmic witchcraft 101: saturnian magick ♄

Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun. Like the other gas giants, scientists can’t be exactly sure how Saturn formed, but many believe its breathtaking rings have been there since the very beginning. One theory posits that the rings were once an early moon of Saturn whose orbit brought it closer and closer to Saturn where eventually it was ripped apart by tidal forces; a large collision may also have destroyed it. Another theory suggests that the rings are leftover material from the area of the solar system’s primordial nebula where Saturn formed. The Grand Tack Hypothesis, which explains our solar system’s formation through a theoretical Jovian migration to as far inward as Mars, suggests that Saturn getting locked in orbital resonance with Jupiter during its migration forward prevented Jupiter from going all the way through the inner solar system.

Facts:

  • Saturn is the second largest planet, but the least dense one. Saturn is less dense than water.
  • It takes Saturn 29.7 years to travel around the Sun and about 10.5 hours for a complete Saturnian day.
  • Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is larger than the planet Mercury. It’s not that much smaller than Mars, and is second in moon size only to Jupiter’s Ganymede.
  • Just about every 30 years, a Great White Spot appears as a storm on Saturn’s atmosphere. The next appearance will be near the year 2020.
  • Saturn has more than 60 moons.
  • When Galileo originally discovered Saturn’s rings, he thought they were two moons on either side of the planet.
  • In 2010, a huge storm appeared on the surface of Saturn - it was so big it wrapped around the entire planet.
  • Saturn is the furthest planet from Earth that can be seen without the aid of a telescope or binoculars.
  • Magnification of about 30x is needed to see Saturn’s rings, which can be achieved with a large pair of binoculars or a small telescope. 

Magickal Correspondences*

Colors: yellow, black, purple

Intents: discipline, overcoming fears, breaking boundaries, limitations, uncovering reality, structure, responsibility, endurance, long-term plans, order, growth, manifestation

Herbs: dills seed, daffodil, hemlock, holly, witch hazel, nightshade, bluebell, indigo, mandrake, yew, myrrh, garlic, patchouli, cypress

Crystals: lapis lazuli, onyx, hematite, blue sapphire, amethyst, obsidian, smoky quartz, black tourmaline, yellow jade, yellow calcite

*some of these correspondences are based on traditional associations and some are based on my personal associations

Protection sachets I made for above the two doors in my apartment.

Sprig of rosemary
Sprig of basil
Cinnamon stick
All tied in a blue ribbon
Sachet with my personal home protection sigil stitched into it.
Sachet is filled with salt
Dill seed
Acorns
A bay leaf with my sigil written on it
Chip of snowflake obsidian
Chip of cedar wood annointed with lavender essential oil

Using prepackaged spice mixes in magic

Adobo seasoning mix

containing Paprika, black pepper, onion powder ,oregano ,cumin ,hot chilies and garlic powder.
Magical uses are protection ,banishing ,hex breaking. combine a jar of adobo seasoning mix with 2 cups of an Cornflower and sprinkle around outside your home to get rid of negative energies.

Apple pie spice
A combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and Cardamom, Applespice is the perfect mix or spicing things up with your partner. just dress a red candle and the grapeseed oil or olive oil and roll it in Applespice. Burn a candle while spending time with your lover or sprinkle this next to your lover instead.

Cajun seasoning mix
A blend of paprika, salt ,black and white pepper, garlic ,onion powder, thyme and Cayenne, this is the perfect mix for protection use this mix to form circles when doing important works . Sprinkle just a pinch in the shoes of someone who needs a little watching over.


Chili powder
Made of salt ,hot chilies, onion ,oregano and garlic. chili powder is great for warding off illness.

Chinese five spice powder
A blend of star anis ,fennel seeds, cinnamon ,hot peppers ,cloves, Ginger and licorice root. this mix lends itself to several kinds of magic including love spells, passion and even spells for retaining information.

Montreal steak seasoning
Combination of pepper , papRica, black and red peppers, garlic ,salt, onion ,dill. and coriander this mix contains many of individual ingredients you need to protect yourself and your home from ghost and negative energies.

Pickling spice
This spice contains a wide variety of herbs and spices ;most makes contain mustard seed ,coriander ,Blackpepper ,dill ,fennel seed ,celery seed, and Bay leaves it’s good to use for different intentions such as protection from ghosts are lust and wish magic.

Pumpkin pie spice
A mixture of cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg an allspice add to any spell to speed it up. it’s also great for business ventures ,money draw and simple healing spells.

-Kris Bradley

Magickal Uses for Dill

Planetary Association: Mercury

Elemental Association: Fire

Gender: Masculine

Magickal Uses: Protection, Money, Lust, Luck. Place dill in the crib to protect babies and carry it in protective sachets. Use dill seeds in money spells.

Take a dill bath to make yourself irresistible. Useful in love charms. Place the seeds in a muslin bag under your shower water, or bath water to make you irresistible to your lover. 

May be hung in childrens’ rooms to protect them from evil spirits and protect against bad dreams. 

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Sachets to enhance and strengthen positive aspects of your sign

Aquarius sachet :

3 parts lavender 

2 parts patchouly

1 part benzoin

1 part mace 

1 part mint 

Mix, tie up in gray or some other dark colored cloth that appeals to you. Wear or carry. 

Aries sachet :

3 parts carnation 

2 parts jupiter 

1 part frankincense 

1 part fennel 

1 part cumin 

Blend, tie up in a red cloth, wear or carry.

Cancer sachet :

3 parts sandalwood 

2 parts myrrh 

1 part gardenia 

1 part lemon balm 

1 part gardenia petals 

Tie up in a white cloth, wear or carry. 

Capricorn sachet :

3 parts vetivert 

2 parts cypress 

1 part vervain 

1 part mimosa blossoms 

1 part comfrey 

Mix, tie up in indigo, gray or any other dark cloth you prefer. Wear or carry. 

Gemini sachet :

3 parts lavender 

2 parts mint 

2 parts gum mastic 

2 parts clover 

1 part dill seed 

1 part anise 

Tie up in a yellow cloth, wear or carry. 

Leo Sachet :

2 parts orange peel 

2 parts cinnamon 

1 part frankincense 

1 part nutmeg 

1 part juniper 

1 pinch gum arabic 

Tie up on orange, red or gold cloth. Wear or carry. 

Libra Sachet :  

2 parts spearmint 

2 parts catnip 

2 parts rose petals 

1 part marjoram 

1 part thyme 

1 part mugwort 

Tie up in a yellow cloth, wear or carry. 

Pisces Sachet :

3 parts sandalwood

2 parts sage 

1 part eucalyptus 

1 part anise 

1 part lemon 

Tie up in a purple cloth, wear or carry.

Sagittarius Sachet :

3 parts sassafras 

2 parts cedar 

2 parts clove 

1 part star anise 

1 part dragon’s blood 

1 part juniper 

Tie up in a purple cloth, wear or carry.

Scorpio Sachet :

3 parts pine 

3 parts myrrh 

2 parts galangal 

1 part allspice 

1 part violet flowers 

1 part basil

Tie up in a bright red or blue cloth, wear or carry. 

Taurus Sachet :

3 parts patchouly 

2 parts oakmoss 

1 part cardamom 

1 part rose petals 

1 vanilla bean, crushed 

Tie up in yellow or blue cloth, wear or carry. 

Virgo Sachet : 

3 parts lavender

2 parts patchouly 

2 parts cypress 

1 part caraway 

1 part fern 

1 part mint 

Tie up in a clear yellow cloth, wear or carry.     


You may also take these herbs and burn them as incense in a censer while you meditate, add crystals and personal amulets that appeal. Love and light!                      

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In the same way the Dongpo Curry Don is unashamedly luscious, this potage curry is too. Only, you forget that its velvety smoothness is achieved with a hell of a lot of cream. Definitely not healthy despite what it might fool you to believe.Everything was just a sensory pleasure, so utterly creamy and yielded to you absolutely. I didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did! .. Taste wise not health wise.remarkably, it carries a cheesy flavour which only tipped the scales in its favour. Everyone knows of the heinous Dill Seed incident right? I take back half of my curses, I am glad to have it live through 3 apocalypses in my pantry. So what should you grab from your kitchen when Armageddon hits? The goddamn spice rack. I’m not quite sure of the addition of the poached egg, but then again, I, very generously sacrificed it for my sister as a topping for her ramen (which she did not eat, BARBARIAN!). POACHING AN EGG WAS A SUCCESS. Okay not the first one in which I totally forgot to add the vinegar .. oops. But for a second attempt, I amaze myself. That’s a lie. So a few years ago, I stumbled upon the blog of a contestant from season 2 of Masterchef US, Ben Starr. What I like most about his very wordy entries is that he provides a rich description and description for various aspects of food which either begs for him to be hooked off the stage or lauded. It’s a very fine line. In any case, he successfully walked me through my first ever poached egg and for that I am gleeful.

Zenji Marui’s White Potage Curry Udon Recipe 

1 packet udon, 1 tsp dill, coriander and cumin seeds, 1 tblsp curry powder, dill and pepper to garnish

For the Vichyssoise: 3 potatoes, onion, leek, 2 tblsp butter, 400ml water, 400ml milk, 200ml cream

For the Mashed Potatoes: 2 potatoes, 100ml milk, 4 tblsp cream, 1 tblsp butter, parmesan, garlic (optional)

For the poached egg

Begin by making the mashed potato. Boil for 7 mins until tender. Whilst hot, add the 100ml milk, 4 tblsp cream and 1 tblsp butter. Season. Grate in a few cloves of garlic if you prefer. In order to pipe it nicely, push the mashed potato through a sieve into a piping bag and set aside.

To make the vichyssoise, chop potatoes, onions and leek into bite sized pieces.

Toast 1 tsp cumin, coriander and dill seeds until fragrant. Blitz into a coarse powder.

Saute potatoes, leek, onion, 1 tblsp curry powder and 2/3 of the reserved spice mixture in 2 tblsp butter until transparent.

Add 400ml water and simmer for 7 minutes until tender.

Put the mixture into a blender with 400ml milk and blend until smooth. Return to the pot with 200ml of cream and heat slightly. Season. You’re meant to serve this cold - room temperature.

Make the poach egg, follow this recipe.

Boil udon according to instructions on packet. Drain and add rest of the spice mix.

To serve, pour the vichyssoise over the noodles, CONCEALLLL, DON’T FEEEEL, pipe over the mashed potatoes, preferrably with a piping bag and not a sandwich bag like me so that you’d get more of an even swirl. Cleverly hide the mix. Top with poached egg, cheese (which is meant to be melted, haha, oops), pepper and a sprig of dill. THRUST YOUR CHOPStICKS THROUGH AND CONSUME. 

(presentation based of this cream curry udon).

Didn’t quite match it’s stark contrast, nonetheless, Enjoy!

Bravery Trinket

Originally posted by a-night-in-wonderland

(inspired by Howl’s Moving Castle)

When you feel like you are overcome with fear about a situation, use this spell to grant you the inner strength and bravery to triumph against it. 

1. Mix together cloves, allspice, dill, mustard seed and oregano (all herbs related to strength, courage and bravery). Grind it into a fine powder.

2. Put together your trinket. String glass beads and string and any beautiful trinket that makes you happy, together in a line that can be easily hung up.

3. Add moon water to the herbal mixture and coat a feather (representing change) in the mixture on both sides. Lightly dust the feather with cinnamon which represents your ability to focus on the positive outcome of the situation.

4. Tie the feather to the trinket and hang it all up in your window. Go to sleep, knowing that the trinket is soaking up all that energy from your feather and from the beautiful rising sun. Being in that room (especially waking up in it) will instill you with the bravery you need to take on the rest of the day, every day from now on. Recharge the feather when you feel like you need it.

Pet Protection Spell Bottle

Pets can be particularly sensitive to atmosphere so it is wise, if you do a lot of spell work which deals with negativity, to protect them against being inadvertently contaminated. 

You will need the following items for this spell:

  • Wine bottle
  • Small jar of soil
  • Small jar of salt
  • Bay leaf
  • Tablespoon of dill seeds
  • Tablespoon of fennel seeds
  • White taper candle
  • Your burin or a pin
  • Carnelian stone

Put half the soil into the bottle. Add half the salt on top of that (to make layers). Next add the bay leaf and the dill and fennel seeds. Put the rest of the salt on top of this and the rest of the soil on top of the salt. Drop the carnelian stone on top of everything.
On the taper candle Use the burin or pin to carve the word: Protect [pets name]
Fit the candle into the top of the bottle. If it is too big, wedge it in or warm the bottom slightly until it stays securely by itself.
Burn the candle when convenient. You dont have to burn it all down at once, but eventually the candle will burn itself out.
When the candle will not stay lit any longer but forms a plug for the top of the bottle, put the spell bottle near the place your pet spends most of their time. If you are fearful that your pet may be stolen, add a sprig of rosemary to the herbs in the bottle. You can expect to become very aware of your pets wellbeing in the light of this spell. Conditions you have not previously noticed may become apparent.

anonymous asked:

Last night I was going through my mom's cabinet full of spices and baking supplies. I found some REALLY old chamomile tea that I wouldn't trust to drink. That should be good to use in spells that call for chamomile though, right? Also, I found a bunch of expired baking sugars in multiple colors. Would those work as a biodegradable alternative to glitter? And finally, would a spell that calls for dill work if I only have seeds?

Personally, I wouldn’t use anything for magical workings that are expired or I wouldn’t feel safe consuming (if they are normally made to consume that is) unless I was using it for some sort of malicious magic? If that makes sense? I wouldn’t want to use expired things for something I want to bring to life or manifest, but I would maybe use them in a curse! 

Also, if you are the same anon about the dill seeds/dead dill plant I would say the same thing, if they are seeds FROM the dead dill plant, I wouldn’t use them, but if they are just seeds they should work in a pinch.

These are just my personal thoughts and preferences, not law by any means (:

weird shit in my bedroom ask meme

italian meat that expired in 2013: what do you want to eat for your last meal?

about 7 identical copies of the new testament and psalms: describe the differences between your current, and your ideal wardrobe 

a chunk of bismuth: how to you find beauty in yourself?

a fossil: when you die, what do you want to happen?

4 wooden pallets: if you could move anywhere, where to? and why

280g of rose petals: What beauty did you notice today?

detailed notes on the Scottish planning permission system: Describe your ideal house. Where is it, what style is it in, how have you decorated it

a bushel of dried dill stalk: how big a role does nature play in your life? describe what it is to you

handcuffs (not the sexy kind):  do you like weird shit in bed? tell us about the weird shit

lid from a victorian ointment jar: Do you try to heal people? Howso?

me: how do you want to die?

a loom: have you ever made something for someone else? what was it, and why

a kilogram of barley: what do you like to cook

about 100 paper bags: are you a wannabe minimalist living in clutter, or a wouldbe hoarder in need of a good organisational system?

pickled dill seed: what have you learned from your elders?

a half melted wax candle in the shape of a rabbit: do you think you could hit another human who hadnt done any wrong? how great is your capacity for needless violence? what gives you the right and capability to measure that capacity?

a coin from 8th century Morroco: where do you like to travel to? where would you, given a blank cheque? 

Loose Change Spell for Clarity of Mind

If my Mother found a sachet of herbs under her mattress, she’d flip. That doesn’t stop me from wanting to help her as she struggles with a difficult decision. She’s been panicking and anxious about it for weeks now, and I wanted to do what I could for her, so I put this together. 

1. Grind your materials. I went researching for various herbs that are good for mental clarity, and some herbs that were specific to my situation. Here is the masterlist I made of all the herbs I found relating to keeping a clear head: 

https://windybeginnings.tumblr.com/post/159012388908/herbs-for-making-decisions-with-a-clear-head.

 I used Dill, Celery Seed, Mint, Dandelion, Lamb’s Ear and Rosemary Water. You can use any number of dry materials, but try to have at least one liquid of some sort (rosemary water, moon water etc…) 

2. Combine the dry ingredients with the water and make into a paste. 

3. Cover a quarter with the paste. Quarters are actually mostly copper, which is an excellent conduit for magic. Quarters are also super inconspicuous because (at least in my house) we find loose change everywhere.

4. Pray (or call upon the herbs to be used in the situation you want). Focus on channeling your intent and energy into the quarter. 

5. Clean the quarter off and place it where you need it. Under couch cushions (or in my case under my Mother’s mattress) are excellent places for this.