herb medicine

A note.

I see a lot of people posting herbal remedies.

Please, please include the cautions and contradictions with an herb when you recommend it.

Herbs are drugs. Some of them should not be used by pregnant or nursing women (kava kava comes to mind).

Valerian is not a substitute for narcotic sleep aids. Valerian is a narcotic sleep aid.

St. John’s wort messes up the action of oral contraceptives.

Marshmallow root should not be mixed with other medicines or taken at the same time as it can interfere with their action.

Catnip (used for sleep problems) can make already heavy menstrual periods worse.

Etc, etc, etc. Please remember you are recommending medicines and medicines can have effects other than the ones you want.

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Pain Relieving Tea

For centuries, herbs have been used in many ways. Two being medicinally and spiritually. Depending on the healing properties of herbs, they can be smoked, steeped as a tea or even used to make a poultice or tincture.  This combination of natural herbs can assist in relieving multiple pain illnesses and promote relaxation when drunk as a tea.

Relieves: 

General Aches & Pains, Migraines & Headaches, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Menstrual Cramps, PMS, and Stress. 

Herbs & Properties

  • Blue Dream - I sprinkled a little Blue Dream in my blend because of it’s well known properties in healing pain, depression, nausea, stress, headaches, and fatigue. Adding this overall added a perfect balance because of it’s Sativa properties. This is great to add if you don’t want to feel extremely relaxed.
  • Chamomile - This herb has many therapeutic uses, in this case, it’s helpful uses are to calm the nervous system, promote general relaxation, and because of it’s muscle-relaxing effects, it can help sooth the muscles will relieving stress-related flatulences.
  • Feverfew - Used for the prevention of migraines & headaches, arthritis, fevers, muscle tension and pain, Feverfew is also used to lower blood pressure, lessen stomach irritation, stimulate the appetite and to improve digestion and kidney function. It has been indicated for colitis, dizziness, tinnitus and menstrual problems. Precaution: Not for use in pregnancy
  • Lavender - These flowers are full of medicinally active compounds. It can assist in healing depression, insomnia, stress, and headaches. When used as an essential oil for aromatherapy or used topically, Lavender has the same healing properties for these ailments and they do when steeped as a tea.
  • Licorice Root - Licorice root is one of the most widely used medicinal herbs worldwide. Apart from this herbs common use as a natural sweetener, Licorice Root is known to treat PMS, menstrual cramps, boost immune system, relieve pain & stress, and prevent heart disease.
  • Valerian Root - Valerian is well known for its sedative qualities and its ability to relax the central nervous system and the smooth muscle groups. With over 120 chemical components found in valerian, it is indicated for anxiety, confusion, cramp, depression, insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns, irregular menstruation, migraines, PMS, stress, tension and many more!
  • Willow Bark - Willow bark is the herbal analogue for aspirin. It is approved by the German Commission E in supporting joint health, as well as for alleviating occasional headaches in healthy individuals. It is traditionally used as an all-purpose pain reliever and anti-inflammatory.

Happy Healing,

by Jacqueline, the Plant Lady. (IG: jeditree)

Made my first spell jar! I’ve been pretty emotionally unstable today (probably just going to be on my period soon) so for my spell jar the main thing was just having a better mood.
I added:
•Dirt from a place that makes me happy
•moonstone (promotes emotional stability)
•valerian root tea leaves (calmness)
•chamomile tea leaves (calmness)
•cinnamon stick bark (happiness)
And that is all. Really hoping this helps🙌🏻

Anyhoo, this is about as simple as it gets. An echinacea tincture is the perfect first tincture to make. If you’re using fresh herbs you’d fill the jar ¾ with chopped herbs, and use 100 proof alcohol. You can use vinegar or glycerine to make tinctures, but that’s another comic.  

I’m doing that Center for Cartoon Studies one week workout to stretch some atrophied comics muscles. Bro, I need a month long remedial lettering course.

Witches on a Budget

I’m gonna start posting Witch tips for people who don’t have a whole lot of money if anyone has suggestions, let me know.

So tip #1: making your own incense

I don’t always have enough money to buy incense, the only shop in town that sells it is a smoke shop that you can’t enter unless 19+ and they sell it for ten bucks for like 3 sticks. Plus, the incense is loaded with perfumes and chemicals which just aren’t my thing. So I’ve started making my own. It’s sooooo easy and most online tutorials are super expensive and complex.

*Crushing your herbs is optional

In a bowl, mix together the following ingredients
•dry (crushed) herbs of your choice (you can Google what kind of herbs to burn) I chose lavender, chamomile, and rosemary.
•honey (keep mixing in more honey until herbs create a thick paste)

After mixing, form into balls or cones and create a flat base.

Leave balls/cones to dry out for a few days.

Then once dry, place in incense burner and burn.

(Bonus, these last longer than the sticks and once it’s fully burned you can make incense with the ashes)

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A curious herbal containing five hundred cuts, of the most useful plants, which are now used in the practice of physick engraved on folio copper plates, 

By Blackwell, Elizabeth,
John Nourse.
Samuel Harding.
Publication info
London : Printed for Samuel Harding, 1737-1739.
BHL Collections:
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Missouri Botanical Garden’s Materia Medica
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Rare Books Collections

friendly reminder from your resident herbalist bitch that natural does not equal safe, and to please please P L E A S E research any herbs/essential oils/vitamins you use in or on your body. the new trend of using natural remedies instead of OTC products is nice to see but also terrifying because this stuff does real things that can really tear you up, especially if you don’t mention that you’re using them to your doctor. don’t hurt yourselves or your children thinking just because it comes from the earth that it’s safe or appropriate in all instances.

Ingredient - Honey

Magical Properties

- Honey can be symbolically used to stick things together. It can be used in binding spells, adding stability to relationships, and put on poppets. It’s good for binding spells because it can be undone fairly easily too.
- It’s used similarly to sugar; to sweeten a person or situation to work in your favour.
- Honey is an excellent offering to gods and spirits.
- A dab of it can be used in attraction, love, lust, and sex magic.

Medicinal Properties

- Honey is great for cold and flu treatment. Raw and organic honey is preferable as it is an antibacterial and is high in antioxidants.
- It can be used in an ointment for treating wounds, burns and cold sores.
- Honey will help in muscle building; a teaspoon of raw organic honey after a workout can induce an insulin spike, allowing your muscles to get the most out of the workout.
- It can be used as a weight loss aid. Honey can cause changes to the metabolism that will help curb sugar cravings.
- Honey is also an excellent hangover remedy.