Beginner Herbs

Here is a list of the very basic beginner herbs, and their magical and medicinal properties. These can be found at the dollar store or the super market in the spices. I prefer to use my herbs in tea and bath Magick.

All of these herbs are safe to consume and are regularly used in cooking. But, if you still have some hesitations, do your research and make sure they are safe for you to ingest. Every person is different.

Magick: love, astral travel, protection
Meds: digestion, stomach pains

Bay Leaf//
Magick: protection, psychic, wishes
Meds: bruises, sprains, chest cold

Magick: love, beauty, happiness
Meds: fever, cramps, sleep

Magick: peace, anti-nightmare, sleep
Meds: depression, headaches, insomnia

Magick: success, change
Meds: stomach complaints

Magick: female courage, prevents hexes
Meds: gastritis

Magick: healing, protection, lust
Meds: blood purifier, colds

Magick: love, power, success
Meds: vertigo, nausea, stomach pain

Magick: peace, love, purification
Meds: nerves, sleep, anxiety

Magick: happiness, tranquility, harmony
Meds: arthritis

Magick: love, protection, purification
Meds: weight loss, kidney health

Magick: purification, love, healing
Meds: astringent, colds, stomach pain

Magick: memory, protection, purification
Meds: headaches, sleep

Magick: protection, purification, wishes
Meds: astringent

Magick: courage, health, anti-nightmare
Meds: astringent

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Herb of the Day: Lavender
From: The Witch of the Old World Book Herbs
by: Lady Abigail

There are more than 25 different species of Lavender and almost as many different ways to use Lavender in magickal and medical workings. Lavender grew along my Great Grandmother garden wall. The bright purple and pink flowers with there intoxicating aroma had a calming effect on energetic little girls when sent to gather in a bunch for the countless ways they would used. A favorite tasty treat my Great Grandmother would make was her Lavender Honey. Many ladies enjoyed this because it is believed to also keep husbands faithful.

Folk Names; Lauare, Elf Leaf, Hidcope, Munstead, Sawyer’s Hybrid, Lodden Pink, Nana Albe Vera, and Folgate. To name a few.

Magickal Powers;

Happiness, Luck, Love, Sleep, Chastity, Protection, Longevity, Peace and Purification.

Luck and good harvest will be granted to those that grow Lavender by their garden gate. I was astonished when I heard this phrase being used in the movie of Practical Magick. I guess it was more than just a believed of the Ozarks.

Lavenders has a particularly strong reaction for attracting men and if placed in the bedroom it will act as an aphrodisiac.

Lavender has been use in all form of love magick from the times of the ancients. Used in spell, potions, brews, bags, pouches and charms. Used fresh, dried or essential oils. Made into perfumes, baths or drink.

Using Lavender as incense the smoke will cause those around it to become calm and may induce sleep.

Baths made using Lavender or Lavender’s essential oils will cool and relax the body and is used to help restless children fall to sleep. I will also help the rest of us to relax into a peaceful sleep.

Lavender can be used as a protection herb and the aroma is more pleasing than some other herbs.

By making a dream pillow using Lavender your dreams will come true.

If you feel that a meeting between people will become hostile place some Lavender in the room before anyone arrives to keep a peaceful calm within.

Lavender and Honey is used to make a love mix to keep husbands, wives, girlfriends and boyfriends faithful.

Medical Uses;

Relaxation, Headaches, Sleep, Nausea, Wound Healing, Dizziness and Morning Sickness.

Dried Lavender flowers will give long lasting fragrance to areas put and the aroma is known to help people relax.

Lavender added to baths will sooth and tones the body and speeds the healing processes and ease tension and the headaches from tension. Washes made using Lavender will speed the cell renewal within the body as well.

Teas made from the flowers of Lavender will treat anxiety and headaches, flatulence nausea and dizziness. Teas using Lavender taken first thing in the morning will ease nausea from morning sickness. The flowers scent beside the bed at night can keep morning sickness away entirely.

Sprays made using Lavender in the essential oil will keep away insects and their bits. An a much nicer scent than most over the counter insect repellants.

Lavender made into a tonic has a natural antiseptic and sedative property and is good for a mild painkiller, headaches and insomnia.

Teas will also treat depression high blood pressure and poor digestion and eases mid month menstrual pain.

Adding a dropper full of the Lavenders essential oil to a small spray bottle of water can make a body cool spray. Then just spray it on the body to cool it down from the heat of a day or a fever.

Author Lady Abigail - Information via Witch of the Old World Book of Herbs by: Lady Abigail on CD. All rights reserved under the US copyright laws and statues. Copyright © 12312011. For more information or see to purchase see: The Glass Witch Magick Shoppe

* Because we have to: The Don’t be Stupid Clause or Disclaimer … If you are allergic to this herb don’t use it.

source: Ravensgrove Coven

The Dance at Alder Cove




Customs of the Ancestor

Skin Care!!

Blemishes, stretchmarks, scars, burns, dry skin, and oily skin.

Most of us suffer from some sort of skin problem. I’m a Nineteen year old girl who has had every problem under the sun at some time or another. I don’t claim to be a skin care guru, but I do have some helpful tips!!

Lavender~ Lavender is an Antiseptic and a relaxant. Adding a few drops of lavender oil to water and then cleansing the face helps relieve the pours of bacteria while making you feel more at ease! (x)
Tomato~ Tomato juice (Fresh, not store bought) works great to remove unwanted excess oil. (x)
Cucumber~ CUCUMBER IS MY FAVORITE, I use cucumber on my face all the time and I love it. Im actually growing it in my garden this year so i can use my own organic products for my face! Cucumber works as a coolant somewhat like aloe for sunburns, it tightens pours, reduces swelling, and clears up dark bags under the eyes. (x)
Lemon~ (Warning, Lemon juice is acidic and can hurt sensitive skin.) Lemon juice decreases swelling, which is the worst part in my opinion because if I notice its there, I cant stop touching it. (x)
Mint~ “You’ve probably never considered rubbing mint oil on your face to prevent pimples from popping up or to treat wounds and rashes. Mint oil, however, has served as a natural astringent, and people have used it to treat these problems for a long time. What makes mint helpful in treating inflammations such as acne is its high content of salicylic acid [source: Web MD]. This acid, which is found naturally in mint, is an active ingredient used in many skin care products. The acid loosens up dead skin cells, allowing them to shed easier. That has the potential to prevent your pores from clogging up, resulting in fewer pimples and clearer skin.” (x)
Coconut oil~ Coconut oil is a great moisturizer, Many pregnant women swear by its effectiveness on treating* stretch marks. I put the asterisk there because you cant really treat a stretch mark, they are said to be genetic, and once you get them they don’t go away, but some products help to fade them and reduce your chances of getting them. Applying coconut oil to scars also helps to fade them, but I have no experience with this. The oil is also good for dry damaged hair, applying it to your roots and ends acts as a healthy conditioner.  (x)
Vitamin E oil~ Vitamin E is an Antioxidant which means it helps slow down processes that damage cells. When applied to skin in an oil substance, it helps dry skin, (Which I put on my acne during the healing process, helps my make up to go over it without looking all flakey and gross.) and increasing the elasticity of your skin. Another thing pregnant women swear by for the fight against stretch marks.
“Pure vitamin E oil is extremely versatile. A major benefit of vitamin E oil for the skin is that it helps the healing process. As vitamin E is absorbed by the epidermis layer of the skin, it can be used for treating sunburn or protecting you from the sun. Another wonderful benefit of vitamin E oil is that it can be used to treat scars, acne, and wrinkles because it speeds up cell regeneration. This creates an anti-aging effect, which makes the skin look younger.” (x)
Silica Complex~ So here’s a quicky fact about silica complex. Some women get a cyst in the opening of their vagina, its called a Bartholin cyst. Its caused by a back up in the gland that excretes your vagina lubricant stuff. Many women SWEAR by this, if you take the pill form (The only form?) of silica complex, just above the daily recommended dosage, it helps to reduce the size of the cyst if not make it disappear all together. Other than that, silica is good for your hair nails and skin. There is no scientific evidence that it does so, other than it does, Ahaha.  (x)
Honey~  (DONT GIVE TO CHILDREN UNDER 2) Honey is god. No, but seriously. Honey is awesome. Here is Web MD’s little rant on honey, “Wound healing. Applying honey preparations directly to wounds or using dressings containing honey seems to improve healing. Several small clinical trials and case reports describe the use of honey or honey-soaked dressings for various types of wounds, including wounds after surgery, chronic leg ulcers, abscesses, burns, abrasions, cuts, and places where skin was taken for grafting. Honey seems to reduce odors and pus, help clean the wound, reduce infection, reduce pain, and decrease time to healing. In some reports, wounds healed with honey after other treatments failed to work."  Its a moisturizer, works for sunburns, and dont even let me get started on how it helps when ingested…Okay im going to tell you anyways. Honey soothes sore throats, helps to reduce coughing, acts as an anti-fungal, A mild laxative, and heres where you can read up on about 70 more uses: (x)(x)
Tea-Tree Oil~ Tea Tree oil works as an antiseptic, It reduces the amount of bacteria on the skin. It works about the same as Benzoyl peroxide, taking slightly longer, but people who use it report  that their skin burns and itches less. Its a good alternative. (x)
Calendula Oil~ This oil from the marigold flower is another great antiseptic. It works below the skin and is particularly effective at treating those nasty puss-filled blemishes. Apply directly to blemishes daily. (x)
Argan oil~Skin Moisturizer, hair conditioner, and face toner. Its great, here’s more info: (x)


1. Make a Cucumber Toner
This formula is inspired by one in the book Ecobeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends–itis very mild and works well for all skin types. If you ever wake up feeling like your face is a little puffy, this toner is your best bet for calming and tightening your skin.
½ cucumber with peel, chopped
3 tablespoons witch hazel
2 tablespoons distilled water

Put all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove all of the solids, then pour the toner into a clean bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Store this toner in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life—it should last for several weeks. To use, apply the toner to your face using a clean cotton ball.

2. Make a Cucumber Avocado Facial Mask
The next two formulas are from the Cucumber Growers Association, and are simple yet sumptuous treats for your face.
½ cup chopped cucumber
½ cup chopped avocado
1 egg white
2 teaspoons powdered milk

Blend all the ingredients together until they form a smooth, paste-like consistency. The mask can either be used immediately or left in the fridge for half an hour first. Massage 2 tbsp of the mask onto face and neck using circular upward motions. Relax for 30 minutes, or until the mask is dry. Rinse off with warm water, then follow with a cold water rinse. Pat dry.

3. Make a Cucumber & Yogurt Mask
This one is good for combination sin
½ cucumber
1 tbsp plain/natural yogurt

Puree the cucumber in a blender. Mix in the yoghurt. Apply all over face and neck. Relax for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, then follow with a splash of cold water.

4. Make a Cucumber Anti-Blemish Face Mask
From the book, The Ultimate Natural Beauty Book by Jo Fairley
1-inch chunk of cucumber
1 drop rosemary essential oil
1 egg white

Whizz the cucumber in a blender until it becomes completely liquid, then add the drop of rosemary essential oil. Whisk the egg white until stiff, fold in the cucumber mixture and smooth over the face avoiding the eyes and mouth area. Remove after 15 minutes using a clean, damp washcloth.

Honey: "A lot of paste can be made with the help of honey to treat acne. We can make a paste using oatmeal powder, lemon juice, turmeric, curd, crushed green tea leaves and honey and apply it on our face for 30 minutes. Honey can also be mixed with aspirin to remove pimples. We can also apply honey directly over the pimples and then cover it with clean Band Aid and leave it overnight. In the morning when we will remove the Band Aid, then there will not be a single spot of acne left on our skin. Paste of honey and Cinnamon powder also proves to be very efficacious in healing pimples. Mixture made from honey, lemon juice and kosher salt helps to treat pimples and at the same time sterilizes and exfoliates the skin. Honey and pure lemon juice when mixed together also do wonders in curing acne.”

Lemon:  "Lemon is the key ingredient in most of the remedies which are used to treat acne. We can directly massage the slice of lemon over acne to treat it. This will not only treat pimples but will also remove the dark spots left behind and will also minimize oil production thereby preventing the future formation of pimples. Lemon juice can also be mixed with rosewater or groundnut oil and the mixture has to be applied evenly on the pimples to cure them. Lemon is not suitable for sensitive skin as its acidic nature can cause burning sensation in the skin.“ Tomatoes: "Pulp of ripe tomatoes is often used to treat acne as it absorbs the excess oil which is produced thereby removing acne to the fullest. Pulp of tomatoes can also be mixed with cucumber juice to prevent formation of bacteria which the one of the major cause of acne plus it has an added advantage of fairing the complexion. Tomato juice when added with turmeric and curd and applied over acne provides instant results. Make sure to leave the paste on acne for 20 minutes to let it dry and then rinse it off with cold water.” Feel free to add your own remedies and knowledge, and correct me if need be! :) Enjoy guys! <3
Herbal Rituals by Judith Berger

This is possibly the best book that I’ve found on magical and medicinal herbalism from a personal perspective. Herbal Rituals moves through one month of the year each chapter, focusing on one or two herbs that connect to that month in the author’s eyes. Judith beautifully weaves in historical information on herbs, pagan lore, medicinal herbal wisdom, and magic through each month’s chapter. What makes this book come alive are her personal stories and descriptions of the land changing through the year, the plants moving through their yearly cycle, and the way in which our lives are moved and changed along with the earth’s.

Herbal Rituals is not just a medicinal herbal, nor a book on pagan herb craft. It is a journey through death and rebirth, nourishing and dreaming, making brews and digging in the dirt. Judith shares simple herbal preparations and recipes that are some of the most easily prepared that I’ve found, yet the most transformative and enriching in their simplicity. She teaches us through her stories of how to ethically harvest the plants, and ways to use each herb for healing and magic as she has learned through experience. A very humble, deeply moving book, everyone who has any interest in herbs should devour it. 

Herb of the Day: Lily of the Valley
From: Witch of the Old World Book Herbs
by: Lady Abigail

Lily of the Valley would grow thick along the walk from my Great Grandmother home to her barn. They would lay like a blanket of cool green leaves up and over the hillside in an endlessly inviting call. The Lily of the Valley with its tiny white flowers sparkling as the sun warms the early spring morning. The glittering white blooms were like the last reminders of the passing winter’s snow. Now melted away as the Earth awaits the summer soon to come.

Folk Names; May Lily, Our Lady’s Tears, Lady’s Tears, Fairy Bells, May Bells and Ladder to Heaven.

Magickal Powers: Psychic Powers, Happiness, Love, Memories and Peace.
Lily of the Valley has been added among the flowers of a bridal thought out time. Believed to bring both peace and love within the uniting couples life. The aroma given from the flowers will increase your psychic for love and clear your mine in others magickal working. The aroma is also believed to help you to recall memories and carried with a person it should give them peace and allow them to recall whatever is needed. Lily of the Valley this is good carried for test and working where you have to have a clear recollection of information, especially if notes are not possible.

Medical Uses; Astringent, Heart Problems and Memory.
Infusions using distilled water and Lily of the Valley is an astringent and will also lighten the skin from age spots and freckles. Lily of the Valley made into a tonic has been used for hundreds of years to rid the body of water from heart problems and help the heart. Tonics made from the flowers and roots of Lily of the Valley will ease irregular heartbeats in much the same way as digitalis. The scent from the Lily of the Valley flowers will clear and help with memory.

Other; Lily of the Valley can be poisoness and used be used with care. The leaves can be infused into a nice green dye.

Author Lady Abigail - Information via Witch of the Old World Book of Herbs by: Lady Abigail on CD. All rights reserved under the US copyright laws and statues. Copyright © 12312011. For more information or see to purchase see: The Glass Witch Magick Shoppe

* Because we have to: The Don’t be Stupid Clause or Disclaimer … If you are allergic to this herb don’t use it.

source: Ravensgrove Coven

The Dance at Alder Cove




Customs of the Ancestor


themercurialmystic asked:

Can you recommend some good starting literature on herbology?

Real basics

  • Lesley Bremness: The Complete Book of Herbs - a practical guide to growing and using herbs. 
    288 pages, paperback, 11.60 x 7.66”. Penguin Studio, Sep 1994. ISBN 0140238026. List price USD 22. 
    A good allround book for the beginner, it includes one-page articles on 100+ herbs, and a wide variety of uses for them (culinary and medicinal uses, cleaning, beauty, etc.). There’s also a section on how to grow herbs. Lots of clear plant and how-to color pictures.
  • Richard Mabey: The New Age Herbalist - How to use herbs for healing, nutrition, body care, and relaxation. 
    288 pages, 9.71 x 7.69”. Fireside, Nov 1988. ISBN 068481577X. List price USD 22. 
    A beginner’s herbal, lots of pictures, not as practical as the others, but still worthwile.
  • Andrew Chevallier: The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants
    336 pages, 11.25 x 9”. DK Publishing, Dec 2000. ISBN 0789467836. List price USD 40. 
    Like all Dorling Kindersley books it’s big on pictures, so it’s good for beginners. This one contains one-page articles on 100 plants (lots of pictures for each of these) and very short paragraphs on 450 more (with pictures for about a third of them), in addition to the obligatory history and making remedies bits. 
  • David Hoffmann: The Holistic Herbal - A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies
    288 pages, 9.66 x 7.44”. Thorsons Pub, 4th ed., Jan 2003. ISBN 0007145411. List price USD 17. 
    The 1996 edition had 256 pages, of which 200+ half-page articles on single herbs and a section on problems and herbal remedies by organ system. Also includes the usual how-tos - teas, ointments, lozenges, etc. Very visual.
  • John Lust: The Herb Book. 
    700 pages, 6.84 x 4.2”. Benedict Lust Publ., Jun 2001. ISBN 0879040556. List price USD 9. 
    Short notes on the medicinal use of a lot of herbs. Also tables you can look up things in. Some black-and-white plant drawings.
  • Susun Weed: Healing Wise - Wise Woman Herbal
    312 pages, 8.44 x 5.52”. Ash Tree Pub., Jul 1989. ISBN 0961462027, list price USD 13. 
    In-depth information on seven very common herbs. Some black-and-white plant drawings.
  • Michael Tierra: The Way of Herbs
    416 pages, 9.31 x 6.19”. Pocket Books, Aug 1998. ISBN 0671023276, list price USD 17.00. 
    A beginner’s herbal. No pictures. 
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  • James Green: The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook - A Home Manual. 
    384 pages, 10.62 x 8.48”. Crossing Press, Dec 2000. ISBN 0895949903. List price 23 USD. 
    (I have his 40-page booklet on the theme, and find that the allround beginner’s herbals cover the topic distinctly better. This almost 400 page treatise might cover ground not found elsewhere, though.)
  • Igor Vilevich Zevin: A Russian Herbal
    250 pages, 8.97 x 6.06”. Inner Traditions Intl Ltd., Feb 1997. ISBN 0892815493. list price USD 15. 
    For a different view on how to use herbs (still beginner’s level) get this book. Some black-and-white plant drawings.