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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


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


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


General: Artichokes, Squash, Basil, Truffles, Butter, Cream, Salt Cod, Anchovies, Amaretti, Porcini Mushrooms, Mostarda, Radicchio, Prosciutto, Pancetta, Bresaola, Basil. 

Cheeses: Asiago (Veneto), Fontina (Valle d'Aosta), Montasio (Friuli-Venezia Giulia/Veneto), Bra Tenero (Piedmont), Piave Vecchio (Veneto), Parmagiano-Reggiano (Emilia-Romagna), Grana Padano (Lombardy/Piedmont/Emilia-Romagna/Veneto), Gorgonzola (Piedmont/Lombardy), Marscapone (Lombardy), Talegio (Lombardy). 

Grains: Arborio Rice, Carnaroli Rice, Vilane Nano Rice, Polenta, Potato Gnocchi, Type 00 flour, Rye flour, Chickpeas, Borlotti Beans, Cannellini Beans. 

Oils: Olive Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil. 

Spices: Sea Salt, Black Peppercorns, Star Anise, Cloves, Nutmeg, Saffron.  

Vinegars: Pinot Grigio Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar, White Balsamic Vinegar. 

VEGAN TACO SALAD yes you heard that right and yes it is AMAZING! i really hope you try this and tell me what you think because i’m impressed with myself for putting a twist on a dish everyone can enjoy❣️🥗🌮 for the “meat” i spiced up some chickpeas but feel free to use tofu or any protein that you prefer. store bought taco seasoning also works just as well. for the chickpeas: • 1 can of chickpeas rinsed & patted dry • 1 tsp cumin • ¾ tsp garlic powder • ¾ tsp chili powder • pinch of salt and pepper • ½ tsp oregano • ¼ tsp turmeric for the bowl: • romaine lettuce and spinach (i tossed mine with a capful of olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, garlic salt & pepper before putting the toppings on) • black beans • corn • diced avocado • salsa • a sprinkle of crushed up tortilla chips for crunch • “sour cream” for the sour cream: mix up a scoop of non dairy cream cheese (i recommend the plain kite hill one) with ½ of a lime, a drop of apple cider vinegar, a sprinkle of dill, pink sea salt and the yellow mrs dash salt free seasoning. this is obviously a very versatile dish so let me know how you make yours!

July 12 2017

Easy hot summer lunch at home.  Cucumber and chicken salad dressed with olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, salt with a hint of soy sauce.


Persimmon and Avocado Salad

3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
8 cups baby arugula
1 firm-ripe  persimmon, quartered and thinly sliced
1 large avocado, cut into wedges
½ cup fresh pomegranate 
Prepare the Dressing:
In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar and mustard until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Assemble the Salad:
In a large mixing bowl, toss arugula with dressing until well coated. Distribute between four individual salad bowls, or transfer to a single large salad bowl.
Arrange persimmon and avocado slices on the arugula, then scatter with pomegranate. Serve immediately

A Master List of Things Ruled by the Planets, the Signs, and the Fixed Stars

This will be the ninth post in our series on astrological magic. Now I’m going to expand on the planets, signs, and fixed stars, and give you some information about the particular perfumes, plants, and materials which are influenced by specific celestial bodies. This will be a fairly extensive post, detailing many things which are under the influence of the various celestial powers, or which otherwise correspond to them. I will start with the planets, going in Chaldean order, which means I’ll be starting with Saturn. This post intends to be very useful, but in order to successfully draw power from the heavenly bodies and have their energy directed effectively to carry out your will, you should not use this post as the only reference for your methods. Be safe, and feel free to ask us if you have any questions.

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Poached Pear and Goat Cheese Salad [The Witch Way]

Alright so. I’m not a chef nor anything. I just cook good food and incorporate my witchy ways while I do it. These measurements are by no means exact because…I just feel out my food and never measure (except for baking obviously).  I like to think about the purpose of each ingredient before I add it, so that their properties can manifest in my mind. This salad was used as a mini cheer up and stop being so sick solution. So…here’s what I did. 


  • Pears (I used 2 red pears) [for love, because I was feeling a bit blue]
  • Onions (I used 2 small red onions) [too banish negative feelings]
  • Lettuce of your choice (I used green leaf)
  • Goat Cheese
  • Turmeric [for confidence, and for my bones because they hurt]
  • White Wine (You can do without, but It’s way better with)
  • Herbs de Provence [optional, but the properties are too long to list here]
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Sugar (I use raw brown sugar) [for sweetness]
  • Butter/Olive Oil

For the dressing: I cheated and just mixed together some salad dressings I already had which were like, one squeeze of thousand island, some raspberry vinagrette, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. 


  1. Slice up your onions and melt a hunk of butter or put olive oil (I do both lol) in a large skillet, add the onions at low to medium heat. I also like to add some herbs de provence blend to this for a little extra oomph. Toss the onions with a spatula so that they don’t stick and burn. Cook, tossing when you think of it, for about 30 minutes I guess, or until the onions are a nice golden brown. 
  2. Dump the onions into a bowl, and you should have a brown crust on your skillet. Pour a few spoonfuls of white wine or you can use vinegar, a dash of water (more if you use vinegar), and a few spoonfuls of brown sugar into the skillet. Let it boil, scraping the crust of the pan as you go. Pour this fabulous dark brown substance over the onions, stir it in, and refrigerate. It should be syrupy, almost. 
  3. Using the same pan, put some water at the bottom of it. Add some white wine, balsamic vinegar, a little salt and some turmeric. I cut up some pears and cored them, and placed them in the liquid with about three packs of sugar and poured more water on top until they were almost covered. Bring the water to a boil, and cook until the pears are tender (about 15 minutes). Refrigerate in the liquid until ready to use. 
  4. Combine your lettuce, dressing, and goat cheese, spoon onions on top. Cut up the pears and place on top. 

BAM. You’re done. You can also add some dried cranberries, or nuts, or whatever if you want (I was too lazy.) This is a great dish to prepare when you’re doing other things but want good food because while it takes a bit to cook, you don’t REALLY have to watch it or anything. 


Today’s vegan breakfast was really amazing: One whole grain bagel topped with some organic avocado from the farmers market, freshly grounded pepper, a tiny bit of sea salt and creamy white balsamic vinegar besides some fresh straw - and raspberries (I had way more than pictured). Such a lovely treat after a stressful week full of exams and studying. Have an amazing day, xx Amber 

Seared salmon with sautéed white beans and bacon, basil sauce.

Submitted to MasterChef by frenchcuisse

Basil sauce
- A handful of basil blended with vegetable oil. Season with salt & pepper.

White beans / bacon - Cook the white beans (I followed the instructions on the bag) then reserve. As soon as the salmon is almost cooked, (depending on how you like it) in a pan, cook the sliced bacon, add the white beans, chopped chives, and season with salt & pepper. Do not sauté for too long, plate the beans as soon as possible to prevent it from getting too oily.

- Score the skin, season with salt and pepper on both sides and sear skin side first on high heat then slowly reduce the heat to mid-high to prevent the salmon from burning. Once the skin is crispy, flip it, cook the flesh side for a minute or so until brown, then back on it’s skin. Add a good tablespoon of unsalted butter to the pan, a few sprigs of thyme, oregano, and a few cloves of garlic. Start basting the fish for a good 10 - 15 seconds. Finish cooking to your liking.

Basket - Salmon, bacon, yogurt, mint, basil, white rice, white beans, balsamic vinegar.

Vegan power bowl for dinner: White rice with olive - oil and onion sautéed beetroot and white beans next to some organic raw red bell pepper. Spiced everything with freshly grounded pepper and curry powder plus lemon juice and  creamy white balsamic vinegar. So delicious and filling after a day full of studying! :) xx 


Easy dinners: Vegan Quinoa Chilli

With mushrooms, eggplant, celery, chilli beans, bell peppers, tomato and, of course, quinoa. I love making chili because you actually can’t find any good chilli, vegan or not, in Thailand, and also it’s an awesome opportunity to clear out the fridge with minimal effort: throw everything into the pot in the right steps, add the right spices and suddenly you have a breakfast/lunch/dinner that you can eat on its own or add to pasta for perfection. For the recipe, click the Read More. 

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High carb, low fat vegan lunch: Italian noodles cooked al dente, topped with olive oil - sautéed veggies, as well as fresh lemon and and creamy white balsamic vinegar. Served everything with half an avocado. It was tasting fabulous - the contrast between the creamy avocado and vinegar with fresh veggies and sour lemon was simply amazing! xx

As a follow-up to the other day’s World of Warcraft perfume ideas, I’ve come up with MOAR. I felt bad about not having a Gnome or Goblin in the lineup, and I was just gonna do a couple, and then…things happened. Have some more. >_>

High Tinker Mekkatorque - Whimsical and cute, with an undercurrent of strength: Lime, juicy fig, and kumquat, green apple taffy, gunsmoke, and a little bit of thin lubricating oil on shiny metal.

Gallywix - Overindulgence personified (perfumified?): Vanilla cake, heavy whipping cream, coconut rum, orange sherbet, fizzy champagne, and rubbed-off wisps of Goblin cocktail waitresses’ perfume.

Genn Greymane - Classy lavender fougere with bourbon vanilla, white leather, ambergris, grey musk, and bergamot tea.

The Darkmoon Faire - Funnel cake with cinnamon and powdered sugar, fizzy cola, sassafras, a mug of strong beer, the smoke of countless fireworks, cigar tobacco, opium smoke, voodoo incense, and patchouli.

Cairne Bloodhoof - Dry, golden prairie grass, fuzzy brown leather, deep musk, oak wood, amber, and bonfire smoke.

Come Get da Voodoo - Ritual incense, strong jungle fruit liquor, hemp, opium poppy, angelica root, aged patchouli, and cayenne pepper.

Love is in the Air - Milk-chocolate, dark chocolate, caramel creme, cherry cordial liqueur, deep red rose, labdanum, and oudh. 

N’zoth - Deep aquatic notes coursing with bitter grapefruit peel, seaweed, tentacles of lugubrious anise, and damp stone.

Yogg-Saron - The eerie, faceless horror of black metal, slithering tentacles of opium tar and anise, lime peel, electric ozone, and chilling mist. 

Blood Queen Lana’thel - Bewitching, vampiric beauty: Spiced black cherry, red wine, and dragon’s blood resin over red rose, myrrh, and smoky vetiver.

Yrel - Strength and devotion: Rosewood and sweet temple incense, bourbon vanilla, golden amber, white leather, Peru balsam, crystalline white musk, and mahogany wood. 

Lor’themar Theron - Rich evergreen amber, lavender, and bergamot, oakmoss, red leather, blood musk, a touch of vetiver, bitter almond, and red patchouli.