Healing Herb List #2

Arabica Coffee (Coffea Arabica); also Coffee, Arabian Coffee-The medicinal part of the coffee plant is the seeds in various stages of its development. Best to use for medicinal purposes is fresh (self) ground beans, because if you use ground coffee it can easily be mixed with coffee substitutes such as chicory, dandelion root, figs or rye kernels among others. It is supposed to be indigenous to Ethiopia; however, it is grown in many different areas of the tropics. Coffee’s stimulatory effects of the central nervous system as well as gastric secretions make it useful in treating chronic diarrhea and inflammations of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa. It also causes an increase in psychomotor stamina and can cause a relaxation of the smooth muscles of blood vessels and the bronchial tubes. In folk medicines it is used in poultices for festering wounds (or to draw the poison from bee/wasp stings to the surface and out of the blood stream.) This is used around MY house along with tobacco but we DO NOT have an allergy to bee/wasp stings.

Basil (Ocimum Basilicum); also St. Josephwort- Basil’s medicinal portion is the entire herb, it is cultivated worldwide but probably originated in India. The essential oil; oil of basil, is extracted from the dried aerial parts by steam distillation. A favorite herb in Italian cooking, basil’s scent can perk up your energy level and it is filled with luteolin, a bioflavonoid that studies have shown to be the best protection of cell DNA from radiation. Basil preparations can be used as supportive therapy for flatulence as well as a stimulant for appetite and digestion and as a diuretic. The essential oil can also be used for wounds, rheumatic complaints, colds and chills, contusions, joint pains and depression. It should NOT be used in pregnancy or during lactation nor should it be given to infants or toddlers Basil is used for exorcisms as well as protection and love potions. Sprinkled around the house to ward off evil/negative spirits. Given as a gift to someone moving into a new home will bring them good luck. There is an old saying, “Where Basil grows, no evil goes!” and “Where Basil is, no evil lives.”

Chives (Allium Shoenoprasum); also know as Cives-The medicinal part of this member of the garlic and onion family is the fresh or dried aerial parts of the chives harvested before they flower. They have been used throughout history for natural healing because they contain a substantial amount of vitamin C as well as essential minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron and folic acid. Chives can be found growing wild in rocky pastures throughout northern Europe and the United States and can be cultivated anywhere. They are used to clear stuffy noses, prevent bad breath, ease stomach aches, strengthen the lower back, improve poor circulation that gives you cold hands and feet and for weight loss. Chives are also used for protection. Mix in food with magical intent to promote weight loss or protect those who eat the food.

Feverwort (Eupatorium Perfoliatum); also Agueweed, Boneset, Crosswort, Sweating Plant, Thoroughwort- The medicinal part of feverwort is the herb after flowering and is indigenous to the eastern United States. Feverwort has the ability to stimulate the immune system as well as decrease inflammation and increase perspiration so it is used as a treatment for flu as well as other feverish diseases. Its taste is astringent and persistently bitter. A sensitization through skin contact is possible and the drug can cause enhanced outbreaks of sweating and diarrhea from repeated therapeutic use.

Ginger (Zingiber Officinale)Ginger is indigenous to southeastern Asia but is also cultivated in the US, India, China, the West Indies and in the tropics. The medicinal part is the peeled dried or fresh, finger-long root. Ginger is used for many different conditions. It is used for loss of appetite, dyspepsia, prevention of motion sickness and as a digestive for low-acid gastritis because it promotes secretion of saliva, gastric juices and bile. It can also be used to expel gas from the body, as an expectorant or as an astringent. Ginger adds strength and speed when used in spells, it can also be burned as incense for health and protection in spells. It should NOT be used for morning sickness or for gallbladder ailments because of the increase in bile production.

Mint (Mentha); different mints have different names, in this we are talking about the mints families of plants) Peppermint, spearmint, and other mint-family plants are considered one of the most versatile herbs in natural medicines. All mints have many well-documented properties: They increase healthy gastric secretions, relax the intestines, soothe spasms, settle the stomach, and alleviates gas. Additionally, peppermint is rich in antioxidants that support good vision and also cleanses your liver, helping to eliminate harmful toxins from your body. Steep peppermint as a tea and drink it a half an hour after mealtimes for untroubled digestion. Mints promotes energy, communication and vitality. It draws in positive spirits when placed on your altar. Place in the home for protection. Used in spells and incense for healing and purification. Place in a sleep pillow to ensure a restful sleep at night.

Oregano (Origanum Vulgare); also Mountain Mint, Wild Marjoram, Winter Marjoram, Wintersweet-The medicinal parts of the oregano are the fresh/flowering herb, the herb that is picked during flowering then dried, and the oil extracted from the fresh or dried leaves through steam distillation. The plant is grown throughout Asia, Europe and northern Africa. When you’re suffering from cold or flu, steep oregano in a pot of water and inhale the vapors, which are antibacterial, antiviral and a natural decongestant. This immunity-enhancing herb also settles digestion and prevents bloating. Oregano is also used to bring happiness, strength, vitality, and additional energy.

Parsley (Petroselinum Crispum); sometimes called Hamburg Parsley, Persely, Petersylinge, Rock Parsley-Medicinally, you can use the dried underground parts and the whole fresh plant at the beginning of the flowering season, the fresh or dried aerial parts and the oil extracted from the parsley fruit. It originated in the Mediterranean region and today it is grown worldwide. Parsley is used in a Chinese folk remedy for cooling the liver and clearing the eyes. Parsley is high in luteolin, and there is some evidence that this helps protect the eye from UV radiation damage and from glycation, (a process in which sticky sugar molecules bind up protein,) potentially damaging the retina. Parsley preparations or parsley oil should NOT be used in pregnancy. The age-old folk remedy recipe for vision protection is a juice blend of celery, peppermint, and Chinese parsley, made fresh daily.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis); also known as Polar Plant, Compass-weed, Compass Plant-The medicinal part of this pungent plant is the leaves. It is indigenous to the Mediterranean and Portugal; it is cultivated there as well as Crimea, central and southeast Asia, India, South Africa, Australia and the US. Most of the supply today is grown in Morocco, Spain, Tunisia and France. Internally, rosemary is used for gastrointestinal disorders, blood pressure problems or liver and gallbladder complaints. Externally, it can be used to treat circulatory disorders, rheumatic conditions as well as in treating poorly healing wounds or exzema. Rosemary contains volatile oils that help stimulate brain activities and increase brain alertness. One compound it contains, cineole, has been found to enhance the ability of rats to navigate mazes. Rosemary also aids in digestion and perks up your immune system. Steep it as tea, use in your poultry dishes and soups–or just crush some up to fill your home with an energizing scent. Associated with the Faye, Rosemary is used in love/lust spells. Can be used in herbal baths for purification. Burn as an incense to remove negative energy and purification.

Sage (Salvia Officinalis)-The medicinal parts of the sage plant are the fresh or dried leaves, the fresh flowering aerial parts or the oils extracted from the flowers and stems. Sage is indigenous to the Mediterranean region but has naturalized to all of Europe. Today, it is also cultivated in North America. Sage is antibacterial, fungistatic, virostatic, astringent, and perspiration- inhibiting. Traditional medicine has long used sage to help prevent the loss of mental function that comes with age. Sage has been found to increase oxygen to the brain cortex and to help improve concentration. Sage is also easy on the digestion. It can be used internally to treat gastric disorders, including loss of apetitie and bloating; it is also used for excessive perspiration. Externally, use as a rinse and gargle for light injuries and skin inflammation, bleeding gums, laryngitis, and for firming the gums. Burn for self purification and the purification of an area or ritual space. Bundle dry leaves or loose leaves to banish negativity and negative spirits from an area or home. Removes negative energy. Sage preparations should NOT be used during pregnancy.


3 comments on “Healing Herb List #2

  1. merry meet! i think you have a great and witchy blog so i am niminating you for the Witchy Blog Award! my post on it will be up by morning. congrats 🙂

    • Merry Meet Morrighan…I’m so glad you liked my blog. Thanks for the nomination I would be so honored to have the recognition of all the other Witches online. Thanks again and come back often. I have two more posts ready to go for later today and will be starting to work on another herb list.

      • you are so welcome, i know what you mean…i was beyond thrilled to be recognized by the other witches. the herbs are something i have decided to try growing. i will stop by often 🙂

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