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Healing Herb List #3

Alfalfa (Medicago Sativa); also known as Lucerne, Purple Medic and Buffalo Herb. The medicinal parts of alfalfa are the whole flowing plant or the germinating seeds. Alfalfa is bitter, dry and may even seem unpleasantly salty. It is indigenous to the Mediterranean region but has been grown all over for centuries. Alfalfa can be used as a diuretic and aromatic in isolated situation and in folk medicine is used to treat diabetes and for a malfunctioning thyroid gland. Magickally, it is used in spells for prosperity and money as well as to ward off hunger.

American White Pond Lily (Nymphaea Odorata); also called Water Cabbage, Cow Cabbage, Water Lily or Water Nymph. The medicinal part of the White Pond Lily is the rhizomes; which can be used dried, fresh or fresh with the roots attached. The plant is indigenous to the Eastern part of North American and can be found as far south as Mexico and El Salvador. It has astringent and antiseptic effects and is used internally for chronic diarrhea and externally for treatment of diseases of the mouth and throat through gargling, for treatment of vaginal conditions and as a poultice for burns and boils.

Bayberry (Myrica Cerifera); sometimes called Candle berry, Wax berry or Vegetable Tallow. The wax from the berries as well as the dried root bark are the medicinal parts of the plant and can be found in the Eastern part of the US around Lake Erie. Bayberries active compounds have astringent, stimulating and diaphoretic abilities. It is used internally to treat coughs and colds and externally for skin diseases and ulcers. In magick uses; it is for spells of healing, stress relief and good fortune.

Buttercup (Ranunculus Acris); also known as Acrid Crowfoot, Bachelor’s Buttons, Blister weed and Meadow bloom. Buttercup is indigenous to northern Europe and the medicinal part of the Buttercup is the dried herb; the fresh herb is spicy and it is POISONOUS!! If taken properly it is used to treat blisters, bronchitis, chronic skin complaints, neuralgia and rheumatism but one can overdose; causing death by asphyxia if it is taken in large doses. Buttercup should be used for love spells and love charms.

Christmas Rose (Helleborus Niger); also can be called Black Hellebore, Christe Herbe or Melampode. The medicinal parts of this plant are the fresh underground parts as well as the dried rhizomes, with or without the roots. Christmas Rose is indigenous to the forests of southern and central Europe. In folk medicine, Christmas Rose is used as a laxative, for nausea, worm infestation and to regulate menstruation. It can also be used for head colds, as a treatment for inflammation of the kidneys and to cause spontaneous abortion.

Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale); some other names are Blow ball, Canker wart, Lion’s Tooth, Priest’s Crown, Swine Snout and Wild Endive. The medicinal parts of the dandelion are the whole fresh plant, the dried leaves that are harvested before flowering season, the dried aerial parts with the rhizomes harvested before the flowering season and the dried root collected in autumn. Dandelion grows in most temperate regions of Europe and Asia and should not be confused with Cichorium intybus and the leaves of some Leontadon species, as they appear similar. Dandelion is a diuretic, an appetite stimulant and will induce the secretion of bile from the system. It is used for many things; including dyspeptic complaints, loss of appetite, liver and gallbladder complaints, kidney and bladder stones and urinary tract infections. In magick, use dandelion leaf for summoning
spirits, defeating curses and negativity. You can use dandelion root for dream protection within your pillow or for divination; or use either for purification.

Ginseng (Panax Ginseng); some other names are American, Chinese or Korean Ginseng. Panax ginseng is indigenous to China but is cultivated in Korea, Japan and Russia. Panax quinquefolius (another variety) grows in the US; for either variety the only medicinal part is the dried root. It is used as a tonic to invigorate during times of debility, convalescence or fatigue as well as for declining capacity to work or concentrate. Massive overdoses of ginseng can cause edema and sleeplessness; known as Ginseng Abuse Syndrome, so use care with the amount of usage. Usage in magick include; beauty spells, love/lust spells and for protection.

Hibiscus Flower (Hibiscus Sabdariffa); sometimes called Guinea Sorrel, Jamaica Sorrel, Red Sorrel or Roselle. The hibiscus is originally from around the source of the Niger but now grows worldwide in the tropics and is cultivated in Europe; the medicinal part is the flowers. Hibiscus is used as a gentle laxative, diuretic and for circulatory disorders. It can also be used for loss of appetite, for colds that affect the respiratory tract or stomach as well as to dissolve phlegm. Magickal uses of hibiscus flower are for divination and prophetic dreams and to use in love/lust spells and charms.

Lotus (Nelumbo Nucifera). Lotus is indigenous to India and the medicinal part are the roots, the seeds and the aerial parts of the flowering plant. It is used medicinally for the treatment of digestive disorders; particularly diarrhea and the flowers are used as an astringent for bleeding. Magickally it is used in spells and charms of protection and for love magick.

Saffron (Crocus Sativus). Saffron is indigenous to India, the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean region; it is cultivated in Spain, France, Italy and the Middle East as well. The medicinal parts are the stigma and the style of the flower. It has the ability to stimulate the production of gastric juices and is used in folk medicine to stimulate digestion. Magickally; use saffron as an aphrodisiac, in magick of love/lust and happiness, spells of healing and strength and in the use of all weather control magick.


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