Hearthkeeper February, 2009
I recently found this amazing graphic…although it is set up counterclockwise (for me) it is wonderful to see how the Sabbats and esbats connect and flow with the death and rebirth of plants as well as the world.. so I wanted to share this as well as some herbal information in this edition of Notes…
This is in no way a complete list of herbs… but it is as complete as I have and will use..
Herbs A to Z
Aloe Vera – Moon and water. It powers are used for protection and luck. Carry it with you to protect yourself against evil or clumsiness. Aloe is used for its antibacterial, anesthetic and antiseptic properties; it is a good tool for restoration of tissue. It is most commonly used on burns, minor cuts, sunburns and is being used for the treatment of skin cancer.
Angelica – Sun and fire. The root carried in a blue cloth bag is a protective talisman. It was considered to be under the guard of angels and therefore a good preventative charm against the plague. Put the whole root in a blue or white cloth bag and hang it in the window as a protection against evil.
Agrimony – Air. Used in protection spells, used to banish negative energies and spirits. It can also be used to reverse spells and send them back to the sender. An infusion of the leaves is used to treat jaundice and other liver ailments. Externally, a fomentation is used for athlete’s foot, sores and insect bites.
Anise – Jupiter and air. Used for protection, a pillow stuffed with anise seeds is reputed to keep away nightmares..
Apple – Venus and water. Was used in love spells for hundreds of years, cider can be used in place of blood or wine where called for in ancient spells and rites. The wood is made into wands and used for love spells and rituals. In Cornwall, a large apple was given to each member of the household to be eaten at Samhain for good luck.
Ash – Sun and water. A protective tree used to make besoms and healing wands. Ash leaves placed beneath the pillow, are thought to induce psychic dreams. The leaves are considered lucky, carried in a pocket or etc., the leaf is supposed to bring good luck.
Basil – Mars and fire. Used in wealth and prosperity rituals, carrying basil in your pocket is supposed to attract money.
Bay Laurel – Sun and fire. In ancient Greece, bay leaves were used to make the crowns of victors in competitions. The leaves can be burned or chewed to help induce visions. Worn as an amulet it wards off negativity or evil. Leaves under the pillow will help bring prophetic dreams. It is also used in protection and purification rituals.
Benzoin – Sun and air. It is used in purification incenses. A few drops of simple tincture of benzoin will help to preserve oils and preparations.
Betony – Jupiter and fire. Added to incense of protection and purification, If you sleep on a pillow stuffed with betony, it will prevent nightmares. In ancient times it was supposed to prevent drunkenness.
Blackberry – The berries and leaves are considered to protect against evil if gathered at certain times of the moon.
Borage – Air. The fresh blossoms bring courage when carried. A tea will induce your psychic powers. Borage is used for treating bronchitis, rashes and to increase mother’s milk. An infusion is used as eyewash.
Broom – Mars and air. Can be used to create a besom to cleanse the circle of outside influences,it was considered a sign of prosperity to come if the broom plants had many flowers.
Buckwheat – Earth. Buckwheat is used in money and protection magick. You grind the seeds to make flour and sprinkle it around your house in a circle to protect it. You can also use it to form a circle on the floor or ground around you while performing magick. Also keep some in the kitchen to guard against proverty.
Chamomile – Sun and water. Used in prosperity charms and rituals. It also induces sleep, the tea brings peace and tranquility for those times when you need to do a ritual but the emotions are stirred.
Caraway – Mercury and air. Used in love charms to attract a love.
Carnation – Sun and fire. Thought to be worn by witches to prevent capture and hanging. It produces energy in ritual when used in incense.
Catnip – Venus and water.. Catnip is a member of the mint family; it is an edible herb for humans as well as a fragrant herb for cats. It is know to be a relaxing herb taken in a tea, also helps with flatulency, stomach acid and stomach spasms. Catnip is an antispasmodic, astringent, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic and an anodyne, helps promote menstruation and lessen menstrual cramps.
Cinnamon – Sun and fire. Used in incense for healing, clairvoyance, and high spiritual vibrations, use in prosperity charms.
Cinquefoil – Jupiter and earth. This was an ingredient in many spells during medieval times. Hang on the house entrances as protection. Can also be used in spells and charms for prosperity, purification and protection.
Clove – Sun and fire. Wear to drive away negativity and stop gossip. Cloves strung on a red thread can be worn as a protective charm.
Clover – Mercury and air. Used in rituals for beauty and youth, Four-leaved clovers are carried to see fairies, detect evil, heal illness, and avoid madness and a general good luck charm. Red clover can be used as a nerve tonic and a sedative for exhaustion. It is often used in combination with many other drugs in the treatment of cancer. It can also be used for skin eruptions.
Coriander – Mars and fire. Used in love spells and charms.
Cowslip – Venus. These flowers were believed to bring luck in love to the wearer. It was traditionally woven into funeral wreaths to be laid on the deceased one’s grave at the full moon for thirteen moons after death. Posies of cowslips, placed under the pillow are said to allow contact with the dead in dreams.
Dandelion – Jupiter and air. An herb of Hecate, used in Samhain rituals; It is said that if you rub yourself all over with the dandelion, you will be welcome everywhere and all your wishes will be granted. Dandelion benefits all aspects for the liver. It clears obstructions and detoxifies poisons and promotes healthy circulation. The juice from a broken stem can be applied to warts. When allowed to dry, use for 3 days or so, it will dry up the warts.
Dill – Mercury and fire. Used in love charms. Hang in a child’s room to protect them. In olden times, dill was considered an excellent protection against evil.
Dragon’s Blood – Mars and fire. Used in love and protection spells. A piece under the bed is reputed to cure impotency. Carry a piece with you for good luck. Dissolve a little in the bath for a strong purification bath. Dragon’s Blood is also used to make a magickal ink.
Elder – Venus and air. Branches can be used for wands and staves.. In ancient times, it was considered unlucky to burn elder or to bring it into the house.
Eucalyptus – Moon and air. Used in healing rituals and charms of all kinds. Surround blue candles with the leaves and burn for healing vibrations. Hang green pods around the neck to cure colds and sore throats.
Eyebright – Sun and air. Anoint eyelids with the infusion daily to induce clairvoyant visions. It stimulates the liver to remove toxins from the body. It can be used internally or externally to treat eye infections and afflictions. The herb also strengthens the eye and helps repair damage.
Fennel – Mercury and fire. Connected with mother’s milk and breastfeeding, traditionally bought for new mothers and hung near the cradle to keep away flies. Fennel eases the appetite, relieves gas and expels worms.; can also be used as a gargle, mouthwash and eyewash. Helps with coughs and it is also used for cancer patients after radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
Fern – Saturn and earth. Extremely powerful protection’s, grow in the house and include in vases of cut flowers. Ferns are supposed to protect any house that contains them from damage by storms.
Frankincense – Sun and fire. A very powerful scent which aids meditation and induces a spiritual frame of mind, burn as a general protective incense. Frankincense has been used in purification and protection incenses since ancient times, although it was the only incense not burned by the Greeks as an offering to the gods. It is still used as incense in Christian churches. .
Gardenia – Moon and water. Wear the flower to attract love.
Garlic – Mars and fire. Extremely protective herb., carry the bulb with you on trips over water to prevent drowning. Hang in the home to protect. The ancient Greeks placed bulbs of garlic on the stone cairns at crossroads as an offering to Hecate. Garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic. It can stimulate cell growth and activity. It reduces blood pressure in hypertensive conditions. A main advantage to using garlic for its antibiotic properties is that it does not destroy the body’s natural flora. It is excellent for use in all colds and infections in the body.
Ginger – Fire. Used in passion spells to heat up the relationship. Used in success spells and ensures the success of spells. Ginger is an excellent herb to use for strengthening and healing the respiratory system, for fighting off colds and flu. Helps remove congestion, soothes sore throats, relieves headaches and body aches. Combined with other herbs, it enhances their effectiveness. It is also very useful in combating motion sickness and morning sickness and digestive problems.
Ginseng – Fire. Carried it will guard your health and attract love. Ginseng is an effective substitute for mandrake in all spells. Ginseng stimulates the body to overcome all forms of illness, physical and mental. It is used to lower blood pressure, increase endurance, aid in relieving depression. The dried root is used for healing purposes. Used in conjunction with most herbs, it is effective in treating all sorts of illnesses, including cancers, digestive troubles, and memory. It also helps overcome fatigue. During menopause it aids in rejuvenating the system, balances hormones and aids in regulating hot flashes.
Goldenseal – Fire. It is used in prosperity spells, and healing spells and rituals. Goldenseal is another natural and powerful antibiotic. The herb goes straight to the bloodstream and eliminates infection in the body. When taken in combination with other herbs, it will boost the properties for the accompanying herbs. Pregnant women should not use this herb!
Hawthorn – Mars and fire. Used in protection sachets. In ancient times, it was associated with happiness in marriage and carried by brides. The Romans put Hawthorn leaves into the babies’ cradles to protect them against evil. Burn Hawthorn berries as an incense when you feel the need for energy and dynamism in your life.
Hazel – Sun and air. Good wood for all purpose wands. Forked branches can be used as diving wants. Tie two Hazel twigs together with a red or gold thread to make a solar cross as a good luck charm.
Heather – Water. When used in potpourri, it adds protection and when burned with fern, it is said to bring rain. A tea made of heather blossoms is used to suppress coughing and is an aid for sleeplessness.
Holly – Mars and fire. Because of its red berries and evergreen foliage, holly has always been a powerful symbol of life, protection and safety. Leaves and berries can be carried to heighten masculinity.
Honeysuckle – Jupiter and earth. Use in prosperity spells and charms.
Hops – Mars and water. Used in healing incenses and charms. Hops in a pillow will induce sleep. It is unwise to use hops if depressed, they are believed to engender melancholy. Hops is a sedative. It us useful in treating insomnia and nervous tension, it is mild and safe, also used in brewing beer and ales. Hops can be used for treating coughs, bladder ailments and liver ailments. Externally it is used to treat itching skin rashes and hives.
Horehound – Air. Use as an incense for protection.. Horehound is used in children’s cough remedies because it is a gentle but effective expectorant. It acts as a tonic for the respiratory system and stomach. In large doses, it acts as a laxative.
Horsetail – Earth. Whistles made from the stalks are used to call the spirits. It aids in coagulation and decreases bleeding. Helps broken bones heal faster, helps with brittle nails and hair. This is because of its high silica content. Has also been used as a part of treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, when the plant is boiled in water, it makes an effective foot soak for tired feet or for the treatment of athlete’s foot.
Hyssop – Jupiter and fire. Use in purification baths and protection spells. Associated with serpents and dragons, can be burnt as incense or thrown on the fire to tap into dragon energy.
Ivy – Saturn and water. Guards and protects the houses it grows over, Often given to newlyweds, in conjunction with holly, as a good luck charm.
Jasmine – Jupiter and earth. Used in love spells and charms.
Juniper – Sun and fire. If a sprig of Juniper is worn, is said protect the wearer from accidents. The berry or hot plants such as thistle, chili peppers and bougainvillea, desert dwelling cacti, coffee beans, and Almond Trg seeds, generally help with visualization. It is high in natural insulin and has the ability to heal the pancreas where there has been no permanent damage. Useful for all urinary infections and water retention problems, It can be used externally as a compress to treat acne, athlete’s foot and dandruff. .
Lavender – Air. Lavender is used in purification baths and rituals. Used in healing incenses and sachets. Carrying the herb will enable the carrier to see ghosts. The flowers, when burned, induce sleep and scattered throughout the home, maintain a peaceful harmony within. Carrying lavender brings strength and courage. Lavender tea made from the blossoms is used as an antidepressant. When used in combination with other herbs it is a remedy for depression and nervous tension and stress. It can also be used as a headache remedy.
Lemon Balm – Drink as in infusion to soothe away the emotional pains after a relationship break-up; considered useful in recovery from trauma and sexual assault. It has long been considered to drive away melancholy and low spirits.
Lemon Verbena – Venus and air. Wear as a love charm and to increase one’s attractiveness. Add to charms to increase their power.
Linden – Jupiter. It is associated with conjugal love and longevity.
Lovage – Sun and water. Add the root to cleansing baths. Carry to attract love.
Marigold – Sun and fire. In a vase, renews energy of everyone in the room where the vase is placed, can symbolize constancy and endurance in love.
Marjoram – Mercury and air. Add to love charms. Place a bit of the herb in every room in the house for protection. It was used in an anointing ointment for love divination in combination with marigold, thyme, honey and wormwood.
Meadowsweet – Jupiter and water. A sacred herb of the Druids, arrange fresh meadowsweet on the altar when mixing love charms or performing love spells. Strew around the house for love and peace. Wear garlands of meadowsweet to Lammas to join with the essence of the Goddess.
Mistletoe – Sun and air. Worn as a protective amulet, or to help conceive, Mistletoe was held in great esteem by the Druids, and was suppossed to protect the wearer from evil.
Mugwort – Venus and air. Put into the shoe while travelling, for protection from sunstroke, wild beasts and evil spirits and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. Mugwort tea will induce clairvoyance. Rub fresh leaves on magick mirror and crystal balls to strengthen divinatory powers. Add to scrying, clairvoyance and crystal balls to strengthen divination incenses. It is said that putting it under the doorstep, insures no unwelcome person will enter. It is also used to help induce menses, especially when combined with cramp bark. Fresh juice of the plant treats poison ivy. Pregnant women should not use it.
Myrrh – Sun and water. Purifying and protective incense, can be used to consecrate tools. It is a powerful antiseptic, being a remedy second only to Echinacea. It is a strong cleaning and healing agent, soothing the body and speeding the healing process. It is used in mouthwashes, gargles and toothpastes for fighting and preventing gum disease.
Myrtle – Venus and water. Sacred to Venus and used in love charms and spells of all kinds. If grown indoors it brings good luck. Carry Myrtle leaves to attract love, or the wood to preserve youth. Wood can be used to make magick charms.
Nettle – Mars and fire. Stuff a poppet with nettles to protect yourself from unwanted attention. Sprinkle around the room as protection or add to protection charms. If carried, said to instill courage.
Nutmeg – Jupiter and air. Carry a nutmeg to strengthen clairvoyant power and to prevent rheumatism.
Oak – Sun and fire. Sacred tree in many cultures. It has long been associated with royalty. Rites were often performed in groves of oak trees and mistletoe that grew on oak was considered the most powerful. Burn oak leaves as purification. The wood is used for all purpose wands. Acorns are carried to preserve youthfulness and to ward off illness. Hang in the windows to protect the house.
Olive – Sacred to Athena. Regarded as a symbol of peace and wealth, also a sign of safe travel.
Onion – Mars and fire. Used in protection and healing. Place cut onions in a room to absorb illness, leave overnight and throw away in the morning.
Orange – Sun and water. The dried peel is added to love and fertility charms and is used in Solar incenses. It is a traditional Chinese symbol of good luck and prosperity.
Orris Root – Venus and water. Add to love charms, baths and incenses.
Parsley – Mercury and air. In ancient times, parsley was considered symbolic of death and was made into wreaths to crown the graves of the dead. It was sacred to Persephone and used in funeral rites. Because parsley seeds take so long to germinate, it was said that they went to the devil and back before sprouting.
Patchouli – Sun and earth. Both men and woman can carry as an aphrodisiac and to attract lovers. Patchouli is used to treat dysentery, diarrhea, colds without fevers, vomiting, and nausea.
Pepper – Mars and fire. Used in protective charms.
Peppermint – Venus and air. Use in healing incenses and charms, also good in a healing bath, burn as winter incense. Any mint infusion can be sprinkled around the house as a cooling-off influence after arguments.
Periwinkle – Venus and water. Hang on the house entrances as protection.
Pine – Mars and earth. Burn as purifying winter incense, pine nuts are eaten and carried as fertility charms. Pine needles can be added to healing or cleansing baths.
Plantain – Earth. It is considered to have healing, strengthening, protective and snake repelling properties. Also when placed under the feet, it is said to remove weariness. Hung in the car, it protects. When taken internally, plantain has a soothing action, particularly in the respiratory, digestive and urinary systems. It relieves irritates and inflamed conditions such as colitis, gastritis, bronchitis, harsh coughs and cystitis. It has an astringent action, stems bleeding and encourages healing, internally and externally. It can be taken for colds, sinus congestion and allergic conditions such as hay fever and asthma. It is an antiseptic, cleansing and a good expectorant.
Poppy – Moon and water. Eat poppy seeds as a fertility charm. Carry seeds or dried seed pods as a prosperity charm.
Rose – Venus and water. Carry roses to attract true love. Drink a tea of rose petals for divinatory dreams. Add to charms and incenses for sleep, love and healing.
Rosemary – Sun and fire. Use in protection charms, incenses and baths. It was thought as a preventative against the plague. Wear to aid memory and learning. Can be used in sea rituals and sea magick. Wash your hands in with rosemary infusion before performing magick as a substitute for a ritual bath. Drink the tea before exams or interview to make the mind alert. It can also be made into a protection wreath.
Rowan – Sun and fire. Tie two twigs together with red thread as a general protection and luck charm. Use as a divining stick. The berries are used as a good luck amulet. A necklace of the berries can be used as a healing charm.
Rue – Sun and fire. It was once worn to guard against plague. Added to charms, it is designed to keep illness away. The smell of the fresh herb clears the mind of emotional clutter. Use a sprig of rue dipped into water to sprinkle an area for magickal purification.
Saffron – Sun and fire. Used in prosperity and healing rituals, charms and incenses.
Sage – Jupiter and air. Used in healing and prosperity charms, regarded as a great safeguard of health and has a reputation for promoting longevity. It is supposed to grow best in the gardens of the wise and was once thought to flourish or sicken as its grower’s fortunes did likewise. It is beneficial to the mind by easing mental exhaustion and by strengthening the concentrating abilities. In a lotion it is useful for treating sores and skin eruptions and to stop bleeding in all cuts. Chewing the fresh leaves soothes mouth sores and sore throats, as will sage tea. It is good for all stomach troubles, diarrhea, gas, flu and colds. As a hair rinse, it removes dandruff. Sage combined with peppermint, rosemary and wood betony, provides an excellent headache remedy, and is used as a deodorant.
St. John’s Wort – Sun and fire. Used in protective charms of all kinds, it was supposed to be so protective that its mere presence would cause evil spirits to fly away. Wear to ward off fever and illness, burn as banishing incense. Gather on Midsummer’s Eve, pass through the smoke of bonfires to purify and hang in the house as protection. Wear to instill courage and strengthen the will. Drink the tea of the herb to cure melancholy. St. John’s Wort is said to combat stress, minor depression, alcohol cravings. It is an antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, astringent, expectorant, vulnerary, helps with insomnia and bed wetting. Drink the tea for help with anemia, headaches, jaundice, feminine difficulties and pain, and chest congestion. Use the oil externally for burns, wounds, sores, bruises and skin problems.
Sandalwood – Moon and air. Used in purifying, protective and healing incenses.
Slippery Elm – Air. It can be burned to stop gossip. It can be used to neutralize stomach acids. It is also used to boost the adrenal glands, draws out impurities and heals all parts of the body. It is most useful for the respiratory system. Externally it is an excellent healer for burns, skin cancers, poison ivy and wounds.
Sunflower – Sun and fire. Brings the blessings of the Sun into any garden in which it is grown. The seeds can be eaten by women who wish to conceive.
Tansy – Water. The ancient Greeks thought that Tansy would preserve dead bodies. Used in love charms, It can be used internally and externally for gout, roundworm, ague, spasms, epilepsy, bruises, strains, colic, hysteria, skin diseases and to prevent miscarriages. Can be used preserve dead bodies because it can drive away flies and stave off decay.
Thyme – Venus and Air. Burn as purifying incense, use in magickal cleansing baths. Inhale the scent for refreshment and renewed energy. Wear to protect oneself from negativity and grief at funerals. When worn, it is thought to inspire courage.
Valerian – Mercury and water. It was used in a love charm and spells and purification baths.
Vanilla – Jupiter and fire. The bean can be carried in a love charm.
Vervain – Venus and water. A herb sacred to the Druids and used by the Romans as a ritual cleansing plant. It can be used in magickal cleansing baths, purification incenses and safety amulets. Hang above the bed to keep away nightmares. It can be used in love and protection charms. Burn as a good purification incense, it also brings good luck and inspiration. It has no odor or taste, which is why it is regarded as magickal or otherworldly. Vervain can be used for ailments of the eye, thinning and ailing hair, sleeplessness, inveterate headache, scrofulous diseases, indolent ulcers and sore throat. It properties also include sedative, and astringent.
Violet – Venus and water. Violets mixed with lavender for a powerful love charm. A violet compress can aid headaches. Carry the flowers as a good luck charm. Violets are supposed to absorb ill will and evil spells. The scent is said to soothe and clear the mind.
Walnut – Sun and fire. Carry the nut as a charm to promote fertility and strengthen the heart.
Willow – Moon and water. Willow wands can be used for healing. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows have been used to bind together witches besoms.
Wormwood – Mars and air. This was once burned to raise spirits. It can be used in divinatory and clairvoyance incenses, burn first at Samhain to gain protection from roaming spirits. Used in initiation rites and for tests of courage and endurance. It should not be used by those suffering from shock or grief as it has an affinity with the world of the dead.
Yarrow – Venus and water. It can be used in love and marriage charms. It is said to ward off negativity when worn. Drink yarrow tea prior to divination to enhance the powers of perception. It was a famed herb for staunching blood flow in all forms. It can also be used for hysteria, flatulence, heartburn, colic, epilepsy, rheumatism, toothache, colds, internal bleeding, loss of appetite, sore throat, sore nipples, heavy menstruation, piles, cuts and contusions, eliminates toxins. This herb intensifies the efficiency of other herbs when taken in conjunction.
So there you have it.. Many Herbs and some uses.. Please consult with your Doctor as well as a Nutritionist that can work with you to best use these herbs. Do not use without researching more intensely as well as skin testing to see if you will react badly.
Until next time
Blessed Home and Hearth