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CULINARY HERBS

Below you will find some properties of common, culinary and medicinal herbs. For some you may burn dried herbs on charcoal, you can toss them about your home and vacuum them up, or bath with a herb bag. (It's made by tying up a bag from a piece of cloth with herbs inside). Most can be consumed dried or fresh, all can be burned, extracted into oils, ointments, tinctures, poultices and dozens of other applications.

First I will list the common and culinary herbs, then in a second list I will list the medicinal ones and methods for using them.

Common and Culinary Herbs:

Aloe (Aloe vera) : Called the "Burn Plant" because of its effect on burns, aloe is also effective in preventing accidents involving fire or heat. An Aloe growing in your kitchen affords not only it's healing properties, but also protection against kitchen burns and fires.

Anise (Pimpinella anisum) : A daily cup of anise tea will preserve youth. Anise burned on charcoal before bed will promote prophetic dreams.

Balm (Melissa officinalis) : Bathe in a bath of Balm to attract love. Add to incense and sachets for love and to promote healing.

Barley (Hordeum spp.) : Sprinkle Barley around the perimeter of your yard [or on windowsills] to ward off evil. A few grains under your doormat will offer protection and repel negativity and evil that would enter.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) : Basil oil rubbed on a green candle before burning will attract wealth. Use Basil as a floor wash to rid house of all evil and negativity. The incense smoke is beneficial for the same, plus banishing, exorcising and for protection.

Blackberry (Rubus villosus) : To work your way through a bramble of blackberries is damn near impossible - but it is rumored to dispel, and protect from, all disease.

Caraway (Carum carvi) : Use in your wedding cake, and throw caraway seeds after the ceremony. It promotes lust and fidelity. Of course - it doesn't have to be your wedding night/cake.

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) : Well, we've seen it's effect on our feline friends... giving your cat this herb can help create the psychic link needed for a familiar. Add catnip to your sachets to attract love [but keep it away from your cat].

Cayenne (Capsicum annuum) : Eat a meal hot with cayenne before a night of Bacchanalian celebrating - it will curb drunkenness.

Chamomile (Anthemsis nobilis) : Ancient Egyptians associated Chamomile with Ra for its healing powers. Even other plants in your herb garden will benefit from this herb, as it repels insects & promotes healing. Chamomile also has the properties of attracting wealth.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) : First cultivated and used in the East, Cinnamon was burned to purify the temple. It also promotes health, vigor and libido.

Clove (Caryophyllus aromaticus) : burned or ingested, clove promotes visions.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) : If you see a puff off a dandelion, but there's no wind, rain is on the way.

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgar) : Ingested, Fennel promotes virility, fertility, and libido in general. Also acts as a protective herb.

Garlic (Allium sativum) : Ropes of garlic are used to ward off evil. Garlic is also known as a lustful herb when ingested.

Lavender (Lavendula officinale) : Especially useful in attracting men. Lavender promotes happiness and harmony in the home, whether burned or simply used in potpourri and sachets.

Marigold (Calendula officianis) : Use as a visionary herb. Burn when doing a divination for love.

Marjoram (Origanum majorana) : Use as a floor wash to dispel negativity and promote love & happiness.

Onion (Allium cepa) : Ingested, onions can promote prophetic visions and dreams. Onion also promotes virility and libido.

Parsley (Retroselinum sativum) : Sacred to Persephone, and a favorite herb of Venus and Aphrodite - Parsley also promotes communion with the Maternal Aspect of Goddess.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) : Burn before bed for phrophetic dreams. Peppermint tea aids in divination.

Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) : Increases memory and protects against evil. It has been used in conjunction with juniper berries for centuries to purify the air.

Sage (Salvia officianus) : Make a broom out of Sage to really sweep away undesired influences from your circle. Promotes strength, courage, longevity and wisdom. It also banishes negativity and evil.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) : Used to invoke the Faery folk. Burn when asking advice of loved ones who have passed to the Summerlands.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) : The herb of Witches. Use for cleansing and self-purification. Ingest with care.

Vervain (Verbena officinalis) : One of the Seven Sacred Herbs of the Druids. Aids in visionary work. The Welsh called it 'llysiaur hudol' - or enchanting herb. It promotes love, lust and sexual fulfillment. Use when performing sexual magic. Helpful when invoking Goddess Diana. An herb of artists - use before any artistic performances.

Willow (Salix alba) : An herb of immortality. Willow is sacred to Hecate, Hermes, and other Underworld deities.

Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) : Use to remove jinx. Also good for protecting children.

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginica) : Excellent for making divining rods - which can be used to find more than just water.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) : A powerful tool in conjunction with I-Ching divination. Use the flowers in Handfastings. Yarrow is sacred to Cernunnos. Associated [as the Latin name shows] with Achilles.

Medicinal Herbs:

I have only included one "warning" herb: Valerian root is THE BEST for sleep disorders and nervousness. Mash the root, which grows to just above soil level, and insert into gel capsules [obtainable at your local health food store] and take with beverage. Do not take more than 3 capsules at one time, and don't repeat that dosage again for at least 4 hours. When taken with responsibility, Valerian root can be a beneficial addition to you herbal medicine cabinet.

Concoctions:

Decoction Mixes [herbs boiled in water]: STRONG = 1 ounce herbs to 2 pints water, simmer 10 minutes, steep 15 minutes; MODERATE = 2/3 ounce herbs to 2 pints water, simmer 10 minutes, steep 15 minutes; WEAK [Tea] = 1/3 ounce herbs to 2 pints water, simmer 8 minutes, steep 15 minutes.

Infusion Mixes [boiling water poured over herbs]: STRONG = 1 ounce herbs to 1 pint water, steep 30 minutes; MODERATE = 2/3 ounce herbs to 1 pint water, steep 20 minutes; WEAK [Tea] = 1/2 ounce herbs to 1 pint water, steep 15 minutes.

Tincture: Place 4 ounces herbs, 4 ounces water, and eight ounces 75% grain alcohol [Everclear] in container and cap very tightly. Store out of any light for two weeks. At least once a day [I do it twice] mix up the herb inside and make sure all is being saturated. At the end of two weeks, drain herbs, cap tightly, and store out of sunlight. Will store a LONG time. [I've never had a batch go bad].

Ointment: Place herbs in sesame oil over low flame until warm and oils are extracted. This process may be repeated over and over, but be careful not to heat it up too much. Drain, allow to cool, and store for external use. Will keep for approximately one month if kept in a cool dark place.

Poultice: Pour boiling water just to wet herbs, but not drown them. Place wet herbs between two sheets of cheesecloth or gauze and apply externally to affected area.

The Herbs:

Aloe: Internally for ulcers, but ask a pharmacist about an over-the-counter type [powder], and use according to directions. Externally for general antibiotic superficial wound care, excellent for burns - use gel directly from the plant.

Anise: Internally for general lung ailment, headache, colic, relieves flatulence. Externally as an antiseptic, relief from insect bite, and as an aromatic oil.

Balm: Internally for colds, congestion, fever and flu. As a mild stimulant, will also help to relieve the dragging sleepy feeling that goes with colds/flu.

Barley: For centuries it's been used it soup... here's why: When taken internally, is a nutritive, reduces the risk of cancer, acts as an expectorant, and keeps our lower pipes working the way they should.

Basil: Internally for headache and general pain, nausea and stomach ache, soothes nerves. Externally as an antiseptic and aromatic.

Blackberry: Internally for diarrhea, flu, whooping cough, sore throat/laryngitis, anemia, is a nutritive and provides vitamins. Can be ingested liberally in almost any form you desire. Externally as an astringent and for skin irritations if you don't mind the lingering but truly temporary tattoo it leaves.

Caraway: Internally aids digestion and stomach ache. Externally as an aromatic.

Catnip: Internally for relief of colic, fever and chills, headache, stomach ache, soothes nerves yet is a mild stimulant, aids in relief of nightmares.

Cayenne: Internally for colds, relieves chills, is a mild stimulant, source of vitamin C.

Chamomile: Internally for colic, diarrhea, stomach ache, earache, toothache, heartburn, soothes nerves, aids in relief of nightmares, aids digestion, in large doses induces vomiting. Externally as an antiseptic and astringent.

Cinnamon: Internally for nausea, stomach ache, colic, relieves flatulence, is a mild stimulant. Externally as an astringent and antiseptic.

Cloves: Internally stomach ache, bronchitis, colic, acts as an expectorant, aids digestion, relieves nausea, relieves flatulence. Externally for toothache [oil], as an anesthetic, antiseptic, and aromatic.

Dandelion: Internally for bladder infections, constipation, jaundice, acts as a diuretic, aids gall bladder kidneys and liver, is a mild stimulant. Externally for skin irritations, acne, as an astringent. Source of vitamins A and E, potassium, iron, magnesium and copper.

Fennel: Internally for stomach ache, aids in digestion, relieves flatulence. Externally as an aromatic.

Garlic: Internally for asthma, bronchitis and lung ailments, is an expectorant, is a diuretic, is a mild stimulant. Externally as an antiseptic.

Lavender: Internally for bronchitis, headaches, toothache, soothes nerves. Externally as an aromatic.

Marigold: Internally is a mild stimulant and strengthens pulse, reduces discomfort of measles. Externally for skin irritations.

Marjoram: chew a fresh leaf to relieve the pain of toothache. Externally for bruises and sprains. 

Onion: Internally is a diuretic. Externally as an antiseptic.

Parsley: Internally for colic, jaundice, aids kidneys and liver, is a diuretic, is a mild sedative.

Peppermint: Internally for colds, flu, chills, stomach ache, colic, relieves flatulence. Externally as an anesthetic, antiseptic, and an aromatic. Source of magnesium.

Rosemary: Internally for stomach ache, colic, colds, soothes nerves yet is a mild stimulant. Externally for hair conditioning, shine and growth stimulation, is also an aromatic.

Sage: Internally for colic, colds, sore throat [gargle], aids in digestion, is an expectorant, promotes menstrual discharge, reduces discomfort of measles. Externally is antibacterial, antiseptic, and is an aromatic.

Thyme: Internally for stomach ache, colic, colds, cough, is an expectorant. Externally is antiseptic.

Valerian: Internally for sleep disorders, is a diuretic.

Vervain: Internally for asthma, bronchitis, aids kidneys, spleen and liver.

Willow: Internally for easing pain, diarrhea [bark]. Externally as an astringent.

Witch Hazel: Internally is a mild sedative. Externally as an astringent.

Yarrow: Internally to stop bleeding, for colds and fever. Externally as an astringent and an aromatic. Rumored to keep baldness at bay when used on the scalp.

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Information taken from: Fire Rose's World Of Wicca And Witchcraft



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