Alexanders Smyrnium olusatrum (Umbelliferae)

Other Names: black lovage, horse parsley
Traditional Uses:diuretic, cuts, minor abrasions
Magical Uses:
Description: Pungent biennial that grows up to 5 ft with solid stems and dark green divided leaves. Bears yellow-green in small umbels in midsummer followed by capsules of fragrant black seeds.

Uses: Use young leaves, young stems after blanching with soil or straw, roots fresh or dried and ripe seeds. Root is used as a diuretic, and crushed leaves may be applied in poultice to heal minor cuts and abrasions.

Infusion: Used to prepare more delicate parts of plants. 3 cups of water to 1 ounce dry herb or 1?

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Melanie Hooten was a Isian and Correllian High Priestess. She studied Wicca for over 15 years, before her sudden passing in 2015, age 36. Melanie was a light in the world, and her writing are left here as a testament to her love of the Earth, and of the Goddess.


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