Category Archives: Herbs

Alecost Chrysanthemum balsamita

Other Names: costmary, bible leaf
Traditional Uses:eases childbirth, soothe colds, digestive disorders.
Magical Uses:
Description: Perennial herb with a sharp biting
taste that grows up to 2 feet tall. Has finely hairy
creeping rootstock and oval leaves with a minty scent.
Bears small yellow flower with outer white petals in
late summer.

Use: Leaves and flowers are used gathering young
leaves at any time and flowers as they are beginning
to open up. Used to treat colds and digestive
disorders. Has been used in medieval times to ease
childbirth.

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

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?

Aloes Aloe vera (Liliaceae)

Other Names: Cape aloes, socotrine, medicine plant, aloe vera, burn plant
Traditional Uses:heal wounds, burns and mastitis
Magical Uses:
Description: Succulent with clumps of pointed evergreen leaves.

Uses: The leaves are the parts used. You can either squeeze the sap out of a freshly broken leaf and apply directly to a burn or wound, or you can dry the sap into a resin with which you could produce tinctures. Fresh sap is also used to treat mastitis.

CAUTION: Not to be taken internally as it can cause hemorrhage.

Tincture: A tincture is a good solution for long term treatment as will store for up to two years. 8 ounces of dried herb, 1?

American Cranesbill Geranium maculatum (Geraniaceae)

Other Names: spotted cranesbill, alum root, crowfoot
Traditional Uses:Astringent, diarrhea, dysentery, bleeding and ulcers
Magical Uses:
Description: Hairy perennial herb with stems growing
up to 2 ft. leaves are downy with scalloped edges.
Bears small pink or purple flowers in late spring
followed by fruit with long barbs.

Uses: Use the roots dried and powdered, gathered in
fall or winter. Used by native Americans for the
roots astringent properties, used internally to treat
dysentery, bleeding, and both internally and
externally to treat ulcers.

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

Angelica Angelica archangelica (Umbelliferae)

Other Names: Garden angelica, holy ghost
Traditional Uses:perspiration, stimulate appetite, chest and digestion ailments.
Magical Uses:
Description: Grows to 6 ft and produces a few large and deeply indented at the ground level, tall hollow stems and topped with smaller leaves and greenish white flowers in midsummer.

Use: Young leaves can be gathered and used at any time during the growing season. The stems can be harvested the summer of the second growing year. Roots can be dug up just before flowering but need to dry slowly. All parts are used to stimulate appetite and treat ailments of the chest and digestive system. Roots sometimes used in snuff and was used by Native Americans as tobacco.

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

Arnica Arnica montana (Compositae)

Other Names: mountain arnica, mountain daisy, mountain tobacco, fall dandelion, leopard’s bane
Traditional Uses:
Magical Uses:Leaf: Summoning of Spirits, Dreams, Purification, Clairvoyancy.
Root:Summoning of Spirits, Dreams, Purification, Clairvoyancy.
Description: 1-2 foot tall hairy stems bear bunches
of bright yellow daisies in the summer and autumn.

Uses: Use flowers and upper stems either fresh of
dried slowly. Roots dug up in late autumn or spring
can be used after drying in artificial heat. Used to
treat epilepsy and blood pressure. Also used to treat
bruises, sprains, throat infections, wounds and
paralysis. CAUTION: Poisonous and not to be taken
internally as it may be toxic and cause skin
irritations.

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

Asparagus Asparagus officinalis (Liliaceae)

Other Names: sparrow grass, sperage
Traditional Uses:laxative, rheumatic and urinary disorders
Magical Uses:
Description: perennial herb that grows up to 6 feet
tall. Edible spears grow in spring. In summer,
greenish white flowers appear and on female plants
bear red berries in autumn. The rest of the plant has
a feathered fern look to it.

Uses: Use the tips or spears and fern in cooking.
Roots can be dug up for medicinal purposes such as a
laxative. The fern cooked as a tea can be used to
treat urinary disorders.

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

Basil Ocimum basilicum

Other Names: St. Joseph wort, Sweet Basil
Traditional Uses:vomiting, analgesic, stress, headaches
Magical Uses:Protection while flying
Description: Aromatic annual with little brittle stems only growing to about 2 ft. Leaves are oval and shiny, fleshy and dark green or red depending on variety. Creamy white flowers appear in midsummer.

Uses: Use leaves fresh, frozen or dried in shade. Popular culinary flavoring that has been used since ancient times. Insect repellant and used medicinally to soothe pain, treat nervous stress, vomiting and headaches.

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

Bergamot Monarda didyma (labiatae)

Other Names: bee balm, Oswego tea, horsemint
Traditional Uses:anti-depressant, nausea, flatulence, acne, ulcers
Magical Uses:
Description: Perennial with mat like roots that are somewhat invasive. Square stems grow up to 3 ft with rough oval serrated leaves that are dark green or red tinted, and large heads of tubular red flowers in late summer.

Uses: Use the leaves and flowers fresh or dried. Used as an anti-depressant tea that can also relieve nausea and flatulence. Inhale infusion for colds and used for antiseptic properties for ulcers and wounds. CAUTION: may cause photosensitivity in some people.

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