Category Archives: Herbs

Wild Strawberry Fragaria vesca (Rosaceae)

Other Names: wood strawberry
Traditional Uses:mild laxative, nerve tonic, astringent
Magical Uses:
Description: Perennial herb that grows creeping along
the ground. In summer single white flowers grow
followed by red berries.

Uses: Use leaves fresh or dried and roots dug up in
winter. Leaves can be made into a tea that is an
astringent, as is a diuretic. CAUTION: excessive
consumption may result in allergic reaction.
Infusion: Used to prepare more delicate parts of plants. 3 cups of water to 1 ounce dry herb or 1?

Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens (Ericacae)

Other Names: partridge berry, tea berry, chequerberry
Traditional Uses:mouthwash, sore throat, muscular aches and pains
Magical Uses:
Description: Evergreen shrub that produces leaves on
the ends of branches. Drooping white flowers also
grow towards the end of branches followed by small
round red berries.

Uses: Use leaves fresh or dried in the sun. Leaves
made into an infusion to be used as a gargle, as they
are pain reducing. Can also be given as a tea to
treat minor pain.

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

Witch Hazel Hamamelis virginiana (Hamamelidaceae)

Other Names: winterbloom, spotted alder
Traditional Uses:astringent, cooling wounds, bruises, sprains, varicose veins, bleeding
Magical Uses:
Description: Perennial shrub or small tree that grows
up to 13 ft with small hazel like leaves and ragged
bright yellow flowers on the bare stems from autumn
on.

Uses: Barks and leaves and used for tinctures and
flowering twigs are used for distillation.
Traditionally a cooling wound herb well known for its
antiseptic properties. Used in infusion to treat:
bruises, sprains, hemorrhoids, varicose veins,
bleeding and in ointment to relieve piles.

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

Woad Isatis tinctoria (Cruciferae)

Other Names: dyer’s weed
Traditional Uses:stop bleeding, healing wounds
Magical Uses:
Description: Short lived perennial with a basal rosette of oval toothed leaves. Branched leaved stems grow up to 4 ft. Bears small yellow flowers in summer followed by black seeds.

Uses: Leaves are used after repeatedly fermented and dried in a complicated sequence. Fermented leaves yield a blue dye. Leaves are also used to stop bleeding and heal battle wounds. CAUTION: for external use only.

Yarrow Achillea millefolium (compositae)

Other Names: milfoil, nosebleed, herb militaris, soldier’s woundwort, thousand leaf, thousand seal, field hop
Traditional Uses:rheumatism, toothache, hemorrhage, fever
Magical Uses:
Description: Fine feathered gray-green leaves and flat heads of small white, pink, or red flowering midsummer to autumn.

Use: The part used is the top growth cut before flowering. Used to treat rheumatism, toothaches, headache and fever.

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