Category Archives: Herbs

Biting Stonecrop Sedum acre (Crassulaceae)

Other Names: wall pepper, golden-carpet, gold moss
Traditional Uses:piles, wounds, abscesses, bruises, minor burns
Magical Uses:
Description: Mat forming succulent perennial shrub with sprawling stems and branches that grow erect up to 8 in and are crowded with small circular leaves that are hot and peppery to the taste. In midsummer leafy stems extend to bear bright yellow 5 petalled flowers in loose clusters.

Uses: Use leaves fresh or dried in warmth. Plants were often grown on roof as a charm against lightening. Bruised leaves are soothing for wounds, bruises and minor burns. CAUTION: Slightly poisonous, internal use may cause dizziness and nausea.

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

Bog Myrtle Myrica gale (Myricaceae)

Other Names: sweet gale, sweet willow
Traditional Uses:tonic, dysentery
Magical Uses:
Description: Shrub with shiny red twiggy stems that grow up to 4 ft with long narrow gray-green leaves. Brown yellow seedpods appear in spring and are followed by orange waxy berries.

Uses: Use leaves fresh, dried or distilled for essential oil. Use berries fresh or dried. Roots and bark are valuable as a source of yellow dye. Tea made from the leaves and sometime the berries is useful to treat dysentery and also as a flavoring for food.

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

Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum (Compositae)

Other Names: throughwort, agueweed
Traditional Uses:tonic, stimulant, coughs, colds, muscular aches
Magical Uses:
Description: Perennial herb with stem that branch and
grow up to 5 ft. Leaves are shiny on top and downy on
the underside and are long and narrow. Produces dense
heads of white flowers followed by feathery seed
heads.

Use: Whole plant can be used as flowers open, use
fresh or dried quickly. Used to treat coughs and
colds or as an ointment for muscle aches.

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

Borage borago officinalis (Boraginaceae)

Other Names: burage, bugloss, bee bread, bee plant
Traditional Uses:coughs, colds, depression
Magical Uses:
Description: Stout herb with hollow bristly stems and
broad oval shaped leaves that are also hairy. Bears
blue or white star shaped flowers that are popular
with bees.

Use: Use leaves and stems, flowers fresh, seeds dried
and roots dug up after flowering. An infusion of
leaves and seeds was used to increase milk supply in
nursing mothers and to treat coughs, colds and
depression.

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

Cardoon Cynara cardunculus

Other Names:
Traditional Uses:
Magical Uses:
Description: This plant is a close relative of
thistle and the artichoke, is a short lived perennial
and grows as tall as 6 ft. Has silvery leaves and
blooms gray blue thistle-like flowers in late summer.

Use: The stems are used blanched or fried and also
added to sauces. Grown ornamentally in the garden or
as a vegetable crop.

Catmint Nepeta cataria (Labiatae)

Other Names: Catnip, catnep
Traditional Uses:nervous tension, flatulence, gastric disorders, cuts, bruises
Magical Uses:Enhance Power and Courage, Makes one fierce & vengeful in battle. Captures Love & Happiness.
Description: Hairy perennial that grows in a dense leafy mound. Branching leafy stems grow up to 3 ft and bear light greenish gray heart shaped leaves. From summer to autumn bears persistent flowers that are white with mauve marking.

Uses: Use leaves and flowering stems fresh or dried in the shade. Very well known for its popularity with cats. Leaves can be made into a mint-flavored tea for colds and nervous tension, flatulence and gastric disorders. Make into a poultice for cuts and bruises.

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

Centaury Centaurium erythraea (Genticianaceae)

Other Names: bitterherb, centaury gentian, feverwort
Traditional Uses:digestive disorders, heartburn
Magical Uses:
Description: Delicate annual growing up to a foot
tall. Bunches of oval shaped leaves at base of plant,
several stems grow up to produce tubular flowers in
late summer that are pink with yellow centers.
Use: Entire plant is used, gathered at flowering time
and dried quickly in a warm room. Used medicinally in
a poultice for skin disorders. A tea made from whole
plant treats digestive disorders such as heartburn.

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

Chaste Berry Vitex agnus-castus (Verbenaceae)

Other Names: Indian spice, monk’s pepper, chaste tree
Traditional Uses:Menopause
Magical Uses:Chastity, aphrodisiac
Description: Fragrant shrub or small tree that grows up to 20 ft. Bears palmate leaves on downy shoots. In autumn small aromatic violet flowers appear in dense trusses growing up to 12 in long followed in autumn by black berries.

Uses: Use fruits picked in the fall fresh or dried in the shade. Flowers reputed to be a male aphrodisiac.

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

Chervil Anthriscus cerefolium (Umbelliferae)

Other Names: salad chervil, garden beaked parsley
Traditional Uses:digestion, encourages perspiration
Magical Uses:
Description: Grows up to two feet tall with a tapering root stalk. Well branched with sweet scented delicate foliage that resembles parsley. Umbels of small white flowers in spring and summer, followed by seed pods. CAUTION: Do Not harvest wild for it can be easily confused for poisonous hemlock, fools parsley and water dropwort.

Uses: Use bruised leaves applied fresh or as poultices to wounds. Infusion aids in digestion and helps stimulate perspiration.

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