Hollyhock Althaea Rosea

Other Names:
Traditional Uses:diuretic, mouth ulcers, soothing balm
Magical Uses:
Description: Grows up to 10 feet with wide hairy leaves that grow to 12 inches in width.Large flowers in summer white and pink in the wild and purple, red or yellow in cultivated form.

Uses: Use fresh flowers and leaves as a diuretic and to help with some chest compaints. Helps mouth ulcers and is soothing on the face.

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

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Marsh Mallow Althaea officinalis (Malvaceae)

Other Names: guimauve, mortification plant, schloss tea, sweet weed, wymote
Traditional Uses:lung and bowel disorders, inflammation, gastric ailments
Magical Uses:
Description: Tough-rooted herbacious perinnial. Has white or pink blooms where the leaf bunches meet the stem with velvety stems and leaves.

Uses: Use flowers, leaves and shoots. Also use roots dug up in winter dormancy after the plant has been established at least two years (used fresh or dried).

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

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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?

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Chives Allium schoenoprasum

Other Names:
Traditional Uses:stimulant, digestive aid
Magical Uses:
Description: Small bulb that grows in clumps, with thin, dark green hollow leaves that grow to 8-12 inches tall. Slightly tall flower stems hold small purple flowers.

Use: Use the leaves of the plant. Mainly used for flavoring and garnishing since it carries a mild onion flavor. It is medicinally used as a stimulant, as a digestive aid and is high in vitamin C.

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

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Garlic Allium sativum

Other Names:
Traditional Uses:antibiotic, expectorant and digestion, high blood pressure
Magical Uses:protection
Description: white skinned bulb, with each bulb being divided into several cloves. Tall stem with single round pale green or pink bloom.

Use: The parts you want to use are the bulbs (the “root” of the plant). Used for treating high blood pressure, as an antibiotic, as an expectorant and digestive aid. Also used for flavoring and has accumulated many superstitions.

Decoction: used to prepare barks, roots and berries 4 cups of water to 1 ounce dry herb or 2 ounces fresh herb; finely chop herbs in a pan and cover with the water (which should be cold). Bring this mixture to a boil, cover and simmer for about 5 minutes. Then strain the liquid off and press as much of the remaining liquid out of the herbs as possible. Refrigerate unused portions, lasts up to 2 weeks.

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?

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Common Ladys Mantle Alchemilla vulgaris (Rosaceae)

Other Names: lion’s foot, bear’s foot, common alchemil
Traditional Uses:eye disorders, stop bleeding, menstrual disorders and childbirth
Magical Uses:produce gold
Description: Grows 6-18 inches tall, leaves are pleated and cloak shaped. In summer will blossom small yellow-green flowers.

Use: Use leaves and flower shoots for eye disorders and to staunch bleeding. Also traditionally used as an aid in childbirth and treatment for menstrual disorders.

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

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Common Bugle Ajuga reptans (labiatae)

Other Names: creeping bugle, carpet bugle, carpenter’s herb
Traditional Uses:staunch bleeding
Magical Uses:
Description: pink, white or blue flowers in midsummer, rosettes of green leaves.

Use: Cut entire plant down at the bottom and dry to use medicinally to treat bleeding from wounds and cuts.

Infusion: Used to prepare more delicate parts of plants. 3 cups of water to 1 ounce dry herb or 1.5 ounces of fresh herbs; pour the freshly boiled water over herbs in a pot, cover the pot and let the herbs steep for at least 10 minutes. Strain and serve. Refrigerate unused portions, lasts up to 24 hours.

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Common Agrimony Agrimonia eupatoria (Rosaceae)

Other Names: church steeples, liverwort, sticklewort, cockleburr
Traditional Uses:jaundice, astringent, stop bleeding
Magical Uses:
Description: gray-green cinquefoil leaves, yellow star-shaped flowers, apricot scent, seedheads stick to clothes.

Use: steep fresh leaves in water to make infusion, used as an external astringent to stop bleeding and for treating wounds.

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

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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?

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