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Post by Agrimony on Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:43 am

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Alfalfa (Medicago saliva) is associated with earthly providence because its roots penetrate so deep into the dirt. Adding fresh alfalfa sprouts to a meal is thought to ground etheric energies and increase the physical sustenance of foods. Alfalfa tea is a stress-reducing infusion that works by calming nerve endings to relieve the pain of arthritis and neuralgia. Alfalfa favorably influences nutrition, evidenced in "toning up" the appetite and digestion. It acts as a fat producer and corrects body fissures and wasting away of body tissue. Alfalfa improves mental and physical vigor. It is used to treat diseases of malnutrition or weight loss associated with cancer, anorexia, neurasthenia, syphilis, insomnia, nervous indigestion, appendicitis, and diabetes. It is also said to cure deficient breast-milk, bladder irritability, prostatic hypertrophy, and rheumatic diathesis. Planet: Earth. [Earth]

Allspice is made from a plant native to tropical South America and got its name because its aroma and flavor resemble a combination of various cooking herbs. Considered a lucky spice, it is said to promote health in an individual and prosperity in a family. Allspice is burned as incense to attract money. Planets: Jupiter, Mars. [Fire]

Almonds (Amygdalus communis) are sacred to the gods Thoth, Hermes, and Mercury and are said to bring wisdom and prosperity by stimulating intuition and insight through the Third Eye Chakra. Magical wands are often made of almond wood. Planets: Venus, Mercury. [Air]

Aloe Vera (Aloe vera) is native to Africa, although this succulent species is commonly cultivated throughout the world. The clear gel found inside the plant's leaf and the crystalline part found alongside the leaf blade are used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. The gel is a remarkably effective healer of wounds and burns, speeding up the rate of healing and reducing the risk of infection. The brownish part of the gel contains aloin, which is a strong laxative and is useful for acute constipation. Aloe is present in many cosmetic formulae because of its emollient and scar preventing properties. Esoterically, it guards against accidents and brings protection and renewal to marriages and relationships. Planet: Moon, Venus. [Water]

Amaranth (Amaranthus hypochondriacus) is an ancient Aztec grain with a strong nutty flavor. The tiny grains add a peppery taste that enhances other grain dishes. The Aztecs considered the spicy grain a powerful source of protective energy. Amaranth is a symbol of immortality. Planet: Saturn, Sun. [Fire]

Angelica (Angelica archangelica) has a long-standing reputation as a medicinal herb and has been recommended by European herbalists since the Fifteenth Century. Angelica is used to reduce muscular spasms in asthma and bronchitis, and the oil has been shown to ease rheumatic inflammation, regulate menstrual flow, and act as an appetite stimulant. The stems are candied for culinary use. The herb is associated with Hermes and the archangel Michael. Planet: Sun. [Air]

Anise (Pimpinella anisum) calms and soothes the body and mind. Anise seeds contain a form of plant estrogen, and the aromatic tea made from them deepens meditation. It was grown in Egypt and was known to the Greeks, Romans, and Arabs, who named the plant “Anysun.” Since antiquity, it has been used as a flavoring spice in recipes, as a diuretic, to treat digestive problems, and to relieve toothache. The seeds are known for their ability to reduce flatulence and colic, and to settle the digestion. They are commonly given to infants and children to relieve colic, and to people of all ages to ease nausea and indigestion. Anise is also has an expectorant with antispasmodic action that is helpful in countering period pain, asthma, whooping cough, and bronchitis. The mild hormonal action of anise seeds may explain its ability to increase breast-milk production and its reputation for easing childbirth and treating impotence and frigidity. Anise essential oil is used externally to treat lice and scabies, as well as cast out possessive spirits. Planets: Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter. [Air]

Arnica (Arnica montana) or Wolfsbane was used extensively in European folk medicine. Arnica extracts, ointments, and compresses are used to reduce inflammation and pain from bruises, sprains, tendons, dislocations and swollen areas. Arnica improves the local blood supply and accelerates healing, and the German philosopher and poet Goethe (1749-1832) used arnica for easing his angina symptoms. It is anti-inflammatory and increases the rate of re-absorption of internal bleeding. The internal use of arnica is restricted to homeopathic dosages as it is potentially toxic. Planet: Saturn, Moon. [Water]

Arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea) is native to South America and the Caribbean where people use its root as a poultice and as an antiseptic tea for urinary infections. Arrowroot is used in herbal medicine in much the same manner as slippery elm (Ulmus rubra), as a soothing demulcent and a nutrient of benefit in convalescence and for easing digestion. It helps to relieve acidity, indigestion and colic, and is a mild laxative. It may be applied as an ointment or poultice mixed with other antiseptic herbs such as comfrey. Planet: Venus. [Water]

Barberry is used to treat afflictions of the liver and kidneys and is often useful in arthritic and hepatic disorders with accompanying hemorrhoidal or menstrual complaints. It is used to treat gallbladder or kidney colic. Barberry is indicated for many kidney problems, such as radiating pains from kidneys to the bladder, pain from kidney stones, bubbling sensations in the region of kidneys, pain in the thighs and loins on urinating, or urine with thick mucus and bright-red. Cold compresses of barberry are used to treat itching or burning skin, eczema of anus and hands, and eruptive pigmentation following eczema or skin inflammation. Barberry bush is ruled by the planet Mars. The leaves and fruit are also associated with Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn. [Water]

Basil originated in India and occurs in two types: holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) and sweet (culinary) basil (Ocimum basilicum). The Egyptians burned a mixture of holy basil and myrrh to appease their gods. Holy basil was also sacred to the Greeks, and women were not allowed to pick it. Basil soothes anger and hard feelings by encouraging feelings of love and is thought to simultaneously simulate the Heart and Sacral Chakras, thereby harmonizing stressful emotions while releasing sexual energies. Sweet basil was introduced in Europe as a seasoning for food. It adds an outdoorsy, mint-like flavor to dishes, and is best used raw. It also strengthens the immune system and is known to kill germs. The herb has the ability to reduce blood sugar levels and also prevents peptic ulcers and other stress related conditions like hypertension, colitis and asthma. Basil is also used to treat cold and reduce fever, congestion and joint pain. Due to its anti-bacterial and fungicide action, basil leaves are used on itching skin, insect bites and skin eruptions. Properties: antispasmodic, analgesic, lowers blood pressure, reduces fever, fungicidal, and anti-inflammatory. Sweet basil oil can be relaxing to muscles, including smooth muscles (those not subject to our voluntary control, such as the heart and digestive system). It may also be used to soothe insect bites when applied topically. Beneficial for mental fatigue, basil may help stimulate and sharpen the sense of smell. It has also been found to be beneficial for alleviating mental fatigue, spasms, rhinitis, and as a first aid treatment for wasp stings and snake bites. It may also help when there is a loss of smell due to chronic nasal catarrh. Apply the oil to tip of nose, on temples and on location. For mental fatigue, inhale first then apply to crown of head, forehead, heart and navel. The oil may be added to food or water as a dietary supplement. If carried or worn, basil attracts money, stimulates sensuality, and protects from demons. Planet: Mars. [Fire]

Bay Leaves (Laurus nobilis) are sacred to the Hindu creator god, Vishnu. They were known as laurel leaves to the Greeks and were believed to increase psychic powers. Priestesses of Apollo chewed the leaves and inhaled their smoke to induce a psychic state of mind. Five leaves to a teapot make an infusion that alleviates indigestion and clears the sinuses. Planets: Jupiter, Sun. [Fire]

Belladonna (Atropa belladonna) or deadly nightshade is native to Europe, western Asia and northern Africa. Herba bella dona, or "herb of the beautiful lady" is known for its poisonous effects (belladonna increases heartbeat and can lead to death). Like many other poisonous plants, it is an important and beneficial remedy when used correctly. Belladonna contains atropine used in conventional medicine to dilate the pupils for eye examinations and as an anesthetic. In herbal medicine, deadly nightshade is mainly prescribed to relieve intestinal colic, to treat peptic ulcers and to relax distended organs (especially the stomach and sintestine). Deadly nightshade is also used as an anesthetic in conventional medicine. Uses: smooth muscle antispasmodic, narcotic, reduces sweating, sedative. Planet: Saturn. [Water]

Benzoin Gum (Styrax benzoin) or Gum Benjamin is a tree native to southeast Asia. Its trunk exudes a gum well known for its strong astringent and antiseptic action. For this reason it is used externally to fight tissue inflammation and to disinfect wounds. When taken internally, benzoin gum acts to settle griping pain, to stimulate coughing, and to disinfect the urinary tract. The gum is widely used in cosmetics as an antioxidant in oils, as a fixative in perfumes, and as an additive to soaps. When steam inhaled, it helps heal sore throats, head and chest colds, and bronchitis. Properties: antiseptic, astringent, and anti-inflammatory. Planets: Venus, Sun. [Fir]

Bergamot (Citrus aurantium bergamia) is a small tree whose fruit has been used in the Middle East for hundreds of years for skin conditions associated with an oily complexion. Bergamot oil, pressed from the peel of the bergamot fruit, assists in avoiding infectious diseases. It  has about 300 chemical constituents that contribute medicinal and mood-lifting qualities. Bergamot is responsible for the distinctive flavor of the popular Earl Grey Tea. The oil has been used in the Middle East for hundreds of years for acne, boils, cold sores, eczema, insect bites, insect repellent, oily complexion, psoriasis, scabies, spot varicose veins, ulcers, wounds, sore throat, thrush, infectious disease, and depression. It has a refreshing uplifting quality, and may help relieve anxiety, stress and tension. Apply to forehead, on temples or on location. Bergamot oil is also used to relax muscle spasms and improve digestion. In cosmetics it is used in preventing oily skin, acne, psoriasis and acne. The oil is sometimes added to sun-tanning oils, although it should not be applied to skin that may be directly exposed to sunlight or UV rays. Planet: Mercury. [Air]

Birch (Betula alleghaniensis) contains an active principle similar to cortisone and is beneficial for massage associated with bone, muscle, and joint discomfort. It has also been used for arthritis, tendonitis, and rheumatism. Its aromatic wintergreen-like influences elevate, open and increase awareness in the sensory system. It may be applied neat to the bottom of the feet. Avoid using the oil during pregnancy or on people with epilepsy. Planet: Venus. [Water]

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria) is a powerful remedy affecting the head, liver, chest, deltoid, and mucous membranes of the respiratory tract. It also help a wide variety of puzzling symptoms, including burning pains, influenza coughs, sudden stoppage of catarrh of respiratory tract followed by diarrhea, vasomotor disturbances, ebullitions, sickness and fainting from odor of flowers, redness and burning of cheeks, menstrual sickness headache, pain that ascends from occiput bone to over right eye, headaches from going without food, distension of the veins and temples, rheumatism of the right shoulder, burning of palms and soles, cough of gastric origin, pneumonia, tough sputum that  is rust-colored and almost impossible to raise, spasmodic cough after influenza and after whooping cough, severe dyspnea and constriction of chest, tuberculosis, nasal polyps, most general headaches. It is also worn for protection. Planets: Saturn, Mars. [Earth]

Boldo (Peumus boldus) is a tree originally from the Chilean Andes. It activates the secretion of saliva and gastric juices. Boldine, one of its constituents, induces the flow of bile and exhibits protective action over the hepatic cells. Boldo stimulates liver activity and is chiefly valued as a remedy for gallbladder and liver pain. It is normally taken for a few weeks at a time, either as a tincture or infusion. Boldo also has antiseptic properties that help in combating cystitis. Planet: Saturn. [Water]

Burdock Root (Arctium lappa) chiefly affects the skin, liver, joints and uterus. It is a classic blood purifier, a diuretic and diaphoretic, and helps cleanse the body of toxins and wastes. Burdock has a restorative effect on the liver and gallbladder and contains antibiotic, antifungal, and anti-tumor principles. It has a strong hypoglycemic action and is an effective painkiller that alleviates symptoms of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. It is used also for excessive underarm sweating and sour stomach. Planets: Moon, Venus. [Fire]

Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora) trees are native to China and Japan and are cultivated for the extraction of camphor oil from the wood. Marco Polo was the first to note that the Chinese used camphor oil as a medicine, scent, and embalming fluid. Camphor crystals have strong antiseptic, stimulant, and antispasmodic properties and are applied externally as unguents or balms. Camphor acts as a counter-irritant and analgesic liniment to relieve arthritic and rheumatic pains, neuralgia and back pain. It may also be applied to skin problems, such as cold sores and chilblains, and used as a chest rub for bronchitis and other chest infections. Properties: antiseptic, antispasmodic, analgesic, expectorant. Camphor is also used as an incense. Planets: Mercury, Moon. [Air]

Cannabis (Cannabis sativa) or marijuana or Indian hemp has a calmative effect, reduces blood pressure, and eases glaucoma. Cannabis tea is still used in Europe as a calmative. Uses: congestive heart failure, mitral and tricuspid regurgitation, apocynum (depresses the heart, kidneys and intestines), relaxation of sphincters, reduce swelling of every part of the body, scanty urine and sweat, dropsies, ascites, anasarca, hydrothorax, acute alcoholism, excessive vomiting and nausea from chemotherapy. Planets: Moon, Saturn. [Water]

Caraway (Carum carvi) seeds are used for protection and to dispel negative influences. The seeds are thought to attract loving, protective energies and discourage theft. In Europe, sachets of caraway seeds were placed in children’s beds to protect them from harm. Planet: Venus. [Water]

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) or amonum is praised as a zesty spice and medicine and used in ancient Egypt to make perfumes. Made from the seeds of an Asian plant, it is an excellent remedy for many digestive problems, helping to soothe indigestion, dyspepsia, gastralgia, colon spasms and flatulence. It has an aromatic and pungent taste and combines well with coffee and cocoa. It is used to disguise the less pleasant taste of other herbs. Because of its superb aroma, cardamom was burnt as an offering to the gods and became an ingredient in many perfumes. The alluring power of cardamom is said to increase the strength of marriages and all types of unions, and the ground-up seeds are used to make love potions. Cardamon was also used as a sore throat and cough remedy and to expel intestinal worms. Properties: carminative, aromatic, antispasmodic. Planet: Sun. [Fire]

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is sacred to Bast, the Egyptian cat goddess, and is said to increase joy, acceptance, and life force. Catnip is used to make a bedtime tea that encourages wonderful dreams by soothing frazzled nerves. The tea also relieves bloating and fights stomach nausea from colds and flu. However, catnip increases menstrual flow and should not be taken by pregnant women. Planet: Venus. [Water]

Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) is known in Lebanon as the tree of life and longevity. According to Egyptian myth, Isis restored the severed penis of Osiris by carving a phallic from the wood of a Lebanon cedar tree. The Djed Pillar is the sacred instrument of Egyptian magic for restoring life, and “djed” is Egyptian for the Lebanon cedar. The oil was also used traditionally by the Canadian Native Americans to help them enter into a higher spiritual realm. They also used it for stimulating the scalp. It is recognized for its purifying properties and is used in avoiding hair loss, dandruff, acne, psoriasis, arthritis, congestion, coughs, sinusitis, cystitis and nervous tension. Cedarwood oil historically is recognized for its calming, purifying properties and is used to benefit the skin and tissues near the surface of the skin. It also helps calm nervous tension. Diffuse or apply topically on location, but use with caution during pregnancy. The oil is antimicrobial and antiseptic and can even be used to repel moths and insects. Planets: Jupiter, Sun. [Fire]

Celandine (Chelidonium) is a liver remedy, in which the chief symptom is an aching pain at the inferior angle of the right scapula. It also acts on spleen and kidneys. Uses: bilious disturbances, right sided remedy, serous effusions, hydrocele, liver enlarged and tender, jaundice due to hepatic and gallbladder obstruction, gall colic, gallstones, and hepatitis. Planets: Jupiter, Mars. [Air]

Cereus (Cactus grandiflorus) is a night-blooming cactus that is a powerful heart tonic. Symptoms and uses: constricting pains in the heart, constriction sensations, spasmodic pains and palpitations, endocarditis with mitral insufficiency together with violent and rapid action, aneurysm of large arteries and heart, and persistent subnormal body temperature. Cereus is a hemorrhagic remedy that favors formation of clots speedily. It is also said to stop frightful dreams. Planets: Sun, Moon.

Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita) grows wild in Europe and west Asia. Related species are found in North America and Africa. Its flowers help to ease indigestion, nervousness, depressions and headaches. It is ideal for emotion related medical problems such as peptic ulcers, colitis, spastic colon, and nervous indigestion. Chamomile was used by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Vikings as a whole-body healer. The herb has a purifying and calming effect and is burned as incense to deepen meditation. The tea makes a soothing tonic for the nerves, and gamblers who wash their hands in the tea are said to reap more winnings. The tea also eases menstrual cramps, and herbalists sometimes prescribe it to women for infertility. It is also a remedy for asthma, gallstones, diarrhea, toothaches, and middle ear infections. Roman chamomile  (Chamaemelum nobile) or chamomilla is a close relative, used in a similar way.  Properties: anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, relaxant, carminative, bitter, nervine. Chamomilla is used to treat sensitiveness, irritableness, hypersentsitivity, hysteria, thirstiness, hot and numb feelings, pains associated with numbness, bad temper, and anger, teething pains, colic. earache with soreness around ear, swelling, and flatulence. Externally, it is used for sore skin and eczema. The Egyptians and Romans used the oil for skin conditions such as dermatitis, boils, acne, rashes, and eczema as well as for hair care, burns, cuts, toothaches, teething pains, inflamed joints, menopausal problems, insomnia, migraine headaches and stress related complaints. Apply the oil to bottom of feet, temples or on location, or it may be added to food or water as a dietary supplement. Safe for use with small children, and has a calming mixed with bath or massage oils. Planets: Mercury, Sun. [Water]

Chaparral has good antioxidant properties. The primary constituent of chaparral, the chemical NDGA, possesses analgesic and vaso-depressant properties. Increases ascorbic acid (vitamin C) levels in the adrenals. Used to treat skin cancer, alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and prevent dental carries. [Fire]

Chaste Tree (Agnus castus) is used for low sexual vitality with corresponding mental depression and loss of nervous energy and produces its chief effect on sexual organs of both sexes. Uses: impotency and premature old age from abuse of sexual power, weakness from excessive masturbation habit, gnawing itching in all parts, especially eyes, bad memory, nausea with sensation as if intestines were pressed downwards, abdomen distended after meals, breast-milk absent, pupils always dilated, infertility with suppressions of menses and no sexual desire. Planets: Venus, Saturn. Planet: Moon. [Water]

Chicory (Cicorium intybus) is native to Europe and has been cultivated through the ages. It is the wild ancestor of endive. Chicaory was cultivated by the Egyptians and exported to Rome during Cleopatra’s reign. As a tea or extract, chicory root is a bitter digestive tonic that also increases bile flow and decrease inflammation. The root is therapeutically similar to dandelion root, supporting the action of the stomach and liver and cleansing the urinary tract. Chicory is also taken for rheumatic conditions and gout, and as a mild laxative, one particularly appropriate for children. An infusion of the leaves and flowers also aids the digestion. Properties: digestive, liver tonic, anti-rheumatic, mild laxative. Slightly more bitter than endive, it is also used as seasoning in salads and soups. Ground roasted chicory makes a good tonic and coffee substitute. Planet: Mercury, Sun. [Air]

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) is native to Sri Lanka but is extensively cultivated throughout the tropical regions of the world. The tree must grow for eight years before its thick bark is mature enough to be harvested. Cinnamon has a long history of use in India, although it was first used medicinally and magically in Egypt and parts of Europe from about 500 BC. Traditionally, the herb was taken for colds, flu and digestive problems, and it is still used in much the same way today. The infusion or powder is used for stomach pains and cramps. Uses: warming stimulant, carminative, antispasmodic, antiseptic, anti-viral. Cinnamon bark oil is one of the most antimicrobial essential oils. It has been produced in Sri-Lanka for over 2,000 years, and it has been demonstrated in modern times that viruses can not live in the presence of cinnamon oil. The spice is recognized for its healing properties and is used as an antiseptic and painkiller. It is also known to stop diarrhea, lower blood pressure, and increase insulin production. Cinnamon oil was used in the mummification process by the Egyptians and was applied as a holy anointing oil in ancient Hebrew rituals. Cinnamon was also sacred to the Greek god of ecstasy, Dionysus. When it is burned as incense or added to foods, cinnamon raises spiritual energy to a higher level to return for manifestation in creative work. Cinnamon comes from the fragrant bark of an evergreen tree of the laurel family and is thought to increase spirituality and psychic insight by stimulating the Crown Chakra. Planet: Sun. [Fire]

Cistus Oil (Cistus ladaniferus) is high in phenols, which support the immune system. Diffuse or apply topically diluted with mixing oil, but use with caution during pregnancy. [Fire]

Citronella (Cymbopo nardus) is a grass that grows wild in Sri Lanka. It is used as an antiseptic, detergent, and insect repellant. Esoterically, it is used for purification and to heighten moods. [Fire]

Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) trees are a coastal variety native to Indonesia. The dried flower buds, cloves, are extensively used as spice. The buds, leaves and stems are used for the extractions of clove oil. Both the oil and the flower buds have been valued as a herbal medicine for a long time. Esoterically, the buds are used to attract love and money and for psychic protection. The Chinese called them "birds’ tongues," and Europeans referred to them as the "grains of paradise." Cloves are said to help one penetrate illusion, and the Romans burned them as incense to keep others from making up lies or gossiping about them. Cloves were used in the Middle Ages to fight the plague and cure impotence, and today herbalists prescribe them as a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory agent. The oil contains eugenol, a strong anaesthetic and antiseptic substance used today to numb gums in dentistry. Properties: antispasmodic, stimulative, antiseptic, analgesic, antibacterial, carminative. Clove oil is one of the most antimicrobial essential oils. Clove's aromatic influences have been know to improve memory and create a feeling of protection and courage. Diffuse or apply the oil topically diluted with mixing oil or put 2 drops in 4 oz. water and use as a gargle. The oil may also be applied neat on palms of hands, bottom of feet and on gums and teeth or added to food or water as a dietary supplement or flavoring. Use with caution during pregnancy. Planets: Jupiter, Sun. [Fire]

Clover (Trifolium pratense) is a tangy field grass sometimes added to salads. Red clover makes a pleasant-tasting herbal tea that soothes the nerves and fortifies the blood. Clover releives many symptoms of congestion in the head and lungs, and it may retard progress of cancerous tumors. Uses: whooping cough, tickling cough, oppressed breathing with fever, cough followed by hiccough, increase flow of saliva, hoarseness and choking, chills with cough at night. Three-leaf clovers represent the Three Essentials of the Hermetic sciences as well as the Christian Trinity and were worn to ward off evil spells. Four-leaf clovers also ward off evil from witches because they make a cross. But Christians consider five-leafed clovers very unlucky, as they represent the Pentagram. Planets: Mars, Mercury. [Air]

Cocaine (Erythroxylon coca) is a initiatic ally of shamans, who use it to provide invisibility and increase life force and sexuality. The dried leaves are also carried in a sachet. Use of cocaine outside a sacred circle is considered a sacrilege. Planet: Mercury. [Water]

Cohosh (Caulophyllum) acts on the female generative organs. Uses: lack of tone of the uterus, labor pains weak or irregular, false labor pains, internal trembling with weakness, thrush, erratic pains, habitual miscarriage from uterine debility, premature labor, and rheumatism of small joints. Planets: Venus, Saturn. [Water]

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is also known as “knitbone,” and the name “comfrey” is derived from the Latin con firma (with strength), from the belief that it could heal broken bones. Comfrey leaves and roots contain allantoin, a cell multiplication agent that increases the healing of wounds. Uses: general bone remedy, injuries to bones, cartilages, periosteum with excessive pain, fractures, broken bones, non-union of fractures, prickling pain, soreness of periosteum, broken bones, injuries to the eye, bone periosteum, falls, blows from blunt objects, irritable stump after amputations, bone cancer, injuries and bruising of testicles, backaches after strains and from sexual excesses. Externally it is also used for rashes, wounds, inflammation and skin problems. Internally, comfrey has action over the digestive tract helping to cure ulcers and colitis. It is also used for a variety of respiratory problems. Tea made from the leaves relieves diarrhea, while tea from the roots makes a remedy for coughs and chest colds. Comfrey belongs to the forget-me-not family and was carried by travelers in the Middle Ages to protect them against getting lost or robbed. The root is still used in spells to attract money. Planets: Saturn, Mars. [Earth]

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) or cilantro has been used as a medicinal plant since 1500 B.C. It has now spread well beyond its native Mediterranean regions. It aids digestion, reduces flatulence and improves appetite, relieve spasms within the gut, and counters the effects of nervous tension. It also contains a diuretic that reduces blood pressure and eases headaches. Coriander is also chewed to sweeten the breath, especially after consumption of garlic (Allium sativum), and it is applied externally as a lotion for rheumatic pain. Coriander essential oil is used in the manufacture of perfumes, cosmetics, and dentifrices. Properties: digestive, antispasmodic, anti-rheumatic. Coriander oil lowers glucose levels by normalizing insulin levels and supporting pancreatic function. It also has anti-inflammatory and sedative properties. The oil may be added to food or water as a dietary supplement or flavoring. Coriander encourages people to fall in love, and mixing the powdered seeds in warm red wine makes a powerful love potion. Eaten raw, coriander is a stimulant said to increase intelligence. Planet: Mars. [Fire]

Cumin has the archetypal signature of Retention. It is said that any object that carries cumin seeds cannot be stolen, and at one time, European wives fed their husbands cumin to keep them faithful. Cumin was also sprinkled on the floors of homes to ward off possession by evil spirits, and in northern Italy and Germany, the seeds were added to loaves of bread to keep forest sprites from stealing them. Planet: Mars. [Fire]

Curry powder is actually a blend of ginger, turmeric, cardamom and other spices, which imparts the characteristic flavor and aroma of the curry plant (Murraya koenigii). In India, the dried plant is burnt at nightfall to keep evil spirits away in the darkness. It is also sprinkled on stored food to keep molds from growing. Curry powder has been shown to increase metabolism, help breathing, and reduce cholesterol. Planet: Mars. [Fire]

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) brings justice, and the incense is used in psychic investigations. The oil is one of the most used for the circulatory system. It is antimicrobial, beneficial for the circulatory system, and gives a kind of energy that may help in cases of edema, cellulite, varicose veins and water retention. It is beneficial for decongesting fluids of the body. Its aromatic influence strengthens and helps ease the feeling of loss. It creates a feeling of security, grounding, and helps soothe the emotions. Use topically with a massaging action toward the center of the body. Apply where you would wear a deodorant, but use with caution during pregnancy. Planet: Saturn. [Earth]

Damiana (Turnera diffusa aphrodisiaca) is native from the Gulf of Mexico and has an ancient reputation as an aphrodisiac. Damiana cures inability to exercise the reproductive functions in both sexes and shows power over the genito-urinary system. It is an excellent remedy for the nervous system, acting as a stimulant and tonic in cases of mild depression. Damiana has a strongly aromatic, slightly bitter taste. The leaves are used to flavor liqueurs and are taken in Mexico as a substitute for tea. Uses: nerve tonic, antidepressant, urinary antiseptic, severe migraines, amenorrhea, chronic fatigue, dysmenorrhea, gonorrhea, impotence, incontinence, leucorrhea, prostate disorders, sexual weakness, spinal injury, spermatorrhea, syphilis, and infertility. Planets: Mars, Venus. [Fire]

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) occurs naturally in Asia but is now a common plant everywhere. Its medicinal virtues were probably introduced in Europe by the Arabs in the 10th Century. Known principally as a weed, dandelion has an astonishing range of health benefits. The leaves, which can be eaten in salads, are a powerful diuretic. The roots act as a "blood purifier" that helps both kidneys and the liver to remove impurities from the blood. This effect seems to be due to its potassium content. It also acts like a mild laxative and improves appetite and digestion. Uses: diuretic, digestive, antibiotic, bitter with an affinity for the liver and bladder, mapped tongue, hysterical tympanites, frequent urination, impatience and irritability, sternomastoid muscle very painful to touch, headaches due to liver disturbances, cold finger tips, neuralgia of knee, night-sweats, cancerous conditions, general debility, diabetes, gallstones, liver disorders, rheumatism, and Typhoid fever. Dandelion is sacred to the Greek lunar goddess Hecate. The root is used to call forth spirits to fulfill wishes and foretell the future. When the root is roasted and ground like coffee, the infusion not only increases one’s psychic powers but also is said to open a doorway through which all-knowing spirits from the Other Side can travel. Young dandelion leaves also make a delicious salad, and the tea is taken as a tonic for liver problems. Both the Persians and the East Indians used it for liver complaints. Planets: Jupiter, Venus. [Air]

Dill (Anethum graveolens) is an ancient Egyptian remedy that is mentioned as a pain killer in the Ebers papyrus (c. 1500 BC). Dill is an annual plant of the parsley family and was considered sacred to the Egyptian god Horus. Both the dried plant and seeds are used as spices that stimulate the Sacral Chakra. Dill’s active, dominant presence stimulates sexual desire if smelled or eaten, and combining dill with such phallic symbols as pickles only increases the effect. The Romans (who knew dill as anethum) fed dill to gladiators to give them courage, and placed in a cradle or crib, the plant is said to protect children from harm. Dill has always been considered a remedy for the stomach, relieving gas and calming the digestion. Chewing the seeds improves bad breath. Dill makes a useful addition to cough, cold and flu remedies, and is a mild diuretic. Dill increases milk production, and when taken regularly by nursing mothers, helps to prevent colic in their babies. Properties: digestive, antibacterial, antispasmodic, diuretic. Dill Oil has been proven to help lower glucose levels by normalizing insulin levels. In European hospitals, it is also used for bronchial catarrh and liver deficiencies. Apply the oil topically on abdomen and bottom of feet, or it may be added to food or water as a dietary supplement. Use with caution if susceptible to epilepsy. Planet: Mercury. [Air]

Dong Quay (Angelica sinensis) has an affinity for the genital organs, especially female. It is also used to harmonize the blood and the energy, (meridians). Uses: drained feeling with headaches, lumbar aching, chest and abdominal diseases, thyroid problems, weight changes, amenorrhea, PMS, menopausal complaints, leucorrhea, and irregular libido. Planet: Venus. [Water]

Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia) or purple cone-flower is used as a blood tonic and as a cleansing and anti-septic wash. Echinacea root was used by Native American shamans to strengthen their connection to the spirit world. They believed it increased the likelihood that their spells would work and also used it treat burns and snakebite. Ancient Chinese healers used it as an antibiotic. Today, it is widely used as an immune booster to fight infections and protect from colds and flu. Uses: corrector of the depravation of the body fluids, antiseptic, antifermentative, anti-zymotic, boils, carbuncles, abscesses or cellular glandular inflammations, blood poisonings, acute auto-infections, septic conditions, bites of poisonous animals, Iymphangitis, gangrene, or vaccinosis, erysipelas and foul ulcers, gangrene, venom infection, wounds, puerperal septicemia, aching in limbs, stuffiness of nostrils with mucus in sinuses and pharynx, chilliness with nausea, Malarial fever, and sore throat. Planets: Mars, Saturn. [Earth]

Elemi Oil (Canarium Iuzonicum) is an essential oil distilled from the gum of a tree originating in the Philippines. Elemi has been used in Europe for hundreds of years in salves for skin, forming the bases of the celebrated healing balms. Elemi belongs to the same botanical family as frankincense and myrrh (Burseraceae). It is antiseptic and highly regarded today for soothing sore muscles, protecting skin and stimulating nerves. Elemi herb is antiseptic, expectorant, fortifying, restorative, warming and refreshing. Used: aging skin, wrinkles (rejuvenator), infected cuts and wounds, inflammation, bronchitis and unproductive cough. Elemi is supportive to the nervous system (nervous exhaustion & stress related conditions). Apply the oil topically, diffuse or use in a humidifier. [Air]

Ergot (Claviceps purpurea) is a fungi that grows on rye. It is a powerful hallucinogen and source for LSD, which can only be extracted though laboratory methods. There is some evidence that European alchemists, as practicing chemists, knew of the effects of ergot on humans and made use of it in their work. Planet: Mercury. [Water]

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) is native to Australia, where it comprises more than 75% of all trees. A traditional aboriginal remedy, eucalyptus is a powerful antiseptic used all over the world for relieving coughs and colds, sore throats and other infections. Tea made from the leaves is a stimulating tonic that relieves bronchial problems and coughs. The leaves also cool the body and relive fever. The antiseptic oil is used as a soothing stimulant in aromatherapy. Inhaling the vapors of the essential oils heated in water, clears sinus and bronchial congestions. Eucaliptol, one of the substances found in the essential oil, is one of the main constituents of the many commercial formulas of chest rubs for colds. The essential oil has also strong anti-biotic, anti-viral and anti-fungal action. There are four basic kinds of eucalyptus oil used in aromatherapy. Eucalyptus dives is high in phellandrene and low in eucalptol. This species has a different, more specific antibacterial action than other eucalyptus oils. It is excellent for skin or topical application. Apply topically and avoid direct inhalation, diffuse or use in a humidifier. Eucalyptus globulus has been shown by laboratory tests to be a powerful antimicrobial agent and contains a high percentage of eucalptol. Apply the oil topically to chest or other areas, diffuse or use in a humidifier. Eucalyptus polybractea is also well suited for topical application or diffusing. This species is highest in the antibacterial compound eucalyptol (about 80 percent) and has one of the strongest antibacterial actions among the eucalyptus oils. Apply topically, diffuse or use in a humidifier but avoid direct inhalation. Eucalyptus radiata is an antimicrobial oil studied for its action against viruses. This oil is used extensively for respiratory infections. Apply topically, diffuse, or use in a humidifier. Planets: Jupiter, Sun. [Fire]

Eyebright (Euphrasia) brewed in a tea heightens mental acuity and sharpens psychic insight. A hearty cup of the herbal tea is recommended whenever an important decision has to be made. Uses: allergies and hay fever, catarrhal conjunctivitis, profuse hot or acrid tears, amenorrhea with ophthalmia, catarrhal headache with profuse discharge from eyes and nose, prostate inflammation, profuse bland fluent coryza, and constipation. Planet: Sun. [Fire]

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is native to the Mediterranean but has spread to surrounding areas, including India. Known to the Greeks and Romans, it was used as food, spice and medicine. Fennel was considered sacred to the Greek god of ecstasy, Dionysus, and was a part of the Dionysian mysteries. The plant’s stalks were fashioned into long scepters with pinecones on top that were carried in ceremonies. For personal use, fennel is infused into a delicate, spiritually purifying, physically healing tea that eases nausea, relieves gas, and helps arthritic conditions. Fennel is also diuretic and anti-inflammatory. The multifaceted herb is used to increase human breast milk and is also fed to cows to stimulate milk production. The primary use of fennel seeds is to relieve flatulence, but they also settle colic, stimulate the appetite and digestion. Like anise (Pimpinella anisum) and caraway (Carum carvi), fennel has a calming effect on bronchitis and coughs. An infusion of the seeds may be taken as a gargle for sore throats and as a mild expectorant, and the herb is still used as an eye wash for sore eyes and conjunctivitis. Essential oil from the sweet variety is used for its digestive and relaxing properties. Properties: digestive, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory. The oil is antiseptic and stimulating to the circulation and respiratory systems. It is reported in the medical literature that fennel is anti-parasitic, with hormonal like action that helps support the body in reducing PMS and menopausal symptoms. It may also help break up fluids and toxins and cleanse the tissues of the body. Its aromatic influences are said to increase longevity, courage and purification. Apply the oil topically (1 drop mixed with 1 tsp. Mixing oil). May be added to food or water as a dietary supplement or flavoring, but use with caution during pregnancy or if susceptible to epilepsy. Planets: Mercury, Moon. [Air]

Fenugreek is sacred to the Greek brother-gods Apollo and Hermes, and has been used in the Mediterranean for millennia. The herb is said to facilitate commerce and increase wealth, and some European households kept a half-full jar of fenugreek open to attract money. Fenugreek tea controls blood sugar, lowers blood pressure, and has an anti-inflammatory agent that is reputed to fight ulcers and precancerous lesions. Planet: Mercury. [Air]

Fir Oil (Abies Alba) is noted for its antimicrobial action. It has been researched for its ability to kill airborne germs and bacteria. Fir oil has traditionally been used to help support the body and reduce the symptoms of arthritis, rheumatism, bronchitis, coughs, sinusitis, colds, flu, and fever. Properties: antimicrobial, antiseptic and stimulating. It works well diffused or applied topically.  [Fire]

Frankincense Oil (Boswellia Carterii) is considered the "holy anointing oil" in the Middle East and has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. (“And the Lord said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like weight.” - Exodus 30:34.) It was well known during the time of Christ for its anointing and healing powers. During pagan times, it was burnt as an offering to Hermes and Demeter. Frankincense is now being researched and used therapeutically in European hospitals. It is anticatarrhal, prevents scarring, and is antitumoral, immune-stimulating, and antidepressant. It is stimulating and elevating to the mind and helps in overcoming depression and despair. Diffuse or apply topically. The oil may be added to food or water as a dietary supplement. Planet: Sun. [Fire]

Galbanum Oil (Ferula Gummose) was a favorite oil of Moses, written about in the book of Exodus and used in biblical times for both medicinal and spiritual purposes. It is recognized for its antimicrobial and antiviral properties and its ability to increase overall body strength. Apply the oil topically or add to food or water as a dietary supplement. When combined with other oils, such as frankincense or sandalwood, the frequency increases dramatically. [Air]

Garlic (Allium sativum) is originally from Central Asia but is now cultivated worldwide. It was widely known by the ancients, being found in Egyptian tombs and used by Greeks and Romans. In fact, garlic was known and used at least as far back as 3000 BC. In early antiquity, it was sacred to the goddess Hecate and left at crossroads as a sacrifice to her. The cloves were also used for protection against evil and to break curses and hexes. Today, psychic cooks rub garlic into pots and pans to remove negative influences that might contaminate food. Recognized for its pungent odor and taste, garlic is a powerful home medicine for the treatment for a host of health problems. It is one of the most effective anti-biotic plants available, acting on bacteria, viruses, and alimentary parasites. It counters many infections, including those of the nose, throat and chest. Garlic is also known to reduce cholesterol and help circulatory disorders such as high blood pressure, and lower blood sugar levels, making it useful in cases of late-onset diabetes. Properties: antibiotic, expectorant, diaphoretic, hypotensive, antispasmodic, cholesterol reducer, blood pressure reducer, and general heart remedy. When eaten, garlic stimulates the immune system, although it is also said to induce lustful behavior in some people. Garlic is a proven antibiotic, Planet: Mars. [Fire]

Gentian (Gentiana lutea), native to Europe and Asia Minor, was used as a medicinal plant as far back as 180 B.C. Gentian is a powerful bitter that stimulates appetite and promotes digestion by increasing the production of saliva, gastric juices, and bile. It also decreases gastric inflammation and kills worms. Gentian is also used to treat liver and spleen problems and to promote menstruation. Uses: strengthens a weak or under-active digestive system, bitter, digestive stimulant, eases stomach pain. Planet: Mars. [Fire]

Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens and P. roseum) has been used for centuries for skin care and for its spiritually uplifting signature. Its natural strength lies in the ability to revitalize tissue. Its aromatic influence helps release negative memories. Diffuse the oil or apply topically; may be added to food or water as a dietary supplement. Planet: Venus. [Water]

Ginger (Zingiber officinali) is the dried peeled rhizome of a plant native to tropical Asia. Ginger is originally from Southeast Asia and is now cultivated in most tropical countries. Its citations in ancient texts go back to the 4th century BC. Familiar as a spice and flavoring, ginger is also one of the world's best medicines. The Chinese consider ginger an important drug to treat cold and encourage sweating. Pacific islanders chew raw ginger and spit it towards oncoming storms to turn them away. They also apply the chewed gum on diseased areas of the body to cure people. Ginger is frequently part of love spells and is used to add power to other rituals. Ginger brings relief to digestion, stimulates circulation, reduce headaches and kills intestinal parasites. Properties: diaphoretic, carminative, circulatory stimulant, inhibits coughing, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic. Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) is thought to suppress colds and is used for treating colds followed by amenorrhea and gastroenteritis. Ginger seems to release vital energies in the body and is used to cure motion sickness, hangovers, headaches, and nausea of all types. Adding cinnamon to ginger enhances its healing properties. Ginger oil is used to combat the effects of motion sickness and has been studied for its gentle stimulatory effects. Uses: arthritis, rheumatism, sprains, muscular aches and pains, catarrh, congestion, coughs, sinusitis, sore throat, diarrhea, colic, cramps, indigestion, loss of appetite, motion sickness, fever, flu, chills and infectious disease. Diffuse the oil or apply topically. May be added to food or water as a dietary supplement or flavoring. Planets: Mars, Sun. [Fire]

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is thought to be the oldest tree on the planet, first growing about 190 million years ago. Ginkgo is an extremely hardy plant and is the only tree to have survived the atomic bombing of Japan. It is probably native to China, although there are no wild trees remaining. Though long used as a medicine in its native China, its therapeutic actions have only recently been researched. Traditionally known as an anti-microbial and anti-tubercular action, it has now been shown that ginkgo as a profound activity on brain function and cerebral circulation. This action is useful to prevent dizziness, tinnitus, short-term memory loss, depression and other symptoms related to poor brain circulation. Its effect on poor circulation also used to treat other related disorders like diabetes, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins. Ginkgo is also valuable for asthma. Uses: circulatory stimulant and tonic, anti-asthmatic, antispasmodic, anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, senility, mental dullness, poor concentration, Alzheimer's disease, attention deficit, asthma, dyslexia, influenza, mumps, laryngitis, and tonsillitis. Planets: Mercury, Moon. [Air]

Ginseng (Panax ginseng) is the most famous Chinese herb of all. It is native to northeastern China, eastern Russia, and Korea. A related species, Panax quinquefolious, occurs in the eastern United States and Canada. Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthercoccus senticosus) is grown in Russia. Ginseng has ancient and rich history as a medicinal plant and has been praised for its remarkable therapeutic benefits for about 7,000 years. Its value was so great that wars were fought for control of the forests in which it thrived. An Arabian physician brought ginseng back to Europe in the 9th century, yet its ability to improve stamina became common knowledge in the West only from the 18th century. Ginseng increases mental and physical efficiency and resistance to stress and disease. It often shows a dual response like sedating or stimulating the central nervous system according to the condition it is being taken to treat. In the West, ginseng is regarded as a life-enhancing tonic. Uses: tonic, stimulant, physical and mental revitalizer, yawning and drowsiness, drowsiness with headache, stimulant to the secretory glands, acts on the lower part of the spinal cord, lumbago, sciatica, rheumatism, hiccough, dry mouth, dry tongue and lips, contracted joints. It affects physical and mental behavior and restores mental abilities, while increasing resistance to the effects of stress. The Chinese recommend ginseng for the following disorders: anemia, asthma, stomach aches, colds & fevers, colic, depressions, dizziness, dropsy, exhaustion, headaches, heart failure, impotence, indigestion, insomnia, lack of appetite, menstrual disorders, nausea, nervous disorders, old age, rheumatism, vascular cramps, sexual dysfunction. Modern research shows that the Ginseng species stimulate the central nervous system, protect the body from stress, increase metabolic function, increase physical and mental efficiency, regulate blood pressure and glucose levels, increase gastro-intestinal movement and tone, increase iron metabolism, and cause changes in nucleic acid (RNA) biosynthesis. It is an aromatic stimulant and removes feelings of fatigue, imparting a joyous sense of vigor and elasticity to the limbs, especially the upper limbs and clearness of mind. Ginseng increases endurance by stimulating the Base Chakra and is prescribed by herbalists to increase one’s life force and sexual drive. In the Orient, the root is considered magic and is carried to attract love and money. Ginseng tea is taken to increase stamina and virility in all areas of one’s life. Esoterically, it represents the embodiment of the spirit of the universe. Planets: Venus, Sun. [Fire]

Golden Seal (Hydrastus canadenssis) comes from the yellow root of an American weed of the crowfoot family. Native Americans used it as a cure-all for a wide range of diseases. The tea acts as a purgative cleansing agent that is known to kill many of the bacteria responsible for stomach upset and diarrhea. Uses: cancer and precancerous states, liver restorer, goiter of puberty and pregnancy, constipation, stomach cancer and ulcers, small-pox, colon cancer, back pain across lumbar region, cracked and sore nipples of nursing women, cancer of breast, leucorrhea, gleety discharge of kidneys, and bronchitis with thick, yellow, tenacious expectoration. Planets: Jupiter, Saturn. [Earth]

Goldenrod (Solidago) has helped fight diseases arising from or complicated with defective functions of kidneys and is considered an herbal replacement for the catheter. Uses: pain in region of kidneys with dysuria, kidneys sensitive to pressure, Bright's disease, chronic nephritis, hay fever, colds, tuberculosis, feeling of weakness, chilliness alternating with heat, naso-pharyngeal catarrh, burning in throat, pains in limbs, and general thoracic oppression. Planets: Venus, Mercury. [Air]

Gota Kola (Hydrocotyle) is taken as a tea to increase psychic sensitivity during meditation. In Asia, Gota Kola incense is often burnt prior to meditation. Uses: interstitial inflammation and cellular proliferation in any part, leprosy, lupus, heat within vagina, granular ulceration of womb, great thickening of epidermal layer and exfoliation of scales, psoriasis, intolerable itching especially of soles, acne, elephantiasis, and other skin disorders. Planets: Mercury, Saturn. [Air]

Grape (Berberis aquifolium. etc.) is an age-old remedy for the skin. Used when the skin becomes dry, rough, scaly, pimply. Clears the complexion and eruptions on scalp extending to face and neck. Uses: acne, psoriasis, dry eczema, heavy feeling in the stomach, liver and bladder, rapid peristalsis, pulsating headache in the forehead, nausea and vomiting, pains in the bladder, and rheumatic pains in the joints of the hands and in the lumbar and sacral regions, secondary symptoms of syphilis, and poor nutrition. Grapes carry spiritual energy and increase mental fertility, opening us to meaningful dreams and visions. Eating grapes or raisons is said to increase a woman’s fertility. See Wine. Planets: Jupiter, Moon. [Water

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisii) is derived from a bitter citrus fruit known as the pomelo, which was cross-pollinated with the orange to make it sweeter. However, the grapefruit was not recognized as a distinct species of citrus fruit until the nineteenth century. The tangy fruit increases metabolism, which is why it is often eaten after breakfast and used for bodily detoxification. Grapefruit Oil works as a disinfectant. Diffuse for a refreshing, uplifting aroma. Like many citrus rind essential oils, it has unique fat-dissolving characteristics. Grapefruit may be beneficial for digestive complaints, obesity, water retention, and reducing cellulite. It also works well as a disinfectant. It has been studied for its qualities as an appetite suppressant. Its aromatic influences help prevent one from drowning in ones own negativity. Diffuse for a refreshing, uplifting aroma or apply topically. May be added to food or water as a dietary supplement or flavoring. [Fire]

Gumplant (Grindelia camporum) is native to the southwestern US and Mexico and was used by Native Americans to treat bronchial problems and also skin afflictions such as reactions to poison ivy. The plant's medicinal value was not recognized by traditional practitioners until the mid-l9th century, and gumplant was officially recognized in the Pharmacopoeia of the United States from 1882 to 1926. Its anti-spasmodic, expectorant, and hypotensive actions find applications in treating heart conditions, asthmatic and bronchial conditions. It has been employed in the treatment of whooping cough, hay fever, and cystitis. Externally it relieves and heals skin irritations and burns. Properties: anti-spasmodic, expectorant, hypotensive. [Air]

Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha) is native to Europe with close species found in North Africa and western Asia. The tree has been known and appreciated throughout the ages, by the ancient Greeks, Arabs, and Europeans. In the Middle Ages it was as a symbol of hope and taken for many ailments. It has been shown that its effects are only present when a whole plant preparation is used. It is used in cases of loss of cardiac function, feelings of congestions and oppression in the hearth region. Western herbalists consider it literally to be a "food for the heart", increasing blood flow to the heart muscles and restoring normal heart beat. Hawthorne is an excellent heart tonic and acts directly on the muscles of the heart, but it can produce giddiness, lowered pulse, air hunger, and reduction in blood pressure. Uses: irregularity of heart, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, heart weakness, cardiac dropsy, extreme dyspnea on least exertion, pain in region of heart and under left clavicle, heart dilated first sounds weak, pulse accelerated (or irregular, feeble, intermittent), and diabetes, especially in children. Properties: cardiotonic, diuretic, astringent, dilates blood vessels, relaxant, antioxidant. Planets: Sun, Mars. [Fire +++]

Helichrysum Oil (Helichrysum italicum) has been studied by European researchers for regenerating tissue and nerves and improving circulation and skin conditions. Helichrysum has been found by European researchers to regenerate tissue, reduce tissue pain, and help to improve skin conditions and circulatory function. It is anticoagulant, prevents phlebitis, helps regulate cholesterol, stimulates liver cell function, is anticatarrhal, mucolytic, expectorant, antispasmodic, and reduces scarring and discoloration. Diffuse the oil or apply topically around outside of ear, temple, forehead, back of neck or on location. There is presently a world-wide shortage of pure unadulterated Helichrysum oil. [Water]

Hemlock is a poisonous plant with overpowering feminine energy. It is used in potions and worn as a protective charm. Planet: Saturn. [Water]

Hibiscus flowers are thought to promote lust. Egyptians believed that red hibiscus tea induced licentious cravings, and for many centuries, women there were forbidden to drink it. Planet: Venus. [Water]

Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) is an aromatic herb used to protect against sorcery. In Egypt, it was dedicated to Horus. Even today, the dried plant is scattered during exorcism and purification rituals. As a tea, horehound has a stimulating and healing effect on the mind and body, clearing away all types of toxins. Cough syrup is made from the green leaves. Planet: Mercury. [Air]

Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is a kidney tonic, and its chief effects are found in the urinary organs. Uses: pain in the kidneys (especially right), pain in the bladder and urinary passages, constant desire to urinate (and passes large quantities of clear, light-colored urine without relief), nocturnal bedwetting of children, cystitis, and dysuria. Planets: Venus, Saturn. [Fire]

Hyacinth is a beautiful flower that is said to promote dependability and constancy in people. It is an active ingredient in many friendship teas and love potions. Planet: Venus. [Water]

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) is found native in the Mediterranean region and is commercially cultivated in Europe, Russia, and India. In the past, hyssop was so highly esteemed it was regarded as a virtual cure-all. Currently an undervalued medicinal herb, hyssop  has a wide spectrum of uses which are due to its anti-spasmodic action. It is used in coughs, bronchitis, tight-chestedness, respiratory catarrh, sore throat and common cold. As a sedative, hyssop is a useful remedy against asthma in both children and adults, especially where the condition is exacerbated by mucus congestion. Hyssop is used to flavor various liqueurs, including Chartreuse. Uses: opens the respiratory system and discharges toxins and mucose. anti-viral, anti-catarrhal, mucolytic, decongestant, anti-asthmatic, anti-inflammatory of the pulmonary, regulates lipid metabolism, anti-infectious, anti-parasitic, and prevents scarring. Hyssop Oil is a biblical oil, noted for its antimicrobial properties. (“Purge me with Hyssop and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Psalms 51:7) It has been studied for its effects on opening the respiratory system. Hyssop was used by Moses because of its antimicrobial properties. Diffuse the oil or apply topically. Avoid during pregnancy or if susceptible to epilepsy or high blood pressure. Planets: Jupiter, Mars. [Fire]

Iris or Orris is a symbol of resurrected life force. In Egypt, it was sacred to Osiris and Horus and the oil or dried flowers of wild iris (Iris foetidissima) were sometimes used between the folds of wrapping cloth on mummies. Garden iris (Iris germanica) is used esoterically as a love root. In healing, it is a cathartic and diuretic used to cure diarrhea, dropsy, convulsions, upset stomach, freckles, and acne. Planets: Moon, Venus. [Water]

Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum) is probably native of Iran and is now well known and cultivated in both Asia and Europe. Jasmine is an evergreen rambler that produces sweetly scented white flowers. It is the dried flower petals that make a delicious aromatic tea that relieves tension and depression. It was introduced into Europe in the 16th century and quickly became a mainstay of alchemical preparations. Jasmine oil is an absolute extracted from the flower, and is an essence rather than an essential oil. It is good for sensitive skin. It is also uplifting and stimulating. Jasmine was believed for a long time to have limited benefit outside of skin care. However, research from Great Britain has shown benefits for such problems as dry, greasy, irritated or sensitive skin, as well as muscle spasms, sprains, catarrh, coughs, hoarseness, laryngitis, uterine disorders, labor pains, frigidity, depression, and nervous exhaustion. Emotionally, it produces a feeling of optimism, confidence and euphoria, psychic insight, and it is helpful in cases of apathy, indifference and listlessness. The essential oil is considered antidepressant and relaxing, and it is used externally to soothe dry and sensitive skin. Properties: aromatic, anti-spasmodic, expectorant. Diffuse the oil or apply topically. Tantric alchemists anoint their hands with jasmine oil. Planets: Saturn, Venus, Moon. [Water]

Jimson (Datura stramonium) or Thorn Apple is a hallucinogenic and aphrodisiac that often gives illusions of flying. It was used in puberty rites in Europe. Planet: Venus. [Water ++]

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