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Herbalism

Post by Agrimony on Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:09 am

Herbal medicine (or "herbalism") is the study and use of medicinal properties of plants. The scope of herbal medicine is sometimes extended to include fungal and bee products, as well as minerals, shells and certain animal parts.
Plants have the ability to synthesize a wide variety of chemical compounds that are used to perform important biological functions, and to defend against attack from predators such as insects, fungi and herbivorous mammals. Many of these phytochemicals have beneficial effects on long-term health when consumed by humans, and can be used to effectively treat human diseases.

Herbal (book of herbs)
A herbal is "a collection of descriptions of plants put together for medicinal purposes." Expressed more elaborately — it is a book containing the names and descriptions of plants, usually with information on their virtues (properties) — and in particular their medicinal, tonic, culinary, toxic, hallucinatory, aromatic, or magical powers, and the legends associated with them. A herbal may also classify the plants it describes, may give recipes for herbal extracts, tinctures, or potions, and sometimes include mineral and animal medicaments in addition to those obtained from plants.

Medicinal Herbs and Common Uses
Blackberry (Rubus villosus)--Treat sore throat
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)--Treat premenstrual discomfort
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) --Heal wounds
Cayenne (Capsicum annuum) --Prevent peptic ulcers
Chamomile, German (Matricaria recutita)--Encourage digestion
Cleavers (Galium aparine) --Reduce inflammation
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)--Treat bruises, sprains
Crampbark (Viburnum opulus) --Relax muscles
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)--Diuretic
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)--Stimulate immune system
Elder (Sambucus nigra)--Treat cold symptoms
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)--Encourage digestion
Ginger (Zingiber officinalis)--Treat motion sickness
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)--Reduce inflammation
Gumweed (Grindelia spp.)--Treat cold symptoms
Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacanthus)--Promote heart health
Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)--Treat sore throat
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)--Stimulate digestion
Mullein (Verbascum spp.)--Treat sore throat
Nettle (Urtica spp.)--Diuretic
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)--Stimulate digestion
Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)--Treat urinary track infections
Plantain (Plantago lanceolata or P. major)--Heal wounds
St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)--Treat depression
Scullcap (Scutellaria spp.)--Ease muscle tension
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)--Sleeping disorders
Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus)--Treat prementrual discomfort
Willow Bark (Salix alba)--Treat osteoarthritis
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)--Reduce inflammation
Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus)--Stimulate digestion

Magical Uses Of Herbs
Anise
Fill a small pillowcase with anise seeds and sleep on it. This will ensure that you have no nightmares. Use in protection and meditation incenses. Fresh anise leaves placed in a room will drive off evil, and they are sometimes placed around the magic circle to protect the magician from evil spirits. It also averts the evil eye. Anise seed is also used in purification baths, especially with bay leaves. It is used to call forth spirits to aid in magical operations, and a sprig hung on the bedpost will restore lost youth.

Boneset
The plant wards off evil spirits. Make an infusion and sprinkle about the house to drive away evil.

Celery
Chew the seeds to aid in concentration, or use in spell pillows to induce sleep. Burned with orrisroot, celery seed increases psychic powers. The stalk, along with the seeds, induces lust when eaten. Witches supposedly ate celery seed before flying off on their brooms that they wouldn't become dizzy and fall.
More Magical Herbs

Herb Planetary Rulers
Sun
Solar Herbs are generally orange, reddish-orange and yellow. The body systems ruled by solar energies are the heart, circulation, spine, vital force, body heat, thymus gland, eyes, and the spleen. The chrysolith and ruby can help attract solar energy to the body. The sun is associated with positive ego strength. Inferiority complexes are overcome. Ambition, self-reliance, courage and dignity are fostered by these plants. Managerial skills and a sense of personal authority are enhanced by these as well. The sun can counteract apathy and help rid one of unproductiveness.

Specific herbs of the sun: For the heart: butterbur, mistltoe, borage, motherwort. For vitality Grapes.

Herbs specific to the Sun are: almond, Ash Tree (with Jupiter), Bay tree bergamot, butterbu, chamomile, cinnamon, clove, eyebright, feverfew, ginger, grapevine, heart trefoil, Juniper Bush (with Jupiter and Mercury), lemon balm, lovage, marigold, misteltoe, meadow rue, Olive Tree, Orange Tree, passionflower, peony, pepper (white and black), rice, rosemary, rue, saffron, Saint John's Wort, strawberry, sundew, sunflower, Walnut Tree.

Moon
Lunar Herbs tend to be white or yellow flowers with soft juicy leaves. The Moon is connected with water and fluids of all kinds. High and low tides are governed by the moon. During Full Moons, hemorrhages are more frequent and harder to control nocturnal activities of all kinds increase, and births multiply. The Moon rules the stomach, esophagus, ovaries, womb, breasts, menstruation, blood, urinary bladder, cerebellum, pancreas, the fluids in the eyes, brain, glands, libido, thyroid, tonsils and tears. Lunar diseases are irregular menstruation, epilepsy, somnambulism, and hysteria to name a few. Moon-ruled planets have an affinity for the subconscious mind. Hypnosis and auto-hypnosis are more easily effected. Ingrained habits are more easily broken. Lunar herbs help one to unwind and gain appreciation for the simple things in life. They increase sensitivity and imagination. Silver, moonstones, pearls, and amber aid the lunar forces best. The plant world in general is under lunar influence.

Herbs for certain ailments are: For the Blood: adder's tongue, wintergreen, loosestrife, white roses, lettuce.... For the lymph: cleavers, chickweed, wild poppy.... For the hormones: saxifrage.... For the stomach: clary, wild poppy, cucumber, orpine, white roses, dog rose.

Herbs specific to the Moon are: adder's tongue, aloe, arrowhead, banana, cabbage, cotton, cleavers, chickweed, cucumber, cuckoo flower, daisy, dog-tooth violet, duckweed, hyssop, iris, mango, melons, moonwort, moneywort, mouse ear, nutmeg, opium poppy, orris root, papaya, pearlwort, periwinkle, wild poppy, pumpkin, rattle grass, dog rose, saxifrage, seaweed, speedwell, sweet flag, turmeric, wallflower, water chestnut, water lily, watercress, water violet, wild lettuce, willow tree, wintergreen, loosestrife, white roses, lettuce, dulse, Eucalyptus, Gardenia, Grape, Irish Moss, Jasmine, Lemon, Myrrh, Potato, Sandalwood, Willow.
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