Basic Definitions of Methods
Infusion: This is made like a tea. Cover 30 g of dried herb, or 60 g fresh, with 500 ml of boiling water. Cover and let steep. (Diet scales work as good tools of measure)
Decoction: Instead of leaving the herb to steep, simmer it gently in the water.
Poultice: Bruise the plant matter and pour just enough boiling water over to wet it. Apply the herbal paste to the affected part and cover with a cloth or piece of gauze that has been wrung in hot water. When the cloth cools, replace it with a hot one.
Acacia Gum: (Acacia senegal) also called gum arabic. Dissolved in water to make a mucilage which is edible and soothes irritated mucours membranes, so is used in cases of coughs, sore throats, and catarrh.
Alder: (Fearn) The alder is a water-loving tree and is used mainly for underwater foundations in construction. Parts of Venice and other ancient cathedrals were built of Alder. The god linked with this tree is Bran the Blessed. This is a tree used for spiritual protection and prophecy.
Alfalfa: (Medicago sativa) Aids in healing allergies, arthritis, morning sickness, peptic ulcers, stomach ailments, bad breath,cleanses kidneys & removes poisons from the body, neutralizes acids; is an excellent blood purifier & blood thinner; improves appetite and aids in the assimilation of protein, calcium & other nutrients. Can be drunk as a tea to improve the appetite. Considered a diuretic, will rid the body of retained water.
Allspice: (Pimenta officicinalis) the dried berry is supposed to have anesthetic effects when used in baths. Allspice water (an infusion) is helpful in cases of flatulence.
Aloe Vera: Helps alleviate constipation, aids in healing burns & wounds, canker sores, cold sores, ulcers, acne, and digestive disorders. Juice from fresh leaves is an ideal soother for insect bites and minor burns and irritations. Said to draw impurities from a wound and hence speed its healing. A tea made from the dried juice is used as a wound wash.
Alpine Strawberry: (Fragaria vesca) Strawberries are high in iron and mildly laxative. A decotion of the dried root, sweetened with honey, has a diuretic effect. Strawberry leaf tea can be drunk to neutralise excessive stomach acid and is added to the bath to ease aches and pains in the legs.
Angelica: (Angelica archanelgelica) Symbol of Sun and Fire. The root carried in a blue cloth bag is a protective talisman. Was considered to be under the guard of angels and therefore a good preventative charm against the plague. Put the whole root in a blue or white cloth bag and hang in the window as a protection against evil.
Drink the tea to stimulate the appetite, relieve flatulence, and as a diuretic to stimulate kidney action. Also a general tonic for weakness and nervous headache. The tea is supposed to bring on menstruation and dispel afterbirth. The powder of the root is useful to prevent infection when fasting (3/8 tsp. at a time) and a tea or decotion of the root can be useful for stomach and intestinal problems, including ulcers and nervous vomiting. IN LARGE DOSES CAN HAVE ADVERSE EFFECTS on heart, blood pressure and respiration, so use with caution. Externally, a decotion of the root can be used for scabies or itching skin.
Anise: (Pimpinella anisum) Symbol of Jupiter and of Air. Used for protection. A pillow stuffed with anise seeds is reputed to keep away nightmares.
Internally, releaves colic, stomach cramps, nausea, and flatulence. Promotes digestion and improves the appetite. Is said to aid milk production in nursing mothers. Externally, makes a soothing eye compress. Can be used for coughs. A few seeds in a glass of hot milk before bed is said to be beneficial to insomniacs to promote sleep.
Apple: (Pyrus malus) (Quert) Symbol of Venus and Water. Used in love spells for centuries. Cider can be usedin place of wine where called for in ancient spells or rites. The wood is made into wands used for love spells and rituals. In Cornwall, a large apple was given to each member of the household to be eaten at Samhain for good luck. The wood of the tree is dense, fine-grained, and rosy-coloured with a slightly sweet smell. It is associated with choice. The choice you may have to make between similar and equally attractive things. This is good to use when you are having difficulty making decisions in your life...whether they be work or relationship oriented.
Arnica: (Arnica montana) N For external use only as it can be an internal irritant. A salve or very dilute tincture of arnica helps to promote healing of bruises or bumps. Tincture must be very dilute (1 or 2 tablespoons to a cup of water) as neat it can cause inflammation. Lotion can be made by heating equal quantities of arnica flowers and olive oil over a low heat for several hours, then straining through several layers of fine cheescloth.
Asafoetida: (Ferula foetida) N Symbol of Saturn and Fire. Due to its disgusting odor, it was once known as devil's dung. It is used in excorcism rites and incenses. During the Middle Ages a piece was worn around the neck to guard against plague.
Ash: (Fraxinus excelsior) (Nuin) N Symbol of Sun and Water. A protective tree used to make brooms and healing wands. Ash leaves beneath a pillow are reputed to induce psychic dreams. In England, is believed to be a dangerous tree to shelter under during storms, as it draws lightnig. The winged seeds of the ash, ash keys, can be carried to prevent overlooking or ill-wishing. Ash leaves are considered lucky, but an even ash leaf (one with an equal number of divisions on each side) is especially lucky. It should be picked up with the following rhyme: "Even ash, I do thee pluck/ Hoping thus to meet good luck / If no good luck I get from thee / I shall wish thee on the tree." Carried in a buttonhole or in the pocket, the leaf is supposed to bring good fortune. The World Tree, the ash has deeply penetrating roots and changes the chemistry of the soil, making it difficult for other vegetation to grow beneath it. Its twigs are thick and strong. Ash has many modern day uses, helping us to link the earthly and the spiritual. yourself and the cosmos, lowest and highest. Good for meditation and astral travel.
Balm: (Melissa officinalis) Should be used fresh rather than dried. The tea is useful for all kinds of nervous complaints, hysteria and being over-emotional. Also induces mild perspiration and therefor relief to the feverish. Also helps relieve sleepiness of colds and flu. Will attract bees to the garden where it's grown. In earlier times was drunk to ease melancholy, comfort the heart, and make the drinker merry. The crushed leaves or the juice thereof can be applied to wounds, sores, and insect bites.
Balm of Gilead
Balm of Gilead: (Populus candicans) Symbol of Saturn. The buds can be carried to mend a broken heart. Can be added to love and protection charms.
Basil: (Ocimum basilicum) Symbol of Mars and Fire. Used in wealth and prosperity rituals. Carrying basil in your pockets is supposed to attract money into them. A wife can supposedly stop her husband from being unfaithful by dusting her upper body with powdered basil.
Internally can be used for headache, stomach cramps, and general pain & nausea. Externally, can be used as an antiseptic.
Bay Laurel: (Lauris noblis) Symbol of Sun and Fire. The leaves can be burned or chewed to induce visions. Worn as an amulet to ward off negativity and evil. Leaves under the pillow are supposed to induce prophetic dreams. Can be used in protection and purification rituals. Growing near a house, it was supposed to protect those within from infection and storms. Z. Budapest gives a spell using bay laurel in games of chance: Take three laurel leaves and three pieces of parchment in a red flannel bag in your pocket, and before starting your game say: "Isis of the Thousand Breasts, make my chance the best one yet."
Beech: (Phagos) Beech wood is close grained and easy to work with - a very smooth and even surface. Beech medicinecan tell you much about yesterday and how it is relevant today. Handling old objects or visiting a place connected with your past will bring understanding of people and incidents, reviving the memories within you that you need.
Benzoin: (Styrax benzoin) Symbol of Sun and air. Used in purification incenses. A few drops of tincture of benzoin helps to preserve oils and preparations.
Betony: (Stachys officinalis) N Symbol of Jupiter and Fire. Ad to incenses of protection and purification. Sleep on a pillow stuffed with betony to prevent nightmares.
By . Birch: (Beith) The Birch is a tree that formerly covered the whole of the United Kingdom. It is a graceful and slender tree with a characteristic white bole. This tree is indicative of cleanliness and determination in overcoming adversity. This is good to use when wanting to make fresh starts and ridding yourself of bad influences.
Blackberry: (Rubus villosus) A tea or decoction of the leaves and roots has been used for centuries as a home remedy for diarrhea. Also drunk for colds, flu, sore throat, and anemia. Leaves can be chewed for bleeding gums.
Blackthorn: (Straif) The Blackthorn is a very wintery tree. The fruit, known as sloes, only ripen after the first frosts. The Gaelic word "straif" has links with the English word "strife". The wood of the Blackthorn is traditionally used with the Irish shillelagh. It represents the strong action of fate or the outside influences in your life. Using Blackthorn during times that seem insurmountable will help to conquer the problems. Blackthorn should only be used by those who are on a more advanced path.
Blessed Thistle: Helps strengthen the heart & lungs; aids in healing urinary, pulmonary & liver disorders; increases circulation to the brain; aids digestion, reduces fever, expels worms, helps alleviate menstral cramps.
Borage: (Borago officinalis) Good for reducing fever and for convalescing from illness. The tea is drunk for feverish colds, toincrease milk for nursing mothers, and to treat minor lung problems.
By . Burdock: (Arcticum lappa) Decoction of the leaves can be used to cool and heal sores, acne, swellings, and irritated skin. A decoction of the root and seeds is an excellent blood purifier & cleandser; aids in healing skin blemishes, arthritis, & rheumatism; promotes healthy kidney function.
Calendula: (Calendula officinalis) Also known as pot marigold. A tea of the flowers can be used for gastro-intestinal problems such as ulcers, cramps, and diarrhea. Also taken internally for fevers and to reduce vomiting. A salve or dilute tincture made from the flowers is also useful for bruises, bumps, sprains, sore muscles, and boils. The fresh juice can be applied directly to get rid of boils, warts, and pimples. Press a fresh bruised leaf on a pimple several times a day to make it go down.
Capsium: Promotes cleansing of the circulatory & digestive system; reduces fever, purifies the blood; helps prevent muscle aches, tiredness, skin blemishes, headaches, rheumatism, ulcers, & sore throats, helps in regulating blood pressure & pulse rate.
Caraway: (Carum carvi) Associated with the planet Mercury and the element of Air. Used in love charms to attract a lover.
Carnation: (Dianthus caryophyllus) Associated with the Sun and the element of Fire. Once worn by witches to prevent capture andhanging. Produces added energy in ritual when used in incense.
Casara Sagrada: Stimulates the secretions of the entire digestive system; helps prevent nervous disorders, colon & constipation problems.
By . Catnip: (Nepeta cataria) N Associated with the planet Venus and the element of Water. Creates a psychic bond between a witch and her familiar. Used in love charms and incenses.
Celandine: (Chelidonium majus) N Associated with the Sun and the element of Fire. Helps the wearer escape unfair imprisonment and entrapment. If worn, cures depression.
Chamomile: (Anthemis noblis) Associated with the Sun and the element Water. Use in prosperity charms and rituals. Induces sleep. The tea brings peace and tranquility for those times when you need to do a ritual but are seething with anger or hurt. If you wash your face and hair with chamomile, it will attract a lover. Excellent cleanser and toner of the digestive tract; aids in calming the nerves, expels worms and parasites; Improves the appetite & helps eliminate dandruff.
Chapparal: Aids in healing skin blemishes, acne, arthritis, & allergies; promotes hair growth; acts as a natural antibioticwithin the body with no side effects.
Cinnamon: (Cinnamonum zylanicum) Associated with the Sun and the element of Fire. Use in incenses for healing, clairvoyance, and high spiritual vibrations. Reputed to be a male aphrodisiac. Use in prosperity charms.
Cinquefoil: (Potentilla canadensis) Associated with the planets Jupiter and Earth. Hang on house entrances as protection. Use in spells and charms for prosperity, purification, and protection.
Clove: (Caryophyllus aromaticus) Associated with the Sun and the element of Fire. Worn to drive away negativity and stop gossip. Cloves strung on a red thread can be worn as a protective charm.
By . Clover: (Trifolium spp.) Associated with the planet Mercury and various Triple Goddesses. Used in rituals for beauty and youth. Four-leaved clovers are carried to see faeries, heal illness, avoid military serves, avoid madness, and as a general good-luck charm. To dream of clover is considered very fortunate, especially for young people.
Comfrey: (Symphytum officinale) Associated with the planets Saturn and Earth as well as God figures. A herb of Hecate used in rituals to honour Crone goddesses.
Aids in healing respiratory ailments, anemia, arthritis, fractures, mucous membranes, lungs & wounds; it is southing to the gastrointestinal tract; aids in cell prolifiration; helps the pancreas in regulating blood sugar level; helps promote secretion of pepsin & is a general aid to digestion.
By . Daisy: (Bellis perinnis) Decorate the house with daisies on Midsummer's Eve to bring happiness to the home and win the favour of thefaeries. Daisies should also be worn on the person at Midsummer for luck and blessings.
By . Dandelion: (Taraxacum officinale) Associated with the planet Jupiter. An herb of Hecate, used in Samhain rituals. It is said that ifyou rub yourself all over with dandelion you will be welcome everywhere and all your wishes will be granted.
Although currently viewed by some as a weed, is one of the most nutritious plants available. During the American Depression of the thirties, many lived off of salads made from Dandelion greens.
Dill: (Anethum graveolens) Associated with the planet Mercury and the element of Fire. Used in love charms. Hang in childrens' rooms to protect them.
Dragon's Blood: (Daemonorops draco or Dracaena draco) N Associated with the planet Mars and the element of Fire. Used in love and protection spells. A piece under the bed is reputed to cure impotency. Place in drawers and cupboards you don't want people looking in, with the incantation: "Dragon's blood, watch and ward, as the dragon guards its horde." Carry a piece with you for good luck. Dissolve a little in the bath for a strong purification bath.
Echinacea: The most effective blood & lympatic cleanser in the botanical kingdom; acts as a natural antibiotic & works like penicillin in the body with no side effects; aids in reducing fever, infections, bad breath, & mucous buildup.
Elder: (Sambucus canadensis) (Ruis) Associated with the planet Venus and the element Air. Sacred to Dana. Branches are used as wands and staves. Stand beneath the elder to be protected from lightning, sleeping under the elder will bring drugged and dangerous dreams of Tir na nOg, from which one might awaken either mad, or not at all. In the Middle Ages it was considered unlucky to burn Elder or to bring it into the house. It was only considered safe to cut the Elder if one had first asked permission, in which case the tree dryad would consent by keeping silence. Elder leaves gathered at Beltane Eve and attached to the door are said to keep away evil. Linked to the eternal turnings of life and death, birth, and rebirth. It represents the end in the beginning and the beginning in the end; life in death and death in life. It is also significant in creativity and renewal...new beginnings.
Elecampane: (Inula helenium) Associated with the planets Mercury and Earth. Was said to have sprung from the tears of Helen which fell to the ground when Paris abducted her. Called elf dock in Denmark. Once used to raise and sustain the spirits. As an incense, can be burned as an aid to meditation.
Eucalyptus: (Eucalyptus globulus) N Associated with the Moon and with the element Air.Used in healing rituals and charms of all kinds. Surround blue candles with the leaves and burn for healing vibrations. Hang green pods around the neck to cure colds and sore throats.
Euphrasia: Aids in reducing skin blemishes, clears bloodshot eyes, and helps with impotence.
Eyebright: (Euphrasia officinalis)Associated with the Sun and the element of Air. Anoint eyelids with the infusion daily to induce clairvoyant visions.
Fennel: (Foeniculum vulgare) Associated with the planets Mercury and Earth. Connected with mother's milk and breastfeeding; traditionally brought for new mothers and hung near the cradle to keep away flies.
Fern: Associated with the planets Saturn and Earth. Extremely powerful protectants; grow in the house and include in vases of cut flowers. Protect any house that contains them from damage by storms.
By . Frankincense: (Soswellia carterii) N Associated with the Sun and the element Fire. A very powerful scent which aids meditation and induces a spiritual frame of mind. Burn as a general protective incense and on Samhain.
Gardenia: (Gardenia spp.) Associated with the Moon and the element Water. Wear the flower to attract love.
Garlic: (Allium sativum) Associated with the planet Mars and the element Fire. Extremely protective herb. Carry the bulb with you on trips over water to prevent drowning. Hang in the house to protect. Used in excorsisms.
Extremely effective in dissolving and cleansing cholesterol from the bloodstream; stimulates the digestive tract; kills worms, parasites & harmful bacteria; normalizes blood pressure & reduces fever, gas & cramps; used by athletes for increasing physical strength & energy.
Ginger: Aids in fighting colds, colitis, digestive disorders, flue & gas; helps increase the secretion of saliva; excellentfor the circulatory system & helps increase stamina.
Ginseng: Increases endurance, longevity & vitality; aids in balancing hormonal activity; acts as a sexual stimulant, mentaland physical stimulant; normalizes blood pressure levels; helps protect against stress; strengthens endocrine glands; stimulates activity of RNA & DNA in cells, thus helping to retard the aging process.
Gotu Kola: Promotes memory & helps alleviate mental fatigue; excellent for the eyes, impotence, endurance, energy & normalizing blood pressure; considered to be an excellent nerve tonic.
By . Grove: (Koad) The Tree of All Knowledge. The Grove represents a sacred place where all is kindred and becomes clear in unity.Helps you to look beneath the surface of things...whether they be situations or people. This medicine works with your hidden knowledge, helping you to manifest it at the most appropriate time.
Hawthorn: (Crataegus oxyacantha) Associated with the planet Mars and the element Fire. Used in protection sachets. In ancient Greece and Rome was associated with happiness in marriage and was carried by brides; The Romans put hawthorn leaves into babies' cradles to protect against evil. Sitting under a hawthorn tree on the Sabbats supposedly puts one in danger of being abducted by faeries. It is considered ill-omened to fell a hawthorn. Burn the berries as an incense when you feel the need for energy and dynamism in your life, and meditate on the areas of life that need changing. Best used for cleansing and chastity, bringing protection from the inner magickal realms.
Hawthorne Berries: Strengthens the muscles and nerves of the heart; aids in relieving emotional stress; regulates high & low blood pressure, helps combat arteriosclerosis, hypoglycemia, and heart disease.
Hazel: (Corylus spp.) (Coll) N Associated with the Sun and the element Air. Good wood for all purpose wands. Forked branches can be used as divining wands. Tie two hazel twigs together with red or gold thread to make a solar cross as a good-luck charm. This tree embodies many talents: poetry, divination, and the powers of meditation. In the Old Irish Myths, The Salmon of Knowledge is said to eat the nuts dropped into its sacred pool from the Hazel tree growing beside it. Each nut eaten by the salmon becomes a spot on its skin. In Europe and North America, Hazel wood is used to gain knowledge, wisdom, and poetic inspiration.
Heather: (Ur) Used for going within (solitary healing work.) Heather, along with Mistletoe, creates a powerful healing in both spiritual and physical aspects. It is even being used today in some forms of alternative medicines as a treatment for cancer.
By . Henbane: (Hyoscyamus niger) N Associated with the planet Saturn and the element Water. Carried to attract the love of a woman.
High John the Conqueror Root
High John the Conqueror root: (Impomoea purga) Associated with the planets Saturn and Earth. Add to candle anointing oils, charms, and satchets to increase their potency.
By . Holly: (Ilex aquifolium) (Tinne) N Associated with the planet Mars and the element Fire. If planted around the house acts as a good protection. Leaves and berries can be carried to increase masculinity. has a beautiful white wood with an almost invisible grain, looks almost like ivory. Associated with the death and rebirth symbolism in both Pagan and Christian lore. In Arthurian legend, Gawain (representing the Oak King of Summer) fought the Green Knight, who was armed with a Holly club to represent winter. Holly medicine may be used with difficulties in sleep or rest, and to ease the passage of death.
Honeysuckle: (Lonicera caprifolium) (Uilleand) Associated with the planets Jupiter and Earth. Use in prosperity spells and charms. Helps to distinguish what is real from what is false, and what is of real value on your journey. He Honeysuckle will help you to tread safely -- remaining true to your ideals and principles.
Hops: (Humulus lupulus) Associated with Mars and the element Water. Used in healing incenses and charms. Hops in a pillow will induce sleep. It is unwise to use hops if depressed, since they are believed to engender melancholy.
Hyssop: (Hyssopus officinalis) Associated with Jupiter and Fire. Use in purification baths and protection spells. Was a common strewing herb during the Middle Ages and was used in consecration of Westminster Abbey. Associated with serpents and dragons, and can be burnt as incense or thrown into the fire to tap into dragon energy.
Regulates blood pressure, purifies blood & promotes circulation, excellent aid for the eyes, hoarseness, lungs, mucous buildup, nervous disorders, and skin problems.
Ivy: (Hedera spp.) (Gort) Associated with Saturn and Water. Guards and protects the houses it grows over. Often given tonewlyweds, in conjunction with holly, as a good-luck charm. Represents the spiral of the self and the search for self. The maze of the labyrinth is also linked to the Ivy, since it, too, symbolizes the wandering of the soul, circling inward and outward, seeking nourishment from within and without, leading you to "enlightenment". Also a wonderful aid if helping others on a spiritual journey.
By . Jasmine: (Jasminum officinale or Jasminum odoratissimum) Associated with Jupiter and Earth. Used in Love spells and charms.
Juniper: (Juniperus communis) N Associated with Sun and Fire. If a sprig of juniper isworn it will protect the wearer from accidents. The berries can be dried and strung as a charm to protect lovers. Can be used in anti-theft spells and grown at the doorstep as a protection from thieves.
Lavender: (Lavendula vera or Lavendula officinale) Associated with Mercury and Air. Used in purification baths and incenses. Thrown onto fires at Midsummer as tribut to the Gods and to bring visions and inspiration. Add to healing baths and satchets, carry to attract lovers. THe scent will induce sleep. Excellent for bringing clarity and coherence to magickal workings and for focusing visualization.
Lemon Balm: (Melissa officinalis) Drink as an infusion to soothe away emotional pains after a relationship breakup. Considered useful in recovery from trauma and sexual assault. has long been considered to drive away melancholy and low spirits. Is said to increase fertility, and has been used in love potions and aphrodisiacs.
Lemon Verbena: (Lippia citriodora) Associated with Venus and Air. Wear as a love charm, and to increase one's attractiveness. Add to charms to increase their power. Wear a sprig around your neck to stop you from dreaming.
Licorice: Expels mucous from the respiratory tract, aids in healing hoarseness, hypoglycemia, coughs, & constipation; promotes healthy adrenal glands; acts as a sexual stimulant; helps increase endurance & vitality; helps in reducing skin blemishes (age spots).
Linden: (Tilia europaea) Associated with Jupiter. Also associated with conjugal love and longevity.
By . Lovage: (Levisticum officinale) Associated with the Sun and Water. Add the root to cleansing baths. Carry to attract love.
Ma Haung: Stimulant of the adrenal glands, helps increase energy level; aids in healing asthma, bronchitis, lung, coughs, &congestive disorders.
Mandrake: (Mandragora officinarum) N Associated with Mercury and Earth. A powerful protective charm for the home. The root can be carried by women who want to concieve, and men who want to cure impotency. In the Middle Ags it was thought to give off a shriek when it was pulled up that was so unearthly all who heard it went mad or died. To charge a mandrake root with your personal power, sleep with it in the bed for three nigts during the full moon. Carry it for courage.
Marigold: (Calendula officinalis) N Associated with the Sun and Fire. In a vase, renews energy of everyone in the room where the vase is placed. Symbolizes constancy and endurance in love. To dream of marigold flowers is supposed to presage coming wealth. it was said that if you wore marigold flowers, you would be able to tell who had stolen from you.
By . Marjoram: (Origanum majorana) Associated with Mercury and Air. Add to love charms. Place a bit of the herb in every room of the house for protection.
Mistletoe: (Viscum album) NN Worn as a protective amulet, or to help conceive. An anti-lightning charm.
Mugwort: (Artesmisia vulgaris) Associated with Venus and Air. Put into the shoe for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. Mugwort tea will induce clairvoyance. Rub fresh leaves on magick mirrors and crystal balls to strengthen divinitory powers. Add to scrying, clairvoyance, and divination incenses. In the Middle Ages it was considered one of the strongest protective plants. Hanging it in the house is reputed to protect against lightning, while putting it under the doorstep is supposed to ensure that no unwelcome person will enter. A pillow filled with mugwort will induce vivid dreams. The Latin name, Artemisia, refers to the goddess Artemis, who was a protector of herbal practitioners.
Mullein: (Verbascum thapsus) Associated with Saturn and Fire. Has been called hag's tapers, Jupiter's staff, our lady's candle.Wear to devellop courage and as protection from wild animals. Was believed to have power to drive away evil spirits. Mullein can be used to clear a psychic space after work, by washing tools, floor and altar with mullein infusion. Used on crystal balls for scrying.
Bone, flesh and cartilage builder; aids in healing respiratory ailments, asthma, bronchitis, diarrhea, sinus congestion, soothing to any inflammation and relieves pain; acts to relive spasms & clears the lungs.
Myrrh: (Commiphoria myrrha) Associated with the Sun and Water. Purifying and protective incense. Can be used to consecrate tools.
Myrtle: (Myrica cerifera) Associated with Venus and water. Sacred to Venus and used in love charms and spells of all kinds. If grown indoors it brings good luck. Carry myrtle leaves to attract love or the wood to preserve youth. Make magick charms from the wood. Wear fresh leaves whilst making love charms.
Nettle: (Urtica dioica) Assoicated with Mars and Fire. Stuff a poppet with nettles to send vibrations and curses back to the sender, but REMEMBER THE THREEFOLD LAW. Sprinkle around the room as protection, or add to protection charms. Considered to instill courage if carried. Was once considered an antidote to many poisons. Builds up the fire element in an individual, used to thaw frozen emotions and connect with the firey warrior aspect.
Nutmeg: (Myristica fragrans) Associated with Jupter and Air. Carry a nutmeg to strengthen clairvoyant powers and to prevent rheumatism. To dream of nutmegs fortells changes in the dreamer's life.
Oak: (Quercus alba) (Duir) Associated with the Sun and Fire. Sacred tree in many, many cultures, long associated with royalty; rites were often performed in groves of oak trees, and mistletoe that grew on oak was considered to be the most powerful. It has long been considered unlucky to fell an oak. Burn oak leaves as purification. The wood is used for all-purpose wands. Acorns are carried as fertility charms, to preserve youthfulness, and to ward off illness. Hang in windows to protect the house. Men can carry acorns to increase their sexual attractiveness and prowess. The Oak's place in the Celtic lunar calendar is seventh among the thirteen months. The Oak has always protected England through the use of its timbers for the building of ships, those that, for instance, defeated the Spanish Armada. Oaks have been used as boundary markers from one place to the next. Oak medicine is best used for securing your pursuits, protecting you while you are attaining your goals. it is essential protection for those less able and weaker, who require security in order to strenghten their characters.
Olive: (Olea europaea) Sacred to the Greek Goddess Athena. Regarded as a symbol of peace and wealth, and a sign of safe travel.
By . Onion: (Allium cepa) Associated with Mars and Fire. Used in protection and healing. Place cut onions in a room to absorb illness, leave overnight and throw away in the morning.
Orange: (Citrus sinesis) Associated with the Sun and Water. The dried peel is added to love and fertility charms and used in Solar incenses. A traditional Chinese symbol of good luck and prosperity.
Orris root: (Iris florentina or Iris germanica) Associated with Venus and Water. Add to love charms, baths, and incenses.
Parsley: In ancient Greek and Roman times, parsley was considered symbolic of death. Chew a bit of parsley to cure bad breath.
By . Patchouli: (Pogostemon cablin or Pogostemon patchouli) Associated with the Sun and Earth. Both sexes can carry as an aphrodisiac andto attract lovers. Use as a powerful incense.
Pennyroyal: (mentha pulegium) Associated with Venus and Earth. Put in a shoe to prevent wearines; once it was carried by sea-farers to prevent sea-sickness. Used in protection rituals. Under no circumstances use Pennyroyal while pregnant.
Pepper: (Capsicum spp.) Associated with Mars and Fire. Use in protective charms.
Peppermint: (Mentha piperata) Associated with Venus and Air. Use in healing incenses and charms; good in a healing bath. Burn as a winter incense. Any mint infusion can be sprinkled around the house as a cooling off influence after arguments.