03-11-13 Lesson 14: Month 4, Week 1: Herbs 101

MONTH 4 WEEK 1 ~ Herbs 101
• BASIC HERBS 101
**Before we dive in to our study, I would like to emphasize that I consider the subject of Herbology an Art, as is the practice of Medicine. And as with medicine, you could pursue the Art of Herbology daily, for the remainder of your life and never learn all there is to know on the subject, it is a lifelong work in progress ~ therefore, although I consider myself an enthusiast, I certainly am not an authority! It is important to keep in mind that mistakes and miscalculations in Herbology have the potential to produce disastrous results so please take care, particularly if you will be using herbs internally. Always check and recheck your references.
This four week study will be formatted like this:
Each week we will have a main topic. Week Two: Care and feeding of your Herb Garden, Week Three: Magick in the Garden. Week Four: Herbal Medicine.
Along with the main topic we also have a “Witch’s Dozen” ~ herbs that will be divided into 4 parts, 3 herbs for each week, each week devoted one of the elements, in this order – Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.
Each week, in addition to specified “homework”, I would like you to try to post a spell or ritual which uses one of the herbs from that lesson. It can be one of your own making, or one that you researched. If you have worked the spell/ritual, please post your experience. It would be nice if at the end of the 4 weeks each of us would have some entries we could add to our personal Book of Shadows. ***Now, just to be clear ~ if you do not have experience in spell casting and/or feel uncomfortable doing so, I am NOT encouraging Anyone to try it! Spell Casting will be covered in future lessons.
And so we begin!
“What is Herbology?”
Actually there is no such word in the English dictionary. But it has become a word frequently used in New Age medicine. Basically Herbology is the study and use of Herbs. “Use” can mean many things and herbs can cover a wide range of uses. From bath lotions and salves to teas and food additives, and yes ~ magick. An herb is a plant that has a fleshy, rather than a woody stem. They often seemingly die back into the earth at the end of each growing season, popping back up in the Spring to late Fall.
Herbs are not the only plants that provide various remedies for daily life. Plants in general are natural chemical factories, but believe it or not, none really “cure” illnesses. They alleviate symptoms or pain, but they are basically palliative compounds. This can be true for many synthetic compounds as well. Still, there is evidence that their physiological interactions create bio-dynamic results. Now I like that word bio-dynamic. Bio means life or living organism, and dynamic pertains to energy, motion or force. So what does this mean?
To me, it means that plants work “with us” to create a cure. Plants alone don’t cure your ills, but rather they work with you. Kind of a nice thought when you think about everything in the world being part of everything else. It’s like a partnership. So perhaps we can say that Herbology is the study of merging the compounds of the plant kingdom with the compounds of animal tissues, which would include the human animal.
“A Short History of Garden Herbs”
Records of the use of herbs date as far back as ancient Egypt and Biblical times. The Greeks and Romans studied and wrote about herbs for their medicinal and cooking value. Even in more recent history, the early physicians used hundreds of herbs to treat a variety of ailments. Herbs were also used to mask unpleasant household odors and to enhance the taste of dull food.
The study and use of herbs continued in Europe. Medieval monasteries became centers of herbal collection and cultivation. Once again herbs were studied for their medical applications and their use in cooking. During the Renaissance, many of the “new educated” physicians, such as Nostradamus, wrote information about herbs and published these works in books known as herbals.
When the first colonists came to the New World, they brought many herbs with them. But the Colonists soon learned about valuable native herbs from the American Indians. Each new wave of immigrants arriving in America brought a new collection of herbal remedies. By the 19th century many home remedies containing herbs were patented and sold. Modern drugs replaced most of these remedies, but many still contain the ingredients derived from those original herbs.
Herbs typically grow in temperate regions. They are the aromatic leaves of such plants as marjoram, mint, rosemary, and thyme. Today herbs are used primarily as seasonings to flavor and enhance food. Other food seasonings are spices, such as black pepper or cinnamon, and aromatic seeds, such as dill or sesame.
You can find them in a variety of products such as soap, shampoo, powder, or cosmetics. Not to mention the hundreds of varieties of Herbal tea made from many different herbs, which are considered by some to be healthful.
Many people still use herbs for their medicinal properties. In this day of high medical expenses, herbs and the “home remedies” are returning in popularity. But some of those “new wonder” drugs are still refined from ingredients found in herbs.
Used in the right fashion, herbs can add greatly to your daily life. Not just in your shampoo or lasagna, but in your daily health as well. However, not used correctly can mean severe reactions, from simple stomach discomforts, to expanded allergic reactions and yes, even death. So before you go out and began planting and harvesting your own herbal garden, make sure you know all the properties of each leaf, stalk and seed.
“Herbs and Magick”
When you think of a witch or wise woman’s home, you picture a fire in the fireplace, a cat curled on the hearth, and drying herbs hanging from the rafters. Herbs have been used by witches for eons. Nature is already an energy source that we tap into. When using plants and
herbs in magic, you tap into the innate energy stores that plants hold. Plants live and breathe, just like humans do, though we often forget this. They have their own energy to live, grow, and be fruitful. If plants did not have their own energy, they would die off, and humans not exist. In this complicated relationship, we can see that each plant and herb has its own power to share. From the lavender with its calming properties to mugwort and its potential to cause visions, the energy of plants allows us to access the energy of nature and then direct it in spells. Plants are a part of their surroundings and they pick up energy of an area and the people that care for the plants. These energies can too work within the spell to bring an intention into being. So you see, your relationship with your herbs can and will effect your magical workings!
Here is a comprehensive list of herbs and their magical uses:
Acicia – Protection, Psychic Powers
Adam & Eve Roots – Love, Happiness.
Adders Tongue – Healing
African Violet – Spirituality, Protection
Agaric – Fertility
Agrimony – Protection, Sleep
Ague Root – Protection
Alfalfa – Prosperity, Anti-hunger, Money
Alkanet – Purification, Prosperity
Allspice – Money, Luck, Healing
Almond – Money, Prosperity, Wisdom
Aloe – Protection, Luck
Aloes, Wood – Love, Spirituality
Althea – Protection, Psychic Powers
Alyssum – Protection, Moderating Anger
Amaranth – Healing, Protection, Invisibility
Anemone – Health, Protection, Healing
Angelica – Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Visions
Apple – Love, Healing, Garden Magic, Immortality
Apricot – Love
Arabic Gum – Purify negativity and evil
Arbutus – Exorcism, Protection
Asafoetida – Exorcism, Purification, Protection
Ash – Protection, Prosperity, Sea Rituals, Health
Aspen – Eloquence, Anti-Theft
Aster – Love
Avens – Exorcism, Purification, Love
Avocado – Love,Lust,Beauty
Bachelor’s Buttons – Love
Balm, Lemon – Love, Success, Healing
Balm of Gilead – Love, Manifestations,P rotection, Healing
Bamboo – Protection, Luck, Hex-Breaking, Wishes
Banana – Fertility, Potency, Prosperity
Banyan – Luck
Barley – Love, Healing, Protection
Basil – Love, Exorcism, Wealth, Flying, Protection
Bay – Protection, Psychic Powers, Healing, Purification, Strength
Beans – Protection, Exorcism, Wart Charming, Reconciliations, Potency,
Love
Bedstraw/Fragrant – Love
Beech – Wishes
Beet – love
Belladonna – astral projection *DEADLY POISON!!
Benzoin – Purification, Prosperity
Bergamot, Orange – Money
Be-Still – Luck
Betony/wood – Protection, Purification, Love
Birch – Protection, Exorcism, Purification
Bistort – Psychic Powers, Fertility
Bittersweet – Protection, Healing
Blackberry – Healing, Money, Protection
Bladderwrack – Protection, Sea Spells, Wind Spells, Money, Psychic Powers
Bleeding Heart – Love
Bloodroot – Love, Protection, Purification
Bluebell – Luck, Truth
Blueberry – Protection
Blue Flag – Money
Bodhi – Fertility, Protection, Wisdom, Meditation
Boneset – Protection, Exorcism
Borage – Courage, Psychic Powers
Bracken – Healing, Rune Magic, Prophetic Dreams
Brazil Nut – Love
Briony – Image Magic, Money, Protection
Bromeliad – Protection, Money
Broom – Purification, Protection, Wind Spells, Divination
Buchu – Psychic Powers, Prophetic Dreams
Buckthorn – Protection, Exorcism, Wishes, Legal Matters
Buckwheat – Money, Protection
Burdock – Protection, Healing
Cabbage – Luck
Cactus – Protection, Chastity
Calamus – Luck, Healing, Money, Protection
Camellia -Riches
Camphor – Chastity, Health, Divination
Caper – Potency, Lust, Luck
Carawy – Protection, Lust, Health, Anti-theft, Mental Powers
Cardamon – Lust, Love
Carnation – Protection, Strength, Healing
Carob – Protection, Health
Carrot – Fertility, Lust
Cascara Sagrada – Legal Matters, Money, Protection,
Cashew – Money
Castor – Protection
Catnip – Cat Magic, Love, Beauty, Happiness
Cattail – Lust
Cedar – Healing, Purification, Money, Protection
Celandine – Protection, Escape, Happiness, Legal Matters
Celery – Mental Powers, Lust, Psychic Powers
Centaury – Snake Removing
Chamomile – Money, Sleep, Love, Purification
Cherry – Love, divination
Chestnut – Love
Chickweed – Fertility, Love
Chicory – Removing Obstacles, Invisibility, favors, Frigidity
Chili pepper – Fidelity, hex Breaking, Love
China Berry – Luck
Chrysanthemum – Protection
Cinchona – Luck, Protection
Cinnamon – Spirituality, Success, Healing, Power, Psychic Powers, Lust
Protection, Love
Cinquefoil – Money, Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Sleep
Citron – Psychic Powers, Healing
Cloth of Gold – Understand animal languages
Clove – Protection, Exorcism, Love, Money
Clover – Protection, Money, Love, fidelity, Exorcism, Success
Club Moss – Protection, Power
Coconut – Purification, Protection, Chastity
Cohosh,Black – love, courage, protection, potency
Coltsfoot – Love, Visions
Columbine – Courage, Love
Comfrey – Safety during travel, Money
Copal – Love, Purification
Coriander – Love, Health, Healing
Corn – protection, luck, divination
Cotton – Luck, Healing, Protection, Rain, Fishing Magic
Cowslip – Healing, Youth, Treasure Finding
Crocus – Love, Visions
Cubeb – Love
Cuckoo-flower – Fertility,Lover
Cucumber – Chastity, Healing, Fertility
Cumin – Protection, Fidelity, Exorcism
Curry – Protection
Cyclamen – fertility, Protection, Happiness, Lust
Cypress – Longevity, Healing, Comfort, Protection
Daffodil – Love, Fertility, Luck
Daisy – Lust, Luck
Damiana – Lust, Love, Visions
Dandelion – Divination, Wishes, Calling Spirits
Datura – Hex Breaking, Sleep, Protection
Deerstongue – Lust, Psychic Powers
Devils Bit – Exorcism, Love, Protection, Lust
Devils Shoestring – Protection, Gambling, Luck, Power, Employment
Dill – Protection, Money, Lust, Luck
Dittany of Crete – Manifestations, Astral Projection
Dock – Healing, Fertility, Money
Dodder – Love, Divination, Knot Magic
Dogbane – Love
Dogwood – Wishes, Protection
Dragons Blood – Love, Protection, Exorcism, Potency
Dulse – Lust, Harmony
Dutchman’s Breeches – Love
Ebony – Protection, Power
Echinacea – Strengthening Spells
Edelweiss – Invisibility, Bullet-Proofing
Elder – Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Prosperity,Sleep
Elecampane – Love, Protection, Psychic Powers
Elm – Love
Endive – Lust, Love
Eryngo – Travelers Luck, Peace, Lust, Love
Eucalyptus – Healing,Protection
Euphorbia – Purification, Protection
Eyebright – Mental Powers, Psychic Power
Fennel – Protection, Healing, Purification
Fenugreek – Money
Fern – Rain Making, Protection, Luck, Riches, Eternal Youth, Health,
Exorcism
Feverfew – Protection
Fig – Divination, Fertility, Love
Figwort – Health, Protection
Flax – Money, Protection, Beauty, Psychic Powers, Healing
Fleabane – Exorcism, Protection, Chastity
Foxglove – Protection
Frankincense – Protection, Exorcism, Spirituality
Fumitory – Money, Exorcism
Fuzzy Weed – Love
Galangal – Protection, Lust, Health, Money, Psychic Powers, Hex
breaking
Gardenia – Love, Peace, Healing, Spirituality
Garlic – Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Lust, Anti-Theft
Gentian – Love, Power
Geranium – Fertility, Health, Love, Protection
Ginger – Love, Money, Success, Power
Ginseng – Love, Wishes, Healing, Beauty, Protection, Lust
Goats Rue – Healing, Health
Goldenrod – Money, Divination
Golden Seal – Healing, Money
Gorse – Protection, Money
Gotu Kola – Meditation
Gourd – Protection
Grain – Protection
Grains of Paradise – Lust, Luck, Love, Money, Wishes
Grape – Fertility, Garden Magic, Mental Powers, Money
Grass – Psychic Powers, Protection
Ground Ivy – Divination
Groundsel – Health, Healing
Hawthorn – Fertility, Chastity, Fishing Magic, Happiness
Hazel – Luck, Fertility, Anti-Lightning, Protection, Wishes
Heather – Protection, Rain Making, Luck
Heliotrope – Exorcism, Prophetic dreams, Healing, Wealth, Invisbility
Hellebore,Black – Protection *POISON*
Hemlock – Destroy sexual drives *POISON*
Hemp – Healing, Love, Vision, Meditation
Hensbane – POISON Not used
Henna – Healing
Hibiscus – Lust, Love, Divination
Hickory – Legal Matters
High John the Conquerer – Money, Love, Success, Happiness
Holly – Protection, Anti-Lightning, Luck, Dream Magic
Honesty – Money, Repelling Monsters
Honeysuckle – Money, Psychic Powers, Protection
Hops – Healing, Sleep
Horehound – Protection, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Healing
Horse Chestnut – Money, Healing
Horseradish – Purification, Exorcism
Horsetail – Snake Charming, Fertility
Houndstongue – Tying dogs tongues
Houseleek – Luck, Protection, Love
Huckleberry – Luck, Protection, Dream Magic, Hex Breaking
Hyacinth – Love, Protection, Happiness
Hydrangea – Hex Breaking
Hyssop – Purification, Protection
Indian Paint Brush – Love
Iris – Purification, Wisdom
Irish Moss – Money, Luck, Protection
Ivy – Protection, Healing
Jasmine – Love, Money, Prophetic Dreams
Jobs Tears – Healing, Wishes, Luck
Joe-pye weed – Love, Respect
Juniper – Protection, Anti-theft, Love, Exorcism
Kava-Kave – Visions, Protection, luck
Knotweed – Binding, Health
Ladys mantle – Love
Lady’s slipper – Protection
Larch – Protection, Anti theft
Larkspur – Health, Protection
Lavender – Love, Protection, Sleep, Chastity, Longevity, Purification,
Happiness, Peace
Leek – Love, Protection, Exorcism
Lemon – Longevity, Purification, Love, Friendship
Lemongrass – Repel snakes, Lust, Psychic powers
Lemon Verbena – Purification, Love
Lettuce – Chastity, Protection, Love, Divination, Sleep
Licorice – Love, Lust, Fidelity
Life Everlasting – longevity, Health, Healing
Lilac – Exorcism, Protection
Lily – Protection, Breaking Love spells
Lily of the Valley – Mental Powers, Happiness
Lime – Healing, Love, Protection
Linden – Protection, Immortality, Luck, Love, Sleep
Liquidamber – Protection
Liverwort – Protection
Liverwort – Love
Looestrife – Peace, Protection
Lotus – Protection, Lock-Opening
Lovage – Love
Love Seed – Love, Friendship
Lucky Hand – Employment, Luck, Protection, Money, Travel
Mace – Psychic Powers, Mental Powers
Maguey – Lust
Magnolia – Fidelity
Mahogany,mountain – Anti-Lightning
Maidenhair – Beauty, Love
Male Fern – Luck, Love
Mallow – Love, Protection, Exorcism
Mandrake – Protection,Love, Money, Fertility, Health
Maple – Love, Longevity, Money
Marigold – Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Legal Matters, Psychic Powers
Marjoram – Protection, love, Happiness, Health, Money
Master Wort – Strength, Courage, Protection
Mastic – Psychic Powers, Manifestations, Lust
May Apple – Money
Meadow Rue – Di vination
Meadowsweet – Love, Divination, Peace, Happiness
Mesquite – Healing
Mimosa – Protection, Love, Prophetic Dreams, Purification
Mint – Money, Love,Lust, Healing, Exorcism, Travel, Protection
Mistletoe – Protection, Love, Hunting, Fertility, Health, Exorcism
Molukka – Protection
Moonwort – Money, Love
Moss – Luck, Money
Mugwort – Strength, Psychic Powers, Protection, Prophetic Dreams,
Healing, Astral Projection
Mulberry – Protection, Strength
Mullein – Courage, Protection, Health, Love, Divination, Exorcism
Mustard – Fertility, Protection, Mental Powers
Myrrh – Protection, Exorcism, Healing, Spirituality
Myrtle – Love, Fertility, Youth, Peace
Nettle – Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Lust
Norfolk Island Pine – Protection, anti hunger
Nuts – Fertility, prosperity, love, luck
Oak – Protection, Health, Money, Healing, Potency, Fertility, Luck
Oats – Money
Olive – Healing, Peace, Fertility, Potency, Protection, Lust
Onion – Protection,E xorcism, Healing, Money, Prophetic Dreams, Lust
Orange – Love, Divination, Luck, Money
Orchid – Love
Oregon Grape – Money, Prosperity
Orris – Love, Protection, Divination
Palm,Date – Fertility, Potency
Pansy – Love, Rain Magic, Love, Divination
Papaya – Love, Protection
Papyrus – protection
Parosela – Hunting
Parsley – Love, Protection, Purification
Passion Flower – Peace, Sleep, Friendship
Patchouly – Money, Fertility, Lust
Pea – Money, Love
Peach – Love, Exorcism, Longevity,. Fertility, Wishes
Pear – Lust, Love
Pecan – Money, Employment
Pennyroyal – Strength, Protection, Peace
Peony – Protection, Exorcism
Pepper – Protection, Exorcism
Peppermint – Purification, Sleep, Love, Healing, Psychic Powers
Pepper Tree – Purification, Healing, Protection
Periwinkle – Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Money, Protection
Persimmon – Changing Sex, healing, luck
Plot Weed – Protection
Pimento – Love
Pimpernel – Protection,Health
Pine – Healing, Fertility, Protection, Exorcism, Money
Pineapple – Luck, Money, Chastity
Pipsissewa – Money, Spirit Calling
Pistachio – Breaking Love Spells
Plantain – Healing, Protection, Strength, Snake Repelling
Plum – Healing
Plumeria – Love
Poke – Courage, Hex Breaking
Pomegranate – Divination, Luck, Wishes, Wealth, Fertility
Poplar – Money, Flying
Poppy – Fertility, Love, Sleep, Money, Luck, Invisibility
Potato – Image Magic, Healing
Prickly Ash – Love
Primrose – Protection, Love
Purslane – Sleep, Love, Luck, Protection, Happiness
Quassia – Love
Quince – Protection, Love, Happiness
Radish – Protection, Lust
Ragweed – Courage
Ragwort – Protection
Raspberry – Protection, Love
Rattlesnake Root – Protection, Money
Rhubarb – Protection, Fidelity
Rice – Protection, Rain, Fertility, Money
Roots – Protection, Power, Divination
Rose – Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Love, Divination, Luck,
Protection
Rosemary – Protection, Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Exorcism,
Purification, Healing, Sleep, Youth
Rowan – Psychic Powers, Healing, Protection,Power, Success
Rue – Healing, Health, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Love
Rye – Love, Fidelity
Saffron – Love, Healing, Happiness, Wind Raising, Lust, Strength,
Psychic Powers.
Sage – Immortality, Longevity, Wisdom, Protection, Wishes
Sagebrush – Purification, Exorcism
St.Johns Wort – Health, Power, Protection, Strength, Love, Divination,
Happiness
Sandalwood – Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Spirituality
Sarsaparilla – Love, Money
Sassafras – Health, Money
Savory/Summer – Mental Powers
Scullcap – Love, Fidelity, Peace
Senna – Love
Sesame – Money. Lust
Shallot – Purification
Skunk Cabbage – Legal Matters
Slippery Elm – Halts Gossip
Sloe – Exorcism, Protection
Snakeroot – Luck Money
Snakeroot/black – Love, Lust, Money
Snapdragon – Protection
Solomons Seal – Protection, Exorcism
Sorrel Wood – Healing, Health
Southern Wood – Love,Lust,Protection
Spanish Moss – Protection
Spearmint – Healing, Love, Mental Powers
SpiderWort – Love
Spikenard – Love
Squill – Money, Protection, Hex Breaking
Star/anise – Psychic Powers, Luck
Stillengia – Psychic Powers
Straw – Luck, Image Magic
Strawberry – Love,Luck
Sugar Cane – Love,Lust
Sumbul – Love, Luck, Health, Psychic Powers
Sunflower – Fertility,Wishes,Health,Wisdom
Sweetgrass – Calling Spirits
Sweetpea – Friendship,Chastity,Courage,Strength
Tamarind – Love
Tamarisk – Exorcism, Protection
Tansy – Health, Longevity
Tea – Riches, Courage, Strength
Thistle – Strength, Protection, Hex Breaking, Healing
Thistle/holy – Purification,Hex Breaking
Thistle/milk – Snake enraging
Thyme – health, Healing, Sleep, Psychic Powers, Love, Purification, Courage
Ti – Protection, Healing
Toadflax – Protection,Hex Breaking
Toadstool – Rain Making
Tobacco – Healing, Purification
Turmeric – Purification
Turnip – Protection, Ending Relationships
Uva Ursa – Psychic Workings
Valerian – Love,Sleep,Purification,Protection
Vanilla – Love, Lust, Mental Powers
Venus Flytrap – Protection, Love
Vervain – Love, Protection, Purification, Peace, Money, Youth,
Chastity, Sleep,Healing
Vetch/Giant – Fidelity
Vetivert – Love, Hex Breaking, Luck, Money, Anti-Theft
Violet – Protection, Luck, Love, Lust, Wishes, Peace, Healing
Wahoo – Hex-breaking, Courage, Success
Walnut – Health, Mental Powers, Infertility, Wishes
Wax Plant – Protection
Wheat – Fertility, Money
Willow – Love, divination, Protection, Healing
Wintergreen – Protection, Healing, Hex Breaking
Winters Bark – Success
Witch Grass – Happiness, Lust, Love, Exorcism
Witch Hazel – Protection, Chastity
Wolfs Bane – Protection, Invisibility
Wood Rose – Luck
Woodruff – Victory, Protection, Money
Wormwood – Psychic Powers, Protection, Love, Calling Spirits
Yarrow – Courage, Love, Psychic Powers, Exorcism
Yellow Evening Primrose – Hunting
Yerba Mate – Fidelity, Love, Lust
Yerba Santa – Beauty, Healing, Psychic Powers, Protection
Yew – Raising the Dead
Yohimbe – Love, Lust
Yucca – Transmutation, Protection, Purification
Our first set of HERBS will be associated with ~ ELEMENT EARTH
To review, here is a comprehensive list from one of our previous lessons:
Alfalfa Barley Beet Bistort Buckwheat Corn
Cotton Cypress Fern Fumitory Honeysuckle Horehound
Horsetail Loosestrife Magnolia Mugwort Oats Oleander
Patchouly Pea Potato Primrose Quince Rhubarb
Rye Sage Sagebrush Sorrel, Wood Tulip Turnip
Vervain Vetivert Wheat
Your Herb Garden – A Witch’s Dozen
Here is the first of our “Witch’s Dozen” for our Herb Garden! While there are many herbs to choose from, the ones covered in depth here could be found in anyone’s garden, and thus will be able to “fly under the radar” (in the interest of those in the broom closet). They will also be easier to find at your local nurseries and seed stores.
SageSalvia officinalis
Planet: Jupiter
Element: Earth
Deity: Jupiter, Zeus, Cadmus, and Consus
Description: Herb, perennial
Part Used: Leaves
Soil type: Well drained – pH 6.5 – 7
Water: Keep moist, but not saturated.
Sunlight: Full to part sun
Tending: The first year, harvest sage only lightly. In subsequent years, harvest sage as you need it, year-round. Cut an entire stem if you need it, or just pinch a leaf at a time. To give new foliage time to fully mature, leave 2 months between your last big harvest and the first frost of the season.
Frequent harvesting and pruning of these herbs reinvigorates them. Pruning is important to maintain the appearance of the sage plant and prevents it from becoming too woody. However, this is to be done carefully in order to avoid any damage to the plant.
Prune the sage plants after the flowering stage. After the flowers die down, prune the sage to half its size. Do not forget to remove all the deadwoods before pruning. Prune during early spring, and avoid pruning the plant in the late fall.
Never prune downwards of the stem below the level of the leaves. Trim crossed, weak, or diseased branches. Excess straight shoots grown as a result of previous pruning have to be pruned down to two-third of their length.
Magical Uses: Cleansing and consecration. Carried to improve mental ability and bring wisdom. Leaves are used in healing sachets and incense. Associated with long life. Banishes evil, grants strength, wisdom, mental health. Promotes health of all types, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. Used for self purification. Removed negative energy and brings a health attitude toward life. Helps when dealing with grief and loss. Some say it is strongest when grown near Rue.
Medical Uses: Good tonic and internal cleansing; A cleansing, stimulating astringent which tightens pores. Can be used in a poultice for breast inflammation and soreness.
Safety precautions and Warnings:
The herb should not be used at high dosage or for long periods, as toxicity can occur. It should not be used by pregnant women.
The essential oil of sage contains high amounts of thujone, which can work as an abortifacient and is therefore best avoided in pregnancy.
People suffering from epilepsy and high blood pressure should also not use this oil.
HoneysuckleLonicera
Planet: Jupiter
Element: Earth
Deity: Artemis
Description: Vine, perennial
Part Used: Flowers
Soil type: Well drained
Water: Moist
Sunlight: Full to part sun
Tending: When you prune a honeysuckle depends on where it flowers from. Some honeysuckles flower on the current season’s growth, while others flower on the stems that grew the previous season.
Magical Uses: Ring a green candle to draw prosperity, psychic abilities, protection. Grown for protection.
Medicinal Uses: Cough and asthma; Fever; Skin diseases and poison oak; Cuts and abrasions
Safety precautions and Warnings:
Not enough is known about the use of honeysuckle during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use. Honeysuckle might slow blood clotting, so there is concern that it might increase the risk of extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using honeysuckle at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
PrimrosePrimula vulgaris
Planet: Venus
Element: Earth
Deity: Freya
Description: Herb, perennial
Part Used: Flower, herb
Soil type: Well drained, rich, moist
Water: Moderate
Sunlight: Partial sun
Tending: Division is the ideal way to propagate primroses and the only way to maintain specific cultivars. You can also grow primroses from seed, but their need for temperatures between 40 and 50 degrees F (4 to 10 degrees C) during the long period between sowing and the first blooms makes starting plants indoors impractical for most of us.
Magical Uses: The flowers are used on the altar to honor the Goddess. Used in a bath they increase inner beauty and desirability. They are carried to attract love. Grown in the garden they guard it and attract fairies.
Medicinal Uses: PMS; Allergies; Cholesterol; Asthma; Headaches; Inflammatory Diseases; Skin problems..
Safety precautions and Warnings:
Evening Primrose can increase the effects of blood-thinning drugs and anticoagulant medications, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This herb shouldMONTH not be used in conjunction with phenothiazines or anti-epileptic drugs due to a risk of seizures.
Earth Spell (This spell does not have to be done with herbs associated with the element Earth, but I thought it would be nice to post it here!)
Place the appropriate herbs in a bag and take it to a wild place. With your hands dig a small hole in the Earth and pour the herbs into it. Visualize your need strongly. Cover your herbs and leave the area. It is done.
HOMEWORK FOR WEEK ONE:
1. I would like you to try to post a spell or ritual which uses one of the herbs from that lesson. It can be one of your own making, or one that you researched. If you have worked the spell/ritual, please post your experience.
2. Think about any experience you have had with these herbs. The experience does not have to be magical in nature. Remember the feeling that the scent of the plant invoked. Better yet,
if you have the plant available, close your eyes, inhale the fragrance. Hold the plant in the palm of your hand. Do you feel anything? A tingle? A shiver? Record your findings.

Here’s the rest of the Witch’s Dozen: Air: Lavender, Lemongrass, Mint; Fire: Basil, Rosemary, Marigold; Water: Catnip, Chamomile, Thyme.

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