Sunday, December 2, 2012

Basic Magical Herbs: Lesson 3

Thank you for joining me for Lesson 3 of my Basic Herbs course studies. Remember, if you want the information provided in the course, it is FREE through Witch School.

Hyssop (Hyssopus officianalis)

Medicinal Uses: bronchitis, congestion, externally on cuts

Magical Uses: purification, protection as well as healing and hex/curse breaking.

Good floor wash!
Baths, sachets, incenses and sprays.

In A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year by Ellen Evert Hopman:
"Hyssop was a holy herb of the ancient Greeks, used to cleanse sacred spaces. Hyssop can be burned as incense, word, used in decorations, and added to the chalice. Use a bunch to ritually 'sweep' the altar as a preparation for a ceremonial rite. Alternatively, a tincture can be made...the dose is ten to thirty drops, four times a day."

Hyssop oil is said to be a more potent purifier than even White Sage (discussed in lesson 2). The oil can be used to anoint candles, yourself, charms, talismans, in spell work, or use a bit to put in a ritual bath, use it in a diffuser.
You can buy Hyssop oil at the Enchantery at Etsy HERE.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Medicinal Uses: soothing effect, coughs, rheumatic conditions. Said to have analgesic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, bactericidal, emetic,  expectorant, laxative, and stimulant properties.
Recommended during pregnancy for morning sickness.
 Ginger should only be used with caution under the guidance of a health professional in patients with the following conditions: taking anticoagulant therapies, with heart conditions (due to carditonic effects), in persons with gallstones, persons with diabetes and/or hyop/hyperglycemia and in people with increased or decreased blood pressure.

Magickal Uses: love, success, money.
Fast results as a love potion.

In A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year by Ellen Evert Hopman:
"Ginger enhances all spells, especially love spells, being a spicy and 'hot' herb."

The Herbal Tarot connects Ginger with Eight of Pentacles and says:
"Stimulant. Diaphoretic. Carminative. Antispasmodic. Emmenagogue. Used for gas, poor assimilation of food, also to relieve motion sickness and spasmodic cramps. the fresh root is made into a tea for colds and fevers."
To learn more about The Herbal Tarot, see my posts Here.

Hemlock (Conium maculatum)
This week's poisonous herbs and one of my favorite poisonous herbs to this date. Hemlock grows wild where I used to live in Kentucky and Tennessee as well as here in Alaska.

Medicinal Uses: externally in ointments, dizziness, sedative, pain reliever (used in pharmaceuticals)
Has been recommended as an antidote to Strychnine poisoning, and in other poisons of the same class, and in tetanus, hydrophobia, etc.

Magickal Uses: destroy sex drive, sacred to Hecate, astral travel, hexing

Witches of the Craft shared a Hemlock Hex on their blog HERE

Pictured here is a hemlock wand created by Art Craft and Nature. Hemlock wands are used for enhancing the reflexes, and enchanting potions, but do not place the wand directly into a potion. It can also be used for anointing talismans, and destructive works. On the back of the wand you’ll find a small triangle burned into the wood for collecting, and directing energy through the wand. Plus an Amber shard for protection, and the electrical life energy within the stone, and a Quartz crystal point for affixing to your wand creating a focal point on for absorbing, storing, amplifying, balancing, focusing and transmitting the energy; should you choose to do so. You can purchase this want on Etsy HERE

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