Thursday, January 24, 2013

Basic Magical Herbs Lesson 10

Welcome to the last Basic Magical Herbs Lesson! At least for Basic Herbs 101 on Witch School (there is a 102, and yes I am taking the course).
If you've missed the last 10 lessons they are listed here
Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Lesson 3
Lesson 4
Lesson 5
Lesson 6
Lesson 7
Lesson 8
Lesson 9

And here is Lesson 10

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Citratus)
This is actually an herb I've come into contact with often lately (in the form of balms, tea, and its dried form for smudging).
Pictured is Herbal Revolution's Luscious Body Butter in Lemongrass - I received a small tub of this heavenly body butter for the Solstice and I love it. Its like spreading a silky, lemony-sweet cloud over my dry skin.

Medicinal Uses: digestive problems, small fevers, athletes feet

Magical Uses: repels snakes, lust, psychic powers

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs states:
"Lemongrass planted around the home and in the garden will repel snakes. It is also used in some lust potions, as well as in an infusion to aid in developing psychic powers."

The Lucky Mojo listing for Lemongrass states:
"LEMONGRASS is a tropical plant with a lemon-like fragrance. We are told that this herb has been used by many people for the purpose of Warding Off Evil and bringing Good Luck in Love Affairs. Some of our customers tell us that they like to flavour food with LEMONGRASS to enhance Romance and Sexual Pleasure. LEMONGRASS is also a major ingredient in the celebrated New Orleans Style Van Van Oil, which is used to dress amulets, and it enhances the popular Chinese Wash that is widely used to Clear Away Evil Messes and Crossed Conditions. Many folks tell us that they make LEMONGRASS into tea and add it to their regular floor wash to Get Rid of Jinxes and Enemy Tricks laid on the door-step. We do not make any claims for LEMONGRASS, and sell as a Curio only."

Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris)

Pictured is a Mugwort smudge stick available through Wax and Wane Wands on Etsy. Product description includes:

"Mugwort is one of the most common herbs used to burn for divination. It is commonly used by neopagans to toss onto ritual bonfires at Beltane and Midsummer's Eve, and Yule, in order to clearly see the future. Burning Mugwort enhances clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, and vision quests. It is traditionally placed in the shoes to prevent fatigue (and absorb odor and moisture!) on long journeys. It is used to smudge divinatory tools such as oracles, tarot, and crystal balls. It is often used in conjunction with amethyst and quartz crystals.
It is a feminine herb, it's element is Air, and it's Deity connection is to Venus."
Medicinal Uses: depression with loss of appetite, round worm, menstrual cramps

Magical Uses: strength, prophetic dreams, astral projection

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs states:
"Place mugwort in the shoes to gain strength during long walks or runs. For this purpose, pick mugwort before sunrise, saying:
'Tollam te artemesia, ne lassus sin in via.'
A pillow stuffed with mugwort and slept upon will produce prophetic dreams. 
Mugwort is also burned with sandalwood or wormwood during scrying rituals, and a mugwort infusion is drunk (sweetened with honey) before divination. 
The infusion is also used to wash crystal balls and magic mirrors, and mugwort leaves are placed around the base of the ball (or beneath it) to aid in psychic working..."

The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells gives a warning in regards to Mugwort:
"Even more than most plants, the different forms of the botanical are not interchangeable:

  • Although mugwort is largely considered a woman's herb, it is not safe for pregnant women or for those actively trying to become pregnant. It can cause profound uterine contractions. 
  • With the exception of pregnant women, the herb is generally safe for adults, in moderate doses.
  • The flower essence remedy is the safest method for use, particularly when psychic enhancement is desired. 
  • Mugwort essential oil, also known as armoise, its French name, is not safe for anyone. Mugwort's latent destructive powers, potential neurotoxins, are concentrated in the essential oil. It should not be used except possible under the most expert professional supervision."

Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)

Pictured is Lily of the Valley oil from Rita's Spiritual Goods on Etsy.
"Rita's Lily of the Valley Spiritual Mist Spray has been designed to help you attract joy and success into your life while lifting your spirits.
If you haven't been feeling like yourself lately take a ritual bath or shower and dress your person with this beautiful scent as soon as you are out, it will help clear your energy and lift your spiritual vibrations. To invite joy and happiness into your home spray in each room daily as well as over your altar."

Medicinal Uses: congestive heart failure, and other heart complications (used in pharmaceuticals)

Magickal Uses: mental powers, happiness, memory

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs states:
"Use to improve the memory and mind. When placed in a room, these flowers cheer the heart and lift the spirit of those present."

Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells lists Lily of the Valley as used in a Spirit Summoning Spell:
Flower Fairy Summoning: Lily of the Valley
"Gather lily of the valley flowers. Dry and powder them, then burn them by themselves or in combination with lavender and honeysuckle. This fragrance allegedly summons the flower fairies. (Caution: Lily of the Valley is potentially toxic. Do not ingest.)"

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