Whispering Woods Herbal Grimoire

Section K and L -


All information listed throughout the Herbal Grimoire section is intended for reference only.

Crick does not suggest, advocate, or recommend the use of herbs in any fashion.


Herb Description list - Lady's Mantle, Lady's Slipper, Lambs Quarters, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, Licorice, Lobelia, Lovage        






Lady's Mantle: Bear's Foot. Nine Hooks

(Alchemilla vulgaris)

The whole Herb (June and July), root.

"The name originated with the sixteenth-century botanist, Jerome Bock"

Medicinal Uses: Lady's Mantle has astringent and styptic properties, on account of its tannin content. It is considered one of the best vulneraries or wound herbs. This herb is used to treat sores and septic wounds.
It is used as a cure for excessive menstruation and is taken internally as an infusion 1 oz. of the dried herb to 1 pint of boiling water) in teacupful doses as required and the same infusion.
A strong decoction of the fresh root is an excellent means to stop all bleedings, and the root dried and reduced to powder is used for the same purpose and also for violent purgings.

This herb should only be used in cases of mild diarrhea.

Magickal uses: Lady" Mantle is used for love satchets and spells. Lady's Mantle is Feminine and ruled by the planet Venus. Its assigned Element is Water.

Properties: Astringent, Ferbrifuge, Tonic.
It contains ellagitannins (agrimoniin, laevigatin F and pedunculagin) as well as flavonoids.

Growth: Lady's Mantle has soft gray-green velvet, lobed leaves. They grow from 6 to 12 inches tall in tight mounds. Prefers full sun to light shade. Has a tendency to reseed and so can become aggressive. It displays chartreuse flowers in late spring. The flowers are in bloom from June to August. They are numerous and small, and only about 1/8 inch in diameter. The rootstock is perennial black, stout and short, and from it rises a slender erect stem. When planting, space 8–12 inches apart. This plant is a Perennial and grows hardy in Zone 3. Lady's Mantle is found in damp places and in shady woods.





Lady's Slipper:

Cypripedium acaule

Root

Called American Valerian after Indian Valerian (Valeriana Wallichii)

Medicinal Uses: Lady's Slipper has been used as a sedative and a antispasmodic. It was once commonly used to treat various nervous disorders, as it is a mild stimulant. It is often used to treat depression related to female problems.
It is said to be the equivalent of Valerian, Valeriana officinalis, in treating nervous complaints. An infusion of the dried tuber is used, the tubers are harvested in the autumn.

Contact with the fresh plant can cause dermatitis in sensitive people. Hairs on the leaves can cause a rash similar to poison ivy rash in some people.

Magickal uses: Lady's Slipper is used in protection satchels.

Properties: The root is antispasmodic, nervine, sedative and tonic.

Growth: Pink lady's slipper is a large, showy wildflower belonging to the orchid family. Lady's Slipper has only two leaves. They are green and branch out from the center of the plant. A single flower stalk grows from the center. The deep pink flower, looks like a slipper, and grows about three inches long.
Pink Lady's Slippers grow in shady forests under Pine, Oak, Red Maple, and Sweetgum trees. It is in flower from May to June.






Lamb's Quarters: Pigweed

(Chenopodium album)

Medicinal Uses: Lamb's Quarter is high in Vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin,
and niacin, leaves of lambs quarters have been used to prevent scurvy. 
The leaves are also used for stomachaches and as a poultice for burns. 
Cold leaf tea is taken for diarrhea. The juice of the stems is applied to
freckles and sunburn. An infusion is taken in the treatment of rheumatism. The leaves are applied as a wash or poultice to bug bites, sunstroke, rheumatic joints and swollen feet. The seeds are chewed in the treatment of urinary problems.
The crushed fresh roots are a mild soap substitute.

Magickal uses: none

Properties: The leaves are anthelmintic, antiphlogistic, antirheumatic, mildly laxative and odontalgic.

Growth: Lamb's Quarters is a common weed which grows up to six feet tall. Its leaves are up to four inches long, have a few teeth on the edges, and are white underneath.
Lamb's Quarters flowers are tiny and green, and bloom in clusters. The clusters are on spikes. These plants bloom from June to October.





Lavender:

(Lavendula officinale)

Flower and leaf


Medicinal Uses: Lavender flower water is a skin toner useful for enhancing cell renewal. The flower tea treats anxiety, headaches, flatulence, nausea, dizziness, and halitosis.
It is an antiseptic for acne. The essential oil is antiseptic, mildly sedative, and painkilling. It is applied to insect bites, and treats burns, sore throats and headaches.The oil is used for intestinal gas, migraine, and dizziness. A few drops of the essence of Lavender in a hot footbath is useful in relieving fatigue. Applied externally, it relieves toothache, neuralgia, sprains, and rheumatism.
Being antiseptic, lavender is added to healing salves.
A tea of the leaf allays nausea and vomiting. Use two teaspoons per cup of water and steep for twenty minutes. The dose is one-fourth cup four times a day.
Steep lavender blossoms in white wine and strain to make a natural antidepressant beverage. Lavender and rose petal vinegar is applied to the temples and brow to ease headache.
Lavender aromatherapy has become an increasingly popular way to ease anxiety, fatique, and headaches.

Studies suggest that lavender used as aromatherapy or taken orally may increase the amount of drowsiness caused by some drugs. These include benzodiazepines such as lorazepam (Ativan) or diazepam (Valium), barbiturates such as phenobarbital, narcotics such as codeine, some antidepressants, and alcohol.

Magickal uses: Place 2 handfuls of lavender into cheesecloth and tie with a purple ribbon. Use instead of a washcloth in the bath to draw love to you. Place lavender under your pillow and make a wish just before going to bed.
Lavender is strewn into bonfires at Midsummer as an offering to the Gods and Goddesses. An ingredient of love spells, its scent is said to attract men. Lavender in the home brings peace, joy and healing. The essential oil is included in health; love; peace; and conscious mind-oriented mixtures.
The oil is used to produce sleep by anointing the forehead and pillow. Place a drop of Lavender essential oil on the edge of the mattress of a teething baby to calm him/her down. The aroma of lavender is said to be conducive to a long life.

Properties: Lavender is aromatic, carminative and nervine. The principal constituent of Lavender is the volatile oil. The chief constituents of the oil are linalool and its acetic ester, linalyl acetate. Other constituents of the oil are cineol, pinene, limonene, geraniol, borneol and some tannin.

Growth: Lavender plants are bushy and branching in habit, usually growing up to 2-1/2 ft. in height. They require full sun. The leaves are silvery-green in color, blunt 1-2 inches long, needle-like, opposite, lanceolate in shape, smooth edged and somewhat hairy.
Flowers usually bloom in June and July. Color is a lavender-purple. The  flower consists of whorls of from 6-10 flowers that form a terminal spike on a 6-8 inch long stem. The fine aromatic Lavender smell is found in all parts of the shrub.





Lemon Balm: Bee Balm

(Melissa officionalis)

Leaf and Flower
Greek physician Dioscorides would apply Lemon Balm to scorpion or animal
bites for its antibacterial properties, and then give the patient wine infused with
Lemon Balm to calm their nerves.

Medicinal Uses: Lemon balm is a member of the mint family. It is used to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort associated with digestion. Combines well with valerian for a soothing, relaxing effect. For cold sores or herpes sores, steep 2 to 4 tsp of crushed leaf in 1 cup boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool. Apply tea with cotton balls to the sores throughout the day. An infusion of the leaves added to bath water is also said to promote the onset of menstruation.

Lemon Balm should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Lemon balm may interfere with sedatives and thyroid medications.

Magickal uses: Used in spells to ensure success.  It is used in spells associated with healing, health, friendship, love, and success.  Historically, it is a symbolic plant used to transmit messages between lovers. 
Carry Lemon Balm in a charm or sachet to find love, or burn it as an incense when doing spells related to success.

Properties: Lemon Balm is carminative,  emmenagogue, stomachic, diaphoretic, antibacterial, anti viral  and febrifuge. Lemon balm contains terpenes, tannins and eugenol.

Growth: Lemon balm is native to Europe but is now grown all over the world. In the spring and summer, clusters of small, light yellow flowers grow where the leaves meet the stem. The leaves are very deeply wrinkled and range from dark green to yellowish green in color, depending on the soil and climate.




Lemongrass:

(Cymbopogon citratus)


Known as Takrai in Thailand,


Medicinal Uses: Leaf tea treats diarrhea, stomachache, headaches, fevers, and flu, and is antiseptic. It is used in teas to combat depression and bad moods, fight fever and as well as nervous and digestive disorders. Taking prepared Lemongrass capsules (140 mg) daily for three months experienced a significant reduction in cholesterol levels. Externally, an oil can be made with Lemongrass to be applied at 10 drops or so directly to the affected area in cases of  athlete's foot, cuts, scrapes, lower back pain, sciatica, sprains, tendonitis, neuralgia, circulatory problems, and rheumatism.
Lemongrass can be used either fresh, dried or powdered. It is well known a mild insect repellent (citronella).

Lemongrass is safe for use in moderation, but should be avoided by young children, pregnant women, and people with kidney or liver disease.

Magickal uses: 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.

Properties: Lemongrass has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is considered a diuretic, carminative, tonic and stimulant. It contains five constituents that inhibit blood coagulation.

Growth: Lemongrass is a long thick grass with leaves at the top and a solid portion several inches long at the root end.  As the lemongrass grows, it sends out new stalks from the central base.




Licorice:

(Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Medicinal Uses: Licorice is used to relieve respiratory ailments such as allergies, bronchitis,
colds, sore throats, and tuberculosis. Licorice root is often used to prevent and treat stomach
ulcers. Licorice is also used in the treatment of heart disease because of its effects on
cholesterol and blood pressure. It has also been used for over 3,000 years by the Chinese as
a tonic to rejuvenate the heart and spleen, and as a treatment for ulcers, cold symptoms,
and skin disorders.
Licorice is used in treating adrenal insufficiencies such as hypoglycemia and Addison's disease, counteracting stress, and in purifying the liver and bloodstream.

Persons with a history of congestive heart failure, kidney disease, and liver disorders should not use licorice compounds. Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing.

Magickal uses:

Properties: Licorice is demulcent, expectorant, diuretic, and laxative. It contains glycosides, flavonoids, asparagine, isoflavonoids, chalcones and coumarins. Primary of these is Glycyrrhetinic acid, a natural anti-inflammatory compound.
Licorice Root contains Vitamins E, B-complex, phosphorous, biotin, niacin, pantothenic acid, lecithin, manganese, iodine, chromium, and zinc.

Growth: Licorice is a mediterranean perennial plant having blue flowers, pinnately compound leaves, and a sweet, distinctively flavored root.




                                       Lobelia: Indian Tobacco, Asthma Weed, Pukeweed

(Lobelia inflata)

The dried flowering herb, and seeds

                                  named after the botanist Matthias de Lobel, a native of Lille,
                                                              who died in London in 1616. 

Medicinal Uses: Lobelia is used as an expectorant in bronchitis. It is sometimes given in convulsive and inflammatory disorders such as epilepsy, tetanus, diphtheria and tonsilitis. Externally, an infusion has been found useful in ophthalmia, and the tincture can be used as a local application for sprains, bruises, or skin diseases, alone, or in powder combined with an equal part of slippery elm bark and weak lye-water in a poultice. The oil of Lobelia is valuable in tetanus. One drop of oil triturated with one scruple of sugar, and divided into from 6 to 12 doses, is useful as an expectorant, nauseant, sedative, and diaphoretic, when given every one or two hours. Lobelia has a general depressant action on the central and autonomic nervous system, and also on the neuro-muscular action. Lobelia has been used particularly for its antispasmodic qualities to treat asthma and whooping cough, and also in large amounts to induce vomiting.
Externally, this herb can be made into a poultice for bruises, insect bites, sprains, felons, ringworm, and poison ivy irritation. Lobelia has also been used for decades as a systemic relaxant with a slight depressive effect on the central and autonomic nervous systems.

The root of Lobelia was used by the Iroquois to treat syphilis, hence the species name siphilitica.

In excessive doses the effects are those of a powerful acro-narcotic poison, producing great depression, nausea, cold-sweats, and possibly death. Use of Lobelia is not recommended for people with high blood pressure or for those prone to faintness.

Magickal uses:

Properties: Expectorant, diaphoretic, anti-asthmatic. Contains gum, resin, chlorophyl, fixed oil, lignin, salts of lime and potassium, with ferric oxide. Lobelacrine, formerly considered to be the acrid principle, is probably lobelate of lobeline. The seeds contain a much higher percentage of lobeline than the rest of the plant. The primary known constituents include piperidine alkaloids (lobeline, isolobeline), lobelic acid, chelidonic acid, glycoside (lobelacrin), essential oil, resins, and fats.

Growth: Lobelia is an indigenous North American annual or biennial plant found in pastures, meadows, and cultivated fields of the eastern U.S





Lovage:

(Levisticum officinale)

Root, leaves, seeds, young stems.

Medicinal Uses: The roots and fruit are aromatic and stimulant, and have diuretic
and carminative action. In herbal medicine they are used in disorders of the
stomach and feverish attacks, especially for cases of colic and flatulence in
children. Regulates menstruation, assists in removal of waste products, aids
rheumatism, and reduces water retention.

Magickal uses: Add the dried and powdered root to cleansing and purification
baths to release negativity. Carry to attract love and the attention of the
opposite sex.
Lovage is masculine and ruled by the Sun. Its Element is Water.

Properties: Diurectic,carminative, aromatic and stimulant. Lovage contains a volatile oil, angelic acid, a bitter extractive and resins. The fresh leaves contain max. 0.5% essential oil; phthalides (ligustilide, butylphthalide and a partially hydrogenated derivative thereof called sedanolide). Terpenoids (terpineol, carvacrol) and eugenol.

Growth: Lovage has a thick and fleshy root, 5 or 6 inches long, shaped like a carrot, of a greyish-brown colour on the outside and whitish within. It has a strong aromatic smell and taste. The thick, erect hollow and channelled stems grow 3 or 4 feet or even more in height. The large, dark green radical leaves, on erect stalks, are divided into narrow wedge-like segments, and are not unlike those of a coarse-growing celery; their surface is shining, and when bruised they give out an aromatic odour, somewhat reminiscent both of Angelica and Celery. The stems divide towards the top to form opposite whorled branches, which in June and July bear umbels of yellow flowers, similar to those of Fennel or Parsnip, followed by small, extremely aromatic fruits, yellowish-brown in colour, elliptical in shape and curved, with three prominent winged ribs.






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