Whispering Woods Herbal Grimoire
All information in this section is intended for reference only.
No other use is implied, or otherwise recommended.
Herb Description list - Calamus, Calendula, Camphor, Caraway, Cardamom, Carrot (wild), Catnip, Cattail, Cayenne, Cedar, Celandine, Celery, Chamomile, Cherry (wild), Chestnut, Chicory, Chickweed, Chokecherry, Cinnamon, Cinquefoil, Citronella, Cleavers, Club Moss, Clover (Red), Cloves, Coltsfoot, Columbine leaves, Comfrey, Coneflower, Coriander, Cornflower, Cowslip, Crampbark, Cranberry, Crocus, Crowfoot, Cumin.
Calamus Root: Sweet flag, Sweet sedge
(Acorus calamus) Dried rhizome
Calamus has been regarded as an aphrodisiac in India and Egypt for at least 2,500 years.
Medicinal Uses: An infusion of the rhizome is used for fevers and dyspepsia; chew the rhizome to ease digestion and to clear the voice. It is considered as a "rejuvenator" for the brain and nervous system, and as a remedy for digestive disorders. Calamus is used for digestive problems such as gas, bloating, colic, and poor digestive function. Calamus, particularly A. calamus var. americanus, which is the most effective antispasmodic, relieves spasm of the intestines. Calamus helps distended and uncomfortable stomachs, and headaches associated with weak digestion. Small amounts are thought to reduce stomach acidity, while larger doses increase deficient acid production.
It is used externally for rheumatism, gum disease, and angina.
Magickal uses: Calamus root is feminine and associated with the element of Water. It is ruled by the Moon. It is one of the ingredients of" flying ointment". For Shamanic use, 2 inches of the root will produce a stimulating effect and 6 to 10 inches of the root will cause a psychedelic effect. Use powdered root in incenses and sachets. Used to strengthen and bind spells. Growing the plant brings good luck. String the seeds like beads on a necklace to use for healing. The powdered root is used in incenses and sachets for healing. To keep hunger and poverty from your home, keep pieces of this root in the corners of your kitchen. Use to strengthen and bind.
Properties: carminative, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, stimulant, tonic. Calamus contains mucilage, up to 3% volatile oil (acorin), bitter principles (choline), calamine, glycoside and tannin.
Growth: A grass-like, rhizome forming, perennial that can grow to 2 meters high, resembling an iris. This species inhabits perpetually wet areas like the edges of streams and around ponds and lakes, in ditches and seeps. Calamus looks similar to other flag Irises and sedges.
(Calendula officinalis) flowers, leaves
Medicinal Uses: An infusion of the petals used as lotion for skin cleansing and softening.
It is usually combined with chamomile and comfrey for a soothing ointment in cases of skin
problems, burns, cuts, insect bites, stings and bruises. Calendula is said to strengthen and
comfort the heart and aid in digestion. The flowers are used in infusion form as a wash for
red eye. The flowers are also used for hair rinse, and in a herbal bath for stimulation to aid
circulation and sooth skin.
The petals or leaves can be used in a tea to induce sweating, promote menstruation, increase urination, relieve stomach cramps, indigestion and stomachaches, and for relief from flu and fevers. For bee stings, rub the fresh flowers directly on the sting to relieve the pain.
Do not use Calendula while pregnant.
Magickal uses: A masculine herb that is ruled by the Sun. The associated element is Fire. Wear a fresh marigold to court to help win a case. Place in your mattress for prophetic dreams. Add to bath water to increase confidence. Sprinkle around the bed to protect a person from evil and to bring greater understanding of dreams.
Properties: Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, healing, anti-fungal and soothing.
Growth: Calendulas have been grown as garden plants for many years throughout North America and Europe. Calendula is a annual that requires warm temperatures and full sun. It has hairy leaves and golden-orange flowers, and has a long flowering period.
Infusion: Combine 1 to 2 tsp fresh or dried flowers with 1/2 C. water just off the boil; steep 5 to 10 minutes; strain. Used as a compress will soothe tired eyes.
Tincture: Soak a handful of flowers in 1 pint of whiskey for 5 to 6 weeks; dose is 5 to 20 drops.
Oil: Put 1 C. sweet almond oil and 1 oz. calendula petals in a jar; place in a sunny spot for 4 weeks then heat oil till petals are crisp; strain and bottle.
Salve/Ointment: Boil 1 oz. dried flowers or leaves (or 1 tsp fresh plant juice) with 1 oz of Lard; OR; slowly heat 4 oz. white petroleum jelly in top of double boiler till melted; add 1 oz. crushed herb and simmer 20 minutes; strain into little pots; cover when cold.
Camphor: Gum Camphor, Laurel Camphor
Medicinal Uses: Marco Polo was the first to note that the Chinese used camphor oil as a medicine, scent and embalming fluid. Camphor crystals are applied externally as unguents or balms as a counter-irritant and analgesic liniment to relieve arthritic and rheumatic pains, neuralgia and back pain. It may also be applied to skin problems, such as cold sores and chilblains, and used as a chest rub for bronchitis and other chest infections. The stems together with the root and the wood and the leaves and the twigs and the essential oil are used.
Magickal uses: Camphor is used for a ritual cleansing of the home before moving in. Good for cleaning altar before setting up. A bag of camphor hung around the neck keeps flu's and colds away. Use in divinatory incenses. It is feminine and ruled by the Moon. Its associated element is Water.
Properties: Antiseptic, antispasmodic, analgesic, expectorant, carcinogenic, stimulant, anti-rheumatic, emollient.
Growth: Camphor is native to China and Japan. This evergreen tree can reach 100 feet, producing red leaves that turn dark green as they mature, small fragrant yellowish flowers, and oval red berries. When the root or bark is steamed, it produces a volatile, white, crystalline compound with a characteristic pungent odor, usually referred to as camphor.
Do not use internally. Do not use in the facial area of children or infants as it can be a powerful convulsant.
(Carum carvi) Seeds
Medicinal Uses: Caraway aids digestion, can help promote menses, can
increase a mother's milk, and is good to add to cough remedies as an
expectorant. It is also used in the treatment for bronchitis and bronchial
asthma. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add 4 tsp lightly crushed seeds.
Simmer for 5 minutes, then steep 15 min. Drink with meals to prevent gas,
even for infant colic. Promotes menstruation and relieves uterine cramping. For flatulence and colic Caraway combines well with Chamomile and Calamus, in diarrhea with Agrimony and Bayberry and in bronchitis with White Horehound.
Magickal uses: Carry Caraway in an amulet for protection. Use as protection against all types of evil, spirits and negativity. Carrying caraway seeds promotes the memory. It can also guard against theft. Carry to keep lovers from straying. Add to love potions. Bake bread, cakes or cookies with them to induce lust, so bake in your wedding cake. Instead of throwing rice at the wedding, throw caraway seeds. Caraway is a masculine herb ruled by the planet Mercury and associated with the element of Air.
Properties: Stimulant, carminative, digestive, Contains volatile oil, consisting of carvone (40-60%) and limonene, with dihydrocarvone, carveol, dihydrocarveol, pinen, thujone, and other minor constituents, flavonoids; mainly quercetin derivatives, polysaccharide, protein, and a fixed oil, calcium oxalate.
Growth: Caraway can be found in meadows, woods, and rocky areas. It prefers a rich soil. Native to Europe, Asia, and Africa, it also grows wild here in North America. It is a biennial that reaches 1 1/2 - 2 feet high. It has feathery leaves and umbrella like clusters of tiny white flowers, which bloom in early summer. The seeds are deep brown, flat and oblong in shape.
Infusion or Liqueur:
a traditional non-alcoholic aperitif from India. place in a saucepan: 4 tbsp. crushed cumin, 4 sprigs of mint, a piece of ginger (grated), a pinch of salt, 1/2 c. sugar the juice of 1 lemon, 1 liter tamarind water
Let simmer over low heat for a few minutes until the sugar and salt are dissolved; let infuse for 24 hours; strain and keep in a cool place.
recommended for the liver, stomach, etc.
soak 3 tbsp. cumin seeds in hot water for 2 hours; drain and remove the excess water with paper towels; crush in a mortar or with a rolling pin; add 1 tsp. flour and a few drops of the soaking liquid, enough to form a paste; spread on gauze or cheesecloth and apply to the stomach.
boil 1 tbsp. cumin seeds in 2 cups of water for 5 minutes; let infuse one hour; strain and drink hot
boil 1 tbsp. of cumin seeds in one cup of water for 5 minutes; let infuse 10 minutes; strain and drink hot
Medicinal Uses: Used as a digestive aid, eases gluten
intolerance (celiac disease). Sprinkle powder on cereal.
Used for indigestion, nausea, complaints of the lung and bedwetting.
Magickal uses: Cardamom is a feminine herb ruled by the planet Venus. Its associated element is Water. And it is used in love spells. For love bake them into an apple pie, add to sachets and incenses.
Properties: anti-diarrheal, anti-spasmodic, antiseptic, antimicrobial, aphrodisiac, astringent, diuretic, settles digestive, helps with flatulence, stimulate saliva, tonic
Growth: Cardamom, popularly, known as Queen of Spices is native to the evergreen rainy forests of Western Ghats in South India. Cardamom is a herbaceous perennial having underground rhizomes. The aerial pseudostem is made of leaf sheaths. Inflorescence is a long panicle with racemes clusters arising from the underground stem, but comes up above the soil. Flowers are bisexual, fragrant, fruit is a trilocular capsule. Flower initiation takes place in March-April and from initiation to full bloom, it takes nearly 30 days and from bloom to maturity, it takes about 5 to 6 months.
Antacid: Here is a delicious recipe to combat heartburn, cramps and other irritations due to acidity:
toast and butter a slice of raisin bread; sprinkle with 1 tsp. ground cardamom chew very thoroughly before swallowing.
Aperitif: Make an infusion by infusing the following for 10 minutes in 2 cups of boiling water:
1 tsp. basil
the seeds from one cardamom pod
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. brown sugar
drink one small liqueur glassful two hours before the meal
Carrot, Wild: Queen Anne's Lace
(Daucus carota) Dried aerial parts and seeds
Medicinal Uses: An infusion or decoction of seeds is useful for flatulence, as a diuretic, and to promote the onset of menstruation. Wild Carrot is an active urinary antiseptic. It is useful in the treatment of cystitis and prostatitis. It has been considered a specific in the treatment of kidney stones for a long time. Also an infusion of the whole herb is considered an active and valuable remedy in the treatment of dropsy, chronic kidney diseases and affections of the bladder. It supports the liver, stimulates the flow of urine and the removal of waste by the kidneys. An infusion of the leaves has been used to counter cystitis and kidney stone formation, and to diminish stones that have already formed. Wild Carrot leaves contain significant amounts of porphyrins, which stimulate the pituitary gland and lead to the release of increased levels of sex hormones, and stimulates the uterus. The plant is also used to encourage delayed menstruation. The seed is a traditional "morning after" contraceptive.
A strong decoction of the seeds and root make a very good insecticide.
Magickal uses: Use in fertility spells, the seeds when eaten will aid a woman in becoming pregnant and the man to cure impotency eats the carrot itself. Masculine and ruled by the Sun. The associated element is Fire.
Properties: Carminative, Stimulant, Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Antidepressant, Anti-psychotic, Anti-schizophrenic, Antidote, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Anticonvulsant, Anti-diabetic, Anti-estrogenic, Anti-flu, Antihistaminic, Antioxidant, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Anti-epileptic, Anti-anxiety, Anti-stress, Cancer-Preventive. Contains flavonoids, daucine, an alkaloid, volatile oil, petroselinic acid and tannins.
Growth: Queen Anne's Lace is the ancestor of our carrots. Its leaves are similar to those of a carrot and it also has a long, edible whitish tap root. On warm days the flower clusters of the Queen Anne's Lace open to reveal creamy white flowers with a purplish brown floret in the centre. Its leaves are finely divided along the stem. It ranges from 1-3 feet in height. Queen Anne's Lace flowers in late June to early October, with its peak in August. It prefers dry fields, roadsides and waste places.
Wild Carrot should not be used by women who are pregnant.
Medicinal tea: To 1 oz. of dried herb add 1 pint of boiling water steep l0 - l5 min. drink three times a day.
Infusion of the seeds: Use l/3 to l teaspoonful to a cup of water. Take in tablespoon doses 3 to 4 times a day.
(Nepeta cataria) flowers and leaves
Medicinal Uses: In the Middle Ages, it was considered useful against
leprosy and colds.
Throughout history, this herb has been used in humans to produce a
sedative effect. Catnip also has a long history of use as a tranquilizer,
sedative, digestive aid, menstruation promoter, and treatment for menstrual cramps (Catnip's antispasmodic effect supports its traditional use for relieving menstrual cramps. Catnip is also used as a menstruation promoter), flatulence, and infant colic.
It was used in a infusion as a digestive aid (Have a cup of catnip tea after meals if you are prone to indigestion or heartburn), also to reduce gas, for nervous dyspepsia, diarrhea, colic, and as a sleep aid. Also used for colds, fever with chill, and head congestion before a flu. Its pleasant, lemon-mint vapors were considered a cold and cough remedy, relieving chest congestion and loosening phlegm. Catnip tea is thought to purify the blood. It is said to relieve the symptoms of colic in children.
The leaves were also chewed for toothache, smoked to treat bronchitis and asthma!
Do not use if pregnant.
Magickal uses: Catnip was chewed by warriors for strength and courage. Feed to a cat to create a psychic bond with it. Offer to Bast or Sekhmet. Use the large leaves, well dried, to mark pages in magickal books. Use in conjunction with rose petals in love sachets. Catnip is associated with the element of Water. It is a feminine herb ruled by the planet Venus.
Properties: Diaphoretic, refrigerant. antispasmodic, carminative, emmenagogue, nervine, stomachic, stimulant, and mild sedative, digestive aid. Contains volatile oils, sterols, acids, and tannins. Specific chemical connpounds include nepetalactone, nepetalic acid, nepetalic anhydride, citral, limonene, dispentine, geraniol, citronella, nerol, -caryophyllene, and valeric acid. The essential oil in catnip contains a monoterpene similar to the valepotriates found in valerian, an even more widely renowned sedative.
Growth: Catnip is a perennial herb native to Eurasia and widely naturalized in North America. This erect-growing plant, which can reach a height of three feet, has pubescent leaves and a spike-like inflorescent with purple-spotted white flowers. The plant thrives in well-drained soils and is commonly considered a weed when growing in gardens of the northeastern United States.
Medicinal Uses: The medicinal uses of cattails include poultices made from the split
and bruised roots that can be applied to cuts, wounds, burns, stings, and bruises.
The ash of the burned cattail leaves can be used as an antiseptic or styptic for
wounds. A small drop of a honey-like excretion, often found near the base of the
plant, can be used as an antiseptic for small wounds and toothaches. The American Indians used the jelly from young leaves to treat wounds and other
skin problems. When the brown flower head is burnt, it produces a smoke that repels insects.
Culinary uses:Tender white cattail shoots pulled from the water are edible raw. The core of the shoot is crisp, tender, and white. In early spring, dig up the roots to locate the small pointed shoots called corms. These can be removed, peeled, and eaten, added to other spring greens for a salad, or cooked in stews or alone as a pot herb. As the shoots reach a height of two to three feet above the water, peel and eat like the corms, or sautee. This is also known as “Cossack Asparagus”.
Soon after these shoots reach this height, the green female bloom spikes and the male pollen spikes begin to emerge. Both the male and female pollen spikes can be boiled and eaten like corn on the cob.
In turn, the male pollen head will begin to develop an abundance of yellow pollen with a talcum powder consistency that can easily be shaken off into any container. Use this pollen to substitute for some the flour in pancakes to make cattail pancakes. This pollen also works well with cornbread, thickeners or as a flour extender for breads and cakes.
From late Summer and early fall on through Spring, one can harvest the root starch. To extract the flour or starch from the cattail root, collect the roots, wash, and peel them. Next, break up the roots in a pail of cold water. The flour will begin to separate from the fibers. Continue this process until the fibers are all separated and the flour is removed. Remove the fiber and pour off the excess water.
Do no use if pregnant.
Magickal uses: Cattail is used in spells of lust
Properties: astringent, hemostatic
Growth: The broadleaf or common cattail, is an erect perennial herb that grows on nearly every continent and is native throughout the United States, in any area where the soils remain saturated or flooded during the growing season. The broadleaf's stem may reach three meters high. Its pale green leaves may be two inches across, and do not usually extend above the dense, cylindrical flower spikes. The female part of the plant consists of brown spikes, each shaped like a cigar, composed of tightly packed seeds on a stiff stalk. The male flowers are borne in a dense mass above the female flowers. These last only a short time, leaving the female flowers that develop into the brown cattail. Pollen from the male flowers is often abundant and bright yellow.
Medicinal Uses: Cayenne was introduced to Europe by Christopher Columbus. Cayenne, also called capsicum, is very effective added to liniments for all sorts of arthritis and muscle aches. Internally it benefits the heart and circulation when taken alone or added to other remedies. It is also used to stimulate the action of other herbs. Capsicum is also used to normalize blood pressure. It also acts as a heart stimulant which regulates blood flow and strengthens the arteries, possibly preventing heart attacks. It reduces the likelihood of developing, atherosclerosis by reducing blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It also reduces the platelet aggregation and increases fibrinolytic activity. It will stop bleeding both externally and internally, making it excellent for use with ulcers. Cayenne has anti-ulcer activity. It lowers body temperature by stimulating the cooling center of the hypothalamus in the brain.
It is used in antibiotic combinations, for menstrual cramps, and as a part of treatment for depression. Sprinkle a small amount into socks or shoes to warm the feet during the winter months.
It can be taken safely with NSAIDS, and may help you to reduce your dosages of these common arthritis drugs. Rubbed on the skin, cayenne is a traditional, as well as modern, remedy for rheumatic pains and arthritis due to what is termed a counterirritant effect. Capsaicin may be effective in relieving the pain of either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
Cayenne dramatically drops blood sugar levels and should by avoided by hypoglycemic's. Cayenne is safe if used in moderation but can cause problems in people with stomach problems and ulcers.
Magickal uses: Cayenne pepper scattered around your house will break bad spells. Adding it to love powders will ensure that your love will be spicy, and can inflame the loved one with passion.
Properties: Stimulant, tonic, sialagogue, alterative, rubefacient, carminative, digestive. High in Vitamin E and acts as a preservative. Also contains Vitamin C, calcium and beta-carotene.
Growth: Cayenne pepper plants like a good, rich soil, plenty of water, and full sun. The peppers are dried after ripening. For herbal use, the peppers are usually ground into a powder and mixed with other powdered herbs in capsules.
(Cedrus spp.) leaves, buds
Medicinal Uses: A decoction of the leaves has been used to treat stomach
troubles. Steam from an infusion of the leaves has been inhaled in the treatment
of colds. Lummi people chew and swallow cedar buds for sore lungs while
Cowlitz people chew these same buds for toothache, and the Skokomish boil them
for a gargle. Skagit people also boil the leaf ends for coughs. Nez Perce made a tea
of the boughs for coughs and colds. Leaves were made into a tea to combat diarrhea. The leaves are mildly diuretic and a phagocyte stimulator, especially of macrophage activity. Cedar is said to contain the antitumor compound, podophyllotoxin.
All parts may be toxic
Magickal uses: Cedar chips used in rituals or burnt attracts money, and is also used in purification and healing. It is a symbol of power and longevity. Cedar is used for a purifying fumigation and to cure the tendency of having bad dreams. Some Native Americans use twigs of cedar, smoldering of made into incense, to heal head colds and on hot rocks in sweat lodges for purification. Hung in the home it protects against lightning. Placing a three-pronged cedar stick, prongs up, in the ground, will protect the home from evil. Juniper can be used in place of cedar.
Properties: diuretic, antitumor
Growth: There are many types of cedars that grow throughout the world. Cedar is found in all classes and conditions of soils -- from acidic wetlands to dry, rocky ridges. The mature leaves average 1/16 inches in length and are opposite. They are smooth, shiny, dark green and glandular. On young foliage, leaves are somewhat needle-like: linear; pointed; and prickly. They occur in whorls of three. The fleshy fruit is round, 1/4 to 1/3 inch in diameter and, at maturity, a bluish color with a grayish-white, waxy covering. The tree commonly is 40 to 50 feet tall with a trunk diameter of 1 to 2 feet, but it may grow much larger. The short, slender branches form a compact, pyramidal crown, except on very old trees. The bark is light reddish-brown. It is thin and separates into long, peeling, fibrous strips.
Celandine: Jacob's Ladder, Wartweed, Devil's Milk, Cockfoot
(Chelidonium Majus) Rootstock, herb
Medicinal Uses: Celandine has recently been found to contain at least four chemicals with anti-tumor activity. The juice mixed with vinegar is said to remove warts and corns. A decoction is used for stomach pains and inflammation of the binary duct. Taken internally, celandine has a special effect on the digestive system (stomach, gallbladder, liver), and its antispasmodic properties make it useful for asthmatic symptoms. As a hydragogue it is used for dropsical conditions. Externally, made into an ointment or a poultice, celandine can be used for skin diseases like herpes, eczema, and ringworm.
Magickal uses: Use in charms, amulets & incenses designed to aid in escaping, either physical escape or mental. Wear next to the skin to aid in curing depression. Also worn to win the favor of the judge or jury in court. It cures depression by bringing good spirits and joy when worn. It is a protective herb. Use in sachets to bring joy and good spirits. Celandine is masculine, ruled by the Sun and is associated with Fire.
Properties: Anodyne, antispasmodic, caustic, diaphoretic, diuretic, hydragogue, narcotic, purgative, bronchiolytic, cholagogue, detoxifier, sedative, emollient
Growth: Chelidonium majus is a biennial. These hardy plants grow in somewhat sunny, moist places. Greater celandine has 4 petaled flowers up to 3/4 inch in diameter. Blossoms appear in April and continue through August. The blossoms are usually a yellow color. Usually found by old walls, on waste ground and in hedges. The stems and leaves are notable for their acrid yellow sap, which can stain and irritate the skin. The entire plant contains a bitter, orange-yellow juice that turns red when exposed to air.
Infusion: Use I level tsp. rootstock or herb with 1 cup boiling water; steep for 30 minutes. Drink cold, 1/2 cup a day.
(Apium graveolens) Dried ripe fruits, root, leaves
Medicinal Uses: Celery seed tea is used for the kidneys as a cleanser. Helps lower
blood pressure. Boil 1 oz. of celery seed in 1 pint of water until reduced to half; strain
and bottle; take 1 tsp daily for rheumatism, neuritis, inflammation. Small amounts of the
decoction can be added to cooking for arthritis or rheumatism. In rheumatic conditions
celery seeds combine well with Bog bean. They also appear to work better in
combination with Dandelion.
The plant is used against asthma, bronchitis, and rheumatism. Large amounts of the
volatile oil can produce sedation and irritation that may be responsible for attributed
The expressed juice of the plant, particularly the fleshy petioles, is the most effective
form of medicine. It can be used for dropsy, rheumatic tendencies, gout, tendencies toward overweight, flatulence, chronic pulmonary catarrh, lack of appetite, and deficiency diseases. it is a strong diuretic which is not to be used when acute kidney problems exist (moderate use is allowable when kidney problems are chronic).
Celery also promotes the onset of menstruation; take it only in moderate amounts during pregnancy.
Celery is known to cause photo dermatitis and contact dermatitis.
Magickal uses: Chew celery seeds to increase concentration. Put into or under pillows to aid in sleeping. Burn with Orris root to increase psychic ability. Eating the seeds and stalks will induce lust.
Properties: aphrodisiac, anthelmintic, antispasmodic, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, laxative, sedative, stimulant. Contains volatile oil, containing d-limonene, with a-selinene, santalol, a- and b-eudesmol, dihydrocarvone, phthalides; mainly 3-n-butylphthalide, ligustilide, sedanolide, and sedanenolide. As well as coumarins; bergapten, isoimperatorin, isopimpinellin, apiumoside & celeroside.o flavonoids; apiin and apigenin, fixed oil and fatty acids.
Growth: Celery is a biennial plant native to North America, South America, and Eurasia. Almost extensively cultivated as a vegetable.
Infusion: Pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoonfuls of freshly crushed seeds. Leave to infuse for l0-l5 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.
Decoction: Use 1/2 tsp. seeds with ½ cup of water; boil briefly and strain.
Juice: Take 1 tbsp., two or three times a day, an hour before meals. An electric vegetable juicer makes fresh celery juice easy to extract.
Mixes well with-carrot and apple juice. Due to its high sodium content, use less than you do of the carrots and apples, if blood pressure is high.
Oil: Take 6 to 8 drops in water, two times a day
(Matricaria chamomilla) (German chamomile), Anthemus nobilis
(Roman chamomile) Flowers
Medicinal Uses: Chamomile is said to have been one of the herbs of choice of Asclepiades, a physician who lived in Bithynia around 90 B.C. Pliny the Elder, one of the most famous of Roman naturalists who wrote extensively on herb use, is said to have given over his medical care to Asclepiades, because he was so skillful in prescribing herbs. Use the tea for nerves and menstrual cramps. Also used to calm the body for inducing sleep in insomniac conditions. The tea is also useful for babies and small children with colds and stomach troubles. It is also a good wash for sore eyes and open sores. It is used to relieve muscular pain, as a sedative, ease anxiety and nervous tension, to help with sleeplessness. It is great for kidneys, spleen, colds, bronchitis, bladder troubles, to expel worms, for argue, dropsy, and jaundice. Chamomile blends with: bergamot, cypress, jasmine, juniper, neroli, frankincense, clary sage, vetiver, rosemary and ylang ylang.
Chamomile should be avoided during early pregnancy.
Magickal uses: Chamomile is used in prosperity charms to attract money. Added to incense, it will produce a relaxed state for better meditation. Burned alone it will induce sleep. Added to a ritual bath, it will attract love. Sprinkle it around your property to remove curses and bad spells. Make chamomile tea and wash your hands with it before gambling to bring winnings. Scatter around the home to remove curses and spells. Yellow chamomile brings the power of the sun to love potions, money spells, and rites of purification. Chamomile is a masculine herb that is ruled by the Sun. Its element is Water.
Properties: Antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, digestive system relaxant (stimulates normal digestion), calmative (good to soothe over stimulation and safe for children) and mild sedative. Used as a sleep inducer and for anxiety. Stimulates the immune system. The flowers of chamomile provide 1-2% volatile oils containing alpha-bisabolol, alpha-bisabolol oxides A & B, and matricin (usually converted to chamazulene). Other active constituents include the bioflavonoids apigenin, luteolin, and quercetin. These active ingredients contribute to chamomile's anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and smooth muscle-relaxing effects, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract.
Growth: Chamomile is an annual that adapts to most soils, likes lots of water and full sun. It grows up to 20 inches tall.
Cherry (wild): Pin Cherry, Choke Cherry, Black cherry
The cherry tree is a native of Asia and was brought to Italy in the first
Wild Cherry Bark is a very good expectorant. It is useful for all
illnesses that have related lung congestion. The bark is boiled down
into a syrup, which is safe to use even for small children. It tones the
system and loosens phlegm in the throat and the chest. The inner bark
traditionally used in tea or syrup for coughs, "blood tonic", fevers,
colds, flu, laryngitis, cough, whooping cough, bronchial spasms, bronchitis, sore throats, asthma, high blood pressure, colic, edema, arthritis, diarrhea, lung ailments, eye inflammation, swollen lymph glands, tuberculosis, pneumonia, inflammatory fever diseases, and dyspepsia.
Magickal uses: Used for removing obstacles. A Druid sacred tree, chips of the wood or bark are burned at Celtic festivals especially Sabbats. Also used for creativity; healing; and has long been used to attract Love. Cherry juice is used as a substitute for blood in old recipes. A simple Japanese spell for finding love it to tie a single strand of your hair to a blossoming cherry tree. A more complex spell (but it may be simplified): collect as many cherry stones as years you are old. Drill a hole through no more than one stone each night, beginning on the New Moon. Do not drill any holes during the waning Moon. (The most holes that may be drilled in one month is fourteen, just wait for the next New Moon.) Thread them on a red or pink thread and tie around the left knee each night for fourteen nights. Sleep with it on and then remove it in the morning. This will bring you your intended spouse. To find out how many more years are left in your life, run around a cherry tree and then shake it hard. The number of cherries that fall represent the number of years left.
Wild Cherry is feminine, ruled by the planet Venus and is associated with the element of Water
Properties: Alterative, astringent, sedative, anti-tussive, digestive, expectorant, carminative, antispasmodic, diuretic.
Growth: Wild Cherry grows throughout North America in moist areas, and along riverbanks. It is either a tall shrub or small tree, depending upon growing conditions of the area. It is a deciduous tree that grows 40-90 feet tall. The bark is rough, dark gray fissured to expose inner reddish bark beneath. The leaves are oval to lance-shaped, blunt-toothed margins; smooth above, pale beneath, with whitish brown hairs on the prominent midrib. The flowers are in dense drooping slender racemes or spikes, blooms April to June. Fruits are strings of small, juicy cherries, dark red turning black, at times nearly black cherries.
Only the bark is used, the leaves and seeds are poisonous.
The name is derived from a famous Taoist priest,
Chang T'ien-shih, who lived in Ts'ing-ch'en.
Medicinal Uses: Horse-chestnut leaves have marked narcotic tendencies, and a cupful of standard infusion will ensure deep, calm sleep. It should not, however, be taken too often despite the tonic properties it also enjoys. Essence of horse-chestnut is rich in vitamin K and therefore valuable in treating all circulatory disorders. People suffering from poor circulation, piles, varicose veins, and chilblains may be helped with medical supervision. Peeled roasted nuts were brewed for diarrhea, prostate ailments. In Europe, preparations of the seeds are believed to prevent thrombosis, rheumatism, neuralgia, burns, thought to help weak veins and arteries. Also used in bronchitis, swollen prostate, gastritis and gastroenteritis. Leaf tea is a tonic; used for fevers, colds, malaria, dysentery; externally, for lupus and skin ulcers. A fluid extract from the fruit protects against sunburn.
Magickal uses: Used in love spells. May also be added to your beloveds food. Chestnuts are masculine, ruled by Jupiter and are associated with Fire.
Properties: Tonic, stimulant, narcotic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, nutritive, febrifuge, expectorant. The seeds contain various saponins including aescine, tannins, flavones, purines, starch, sugar, albumin, and a fatty oil. The bark contains coumarins, glycoside, resin and pigment.
Growth: Grows to 100 ft. in height. Has 5-7 toothed leaflets per leaf; up to 12 inches long; without stalks. Buds are large and very sticky. Broken twigs do not have foul-smelling odor as the Ohio Buckeye has. Flowers are white (mottled red and yellow); flowering in May. Fruits are spiny or warty; produced in September-October.