MEDICINAL: The gel of the inner part of an aloe leaf is used to treat burns,
skin rashes, and insect bites, as well as chafed nipples from breastfeeding,
when applied to the affected area externally. Internally it can be used to keep
the bowels functioning smoothly, or when there is an impaction, although it can
cause intestinal cramping when taken internally, and there are other herbs that
do this job better. It aids in healing wounds by drawing out infection, and
preventing infection from starting. The fresh gel is best to use, rather than
“stabilized” gels found in the stores. The fresh gel was used by Cleopatra to
keep her skin soft and young.
MAGICKAL: Growing an aloe vera plant in the kitchen will help prevent burns and
mishaps while cooking. It will also prevent household accidents, and guard
GROWING: Best grown indoors in pots. Those living in the deep South, as in
southern Texas or southern Florida, can grow aloe outdoors. Remember that Aloe
is a succulent, not a cactus, so it needs water to keep the leaves fleshy and
MEDICINAL: Amaranth is used to battle stomach flu, diarrhea, and
gastoenteritis. It was used by Native Americans to stop menstruation and for
contraception. Applied externally, it can reduce tissue swelling from sprains
and tick bites. Not to be used by pregnant or lactating women.
MAGICKAL: Amaranth is used to repair a broken heart. It is also associated
with immortality, and is used to decorate images of gods and goddesses. It is
sacred to the god Artemis. Woven into a wreath, it is said to render the wearer
invisible. Also used in pagan burial ceremonies.
MEDICINAL: Angelica is a good herbal tea to take for colic, gas, indigestion,
hepatitis, and heartburn. It is useful to add in remedies for afflictions of
the respiratory system. Angelica should not be used by pregnant women or
MAGICKAL: Grow it in your garden as a protection for garden and home. The root
is often used as a protective amulet, and has been used to banish evil by
burning the leaves. It is also used to lengthen life, and is used in protection
against diseases. Adding it to a ritual bath will break spells and hexes.
GROWING: Angelica needs rich, moist garden soil in partial shade. It prefers wet
bottomlands and swamps. Prefers the cooler northern regions to grow best. It is
a perennial that can reach up to 6 feet tall.
MEDICINAL: Another good herb for colic, gas, and indigestion. It can also be
used in herbal remedies for coughing, as it aids in loosening phlegm. It is the
mildest of the herbs used for these purposes.
MAGICKAL: Anise mixed with bay leaves provides an excellent bath additive prior
to ritual. Using anise in potpourri around the house wards off evil, and anise
in your sleeping pillow at night will chase away the nightmares. The essential
oil is used in ritual baths prior to any divination attempts. It is believed
that hanging an anise seed head on your bedpost will restore lost youth.
GROWING: Anise likes warm, sunny areas with well-drained, rich sandy soils. It
is suitable for all areas of North America. It is an annual, and grows 1-2 feet
high. It needs 120 days to produce fully ripened seed heads.
MEDICINAL: Apples are used to treat constipation. The pectin in fresh apples can
help to lower cholesterol levels, an aid in treating heart disease. Crushed
apple leaves can be rubbed on a fresh wound to prevent infection.
MAGICKAL: Apple blossoms are used in love and healing incenses. An apple
should be given to a lover as a present – you should eat one half, the over the
other. It is given as an offering on Samhain to the dead, since it is a symbol
of immortality. Apple wood is used to make magickal wands. Pouring apple cider
on the ground in your garden before you plant gives the earth life.
GROWING: Apple trees grow over most of North America. They need a cool winter
period, making them unsuitable for low desert or tropical regions. Check with
your local nursery for varieties best suited to your area and growing
MEDICINAL: Astragalus strengthens metabolism and digestion, raises metabolism,
and is used in the healing of wounds and injuries. It is often cooked with
broths, rice, or beans for a boost tot he healing energies during those
illnesses that prevent one from eating normally.
MEDICINAL: Basil is used to treat stomach cramps, vomiting, fevers, colds, flu,
headaches, whooping cough, and menstrual pains. It is also used to reduce
stomach acid, making it a valuable part of any treatment for ulcers, and a
valuable addition to any recipe using tomatoes for those with sensitive
stomachs. Externally, it can be used for insect bites, to draw out the poisons.
It has been used in other countries to eliminate worms from the intestines, and
the oil from basil leaves is applied directly to the skin to treat acne.
MAGICKAL: Basil protects from evil and negativity, and aids in attracting and
keeping love. It is used for purification baths, and in wealth and prosperity
rituals. Carrying a basil leaf in your pocket brings wealth, and if powdered
basil is sprinkled over your mate while they sleep, it is supposed to eliminate
infidelity from your marriage.
GROWING: Basil will grow in any well-drained, fairly rich soil, and full sun.
It can be grown throughout most of North America. It is an annual, which
reaches 2-3 feet tall. Pinch off the tips to promote bushiness and flower buds
to maintain growth.
MEDICINAL: Bayberry, taken in small doses, increases the vitality of your total
body systems, improving circulation. It can also be used as a poultice over
varicose veins to strengthen the blood vessels. A douche made of the tea is used
for vaginal infections. Tea made of Bayberry is a good gargle for sore throat
MAGICKAL: The oil of Bayberry will bring prosperity and luck.
MAGICKAL: The leaves are burned to enhance psychic powers and to produce
visions. Worn in an amulet, it will provide protection from evil and negativity.
The leaves are used as decorations during the Yule season, and placed in your
window it will protect against lightning striking your house. Write a wish on a
bay leaf and then burn it if you want the wish to come true.
Sprinkling the crushed leaves in your cupboards will keep out cockroaches and
other insect pests.
MEDICINAL: Bistort root, when ground and mixed with echinacea, myrrh, and
goldenseal, is a great dressing for cuts and other wounds. It is also a
powerful astringent, used by mixing a teaspoon in a cup of boiled water, and
drunk several times a day, as a treatment for diarrhea and dysentery. The same
mixture can be used as a gargle for sore throats. Bistort is good to drive out
infectious disease, and is effective for all internal and external bleeding.
MAGICKAL: An amulet fashioned of the root of Bistort is carried when one wishes
GROWING: Bistort prefers damp soils, such as in cultivated fields. It is native
to Europe, but has been grown in Nova Scotia and as far south as Massachusetts.
It is a perennial that reaches up to 30 inches tall. Sprinkle an infusion of
bistort around your home to keep out unwanted visitors of the mischievous
variety, such as poltergeists, sprites, etc.
MEDICINAL: Black Cohosh is useful in all conditions dealing with arthritis. It
improves blood circulation, and is used in treating delayed and painful
menstruation, and is often used in conjunction with other herbs in treating
menopause symptoms. It should not be used during pregnancy. Black Cohosh can be
poisonous in large doses. It contains a chemical much like estrogen, so those
advised by their doctor’s not to take the Pill shoud avoid using this herb.
MAGICKAL: Black Cohosh leaves laid around a room is said to drive away bugs, and
to drive away negativity.
GROWING: Black Cohosh grows in open woody areas. It needs good soil and partial
to mostly shade to do well. It has been grown as far south as Georgia, and as
far west as Missouri. It is a perennial which reaches 3 – 8 feet tall.
MEDICINAL: Blessed Thistle is used to strengthen the heart, and is useful in
all remedies for lung, kidney, and liver problems. It is also used as a brain
food for stimulating the memory. It is used in remedies for menopause and for
menstrual cramping. Blessed Thistle should never be taken alone, nor should it
be used during pregnancy.
GROWING: Blessed Thistle is generally found along roadsides and in wastelands.
It is an annual, and reaches to 2 feet tall. Most folks consider this a pesky
weed, so cultivation is not common. Try gathering some for yourself from the
MEDICINAL: Blue Cohosh is used to regulate the menstrual flow. It is also used
for suppressed menstruation. Native Americans used this herb during childbirth
to ease the pain and difficulty that accompany birthing, as well as to induce
labor. This herb should not be taken during pregnancy, and should be taken in
very small amounts in conjunction with other herbs, such as Black Cohosh.
GROWING: Blue Cohosh grows best in deep, loamy, moist woodlands. The berry of
this plant is poisonous, and the plant itself can irritate the skin. The root is
the part used in herbal medicine. It has a range from southern Canada, as far
south as the Carolinas, and as far west as Missouri. This herb is best purchased
from the stores, rather than cultivated.
MEDICINAL: Burdock Root is used to treat skin diseases, boils, fevers,
inflammations, hepatitis, swollen glands, some cancers, and fluid retention. It
is an excellent blood purifier. A tea made of the leaves of Burdock is also used
MAGICKAL: Used to ward off all sorts of negativity, making it invaluable for
protective amulets and sachets. Add to potpourri in the house.
MEDICINAL: Caraway aids digestion, can help promote menses, can increase a
mother’s milk, and is good to add to cough remedies as an expectorant.
MAGICKAL: Carry Caraway in an amulet for protection. Carrying caraway seeds
promotes the memory. It can also guard against theft. It is said to promote lust
when baked into breads, cookies, or cakes.
GROWING: 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.
MEDICINAL: Catnip is effective alone or in herbal remedies for colds, flu,
fevers, upset stomach, and insomnia. Particularly good for children with upset
stomachs in a very mild infusion.
MAGICKAL: Use the large leaves, well dried, to mark pages in magickal books.
Use in conjunction with rose petals in love sachets. It will also create a
psychic bond between you and your cat. Grow near your home to attract luck and
GROWING: Catnip will grow in most soils, and tends to enjoy a bit of the dry
spells once it is established. It grows throughout North America, and is a
perennial reaching to 3 feet high.
MEDICINAL: Cayenne, also called capsicum, is very effective added to liniments
for all sorts of arthritis and muscle aches. 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. It will stop bleeding both externally and
internally, making it excellent for use with ulcers. It is used in antibiotic
combinations, for menstrual cramps, and as a part of treatment for depression.
MAGICKAL: 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.
GROWING: 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.
MAGICKAL: 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. Hung in the
home it will protect against lightning. Juniper can be used in place of cedar.
MEDICINAL: Use the tea for nerves and menstrual cramps. The tea is also useful
for babies and small children with colds and stomach troubles. Also used to calm
the body for inducing sleep in insomniac conditions. It is also a good wash for
sore eyes and open sores.
MAGICKAL: 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.
GROWING: Chamomile is an annual that adapts to most soils, likes lots of water
and full sun. It grows up to 20 inches tall.
MEDICINAL: Add cinnamon to remedies for acute symptoms, as this herb is a
stimulant to other herbs and the body, enabling herbal remedies to work faster.
It is also a blood purifier, an infection preventer, and a digestive aid. Do not
ingest cinnamon oil.
MAGICKAL: Burned in incense, cinnamon will promote high spirituality. It is also
used to stimulate the passions of the male. It should also be burned in incenses
used for healing. The essential oil is used for protection.
MEDICINAL: Red Clover is used as a nerve tonic and as a sedative for
exhaustion. It is used to strengthen those children with weak systems, and is
used with children for coughs, bronchitis, wheezing, as it is mild to their
systems. It is often used in combination with many other drugs in the treatment
of cancer. It is also used for skin eruptions (acne).
MAGICKAL: Clover brings luck, prosperity, and health. Carrying a three-leaf
clover gives you protection. Worn over the right breast it will bring you
success in all undertakings.
GROWING: Grow clover as you would lawn grasses. Clover is an excellent cover
crop, planted in fallow areas and turned under in the fall, it makes an
excellent fertilizer for poor soils.
MEDICINAL: Clove oil will stop a toothache when it is applied directly to the
cavity. It is very warm and stimulating to the system, and is very useful with
people who have cold extremities. Cloves will promote sweating with fevers,
colds, and flu. It is often used in remedies for whooping cough. Cloves are also
safe and effective for relieving vomiting during pregnancy.
MAGICKAL: Cloves worn in an amulet will drive away negativity and hostility,
and stop gossip. It is often carried to stimulate the memory, and can be added
to attraction sachets. Clove oil is also worn as an aphrodisiac, and the buds
when eaten are said to stir up bodily lusts. It is placed in sachets with mint
and rose to chase away melancholy and to help one sleep soundly. Carried, it can
also bring comfort to the bereaved and mourning.
MEDICINAL: A poultice of comfrey heals wounds, burns, sores, and bruises. It is
a powerful remedy for coughs, ulcers, healing broken bones and sprains, and is
used in treating asthma. Large amounts or dosages can cause liver damage, but
there are no problems with using it externally. Used internally, it is best and
safest to use a tea, rather than capsules.
MAGICKAL: Carrying comfrey during travel will ensure your safety. Put some in
your luggage to prevent it being lost or stolen. It will also bring luck to the
GROWING: Comfrey prefers well-drained soils and partial shade. It grows from
Canada to Georgia, as far west as Missouri, in the wild. It is a perennial that
grows to 3 feet high. It can be started form seed, but you wil be more
successful with cuttings. Once established, it will spread vigorously. Harvest
leaves when the flowers bud, and roots in the autumn after the first frost.
MEDICINAL: Juices from the stems of this plant are used externally to treat
wounds and cuts.
MAGICKAL: Cornflower is used to promote and enhance psychic sight, as well as
GROWING: Cornflower is adaptable to many soils and conditions. It is an annual
that grows 1 – 2 feet tall.
MEDICINAL: Cramp Bark is one of the best female regulators in the herb world.
It is a uterine sedative, aiding in menstrual cramps and afterbirth. It helps to
prevent miscarriage, as well as internal hemorrhaging.
MEDICINAL: Damiana is used to regulate the female cycles. I t is also used to
stimulate the sexual appetite. It is good for urinary problems and nervousness,
as well as hypertension.
MAGICKAL: Damiana is used in infusions to incite lust, and is burned to produce
MEDICINAL: Dandelion benefits all aspects of the liver. It clears obstructions
and detoxifies poisons. It will also promote healthy circulation. The juice
from a broken stem can be applied to warts and allowed to dry; used for 3 days or
so it will dry up the warts. It is also used to treat premenstrual syndrome, as
it is a diuretic.
MAGICKAL: It is a sign of rain when the down from a ripened dandelion head falls
without wind helping it to do so. To blow the seeds off a ripened head is to
carry your thoughts to a loved one, near or far.
GROWING: Dandelion is a common yard, garden, and roadside weed. Do not gather
where chemicals have been used, and don’t gather those near roadsides, as they
have been contaminated from exhausts.
MEDICINAL: Dill is used to treat colic, gas, and indigestion.
MAGICKAL: Dill is used in love and protection sachets. The dried seed heads
hung in the home, over doorways, and above cradles provides protection. Add dill
to your bath to make you irresistible to your lover.
GROWING: Dill grows in most regions of North America. It needs sun and a well-
drained soil, and frequent waterings. It is a hardy annual, biennial in the deep
southern regions, that reaches 2 – 3 feet tall. Dill matures quickly, and self-
sows for the following year. Plant in six week intervals for a season-long
supply of fresh dill.
MEDICINAL: The resin of Dragon’s Blood is used externally as a wash to promote
healing and stop bleeding. Internally it is used for chest pains, post-partum
bleeding, internal traumas, and menstrual irregularities.
MAGICKAL: Added to love incenses and sachets, it increases the potency of other
herbs used. A piece of the plant is often used under the mattress as a cure for
impotency. It is also used in spells to bring back a loved one. A pinch added to
other herbs for magickal purposes will increase their potency.
MEDICINAL: Echinacea, also known as Purple Coneflower, is a natural antibiotic.
It increases the production of white blood cells, and improves the lymph
glands. The tea from this herb should be used in all infections, and has been
used in treating skin cancers and other cancers.
MAGICKAL: Echinacea is used as an offering to the spirits or gods and goddesses
to strengthen a spell or ritual.
GROWING: Echinacea likes the prairies and other open, dry places. It adapts to
most soils, in full sun, except wet ones. It grows over most of North America.
It is a perennial, and reaches to about 2 feet tall. The root is used ground,
and the leaves are used for teas.
MEDICINAL: Elder flowers mixed with mint and yarrow blossoms are excellent
internal cleansers when fighting flu and colds. A tea of the elder flowers and
sassafras is a remedy for acne. Elder flower oil is a remedy for chapped skin.
Should not be used internally by pregnant or lactating women.
MAGICKAL: The branches of the sacred elder are used to make magickal wands for
ritual. Scattering the leaves in the four winds will bring protection.
Elderberry wine, made from the berries, is used in rituals. In Denmark, it is
believed to be unlucky to have furniture made of elder wood. Grown near your
home, elder will offer protection to the dwellers. It is used at weddings to
bring good luck to the newlyweds. Flutes made formt he branches are used to
bring forth spirits.
GROWING: Elder is a tree or shrub, growing to 30 feet tall. It prefers moist
areas throughout North America. The leaves, bark, and roots of the American
varieties generally contain poisonous alkaloids and should not be used
MEDICINAL: Elecampane is used for intestinal worms, water retention, and to
lessen tooth decay and firm the gums. It gives relief to respiratory ailments.
It is usually used in combination with other herbs. Externally it is used as a
wash for wounds and itching rashes. It is burned to repel insects.
MAGICKAL: Add this herb to love charms and amulets of all kinds. Used with
mistletoe and vervain, it is especially powerful. Use when scrying for better
GROWING: Elecampane enjoys roadsides and damp fields and pastures. Plant it in
full sun in a damp, but not soggy, location. It is a perennial that grows 3 – 6
feet tall. The root is most commonly used.
MEDICINAL: Eucalyptus oil is a powerful antiseptic, and is used to treat
pyorrhea (gum disease), and is used on burns to prevent infections. The oil
breathed in will help clear the sinuses, as will the steam from boiling the
leaves. When mixed with water or vegetable oils, it makes a good insect
repellent. A small drop on the tongue eases nausea.
MAGICKAL: Healing energies come from the leaves. A branch or wreath over the bed
of a sick person will help spread the healing energies. The oil is added to
healing baths, and for purification.
GROWING: Eucalyptus reigns among the tallest trees in the world, capable of
reaching heights of over 250 feet tall. It thrives only in areas where the
average temperature remains above 60 degrees, and is adaptable to several soil
MEDICINAL: Evening Primrose oil stimulates to help with liver and spleen
conditions. In Europe, it has been used to treat Multiple Sclerosis. It lowers
blood pressure, and eases the pain of angina by opening up the blood vessels. It
has been found to help slow the production of cholesterol, and has been found to
lower cholesterol levels. Used with Dong Quai and Vitex, it is a valuable part
of an herbal remedy for treating the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
and menstrual cramping.
GROWING: The American variety is found throughout North America. It enjoys dry
soils and full sun. It is a biennial, and grows 3 – 6 feet tall. The seed oil is
the most commonly used portion of the plant. Some nurseries sell evening
primrose, but they are actually a small, showy hybrid of the perennial Missouri
Primrose, and does not have the same medicinal uses.
MEDICINAL: Eyebright stimulates the liver to remove toxins from the body. It
has been used internally and externally to treat eye infections and
afflictions, such as pink-eye. The herb strengthens the eye, and helps to repair
MAGICKAL: Eyebright is used to make a simple tea to rub on the eyelids to induce
and enhance clairvoyant visions.
GROWING: Eyebright is adaptable to many soil types in full sun. It is a small
annual, growing 2 – 8 inches high. It attaches itself by underground suckers to
the roots of neighboring grass plants and takes its nutrients from them. To be
cultivated, it must be given nurse plants on whose roots it can feed.
MEDICINAL: False Unicorn is very soothing for a delicate stomach. It also
stimulates the reproductive organs in women and men. This herb is very important
for use during menopause, due to its positive effects on uterine disorders,
headaches, and depression.
MEDICINAL: Fennel helps to take away the appetite. It is often used as a
sedative for small children. It improves digestion, and is very helpful with
coughs. It is also used for cancer patients after radiation and chemotherapy
MAGICKAL: Use for scenting soaps and perfumes to ward off negativity and evil.
Grow near the home for the same purpose.
GROWING: Fennel prefers dry, sunny areas. It is a perennial that can reach 4 -
6 feet tall.
MEDICINAL: Fenugreek is used to soften and expel mucous. It has antiseptic
properties and will kill infections in the lungs. Used with lemon and honey, it
will help reduce a fever and will soothe and nourish the body during illness. It
has been used to relax the uterus, and for this reason should not be taken by
MAGICKAL: Adding a few fenugreek seeds to the mop water used to clean your
household floors will bring money into the household.
GROWING: Fenugreek likes dry, moderately fertile soil in a sunny location. It
is an annual, and grows to 1 – 3 feet tall.
MEDICINAL: Feverfew is used to treat colds, fevers, flu, and digestive
problems. It is often used to end migraines and other headaches.
MAGICKAL: Feverfew is carried for protection against illnesses involving fever,
as well as for preventing accidents.
GROWING: Feverfew bears a resemblance to chamomile. It prefers dry places, will
tolerate poor soil, and is a hardy biennial or perennial, growing to 2 1/2
feet. It prefers full sun.
MEDICINAL: Frankincense relieves menstrual pains, and treats rheumatic aches
and pains. Externally it is used for liniments and for its antiseptic
MAGICKAL: Frankincense is burned to raise vibrations, purify, and exorcise. It
will aid meditations and visions. The essential oil is used to anoint magickal
tools, altars, etc.
MEDICINAL: Garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic. It can stimulate cell
growth and activity. It reduces blood pressure in hypertensive conditions. A
main advantage to using garlic for its antibiotic properties is that it does not
destroy the body’s natural flora. It is excellent for use in all colds and
infections of the body. When ingesting the raw cloves, a sprig of parsley chewed
immediately after will freshen the breath.
MAGICKAL: Peeled garlic cloves placed in each room is said to ward off disease.
It is hung in new homes to dispel negativity and evil, and (don’t laugh!) to
ward off vampires. It is a strong protective herb. Place a clove under the
pillow of sleeping children to protect them.
GROWING: Garlic is a perennial herb that likes moderate soil and lots of sun and
warmth. The plant grows to 2 feet tall. The bulb is the most common used
portion, although the greens are often used in salads.
MEDICINAL: Ginger is an excellent herb to use for strengthening and healing the
respiratory system, as well as for fighting off colds and flu. It removes
congestion, soothes sore throats, and relieves headaches and body aches.
Combined with other herbs, it enhances their effectiveness. It is also very
effective in combating motion sickness.
MAGICKAL: Ginger is used in passion spells, to “heat up” the relationship. It is
used in success spells, and to ensure the success of spells.
GROWING: Ginger grows through most of North America. It reaches to 6 inches
high, and is a perennial. The dried ground root is the part used for healing.
MEDICINAL: Ginseng stimulates the body to overcome all forms of illness,
physical and mental. It is used to lower blood pressure, increase endurance, aid
in relieving depression, and is a sexual stimulant. The dried root is used for
healing purposes. It has been used throughout ancient times to the present day
for use in conjunction with most herbs in treating all sorts of illnesses,
including cancers, digestive troubles, and memory.
MAGICKAL: Ginseng is carried to guard your health and to attract love. It will
also ensure sexual potency. Ginseng can be a substitute for mandrake.
GROWING: Ginseng can be very difficult to grow. Germination of disinfected seeds
(to kill mold, which plagues ginseng at all stages of growth) can take up to a
year or more. Plant in early autumn in raised beds of very humus-rich soil.
Plants must be shaded at all times. Roots are not harvested until the plants are
at least 6 years old. Take care during harvesting and drying not to
break off any of the “arms” of the root. Dry for one month before use.
MEDICINAL: Goldenseal is another natural, powerful antibiotic. It should not
be used by pregnant women. The herb goes straight to the bloodstream and
eliminates infection in the body. It enables the liver to recover. When taken in
combination with other herbs, it will boost the properties for the accompanying
MAGICKAL: Goldenseal is used n prosperity spells, as well as healing spells and
GROWING: Goldenseal prefers rich soils in partial shade. It is a perennial herb
that grows 6 – 18 inches high. The dried ground root is the part most often
used, although the dried leaves are used in teas. It is difficult to grow
successfully, and the plants need to be at least 6 years old before harvesting.
MEDICINAL: Gotu Kola is and excellent mental stimulant. It is often used after
mental breakdowns, and used regularly, can prevent nervous breakdown, as it is
a brain cell stimulant. It relieves mental fatigue and senility, and aids the
body in defending itself against toxins.
MAGICKAL: Gotu Kola is used in meditation incenses.
MEDICINAL: Hawthorn is effective for curing insomnia. Hawthorn is used to
prevent miscarriage and for treating nervousness. Hawthorn has been used for
centuries in treating heart disease, as regular use strengthens the heart
muscles, and to prevent arteriosclerosis, angina, and poor heart action.
MAGICKAL: The leaves are used to make protection sachets. They are also carried
to ensure good fishing. In Europe, Hawthorn was used to repel witchcraft
spells. Bringing branches of it into the home is supposed to portend death. It
is incorporated into spells and rituals for fertility. It will protect the home
from damaging storms.
GROWING: Hawthorn is a deciduous tree or shrub, that can reach 40 feet tall. It
grows throughout North America. It is tolerant of most soils, but prefers
alkaline, rich, moist loam. Consult a nursery for the best species to use in
your area. The fruit is the part used in healing.
MAGICKAL: Hazel’s forked branches are used for divining, and the wood makes
wonderful wands. Hazel nuts hung in the house will bring luck, and can be
carried to cause fertility. Eaten, the nuts bring wisdom.
GROWING: Hazelnut trees do best when planted in a well-drained, fertile,
slightly acid soil. They do best where the winter temps are above -10.
MEDICINAL: A tea made of heather blossoms is used to suppress coughing, and as
an aid for sleeplessness.
MAGICKAL: Heather is carried as a guard against rape and violent crime. In
potpourri, it adds protection. When burned with fern, it will bring rain.
GROWING: Heather prefers rocky or sandy soils and full sun. It is an evergreen
shrub that grows 1 -2 feet tall.
MEDICINAL: Henbane stops pain, and lessens perspiration. Henbane is very
toxic, so it should not be used by pregnant women or the weak or children, and
should be used in only extremely small amounts for external use only, and not on
a regular basis. A poultice of leaves is used briefly to remove pain from
MAGICKAL: Henbane is sometimes thrown into the water to bring rain. In olden
times, it had many more uses, but is seldom used today due to its poisonous
GROWING: Henbane grows wild throughout temperate North America. Due to its
toxic nature, it is not advisable to grow in the home garden.
MAGICKAL: Holly is used as a protective plant, and used as decoration during
the Yule season. Planted outside the home, it will also afford protection.
Sprinkle holly water on newborn babies to protect them.
GROWING: Holly likes slightly acid soils, and can tolerate poor, sandy soil. It
needs full sun, and grows to about 4 feet tall.
MEDICINAL: Hops is a sedative. Therefore, it is useful in treating insomnia
and nervous tension. It is mild and safe. It is used in brewing beer and ales.
Hops is also used for treating coughs, bladder ailments, and liver ailments.
Externally it is used to treat itching skin rashes and hives. It also removes
poisons from the body.
MAGICKAL: Hops is used in healing incenses. Sleep pillows often include hops to
induce sleep and pleasant dreams.
GROWING: Hops prefers full sun, and will adapt to many soils. It is a perennial
vine that reaches to 30 feet in length. The portion of the plant used in healing
are the dried flowers.
MEDICINAL: Horehound is used in children’s cough remedies, as it is a gentle
but effective expectorant. It acts as a tonic for the respiratory system and
stomach. In large doses it acts as a laxative.
MAGICKAL: Horehound is used in incenses for protection. It is also used in
GROWING: Horehound likes dry sandy soils and full sun. It is a perennial (except
in very cold climates) that reaches to 3 feet tall. It is a vigorous grower and
can become a pest if not carefully controlled. It needs little water, tolerates
poor soils, and does best in full sun. It blooms during its
MEDICINAL: Horsetail is used in treating urinary tract infections. It aids in
coagulation and decreases bleeding. It will also help broken bones heal faster,
and will help brittle nails and hair, due to its high silica content. It has
also been used as part of a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Do not use if
pregnant or nursing.
MAGICKAL: Whistles made form the stalks of Horsetail are used to call the
GROWING: Horsetail needs swamps and damp places to grow, in full sun to partial
shade. It grows to 1 – 2 feet tall. The plant itself is used in healing.
MEDICINAL: Hyssop is used in treating lung ailments. The leaves have been
applied to wounds to aid in healing. The tea is also used to soothe sore
throats. It has been used to inhibit the growth of the herpes simplex virus.
MAGICKAL: Hyssop is used in purification baths and rituals, and used to cleanse
persons and objects.
GROWING: Hyssop prefers dry conditions, tolerates most soils, and full sun. It
is a member of the mint family. It is a perennial shrubby plant growing to 3
MEDICINAL: Iceland Moss, a lichen, has been used for centuries to treat all
kinds of chest ailments. It is used to nourish the weak, elderly, and weakly
GROWING: Iceland Moss grows in cold, humid mountain areas and wooded areas. It
grows to 4 inches tall.
MAGICKAL: Ivy is grown to grow up the outside of the home to act as a guardian
and protector. It is worn by brides to bring luck to the marriage.
GROWING: Ivy has many different varieties, and most will adapt to many
different soil and growing conditions. It grows throughout North America.
MAGICKAL: Jasmine is used in love sachets and incenses. It is used to attract
spiritual love. A drop of the essential oil in almond oil, massaged into the
skin, is said to overcome frigidity. Carrying, burning, or wearing the flowers
attracts wealth and money. If burned in the bedroom, Jasmine will bring
GROWING: Jasmine is best grown indoors in pots. It is an evergreen vine. It
likes bright light, but no direct sun, some support such as a trellis, lots of
water, and occasional fertilizing.
MEDICINAL: Jojoba oil from the seed has been used to promote hair growth and
relieve skin problems for centuries. It is effective in treating dandruff,
psoriasis, dry and chapped skin.
MEDICINAL: Juniper has been used to clear uric acid from the body. It is high
in natural insulin, and has the ability to heal the pancreas where there has
been no permanent damage. It is useful for all urinary infections and for water
retention problems. Juniper is used externally as a compress to treat acne,
athlete’s foot, and dandruff.
MAGICKAL: Juniper is used to protect from accidents and theft. Grown at your
doorstep, it will offer you protection. It is used in incenses for protection.
GROWING: Junipers of all species are adaptable to many growing conditions. They
are low-maintenance plants. Choose a species suited to your landscape needs, to
avoid problems later, as some folks plant them with no regard for their eventual
size, and sometime find they have a nuisance on their hands as the plant
matures. If you want berries, you must plant a male and a female juniper.
MEDICINAL: Kelp is used to strengthen and promote the glands. It controls the
thyroid and regulates metabolism. It is a sustainer to the nervous system and
the brain, and is a terrific boost for pregnancy and the developing child. It
contains over 30 minerals and vitamins.
GROWING: Best found in stores, as this is a seaweed that grows in the ocean.
MEDICINAL: Lavendar tea made from the blossoms is used as an antidepressant. It
is used in combination with other herbs for a remedy for depression and nervous
tensions. It is also used as a headache remedy.
MAGICKAL: Lavendar is used in purification baths and rituals. It is used in
healing incenses and sachets. Carrying the herb will enable the carrier to see
ghosts. The essential oil will heighten sexual desire in men. Lavendar water
sprinkled on the head is helpful in keeping your chastity. The flowers are
burned to induce sleep, and scattered throughout the home to maintain peaceful
GROWING: Lavendar likes light sandy soil and full sun. It grows to 18 inches. It
should be mulched in colder climates for winter protection for this perennial.
MEDICINAL: Licorice Root is a great source of the female hormone estrogen. It
is used for coughs and chest ailments. It is an important herb to use when
recovering from an illness, as it supplies needed energy to the system.
MAGICKAL: Licorice root was buried in tombs and caskets to help the soul pass
easily into the Summerland. Chewing on a piece of the root will make you
passionate. It is added to love sachets, and an ingredient in spells to ensure
GROWING: Licorice is a perennial that reaches 3 to 7 feet tall. Hard freezes
will kill it, so it grows best in warm sunny climates.
MEDICINAL: Lovage root eases bloating and flatulence. It is also used with other
herbs to counteract colds and flu.
MAGICKAL: Lovage is added to baths to clean the psychic portion of the mind.
Added to baths with rose petals will make you attractive to the opposite sex.
GROWING: Lovage is a perennial that grows 3 – 7 feet tall. It is adaptable to
many conditions, and does best in full sun.
MEDICINAL: Mandrake is a very strong gland stimulant. It is used to treat skin
problems, digestion, and chronic liver diseases. It is most often combined with
other herbs. It is very powerful and should be used with caution, as well as in
very small small dosages. Pregnant women should not use this herb. It is
potentially very toxic if improperly used. Do not use this herb without the
proper guidance from a professional!
MAGICKAL: Mandrake is used in the home as a powerful protection. It is carried
to promote conception, and men carry it to promote fertility and cure impotency.
MEDICINAL: Marigold is a great first aid remedy. It relieves headaches,
earaches, and reduces fevers. It is excellent for the heart and for the
circulation. It is also used externally to heal wounds and bruises.
MAGICKAL: Fresh marigolds in any room heightens the energy within. Placed under
the pillow before bed, it induces clairvoyance. Planted in rows with tomatoes,
it will keep pests from them and other vegetables. Planted near the porch/deck,
it will keep mosquitoes away. It is also used to attract and see the fairies.
Scattered under the bed, they protect during sleep. Add to bath
water to win the respect of everyone you meet.
GROWING: Marigold is an annual plant that comes in many sizes and colors. It
is adaptable to many soils. Give plenty of water and full sun.
MEDICINAL: Marjoram is useful for treating asthma, coughs, and is used to
strengthen the stomach and intestines, as well as used with other herbs for
MAGICKAL: Marjoram should be added to all love charms and sachets. A bit in
each room will aid in protection of the home. If given to a grieving or
depressed person, it will bring them happiness.
GROWING: Marjoram is a perennial herb growing 1 – 3 feet tall. It likes all
kinds of soils, and prefers full sun and rich soil. It is grown as an annual or
wintered indoors in cold regions.
MEDICINAL: Marshmallow aids in the expectoration of difficult mucous and
phlegm. It helps to relax and soothe the bronchial tubes, making it valuable for
all lung ailments. It is an anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory for joints and
the digestive system. It is often used externally with cayenne to treat blood
poisoning, burns, and gangrene.
GROWING: Marshmallow needs marshes and swamps to grow. It is a perennial
growing to 4 feet tall.
MEDICINAL: Mugwort is used in all conditions dealing with the nervousness,
shaking, and insomnia. It is used to help induce menses, especially combined
with cramp bark. It should not be used by pregnant women. Fresh juice form the
plant is used to treat poison ivy.
MAGICKAL: Add to divination incenses. It is carried to prevent poisoning and
stroke. Fresh leaves rubbed on magickal tools will increase their powers. An
infusion made of mugwort is used to cleanse crystals and scrying mirrors. Placed
beneath your pillow, it will promote astral travel and good dreams.
GROWING: Mugwort likes dry areas in full sun. It is a perennial shrubby plant
that grows 1 – 6 feet tall, depending upon growing conditions.
MEDICINAL: Mullein is a terrific narcotic herb that is not addictive or
poisonous. It is used as a pain killer and to bring on sleep. It loosens
mucous, making it useful for treating lung ailments. It strengthens the
MAGICKAL: Mullein is worn to give the carrier courage. The leaves are also
carried to prevent animal attacks and accidents when in the wilderness. In a
sleeping pillow it will guard against nightmares. Use as a substitution in old
spells for “grave dust”.
GROWING: Mullein is adaptable to many soils. It prefers full sun. It is a
biennial plant growing to 8 feet tall. It is a prolific self-sower.
MEDICINAL: Myrrh is a powerful antiseptic, being a remedy second only to
echinacea. It is a strong cleaning and healing agent, soothing the body and
speeding the healing process. It is often used with goldenseal. It is most often
used in mouthwashes, gargles, and toothpastes for fighting and preventing gum
MAGICKAL: Myrrh is burned to purify and protect. It is used to consecrate and
purify ritual tools and objects needing to be blessed. It is a standard magickal
herb to be included in the tools of everyone.
MEDICINAL: Myrtle is used to treat bronchitis, bruises, bad breath, wounds,
colds, sinusitis, and coughs.
MAGICKAL: Myrtle is burned as an incense to bring beauty, to honor Diana and to
Venus, and is a symbol of glory and happy love. Myrtle tea will make you look
beautiful to your loved one. A distillation of the leaves and flowers combined
will make a wonderful beauty wash for the face, and is known as “angel water”.
It is used in spells to keep love alive and exciting. Grow on each side of the
house to preserve and protect the love within.
GROWING: Myrtle is an evergreen plant that prefers warm climates. It has small
pointed leaves, and grows to about 12 feet high. Its blossoms are small, white,
and in clusters. The leaves are gathered and dried for use in August.
MEDICINAL: The plant is used for high blood pressure, gout, PMS, rheumatism,
and ending diarrhea, scurvy, liver and prostate problems. Externally it is used
as a compress to treat neuralgia and arthritis.
MAGICKAL: Sprinkle nettle around the room to protect it. It is also burned
during ceremonies for exorcism. Stuffed in a poppet and sent back to the sender
of a curse or bad spell, it will end the negativity. Nettles gathered before
sunrise and fed to cattle is said to drive evil spirits from them.
GROWING: As nettle is considered a bothersome weed, it is best to purchase this
herb from a store. The spines on a nettle plant can cause painful stinging, so
it is not a good idea to include it in your herbal garden.
MEDICINAL: A small amount of nutmeg, about the size of a pea, can be taken once
daily over a long period (6 months to a year) to relieve chronic nervous
problems, as well as heart problems stemming from poor circulation. Added to
milk, and baked fruits and desserts, it aids in digestion, and relieves nausea.
Large doses can be poisonous, and may cause miscarriage for pregnant women.
MAGICKAL: Carried, nutmeg will help with clairvoyance, and ward off rheumatism.
It is included in prosperity mixtures. Nutmegs are carried as good luck charms.
MEDICINAL: Oak bark is used to treat diarrhea, dysentery, and bleeding. For
external use the bark and/or leaves are boiled and then applied to bruises,
swollen tissues, wounds that are bleeding, and varicose veins.
MAGICKAL: The oak is the most sacred of all the trees. The most powerful
mistletoe grows in oaks. The leaves are burned for purification, and the
branches make powerful wands. The acorn is a fertility nut. It is carried to
promote conception, ease sexual problems, and increase sexual attractiveness.
The leaves and bark are used in binding spells. Planting an acorn in the dark
of the Moon will bring you money. Oak wood carried will protect from harm, and
hung in the home it will protect the home and all within.
MEDICINAL: Oats are a traditional food for those recovering from an illness. It
also supplies necessary fiber in the diet. Oats made into packs and pastes clear
up many skin disorders, such as acne.
MAGICKAL: Oats are used in prosperity and money spells, and in rituals to the
GROWING: Oats are an annual grass that grows up to 4 feet tall. Easiest to
purchase from a health food store, as much is needed to be beneficial, and takes
up more room than the average gardener has available. It does make a pretty
ornamental grass in the garden and around foundations.
MEDICINAL: Onion is used externally as an antiseptic. Internal, it can
alleviate gas pains, reduce hypertension, and reduce cholesterol.
MAGICKAL: Has been used as a charm against evil spirits. Halved or quartered
onions placed in the home absorb negativity. An onion under your pillow will
give you prophetic dreams. Magickal swords and knives are purified by rubbing
them with an onion half.
GROWING: Onion is a perennial herb that grows from a bulb. It prefers rich
garden soils and plenty of water. The greens above ground can be used alone, and
the bulb harvested by pulling from the ground, and allowing the tops to dry
before storing in a dry location, with temperatures between 35 adn 50 degrees F.
MAGICKAL: The dried peel is added to love charms. The fresh or dried orange
flowers added to the bath makes you attractive. The fruit itself hinders or
banishes lust. Orange juice is used in rituals in place of wine.
GROWING: Oranges prefer a rich, sandy soil, and warm year-round temperatures.
For most of us, that means growing them indoors as house plants.
MEDICINAL: Oregano is used to promote perspiration as a treatment for colds,
flu, and fevers. A tea of oregano is often used to bring on menses and relieve
associated menstrual discomfort. It is also used in baths and inhalations to
clear lungs and bronchial passages.
MAGICKAL: Oregano is used to help forget and let go of a former loved one, such
as a former spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc. Burn in incenses or drink the
infusion to aid in spells for letting go.
GROWING: Oregano is a perennial that prefers well-drained, slightly alkaline
soil and full sun. It is propagated by seed, root division, or cuttings. Harvest
just as the plant is about to bloom for medicinal use.
MEDICINAL: Patchouli is used to treat dysentery, diarrhea, colds without fevers,
vomiting, and nausea.
MAGICKAL: Patchouli is a powerful oil worn to attract the opposite sex. It is a
sensual oil, and it can ward off negativity and evil. It is also burned in
incenses to aid divination and clairvoyance.
MEDICINAL: Pennyroyal removes gas from the digestive system. It is also used as
a tea, taken a few days before menstruation to aid a suppressed flow. It’s
strong minty smell makes its essential oil useful for externally repelling
insects such as mosquitoes, fleas, and flies. It should not be taken by pregnant
women. Large internal doses have been known to cause convulsions and
coma. Pennyroyal oil is an effective insect repellent.
MAGICKAL: Pennyroyal placed in a shoe will prevent weariness on long walks and
hikes, or journeys. It is also added to protection and exorcism incenses. It
aids in making favorable business deals. It is given to arguing couples to cease
their fighting and restore harmony in the relationship.
GROWING: Pennyroyal is a perennial that grows to 1 1/2 feet high. It tolerates
most soils, and prefers direct sun. Grow as you would any member of the mint
MEDICINAL: Peony root treats menstrual cramps and irregularities. It is also
used in combination with other herbs to ease emotional nervous conditions.
MAGICKAL: Dried Peony roots are carved and/or made into bracelets and necklaces
for protection, as well as for breaking spells and curses. Peonies planted
outside the home guard against storm damage and demons. A chain of beads cut
from the dried root was worn as a protection against illness and injury, and to
GROWING: Peonies are a perennial shrub-like plant, growing 2 – 4 feet high. They
prefer rich, well-drained soils, and full sun.
MEDICINAL: Peppermint cleans and strengthens the body. It acts as a sedative on
the stomach and strengthens the bowels. It is also mild enough to give to
children as needed for chills and colds.
MAGICKAL: Peppermint is used in charms to heal the sick, as well as in incenses
in the sickroom of the patient. It is burned to cleanse the home, and is used in
sleep pillows to aid in getting to sleep. Placed beneath the pillow, it can
bring dreams that give a glimpse into the future. The essential oil is used in
spells to create a positive change in one’s life.
GROWING: Peppermint is a perennial grown in full sun, is tolerant of most soil
types, and grows to 3 feet tall.
MEDICINAL: Periwinkle is used made into a tea or salve for external use to treat
skin problems such as dermatitis, eczema, and acne.
MAGICKAL: Periwinkle can help restore memory when it is gazed at or carried. It
is also hung on a door to protect all within, and to prevent a witch from
entering a home.
GROWING: Periwinkle is a perennial plant that spreads by putting out runners,
mostly used for a ground cover in partial to full shade. It prefers moist, well-
MEDICINAL: Plantain is used to clear mucous from the body, and to neutralize
poisons. As a mild tea it is used to treat lung problems in children, and as a
stronger tea is used to treat stomach ulcers. It is also used for diarrhea,
bladder infections, and for treating wounds.
MAGICKAL: Plantain is hung in the car to guard against evil spirits.
GROWING: Plantains are common weeds, some varieties being annual and some
perennial. They are found in all soil types, and prefer full sun.
MEDICINAL: Poppy is used for pain, insomnia, nervousness, and chronic coughs.
MAGICKAL: Poppy seed pods are used in prosperity charms. The seeds are added to
food to aid in getting pregnant. To find the answer to a question, write it in
blue ink on a piece of white paper. Place the paper inside a poppy seed pod and
put it beneath your pillow. The answer will come to you in a dream.
GROWING: Poppies are perennials that like poor to average soils that tend toward
dryness. There are varieties that will grow most anywhere in North America.
Their foliage tends to die off by July, after a spectacular showing of flowers
in the spring, but the foliage begins rejuvenation around September, which waits
until spring to begin growing again.
Queen Anne’s Lace
MEDICINAL: Queen Anne’s Lace is used for treating gallstones and kidney stones,
as well as water retention and strains and sprains.
GROWING: Queen Anne’s Lace is found throughout most of North America. It is a
wildflower, distinguished by the one red flower in the center of a cluster of
many tiny white flowers. It is a biennial that grows to 3 feet tall.
MEDICINAL: Red Raspberry is one of the most proven female herbs. It strengthens
the uterine wall during pregnancy, reduces the pain of childbirth, and helps to
reduce false labor pains. After childbirth it is used to decrease uterine
swelling and cut down on post-partum bleeding. It is used to ease menstrual
cramps and to regulate the flow during menstruation. It is also good for
vomiting in small children, and dysentery and diarrhea in infants.
MAGICKAL: Raspberry is served as a love-inducing food. The brambles are hung at
the entrance to the home to prevent unwanted spirits from entering.
GROWING: Red Raspberry is a biennial or perennial, depending on the variety,
growing 3 – 6 feet tall. They need a cold winter and a long cool spring, so they
do not do well in the South. They aren’t too picky about soil, so long as they
get plenty of water.
MEDICINAL: Rose hips are very nourishing to the skin, as well as containing
vitamin C. It is used as a blood purifier, and for treatment of infections,
colds, and flu.
MAGICKAL: Rose water is used in gourmet dishes and in love potions. Petals are
used in healing incense and sachets, and burned to provide a restful night’s
sleep. The essential oil is used in ritual baths to provide peace, love, and
harmony within the self. The hips are strung like beads and worn to attract
love. Rose petals sprinkled around the home will calm personal stress and
upheavals in the home.
GROWING: Roses of all varieties are adaptable to most soils as long as they have
adequate water, and are occasionally fed through the growing season. There are
varieties that will grow throughout North America. Plant them where you can
enjoy their beauty and fragrance.
MEDICINAL: Rosemary is a stimulant of the circulatory system. It is used to
treat bites and stings externally. Internally it is used to treat migraines, bad
breath, and to stimulate the sexual organs. It is also used to treat nervous
disorders, and is used to regulate the menstrual cycle and to ease cramps. Mix
the crushed leaves generously into meats, fish, potato salads, etc. at your next
picnic to prevent food poisoning.
MAGICKAL: Rosemary in all of its forms is used for protection and banishment.
Rosemary leaves under your pillow do away with evil spirits and bad dreams. It
is hung on porches and doors to keep thieves out. Rosemary is grown to attract
GROWING: Rosemary is a perennial that prefers mild climates, so it needs to be
grown indoors where the winters are harsh, or very heavily mulched. It reaches
2-4 feet in height, and is tolerable of poor soils. Cut back after flowering to
keep it from becoming leggy.
MEDICINAL: Rue is used in small amounts to expel poisons from the system, such
as those from snake bites, scorpion, spider, or jellyfish bites. It should not
be taken with meals, and it should never be used by pregnant women. Juices from
the fresh plant can cause the skin to blister. It is used internally and
externally as a remedy for tendinitis.
MAGICKAL: The herb is used in sachets and amulets to ward off illness. The smell
of the fresh, crushed herb will chase away thoughts or envy, egotism, and love
gone wrong. Rue leaves placed on the forehead will chase away headaches. Added
to baths, rue drives away spells and hexes placed on you. Rue is said to grow
best if it is stolen.
GROWING: Rue is a bushy perennial growing to 2-3 feet tall. It is found in in
average to poor soils throughout North America, and prefers full sun.
MEDICINAL: Saffron is used as a preventative for heart disease, as it prevents
the build-up of cholesterol. It is also used to soothe the membranes of the
stomach and colon. It is not to be taken in large doses, nor should it be taken
by pregnant women.
MAGICKAL: Saffron is used to clean the hands before rituals. It is used in
healing mixtures. The essential oil is used to induce clairvoyance. Thrown into
the air, it can bring the winds.
GROWING: Saffron grows from a bulb commonly known as a corm. It is a perennial.
Plant in the fall, 3 inches deep in light, well-drained soil where it will
receive plenty of sun. The three-pronged stigmas that remain after flowering is
the part to harvest for healing use.
MEDICINAL: Sage is used to relieve excess mucous buildup. It is beneficial to
the mind by easing mental exhaustion and by strengthening the concentrating
abilities. In a lotion or salve, it is useful for treating sores and skin
eruptions, and for stopping bleeding in all cuts. Chewing the fresh leaves
soothes mouth sores and sore throats, as will sage tea. It is good for all
stomach troubles, diarrhea, gas, flu and colds. As a hair rinse, it removes
dandruff. Sage combined with peppermint, rosemary, and wood betony provides an
excellent headache remedy. It is used to regulate the menstrual cycle, to
decrease milk flow in lactating women, and is used as a deodorant.
MAGICKAL: Sage is used in healing amulets, incenses, and sachets, and is also
used in the same manner for bringing prosperity. Sage burned at the altar or in
sacred space consecrates the area. Burned in the home, it removes impurities and
banishes evil, as well as providing protection.
GROWING: Sage is an evergreen perennial, growing to 2 feet tall. It does best in
sandy, limey soil in full sun.
MEDICINAL: St. Johnswort is useful for bronchitis, internal bleeding, healing
wounds, and for dirty, septic wounds. It is used to ease depression, headaches,
hysteria, neuralgia, as well as symptoms that occur during menopause. It is
useful in swellings, abscesses, and bad insect stings. Studies are showing that
it may be effective in combating AIDS by increasing the immune functions of the
body. DO NOT GO INTO THE SUN if using this herb, as it causes blistering
sunburns, especially in fair-skinned people.
MAGICKAL: St. Johnswort is hung around the neck to prevent fevers. Wearing the
herb aids you in war and other battles, including those of the will and
indecision. Burnt it will banish evil and negativity. Hung in the home or
carried, it will prevent spells of others from entering, and it is used in
exorcisms. If you pick the plant on the night of St. John and hang it on your
bedroom wall, you will dream of your future husband.
GROWING: St. Johnswort is a perennial reaching 32 inches tall. It is grown
throughout much of North America. It prefers rich to moderately rich soils, and
full sun. It is not long-lived, so replant every few years. Harvest the leaves
and flower tops as they bloom and store in air-tight containers.
MEDICINAL: Sandalwood oil is used to cool the body during fevers and heat
stroke. It is also used to aid in the passing of kidney and gall stones, and
for infections in the urinary tract.
MAGICKAL: Sandalwood oil is massaged on the forehead and between the eyes to
help center and calm the mind. It is used in healing oils and sachets. It is
burned as a purifying agent in every room of the home, and as a protective
MEDICINAL: Scullcap is a food for the nerves. It supports and strengthens as
well as giving immediate relief from all chronic and acute diseases that affect
the nerves. It is used to regulate sexual desires, and is very useful in
remedies for feminine cramps and menstrual troubles. It reduces fevers and aids
in easing insomnia and restlessness. It is also used to lessen the affects of
MAGICKAL: Scullcap is used in spells that bring about peace, tranquility, and
GROWING: Scullcap prefers moist well-drained soils. It is a perennial that
reaches to 3 feet in full to partial shade. It is not long-lived, so replant
every few years.
MEDICINAL: Slippery Elm is used to neutralize stomach acids. It is used to boost
the adrenal glands, draws out impurities and heals all parts of the body. It is
most useful for the respiratory system. Externally it is an excellent healer for
burns, skin cancers, poison ivy, and wounds.
MAGICKAL: Slippery elm is burned to stop gossip.
GROWING: The inner bark of the slippery elm is the portion used for healing. It
is a deciduous tree that grows 50-80 feet tall. It needs full sun and good
soils. It is found from Canada to Florida, west to the Dakotas and Texas.
MEDICINAL: Solomon’s Seal is used to treat tuberculosis, diabetes, and wasting
diseases. It is also used as a kidney tonic, and as a healer of broken bones.
MAGICKAL: It is added to protection sachets and incenses. It is also used for
exorcisms and cleansing mixtures.
GROWING: Solomon’s Seal is a perennial herb that grows from 1 – 3 feet high. It
prefers moist woods, thickets, and roadsides. It prefers full to partial sun.
MEDICINAL: Spearmint is a valuable herb for stopping vomiting during pregnancy.
It is gentle enough to use for colic in babies, while aiding in curing colds,
flu, and gas.
MAGICKAL: Spearmint is added to healing incenses and sachets to aid in healing
lung diseases and other afflictions. Place some in a sleeping pillow for
protection during sleep.
GROWING: Grow Spearmint as you would any other member of the Mint family. It is
a perennial growing to 3 feet tall and is tolerable of many different growing
MEDICINAL: Squawvine is most beneficial in childbirth. It strengthens the
uterus, helps percent miscarriage, and relieves congestion of the uterus and
ovaries. It’s antiseptic properties make it valuable for treating vaginal
infections, and is a natural nerve sedative. It is most often used in
combination with Raspberry.
GROWING: Squawvine is a perennial evergreen creeper that grows on forest floors.
MEDICINAL: Also known as Pau d’ Arco. Taheebo is found in South America. It is a
powerful herb with antibiotic and virus-killing properties. It gives the body
the energy needed to defend itself and to help resist diseases. It is used in
South America to battle cancer and leukemia. It is useful in aiding all chronic
MEDICINAL: Thyme is a powerful antiseptic. It is used in cases of anemia,
bronchial ailments, and intestinal disturbances. It is used as an antiseptic
against tooth decay, and destroys fungal infections as in athlete’s foot and
skin parasites such as crabs and lice. It is good for colic, flatulence, and
MAGICKAL: Thyme is burnt to purge and fumigate magickal rooms and spaces, as
well as to bring good health. Thyme in a sleeping pillow repels nightmares.
GROWING: Thyme is a perennial that loves warm, sunny fields, and is found
throughout North America. It grows to 15 inches tall, and makes an excellent
ground cover on dry slopes. Trim it back after flowering to prevent it from
MEDICINAL: Uva Ursi strengthens and tones the urinary tract. It is especially
useful for kidney infections, bladder infections, and inflammatory disease of
the urinary tract. It is used as a diabetes remedy for excessive sugar in the
blood. It is used for postpartum women to return the womb to its natural size,
as well as to prevent infection of the womb after childbirth. It should not be
used by pregnant women.
MAGICKAL: Add to sachets to increase psychic powers.
GROWING: Uva Ursi rarely grows more than a few inches tall. It is best
propagated from cuttings. It takes an unusually long time to root, so consider
instead buying small plants from nurseries. It does poorly in rich soil, as it
prefers poor soils in full sun. Once established, it spreads and becomes an
attractive, hardy ground cover, surviving temperatures of -50.
MEDICINAL: Valerian is a relaxer, and is very effective for insomnia. It is
often used as a tranquilizer, but it leaves no sluggish effects on the user. It
is used for nervous tension, pain relieving, and for muscle spasms. It should
not be taken over a long period of time, as it can cause mental depression in
some people after long-term steady use.
MAGICKAL: Valerian is used to get fighting couples back together, in spells of
love, and in purification baths.
GROWING: Valerian is a perennial plant that grows to 3 feet tall. It prefers
full sun, and average to rich well-drained soil. Root cuttings are best for
propagation, and once the plants are established, they self-sow and spread by
root runners. Valerian has a similar effect on cats as catnip, so you may need
to protect your patch with chicken wire. Harvest roots for medicinal use in the
fall of their second year.
MEDICINAL: Vervain is used to treat the liver and diseases related to the liver,
as well as painful or irregular menses. It will also help increase the flow of a
MAGICKAL: Vervain is used for cleansing incenses and baths. Buried in a field,
it will make your crops abundant. It is burned to attract wealth, and hung above
a bed to prevent nightmares, and above a baby’s crib (out of reach!) to offer
protection for the little one, and will enable the child to grow up with a love
of learning and a happy outlook. Hung in the home it offers protection from
negative spells, and is used as a pledge of mutual faith when given to a friend.
GROWING:Vervain is a perennial herb that grows 1-2 feet tall. It prefers full
sun, average to rich soils, and is grown throughout temperate North America. It
is rather short-lived, but self-sows. Harvest leaves and flower tops as the
MEDICINAL: Violet is effective in healing internal ulcers. It is used both
internally and externally for pimples, abscesses, tumors, and swollen glands. It
is useful in treating malignant growths, as well.
MAGICKAL: Violet in a pillow will help ease headaches away. Carrying the flowers
brings a change in luck, and mixed with lavendar makes a powerful love sachet.
GROWING: Violets are a perennial, prefer partial shade, average to rich well-
drained soil, and grow to 8 inches tall.
MEDICINAL: Walnut bark is used to treat dysentery and skin diseases. The nut is
used to promote strength and weight gain. The hull of the nut is used to treat
skin diseases, herpes, head and body lice, and internal parasites. Walnut leaf
is used to treat eczema, hives, and boils.
MAGICKAL: The nut still in its shell is carried to promote fertility. To
discover if a Witch is in your midst, legend has it that you should drop a
walnut still in its shell into the lap of the person suspected, and if that
person is truly a Witch, they will be unable to rise from a sitting position as
long as the walnut is in their laps.
GROWING: Walnuts are trees that grow to 60 feet tall. They prefer full sun, deep
and well-drained soil, and regular water. They grow well in areas such as the
eastern and Midwestern United States.
MEDICINAL: Wild Cherry Bark is a very good expectorant. It is therefore useful
for all illnesses that have related lung congestion. The bark is boiled down into
a syrup, which is safe to use even for children.
MEDICINAL: Willow works like aspirin. In fact, aspirin was derived from willow
bark. It is also used to cleanse and heal eyes that are infected or inflamed. It
is safe to use, and is mild on the stomach and leaves no after-effects.
MAGICKAL: Willow trees are planted near the home as a guard. Its branches have
been used for the bindings on a witch’s broom, and as healing wands. It is also
used to bring the blessings of the moon into your life.
GROWING: Willows prefer damp, low spaces, as a long rivers and streams, or areas
that receive regular water. They grow throughout North America. It grows to 70
feet or more.
MEDICINAL: Witch Hazel is used externally for insect bites, burns, bleeding
wounds, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins. Internally it will stop bleeding from
internal organs, treats bronchitis, flu, and coughs as well as promotes healing
of stomach ulcers. It is often used as a mouthwash for conditions of the mouth
and throat, and for bleeding gums.
MAGICKAL: The forked twigs of the Witch Hazel are used for divining. It will
help heal a broken heart and cool passions when carried.
GROWING: Witch Hazel is a shrub or small tree that grows 5 – 15 feet. It ranges
throughout the eastern half of North America. It prefers full sun, and average
MEDICINAL: Wormwood is used for all problems within the digestive system, as
well as liver and bladder ailments. It promotes menstruation and will help with
menstrual cramps. Do not give to small children, and use only in very small
quantities for very short periods of time, as the FDA considers this a
MAGICKAL: Wormwood is burned to raise your spirits to a higher level, enabling
easier divination and clairvoyance. Thrown on the fire at Samhain, it will
protect from the spirits that roam that night.
GROWING: Wormwood grows mainly in temperate regions of the eastern portion of
North America. It is a perennial shrub that reaches to 4 feet tall, and prefers
full sun and average to poor soils.
MEDICINAL: Yarrow is used to stimulate and regulate the liver. It acts as a
blood purifier and heals the glandular system. It has been used as a
contraceptive, and as a part of diabetes treatment, as well as treating gum
ailments and toothache. Pregnant women should avoid this herb.
MAGICKAL: Since Yarrow has the ability to keep a couple together for 7 years, it
is used in love sachets as well as a gift to give to newlyweds. When worn it
wards off negativity, and if held in your hand it repels fear.
GROWING: Yarrow is a perennial, and its various varieties range from 8 inches
to 3 feet tall. It prefers full sun, and average to poor dry soils.
MEDICINAL: Yellow Dock is a powerful blood purifier and astringent. It is used
in treating all diseases of the blood and skin. It is very high in iron, making
it useful for treating anemia. It nourishes the spleen and liver.