Herbalism 101

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Through the years I have learned from various sources about Herbalism. I have taken courses on Witch School, reading books, and just from others. Here is my list, I will add as I find all my papers and eventually makes a page of references or correspondences.

Ash - A sacred tree to the Druids, they often made wands with ash and carved with decorations. Ash wands are good for healing, general and solar magic. You can put fresh ash leaves under your pillow to stimulate psychic dreams.

Basil - You burn basil to exorcise negativity from the home. For a thorough cleansing and protection of yourself and your home, also sprinkle a little basil in each corner of each room and add some to your bathwater.

Briar - (also known as Wild Rose, Briar Rose, Sweet Briar, Hip Fruit and you may substitute regular scented roses) Can be used for clairvoyant dreams and to strengthen love spells.

*For clairvoyant dreams steep two teaspoons fresh or dried rose petals in one cup of boiling water, cover and let stand five minutes. Drink at bedtime.* 

Cloves - Eases toothaches, calms stomach, relieves gas, clears the head, banishes hostile and negative forces, use for gain 

Eyebright - Enhances mental and psychic powers, enables one to see the truth in a situation

Hazel - A sacred Druid tree. Wands made from this wood symbolize white magic and healing. You can use forked sticks to find water or buried treasure. If outside and in need of magical protection quickly, draw a circle around yourself with a hazel branch. To enlist the aid of plant faeries string hazel nuts on a cord and hang up in your house or ritual room.

Holly - (the US variety is llex opaca) A sacred tree to the Druids. Sacred to the Winter Solstice, when it was used for decorating. Planted near a house holly repels negative spells sent against you. A bag of leaves and berries carried by a man increases his ability to attract women.

Laurel - (also known as Bay Laurel, Sweet Bay) It's leaves were burned by the priestesses of the Triple Goddess to induce psychic visions. Placing the leaves under your pillow will also give inspiration and visions. Laurel counteracts negativity and restriction. 

Peppermint Leaf - Helps with upset stomachs, nausea, heartburn, colds and flu, visionary dreams, psychic ability, and healing 

Silver Fir - (also known as Birth Tree) A sacred Druid tree. Burning the needles at childbirth to bless and protect the mother and baby. 

Thyme Leaf - Burn to attract good health, wear to enhance psychic powers and promote restful sleep

Wormwood - (also known as Absinthe) A sacred Druid herb, very magical and sacred to moon deities. An accumulative poison if ingested! Burned with incenses on Samhain to aid and evocation, divination, scrying and prophecy. Especially good when combined with Mugwort. Strengthens incenses for exorcism and protection.

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