Week 11 – Magickal Herbs

July 28, 2010 at 5:28 am (Uncategorized)

Magical Gardens

  • Mark where the compass points are
  • Bless the space
  • Each plant has its own ruling elements (fire, water, air, earth)
  • Each plant also has masculine/feminine qualities. There should be a balance.
  • Each plant also has a planetary association.
  • Everything besides fire and water can be planted next to each other.
  • Have to use compass accurate points.

Container Gardens

  • Don’t plant in clay pots because clay absorbs water (terra cotta). Glazed clay is okay, though.
  • Ceramics or glazed
  • Humus – 1 part soil: 3 parts humus
  • Better if fertilized, label with nitrogen as the lowest number, phosphate and pot ash. 10:20:20 for example. Nitrogen is for the flowers and leaves, phosphate is for roots, and pot ash is for overall health of the plant. Fertilize every 10-14 days if indoors or in containers. Fertilizer is usually mixed with water. Be sure to put the mixture in the soil and not on the leaves.
  • One type of plant in one pot is preferred.

Fairy Gardens

  • Can be indoor or outdoor
  • Keep the harmonics in mind
  • Plants of the fey tend to grow better in the shade.
  • Bell-shaped flowers (foxglove, honeysuckle)
  • Tend to like them more wild
  • Fairy altar made of natural materials, wind chimes
  • Giving thanks without using the actual words “thank you”
  • Chocolate, bread, honey, marshmallows used as offerings. Chocolate can be harmful do domesticated animals. Don’t give them cloth. They love anything shiny.

Herbs and the Moon Cycles for Magical Plants
Plant flowering annuals and exterior seeds (ex. wheat) during waxing, especially during new moon and quarter.
Plants above ground with seeds (ex. peas) between first quarter and full moon.
Root crops, bulbs, biennials, perennials in the waning moon between the full moon and the last quarter.
Nothing is to be planted between the last quarter and new moon.

Herb Collection and Storage

  • Boline – crescent-shaped knife used for harvesting herbs; a working tool, not a sacred tool.
  • Ask permission from the plant by doing a ritual when trimming the plant, pruning, etc. Ask, “May I harvest you for…?” Explain why you’re doing that. Feel for an answer. If you get an uneasy feeling after asking, then the answer is no. Leave an offering for the plant and the fey for helping.
  • Once you cut the herb, don’t put the herb back in the ground. The energies may be sent back into the earth when the herb touches the ground.
  • When you get the bundles of herbs, tie them upside down with red thread. The red infuses them with more power. The cuttings should not be in direct sunlight.
  • Generally dry within a week. Put them into jars. Include the date of when you cut it. The magical qualities will last no longer than a year in a jar in the complete darkness. If it smells like it did when you put it in the jar, the magical qualities are there. If it is smelling like dirt, then it’s depleted.
  • Some herbs that are fuzzy like daisies, echinacea, etc. can be irritants to the skin.
  • Don’t ingest plants like milkweed that have a white solution inside them.

All-Purpose Herb Gathering Chant
“I gather this herb for a magic spell, bringing harm to none, may it turn out well, by the powers of earth and air, fire and water, I conjure up love, safety, money, wealth and laughter, by all the power of the three times three, as I will it, then so must it be.”

General Plant Info
Full sun – 4 hours of afternoon sun
Partial sun – 2 hours of afternoon sun
Shade – early morning sun
All plants – if turning yellow, then there’s probably an iron deficiency.

Herbs
Shade plants
Columbine seeds– water, courage, and luck
Ferns – Air, faerie, and weather magic; dried ferns lit on fire can be used for encouraging rain
Forget-me-nots (poisonous) – improves memory, aids in finding lost objects
Hosta (poisonous) – use spell bag, mystery, devotion, health
Impatiens – juice can be used on poison ivy infection, add to spell to bring a speedy outcome
Lily of the valley (poisonous) – Air, promotes happiness by just smelling, faerie magic, wisdom, do not burn or make into a tea,
Ivy (poisonous) – Water, fidelity love, protection and grace, sacred to the Celtics

Part sun/part shade plants
Bergamot – Fire, success, prosperity
Betony or Lamb’s Ear – Fire, protection
Foxglove or Digitalis (poisonous)– Water, faerie magic, protection. Attracts both elements and fey
Heliotrope – Fire, faerie magic sacred to the sun god Helios
Lady’s Mantle – Water, love, romance, women’s mysteries
Lobelia – Water, protects against, gossip, sacred to the goddess Venus/Aphrodite
Mugwort – Earth, moon magic, women’s mysteries, shifts consciousness to see spirits
Pansy – Water, love spells divination, heals broken hearts

Sun plants
Bay – Fire, protection, health, promotes psychic abilities
Cocks comb – Fire, promotes energy, protection and healing
Dianthus – Fire, beauty and health
Geranium – Water, red is for protection, pink for love, coral for energy, white for fertility
Lavender – Air, protection, counteracts the evil eye, planting in the garden is good for protection, good for sleeping and calming, edible
Marigold or Calendula – Fire, power of the sun, protection, wealth and glory, deer won’t eat them
Marjoram – Air, joy, love, serenity, edible, calming, can be mixed with lavender
Rose – Water, love, power, sacred flower to the Goddess and Isis
Rosemary – Cleansing, love, health, smudging, mouthwashes
Sage – Earth, wisdom, healing, protection, smudging, some culinary and some magickal, white sage (magical) needs drainage and a dormant period so plant outdoors.
Snapdragon – Fire, protection, breaks negative energy, repels manipulative spells
Sweet potato vine (poisonous) – Water, lime green is for good luck, purple is for passion and power
Thyme – Water, love, romance, psychic powers
Yarrow or Arrow Root – Water, marital happiness, healing, good for upset stomachs

Magickal Properties of Everyday Food and Spices
These are all in the fresh, uncooked form.
Basil – Opens pathways to prosperity, great in money magic
Bay – Enhances psychic abilities, speeds healing when simmered into food, do not eat leaves, make a tea or as a poultice
Black pepper – used in food and spell bags to cleanse the psyche of psychic sludge and fights off the effects of psychic vampires
Broccoli – Eaten to lend spiritual protection
Dill – Inspires lust and passion
Eggplant – Increases prosperity and spiritual awareness
Garlic – Hang a clove of fresh garlic in a sick room because it absorbs illnesses
Grapes and raisins – Eating either will cause dreams to be more vivid and memorable. Grapes increase reproductive fertility in women
Lettuce – Rub the juice of the lettuce leaf on your forehead (third eye) to help you sleep
Nutmeg – relief from depression
Parsley – Love, reproductive fertility and fidelity in monogamous relationships
Peanuts and peanut butter – Open pathways to prosperity
Peas – Eating peas opens one’s heart to a new love
Pistachio – Helps to break the influences of a lover that you know is bad for you
Potato – Lends itself to protection and enhances empathy
Radish – Protection, lust
Rice – Calms the mind, increases the chances of conception
Spinach – Prosperity
Squash – Improves psychic, empathic and cognitive abilities, great dish for Samhein
Watermelon – Heals a broken heart, lightens the spirit and fights off depression

Wild Herbs
Plantain – wild cousin of the hosta, light tea for children’s diarrhea, poultice from the leaves for a cut or wound
Oak tree – Astringent, decoction (boiling in the water) as a pulp to treat wounds
Queen Ann’s Lace – Wild carrots, greens good for stabilizing blood sugar, good for skin

Tinctures
Alcoholic infusions with herbs that provide stronger doses.
Everclear, 140 proof vodka
Alcohol extracts qualities out of the herb. Use small amounts like a teaspoon for dosages.

Making a Tincture

  • Grind dried herbs into smallest state. The smaller it is, the more surface area that can come in contact.
  • Cover the bottom of a mason jar with the herb.
  • Pour twice as much alcohol as the herb (2:1 ratio).
  • Shake the jar vigorously for a couple minutes.
  • Open cap to relieve pressure and let it sit for 15 minutes to let gasses out. Put it away out of sunlight.
  • Every day repeat 3 times a day for two weeks.
  • After two weeks, strain and put a drop on your wrist to see if it evaporates.
  • If it smells like the herb, then it is done.
  • If it doesn’t smell like the herb, keep repeating the shaking. Put it into a dark colored bottle with a dropper.

Add only 2-3 drops of tincture for dosages. It’s wise to do research on dosages before doing them, of course. Can last about 6-9 months on the shelf out of the sunlight.
Don’t make a tincture out of clary sage or any herbs that shouldn’t be ingested.

Here are a couple of videos about making tinctures. As you can see, there are some differences in techniques.

Infusions (Tea)
Let the water boil. As soon as it starts to boil, take the water off the heat. Pour over the herbs, and let it steep for 5-10 minutes.

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