Planetary Association: Saturn
Folklore: Slippery Elm derives from the inner bark of an American species of Elm known as Red Elm. Although Elm was also used in Europe and is even mentioned by Dioscorides, the use of this plant is more common in the United States and the UK, where it was introduced via the Native American Materia Medica. Elms have become quite a rare sight in the UK and Europe since the outbreak of the Dutch Elm disease wiped out huge populations of these trees. The fact, that it is the inner bark that is collected for medicinal use, which effectively kills the trees, does not bode well for their future, especially since Dutch Elm disease has also ravaged large populations in the United States and Canada. At present Red Elm is being considered for inclusion in the CITES list, so recent conservation efforts to ensure a sustainable harvest don’t come a moment too soon. Slippery Elm was one of the original herbs included in the famous Essiac mixture, the herbal anti-cancer formula devised by the Canadian nurse Rene Caisse.
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Indigenous to North America, slippery elm trees normally breed in damp, but not drenched forests in the United States as well as in eastern parts of neighboring Canada. Migrating planters from England have been familiar with various other varieties of elm tree barks and used them to cure coughs and sore throats back home in Europe. The barks of these slippery elm trees were also used a balm to heal fractured bone or cuts. Later, they used slippery elm as a remedy for urinary tract infections. Even the indigenous inhabitants of America effectively used the barks of slippery elm for treating cold sores as well as boils. Obviously, barks of slippery elm trees were common for healing battered eyes and also to cure gun-shot injuries during the American Revolution. Basically, the inner bark of slippery elm trees, the part next to the timber, has medicinal properties and is collected during spring.
Planetary Association: Mercury
Magickal Uses: clairvoyance, cleansing, consecration, happiness, healing, love, Midsummer, money, passion, peace, peace of mind, protection, psychic protection, purification, tranquility Other magickal uses: blessings, chastity, divination, dreams, energy, gentleness, good luck, grieving, harmony, keeping secrets, magic (esp. to increase the duration of a spell), meditation, memory, psychic development, retention, ritual, sleep, stability, virility, weddings Lore: Attributed by some to Hecate, Saturn, and snake goddesses. Aoumiel also calls it attractive to elves.
The shrubby herbal plant called the lavender is a common sight in the South Europe. The lavender is also cultivated and grown in many other places, especially the southern and western regions of the United States, where it is also a common sight. The plant grows best at sites with a good exposure to sunlight; in general the lavender prefers dry and sunny places for optimal growth.
keepitupkiddo asked: Do you know of anything that uses mistletoe?
The American Cancer Society along with Germany’s Commission E claim that mistletoe is an alternative treatment to some forms of cancer. Namely, cancer of the cervix, ovaries, breast, stomach, colon, lung, and as a treatment for leukemia, sarcoma, and lymphoma. It is never eaten as mistletoe is highly poisonous but it’s prepared in a way to be injected into the cancer itself.
Magickally (since you weren’t specific) it can carried or placed where protection is needed, it is hung over a cradle to prevent the theft of a child by fairies. Amulets and jewelry can be made of its wood as talismans of protection and to speed healing. It will aid in hunting and in conception. Hang it in the bedroom to bring beautiful dreams and to unlock, through the dreams, the secrets of immortality. Hang it in the home to bring the blessings of the Goddess of love.
Anonymous asked: Do you know of anything that would stop, slow or thin hair growth?
Hmm, I usually get the opposite question! There are a few things you can do. A mixture of gram flour and turmeric made into a paste works well. 20 minutes on, wash out.
White pepper and camphor with almond oil… will also do the trick. Make into a paste and leave on for 20 minutes. Over time your hair will become lighter and soon there will be less and less hair. I rub on almond oil after shaving and it has significantly cut down on this time consuming task, so it that’s what you’re referring to, use almond oil after shaving. These are the safest alternatives. Turmeric while slowing hair growth is actually an awesome spice! You can get it at your local grocery store.
karmapunk asked: Hello :) Is there a spell I can cast to help my guy be healthy so we can go on adventures and be active together? Any help much appreciated. Lots of Love.
Here’s a good spell for healing others.
- Blue for healing
- White for power
- Pink for love
- Healing incense (1 part allspice, 1 part rosemary)
- Paper with name of the person you wish to be healed
- Clear quartz crystal
- Place the candles on the altar or in your -sacred space in a semi-circle, with the white candle in the middle.
Anonymous asked: Do you know any herbs that can make me invisible to a single person?
I’m afraid there are no such things in the herbal area that can make you invisible.
Anonymous asked: Excuse me, but do you know anything to help with very severe period-like uterine cramps? The doctors are still trying to figure out what it is and told me to take 4 ibuprofen every six hours every day that I have pain but that cannot be healthy for like two weeks in a row. Anything that would alleviate the pain or maybe help those muscles to relax and maybe lower my risk of stomach bleeding?
Painful menstrual cramps are a frequent complaint; antispasmodics are invaluable for repressing them. Herbs that have a particularly good reputation for easing menstrual cramps include black cohosh, valerian, wild yam, yarrow, chamomile, and feverfew. Make decoctions or infusions of these and start drinking them a day or two before you expect cramps to start; take every two hours during the most acute phase. Please however, check with your doctor before starting any kind of herbal regimen.
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