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Herbs are a valuable source of natural nutrition and contain varying amounts of vitamins and minerals. When used properly, they may have specific healing effects; and when used in Ritual can guide the hand of your Magick. Even though we know that every plant was put on the earth for a reason, it does not always mean that it was meant for our bodies to ingest, take daily or rub on our skin, like Poison Ivy or Poison Oak. This is exactly why herbs must be researched carefully, studied before you choose to use them always consult your doctor.


Herbs D to H

DAISY
G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Water.
Magical attributes:Decorate the house with daisies at Midsummer's Eve to bring happiness to the home and to obtain the blessings of faeries. Daisies are also worn at Midsummer for luck and blessings. In the old times, young maidens would weave and wear daisy chains in their hair to attract their beloved.


DANDELION
G/P/E: Masculine, Jupiter, Air.
Magical attributes: Divination, welcoming, messages.

Uses: The ground root can act as a coffee substitute, and the flowers make a lovely wine. A superb cleansing tonic, and the milky juice is a diuretic, a tonic and a relief for common stomach problems. Use a handful of flower tops to 1 pint of boiling water, steep 10 minutes and strain. Drink this several times a day. Use the milky latex from the stem , rub on a wart several times daily and soon its gone. Also good for night blindness.


DILL
G/P/E: Masculine, Mercury, Fire.
Magical attributes: Useful in love charms. May also be hung in childrens rooms to protect them from evil spirits and protect against bad dreams.

Uses: A culinary Herb.


DRAGONS BLOOD
G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire.
Magical attributes: Widely used in love, protection and purification spells. Keep a piece under the bed to cure impotency. Carried for good luck. May be dissolved in the bath for strong purification.

ELECAMPANE
G/P/E:Masculine, Mercury, Earth.
Magical attributes: Useful in raising spirits and to aid in meditation.


ELDER
G/P/E: Feminine, Venus, Air.
Magical attributes: Branches are widely used for wands. One must always be cautious to ask permission from the Elder Dryad before cutting or harvesting Elder limbs or leaves and berries to avoid very bad luck. It is also considered very bad luck to burn Elder wood. The leaves hung around the doors and windows will ward off evil.


EUCALYPTUS
G/P/E: Feminine, Moon, Air.
Magical attributes: Used in healing rituals, charms and amulets. Place the leaves around a blue candle and burn for healing energies. Green pods worn around the neck eases the discomfort of colds, sore throats and congestion.


EYEBRIGHT
G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Air
Magical attributes: Anoint eyelids with the infusion daily to induce clairvoyant visions and psychic dreams.

FENNEL
G/P/E: Masculine, Mercury, Fire.
Magical attributes: Purification, protection, healing, money.

Uses:Sometimes employed as an appetite suppressant and digestive aid. Used in tea form to expel mucus. Chew the seeds slowly for really bad breath, or use the fluid extract to rub on gums.


FERN
G/P/E: Feminine, Saturn, Earth
Magical attributes: The Fern is an extremely powerful protective plant. Grow them in and around the house for protection from evil and negativity.


FRANKINCENSE
G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.
Magical attributes: A very powerful aid to meditation. Use to purify ritual spaces and invoke a spiritual frame of mind.

GARDENIA
G/P/E: Feminine, Moon, Water.
Magical attributes: Used to attract true love.


GARLIC
G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire.
Magical attributes: A very protective herb, healing, good weather, courage, exorcism.

Uses: A culinary Herb. Lowers tension, ease colds, and improve circulation. Garlic vinegar can be used to disinfect wounds and soothe rheumatic pain and any common pain (made from one liter of vinegar and ten cloves of crushed garlic steeped for at least 10 days). Shrinks warts, relieves pain from teeth and earaches. Good for high and low blood pressure and removing parasites and infections. To ease the pain of aching joints, a toothache or an earache, place a crushed raw bulb of garlic on a piece of gauze and place over the area of pain. For joints, try using garlic paste.


GINGER
G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire.
Magical attributes: Power, success, love, money matters.

Uses: Acts as an aid to ingestion or colds (tea form). Also in tea form, good for cramps, to stimulate the digestive organs, migraines and nausea, external stiffness. Can be added to the bath as a way to ease pain and increase circulation, but only use a few sprinkles, not to much, like cayenne, ginger quickly brings the blood to the surface of the skin. For pain you can also soak cloths in ginger tea and apply them directly to the painful areas. Add in cooking to detoxify meat, especially chicken. A good healing tea is made from a pinch of peppermint, a pinch of ginger and either a pinch of clove powder or 2 bruised cloves, add 1 cup of hot water and steep.


GINSENG
G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire.
Magical attributes: Love, wishes, beauty, desire.

Uses: Stimulant, tonic, and agent for prolonged life. Also a mild pain killer, and improves blood circulation. Reported to successfully treat asthma, bronchitis, cancer, flatulence, diabetes, weakness, fever, coughs and heartburn, and a mild stimulant. In tea form it helps to relieve stress and moderate heart disease.


GRAVEYARD DIRT
G/P/E: Feminine, Saturn, Earth.
Note:Be Careful, some retailers market the herb Mullein as Graveyard Dirt and Writers may make the same mistake. They ARE NOT the same. Graveyard Dirt is soil gathered from a cemetery during a ritual “purchase” from the grave’s occupant. The older the grave the more powerful the product, soil gathered from a family member, friend or loved one also contains a unique potency.

Magical attributes: Protection, Love and Curses.

HAWTHORN
G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire.
Magical attributes: Used in protective sachets and amulets against evil influences. Promotes happiness in marriage or a relationship. It is bad luck to cut down a hawthorn. Burn the berries as an incense when you need energy and change in life.


HENBANE
G/P/E: Feminine, Jupiter, Water.
Magical attributes: Carried to attract the love of a woman. Was once used as an ingredient in a Witches flying ointment. Henbane is extremely poisonous and the upmost caution is urged.


HIGH JOHN the CONQUEROR ROOT
G/P/E:Masculine, Saturn, Earth.
Magical attributes: Use this as an additive to candle anointing oils, and charms to increase their strength.


HOLLY
G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Fire.
Magical attributes: Planted around the home for protection against evil. The leaves and berries can be carried by a man to heighten his masculinity, virility and to attract a lover.


HONEYSUCKLE
G/P/E: Feminine, Jupiter, Earth.
Magical attributes: Used widely in prosperity spells and love charms.


HOPS
G/P/E: Masculine, Mars, Water.
Magical attributes: Used in healing incenses and charms. A mild sedative. Hops placed in a pillow will help with sleep.


HYSSOP
G/P/E: Masculine, Jupiter, Fire.
Magical attributes: Use in purification baths, protective and banishing spells. Hyssop was widely used during the Middle Ages for purification, cleansing and consecration rituals. If burnt as an incense or thrown into a fire is is said one may draw upon magickal dragon energy.