Herbal Lore & Remedies

HERBAL LORE
Herbalism is a traditional medicinal or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. The use of plants as medicines predates written human history. People on all continents have used hundreds to thousands of indigenous plants for treatment of ailments since prehistoric times. Modern herbalists concede that pharmaceuticals are more effective in emergency situations where time is of the essence. However over the long term herbs can help you resist disease, and that in addition, they provide nutritional and immunological support that pharmaceuticals lack. The goal is prevention as well as cure.

The Greeks had an extensive knowledge of herbs and were aware of many herbal properties.

Herbs for Spicy Sorcery & Sexual Arousal
~Parsley has long been associated with love and sex, “eating a salad with lots of fresh parsley will invigorate the couple for lovemaking.”
~Mint can create a love making adventure when warmed up with honey to infuse the flavor and cool sensation of this body elixir. Heat up the honey and bruise the fresh mint, let them mingle for a few days – heat up a bit before use. It creates a heating tingling and cooling sensation that tastes amazing!
~Thyme is sexually stimulating, arousing  and invigorating. Add a strong tea brew to your bath, it stimulates the whole body bringing the blood vessels to the surface. It promotes a higher oxygen intake and a respiratory aid, that will provide for longer lasting sex.
~Sexually Stimulating Body Rub – 1/2 cup dried Thyme, 1/2 cup dried Sage, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1 cup sea salt (not coarse), 10 drops of rose oil, 1/4 cup of melted extra virgin coconut oil. Mix together and pack in a jar. Use for body rubs…try it in the bath or shower for easy clean-up!
~Prolong Lovemaking Elixir of Love. It stimulates and arouses, and there’s nothing that turns a man on more than an aroused woman. In a pot steep a strong tea of mint, basil & rosehips. After your shower or bath (while your still in the tub) sponge your warm tea all over your body and privates. This elixir will have you smelling sweet, clean and pulsating with desire.
~Sensuous Cinnamon Body Rub – 1 cup Coconut oil steeped in a pot with 15 cinnamon sticks & 1 tbsp of honey. Oil has to heat up to a gentle boil, then simmer on low for 2 hours. Let it stand for an hour to cool and then strain into a shallow jar with a lid. The coconut oil will harden again and it will be a perfect “cold cream” with an invigorating heat that as you rub gets hotter and hotter – it tastes great too!
~Sexual Stamina Love Potion – Mulled Wine is a great Aphrodisiac when combined with the seducing powers of  Nutmeg and Cinnamon. Nutmeg heightens the libido and acts as “Viagra”. Steep 2 cups of Orange Brandy with a cheesecloth sachet made up of 6 crushed nutmegs, 10 whole cloves and 5 cinnamon sticks. Let steep for 5 hours. Add a bottle of your favorite red wine and serve warm.

Herbalists use extracts from parts of plants, such as the roots or leaves or flowers. Many herbalists, both professional and amateur, often grow or “wildcraft” their own herbs (pick their own herbs in the wild). All over the world cultures have their own secret recipes and traditional Herbal cures that they have practiced for centuries.

 

According to legend, in the Middle Ages bathing was associated with Magick and Witchcraft as herbs were used to soak in and cleanse the body –  it was considered a Christian virtue to bath as seldom as possible.~LOVER’S MASSAGE OIL~
Use fresh herbs 2 parts Mint ~ 2 parts Lavender ~ 1 part Rosemary ~ 1 part Thyme. Place fresh herbs in a bottle and fill with Grapeseed Oil. Let sit for 3 days. Strain and use within 1 week.

The use of herbs and spices in cuisine developed in part as a response to the threat of food-borne pathogens. Studies show that in tropical climates where pathogens are the most abundant, recipes are the most highly spiced. Further, the spices with the most potent antimicrobial activity tend to be selected.In all cultures vegetables are spiced less than meat, presumably because they are more resistant to spoilage.

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~Cooking and Agriculture were important to our Ancestors and Deities. There are numerous Domestic and Hearth Deities across cultures. When you feel a connection to a Deity, call upon them when your creating in the kitchen. Conjuring a Spiritual “God” or “Goddess” is a way to link ourselves to the Creation of Nature.

 

 

 

 

some examples are:
CELTIC GODDESS BRIGHID

In many traditions of Paganism, the Celtic goddess Brighid is celebrated at Imbolc. A protector of hearth and home, Brighid is a fire goddess who is typically associated with poetry, smithcraft, and inspiration. She was especially honored when it came to matters of prophecy and divination. A sacred flame was maintained by a group of priestesses, and her sanctuary at Kildare became the home of a saint. Brighid is the Celtic Goddess who is the keeper of the hearth, the deity who watches over nursing mothers and pregnant women, and who is the overseer of all things domestic. She is also connected to healing and wisdom.

 

THE GODDESS VESTA
“Vesta is the Roman goddess of home and hearth. Vesta is a fire goddess who brings warmth to households, both as a temperature and as an emotion. In ancient Rome, a temple in her honor bore a flame that burned continually. Call upon Vesta to oversee any changes you’d like to make in your living situation.” It was in the house and home that Vesta was most important because she was the goddess of the hearth and of fire. Vesta is particularly important to women of the household as the hearth was the place where food was prepared and next to it the meal was eaten with offerings being thrown into the fire to seek the future from the way it burned.

 

 

THE GODDESS HESTIA
HESTIA was the virgin Goddess of the hearth and the home. (Eldest sister of Zeus – and the gentlest of all the Olympians) As the goddess of the family hearth she also presided over the cooking of bread and the preparation of the family meal. Hestia was also the goddess of the sacrificial flame and received a share of every sacrifice to the gods. The cooking of the communal feast of sacrificial meat was naturally a part of her domain.

A beautiful painting of some of earth’s most mysterious herbs. For most of these herbs, it’s a portrait of poison – or psychoactive plants!
Amanita Muscaria
– a large conspicuous sometimes poisonous but largely hallucinogenic mushroom.
Mandrake Root – Parasympathetic depressant, hallucinogen, and hypnotic. Causes delirium & hallucinations. In high doses, coma.
Angels Trumpet – contains toxic hallucinogens causing delirious states and death.
Monkshood (Aconitum) – used as arrow poisons.
Hemp – Historically cultivated for many purposes other than it’s hallucinogenic attributes.
Belladonna
Poisonous causing Hallucinations.
Poison HemlockUsed as a sedative but it’s toxicity will cause paralysis & death.

 

How to Make Homemade Cough Drops           
* 1 cup sugar
* 1/3 cup honey
* 1 1/3 cup water
* juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon
* herbs (see steps for more details)
* vegetable/food coloring (optional)
* powdered sugar (optional)

Make a strong tea with soothing herbs. Steep the herbs in 1 & 1/3 cups of water. Try Peppermint, Ginseng, Ginger – research in our herbal section what would suit your needs. The amounts and proportions are up to you, but follow the guidelines for each individual herb (i.e. don’t go overboard).

* You can find loose herbs at natural food stores, or you can use a few prepared teabags.
* Try growing the herbs yourself. Perennial herbs will contribute to your own personal “medicine cabinet” year after year.

Mix sugar, honey and tea. Cook over low heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved and mixture boils.
Continue boiling without stirring until the mixture begins to crystallize.
Reduce heat. Wash away crystals from the side of your pan with a damp cloth. Remove from the heat after a few minutes. Add food coloring, if desired. (I add a saffron sachet to my cooling water turning it a pretty red while gaining the benefits from saffron flowers as well)
Drop some of the mixture from the tip of a spoon onto a greased surface or into prepared hard candy molds.
Allow to harden and cool completely before removing.
Roll the candies in powdered sugar and wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper for storage.

* Essentially, you’re making hard candy, with the water having been infused with herbs. You can apply the same procedure to making “cough lollipops” or “cough gummy bears”!
* For gift giving, why not add a personal touch by pressing some of the fresh herbs between waxed paper and using it to decorate or wrap your gift box? Add a nice tag listing the herbs that you used for a professional look.
* You could also use a candy thermometer and boil to the “hard crack” stage if you don’t feel comfortable knowing when to stop boiling.

Best Homemade Ginger Ale for Colds, sore throats or even that Hangover!
~ In a tall glass muddle 1 tsp of fresh Ginger with a few leaves of fresh Peppermint, add 1 tsp of honey, a few ice cubes and top it up with soda water. Stir & Serve.

The Traditional Cold and Flu Tea
The traditional cold and flu tea is made of equal parts of Peppermint, Yarrow, Elderflower & Chamomile. This tea is the magic cure-all, as it addresses all the elements present at the beginning of a cold. Taken as soon as the symptoms start, it will help the body re-establish balance quickly. Peppermint is the decongestant; yarrow is fever reducer; and elderflower is a nose and throat tonic. Chamomile will calm the tummy and ease you gently back to sleep.Method:Mix together equal parts of the 4 herbs. Use 5ml (1 tsp) of the mixture per cup of boiling water. Cover and let steep for 1-4 minutes. Add a squeeze of lemon and a tsp of honey to help fight the infection.
Dose: In acute conditions, 6 times a day. The standard treatment is 3 times a day. When you have a cold, remember all the methods of using herbs: teas, baths, rubs with infused oils, plasters, cooling remedies, tonic drinks, inhalants and gargles. It is better to treat a symptom locally and effectively than to drench the body with unnecessary systemic medicines.

Cough Syrup for Unproductive Coughs.

Thyme, makes an ideal antiseptic expectorant cough syrup — when your chest is tight, and you have a restless, unproductive cough. Syrups in general are best made to give soothing, antiseptic, demulcent and nutritive qualities.

  Ingredients:14.2 gm (0.5 oz) Thyme
28.4 gm (1oz) Chamomile
5 ml (1 tsp) Cinnamon
Pinch cayenne (Capsicum minimum) and Ginger
900 ml (3.75 cup) water
450 gm (1 lb) sugar

Method:
First make a decoction:
Put chopped and powdered herbs into 900 ml water and bring to a boil. Cover tightly, and turn heat down to low. Simmer gently for 20 minutes.Allow liquid to cool a little and strain into measuring jar or another pan. Press out all moisture from the herbs and discard them. Keep the liquid.Return this liquid to the heat and simmer very gently, uncovered, until reduced to 200 ml (7/8 cup). The slower the reduction the better. The reduced liquid is a decoction.

Then add the sugar to make a syrup: 450gm (1 lb) sugar is added to the decoction.
Dissolve slowly and summer for a few minutes, stirring all the time until you reach a syrupy consistency.
Let the mixture bubble for a moment, but do not overheat as it will turn into a caramel toffee instead.Dosage: Adult: 2-3 tsp 3-6 times a day and Child: 1 tsp 3-6 times a day. The standard recipe for syrups and honey is : 40gm (1.5 oz) chopped herb; 900 ml (3.75 US cups), and 450 gm (1 lb) sugar or honey.

Willow bark and Ginger Decoction

Method: Take a rounded 10 ml (2 heaping tsp) of dried willow bark, and 5ml (1tsp) of ginger, powder and add to two cups of water. Simmer together for 10 minutes. Strain. Add honey to taste and drink.Dosage: Take freely, as needed, for chills, chronic diarrhea and as a strengthening drink in convalescence.

 

17 Responses to Herbal Lore & Remedies

  1. marisol says:

    I am unable to find Willow bark where I live. I have no problem with asking some one if I might harvest some from their tree, but is there a certain kind of willow to be used? Can leaves be used or must it be bark?

    To explain, I have recently moved and I lost my garden. It saves money If I can grow what I need. I will have to use pots as I have a very small area to be used .
    I can grow any flower or herb I want, however trees are a problem.
    Thank-you Marisol

    • Aldora says:

      The one I’m familiar with and is used most often is the White Willow tree…the Salix alba (white willow, withe, withy) contains salicin, which is converted to salicylic acid in the body.The bark is collected in the spring time. Black willow (Salix nigra) is the pussy willow and has black bark as opposed to the light greens of the white willow. Its properties are much the same, but herbally it was used in the past as an aphrodisiac and sexual sedative. Goat willow or sallow willow (Salix caprea) is used in very much the same way as the white willow, but sallow bark tea is recommended for indigestion, whooping cough and catarrh. It can also be used as an antiseptic and disinfectant. Hope this helps, Aldora.

  2. simon says:

    Good day

    I would really like to make a love sachet, but my question is the following:

    I’m a guy and would like to attract a guy, therefore can masculine herbs that represent love be mixed with feminine herbs that represent herbs,
    Or
    Can any love herbs be mixed in a love sachet?

    Looking forward to your response.

    Thank you very much in advance.

    Simon Mouton

  3. Bertha Arnold says:

    I love your site!! Great information and presented in such a fabulous way, I just want to keep reading and learning. I have had a certain sensitivity since i was a child and now that I have time for myself, I am researching as to what direction I need to take. I have been using sage and other herbs for cleaning homes, without reading about it, some things just comes naturally. I know when someone is going to pass, when money is coming in or unfortunately out. I keep these “things” to myself, just a few know that don’t judge or think I’m losing my mind. So, I was looking for information and this is how I found your site. I don’t know if Wicca is the way for me, but it is really catching my attention and curiosity. Keep up this site, I know I will visit regularly and will tell certain friends about you.
    Blessings

  4. Paris says:

    Hello, I don’t really know to start but let’s just start off by saying my name is Paris, I will be 16 on the 29th, and I am a wiccan. (At least studying and trying to learn). Living in a small town, it’s hard for me to open with my religion and beliefs so I have no one to help me learn. Nor do I have any actual recipes, rituals that I can practice because my mother, grandmother, etc, before are not wiccan, nor pagan. All strictly catholic. I was wondering if you can just help me out a bit and teach me your ways. It might sound strange but I don’t know what else to do. I feel like I’ve finally found myself ever since I came across Wicca. I am located in California if you were wondering. Please, if you can, send me a reply back :) Love your website by the way!

  5. Paris says:

    Thank you very much!

  6. Marilyn says:

    I am now in my sixties and I have found that the slightest bump on my forearms results in a red blotch. What are some good home remedies to help my body reabsorb this blood faster?

    • Aldora says:

      HI Marilyn, Some are more prone to bruising than others – even with the slightest bump. Witch Hazel works well on light bruising. I don’t know of any other remedies to help with that. Have you had all your levels checked recently, iron, etc? Aldora

  7. Kylie says:

    Hi. My name is Kylie, Im 13 and I am a wiccan (work in progress). I dont know a whole lot, im influenced also to become christian. Ive heard of a christian wiccan, but not a whole lot. I found out about your website from a suggestion on another website.. And so far, its amazing! I share a small room in a small house (in a small town) with my sisters. I have no privacy at all and I feel limited to what being a wiccan should be. From where I live (Northern NFLD) Its cold and Im just learning about herbs, incense, ect. My siblings are very judgemental, and they blurt everything they know out towards everyone. Im looking for suggestions on how to become a kitchen wiccan without anyone tormenting me. Thanks, -Kylie (Also, my mom has a pretty decent amount of herbs in our cabinet, for cooking and making teas.)

  8. Kiera says:

    Well I have a slight issue, I’m 14 (recently) and not that long ago started practicing Wicca, I want to start using herbs as well but my mum doesn’t like the idea at all (she thinks I’m weird) so I can’t ask her to order any herbs. I can’t go to the shop either because I have no shops around that sell herbs or any Wiccan shops. They’re all to far away the closest one is in London but I’m really interested in Wicca and herbs and remedies but I can’t but anything 😕

    • Aldora says:

      Can you forage for any in the wilderness? You can try ordering herbs online – although only dry herbs. You can always grow them from seed on a windowsill? Good luck, Aldora

    • Ellie says:

      hi i understand what you’re going through and i think i live in similar area. i too am 14 and i understand what its like to have someone that doesn’t approve of what you do. I’ve learnt that going outside and looking in fields or woods near you are and easy way or there are usually some small shops that will sell what what you need that are not necessarily wiccan, or go to market (also if u live in the uk there are some wiccan shops in reading and oxford)
      :)

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