Mugwort

The single most important and versatile plant used for magick and for stimulating psychic skills is mugwort. Consider her the plant kingdom’s magickal ambassador. Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris, also known as the Mother Herb, holds the key to the realm of dreams and clairvoyance. If you think you don’t dream, if you’re not sure you possess a … Continue reading Mugwort

Self-Heal, Heal All {Spring Herb}

You'd think a plant with a name as auspicious as this one would be dramatic and imposing. Instead, it camouflages itself in your lawn. But it has been used internally and externally since at least the 2nd century in both China and Europe. Its botanical name, Prunella, derives from the German word brunella, which comes … Continue reading Self-Heal, Heal All {Spring Herb}

Stevia, sweet leaf {Stevia rebaudiana}

Family: Asteraceae Stevia is an amazing traditional noncaloric sweetener. The active compounds are up to 300 times sweeter than table sugar, but stevia does not cause tooth decay or raise blood sugar levels. In the face of the diabetes epidemic, it's time to take a good look at this beautiful plant. Description: Native to tropical … Continue reading Stevia, sweet leaf {Stevia rebaudiana}

The Rose and the Mandrake

Two of the plants most commonly assigned magical properties are the rose and the mandrake. We have all seen bouquets of roses in grocery stores around Valentine’s Day. But the most beautiful roses are the species roses or heirloom varieties that were bred before the first hybrid tea rose, La France, appeared in 1867. Those … Continue reading The Rose and the Mandrake

Yarrow {Achillea millefolium}

Family: Asteraceae It's said that, as a baby, the great Greek warrior Achilles was dipped in yarrow by his mother, to give him his superhuman strength - but that she held him by his heel. That being the only area not covered, he was of course later slain by an arrow to his Achilles' heel," … Continue reading Yarrow {Achillea millefolium}

Life Everlasting~An Herb That Slows The Ravages Of Aging

Other common names– Everlast, Helichrysum, Curry Plant, Imphepho, Kooigoed and Yellow Chaste Weed. Latin – Helichrysum spp. Parts used– Leaf and Flower Constituents– Sesquiterpenoids, Flavanoids, Diketones, Asarone and Essential Oils. Properties– Anti-Inflammatory (Reduces inflammation), Anti-Allergenic (Prevents allergies), Anti-Aging (Slows aging), Diuretic (Increased urination), Sedative (Relaxes the body and mind), Oneirogen (Increases dreaming) and mild Astringent … Continue reading Life Everlasting~An Herb That Slows The Ravages Of Aging

Nasturtium 101

COMMON NAME:  nasturtium GENUS: Tropaeolum SPECIES: T.major; T. minor FAMILY: Tropaeolaceae BLOOMS: summer TYPE: annual DESCRIPTION:  Very colorful, five-petaled blossoms grow on short or trailing plants. The leaves are round and attractive. Blossom colors include red, pink, and yellow and hues in between. CULTIVATION:  Nasturtiums are very adaptable and can grow in poor soils and … Continue reading Nasturtium 101

Nasturtiums

Quick, easy and fun to grow, nasturtiums are suitable for garden edges and beds, climbing trellises, annual ground covers, hanging baskets and containers. Beauty and taste: their leaves, flowers, and seeds are all edible. Nasturtiums belong to the genus Tropaeolum, which includes some 50 annual or perennial plants. Tropaeolum is from the Greek tropaion, “trophy” … Continue reading Nasturtiums

The Sabbat of Ostara

The Sabbat of Ostara is upon us. March 20th marks the Spring Equinox and with it, the awakening of the Earth. There are many ways to take part in this special day. You can cleanse your home to make way for new beginnings, you can decorate your home in the colors of the season, naturally, … Continue reading The Sabbat of Ostara

The Great Bear Constellation Ursa Major

In Latin, Ursa Major means “greater she-bear.” In Greek Arktos is the word for bear, hence the name Arctic, which means bearish and describes the far northern parts of the earth where the Great Bear constellation dominates the heavens even more than in the northern hemisphere. A very large constellation, Ursa Major is best known … Continue reading The Great Bear Constellation Ursa Major