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Herbalism A to Z Quick Guide

Sarah Rooke 11 Dec 2014 comments
Herbalism A to Z Quick Guide

Herbal remedies can come in many forms such as dried herbs, creams, gels, tablets, tinctures, distilled waters, sprays etc. Many supermarkets and health food shops stock their own and well known herbal ranges. You can also buy herbal toiletry preparations for the bath and shower.

Regarding making your own incense, you can burn herbs on charcoal to create the desired effect. Remember to consider what you want to achieve e.g. love, protection, and use herbs that correspond. If you can, burn herbs on a resin such as copal or frankincense when doing spells.

The following is meant to be a quick guide to common herbs one might find in the home or garden and their usages. This is for general information only. As with all alternative medicines, please consult with your doctor or medic and please do not exceed the recommended dose.

AGNUS CASTUS – menstrual problems e.g. PMT, menopause
ALOE – soothing and healing, variety of uses (buy in gel form)
ANGELICA –debilitating illnesses, convalescence
ANISEED – laxative, colic, coughs
ARNICA – bruises, sprains and strains (use externally! Toxic!)
BLACK COHOSH – rheumatism, cramps, inflammation
BLUE COHOSH – menstrual problems, menopause
CARAWAY - colic, flatulence, chesty colds
CARADOM – flatulence, colic, laxative
CATMINT – colds and flu, colic, diarrhoea, fever, flatulence
CAYENNE – colds and flu, colic, dyspepsia, flatulence
CHAMOMILE – colic, diarrhoea, flatulence, nausea, period pains, insomnia
CINNAMON – dyspepsia, digestive problems
COMFREY – bruises, cuts, grazes, sprains, wounds
DANDELION – constipation, cystitis
DILL – flatulence, colic (useful for children)
DONG QUAI – menstrual problems, muscle pain
ECHINACEA – acne, cystitis, flu, laryngitis, thrush, tonsillitis
EYEBRIGHT – catarrh, conjunctivitis, eye problems
FENNEL – colic, flatulence, constipation,
FEVERFEW - headaches, migraines, digestion
GARLIC – colds and flu, catarrh, fever, circulation
GINGER – colic, flu, morning sickness, circulation, rheumatism
GINSENG – stimulant, exhaustion, stress
LAVENDER – anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia, stress
LEMON BALM – anxiety, insomnia, periods
MARIGOLD - burns, cuts, grazes, ulcers
NETTLE – acne, rheumatism, skin problems, tonic
NUTMEG – nausea, colic, digestion (warning: brings on mental disorder!)
OATS – debilitating illnesses and convalescence
PARSLEY – digestion, urinary, debility
PEPPERMINT – colds and flu, digestion, nausea, periods
RASPBERRY LEAF – pregnancy, labour, periods
ROSEMARY – anxiety, hair problems, headaches, muscles
SAGE – laryngitis, sore throat, tonsillitis
SLIPPERY ELM – diarrhoea, digestion, inflammation
ST JOHNS WORT – anxiety, depression, stress
THYME – bronchitis, laryngitis, sore throats
VALERIAN –anxiety, insomnia, migraines
VEVAIN – debility, fever, migraine
WITCH HAZEL – bruises, swellings, wounds

© Sarah Rooke 2014


Sarah Rooke

Sarah  Rooke

I am a Priestess Hierophant with my own Lyceum or teaching centre in the Fellowship of Isis, I am also an Archdruidess in the Druid Clan of Dana and am Archdruidess of my own Druid Order, the Berengaria Order of Druids. I have mentored and trained many priestesses and priests both nationally and internationally in the Fellowship of Isis over the years. My late father’s side of the family are Spiritualists, so I come from a mediumistic family

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