Basics of Botanicals: STINGING NETTLE

 

Nettle Leaf
(Urtica dioica)

OCCULT/METAPHYSICAL/CURIO:

■Protection
■Strength
■Healing
■Love
■Dispel fear
■Ward negativity

TYPICAL USES IN HISTORIC ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES AS

■Anti-inflammatory
■Anti-histamine
■Astringent

According to Healthline, it’s packed with:

Vitamins: Vitamins A, C
and K, as well as several B vitamins

Minerals: Calcium, iron,
magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium

Fats: Linoleic acid,
linolenic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid and oleic acid

Amino acids: All of the essential amino acids

Polyphenols: Kaempferol, quercetin, caffeic acid, coumarins and other flavonoids

Pigments: Beta-carotene, lutein,
luteoxanthin and other carotenoids

more info:
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/stinging-nettle
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6100552/
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325244#benefits

INTERACTIONS:

■WARFARIN (COUMADIN)
■LITHIUM
■DIABETIC MEDICATIONS
■WATER PILLS (DIURETIC)

more info:
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-664/stinging-nettle

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Basics of Botanicals: SPEARMINT

 

Spearmint
(Mentha spicata)

OCCULT/METAPHYSICAL/CURIO:

■Protection
■Money
■Prosperity
■Dreams
■Banish Negative energies

TYPICAL USES IN HISTORIC ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES AS

■Sore throat
■Headaches
■Pruritus
■Uticaria
■ Indigestion
■Nausea

Flavoring to:
•Mouthwash
•toothpaste

more info:
https://www.rxlist.com/spearmint/supplements.html

INTERACTIONS:

■Hepatotoxic Drugs (medications that can be harmful to liver)

RX.com has a list of some ‘liver harmful drugs’ and taking spearmint with these medications can cause greater or more extensive damage to the liver.

Sedative Drugs including but not limited to:

■CNS depressants
■CLonazepam (Klonopin)
■LORazepam (Ativan)
■ZOLpidem (Ambien)

more info:
https://www.rxlist.com/spearmint/supplements.htm#Interactions

 

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Basics of Botanicals: SIBERIAN GINSENG

Siberian GINSENG
(Eleutherococcus senticosus)

OCCULT/METAPHYSICAL/CURIO:

■Hex Breaker
■Money
■Health
■Courage
■Sex magick
■Wards off negative energy
■Attract love

TYPICAL USES IN HISTORIC ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES:

■Tonic
■Stimulant
■Sexual Potency
■Strengthen Immunity

more info:
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-985/eleuthero
https://www.rxlist.com/siberian_ginseng/supplements.htm

 

INTERACTIONS:

■ ALCOHOL
■DIGOXIN (Lanoxin)
■LITHIUM

Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) substrates)

Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 2C9 (CYP2C9) substrates)

■Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 2D6 (CYP2D6) substrates)

■Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) substrates)

Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)

Medications moved by pumps in cells (Organic Anion-Transporting Polypeptide Substrates)

Medications moved by pumps in cells (P-glycoprotein Substrates)

Medications that decrease the immune system (Immunosuppressants)

Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs)

■Sedative medications (CNS depressants)

more info:
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-985/eleuthero
https://www.rxlist.com/siberian_ginseng/supplements.htm#Interactions

 

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Basics of Botanicals: HOPS


Hops
(Humulus lupulus)

 

OCCULT/METAPHYSICAL/CURIO:

■Herb for dream pillows
■Restfulness
■Serenity
■Healing
■Sachets
■Incense

 

 

TYPICAL USES IN HISTORIC ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES

■Anti-inflammatory
■Anti-anxiety
■Analgesic
■Insomnia
■Hot Flashes
■Depression

more info:
https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-health-benefits-of-hops-89058

INTERACTIONS:

■Reaction to birch or birch pollen- avoid
■Alcohol
■Estrogen-dependent conditions
■Gynecomastia
■Breast cancer/ related medications
■Sedatives
■CNS depressants

more info:
https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-health-benefits-of-hops-89058
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-856/hops

 

 

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Basics of Botanicals: SKULLCAP

SKULLCAP
(Scutellaria lateriflora)

 

OCCULT/METAPHYSICAL/CURIO:

■Relaxation
■Peace
■Oaths/Binding
■Commitment
■Relief of disharmony
■charm ward

 

TYPICAL USES IN HISTORIC ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES AS:

■Nervine
■Inflammation
■Anxiety
■Insomnia

more info:
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/skullcap#what-it-is

 

INTERACTIONS:

■Sedative Medications (CNS depressants)

more info:
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-986/skullcap

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Basics of Botanicals: VALERIAN ROOT

 

 

VALERIAN ROOT
(Valeriana officinalis)

OCCULT/METAPHYSICAL/CURIO:

■Purification
■Hex Breaker
■Stability
■Happiness
■Grounding
■Creativity
■Hidden Knowledge

more info:
https://www.herbalgram.org/resources/herbclip/herbclip-news/2021/valerian-historical-mythical-and-magical-uses/

 

TYPICAL USES IN HISTORIC ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES AS A SEDATIVE:

■SLEEP DISORDERS
■ANXIETY
■STRESS

more info:
https://www.rxlist.com/consumer_valerian/drugs-condition.htm

 

INTERACTIONS:

■Alcohol
■Alprazolam (xanax)
■Sedative Medications (CNS depressants)
■Medications changed by the liver (Glucuronidated)

further listed interactions can be found via :
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-870/valerian

 

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Basics of Botanicals: BURDOCK ROOT

 

 

Burdock Root
(Organic Arctium lappa)

OCCULT/METAPHYSICAL/CURIO:

■Protective
■Ward
■Washing water (magick tool cleansing; mirror or reflective surfaces)
■Boosting personal positivity

TYPICAL USES IN HISTORIC ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES:

■ Anti-inflammatory
■ “Blood Purifier” – believed to help rid the blood of toxins
■ Poor evidence to suggest it be useful for Aging skin/Stomach problems/Joint swelling
ex.: natural skin cleanser/salve additive

more info:
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-111/burdock

 

INTERACTIONS:

■Medications related to slowing clotting factors of the blood
-Anticoagulation/Antiplatelet related drugs

more info:
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-111/burdock

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Basics of Botanicals: ANISE

Anise
(Pimpinella anisum)

☆☆☆please note, STAR ANISE scientific name is Illicium verum

OCCULT/METAPHYSICAL/CURIO:

■Spiritual/Psychic protection
■Money
■Friendship
■Clairvoyance
■Cleansing
■Beauty
■Banishing

TYPICAL USES IN HISTORIC ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES:

■Upset stomach
■Runny nose
■Expectorant
■Diuretic
■Appetite Stimulant
■Nicotine dependence
■Insomnia
■Menstrual discomfort
■”Male menopause”***

Flavoring in:
••alcohols/liquors/dairy/meats/candies/breath fresheners

••Nonconsumables: fragrance for soaps, or perfumes; also as an insecticide

more info:
https://www.rxlist.com/anise/supplements.htm

***https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/mens-health/in-depth/male-menopause/art-20048056

INTERACTIONS:

■Allergic reactions
■Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) MODERATE
■Contraceptives
■Hormone-sensitive conditions (please visit link provided below for more information)

more info:
https://www.rxlist.com/anise/supplements.htm#Interactions

 

extra info:

○○○Find out what the difference is here:
https://www.masterclass.com/articles/anise-seed-vs-star-anise#what-is-anise-seed

○○○Hint : Anise Seed and Star Anise come from two entirely different plants with origins in different parts of the world.

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Basics of Botanicals: FENNEL SEED

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Fennel Seed

(Foeniculum vulgare)

OCCULT/METAPHYSICAL/CURIO:

  • Release
  • Fertility
  • Love
  • Confidence
  • Psychic Ability
  • Divination
  • Repel negativity
  • Hex breaker

TYPICAL USES IN HISTORIC ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES:

  • may suppress appetite
  • Possibly aid in heart health
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • May benefit issues menopausal symptoms
  • Colic

More info: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/fennel-and-fennel-seed-benefits#710.-Other-potential-benefits

INTERACTIONS:

  • strong estrogenic properties; POTENTIAL TO DISRUPT FETAL DEVELOPMENT
  • Contraceptives
  • Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
  • Tamoxifen (Nolvadex)
  • Anticoagulents
  • Antiplatelet
  • Meds changed or metabolized by liver (Cytochrome P450 3A4 CYP3A4 substrates) and certain beta blockers (fennel has high potassium content)

More info:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/fennel-and-fennel-seed-benefits#710.-Other-potential-benefits https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-311/fennel

 

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Basics of Botanicals: ADDER’S TONGUE

Adder’s Tongue:

Occult:

Associations:  Divination, healing & lunar magicks, dream work, love, shadow work

How to use: to stop slander/gossiping; promote healing

 

There’s Adder’s tongue (snake-like tongue) and Adder’s tongue (yellow or purple floral); one is a fern, the other is a lily.

Hang on a second, let’s break this section down just a bit further.

I know this is supposed to be basic; however, searching this particular plant (or various names and spellings of it) can quickly become confusing.

Ophioglossum vulgatum

 (Snake-like tongue, Southern adders-tongue, adder’s-tongue, adders-tongue-fern)

Medicinal (folk):

The root and the leaves are antiseptic, detergent, emetic, haemostatic, styptic and vulnerary. An ointment made from the plant is considered to be a good remedy for wounds and is also used in the treatment of skin ulcers. The expressed juice of the leaves is drunk as a treatment for internal bleeding and bruising. (Spiritual Knowledge, n.d.)

 

 

 

 

Erythronium americanum

(adder’s tongue, dogtooth violet, trout lily) The picture to the right is a variant of Eythronium species  known as Yellow Trout Lily .

See more pictures  HERE and HERE

Medicinal (folk):

All parts of the plant, but especially the bulb and the fresh leaves, are strongly emetic and are not used internally. The fresh leaves are also antiscrofulatic and emollient and are used as an infusion or stimulating poultice applied to swellings, tumours and scrofulous ulcers. The juice from crushed leaves has been applied to wounds that are not healing. A poultice of the crushed bulbs has been applied to swellings and to help remove splinters. The raw plant, excluding the roots, has been used by native North American young girls to prevent conception. (Spiritual Knowledge, n.d.)

 

Suffice to say, take caution when attempting herbal remedies.

I don’t believe it matters too much here which plant you’d want to utilize for occult purposes; however, you want the slander portion to mirror your plant uses, or vice versa type representation, I’d recommend using like-for-like here. Like-for-like means snake-like tongue (Ophioglossum vulgatum)  would be utilized if we wanted the plant to represent a tongue.

I will be honest, I am glad  (after the fact) to have written this to some length of it’s introduction article on Adder’s tongue simply for the clarification of, or rather the DISTINCTION BETWEEN, these botanicals themselves. Even if it did cause me to get frustrated and take a break from finishing writing it up; incorrectly labeled photos from resources that didn’t cite their sources can hurt more than help.

Some personal blogs I’ve read thoughout searching for adequate information; they’d have a picture of what would be labeled as ‘Adder’s Tongue’ but not actually the correct plant family shown to reflect it. So, while adders tongue is actually both, they aren’t actually both. This is why I appreciate the scientific name for botanicals in any health related remedies because those folk names can cause us to utilize the wrong plant for the wrong uses sometimes!

For instance, there are some blogs out there using the trout lily photo (with yellow flower heads & mottled leaves) to state something to the effect of how ancient herbalists would ascribe the treatment fits what it cures (which isn’t completely untrue); however, they used the trout lily photo to support the claim of how it would heal a snake bite because it, “looks like a snake tongue.”

I’m sure it has the same attributes, I’d have to read into that a little more extensively but I don’t care to right now.

Citations:

Ophioglossum vulgatum:

Orchi. (2006, May 21). Ophioglossum vulgatum Saarland 01. jpg image https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ophioglossum_vulgatum_Saarland_01.jpg

Spiritual Knowledge. (n.d.). Medicinal Herbs adder’s Tongue ophioglossum vulgatum. medicinal herbs: ADDER’S TONGUE – Ophioglossum vulgatum. Retrieved April 4, 2022, from http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/o/ophioglossum-vulgatum=adder’s-tongue.php

Erythronium americanum:

Mttswa. (2019, April 24). Erythronium_americanum;_Yellow_Trout_Lily. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Erythronium_americanum;_Yellow_Trout_Lily.jpg.

Erythronium (dog tooth violets). Gardenia.net. (n.d.). Retrieved April 4, 2022, from https://www.gardenia.net/plant-variety/erythronium

Spiritual Knowledge. (n.d.). Medicinal herbs Trout Lily Erythronium Americanum. medicinal herbs: TROUT LILY – Erythronium americanum. Retrieved April 4, 2022, from http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/e/erythronium-americanum=trout-lily.php

 

Some Other Resources, or Interesting Info, to check out:

https://doctorlib.info/herbal/breverton-complete-herbal/2.html

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-272/american-adders-tongue

https://plants.usda.gov/home/plantProfile?symbol=OPVU

http://medicinalherbinfo.org/000Herbs2016/1herbs/adders-tongue/

 

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