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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MINI SERIES: Part 3- Abortifacients & Ethics

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Part 3- Abortifacients & Ethics

 

Link to Part 1 introduced you to the terms Emmenagogue and Abortifacient.

Link to Part 2 covered some herbs that emmenagogue specific and some toxicity related cases of pennyroyal essential oil.

 

Part 3 Abortifacients & Ethics- submitted a little later because I wanted to make sure I wrote about it not delicately, but *responsibly*; I could list all the herbs that might cause an abortion to occur, but what if you have complications? What if you die? What if you were unable to abort and had to carry to term a fetus born with deformities or the like? Since I am technically in the business of knowledge, this means you wield that sword how *you* choose to. Essentially, I am not responsible for the outcome of *your* choices (some could and would argue that point).

Libraries and google exist, do they not?

Consider me a variation of the two, except with some working knowledge and first-hand personal experience.

Let me be vehemently clear:

Free speech technically allows me to share knowledge as an Herbalist, it *does not* allow me to diagnose or prescribe jack shit to you or for you.

There are many herbs that could possibly cause uterine contractions. There are also many herbs that could cause a great plethora of malice for any unintended outcome that causes bodily strife unrelated to the uterus but was a byproduct regardless of best intentions. It is my hope that you would find a registered herbalist (or appropriate health care professional) to help guide you through this arduous physical process as it is, or can be, mentally and spiritually taxing on an individual just as much.

Let us now define ‘Uterine Stimulant’ as written by encyclopedia.com:

Uterine Stimulants (uterotonics) are medications that cause, or increase the frequency and intensity of, uterine contractions. These drugs are used to induce (start) labor, facilitate uterine contractions following a miscarriage, induce abortion, or reduce hemorrhage following childbirth of abortion. The three uterotonics used most frequently are oxytocin, prostaglandins, and ergots. Depending upon the type of drug, uterotonics may be given intravenously (IV), intramuscular (IM), as a vaginal gel suppository or in oral form. (Encyclopedia 2022)

I have added the link in case any individuals printing/saving/downloading the entire chart would like to do so for their personal record or library. I do not know how much longer this file will be publicly available. I would not use it as an “end” list but a springboard to seek out which specific herb(s) might work best for you.

Only one herb on this pdf list (from University of Texas at El Pasa) specifically was mentioned as a ‘Uterine Stimulant’ and it is as follows:

Dioscorea villosa Wild yam, Cabeza de negro Root and rhizomes Tea, tinctures, capsules Uterine stimulant

It is a rather long list that shares which parts of the plants are used and how or what form to utilize it as; however, please note dosages are not given! FOR THE REST OF THE CHART CLICK HERE. (Also please see the link about ‘herbal safety’ landing page I have provided from UTEP CLICK HERE)

Some information on the wild yam and its ‘scams’ as quoted below from another source. CLICK HERE to read more on that:

Many wild yam products on the market are being marketed as natural progesterone but in fact contain no progesterone. Other products come with false information such as “wild yam has a very high concentration of a substance called diosgenin which converts in the body to natural progesterone.” Other companies promote the misleading concept of “natural progesterone from wild yam.” (Hudson 2022)

 

 

 

Citations:

https://www.utep.edu/herbal-safety/populations/herbs-to-avoid-during-pregnancy.html

Uterine Stimulants.” Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health. . Encyclopedia.com. 25 Apr. 2022 <https://www.encyclopedia.com>.

Vol4_Issue3_11.pdf (phytopharmajournal.com)

Hudson, Tori (n.d. )Women’s Health Update: Wild Yam, Natural Progesterone, Unraveling the Confusion | ENCOGNITIVE.COM, retrieved 05/11/2022

The History of Birth Control: Early Methods, Legal Issues, & More (healthline.com)

 

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