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/

 

DISCLAIMER:

ANY INFORMATION WITHIN BASICS OF BOTANICALS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS MEDICAL ADVICE

BASICS OF BOTANICALS IS NOT A COMPREHENSIVE COMPILATION. It is meant to be a spring-board type guide to getting individuals into searching in-depth further on their own. If any information is incorrect/missing, please email hwsbotanicalsemporium@gmail.com with the following:

  • Citations missing or incomplete
  • Inaccurate information
  • The specific post/article in question

FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM

 

 

Basics of Botanicals: ACACIA

 

Acacia

Visit HERE to view more photos

and also  HERE

Occult:

Necromancy, afterlife, spirit commune, psychic, protection

Associations:  Sun, Masculine, Air/Spirit

How to use:

Incense

Anointing oil

 

Medicinal:

Senegalia Senegal

Encyclopedia Britannica mentions that there are over 160 species; (true) Gum Arabic (Acacia Senegal) comes from the Sudan Africa (western). It serves quite a few different uses; most of which are controlling or maintaining levels of cholesterol to a healthy level or for weight loss (dietary fiber source), more studies are needed to support these claims. Depending which species you are utilizing generates the types of applications it can be used for. Generally speaking, acacia has been used to promote wound healing, lessen inflammation, or glue/adhesives. This is an introductory classification; we will not be breaking down the different species or their multitudinal uses.

 

(photo credit)

projects, C. to W. (2021, July 1). Acacia senegal. Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved April 3, 2022, from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Acacia_senegal#/media/File:Acacia_senegal_-_K%C3%B6hler%E2%80%93s_Medizinal-Pflanzen-004.jpg

Citations:

Jewell, T. (2017, January 31). 7 uses for Acacia. Healthline. Retrieved February 10, 2022, from https://www.healthline.com/health/7-uses-for-acacia

Petruzzello, M. (2020, May 12). Acacia. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved April 3, 2022, from https://www.britannica.com/plant/acacia#ref146851

RxList. (2021, June 11). Acacia: Health benefits, side effects, uses, Dose & precautions. RxList. Retrieved February 10, 2022, from https://www.rxlist.com/acacia/supplements.htm

The magickal acacia tree. Speaking of Witch Wands & Magickal Things. (2020, January 8). Retrieved February 10, 2022, from https://speakingofwitchwands.net/2020/01/09/the-magickal-acacia-tree

 

 

 

DISCLAIMER:

ANY INFORMATION WITHIN BASICS OF BOTANICALS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS MEDICAL ADVICE

BASICS OF BOTANICALS IS NOT A COMPREHENSIVE COMPILATION. It is meant to be a spring-board type guide to getting individuals into searching in-depth further on their own. If any information is incorrect/missing, please email hwsbotanicalsemporium@gmail.com with the following:

  • Citations missing or incomplete
  • Inaccurate information
  • The specific post/article in question

FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM

 

Basics of Botanicals: ACORN

Occult:

Associations: lightning, Horned God, Ostara

How to use:

talisman against premature aging

Acorn ink (sigil creations, dye) (Dana & Dana 2020)

Medicinal:

Quercus  (Oak)

(robur {english oak},alba {white oak}, etc.); there are  500 species in the genus Quercus.

Parts used are bark, leaves, acorns

Short-term external use

The acorns of the Quercus brantii Lindl are widely used in alleviating symptoms of diarrhea, laryngopharyngitis diseases, menorrhagia, obesity, and stomach ulcers. (Taib 2020)

May help or improve: bone health, metabolism, energy levels, heart health, diabetes (possibly aid in blood sugar regulation), digestion, skin care. However, the tannins of these can cause great stomach upset, so it is recommend to “boil until the water no longer turns brown.” (WebMD 2022)

Nutritional Facts  (Staughton 2021)

 

 

Citations:

link to photo: https://pixabay.com/photos/branch-acorns-in-the-fall-brown-3682386/

Dana, & Dana. (2020, May 24). What to do with acorns. The Druid’s Garden. Retrieved February 18, 2022, from https://druidgarden.wordpress.com/tag/what-to-do-with-acorns/

Staughton,  John (2021, July 16). 8 amazing benefits of acorns. Organic Facts. Retrieved March 17, 2022, from https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/seed-and-nut/acorns.html

Taib, M., Rezzak, Y., Bouyazza, L., & Lyoussi, B. (2020, July 31). Medicinal uses, phytochemistry, and pharmacological activities of quercus species. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM. Retrieved February 18, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7415107/#:~:text=The%20acorns%20of%20the%20various,ulcers%20%5B8%2C%209%5D

WebMD. (n.d.). Acorns: Are they safe to eat? WebMD. Retrieved February 18, 2022, from https://www.webmd.com/diet/are-acorns-safe-to-eat

Further Information:

Pollux, A., & May, A. (2021, February 26). The protective magickal properties of oak and acorns. Welcome To Wicca Now. Retrieved February 18, 2022, from https://wiccanow.com/magickal-properties-of-oak-and-acorns/

 

DISCLAIMER:

ANY INFORMATION WITHIN BASICS OF BOTANICALS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS MEDICAL ADVICE

BASICS OF BOTANICALS IS NOT A COMPREHENSIVE COMPILATION. It is meant to be a spring-board type guide to getting individuals into searching in-depth further on their own. If any information is incorrect/missing, please email hwsbotanicalsemporium@gmail.com with the following:

  • Citations missing or incomplete
  • Inaccurate information
  • The specific post/article in question

FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM

Basics of Botanicals: ROSEMARY

 

Rosemary

Occult uses (1):

Consecrating masculine tools such as the athame or wand (e.o. of rosemary or infused oil with rosemary). Utilized in handfasting ceremonies due to its ties to loyalty and fertility.

Associations: Sun, fire

Some other notable uses:

  • Incense
  • Infusion
  • Aromatherapy
  • Food!

Medicinal Spectrum

Rosmarinus officinalis L. (Labiatae)

Tea, seasoning

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Antinociceptive
  • Neuroprotective
  • Antidepressant
  • Anti-hysteric

Other information was covered, mentioning the different kinds of extracts of rosemary that have wide range of therapeutic benefits

The inhalation of rosemary oil in 144 healthy volunteers induced subjective effects on mood as well as objective effects on cognitive performance (43). (2)

They (researchers) also saw the ingestion rate similar to the amount we’d season with, or eat it, was enough to positively affect memory speed.

In a study by Pengelly et al. 2012, rosemary powder (750 mg), the dose nearest to the normal culinary consumption, showed positive influences on the speed of memory, the time taken to effectively regain information from both episodic and working memory, on 28 older adults (mean age, 75 years) which is a useful predictor of cognitive function during aging (45) 2

 

Citations:

Link to photo: https://media.istockphoto.com/photos/rosemary-plant-in-a-wooden-bowl-picture-id817853952?k=20&m=817853952&s=612×612&w=0&h=2h5S3-B7Ael84knfrWdJdEoS9u05Ye948dkLshrvRWI=

  1. Wigington, P. (2019, February 13). The Magic and folklore of rosemary. Learn Religions. Retrieved February 10, 2022, from https://www.learnreligions.com/rosemary-2562035
  2. Habtemariam, S. (2016). The therapeutic potential of Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) diterpenes for alzheimer’s disease. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine: eCAM. Retrieved February 10, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4749867/

 

DISCLAIMER:

ANY INFORMATION WITHIN BASICS OF BOTANICALS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS MEDICAL ADVICE

BASICS OF BOTANICALS IS NOT A COMPREHENSIVE COMPILATION. It is meant to be a spring-board type guide to getting individuals into searching in-depth further on their own. If any information is incorrect/missing, please email hwsbotanicalsemporium@gmail.com with the following:

  • Citations missing or incomplete
  • Inaccurate information
  • The specific post/article in question

FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM

Written by H3rAwesomeness on Feb. 10th, 2022

Basics Of Botanicals: Mugwort

MUGWORT

Occult uses (1):

Smudging/Cleansing Sticks

Incense

Dream/Psychic work

Breaking up negativity

Associations: Feminine, Venus, Earth, Violet

How to use it:

  • Smoke Cleansing: In a fireproof container, I stick with cast iron because I don’t have to worry about wondering, “is Universe trying to tell me something??” if I had of put it in a glass, or ceramic, container; it has a strong propensity to break. Cast iron, on the other hand, I’ve yet to see crack or bust. Anyway, make a dry loose-leaf incense with the herb and light a charcoal disc on fire to activate it. Please make sure you use tongs and not your fingers to be handling the charcoal disks you just lit. Place charcoal into fireproof container, then add in your herb. Be careful, open a window so you don’t set off the fire/smoke alarm. If you’re asthmatic or have allergies associated to this, I don’t recommend as an incense as it may set off an asthma/allergy attack.
  • (As a non-incense version) Stuff it in a sealable yet breathable type pouch, something other than plastic, so the aroma is able to permeate through for your dream/psychic work. (dream pillows)

Medicinal Spectrum:

Artemisia douglasiana (California variety)

CAUTION:

KNOWN TO BE AN ABORTIFACIENT, AMOUNTS REQUIRED ARE TOXIC TO MOTHER ALSO RISKING KIDNEY/LIVER DAMAGE OR DEATH (3)

  • You could, theoretically, drink this (as directed by an appropriately licensed healthcare professional) as a tea to “break up” a stale/stagnant energy, or any spiritually related congestion

Traditional medicinal uses are varied as a diuretic/tonic/stimulant or for women’s reproductive issues (treat premenstrual syndrome or hot flashes). Typical parts used are leaves as a tea, chewed, or as poultices.

California mugwort leaves contain the neurotoxin α-thujone, which constitutes 10% to 68% of the essential oil (Garcia et al., 2003Setzer et al., 2004). Although α-thujone is not readily extracted by water, it is extracted by ethanol (Tegtmeier and Harnischfeger, 2006). It is, therefore, not surprising that tinctures of A. douglasiana are not consumed in Native communities, and that non-Native herbalists are urged to use caution when prescribing tinctures (Christopher Hobbs, personal communication). (2)

Important information about why Mugwort isn’t for pregnant women who’d like to stay pregnant:

Pregnant women are warned from taking Mugwort during pregnancy because it contains compounds that stimulate menstruation and kill fetal tissue. Eucalyptol, also known as 1,8-cineole, is a monoterpine produced in the leaves of A. vulgaris.  Eucalyptol acts as an abortifacient, harming umbilical cells in human fetuses (Linghu 2016). α– and β– thujones, also produced in the leaves, are the psychoactive compounds found in the drink absinth, which is brewed from A. absinthium or wormwood, a close cousin of A. vulgaris. (3)

 

Citations:

Link to photo: https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2021/06/19/00/45/mugwort-6347384_1280.jpg

  1. Earth and Sky Connection (Oct. 15, 2015). Mugwort Herb ~ magically delicious. Earth & Sky Connection. Retrieved February 04, 2022, from https://www.earthandskyconnection.com/2015/10/15/mugwort-herb-magically-delicious/
  2. Somaweera, H., Lai, G. C., Blackeye, R., Littlejohn, B., Kirksey, J., Aguirre, R. M., Lapena, V., Pasqua, A., & Hintz, M. M. C. (2013, June 1). Ethanolic extracts of California mugwort (artemisia douglasiana besser) are cytotoxic against normal and cancerous human cells. Journal of herbal medicine. Retrieved February 04, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3780460/
  3. Maya (2017). Take Back Your Uterus with this Psychedelic Herb of the Ancient World. Plant profiles in Chemical Ecology. Retrieved February 15, 2022, from https://sites.evergreen.edu/plantchemeco/mugwort/

This next citation was found in-text under, Take Back Your Uterus with this Pyschedelic Herb of the Ancient World article:

Linghu K, Lin D, Yang H, Xu Y, Zhang Y, Tao L, Chen Y, Shen X. (2016). Ameliorating effects of 1,8-cineole on LPS-induced human umbilical vein endothelial cell injury by suppressing NF-KB signaling in vitro. Eur Pharmacool 789: 195-201

I highly recommend Maya’s Take Back Your Uterus with this Pyschedelic Herb of the Ancient World article, for further in-depth reading material. They cover more scientific findings for those interested in studying mugwort. It has an extensive list of citations that I suggest you look through if you have the time. Visit HERE

 

 

DISCLAIMER:

ANY INFORMATION WITHIN BASICS OF BOTANICALS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS MEDICAL ADVICE

BASICS OF BOTANICALS IS NOT A COMPREHENSIVE COMPILATION. It is meant to be a spring-board type guide to getting individuals into searching in-depth further on their own. If any information is incorrect/missing, please email hwsbotanicalsemporium@gmail.com with the following:

  • Citations missing or incomplete
  • Inaccurate information
  • The specific post/article in question

FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM

Written by H3rAwesomeness  @ 0107am on 02/04/2022

Basics of Botanicals: LEMON VERBENA

 

Lemon Verbena

Associations: Masculine, Mercury, Air, Violet

Occult uses:

Connecting with inner child, Astral travel, Breaking Bad habits, Purify Body and Mind, Cleanses space, Purification, Beauty (inner)

How to use it:

As an incense, offering, sachet, glamour spells

Medicinal spectrum

Aloysia triphylla

          Bedtime tea, digestive aid

There are roughly 1,200 species within the Verbenaceae. Typically cultivated for its oil and as an herbal tea. (3) This particular plant has calming, and soothing qualities aimed at nerves or anxiety.  Interestingly enough, “may reduce your sex drive when you drink it, but its scent is known for its aphrodisiac qualities” (1) It is mentioned also that this isn’t a drink or tea that should be consumed regularly because of the camphor content naturally occurring. Too much can result in toxic levels that may induce seizures or death (4)

Pregnant, or possibly pregnant/breastfeeding, seek a pharmacist or your doctor or an appropriate licensed health care provider to see if you can utilize this for consumption

 

 

Citations:

link to image: https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2013/01/08/01/26/lemon-verbena-74350__480.jpg

  1. , T. (2019, April 7). Lemon Verbena’s versatile magical properties. Magical Recipes Online. Retrieved February 10, 2022, from https://www.magicalrecipesonline.com/2012/04/lemon-verbena-magical-properties.html
  2. (2015, November 13). Lemon verbena. Earth & Sky Connection. Retrieved February 10, 2022, from https://www.earthandskyconnection.com/2015/11/13/lemon-verbena/
  3. Jimenez, I. G. (n.d.). Verbena vs. Lemon Verbena – Rozdiely medzi lemon verbena a … VERBENA PLANT INFORMATION: ARE VERBENA AND LEMON VERBENA THE SAME THING. Retrieved February 10, 2022, from https://gardens-tips.com/1280-verbena-plant-information-are-verbena-and-lemon-verb.html
  4. (n.d.). Camphor: Overview, uses, side effects, precautions, interactions, dosing and reviews. WebMD. Retrieved February 10, 2022, from https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-709/camphor

 

 

DISCLAIMER:

ANY INFORMATION WITHIN BASICS OF BOTANICALS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS MEDICAL ADVICE

BASICS OF BOTANICALS IS NOT A COMPREHENSIVE COMPILATION. It is meant to be a spring-board type guide to getting individuals into searching in-depth further on their own. If any information is incorrect/missing, please email hwsbotanicalsemporium@gmail.com with the following:

  • Citations missing or incomplete
  • Inaccurate information
  • The specific post/article in question

FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM

Written by H3rAwesomeness

1221 on 02/04/2022

Basics of Botanicals: CALENDULA


Calendula

Occult uses:

Definitely great for “washing away” auric debris in a bath. Set them out in a sunny area to “collect” sun energies

Associations: related to Sun Gods; Masculine, Sun, Fire

Protection

Healing

Positive Outcomes

How to use it:

charms/wards/dream pillows

Consecration oil (an infusion w/olive oil or sunflower oil)

I would recommend springing for the sunflower oil to give it that Sun power-boost, but olive oil is an acceptable stand in. I will cover oils in another post.

Medicinal spectrum:

Calendula officinalis L.

 Tea, although there are other indications for use, we’ll keep it simple under introduction.

Would seem to be useful as a broad spectrum with multiple applications internally and externally; however, if you are taking medications that cause sedation, anything for blood pressure, or medications relating to diabetes please seek the appropriate licensed healthcare professionals.  Also mention-worthy, is if you have any allergies relating to the Asteraceae/Compositae, to avoid taking it altogether.

Antifungal

Antimicrobial

Anti-inflammatory

Promotes wound healing

Petals (dried): ointments/tinctures/face washes

Pregnant, or possibly pregnant/breastfeeding, seek a pharmacist or your doctor or an appropriate licensed health care provider to see if you can utilize this for consumption

 

Citations:

  1. Karthik Kumar, M. B. B. S. (2021, February 4). What is Calendula Good for? Retrieved February 04, 2022, from https://www.medicinenet.com/what_is_calendula_good_for/article.ht
  2. Caro, T. (2022, January 17). 5 special Calendula magical properties [DIY]. Magickal Spot. Retrieved February 04, 2022, from https://magickalspot.com/calendula-magical-properties/
  3. fronhoff, heikie. (2013, September 25). Marigold flower plant – free photo on Pixabay. https://pixabay.com/photos/marigold-flower-plant-calendula-185322/. Retrieved February 04, 2022, from https://pixabay.com/photos/marigold-flower-plant-calendula-185322/

 

DISCLAIMER:

ANY INFORMATION WITHIN BASICS OF BOTANICALS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS MEDICAL ADVICE

BASICS OF BOTANICALS IS NOT A COMPREHENSIVE COMPILATION. It is meant to be a spring-board type guide to getting individuals into searching in-depth further on their own. If any information is incorrect/missing, please email hwsbotanicalsemporium@gmail.com with the following:

  • Citations missing or incomplete
  • Inaccurate information
  • The specific post/article in question

FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM

Written by H3rAwesomeness

1212am on 02/04/2022