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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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

 

 

 

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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/

 

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Written by H3rAwesomeness on Feb. 10th, 2022