Trout Lily


Trout Lily


Latin Name: erythronium americanum
Alternative Name: adder’s tongue, adder leaf, american troutlily, dog’s tooth violet, serpent’s tongue, yellow snowdrop
Forms Available: root, leaf

Trout Lily – erythronium americanum – This plant has highly emetic properties.The leaves and juice from the leaves have been applied, externally, in a poultice to treat swellings, ulcers, wounds and tumors.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Internally, a highly emetic plant. The leaves and juice from the leaves have been applied, externally, in a poultice to treat swellings, ulcers, wounds and tumors.


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Tulip Poplar


Tulip Poplar


Latin Name: liriodendron tulipifera
Alternative Name: tulip tree, white wood, poplar, yellow wood, canoe wood,
Forms Available: root, bark

Tulip Poplar – liriodendron tulipifera – The bark is diuretic, stimulant and tonic. Internally, a tea from the bark treats dysentery, indigestion, arthritis, rheumatism, fevers, and coughs. Externally, the tea has been used in a wash, to treat wounds, sores and boils. This bark has also been used to aid the expulsion of worms from the body.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The bark is diuretic, stimulant and tonic. Internally, a tea from the bark treats dysentery, indigestion, arthritis, rheumatism, fevers, and coughs. Externally, the tea treats wounds, sores and boils.


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Unicorn Root


Unicorn Root


Latin Name: aletris farinosa
Alternative Name: colic root, star grass, true unicorn root
Forms Available: root

Unicorn Root – aletris farinosa – This root is used mostly in the treatment of miscarriages, it has a tonic effect on the female organs. Decoctions have also been used to relieve flatulence and treat uterine problems. It is anti-inflammatory, diuretic, bitter, narcotic and tonic. Raw Unicorn Root is emetic.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used to treat miscarriage, excessive gas, diarrhoea, rheumatism.


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Valerian

Valerian

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Latin Name: valeriana officinalis
Alternative Name: garden heliotrope, vandal root, st. george’s herb, all-heal, amantilla, bloody butcher, capon’s tail, capon’s trailer, cat’s valerian, english valerian, fragrant valerian, phu, red valerian, wete wale, wet well
Forms Available: essential oil, root

Valerian – valeriana officinalis – Also known as Garden Heliotrope, Vandal Root, and St. George’s Herb. Valerian has compound leaves with a fresh pea pod scent, and clusters of honey scented flowers in midsummer. Both have unpleasant fetid undertones. Their musky root is used in stews and perfumes and unskinned root is a tranquilizer. The herb treats headaches, muscle cramps and irritable bowel syndrome and is used topically for wounds, ulcers, and eczema. Laboratory tests show anti-tumor activity. Composted leaves are rich in minerals. Do not take large doses or continuously. Although the root of the herb has a strong pungent scent, some cats love it more than catnip.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Insomnia; Nervous Indigestion; Migraine; Restlessness; Tension States. Key Qualities: Sedative; Depressant of the Central Nervous System; Mildly Hypnotic; Regulator; Calming; Soothing; Grounding.

Other Uses: A sprig of the plant pinned to a woman’s clothing will cause men to ‘follow her like children’. Valerian Root is added to Love Sachets. Put in pillows to promote deep rest. Use in spells for: Protection; Purification; Harmony; Peace; Happiness; Love.


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Verbena


Verbena


Latin Name: lippia citriodora

Forms Available: essential oil

Verbena – lippia citriodora – Green, vegetative, herbaceous, warm, floral scent with some lemon and citrus notes. Indicated for stress, insomnia, depression, and nervous fatigue. Powerful anti-inflammatory; fever reducer. If inhaled, it is a powerful sedative. Has hormonelike action on the thyroid and pancreas. Works on the digestive system, especially controlling stomach spasm and cramp, nausea, indigestion and flatulence. Stimulates the appetite. Recent pharmacological tests have proven this oil to be phototoxic and a strong skin sensitizer. Not recommended for massages. Blends well with basil, bergamot, chamomile, geranium, neroli, rose, and rosemary.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Indicated for stress, insomnia, depression, and nervous fatigue. Powerful anti-inflammatory; fever reducer. If inhaled, it is a powerful sedative. Has hormonelike action on the thyroid and pancreas. Stimulates appetite.


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Vertivert


Vertivert


Latin Name: vetivera zizanioides
Alternative Name: khus-khus, vetiver
Forms Available: Root, essential oil

Vetivert -vetivera zizanioides – Also called Khus-khus. This perennial grass grows in dense clumps of stout stems with long leaves and has an aromatic rhizome and roots. The distilled root essential oil flavors Asian sherbets and sweets, fixes perfumes, and scents quality soaps, cosmetics and aftershaves. The scent is a deep yet refreshing, woody, resinous mixture of myrrh and violets.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Acne; Cuts; Oily Skin; Wounds; Arthritis; Muscular Aches and Pains; Rheumatism; Sprains; Stiffness; Debility; Depression; Insomnia; Nervous Tension. Known as the “Oil of Tranquillity”. Key Qualities: Sedative; Soothing; Calming; Tonic.

Other Uses: Vetivert root is burned to overcome evil spells. It is also used in love powders, sachet and incenses and is added to the bathwater in a sachet to make yourself more attractive to the opposite sex. Vetivert is also used in money spells and mixtures.


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Vervain


Vervain


Latin Name: verbena officinalis, verbena hastata
Alternative Name: enchanters herb, holy herb, verbena, blue vervain, holy wort, brittanica , enchanter’s plant, herba sacra, herb of enchantment, herb of grace, herb of the cross herbe de sacrée, juno’s tears, pigeon’s grass, pigeonwood, simpler’s joy
Forms Available: Above ground portions of the herb.

Vervain – verbena officinalis – Also known as Enchanters Herb, Holy Herb, Verbena, Blue Vervain, and Holy Wort. A Druid sacred herb, common in their many rites and incantations, this hardy perennial has deeply cut lower leaves and smooth upper leaves with small dense spikes of pale lilac-pink flowers. An ancient sacred herb of purification, visions, and love potions, it was included in liqueurs and aphrodisiacs. Vervain was so highly regarded by the Druids that offerings were placed on altars.
“Vervain” is a derivative of the Celtic fer -to drive away, and faen -stone, given to it because of its ability to purge calculi, gravel, from the bladder. A tea of the herb helps to increase breast milk and is helpful in lowering fever, especially of the intermittent type. It will benefit eczema and other skin eruptions. It is a kidney and liver cleanser. Jaundice, whooping cough, edema, mastitis, and headaches fall under its sphere. To make the tea, steep one tablespoon of the herb per cup of water for twenty minutes.
Externally, vervain is used in poultices for ear infections, rheumatism and wounds. Vervain is an emmenagogue -brings down the menses- and soothes the nerves. It is reputed to have aphrodisiac properties. It is a powerful lymphatic detoxifier and has a cleansing effect on the female organs.
Blue Vervain -Vervena hastata, the American variety, is a natural tranquilizer and is helpful with colds and fevers, especially when the upper sespiratory tract is involved. It will eliminate intestinal worms and is used externally for wounds. It is deistinguished from the European vervain by its deeper blue flowers and denser, bristly flower spikes. Blue vervain is also prepared in a standard infusion or tinctured in alcohol.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A tea of the herb helps to increase breast milk and is helpful in lowering fever, especially of the intermittent type. It will benefit eczema and other skin eruptions. It is a kidney and liver cleanser. A powerful lymphatic detoxifier.

Other Uses: Use for Anointing; Banishing; Gather and burn at Litha; Altar Offering; Creativity; Energy; Strength; Power.


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Viburnum


Viburnum


Latin Name: viburnum opulus
Alternative Name: high cranberry, crampbark, cranberry tree, whitten tree, guelder rose
Forms Available: leaf, bark, fruit

Viburnum – viburnum opulus – the fruit from this plant can be eaten raw or cooked as a cranberry substitute. It was used by some Native American Indians for general body cramps. This plant is highly antispasmodic. It relieves cramps of all kinds: menstrual cramps, asthma, colic, spasms after childbirth and general body cramping. It is also used to treat high blood pressure.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: An antispasmodic herb – treats cramps of all kinds. A muscle relaxant. Relieves: menstrual cramps, colic, asthma, general muscle spasms.


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