Ground Nut – apios americana – This plant is edible, it is one of the most nourishing foods available in the world. The goundnut is little used for health benefits but these benefits include: relief of excessive bleeding and relief of diarrhea.
Latin Name: lycopodium clavatum Alternative Name: club moss, foxtail, vegetable sulfur, staghorn, wolf’s claw, selago, lycopod, stag’s horn moss Forms Available: root, leaf,stem, spores
Ground Pine – lycopodium clavatum – An evergreen plant with leaves, stem and roots but no flowers or seeds. In the middle ages, this herb was used as a diuretic for treating urinary and kidney problems – flushing calculus and stones from the kidneys. The spores are applied as a powder to wounds and skin diseases such as eczema. This herb is widely used in homepathic remedies. For full description, see club moss.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Has been used to flush calculas and kidney stones. The spores, applied externally as a powder, are used to treat wounds and skin diseases.
Other Uses: When properly gathered, the herb becomes a charm of power and protection. Wear it, add it to incense, and use it to commune with the Gods and Goddesses.
Latin Name: gymnema sylvestre Forms Available: powder
Gymnema Sylvestris – Its known uses are as diuretic, astringent, hypoglycemic, refrigerant, stomachic. There is however currently no good evidence to show that G. sylvestre powder or extract has any effect on the serum or urine glucose concentrations of humans suffering from diabetes mellitus. Gymnema sylvestre is said to be effective at blocking the taste of sugar from the system. The Hindu name for this herb is Gurmar, meaning, “sugar destroyer”. The active ingredient in Gymnema is gymnemic acid, which is composed of molecules with a similar atomic arrangement to glucose molecules. Gymnemic acid suppresses the desire for sweets. In addition, Gymnema is said to help reduce blood sugar levels after sugar consumption.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A diuretic, astringent, hypoglycemic, refrigerant, stomachic.
Latin Name: cratageus spp. Alternative Name: may tree, may blossom, white thorn, bread and cheese tree, gaxels, hagthorn, halves, haw, hazels, huath, ladies meat, may, may bush, mayflower, quick, thorn, tree of chastity. Forms Available: berry, flower
Hawthorn – cratageus spp. – Also known as May Tree, May Blossom, or White Thorn. A Druid sacred tree, this deciduous, thorny shrub has serrated, lobed leaves, dense white flower clusters in late spring, and red false fruits (haws). The flowers consist of five white petals, sacred to the Goddess. During World War I, young Hawthorn leaves were used as substitutes for tea and tobacco, and the seeds were ground in place of coffee.
The berry is a superior heart tonic, useful for almost any heart condition. Cholesterol problems and valvular diseases are benefited. The berries also strengthen the appetite and digestion. Extended use lowers blood pressure. Hawthorn berry is a good remedy for the nerves and for insomnia. The berries are simmered or tinctured. Simmer two teaspoons of berries per cup of water for twenty minutes. The dose is a quarter cup four times a day. Take ten to twenty drops of tincture four times a day. The flowers are taken as a tea to benefit the heart. Steep two teaspoons of flowers per cup of water for twenty minutes; the dose is a quarter cup four times a day.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Benefits heart and circulation. A vasodilatory, improving blood supply and lowering blood pressure.
Other Uses: Hawthorn is the classic flower to decorate a maypole. An herb of fertility, it finds its place in weddings, May Day celebrations, and ritual groves. Beltaine was once reckoned as the day the hawthorn first bloomed. Wands of hawthorn have great power.
Latin Name: corylus avellana Alternative Name: european filbert, coll. Forms Available: oil, nut
Hazel – Corylus avellana – Also called European Filbert. A Druid sacred tree, Hazel is a deciduous, suckering shrub with pendulous male catkins in spring and clusters of nuts in autumn. The leaves have served as a tobacco substitute.
Hazel nuts are rich in phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and copper. Culpeper says that hazel nuts with mead or honey will cure a chronic cough. These are made into an “electuary”. Grind the nuts in an electric blender, then add mead or honey or form a past, which is eaten several times a day in tablespoon doses. Add pepper to discharge phlegm.
Other Uses: Hazel is an ancient Celtic tree of wisdom, inspiration, and poetry. Hazel nuts are eaten before divination. Wands of Hazel symbolize white magic and healing. Forked sticks are used to find water or buried treasure.
Latin Name: euonymus americanus Alternative Name: strawberry bush, american strawberry bush Forms Available: root, bark, leaf
Hearts a Bustin – euonymus americanus – A deciduous american shrub that grows on the eastern side of North America. This herb is also known as strawberry bush or american strawberry bush. The bark is laxative, diuretic, expectorant and tonic and has been used to treat constipation and malaria amongst other things. The seeds are laxative, emetic and carthartic. The root tea is used to treat prolapse of the uterus, stomach aches, vomiting of blood and painful urination.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The bark is laxative, diuretic, expectorant and tonic. The seeds are laxative, emetic and carthartic. The root tea is used to treat prolapse of the uterus, stomach aches, vomiting of blood and painful urination.
Latin Name: viola tricolor Alternative Name: johnny jump-ups, ladies’ delight, field pansy, pansy, wild pansy, banewort, bullweed Forms Available: root, flower, leaf
Heartsease – viola tricolor – This plant is an annual with both the flowers and leaves being edible. Heartease is demulcent, anti-inflammatory and expectorant making it an effective remedy for bronchitis, asthma, and respiratory infections. It is also a diuretic so, when taken internally, it flushes the body of toxins and waste. A diaphoretic – promoting sweat, cooling the body, reducing fevers and further cleansing the body of toxins. Applied externally, in a poultice or lotion, heartease treats eczema, boild, scabies, wounds and other skin ailments.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Eases respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma. Cleanses the body of toxins. Stimulates circulation. Sedative and anodyne, calming and pain relieving.
Alternative Name: heath, scottish heather, common heather, ling. Forms Available: flowering shoot
Heather – Calluna vulgaris – A Druid Sacred Herb, there are more than a thousand cultivars from this low-growing, evergreen species, which has scale like leaves and crowded racemes of flowers. Heather provides a support system for rural farmers, who use it for fuel, thatch, fodder, tea, and as a dye. Growing the plants increases the soils fertility.
The flowering shoots of heather are used for insomnia, stomach pains, coughs, and skin problems. Heather, used fresh or dry, strengthens the heart and slightly raises the blood pressure. Heather is slightly diuretic. Fresh or dried heather shoots are simmered, four teaspoons to a cup of water; the dose is one-half cup a day.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used as a cleanser and detoxifyer. A diuretic.
Other Uses: Heather is a Goddess herb associated with the planet Venus and sacred to Isis. It is carried as a guard against rape and other violent crimes, or just to bring good luck. White heather is the best for this purpose.
Latin Name: helichrysum spp. Alternative Name: everlasting, immortelle Forms Available: essential oil
Helichrysum -An intense rich scent, some may say strong honey/hay odor with herbaceous note. Among its properties are anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antitussive, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal and cicatrisant.
The French used this oil primarily as an anti-inflammatory to regulate cholesterol, stimulate the cells of the liver, and as an antispasmodic. This particular variety has powerful antibruise properties. It’s ideal to use in lymphatic drainage massage, acts as a stimulant for the liver, gall bladder, kidneys and spleen–the organs responsible for detoxifying the body.
Italidone, one of its chemical components, has been found to have strong mucous thinning, expectorant and cicatrisant properties. It is a rejuvenating oil which promotes cell growth, helping to rebuild tissues. Clears the body of candida apparently, which often thrives when vitality is low.
Blend with rosehip seed oil for scar formula or with lemon and geranium for kick-smoking blend. Assists in healing scars, acne, dermatitis, boils and abscesses. Blends well with bergamot, chamomile, geranium, orange and frankincense. Avoid use during pregnancy.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Useful for the treatment of rheumatism, herpes, hematoma, varicose ulcers, dermatitis, gingivitis, gout, herpes, bronchitis and goiter. Among its properties are aphrodisiac, stimulating and antiseptic. Avoid during pregnancy.
Thought for the day:
Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into. -Henry Ward Beecher