9 Herbs & Their Uses

Every herb has it's own associations and uses, both from an energetic/magickal perspective and a medicinal one. It's incredible to me that quite often the folk uses of herbs, passed down over many centuries before modern medicine have begun being backed up by science. Here are 9 of my favorite herbs - some of which you'll recognize and a few you may have never seen - and their uses and associations.

☮ Angelica Root

o Planetary Associations: Sun

o Chakra Associations: Crown (Sahasrara), 3rd Eye (Anja)

o Magickal Uses: Very powerful protection herb. Use in divination, music, weather magic, teaching, decision making, rituals of death/dying to provide protection for the deceased. Creates a barrier against negative energy and removes curses, hexes, or spells that have been cast against you.

o Medicinal Uses: Has been used to stimulate appetite, improve digestion, soothe colic and lessen intestinal gas production; has a bactericidal effect on the gastrointestinal tract and increases the production of stomach acid. Both of these factors can contribute to weaken or get rid of the bacteria that often causes various gastric ailments and discomforts. Can also be useful for poor blood circulation, and it has been used as a treatment for Buerger’s disease, a condition that causes the arteries of the hands and feet to become narrow. The plant is known for its expectorant properties and has been used traditionally as an herbal remedy for bronchitis, asthma and other ailments of the respiratory system. It is the roots that are commonly used in this regard, but the stems and seeds may also be used.

❄ Bay Leaf

o Planetary Associations: Sun

o Chakra Associations: 3rd Eye (Anja), Sacral (Svadhisthana)

o Magickal Uses: Protection, good fortune, success, purification, strength, healing and psychic powers. Bay leaves are used for protection and to avoid being jinxed. Write wishes on the leaves then burn; Use in incense blends to bring money.

o Medicinal Uses: Mostly used as a pain remedy for thematic conditions and against ailments related to the upper part of the digestive tract. Also used for flu, bronchitis and to stimulate appetite by increasing the secretion of digestive fluids. Extract of the leaves has been used to initiate menstruation and the fruits were once used to induce abortion. Contains substances known to relieve pain associated with migraine; used externally as a compress on bruises and sprains and as a remedy for dandruff. Has insect repellent properties, and the dried leaves can be used in potpourris in order to keep insects at bay.

☮ Basil

o Planetary Associations: Mars

o Chakra Associations: Crown (Sahasrara), Heart (Anahata)

o Magickal Uses: Fidelity, love, protection, wealth. Dispels confusion, fears & weakness. Brings luck when moving into a new home. Sprinkle an infusion of basil outside the building where you hope to be employed/before a job interview. Wear or carry to aid in attracting money and prosperity. Add to love sachets and incenses; place in cash register; give to someone you want to have a relationship with.

o Medicinal Uses: Used extensively in Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine for its antiseptic properties. Also used medically in China, mainly to promote good blood circulation after birth, and to treat kidney problems and stomach cramps. Has been used traditionally to alleviate and treat flatulence, abdominal cramps, colic, constipation, and indigestion. It can also be used to prevent nausea and vomiting, and to rid the body of intestinal worms. Has a mild soothing and sedative effect that could make it useful in the treatment of nervous irritability, depression, anxiety and sleep difficulties. Has antispasmodic, antiseptic, expectorant and antibacterial properties and it can be used for epilepsy, migraine, and fever associated with colds and flu. Additionally, the herb has a slight diuretic effect and has sometimes been used to treat arthritis, rheumatism and urinary problems. Is traditionally used to increase production of breast milk in lactating mothers. May lower sugar values in both blood and urine.

☮ Calendula

o Planetary Associations: Sun

o Chakra Associations: Solar Plexus (Manipura), Sacral (Svadhisthana)

o Magickal Uses: Protection, legal matters, and psychic/spiritual powers

o Medicinal Uses: Useful as an herbal remedy for fungal infections like thrush, athlete’s foot, and ringworm. The essential oil can even be used in a suppository to treat vaginal yeast infections. Is also thought to inhibit the proliferation of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, which is associated with gastritis, peptic ulcers, stomach cancer, and very recently, Parkinson’s Disease. The flavonoids found in calendula are a plant-based antioxidant that neutralizes the free radicals known to suppress immune function. The estrogenic effects of calendula, could make this herb useful to treat some of the symptoms of menopause as well as symptoms associated with menstruation. It has been used to relieve breast tenderness and menstrual cramps, as well as to restore regularity to menstruation. Has also been used to promote uterine contractions and it has been used to aid in the delivery of the placenta after childbirth. A common ingredient in creams used to soothe sore nipples associated with breastfeeding. Commonly used as an herbal treatment for the relief of skin disorders. It is used to heal minor burns, including sunburns, and it is a traditional herbal remedy for the treatment of rashes, including diaper rash. This herb has also been used to treat systemic skin problems such as dermatitis, eczema, acne and psoriasis. It has even been shown to prevent dermatitis in breast cancer patients during radiation therapy, and there is evidence that it may be more effective than trolamine lotion. Used to promote functioning and detoxification of the liver and gallbladder, which could be helpful to resolve some digestive problems. Sometimes used as a natural treatment for ear infections when administered as an ear drop, particularly in children. Chronic conjunctivitis can be treated naturally with a calendula wash. May reduce swelling and redness associated with this eye infection, though any treatment used on eye membranes should be sterile. This plant has also been used as an herbal remedy to treat muscular spasms or cramps, boils, bruising, abscesses, cold sores, chronic gum disease, varicose veins, persistent dysentery, snake and scorpion bites, bee stings, light frostbite, hemorrhoids, and viral hepatitis.

☮ Chamomile

o Planetary Associations: Sun

o Chakra Associations: Throat (Vishuddha), Root (Muladhara)

o Magickal Uses: Love, money, purification, de-stressing, meditation & restful sleep. Sprinkle around house to remove or ward off hexes/curses/spells/psychic/magical attack. Use in incenses for sleep/meditation.

o Medicinal Uses: Used for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic and sedative properties. It is also used internally to treat spasms and inflammation of the digestive tract and as a mouth rinse for sore gums and as an herbal treatment for gingivitis and inflammations of the oral cavity. Often used to treat nervous disorders such as insomnia, anxiety and nervous tension. A salve or compress made from chamomile can be used to help treat wounds, burns, cold sores, canker sores, pinkeye, dermatitis and other skin irritations, due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Has also been used as a herbal remedy for heartburn, morning sickness, motion sickness, chickenpox, diaper rash, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and colic.

☮ Lavender

o Planetary Associations: Mercury

o Chakra Associations: Crown (Sahasrara), 3rd Eye (Anja)

o Magickal Uses: Love, protection, healing, sleep, purification, and peace. Promotes healing from depression. Preserver of chastity (combined with rosemary) and worn strewn in clothing. Burn flowers to induce sleep/rest; scatter ashes around the home to bring peace and harmony. Carry in sachet to draw love. Anoint/dress candles with oil in love spells; lavender incense will invoke love deities.

o Medicinal Uses: Slow the activity of the nervous system and therefore promote relaxation, improve sleep quality and bring about emotional balance. Treats physical symptoms with a nervous element, such as tension induced headaches, heart palpitations, or stress related digestive issues. used topically to treat fungal infections, wounds, eczema, varicose ulcers, sunburned skin and acne. relieve menstrual cramps and it could be useful in relieving headaches and exhaustion as well as improving mood. It is also thought to stimulate blood flow to the pelvic area and uterus and therefore stimulate menstruation. An effective natural treatment for pathogenic bacteria such as the strains responsible for diphtheria and typhoid, as well as streptococcus and pneumococcus. Its antiseptic qualities, which are enhanced when used in conjunction with tea tree oil, also make lavender useful in treating wounds and insect bites. When lavender oil is used topically as a chest rub, it is a traditional treatment for relief of symptoms associated with common colds, chronic coughs, asthma, persistent bronchitis, pneumonia, flu, persistent tonsillitis, and laryngitis.

☮ Prunella

o Planetary Associations: Jupiter

o Chakra Associations: Heart (Anahata), Root (Muladara)

o Magickal Uses: VERY powerful healing herb. Works internally and externally, to heal almost all kinds of ailments. Can also be used in spells for self-love, self-worth and while using affirmations.

o Medicinal Uses: Has been used traditionally as an herbal remedy to treat diarrhea, high blood pressure, fevers, weaknesses of heart and liver and internal bleeding. Scientific analysis on self heal has revealed that it has an antibacterial action which inhibits the growth of pseudomas, E. Coli and Bacillus typhi and research studies are being conducted to see if this herb could be used to treat diabetes, AIDS, and cancer. As an ointment, it has been used as an herbal remedy for bleeding hemorrhoids or swollen anal veins and vaginal pain and inflammation. An eyewash made from self heal has been used to relieve tired, swollen eyes, and is reportedly effective as a treatment for conjunctivitis. As a mouth and throat wash, it is used to soothe sore throats, and to reduce swelling of the mouth, throat, and lymph nodes. A tea made from self heal is used as a folk remedy to treat anxiety, depression and mood swings. Additionally, it has been used as a treatment of problems associated with the liver, kidneys and gallbladder. For open cuts or wounds, a poultice can be applied directly as it is thought to reduce or prevent infection.

☮ Rose

o Planetary Associations: Jupiter

o Chakra Associations: Heart (Anahata), Sacral (Svadhisthana)

o Magickal Uses: Close friendships, domestic peace/happiness and lasting relationships. Burn as incense for healing, health, love, luck, creativity, balance, divination & protection. Rose oil is used to attract love, confer peace, stimulate sexual appetites and enhance beauty. Added to bath water to conjure a lover. Place some in a red cloth bag and pin it under your clothes. Rosehips worn as beads attract love. A tea of rosebuds drunk before sleep induces prophetic dreams; petals sprinkled around the house calm personal stress and household upheavals. Planted in the garden attract fairies and are said to grow best when stolen.

o Medicinal Uses: Mildly sedative, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-parasitic. They’re also mild laxatives, a good supportive tonic for the heart, and great for lowering cholesterol. Their antiseptic nature makes them a wonderful treatment for wounds, bruises, rashes, and incisions. Taken internally, their anti-inflammatory properties make them a wonderful treatment for sore throats or ulcers. They can stimulate the liver and increase appetite and circulation. Can also lower your body temperature and help bring down a fever or cool you off in the summer. As an anti-spasmodic, it helps relieve spasms in the respiratory system (asthma and coughs), in the intestinal tract (cramping, constipation), and in the muscles (cramps and sports injuries). Petals (are an emmenagogue, which means this herb can help regulate and bring on delayed menstrual cycles. They’re also a uterine tonic — healing cysts, infections, and bleeding. And, just like the essential oil, rose petals are a nervine; they help soothe and calm the nervous system, easing tension and pain. Rosehips also contain iron, which is therapeutic for anemia as well as for easing pain and discomfort during one’s monthly cycle. Their flavonoid content makes rosehips strong antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals. Their anti-inflammatory nature helps soothe all kinds of pain, including arthritis, gout, and sore muscles.

☮ Rosemary

o Planetary Associations: Moon

o Chakra Associations: Solar Plexus (Manipura), Root (Muladara)

o Magickal Uses: Used in healing poppets for good health, in love/lust spells, to aid memory, used in pillows to prevent nightmares, burned as incense for purification. Healing, protection, purification, strength, memory, stress relief, mental clarity

o Medicinal Uses: Has long been thought to prevent premature balding and even aiding new hair growth. Has been infused into many shampoo products as an aid in fighting dandruff. Has been used as an insect repellant and is commonly placed in closets and dressers to keep moths away. Additionally it has been used to get rid of head lice. Has had a long-lived reputation for improving memory. Some studies claim that the carnosic acid found in rosemary may shield the brain from free radicals. Lowering the risk of strokes and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is believed to be helpful in the digestion of starchy foods and vegetables to avoid indigestion. Also believed to relieve flatulence and it is commonly used as a circulatory and heart stimulant. In addition, it has been shown to have possible antioxidant properties. Muscle and joint pain and the symptoms of gout have been relieved throughout history with this herb. Sometimes used to treat muscle pain and arthritis.

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Daphne Moon is a Priestess, certified through Sisters in Celebration and is an ordained minister in the New Haven Native American Church. She has studied many forms of ceremony, ritual and circle and draws inspiration most directly from Hindu scripture, Yogic teachings, Dianic circles, and Lakota practices. Her ceremony is non-denominational allows for many levels of participation, giving each individual the opportunity to join or witness at their level of comfort and desire.

She is an E-RYT with two 200 HR certifications in Hatha & Karma Yoga and has been teaching since 2012. Her yoga journey began in 2006 following a car accident and she specializes in anatomy and alignment to allow folks with wide varieties of injury and chronic pain to practice safely. Daphne has taught children as young as 18 months old, in gyms, studios, special events and at the Texas Women's University Institute of Health Sciences Stroke Center in Dallas. Her style is nurturing and precise to ensure that everyone, no matter their experience level, can feel empowered to practice.

She and her Partner Gregg have been given an vision to open a self-sustaining community of spiritual guides, health and wellness practitioners and experts on sustainable food and energy production that acts as a hub of learning, growth, and green living.

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