Medicinal and Magickal Herbal List

compiled by Lord Riekin and Lady Bridget 2001

This information is in no way meant to take the place of a doctor's treatment. If conditions persist or worsen please seek professional advice. This listing has been compiled from many sources, both in print and on the internet. Some of this is based on folklore. PLEASE consult at least three different sources before deciding to use any herb or herbal combination on your body. If you are already taking medication for any condition, first ask your physician about possible complications.

The herbs are listed alphabetically, under their most common name, with their Latin name to follow. The first descriptions are the medicinal uses, and the second are for magickal. Some herbs may not be used for both.
(**) Denotes warnings.

ALFALFA (Medicago sativa)
high in minerals & vitamins A,K, & E. Kidney tonic; builds energy; for anemia; alkalinizes pH; for internal inflammation- arthritis, colitis, etc.; stimulates digestion, increases breast milk flow
***Blood thinning- do not mix with medications of any kind.

prosperity, attraction of money, burn or place in the kitchen

The sap from the leaves is soothing and healing

ANGELICA (Angelica archangelica)
warming; circulation stimulant; digestive stimulant; women's reproductive tonic;
***Not for pregnancy

Protection, Healing, inreases life energy bringing warmth of Fire element, Exorcism

ANISE STAR PODS (Pimpinella anisum)
digestive stimulant; warming to the body; circulation stimulant

Protection, Purification, Winter Solstice

ASTRAGALUS (Astragalus membranaceus)
An energy & immune tonic; Good for exhaustion & weakness; promotes wound healing-external & internal; lung tonic -strengthens weakness; mild diuretic, stimulates appetite & digestion

Fortification, Strength

BAY LAURAL (Lauris nobilis)
digestive stimulant; relieves indigestion; warming

Healing, Protection, Psychic Powers, Strength

BLACKBERRY LEAF (Rubus villosus)
good for coughs; relieves diarrhea; great for kids

Healing, Money, Protection

BLACK COHOSH (Cimicifuga racemosa)
PMS(physical symptoms); calms spasms associated with asthma, bronchitis, menstrual cramps, etc.; reproductive tonic; menopausal tonic; high blood pressure tonic; for inflammation of the nerves or spine or ovaries **Not for pregnancy, can cause low blood pressure. Green tea is said to counteract negative affects.

Courage, Love, Potency, Protection

BLADDERWRACK (Fucus vesiculosus)
diuretic; balances thyroid; helps inflamed joints & organs; rheumatism; protectant from environmental polluntants & chemicals; helps body deal with stress; boosts stamina; regulates blood pressure & cholesterol; provides mucilage(moist coating) to digestive tract and mucous membranes; high in minerals.

water or sea ritual herb, Money, Protection, Psychic Clarity, Wind Rituals

BLESSED THISTLE (Cnicus benedictus)
stimulates and increases flow of breast milk

Abundance, Flow

BLUE COHOSH (Caulophyllum thalicroides)
women's reproductive and uterine tonic; PMS(physical symptoms); stimulates sex drive; regulates menstrual cycle; for prevention of miscarriage; eases false labor pains; tonic for last month of pregnancy; relieves spasms; relieves indigestion

Courage, Balance, Protection

Good for dry, sensitive skins.

BURDOCK ROOT (Arctium minus)
liver cleanser; acne & boils; stimulates gall bladder; balances pH; pulls toxins and poisons out of body; stabilizes both high & low blood sugar levels; increases breast milk flow; reduces swelling in joints; alleviates constipation; balances hormones via the liver; mild daily tonic herb; high in minerals; cooling

Healing, Protection, Clears space & holds the space safe, Spirit of North

CALENDULA (Calendula officianalis)
heals damaged tissue, cuts, wounds, burns, ulcers, herpes- internal & external; astringent; for acne take internally & apply to skin as wash, A healing herb for rough or problem skin; stimulates blood circulation; helps to break fevers;thrush-wipe baby's mouth with tea soaked cloth & nipple post breast feeding; for digestive tract inflammation & ulcers

Opening to the 3rd Chakra, helps energy move outward from center of body extending in all directions

CATNIP (Nepeta cataria)
digestive aid; relieves indigestion; nerve relaxant, great for kids

Beauty, Happiness, Love

CHAMOMILE (Matricaria chamomilla)
relaxant; helps with inflammation, a gentle soothing herb that softens and whitens skin; for colic; soothes spasms; for insomnia & anxiety, great for children; nausea; relieves indigestion; rheumatism; wash for red eyes

Love, Money, Sleep, Purification, Child's Annointing

CHAPPARAL (Larrea divaricata)
digestive & liver tonic & stimulant; bitter; antioxidant; can be useful in cases of cancer, benign tumors, bacteria, viruses, & parasites

Fire element rituals, Protection, Spirit of South

CEDAR LEAF TIPS (Thuja occidentalis)
high in vitamin C; good for infections; used as a purifying herb when burned as incense

Healing, Protection, Purification of body, aura field, & space

CELANDINE (Chelidonium majus)
fevers; liver tonic & stimulant; jaundice; boosts function of gallbladder

Escape, Happiness, Legal Matters, Protection

CHASTE TREE BERRIES (Vitex agnus-castus)
women & men's reproductive tonic; regulator for women's reproductive cycle; stimulates balance of fertility; stimulates progesterone; menopausal tonic- helps with physical imbalances; stimulates healthy flow of breast milk; digestive stimulant

Purification, Banish negative energies, use as a bath, Protection of the household

CHICORY (Cichorium intybus)
stimulates proper liver function; digestive stimulant; for constipation; cooling; coffee substitute; hormonal balancer via the liver

To inspire Frugality, Invisibility, Removing Obstacles, Favors-annoint body to obtain

CLOVES (Eugenia aromatica)
warming; digestive stimulant; analgesic

Exorcism, Love, Money, Protection

CINNAMON (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
warming; digestive stimulant; alleviates indigestion

Healing, Love, Personal Empowerment, Protection, Spirituality, Success (Be careful if using oil, it can burn sensitive skin.) Increases speed and effectiveness of other herbs when used in magickal combinations.

COMFREY LEAF (Syphytum officinale)
mends skin & bone tissue, wounds, cuts, lesions, bone breaks, ulcers, acne, boils, etc.- internal & external use, A healing and soothing herb that contains allantion, a protein which speeds up cell renewal. Good for rough and damaged skin; provides mucilage(moist coating) to digestive tract & mucous membranes; high in minerals; supports nervous system; soothes urinary tract

Money, Safe Journeys (Both physical and astral)

COMRFREY ROOT (Symphytum officinale)
mends skin & bone tissue, wounds, cuts, lesions, bone breaks, ulcers, acne, boils, etc.- internal & external uses; provides muclage(moist coating) to digestive tract & mucous membranes; high in minerals; supports nervous system; soothes urinary tract

Money, Safe Journeys (Both physical and astral), Winter Solstice

COPAL RESIN (Bureseru microphylla)
infections; burned as fragrant incense for increasing spiritual element & creating sacred space

Love, Purification, Earth Element, Sets Sacred Space, Allows Guides and Guidance to come in

CORNSILK (Zea mays)
urinary tract tonic; reduces water retention; increases flow of urine; use in combination with cardiovascular herbs for high blood pressure; blood cleanser; eases bladder irritation due to infection, etc.

Water Element, Stimulates Flow

DAMIANA (Turnera)
warming; allays pain; relaxant; sexual stimulant; men's reproductive tonic; increases stamina, aphrodisiac for women

Love, Visions, Opens Door Between Worlds, Female Aphrodisiac

DANDELION LEAF(Taraxacum officinale)
bitter digestive stimulant; reduces water retention; high in minerals & vitamins A, C, etc.; liver function stimulant & tonic; kidney stimulant; buffers blood sugar ups & downs; laxative; Contains a rich emollient useful in cleansing lotions for dry, sallow skins

Calling Spirits, Divination, Wishes

DANDELION ROOT (Taraxacum officinale)
high in minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, etc. & vitamins A, C, & protein; liver & digestive tonic & stimulant; laxative;

Calling Spirits, Divination, Wishes

DONG QUAI (Angelica senensis)
women's reproductive tonic; hormonal balancer; PMS difficulties, physical -cramps, bloating, etc.; warming; digestive & circulation stimulant

Health, Vitality, Fire Element Rituals

DRAGON'S BLOOD RESIN (Daemomorops draco)
infections; burned as incense

Exorcism, Love, Protection, Stimulates action of other herbs in incense blend, Stimulates movement of energy

ECHINACEA (Echinacea purpurea)
stimulates immune system; helps acne, infections, wound healing, sore throat, snake bites, ulcers, herpes, onset of flus & colds;
**Not for daily use over long term - alternate days on & off

Strength Wards off negativity or undesireable energies

ELDER BERRIES (Sambucus nigra)
for coughs; drying; colds, flus, & fevers

Ancient Wisdom, Contact with Elementals, Healing, Invoke Majic, Protection

A good tonic for all skins. Reputed to soften skin and smooth wrinkles, fade freckles and soothe sunburn

EUCALYPTUS (Eucalyptus globulus)
high in essential oils; used externally as tea for steam inhalation to open nasal & bronchial passageways; bacterial infections

Healing, Air Element Rituals, Protection

EYEBRIGHT(Euphrasia officinalis)
for eye infections; sore & red eyes; eye health

Mental Ability & Clarity, Psychic Ability, Visions

FALSE UNICORN ROOT (Chamaelirium luteum)
prevents miscarriage, take through first four months; women's reproductive tonic; balances menstrual cycle

Connection to Majical Realm, Contains Energy & Intention

FENNEL SEED (Foeniculum vulgare)
relieves indigestion; digestive stimulant; For skin: cleansing and soothing. Add crushed seeds to face packs. Purifies oily skin

Healing, Protection, Purification, Stimulates Movement

Clearing, Money

FLAX SEED(Linum usitatissimum)
high in essential fatty acids; laxative

Beauty, Healing, Initiates Flow, Money, Psychic Openness

burned as incense

Consecration, Exorcism, Protection, Purification, Sets Sacred Space, Sets Safe Space for Guides to come in, Spirit of East or North

Abundance, Fertility, Health, Love, Protection

GINGER ROOT (Zingaber officinale)
warming; digestive stimulant; relieves indigestion; for nausea; for flu & colds, can induce late menstrual cycle **Fresh root not for pregnancy, use only dry

Fire Element Rituals, Brings into Existance, Bringer of the Manifestation, Love, Money, 3rd Chakra Vitality, Inner Strength, Success, Stimulates flow of Energy, Spirit of South

GINSENG, SIBERIAN (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
works best when used a minumum of two weeks or longer to boost the immune system; balances nervous system; prevents thymus & lymph system stress damage; protectant from radiation exposure (X-rays, nuclear exposure, or radiation therapy, etc.); cancer preventative; men's & women's reproductive tonic & rejuvenative; increases mental alertness; helps to balance blood pressure & cholesterol; for psychological disorders

Encourages a long lasting affect, Health, Strength

HAWTHORNE BERRIES (Crataegus oxyacantha)
cardiovascular tonic; circulatory system tonic to veins & capillaries; antioxidant; palpitations; arteriosclerosis; astringent; for diarrhea

Fertility, 4th Chakra Strength & Vitality, Love, Contentment

for sore throats; soothing tea; drying to mucous membranes; good for cough syrup

Divination, Love, 5th Chakra

HOPS (Humulus lupulus)
nervous system relaxant; bitter digestive aid; muscle relaxant

Sleep, Opens the Channel In & Out of the body in relationship with the Universe

HOREHOUND (Marrubium vulgare)
for coughs; stimulates mucous expulsion; bitter digestive stimulant; good for cough syrup

Exorcism, Mental Ability, Protection, Opens Air Element within body & in the world, Opens Channel for Clear Communication

IRISH MOSS FLAKES (Chondrus crispus)
high in minerals; draws out excess mucous from lungs & stomach; provides moisture to dry coughs, mucous membranes, & digestive tract

Luck, Opens Throat, Opens Channel for Clear Communication

Relieves sunburn; helps to disperse trapped fluids and toxins in the fight against cellulite

JUNIPER BERRIES (Juniperus communis)
expels parasites & microbes from digestive system; bitter digestive stimulant; for diarrhea; aphrodisiac for women

Exorcism, Health, Aphrodisiac, Protection, Sets Sacred Space, Spirit of North

KAVA KAVA (Piper methysticum)
nervous system tonic; relaxant; for anxiety & depression; soothes pain; helps insomnia

Luck, Visions, Opens one to receiving guidence and guides, Protection

KELP GRANULES (Laminaria spp.)
high in minerals; reduces water retention; nutritive addition to foods(ex. sprinkle in soups); prevents toxicity due to environmental pollutants such as exhaust, radiation, toxic waste

Connection to Divine Source through the Physical & Spiritual, Unity, Life-Force Strengthening Spirit of Center

A healing herb for soothing dry, sensitive skin; a good astringent for large pores.

Love, Self Control

LAVENDER FLOWERS(Lavendula officinale)
nervous system relaxant; calming; helps insomnia; great for dream pillows; A gentle cleanser and tonic for all skin types. We were also told by "Witchylady" that if you make a tea of the lavender, or use lavender oil, to mix with a creme rinse for the hair, that this will keep your hair free from lice. She says it has been working for her children for two years. Research that we have done since then shows that she's probably right, it ranks as one of the top three herbs for prevention of head lice. The other two are tea tree oil, and neem oil from India.

Happiness, Love, Sleep, Purification, Peace

LEMON BALM (Melissa officinalis)
nerve relaxant; for depression; calming; for spasms digestive stimulant; relieves indigestion;

Friendship, Love, Purification

LEMON PEEL (Citrus limonum)
bitter digestive stimulant; An astringent that restores the skin's natural acid balance.

Friendship, Love, Purification

LEMON VERBENA (Lippia citriodora)
nervous system tonic; relaxant; calming; digestive stimulant; relieves indigestion

Love, Happiness, Purification, Peace, Mental & Emotional Balance, Summer Solstice

LICORICE ROOT (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
soothes sore throats; soothes internal ulcers; estrogenic hormone balancer; adrenal tonic *Long term use (3 months) can cause liver damamge

Fidelity, Love, Meditation, Harmony

Softens the skin. Deep cleansing

A cleanser and pore refiner for oily skin

MANDRAKE ROOT (Mandragora officinarum)
**EXTERNAL USE ONLY!! for protection of a house, person, etc.

Protection, Protection in the Subconscious, Unconscious, & Underworld, Fertility, Money, Health, Love

MARSHMALLOW ROOT POWDER (Althaea officinalis)
high in mucilage; soothing & provides a moisture lining to digestive provides system & mucous membranes; for ulcers; laxative; a healing softener for dry skin, chapped hands and sunburn

Boundaries, Love, Protection, Strength, Emotional Balance

MEADOWSWEET (Filipendula ulmaria)
helps with inflammation & pain; for ulcers; calming to nervous system

Divination, Harmony, Peace, Love, 3rd Chakra

MILK THISTLE (Carduus marianus)
antioxidant; stimulates proper liver function & protects liver from toxins & stress; varicose veins; for spleen & kidney health; stimulates breast milk; hepatitis A & B

Creativity, Protection, Dispell, Transformation

MOTHERWORT (Leonurus cardiaca)
cardiovascular tonic; high blood pressure; menopause; nervous system tonic; relaxant; anxiety

Balances Within, Self Empowerment, 2nd Chakra

MUGWORT (Artemisia vulgaris)
nerve relaxant; helps anxiety, shaking, & insomnia; colds & flus; fevers; warming; circulatory stimulant; brings on late period

Purification, Clearing, Sleep, Visions, Opens one to the teachings of the Subconscious & Unconscious Self, Dream Clarity & Rememberance, 6th & 7th Chakras. Use as a tea to increase psychic ability. Also use the tea to wash crytal balls and magick mirrors to cleanse them for psychic activity. Can also use in the bath.

MULLEIN LEAF (Verbascum thapsus)
stimulates expulsion & drying up of excess lung fluid & toxins through coughing; asthma; sedative

Courage, Health, Opens Life Energy flow through the body

MYRRH GUM POWDER (Commiphora molmol)
stimulates immune system to help body deal with infections, colds, flus, microbes; mouth herb-ulcers, gingivitis, infections; mouthwash for sore throats

Protection, Purification, Sets Sacred Space, Ancient Wisdom

MYRRH GUM RESIN (Commiphora molmol)
burned as an incense

Protection, Purification, Sets Sacred Space, Ancient Wisdom

NETTLES (Urtica dioica)
high in minerals & vitamins; great daily nutritive; liver tonic; warming; drying stops bleeding; acne, boils, A deep cleanser; very good for oily skin

Exorcism, Healing, Protection, Abundance,3rd & 6th Chakra, Use to banish unwanted energies

OATSTRAW (Avena sativa)
nervous system tonic; calming; high in minerals; great daily tea; pregnancy tonic

Purification, Strength

An excellent skin tonic, said to help restore the skin's acid barrier. Also treats dry skin and broken capillaries and stimulates cell replacement.

ORANGE PEEL (Citrus aurantium)
bitter digestive stimulant

Purification, Banish unwanted energies

OREGON GRAPE ROOT (Mahonia repens)
bitter liver tonic; digestive tonic; for constipation; allergies; acne, boils; external use for infections, rashes
**Not for pregnancy

Purification, Protection

OSHA ROOT (Ligusticum porteri)
helps expel excess fluid from lungs; for coughs; warming; circulatory stimulant; digestive stimulant

Purification, Protection, Calls on higher spirits

A conditioner for dry, sensitive and troubled skin

PAU D'ARCO (Tabebuia avellanedae)
men's & women's reproductive stimulant & tonic; bacterial, viral infections; parasites; for inflammation; promotes cervical health; cancer; candida

Aphrodisiac, Purification, Healing,Fertility, Wards off Negativity

PEPPERMINT (Mentha piperita)
digestive aid; helps relieve indigestion; warming; An astringent which clears the complexion

Love, Psychic Ability, Healing, Clears Energy & Space

RASBERRY LEAF (Rubus spp.)
women's uterine tonic; menstrual cycle tonic; high in minerals; pregnancy tonic; nutritive

Love, Protection, Spirit of Center, Spring Equinox

RED CLOVER BLOSSOMS (Trifolium pratense)
high in minerals; lymph cleanser; increases estrogen activity; cancer; boosts protein assimilation; soothing to coughs

Abundance, Love, Money, Protection, Success, Summer Solstice

RED ROOT (Ceanothus spp.)
lymph cleanser; stimulates lymph circulation; sore throats

Clears Energy, Dispells

ROSEBUDS (Rosa spp)
aromatherapy uses in crafts such as dream pillows, bath salts, etc.; A soothing and gentle cleanser which has a softening effect on the skin

Abundance, Attraction, Healing, Love, Luck, Prosperity

ROSEHIPS (Rosa spp.)
high in vitamin C; boosts immune system

Abundance, Strength, Fall Equinox Ceremony

ROSEMARY (Rosemarinus officinalis)
warming; circulatory stimulant; enhances mental clarity; digestive stimulant; helps indigestion; An invigorating antiseptic which boosts circulation and deep cleansing

Exorcism, Mental Clarity, Psychic Ability, Healing, Spirit of South, Purification

SAGE, GARDEN (Salvia officinalis)
Good tonic and internal cleansing; A cleansing, stimulating astringent which tightens pores.

Clears, Healing, Immortality, Inner Guide, Longevity, Protection, Purication, Vision, Wisdom

SAGE, WHITE (Salvia apiana)
used for ceremonial purposes, clears space & body of accumulated energy, brings focus & clarity

Clears, Healing, Immortality, Inner Guide, Longesvity, Protection, Purification, Vision, Wisdom

SARSPARILLA (Smilax officinalis)
men's & women's reproductive tonic; PMS; menopause; sex drive; skin problems-acne, rashes, psoriosis, eczema; liver stimulant & tonic

Inner Strength, Grounding, Purification

SPEARMINT (Mentha viridis)
digestive stimulant; helps indigestion

Clarity, Love, Mental Ability

food resource; high in minerals & vitamins B12, iron, protein, chlorophyll, essential fatty acids, RNA & DNA; preventative for cancer; helps balance blood sugar, hypoglycemia tendencies; system cleanser

Purification, Healing

SWEETGRASS (Hierochloe odarata)
used for ceremonial purposes, attracts positive energy into space & body

Bringer of Positive Energy, Clears, Seals In, burned after White Sage which clears, the sweetgrass is the Bringer, Spirit of East

A stimulating but gentle antiseptic cleanser.

TURMERIC (Curcuma longa)
inflammation aid; warming; antioxidant

Purification(used with sea salt), Fortification, Strength, Clears Aggression

UVA URSI (Arctostaphylos uva ursi)
urinary tract problems- infections, sluggishness; astringent

Boundaries, Clears blockages, Psychic Workings

VALERIAN ROOT (Valeriana officinalis)
nerve relaxant; helps with pain; for exsessive coughing or other spasm; PMS-physical & emotional; headaches

Protection, Self Esteem, Sleep

A gentle astringent for the skin

Expressed juice can help to clear blemishes

Soothing and astringent for the skin

WHITE WILLOW (Salix alba)
headaches; inflammation; pain; aching flu

Sacred Earth Connection between human & Earth & Spirit, Healing, Protection, Spirit of East

WILD CHERRY BARK (Prunus avium)
coughs; excess fluid in the lungs; drying

Banish negativity

WILD LETTUCE (Lactuca virosa)
nerve relaxant; pain; headaches; back pain; restlessness; for spasms; rheumatism pain

Love Divination, Protection, Sleep, Opens to the deeper consciousness, Attunes to Deeper Meanings

WILD YAM (Dioscorea villosa)
women's reproductive tonic; progesterone enhancing; menopause; digestive tonic & stimulant

Fortification, Grounding, Release, 1st Chakra

WINTERGREEN (Gaultheria procumbens)
digestive aid; helps indigestion; open nasal passageways as a steam

Hex-Breaking, Protection, Good Fortune, Opens Channels

WITCH HAZEL (Haemamelis virginiana)
for inflamed gums & other tissue; stops bleeding; drying; acne; sore throats

Healing, Protection

WORMWOOD (Artemesia absinthium)
parasites; microbes; bacterial infections

Calling Spirits, Psychic Ability, Protection

YARROW (Achillea millefolium)
fevers; drying; warming; colds & flus; bitter digestive stimulant

Spirit of South, Courage, Clears, Stimulates Movement

YELLOWDOCK ROOT(Rumex crispus)
liver stimulant & tonic; warming; high in minerals iron & helps absorbtion of iron

Clears stuck energy, Fortification

YERBA SANTA (Eriodictyon spp.)
drying to mucous membranes; sinus infections; coughs; respiratory system

Clears Channel to Divine Life Force, Healing, Protection, Psychic Ability

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