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herbs and their influence in magick

To: alt.magick
Subject: Re: herbs and their influence in magick
Date: 29 May 1997 13:49:56 GMT

In article <>, (dandyman) writes:
>is there anyone out therer that uses a lot of self-gathered herbs in
>their magick?? and thus  has gaines vest knowledge of their effects??
>i would like to get in touch with a "herbalist" sp that i also can
>learn som of their powers in magick as well as in general health.....

Try or alt.folklore.herbs.  Arm yourself with a 
good herbal like Rodale's Herbal Encyclopedia that use the 3 scientific 
health and safety rating systems.  This type of book does not delve 
into the shamanic uses of herbs.  I don't know of any books that do that.

If you stick to just making flower
essences and drinking those you won't poison yourself.  They sell
Bach flower essences in health/herb stores for ridiculous prices.  
Rumour has it that Bach lived a short lifespan in poor health and got
his attributions for which essence does what based on smelling or
looking at the flower.  Take it all with a pound of salt.  Make your
own.  Just float the flowers, with intent, in a (glass) bowl of clean
water then drink their vibrations.  I make flower essences of rose for
my heart, snapdragon for my will and clover for my health, sometimes
clematis for mood.

I grow a few herbs for teas.  Melissa I find particularly interesting and 
it was used a lot by Frater Albertus, supposedly because there was a lot
in his garden but I suspect there may have been other reasons.  Rumour
has it there was a mage in Wales who lived a long time (forget his
name) and he credited this to drinking a tea of melissa and honey.  I
also grow St. John's Wort, which is relaxing and supposedly helps with
dreaming and lucid dreams (take only in small amounts, infrequently).
Plus I have the usual peppermint, spearmint, and kitchen herbs.

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