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By: / Novice
Post # 1

Allspice is the dried fruit of the West Indian Myrtle pepper plant. Commonly found ground to a powder in curry powders and Caribbean jerk seasoning.

Strongly flavoured liquorice-like seeds forming the base of Pernod and similar French liquors. Aniseed is most often used as a confectionary flavouring.

An aromatic leaf that adds a sweet pungent flavour to food. Used extensively in both Italian and Thai cookery. Also great chopped up in Salads.

Bay Leaves
Bay trees produces beautifully aromatic leaves. Often added whole to tomato or milk based sauces during cooking, the bay leaf is removed before serving. Another great property of the bay leaf is that the flavour lasts a long time in dried leaves.

Celery and celeriac both come from the same plant and neither really seems like an obvious choice to add to a list of herbs. However celery seeds are a great flavouring for both egg and fish based dishes. Also sometimes gets added to bread dough to flavour home made loaves.

Cinnamon comes from the dry bark of Sri lankan laurel rolled into quills. However the Chinese Cassia bark, darker and thicker is also sometimes sold as cinnamon. Cinnamon is the perfect flavour addition to baked apple dishes.

Clove is warm and fragrant and often used in easter cookery. In the west it is found in mulled wines and christmas spice mixes

A bitter relative of the lettuce.

Seeds and leaves have been used for over a thousand years as a key slightly citrusy flavouring in curries.

A rich dark earthy herb often used in curried dishes.

The name comes from the french for Lion's teeth which perfectly describes the shape of the leaves. Young leaves are used in salads for their peppery taste and the roots were traditionally brewed into oth alcoholic and sweet beverages. Dandelion and Burdock cordial was a particular favourite in Britain throughout the early 20th century.

Similar to Aniseed in flavour, its fronds go well with fish.


A staple of italian and french cookery, the garlic is a relative of the onion and has many medicinal uses.

A fiery asian root very popular in oriental cooking styles. Also great for Ginger Beer.

Extensively used in brewing English ales, hops are native to northern europe and are cultivated in many places. Different strains impart different tastes to the beer. Hops are also a sedative and can often be found in organic sleep remedies.

Highly pungent flower used a lot in perfumery, but also to flavour cakes.

The nettle is a stinging weed from europe that makes excellent teas, beers and wines. Similar in flavour to elderflowers, it is a taste redolent of spring.

Mint is a flavour that eveyone seems to love and can be found in teas, toothpaste, icecreams, sweets and chewing gum. Easy to grow in practically any conditions, mint is a delicious herb.

A wonderfully pungent herb which appears in many Italian recipes.

Saffron is made from the stamens of crocus flowers. Saffron is very expensive, but brings a rich yellow colour and unique, slightly bitter taste to dishes. To extract saffron's flavour, the stamens are generally infused in hot liquid for a few minutes before adding to a dish. Saffron is a key ingredient in the Spanish rice dish Paella.

Sage leaves are used a lot in Italian recipes and this leaf goes particularly well with onion and the 'sage and onion combination' appears in the most common 'stuffing' recipe that is part of a traditional 'Sunday Lunch' in the UK.

Old european herb with a lovely fragrance. Many varietes are bred for different flavour variations.

A brightly coloured yellow herb, often used as a colouring agent but posessing a subtle warm flavour too.


ALLSPICE used for protection. Prosperity good luck & healing

ALMOND for use in Love spells, money & healing.

APPLE Good for Love spells, peaceful beginnings & Health.

BASIL- use it for Protection in business, prosperity & loving relationships.

BAY LAUREL- use for healing, prosperity, and strength.

CAMPHOR- healing, well being

CATNIP- use with cats, brings happiness & love.

CHAMOMILE For Soothing, sleep and relaxation.

CINNAMON I use it in all love spells. Good for lust, success, & money.

CLOVE Use for healing, protection, calming.

CUMIN- For love, protection and loyalty.

DRAGONS BLOOD Use for purification and strength.

GARLIC Gives your home protection. Also aids in healing.

GINGER Very Energetic. Use for Love and prosperity.

GREEN TEA Drink for its Longevity & healing qualities.

FRANKINCENSE Purification, meditative and protection.

HIGH JOHN Use for Happiness, prosperity and success.

JASMINE- Very tranquil, use for love, & prosperity.

LAVENDER- Use for healing, sleep, purification & love.

LEMON Especially good for purification, love & happiness.

MUGWORT- Excellent for protection during travel, healing and strength.

MYRRH Use for meditation, purification & protection.

PARSLEY Good for Lust & fertility, prosperity & protection.

PATCHOULI Great for Love & Lust, Psychic work & Prosperity.

ROSE Best for Love, marriage, lust, fertility & protection
ROSEMARY Use for increased Memory, healing, love, protection and mental strength.

SAGE To live a long life, health & comfort.

SALT- Use for purification, protection, & strength. Use in your home and take along on trips to purify surroundings. (hotel rooms etc.)

VERVAIN can be used with almost every spell for Creativity, inspiration, protection, divination, love, and protection.

**Herbs used in Wicca are NOT to be ingested at anytime.

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Re: Herbs
By: / Adept
Post # 2
This thread has been moved to Herbalism from General Info.
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Re: Herbs
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 3
Be careful of Mugwort.The pollen can cause hayfever. In fact,be careful of herbs altogether! Fine for flavouring food; but some herbs are poisonous! Aconite is lethal!
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Post # 4
I do not understand the thread of these certain types of herbs. There are by far way more but I'm guessing you wish to suggest a few for the general public?
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Post # 5
"Be careful with herbs", - well be careful with all medicines. Most medicines have a narrow theraputic window, in all areas of medicine. Same goes for foods.
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Post # 6
Zebrah is right. Safety and health should always come first when dealing with different types of herbs.
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Re: Herbs
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 7
Many herbs are also wonderful... but only if prepared in a very specific manner. Certain portions of a plant may be toxic while the rest remains safe and even beneficial to ingest. Further, many of these magical properties of herbs are born through myth and legend rather than physical or medical properties of the herb. High John Root (High John the Conquerer or High John the Conqueroo) for example is commonly used in mojo bags and in a wide range of magic within the Hoodoo system and is generally considered quite beneficial. However if you ingest it you will likely find yourself wracked with cramps and an assortment of digestive problems.

My suggestion in general is to do your homework. Study herbalism beyond a single book or a single online reference. Discover how it is used and why. Learn, medically, why an herb is supposed to be helpful for certain conditions, and how exactly it is prepared and used.

Otherwise you're more likely to do more harm than good.
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Re: Herbs
By: / Novice
Post # 8

Iposted this for a friend Ardor she wanted a list of herbs to see if any herbs effects (like what they are used for/ what specific spell do they help with) correspond so she could substitute

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Re: Herbs
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 9
Then you should have mailed the list to your friend!
Take notice of awaketoolong! And by the way; I grow rhubarb.The stalks are wonderful! The leaves are poisonous; but they clean aluminium (Aluminum for the Americans!) very well indeed.Boil the leaves in a stained pan, and it positively gleams!
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Re: Herbs
By: / Novice
Post # 10

Probably should have done that and good to know ^^

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