Herbs have many attributes. They provide us with medicine, add zest and taste to our food, and help us digest heavy food when added to it. Apart form their medicinal and culinary uses they are attractive in a flower garden and are used io make crafts, for decorating, and are said to have magical properties.
Here are some interesting and traditional uses from promoting sleep to attracting elves and fairies.
To help promote sleep make a tea made from any of the following herbs agrimony, hops, lime tree (leaves and flowers), chamomile, lavender and passionflower (leaves of (Passiflora incarnata). Drink about half an hour before bedtime. A few drops of lavender oil sprinkled on the pillow or on a tissue and placed on the pillow near your face works wonders.
For prosperity burn in the flame of a candle the following herbs: allspice, bergamot, cloves, dill seeds and nutmeg.
For protection and to ward off negativity sprinkle any or all of these herbs around the house: angelica, anise, cloves, hyssop, marjoram, pepper and parsley or add them to meals. Burning sandalwood incense around the house works very well. It can also be used for purification and as a spirit offering.
It is said that apples attract unicorns, and love if shared with the one you love. They also attract good health and are buried in the garden at Samhain (All Hallows Eve -October 31 in the northern hemisphere and May 5 in the southern hemisphere), to provide food for the departing spirits.
To prevent nightmares place betony or rosemary in a sachet under your pillow.
Onions have many magical and healing uses. They have been used successfully in the past to prevent colds as well as treat them. It is said that those who eat an onion a day will never get a cold. Cutting an onion in to quarters and placing one of them in every room of the house will protect the residents from catching a cold. Should someone already have a cold then place onions in their room to prevent the cold from spreading to other members of the household.
Use a sachet of mugwort to treat headaches by placing it on the head where the pain is worst or if you have enough of the herb make a pillow from it. Another treatment is to wear garlands made from pennyroyal or violets and wear on the head. To cool the pain of headache, bind cucumber peel to the forehead.
If you need rain in your area try burning ferns outside and if it’s protection you seek burn the fronds indoors in a ceramic container.
To attract elves and fairies use elm, lavender and rosemary; use hazel nuts strung on a chord and hung in the house to attract the help of plant fairies.
Bananas are used for prosperity and fertility while oranges are used for good fortune and the peels for love.
To enhance psychic abilities try the following burn acacia, bay leaves, cinnamon, lavender, mace, and star anise. To see fairies pick marigold leaves in full sun, mix with water and rub over the eyelids.