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Madwort Madwort
mentioned in: Book: Demon doppelgangers
use: to calm a demon
background: also known as Gold-Dust, Alison
Dense clusters snow-white flowers bloom continuously throughout the growing season when blossoms are trimmed back. Compact. Rapid growth. Thrives in full sun to partial shade, in almost any soil. Best sown in early spring, seedlings cannot withstand a heavy frost.
in magic: Powers: Protection, Moderating Anger
Dioscorides recommended the alyssum as an amulet, for it has the power to " expel charms." Hung up in the house it protects againstfascination, that magical process wich is also known as " glamour." Alyssum also has the power to cool down an angry person if placed in the hand or on the body, and was even said to cure hydrophobia (rabies).
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Margarita salt Margarita salt 2x13
mentioned in: 2x13 Animal pragmatism
use: to turn humans into animals
background: A coarse ground salt, white or off-white in color and irregular in shape. This type of salt is used to coat the rim of a margarita glass so that the tart flavor of the beverage is enhanced by the salty taste as the drink is consumed. A piece of lime is typically rubbed around the glass rim to moisten the surface of the rim, enabling the salt to stick to the rim. The margarita is then poured into the glass to be consumed and enjoyed. Margarita salt may be flavored with lime or other fruits such as mango to add a fresher flavor to the salt.

 

 

May Apple May Apple
mentioned in: Book: The Warren Witches - Something old, something new
use: ?
background: The American Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) is a herbaceous perennial plant, native to the eastern part of North America.

The stems grow to 30-40 cm tall, with palmately lobed leaves up to 20-30 cm diameter with 5-9 deeply cut lobes. The plant produces two growth forms. That with a single umbrella-like leaf does not produce any flower or fruit. The plants having a twin leaf (rarely three-leaf) structure bear a single white flower 3-5 cm diameter with six (rarely up to nine) petals, between the two leaves; this matures into a yellow-greenish fruit 2-5 cm long. The plant appears in colonies in open woodlands.

The name is a misnomer because it is the flower that appears in early May, not the "apple", which appears later during the summer; neither is it related to apples. The Mayapple is also called the Devil's apple, Hogapple, Indian apple, Umbrella plant (shape of the leaves}, Wild lemon (flavor of the fruit), and American mandrake.
All the parts of the plant, excepting the fruit, are poisonous. Even the fruit, though not dangerously poisonous, can cause unpleasant indigestion.

Currently, extracts of the plant are used in topical medications for genital warts and some skin cancers.
in magic: Used for protection and prosperity.
Generally used as a substitution for European (true) mandrake. Its uses are practically identical.
As part of the mandrake family, the mayapple plant has to be tended to
carefully, or else it would be useless
Mimosa mimosa-1x17.jpg
mentioned in: 1x17 That 70s story
use: potion to vanquish Nicholas
background: Mimosa is a genus of about 400 species of herbs and shrubs. The best-known species is Mimosa pudica, also known as the Sensitive Plant, or Sleeping Grass, because of the way it folds its leaves down when touched; it and many others also fold their leaves in the evening.
This plant is one of a few plants capible of rapid movement, including the Telegraph plant, and the Venus Flytrap.
in magic: In Witchcraft it is used for everything concerning love, protection and, prophetic dreams
 

 

Mercury or quicksilver mercury-symbol-1x20.jpg
mentioned in: 1x20 The power of two
use: potion to lure an evil spirit
background: Mercury, also called quicksilver, is a chemical element in the periodic table that has the symbol Hg.
A heavy, silvery, transition metal, mercury is one of only two elements that are liquid at room temperature (the other is bromine). Mercury is used in thermometers, barometers and other scientific apparatuses. Mercury is mostly obtained by reduction from the mineral cinnabar.
Most mercury is used for the manufacture of industrial chemicals or for electrical and electronic applications.
 

 

Mistletoe Mistletoe
mentioned in: Book: Kiss of darkness
use: to banish Lascaris' spirit into the emerald
background: Mistletoe (also known as European Mistletoe, Birdlime, Devil's Fuge, Thunderbesom, Golden Bough, and All-Heal) is a parasitic plant, growing on the branches of trees. From the earliest times Mistletoe has been one of the most magickal, mysterious, and sacred plants of European folklore. In fact, Mistletoe was so sacred to the Druids that if two enemies met beneath a tree on which it was growing, they would lay down their weapons, exchange greetings, and observe a truce until the following day. After the Mistletoe seed germinates, it grows through the bark and into the tree's water-conducting tissues, where rootlike structures called "haustoria" develop. Mistletoe absorbs both water and mineral nutrients from its host trees. Healthy trees can tolerate a few Mistletoe branch infections, but individual branches may be weakened or sometimes killed.  Kissing under the Mistletoe is first found associated with the Greek festival of Saturnalia and later with primitive marriage rites. Mistletoe was believed to have the power of bestowing fertility, and the dung from which the Mistletoe was thought to arise was also said to have "life-giving" power. In the Middle Ages and later, branches of Mistletoe were hung from ceilings to ward off evil spirits.

Although Mistletoe leaves are reputed to be an effective remedy for high blood pressure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has labeled this herb "unsafe" and does not approve of its use in treating any illnesses. The active constituents responsible for Mistletoe's toxicity are proteins called viscotoxins, which slow and weaken the heartbeat and constrict blood vessels. Mistletoe extract has long been used as a traditional treatment for diabetes. A new study investigating the antidiabetic properties of Mistletoe extract has shown that it stimulated insulin secretion. European Mistletoe has a variety of immunological and biological properties and is used for adjuvant treatment of cancer and tumors. According to a string of studies conducted over the past 25 years in Germany, Mistletoe impairs the growth of tumor cells in test tubes. An extract from Mistletoe which has been used for more than sixty years in Europe to treat certain solid-tumor cancers has been studied in the U. S. recently for immunomodulatory and anti-viral activity against HIV.
Eating Mistletoe, particularly the berries, is considered highly toxic. Mistletoe is believed to be a poisonous plant, to be used, if at all, only under the supervision of a health care professional.
in magic: Mistletoe is a fertility herb, an herb of consecration, love, immortality, protection, and an aphrodisiacal herb. The Mistletoe of the Oak was especially sacred to the ancient Gallic Druids. On the sixth night of the Moon the Druid priests would cut the Oak Mistletoe with a golden sickle. Two white bulls would be sacrificed amid prayers that the recipients of the Mistletoe would prosper. To the Druids, the plant was not rooted in the earth, (ignoring many of the conventions of other plants), but it hung in mid-air, often from their most sacred tree, the Oak. It belonged to the in-between, the gateway to the Otherworld. The Celtic Tree alphabet didn't include a name for Mistletoe because it was considered too sacred. Mistletoe was also carried or placed where protection was needed, it was hung over a cradle to prevent the theft of a child by fairies, or made and worn as an amulet to speed healing and protect the bearer. Mistletoe is used at Yule to celebrate the birth of Baldur, the god of light. It is not uncommon in Britain to save the Yule Mistletoe until Candlemas, when it is burned in the fire, completing the transition from Winter solstice. Some give Mistletoe berries to their guests, gathered and dried from the previous year, which are tossed into the flaming cauldron during Yule rites. Mistletoe may be used to promote the fertility of creation. Some use Mistletoe to fashion wands, and some use it to make the handle of the ritual knife. Hanging a bunch of Mistletoe tied with a red cord brings Winter blessings into the home or altar. Mistletoe is one of the best luck and money drawing herbs I know of, add it to sachets or charms to increase fortune and finances. Harvest Mistletoe on the sixth night after the New Moon.



 

Monkshood, see Wolfsbane
 

 

Moonwort Moonwort
mentioned in: Book: Demon doppelgangers
use: to calm a demon
background: A very characteristic fern, from 5 to 20 cm tall. A short main stalk carries a single sterile leaf divided in half-moon leaflets, and a fertile spike bearing the grape of fruitdots
The root can be used in a powdered form to make a remedy that will kill tapeworms . The root powder can also be added to salve for wounds and burns. Bracken Fern can be eaten
in magic: Male Fern can be used to bring luck and prosperity. If it is carried, it will attract women to the carrier and if it is burned outdoors it will attract rain. If the Fern is dried over a balefire on the day of the Summer Solstice, it can then be used as a protective amulet. The 'seeds' from a Fern are said to render one invisible - but only if the seeds are gathered on Mid-Summer's eve. Moonwort is an herb of immortality and must be gathered by moonlight if it is to work.

Moonwort was also said to have been was used by the Alchemists, who thought it had power to condensate or to convert quicksilver into pure silver.
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Mugwort Mugwort
mentioned in: Book: Demon doppelgangers
use: to calm a demon
background: Other Names: Muggins, Muggert Kail, Fat Hen, Sailor's Tobacco, Motherwort, Smotherwood, Gallwood, Docko, Felon Herb, St. John's Herb

Mugwort looks alot like chrysanthemum. You can tell the difference by the white or light gray hairs or a whitish downy on the under side of the leaves with the tops being a dark green. It is also similar to ragweed but ragweed lacks the distinctive sent of mugwort. If planting seeds, plant in fall or early spring. I would advise planting in small flats rather than directly into the soil. This way you can control them better. Once they start they will grow rapidly, and can be difficult to control as I stated earlier. When harvesting, cut off a few sprigs and tie into a bundle and hang to dry ! in a cool dry area. As with all leaf harvesting they should be cut off before the buds of the plant begin to bloom.
Medicina Uses

Mugwort can be used as a digestive stimulant in cases of constipation. A compress of the tea can be used to speed the healing of bruises. It can promote menstration and uterine circulation. Mugwort tea can be used to promote a calming effect before bedtime or as an aid for motion sickness. Also used as an alternative for expelling parasites like intestinal worms. Use as a gargle for a sore throat. The leaves have an antibacterial action. When made into a poultice the leaves can be put over small wounds to aid in healing. Also used as an insect repellent.
WARNING:
Mugwort is toxic when used in large doses or over a prolonged period. Never use with children. Prolonged contact with skin over time may cause irritation. Never use during pregnancy as mugwort causes uterine contractions, hence, possiable miscarriage.

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in magic: Magickal Properties: Astral projection, Strength, Protection, Healing, Divination, and Clairvoyance.

History
In medevil times this herb was called Motherwort. Witches used and still use mugwort as a medicine. It was believed that rubbing the leaves over the body pervented hauntings. Also wearing it around the neck prevented dreaming of ghosts and possession by evil spirits. It was also used to flavor beer before hops were used.

Used in a dream pillow, it can invoke prophetic dreams. When steeped in water to make a tea it is used to wash crystal balls, scrying mirrors and scrying bowls. Set a few leaves under a crystal ball to inhance visions. Hang a sprig over doorways or windows to keep evil spirits away.
 

 

Musk oil Musk oil
mentioned in: 1x05 The dream sorcerer
use: love charm
background: Musk is the name originally given to a perfume obtained from the strong-smelling substance, secreted by the testicles of the musk deer, and hence applied to other animals, and also to plants, possessing a similar odor. The organic compound that is the primary contributor to the odor of musk is muscone.

In the vegetable kingdom it is present in the musk flower, the musk wood of the Guianas and West Indies, and in musk seeds.
in magic: Musk/Dark Musk: This oil is worn as a sexual attractor, and stimulates the psychic body; magickally, it is used to anoint the censor.

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Myrrh Myrrh
mentioned in: 2x04 The devil's music
use: to vanquish Masselin
background: Myrrh is a red-brown resinous material, the dried sap of the Myrrh tree, native to Somalia and the eastern parts of Ethiopia.
Myrrh is currently used in some liniments, healing salves that may be applied to abrasions and other minor skin ailments. It is also used in the production of Fernet Branca.
Myrrh is a constituent of perfumes and incense, was highly prized in ancient times, and was often worth more than its weight in gold. In ancient Rome myrrh was priced at 5 times as much as frankincense, though the latter was far more popular. Myrrh was burned in ancient Roman funerals to mask the smell emanating from charring corpses.
Myrrh was one of the gifts of the Magi to the baby Jesus in the story told in the Bible (Gospel of Matthew). Myrrh was used as an embalming ointment and was used, up until about the 15th century, as a penitential incense in funerals and cremations. It is alluded to in the Christmas carol We Three Kings. The scent can also be used in mixtures of incense, to provide an earthy element to the overall smell, and as an additive to wine. It is also used in various perfumes, toothpastes, lotions, and other modern toiletries.
in magic: Burned as a incense, it purifies the area, lifts vibrations and creates peace, it is rarely burned alone and is usually used in conjunction with Frankincense. This is used to heal and to bless objects such as amulets and charms.
 

 

Mustard seed Mustard
mentioned in: Book: Date with death
use: to open a portal
background: The mustards are several plant species whose proverbially tiny mustard seeds are used as a spice and, by grinding and mixing them with water, vinegar or other liquids, are turned into a condiment also known as mustard. The seeds are also pressed to make mustard oil, and the edible leaves can be eaten as mustard greens.

There has been recent research into varieties of mustards that have a high oil content for use in the production of biodiesel, a renewable liquid fuel similar to diesel fuel. The biodiesel made from mustard oil has good cold flow properties and cetane ratings. The leftover meal after pressing out the oil has also been found to be an effective pesticide.
in magic: Fertility, Protection, Mental Powers

It's often used to disrupt the activities of unwanted associates or troublesome, meddling people.
 

 

 

The sap of a number of other Commiphora and Balsamodendron species are also known as myrrh, including that from Commiphora erythraea (sometimes called East Indian myrrh), Commiphora opobalsamum and Balsamodendron kua. Its name is derived from the Hebrew murr or maror, meaning "bitter".
 
Nettles Nettles
mentioned in: Book: Shadow of the Sphinx
use: potion to shapeshift
background: Nettles also known as Stinging Nettle or Common Nettle has been used since the days of Caesar nearly 2000 yrs ago. Stinging Nettle was grown in Scotland for the fibers in its stalks, which served to make a linen-like cloth.

The best known use of Nettles is in the treatment of gout and other rheumatic conditions. Nettles are a histamine, and are used for hay fever, especially for allergic sneezing and itchy eyes, ears, and throats. Stinging Nettles are also used in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Nettles are rich in Protein, Iron, and Vitamins A and C. Because of their rich nutritional content, nettles have traditionally been given to anemic, exhausted, debilitated or recuperating people as soups or teas) Its high quantity of silicon has made Nettles highly useful in stimulating hair growth, improving the condition of the hair and skin, and treating dandruff. Nettles have been used internally and externally to treat eczema. Nettle juice has been used as an astringent or styptic to stop bleeding and to treat wounds. A decoction of the leaves or the expressed juice has been shown to mobilize uric acid from the joints and eliminate it through the kidneys. A poultice of the leaves reportedly alleviates pain due to inflammation, and the dried powdered leaves are used to stop nosebleed. Nettles are used as an astringent, diuretic, kidney ally, expectorant, laxative, lithotriptic, anti-purine, tonic, circulatory stimulant, and they promote milk flow, lower blood sugar levels, and can help prevent scurvy. They help the kidney and adrenals, including the liver. Commercially, Nettles are a source of chlorophyll that yields a green dye.

This herb should be collected when the flowers are in bloom, but be careful...the leaves of the plants have stinging hairs, causing irritation to the skin and a horrible stinging-burning sensation.
in magic: Nettles are an herb of consecration. One of the traditional rites of consecration for an athame calls for Nettles to be added to the herbal wash into which the heated blade is plunged. Nettles are associated with the ability to dispel darkness. Taken as a Magickal tea they are not only good for the body but also good for the spirit. The old lore regarding combining Nettles with Yarrow to help one take heart against deep fears makes this mixture an excellent Magickal remedy.
 

 

Newt, eye of newt-5x21.jpg
mentioned in: 5x02 A witch's tail
use: potion to vanquish Necron
background: Newts are small, usually bright-coloured semiaquatic salamanders of North America, Europe and North Asia.
Newts have the ability to regenerate limbs, eyes and spinal cords.



 
 
Nux oil

 

Nux tree 2x17
mentioned in: 2x17 How to make a quilt out of Americans
use: potion to seperate a witch from her powers
background: Nux or Nux vomica refers to Strychnos nux-vomica, a tree native to the East Indies, as well as its nut-like seeds, which are the souce of the alkaloid strychnine. The seeds also contain brucine.
Also known as the vomiting tree, used properly it has medicinal properties and incorrectly it is a poison.
 

 

Nymph hair -
mentioned in: 6x08 Charmed in Camelot
use: potion to vanquish the Dark Knight
background: see 5x19 Naughty nymphs

 

 

Oak bark Oak
mentioned in: Book: The Warren witches - Family history
use: to vanquish Astarte
background: Most parts of the tree are used medicinally and its healing effects are many and varied. The bark of the tree is the part most used in medicine being tonic, astringent and antiseptic. As with other astringents it is recommended for use in agues and haemorrhages.
Oak bark when finely ground and powdered makes a remedial snuff that can be inhaled to arrest nosebleeds. It has also proved beneficial in the early stages of consumption. Sprinkled onto bed sheets it will help to alleviate bedsores. A pinch of powered oak bark mixed with honey and taken in the mornings will help and aid ladies with menstrual problems.
in magic: Due to the oaks many associations and characteristics, it is used symbolically on many ritual occasions, The protective qualities of the oak were well known and used in magick, and many of the old customs are still practiced in country villages. Carrying a small piece of oak on your person will bring about a sense of security and well-being as well as protection from harm. Two twigs of oak tied together with red thread to form an equal armed cross is an age old talisman that can be worn or hung up in the home for protection, strength and security against evil. Acorns placed on window-ledges will guard against lightening strikes. As the oak tree is so firmly planted and deep-rooted it symbolizes permanency, and as our feet are constantly in touch with the ground this symbolism can be used magically to aid our feet. Before going on a long journey, be it in your own country or abroad, soak your feet in a footbath infusion of oak bark and leaves. This will not only relieve weary feet, but also guide you on your journey and ensure you’re save return.
To catch a falling oak leaf will bring you luck and prosperity, and you shall suffer no colds throughout the winter. If someone is sick or poorly in the home, place an oak log on the fire to warm the house; it will help to “draw-off” the illness. Carrying an acorn is thought to guard against illness and pain, it is also thought to aid longevity and preserve youthfulness.
 

 

Oleander oleander-1x20.jpg
mentioned in: 1x20 The power of two
use: potion to stop the heart beating
background: Oleander or bay rose is an evergreen ornamental shrub to 12 feet high and as wide with white, pink or red flowers in spring and summer. The leaves resemble olive and bay trees. The flowers have five petals and resemble a tiny rose.
All parts of the plant are poisonous to humans and other animals. The wood should not be used for barbecue fires or skewers. The smoke can cause severe irritation.
 

 

Orris Root, see Queen Elizabeth Root


 
Osha root Osha root
mentioned in: 2x04 The devil's music
use: to vanquish Masselin
background: Osha is also known by the following names:
Porter's Lovage, Porter's Licorice-root, Lovage, Wild Lovage, Porter's Wild Lovage, Loveroot, Porter's Ligusticum, Bear Medicine, Bear Root, Colorado Cough Root, Indian Root, Indian Parsley, Wild Parsley, Mountain Ginseng, Mountain Carrot, Nipo, Empress Of The Dark Forest
Osha is a perennial herb used for its medicinal properties. It grows in parts of the Rocky Mountains especially in the North American Southwest.
Osha is traditionally used by indigenous American peoples and Mexicans as a medicine and/or in rituals (e.g. in Jicarilla culture, medicine men smoke osha with tobacco or other plants in religious ceremonies, and as a medicine (Osha is made into a tea to soothe sore throats).
in magic: Can be used for divination, Meditation, Cleansing, Purifier, Balancer of the spirit and to manifest wishes.

 
Oysters oyster-2x10.jpg
mentioned in: 2x10 Heartbreak city
use: potion to send Cupid back
background: The name oyster is used for a number of different groups of mollusks which grow for the most part in marine or brackish water. Inside a usually highly-calcified shell is a soft body. The gills filter plankton from the water. Strong adductor muscles are used to hold the shell closed.
Oysters are highly prized as food, both raw and cooked, and have a reputation as an aphrodisiac due to the high content of zinc they contain.
 

 

Patchouli patchouli-4x15.jpg
mentioned in: 4x15 Marry-go-round
use: patchouli oil for balance and confidence
background: Patchouli is both a plant and an essential oil derived from the leaves of that plant. The scent of patchouli is very strong, and some people find it offensive. It has been used for centuries in perfumes, and is grown in the East and West Indies.
Despite its common association with an alternative lifestyle, patchouli has also found widespread use in modern industry. It is a component in about 1/3 of modern, high-end perfumes, including more than half of perfumes for men.
The essential oil is derived from the steam distillation of the dried leaves of the plant, which provides a relatively high yield of the oil in the process.
It has a number of associated health benefits in herbal-lore, and its scent is supposed to be relaxing.
in magic: Patchouli is most commonly used in money spells, success, job interviews and contract negotiations. Because
of its elemental earth, patchouli remains the perfect herb for any spell that is earth related, such as healing,
garden success and the building of a new home (including a move). Psychic awareness is yours if patchouli is
used before scrying. Anoint your third eye before reading the tarot.
 

 

Pea Pea
mentioned in: 1x05 The dream sorcerer
use: love charm
background: A pea is the small, edible round green bean which grows in a pod on a leguminous vine.
This legume is cooked as a vegetable in many cultures. The pea plant is an annual plant, with a lifecycle of a year.
in magic: Shelling peas brings fortune and profits in business, and the dried peas are used in monetary mixtures.
 

 

Pippsissewa Pippsissewa
mentioned in: Book: The crimson spell
use: unknown potion
background: Pippsissewa is a small perennial evergreen that grows throughout much of Canada and the United States. It grows 3 to 9 inches tall, and prefers dry, sandy soils and partial to full shade.
Pippsissewa was used by Native Americans to treat urinary infections.

It's also called Prince's Pine.
in magic: Crush pipsissewa, blend with rose hips and violet flowers, and burned will draw good spirits for magical aid.

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Poke root Poke root
mentioned in: Book: The crimson spell
use: protection potion
background: Poke Root is an American perennial shrub which grows in damp woodlands, hedges, and waste places, especially in the South. The parts of this plant used medicinally are the roots and the berries.

A red dye from the berries has been used as ink and paint, and for basket coloring.
Poke Root has a wide range of uses and is a valuable addition to many holistic treatments. The root has a very favorable influence on the glandular system, inciting and increasing its action. It regulates the liver and bowels, cleanses the blood, and is highly valued in conditions due to impurities in the blood.

Poke Root is also known by the names Pigeon Berry, Cancer Root, Red Ink Plant, Shang-lu, Congora, Coakum, Inkberry, Scoke, and Red Weed.
in magic: Poke root can be used for protection.

Make a magical tea and then sprinkle some of it in the corners and doorways of your home to purify, defeat all wicked conjuring, and
prevent evil forces from entering:

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Pomegranate seeds pomegranate6x05.jpg
mentioned in: 6x05 Love's a witch
use: potion to banish a ghost
background: The pomegranate is a species of fruit-bearing shrub or small tree growing to 5-8 m tall. The genus name, Punica is named after the Phoenicians, who were active in spreading its cultivation, partly for religious reasons. Its species name granatum derives from the Latin adjective granatus, meaning 'granular'.
The leaves are opposite or sub-opposite, glossy, narrow oblong, entire, 3-7 cm long and 2 cm broad. The flowers are bright red, 3 cm diameter, with five petals (often more on cultivated plants). The fruit is between an orange and a grapefruit in size, 7-12 cm diameter, has a thick reddish skin and many seeds. The edible part is the brilliant red seed pulp surrounding the seeds.
The arils (seed casings) of the pomegranate are consumed raw. The entire seed is eaten, though the fleshy outer portion of the seed is the part that is desired. The taste differs depending on the variety of pomegranate and its state of ripeness. It can be very sweet or it can be very sour or tangy, but most fruits lie somewhere in between, which is the characteristic taste.
The acidic juice of pomegranates is used in Indian cookery; thickened and sweetened it makes grenadine syrup, used in cocktail mixing. The juice can also be used as an antiseptic when applied to cuts.
Pomegranate seeds are sometimes used as a spice.
in magic: Pomegranates are a symbol of fertility because of their many seeds, yet of death because of the vivid blood red of the pulp.
 

 

Poppy, black black-poppy-6x08.jpg
mentioned in: 6x08 Charmed in Camelot
use: potion to vanquish the Dark Knight
background: The Opium Poppy, Papaver somniferum, is the type of poppy from which opium and all refined opiates such as heroin are extracted, as well as an important food item. The name means, loosely, the "sleep-bringing poppy", referring to its narcotic properties.
The seeds of the poppy are widely used as the popular "poppy-seed" found in and on many food items such as bagels, muffins and cakes. The seeds can be pressed to form poppy seed oil. Opium Poppy seeds contain negligible amounts of narcotics.
in magic: Poppy seed smoke is used in divination
female fertility
 

 

Puer tea -
mentioned in: 6x08 Charmed in Camelot
use: potion to vanquish the Dark Knight
background: All tea comes from the same plant: Camellia sinensis. Puer tea (also called pu-er or pu-erh) is an ancient and rare tea, much loved in China and the only tea for some 'hardened' tea drinkers. The processes that go into making the classic puers are closely guarded secrets. It is fermented, sometimes twice, and is often pressed into cakes or bricks. This makes puer especially easy to store and keep for long periods. In fact it is the only tea that actually improves with age, with some vintage puers fetching incredible prices at auction. Generally they are robust, earthy teas with a dark red or brown color and distinctive, mysterious aroma. Puer is widely known in China to have major health benefits, especially in reducing cholesterol and as an aid to digestion, which makes it the ideal after dinner tea.


 
Queen Anne's lace or
Wild Carrot
Queen Anne's lace
mentioned in: Book: Whispers from the past
use: to banish Falcroft
background: It was given it's name for the lacey nature of the flower head. It was very popular during the reign of who other than Queen Anne. Also known as Wild Carrot, this wildflower is easy to grow, and is prolific in spreading it's seeds by the wind.
Queen Anne's Lace is a biennial that normally grows three to four feet tall, but can grow almost five feet in the right conditions. It's flowers are white and sometimes pink. Being related to the carrot, it has a carrot-like root that even smells like a carrot. Some suggest it is edible cooked, while others say no. This is likely because Poison Hemlock can be mistaken for Queen Anne's Lace, due to their similarities.

In addition to being the wild cousin of carrot, it is related to parsley, dill, caraway, anise, celery, cumin, and a (now extinct) plant whose seeds were the birth-control of choice for many a classical Greek or Roman woman.
The aromatic seeds of wild carrot are collected in the fall and eaten (a heaping teaspoonful a day) to prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg. In one small study the effectiveness rate after thirteen months of use was 99%. As modern scientific medicine reports that one-third of all fertilized eggs are passed out of the body without implanting in the uterus, this method of birth control seems in complete agreement with nature.



 

Queen Elizabeth Root aka Orris Root Orris Root
mentioned in: Book: The crimson spell
use: love potion
background: Orris root is actually the root (or rhizome, to be more precise) from the Florentine iris. The root is lightly scented, a little like violet.
Once important in western herbal medicine, it is now used mainly as a fixative and bottom note in perfumery (Orris is often the real source of "violet" perfume).

Other common names are Love Drawing Herb, Florentine iris, Queen Elizabeth Root
in magic: Orris root is typically used for love magick. A simple orris root charm would be to just carry a piece of root with you to attract new love. Orris root powder is often sprinkled onto the bed sheets for the same purpose.
A large piece of the root strung onto a cord can be used as a pendulum, for divination into love-related matters.
It can also be used in divination and dreamwork.


 
Ragged Robin ragged-robin-4x04.jpg
mentioned in: 4x04 Enter the demon
use: magical herb
background: Widespread and common perennial of damp meadows and marshes. The narrow, grass-like leaves are rough, the upper ones in opposite pairs. The flowers comprise five pink petals each of which is divided into four lobes; they appear MayAugust.

 

 

Ragwort Ragwort
mentioned in: Book: The Warren witches - Family history
use: to make a rose go from bud to bloom instantly
background: Also known as Tansy Ragwort, St. James-wort, Ragweed, Stinking Nanny/Ninny/Willy, Staggerwort, Coughweed, Life root, Dog Standard, Cankerwort, Stammerwort and Mare's Fart.
It has an erect grooved brown streaked stem, and grows from one to three feet high. It bears alternate oblong or lanceolate, pinnatifid or lyrate leaves.
There are also coarsely toothed basal leaves which are cordate-ovate or reniform, long petioled and sometimes purplish underneath.
Flower heads with golden yellow rays and brownish disks grow in terminal corymbs from May to July.
Ragwort has been primarily used in connection with female complaints, to bring on menstruation or to induce labour in pregnant women.
Warning: This herb contains toxic alkaloids which are known to be poisonous to livestock. Do
not take internally.
in magic: Use Ragwort while calling for protection and healing. Ragwort can be worn as a protection against evil influences. It can also be used as a ward against spells and charms.
 

 

Rhubarb leaf rhubarb-6x05.jpg
mentioned in: 6x05 Love's a witch
use: potion to banish a ghost
background: Rhubarb is a perennial plant that grows from thick, short rhizomes. The large, somewhat triangular leaf blades are elevated on long, fleshy petioles. The flowers are small, greenish-white, and borne in large compound leafy inflorescences.
The petioles can be cooked in a variety of ways. Stewed, they yield a tart sauce that can be eaten with sugar or used as filling for pies, tarts, and crumbles. Rhubarb is also used to make wine. In former days, a common and affordable sweet for children in Yorkshire was a tender stick of rhubarb, dipped in copious amounts of sugar.
Rhubarb is used as a strong cathartic and for its astringent effect on the mucous membranes of the mouth and the nasal cavity.
Rhubarb leaves contain poisonous substances.
 

 

Rose rose-1x01.jpg
mentioned in: 1x01 Something wicca this way comes
use: to break the bond of love
mentioned in: 2x15 Give me a sign
use: charm to lead to love
mentioned in: 4x21 Womb raider
use: to steal the Source's baby out of the womb and transfers it to another one:
mentioned in: Book: The crimson spell
use unknown potion
love spell
background: There are more than a hundred species of wild roses, all from the northern hemisphere and mostly from temperate regions. The species form a group of generally thorny shrubs or climbers, and sometimes trailing plants, reaching 2-5 m tall, rarely reaching as high as 20 m by climbing over other plants.
The leaves of most species are 5-15 cm long, pinnate, with (3-) 5-9 (-13) leaflets and basal stipules; the leaflets have a serrated margin, and often a few small thorns on the underside of the stem.
The flowers have five petals, usually white or pink, in a few species yellow or red. The ovary is inferior, developing below the petals and sepals.
The fruit of the rose is a berry-like structure called a rose hip. The hips of most species are red, but a few have dark purple to black hips. Each hip comprises an outer fleshy layer, and inside containing 5-25 seeds embedded in a matrix of fine, but stiff, hairs. Rose hips of some species are very rich in vitamin C, among the richest sources of any plant. The hips are sometimes eaten, mainly for their vitamin C content. They are usually pressed and filtered to make rose hip syrup, as the fine hairs surrounding the seeds are unpleasant to eat (resembling itching powder). They can also be used to make herbal tea, jam, jelly and marmalade.
Most roses have thorns or prickles. The thorns are typically sickle-shaped hooks, which aid the rose in hanging onto other vegetation when growing over it.
Roses are one of the most popular garden shrubs, and are also among the most common flowers sold by florists.
in magic: Rose petals are perfect for love spells. Matching their color magically will enhance your work. Sprinkle the
petals around your bed for lovers dreams. Use the full flowers to fill a home with love. Dry the buds for use in
potpourris and sachets. Healing and divination are also aspects of the rose. Use rose essential oils for
anointing ceremonies and baby namings.

To break the bond of love add roses from the lover to the spell.


 
Rosemary rosemary-2x10.jpg
mentioned in: 2x10 Heartbreak city
7x17 Scry hard
use: potion to send Cupid back
mentioned in: Book: The Warren Witches - Old family recipe
use: black magic apple pie recipe
background: The plant is very fragrant and valuable in cooking and scenting. The narrow, leathery evergreen leaves are dark green above and gray underneath. It produces clusters of pale blue, white or pink flowers in spring.
Traditionally, rosemary has been used by herbalists to improve memory, relieve muscle pain and spasm, stimulate hair growth, and support the circulatory and nervous systems. It is also believed to affect the menstrual cycle, act as an abortifacient (inducing miscarriage), relieve menstrual cramps, increase urine flow, and reduce kidney pain (for example, from kidney stones). Recently, rosemary has been the object of laboratory and animal studies investigating its potential in the prevention of cancer and its antibacterial properties.
in magic: Rosemary is used in magic for mental ability, healing, love and purification. Its element fire gives this herb its strength and heavy aroma. Rosemary is used as a smudge or dried and sprinkled on coal to release the smoke to purify an area.

 

 

Rowan Rowan
mentioned in: Book: Inherit the witch
use: protection circle
background: Also known as Mountain Ash.
Rowans are mostly small deciduous trees 10-20 m tall, though a few are shrubs. The leaves are arranged alternately, and are pinnate, with 11-35 leaflets. The flowers are borne in dense corymbs; each flower is creamy white, and 5-10 mm across with five petals. They are native throughout the cool temperate regions of the northern hemisphere

The fruit is a small pome 4-8 mm diameter, bright orange or red in most species. The berries are a favourite food for many birds and are a traditional wild-collected food in Britain and Scandinavia.
The wood is dense and used for carving and turning and for tool handles and walking sticks.
Fresh rowan berry juice is usable as a laxative, gargle for sore throats, inflamed tonsils, hoarseness, and as a source of vitamins A
and C.
in magic: The European rowan was thought to be a magical tree and protection against malevolent beings.
The density of the rowan wood makes it very usable for walking sticks and magician's staves that additionally carry protective qualities for safe night journeys. This is why druid staffs, for example, have traditionally been made out of rowan wood. The magic power that is ascribed to rowan extends beyond simple protection, for it is said that rowan wood will increase one's psychic powers, and its branches were often used in dowsing rods and magical wands.
Further, rowan was carried on vessels to avoid storms, kept in houses to guard against lightning, and even planted on graves to keep the deceased from haunting. It is also used to protect one from witches.
Leaves and berries are added to divination incense for better scrying.
Saffron Saffron
mentioned in Book: Date with death
use: to open a portal
background: Saffron is the name given to the dried stigma and part of the style of the saffron crocus, traditionally called Crocus sativus, which are harvested, dried, and used for cooking. Saffron has a pleasant spicy smell, and it contains a dye that colors food a distinctive deep golden colour.
In European cuisine, saffron is, for example, used in many Spanish recipes, including paella and Fabada Asturiana, and in the most famous saffron-based Italian dish, the risotto alla milanese.
In herbal medicine, saffron is used for its eupeptic, carminative, and emmenagogic properties.
Written records show that saffron has been used medicinally in the treatment of 90 illnesses for over four millennia.
Saffron is expensive because of the difficulty of extracting the stigmata of the crocus individually by hand and the number of crocuses it takes to make up a given weight, because the aromatic parts are so small.
in magic: Love, Healing, Wind Raising, Lust, Strength,
Psychic Powers.

Happiness will come to you when adding Saffron to water and cleansing your hands in it, or add Saffron in sachets and keep it in your room.
 

 

Sage sage-1x13.jpg
mentioned in: 1x13 From fear to eternity
use: to promote good luck
mentioned in: 4x11 Trial by magic
use: to summon the dead
mentioned in: 5x16 Baby's first demon
use: protection
mentioned in: Book: Kiss of darkness
use: to banish Lascaris' spirit into the emerald
mentioned in: Book: The crimson spell
use: protection
mentioned in: Book: Inherit the witch
use: cleansing
background: Sage is a term used for plants of the genus Salvia of the mint family. When used without modifiers, Sage generally refers to Common sage. Types of sage are grown as herbs and for ornament.
The aromatic sages strengthen the lungs and can be used in teas or tinctures to prevent coughs. Less aromatic species of Salvia are run-of-the-mill mint-family anti-inflammatories, which means that they can be used for pretty much any infection or inflammation, and will give at least some relief.
Common sage drunk as a cold tea will stop sweating, while the same tea drunk hot will produce sweating. Cold and hot teas will also either stop or enhance milk production.
Diviner's sage (Salvia divinorum) also called Yerba de la Pastora or sometimes just Salvia, is a plant that differs from all the other sages. It is a Mexican visionary herb and there is some evidence it is a true cultivar. It is known to have strong psychoactive properties.
in magic: Sage is used in magic for wisdom, psychic awareness, long life and protection. As secondary aspects, spells for money use sage. But, by far, its most potent aspect is wisdom and learning. Sage is often bundled tightly into smudge sticks and burned as a scent.
 

 

Sandalwood sandalwood-3x17.jpg
mentioned in: 3x17 Pre-witched
use: to perform a seance
background: Sandalwood is the wood of trees of the genus Santalum. It is used for incense, aromatherapy, and perfume, rather than building or carpentry, though temples have been built with sandalwood in India and retain the aroma after centuries. It is a deep base note and excellent fixative and is used to capture the head space aromas of other essential oils in distilling.
Sandalwood is considered in alternative medicine to bring one closer with the divine. Sandalwood essential oil, which is very expensive in its pure form, is used primarily for Ayurvedic purposes, and treating anxiety.
in magic: Feminine with the moon as ruler, Sandalwood is a necessary item in your spiritual cupboard because of its potent protection properties. As a sealer for entrances, gently blow the smoke of sandalwood around the doors and windows of your home, or leave some to burn in the entryways. Sandalwood powder mixed with your potting soil adds strength to the plant's root system. Sprinkle the powder lightly at the four corners of your property, calling on the moon as an energy source for the shield you build to reflect negativity away from your home.
 

 

Scallions scallions-1x09.jpg
mentioned in: 1x09 The witch is back
use: potion to curse Matthew Tate
background: Scallions are also known as green or spring onions. The bottom is white and the long leaves are green and both parts can be eaten. Scallions are eaten both raw and cooked. They are harvested when they are young and their bulb is around 13 mm.
They are good sources of nutrients including vitamin B, C and G, protein, starch and other essential elements. The chemicals they contain are reported to be productive against fungal and bacterial growth.
They have been used in Ayervedic, Siddha and Urian forms of Indian medicine in everything from infusions to fresh juices. They have also been used in Chinese medicine.
 

 

Sea slugs sea-slug-4x04.jpg
mentioned in: 4x04 Enter the demon
use: potions
to preserve unused sea slugs for future use freeze dry them
background: Flamboyantly decorated in brilliant colour, sea slugs are thought by many to be one of the ocean's most beautiful animals. Sea slugs are also known as nudibranchs, a word which means 'naked gill', as their gills are exposed on the outside of their bodies.
Sea slugs belong to the Order Nudibranchia. Unlike their snail relatives, nudibranchs do not have a hard shell to house and protect their soft bodies, so they have come up with other means for protection like camouflage or secreting toxic chemicals (like the orange peel nudibranch).
Nudibranchs that have chemical defences are brightly coloured on purpose to warn predators that they taste bad.
Most nudibranchs are specialized for a very specific diet that may be limited to a single species of plant or animal.
Some nudibranchs will change colour depending on what they eat.
 

 

Siderite crystals Siderite 3x05
mentioned in: first in 3x05 Sight unseen
use: to build a crystal cage
background: Siderite is a mineral composed of iron carbonate FeCO3. It is a valuable iron mineral, since it is 48% iron and contains no sulfur or phosphorus. Both magnesium and manganese commonly substitute for the iron.
Its crystals, and are rhombohedral in shape, typically with curved and striated faces. It also occurs in masses. Color ranges from yellow to dark brown or black.
in magic: Siderites, also called Lodestones, are natural magnets & for many centuries have been used to charge spell items, primarily to attract things to the one using them -- good luck, healing, etc. Often two lodestones are carried: one to repel bad luck & one to attract good. Also used in charm bags
 

 

Snakeskin -
mentioned in: 5x13 Obesessions
use: potion to call a witch doctor
background: Snakes shed their skin in one piece and do so regularly throughout their lives. Healthy snakes under one year of age may shed their skin twice a month, gradually decreasing in frequency to once a month and then to once every two or three months after about two years of age,
in magic: The Witches of the Anglo-Saxon period carried the implements of their craft in a large animal skin bag/pouch, which hung from a belt around their waists. In the bag were a number of items that represented vision quests that the Witch had undertaken. Visits to the other worlds, potions, spells and most important the nine realms of the World Tree.
A piece of snakeskin represented the snake that encircles the middle world.


 
St. John's Wort st-johns-wort-4x04.jpg
mentioned in: 4x04 Enter the demon
use: medicinal herb
background: St. John’s Wort or Hypericum, is a very good plant for naturalizing. The bright yellow flowers begin in July to Mid August lasting well into the fall. The foliage is somewhat blue-green and will tolerate some shade, however, it performs best in full sun.
in magic: St. Johns Wort is used for protection, calming anxiety and the hearing or auditory perception of spirits. Keep the dried leaves with you to rub on your wrists and temples when stress or anxiety begins to take hold. Sleep on a sachet of St. Johns Wort and Sage to bring on prophetic dreams.
 

 

 
Star's fire  
mentioned in: Book: The legacy of Merlin
use: love charm
background: Phlox paniculata?
in magic: -
 

 

Suet
mentioned in: Book: Date with death
use: to open a portal
background: Suet is raw beef or mutton fat, especially the hard fat found around the loins and kidneys. It is a solid at room temperature, and melts at about 21°C (70°F). It is a saturated fat.

The primary use of suet is to make tallow in a process called rendering, which involves melting and extended simmering, followed by straining, cooling and usually a repetition of the entire process.
Unlike suet, tallow can be stored for extended periods without refrigeration. It is used to make soap, for cooking, as a bird food, and was once used for making candles.

The type sold in supermarkets is dehydrated suet.

 

 

Tektite Tektite
mentioned in: Book: The Warren witches - Family history
use: to call the powers of the Warren linie
background: Tektites (from Greek tektos, meaning molten) are formed by the impact of large meteorites on the
surface of the Earth.
in magic: This is a very special crystal, since it has the ability to supress impressions of negative life experiences, while magnifying good ones. A person will come to wisdom, clarity and confidence
through these properties.
 

 

Thistle, holy 1x17 Holy Thistle
mentioned in: 1x17 That 70s story
use: potion against Nicholas
background: Holy Thistle is an herbal medicine used to treat upset stomach with gas, lack of appetite (not feeling hungry), and on the skin for treating infected wounds or ulcers.
Other names for Holy Thistle include: Cnicus benedictus, Carduus benedictus, Cnicus, Blessed Thistle, and Carbenia benedicta.
in magic: In Witchcraft it is used for everything concerning strength, protection, exorcism, healing and hex-breaking
 

 

Thyme thyme-3x04.jpg
mentioned in: 3x04 All Halliwell's Eve
Use: potion to vanquish grimlocks
background: Thyme is a genus of about 350 species of aromatic perennial herbs and sub-shrubs to 40 cm tall.
The stems are thin and wiry; the leaves are evergreen in most species, arranged in opposite pairs, oval, entire, and small, 4-20 mm long. The flowers are in dense terminal heads, with an uneven calyx, with the upper lip three-lobed, and the lower cleft; the corolla is tubular, 4-10 mm long, and white, pink or purple.
Thyme is often used to flavour meats, soups and stews.
Thyme should be added early in cooking so that its oils have time to be released.
in magic: It is used in magic for healing, psychic awareness and purification. Often used in love spells, Venus lends this herb high potential in this purpose. Thyme can be used in air magic, releasing its essence slowly.
Wear a Thyme sprig to funerals to counteract the negativity of the mourners. A pillow stuffed with thyme cure nightmares.


 
Toadflax toadflax-5x12.jpg
mentioned in: 3x08 Sleuthing with the enemy
use: potion to vanquish Belthazor
mentioned in: 5x12 Centennial Charmed
use: potion to vanquish Belthazor
background: aka Common or Yellow Toadflax
Also called butter-and-eggs and wild snapdragon it prefers open, disturbed sites, roadsides, waste areas, and rangeland and usually occurs in patches.
Yellow toadflax is difficult to eradicate, due to its extensive root system.
The corollas are bright yellow to cream colored, with an orange throat that is bearded, and long, straight spurs.
Toadflax is suspected to be mildly poisonous to livestock.
in magic: Toadflax is used for protection and hex breaking


 
Toadstool -
mentioned in: 4x04 Enter the demon
use: aphrodisiac
background: The term "toadstool" is used typically to designate a basidiocarp that is poisonous to eat. Basidiocarp is the term for the spore-producing structure of "true" mushrooms.
A mushroom is an above ground fruiting body (that is, a spore-producing structure) of a fungus, having a shaft and a cap.
 

 

Toro herbs -
mentioned in: 4x04 Enter the demon
use: magical herb

 

 

Turmeric is a plant of the ginger family, which is native to tropical South Asia.
In medieval Europe, turmeric became known as Indian Saffron, since it is widely used as an alternative to far more expensive saffron spice.
Because it imparts a vivid yellow color to the food it is cooked with, it is often used to color as well as flavor condiments, rice dishes and sauces.

Powers: Aphrodisiac, purification, protection Lore
A mild aromatic stimulant which is strengthening to the emotions, turmeric evokes passion and is considered to be an aphrodisiac. Scatter the powder about a magic circle for protection.

http://www.toadhollowbeads.com/THHerbsSk-Z.htm

 
Vanilla Vanilla
mentioned in: Book: The Warren Witches - Old family recipe
use: black magic apple pie recipe
background: Vanilla is an orchid, a twining tropical vine that blooms with large flowers. The main species is a native of Mexico, though now widely grown throughout the tropics.
Vanilla grows by climbing over some existing tree, pole, or other support. If left alone, it will grow as high as possible on the support.
The part of the plant in which the distinctive flavory compounds are found is the fruit, resulting from the pollenization of the flower. One flower produces one fruit. Flowers may only
be naturally pollenized by a specific bee found in Mexico. Growers have tried to bring this bee into other growing locales, to no avail. The only way to produce fruits is thus artificial
pollenization.
The fruit (a bean), if left on the plant, will ripen and open at the end; it will then exhaust the distinctive vanilla smell. The fruit contains tiny black seeds, which, in ripe fruits, carry
the vanilla flavour. These black seeds are the tiny black "dust" one may find in dishes prepared with whole natural vanilla.
in magic: Vanilla's long blackish seed pods, called vanilla beans, are very fragrant and used in magic. Vanilla extract, vanilla sugar, and the essential oil distilled from the seed pods, can also be
used magically. Vanilla extract, used in baking, is generally the least expensive and most readily available form of vanilla. For magic pure vanilla extract should be used, such as Vanilla Bourbon Absolute, not the less expensive synthetic substitute.
Vanilla is mainly used for love spells, but it can also be used for luck, success, energy restoration, magical power, and mental strength. It can also be used in sex magic, especially to
encourage lust.
Vanilla incense is used for all of these things, as well as for meditation, healing rituals, mental clarity, dream clarification, and to enhance memory. Vanillian, an artificial vanilla powder, can be added to magical powders, dream pillows, and love incense mixture. It is said to encourage your loved one to think of you. Vanilla beans are carried as charms for luck, love, energy, and mental sharpness. Vanilla extract can be added to floor washes to draw happiness, love, or good fortune to the place where it is used. Use it to wash the floor before a happy event, such as a birthday party or a Wiccaning, to ensure the success of the occasion.
Vanilla sugar (made by leaving a vanilla bean in sugar until it takes its scent) can be added to potions and powders to sweeten love, or to encourage a nicer personality in someone. The scent of essential oil of vanilla is considered an aphrodesiac, so the oil can be worn to attract sexual attention or to draw a lover. The oil can also be worn to enhance power during magical workings, or to increase mental function.

Vanilla is appropriate at Imbolc and Beltane, in sabbat foods, incense, and candles. Tonka beans, woodruff, common heliotrope, deerstongue, and tolu balsam resin are magical substitutes for the scent of vanilla.
Violet Violet
mentioned in: Book: The crimson spell
use: unknown potion
background: Violets are flowers of the family Violaceae, with around 400 species throughout temperate areas of the world. Most violets are herbs found in moist and slightly shaded conditions such as hedgerows.

Violets are small perennial plants often with large heart-shaped leaves, which flower profusely in spring.
The genus includes the Sweet Violet (Viola odorata, the common violet of the English countryside) and Dog Violet, and many other species whose common name includes the word "violet".

The young leaves are edible raw or cooked as a somewhat bland leaf vegetable. They are rich in vitamins A and C. The flowers can be used to decorate meals. Flowers, leaves and roots are used for medical purposes.
in magic: Used in spells to heal a broken heart and to attract a new love to you.

Source:
Lucky Mojo
 

 

Water, twice blessed -
mentioned in: 6x05 Love's a witch
use: potion to banish a ghost
in magic: Water is the element that represents emotions, twilight, autumn, the ocean, everything that flows and adapts, courage.
It is also a purification agent.

Blessing of water:
" Oh Great Ones, My Goddess and my God, I call upon you, In need of your help,
Bless this water, (Hold up small bowl of water.)
Bless this water, With you power, With you purification, With you healing powers,
Bless this water (put bowl down, and now use the water for power, purification and healing)
With the water you so blessed, May this harm none,
The spell is done, So mote it be and blessed be ."

Bless some salt and a bowl or water, mix the salt into the water with an athame, or magical knife, project into the salt water all negative emotions, stray thoughts or physical discomforts that might distract you from the ritual. Imagine the water being transformed and filled with light. When you feel ready, touch the water or taste it, to take in the purified energy.
 

 

Wattleseed wattle-6x15.jpg
mentioned in: 6x15 I dream of Phoebe
use: potion to vanquish Bosk
background: Wattle or Acacia is a genus of shrubs and trees of Gondwanian origin.
Australian species are usually called wattles.
The leaves of acacias are compound pinnate in general. In some species, however, more especially in the Australian and Pacific islands species, the leaflets are suppressed, and the leaf-stalks become vertically flattened, and serve the purpose of leaves. The small flowers have five very small petals, almost hidden by the long stamens, and are arranged in dense rounded or elongated clusters; they are yellow in most species, whitish in some.
The plants often bear spines, especially those growing in arid regions.

There are only a small number of edible wattles, the others being poisonous, therefore the gathering of one’s own Wattleseed should only be conducted under expert guidance. The Wattleseed of culinary use is always roasted and ground, a process that gives it an appetizing coffee-like aroma and taste. Seeds are usually high in proteins, carbohydrates and fats.


 
Wereboar tusk -
mentioned in: 6x08 Charmed in Camelot
use: potion to vanquish the Dark Knight
background: Wereboar is a form of lycanthrope.
Lycanthropy is the ability or power of a human being to undergo transformation into a wolf. The word lycanthropy is often used generically for any transformation of a human into animal form, though the precise term for that is technically therianthropy.

 

 

Willet Willet
mentioned in: Book: Date with death
use: to open a portal
background: The Willet is a large shorebird.
Adults have grey legs and a long, straight, dark and stout bill. The body is dark grey on top and light underneath. The tail is white with a dark band at the end. The wings have a distinctive black and white pattern.

Their breeding habitat is salt marshes in eastern North America from Nova Scotia to the Gulf of Mexico and fresh water prairie marshes in western North America from southern Canada to the northern United States. They nest on the ground, usually in well-hidden locations in short grass, often in colonies.

They migrate to the Atlantic coast from North Carolina to northern South America in the west and to the Pacific coast from California to South America in the east.

These birds forage on mudflats or in shallow water, probing or picking up food by sight. They mainly eat insects, crustaceans and marine worms, but also eat some plant material.
 

 

 

Wolfsbane Wolfsbane
mentioned in: Book: The crimson spell
use: -
background: These plants are chiefly natives of the mountainous parts of the northern hemisphere, growing in damp soils on mountain meadows. Their darkgreen leaves lack stipules. They are palmate or deeply palmately lobed with 5-7 segments. The leaves have a spiral or alternate arrangement. The tall, erect stem being crowned by racemes of large and eye-catching blue, purple, white, yellow or pink flowers.
They thrive well in any ordinary garden soil, and will grow beneath the shade of trees.

Aconite has been ascribed with supernatural powers relating to werewolves and other lycanthropes, either to repel them or in some way induce their lycanthropic condition.

Aconite slows the heart, decreases blood pressure, induces sweating, and reduces inflammation. Applied locally, it is absorbed into the skin. It produces a warm, tingling sensation followed by numbness. Liniments containing aconite were used to relieve rheumatic and neuralgic pains.

The name wolfsbane comes from the fact that is was used as a poision to eradicate the wolf from the European continent. It was added to meat that was used as bait. In imperial Rome, it was used as a human poison. Its use was so prevalent the Emperior Trajon forbade the growing of it. If you were found growing it the punishment was death.

Other common names: :Aconite, Wolfsbane, Monkshood, Queen Mother, Friar's Cap
in magic: Never Attempt to use Aconitum. This Plant will Kill.
A dose as little as 5 milliliters of a tincture may cause death.

Add to protection sachets, it is a protector.
Aconite is used by werewolves to cure themselves of there "afliction". If you wrap a seed in lizard skin, it will allow you to become invisible at will. Women who were fed it daily from infancy could poison others with sexual contact.


 
Wood Betony Wood betony
mentioned in: Book: The crimson spell
use:
background: It is a pretty woodland plant, met with frequently throughout England, but by no means common in Scotland. Betony generally grows in woods and copses.

The stems rise from a woody root to a height of from 1 to 2 feet, and are slender, square and furrowed. They bear at wide intervals a few pairs of oblong, stalkless leaves,
All the leaves are rough to the touch and are also fringed with short, fine hairs; their whole surface is dotted with glands containing a bitter, aromatic oil.
At the top of the stem are the two-lipped flowers of a very rich purplish-red.

Betony was once the sovereign remedy for all maladies of the head, and its properties as a nervine and tonic are still acknowledged, though it is more frequently employed in combination with other nervines than alone. It is useful in hysteria, palpitations pain in the head and face, neuralgia and all nervous affections.

It was held in high repute not only in the Middle Ages, but also by the Greeks who extolled its qualities. In addition to its medicinal virtues, Betony was endowed with power against evil spirits. On this account, it was carefully planted in churchyards and hung about the neck as an amulet or charm, sanctifying, as Erasmus tells us, 'those that carried it about them,' and being also 'good against fearful visions' and an efficacious means of 'driving away devils and despair.'

The fresh leaves are said to have an intoxicating effect. They have been used to dye wool a fine yellow.

It is also known as Bishopswort.
in magic: Protective against evil spirits and disease; burned with Agrimony to reverse jinxes.


 
Wormwood wormwood-4x04.jpg
mentioned in: 4x04 Enter the demon
use: -
background: Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is a medicinal plant and a type of wormwood, so named because it was traditionally used to cure intestinal worms. It has been used to repel fleas and moths and in brewing to make the liquor absinthe. It is also used medically as a tonic, stomachic, febrifuge and anthelmintic.
A hardy, herbaceous perennial, it can grow to 4 feet tall (1 metre). It is covered in silky silvery-white hairs and many oil-producing glands. Its stems are a silvery-green color, straight, grooved, branched, and covered in leaves.
The leaves are alternate, a greenish-grey color on the upper side, and almost white and silky underneath.
in magic: Wormwood is used heavily in protection spells and when attempting to communicate with those who have passed over. Decorate your Samhain table with wormwood or when using your clairvoyant skills.
 

 

Wraith essence -
mentioned in: 6x08 Charmed in Camelot
use: potion to vanquish the Dark Knight
background: usually a vial of glowning gas


 
Yarrow root or Bloodwort yarrow-4x01.jpg
mentioned in: 4x01 Charmed again
use: to call a lost witch
mentioned in: 5x21 Necromancing the stone
use: potion to vanquish the Necromancer
background: Yarrow is a common herb found throughout North America and Europe. It has finely divided, almost feathery leaves, and tiny white or yellow flowers that form a flat-topped cluster. The herb is purported to be a diaphoretic, astringent, tonic, stimulant and mild aromatic. The plant also has a long history as a powerful 'healing herb' used topically for wounds, cuts and abrasions. The genus name Achillea is derived from mythical Greek character, Achilles, who reportedly carries it with his army to treat battle wounds. This medicinal action is also reflected in some of the common names, such as Staunchweed and Soldier's Woundwort.
The stalks of yarrow are dried and used as a randomising agent in I Ching divination.
Yarrow was also used before hops in brewing beer.
Today, yarrow is valued mainly for its action in colds and influenza, and also for its effect on the circulatory, digestive, and urinary systems.
Yarrow has also been used as a food, and was very popular as a vegetable in the 17th century. The younger leaves are said to be pleasant when cooked as spinach, or in a soup. Yarrow is sweet with a slight bitter taste.
The flowers, rich in chemicals are converted by steam into anti-allergenic compounds. The flowers are used for various allergic mucus problems, including hay fever. Harvest during summer and autumn. Drink the infused flower for upper respiratory phlegm or use externally as a wash for eczema. Inhale for hay fever and mild asthma, use fresh in boiling water.

The dark blue essential oil, extracted by steam distillation of the flowers, is generally used as an anti-inflammatory or in chest rubs for colds and influenza.
in magic: Yarrow is used for love, scrying and gratitude (when an herb is needed). Hang in bundles to give thanks for life and spiritual energy.
Yarrow flowers are used in rituals involving love, courage or healing. Hanging a bundle of dried yarrow flowers over the honeymoon bed is a traditional charm to ensure a long and loving marriage.
If you are trying to re-establish contact with long-lost friends or relatives, encorporate yarrow into your spells to draw their attention to you. Carrying yarrow flowers with you will help give you courage and dispel fear. A small charm bag with yarrow might be handy before giving a speech, or going to a job interview.


 

 
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