Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Herbarium: Honeysuckle


Folk Names: Goat's Leaf, Woodbine
Gender: Masculine
Planet: Jupiter
Element: Earth
Powers: Love, Money, Protection, Psychic Powers
Magical Uses and History: Unlike many other herbs, honeysuckle does not have much history or lore behind it. However, one folk legend says that teen girls were forbidden to bring the flower into the home because it was thought to induce erotic dreams.

Despite the lack of history, honeysuckle is often associated with money spells. Burning honeysuckle incense, placing the flowers around a green candle, or simply putting the flowers in a vase attracts money and prosperity. Furthermore the scent is said to uplift the spirit and make one more generous and more faithful. Growing near your home, it brings good luck and wealth while warding off thieves. If it grows over your door it is said to keep fevers at bay.

If you wish to induce psychic powers or dreams, rub lightly crushed fresh flowers on your forehead. Honeysuckle oil or burning honeysuckle incense works just as well.

Honeysuckle can be used in a number of spells including:
     Protection Spells
     Money Spells
     Love Spells
     Divination

Medicinal Uses: Honeysuckle has been used to treat inflammations, including sore throats and mouth sores, and for general infections including cold, flu, fever, and urinary tract infections. In Chinese medicine it is used to treat arthritis.

Preparation and Dosage: Flowers, stems, and leaves can be used to make a variety of remedies. To make an infusion, boil 2 cups of fresh flowers in one quart of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain and return the tea to the pot. Add 1 cup of honey and stir until mixed. Drink up to 3 times a day. For a tincture, take 1-4 milliliters internally up to three times a day. Externally the flowers can be applied as a wash for skin rashes, inflammations, and sores. To make a wash use the infusion recipe without the honey. Honeysuckle is not intended for long term use. While the flowers are low in toxicity, the leaves and stems are not. Symptoms of poisoning include drowsiness, extreme tiredness, dilated pupils, and photosensitivity. DO NOT USE HONEYSUCKLE BERRIES.

 

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