Monday, January 10, 2022

Magical and Medicinal Uses of Echinacea

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Gender: Masculine
Planet: Mars
Element: Earth
Powers: Fertility, Healing, Money, Prosperity, Protection, Spell Strength
Magical Uses and History: Echinacea derives its name from the Greek echinos which means prickly or spikey, a reference to the seed pod which looks like a spikey hedgehog or sea urchin. As such, the seed pods can be used in protection and defensive magics, the prickly nature deterring unwanted spirits and energies. However, its protective qualities are more strongly associated with echinacea's healing abilities. Echinacea is a cure-all, being used to prevent illness, especially the flu, and speed up recovery if already sick. It can be used in healing spells and rituals, hung in sick rooms, brewed as a magical tea, or burned as an incense for this purpose.

While its healing abilities often dominate the conversation, echinacea can also be used to strengthen spells, increase fertility, and draw money and prosperity to the home. Echinacea grows quickly and produces an abundance of seeds, self-seeding year after year if given the chance. As such, the seeds and flowers alike can be used in fertility and prosperity magic. Grow echinacea around the home or bring in freshly cut flowers to draw money and prosperity to those within, thus preventing financial hardship. The roots and seeds can also be worn, placed in a sachet or spell jar, or carried in your wallet to draw money toward you.

Among the indigenous peoples of North America, echinacea was often used to withstand intense heat. It was used in sweat lodges to create steam and even placed in the mouth prior to 'sucking' on a lump of hot coal during performances. This may be where the idea that echinacea can strengthen spells comes from, although we can't be sure. Despite its origins, when added to a spell, echinacea brings strength, aiding in the spell's fruition. If you're noticing your spells not working or that they aren't drawing enough power, try adding echinacea. It can also be placed in one's shoes or worn to promote bodily strength and wellness. 

Echinacea can be used in a number of spells including:
    Protection Spells
    Healing Spells
    Fertility Rituals
    Prosperity Magic

Medicinal Uses: Echinacea root is effective against both bacterial and viral infections, helping to rid the body of these microbial infections as it is naturally antimicrobial. It is often used to prevent or treat the flu, upper respiratory infections, laryngitis, tonsillitis, gingivitis, septic cuts and sores, and other such infections. It is often used with other herbs, such as yarrow, to strengthen its healing properties.

Preparation and Dosage: Echinacea root can be used internally or externally. To create an infusion, add 1-2 teaspoons of echinacea root to one cup of water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Drink or gargle up to three times a day. As a tincture, take 1-4 milliliters up to three times a day. Externally, echinacea can be used as a salve or cream.

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  1. Thank you for a great, informative post.❤

  2. Immensely informative, lovely, and appreciated look at a wonderfully beneficial herb (which, fun fact, is grown in parts of British Columbia including at a farm called Falcon Ridge that is little more than an hour's drive away from us).

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life


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