Basic Herbs Lesson 1 – Cilantro, Rosemary, Oleander

English: Fresh Cilantro (Coriander) Deutsch: V...
English: Fresh Cilantro (Coriander) Deutsch: Verkaufsübliches Bund frischer Koriander (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Botanical Name: Coriandrum Sativum

  • Common Name: Cilantro            
  • Folk Names: Stink dillsamen, Hu Sui, Chinese Parsley, Culantro, Uan-Suy, Cilentro
  • Habitat & Description: Erect annual with pungent lobed leaves with white to mauve flowers in summer, well drained fertile soil in full sun.
  • Planetary Ruler: Mars
  • Gender: Male
  • Elemental Rule: Fire
  • Parts Used: leaves, seeds, roots
  • Culinary Uses: used to flavor foods such as Thai and Middle Eastern Cuisines. Seeds are also used for flavorings. 
  • Medicinal Uses: Digestive disorders, painful joints, hemorrhoids,
  • Magickal Uses: love, health and healing
  • Rosemary can be used as a substitution herb
  • One of the oldest herbs. Seeds and leaves have very different flavors.
English: Rosemary
English: Rosemary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • Botanical Name: Rosemarinus Officianalis
  • Common Name: Rosemary
  • Folk Names: Dew of the Sea, Sea Dew, Rosmaris, guard robe  
  • Habitat & Description: Evergreen perennial shrub, flowers are by variety, upright and sprawling branching with needle like leaves. Zone 7-10 well drained neutral to alkaline, doesn’t like cold wet winters.
  • Planetary Ruler: Sun
  • Gender: Male
  • Elemental Rule: Fire
  • Parts Used: leaves, flowering tops, oil
  • Culinary Uses: Fresh dry leaves used for flavoring meats, soups, stews, used also as a tea
  • Medicinal Uses: depression, nervousness, pain
  • Magickal Uses: protection, mental powers, purification
  • Also used for: cleansing, confidence, consecration, courage, exorcism, good luck, grieving, happiness, healing, knowledge, love, memory, passion, peace of mind, prevents theft, protection, psychic development, psychic protection, purification, release, ritual, rituals for the dead, water rites/sea rituals, weddings
  • Other magickal uses: blessings, dreams, endings, energy, elves, fidelity, honesty, inspiration, invokation, longevity, meditation, new moon, prevents nightmares, sleep, strength, transformation, wisdom
White flower of an oleander (Nerium oleander)
White flower of an oleander (Nerium oleander) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • Botanical Name: Nerium oleander
  • Common Name: Oleander
  • Folk Names: Adelfa, Alheli Extranjero, Baladre, Espirradeira, Flor de São Jose, Laurel de jardín, Laurel rosa, Laurier rose, Flourier rose, Olean, Aiwa, Rosa Francesca, Rosa Laurel, and Rose-bay
  • Habitat & Description: Evergreen shrub or tree that forms a mound. Leathery leaves. Zone 8-10 easily grown in warm climates. 
  • Planetary Ruler: Saturn
  •  Gender: Female
  • Elemental Rule: Earth
  • Culinary Uses: DO NOT INGEST.
  • Medicinal Uses: It has been used for centuries as medication. DO NOT SELF MEDICATE
  • Magickal Uses: love, luck, healing, peace, fertility, potency, protection, lust

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