Aloe, Marjoram, Patchouli, PLantain

Botanical Name: Aloe barbadensis

Common Name: Aloe Vera

Folk Names: Burn plant, Medicine plant, Saqal, Zabila

Habitat & Description: Hot climates, hardy but in most places it’s a house plant. Well-drained soil in full sun, clump forming perennial.

Planetary Ruler: Moon

Gender: Female

Elemental Rule: Water

Parts Used: Leaves and gel inside leaves

Culinary Uses: Gel taken from leaves has been made into drinks.

Medicinal Uses: Digestive ailments, burns, wounds, acne, dermatitis is in some pharmaceuticals.

Magickal Uses: Protection, luck, guards against evil, prevents household accidents.

Other Information:

Put on burns for faster healing.
Aloe vera is put into some ointments and also used in cosmetics.
Repot plant in spring for best results.
Do no take if pregnant.
Botanical Name: Origanum majorana

Common Name: Marjoram

Folk Names: Knotted marjoram

Habitat & Description: Zone 6. Moist humus-rich heavy clay. Warm light soil in full sun. Water regularly but not too much, likes slopes and rocky areas.

Planetary Ruler: Mercury

Gender: Male

Elemental Rule: Air

Parts Used: Whole plant

Culinary Uses: Spice and flavoring

Medicinal Uses: Strains, bruises, colds, coughs & flu

Magickal Uses: Connect to higher spirits & Gaia. Used at Handfasting rites.

Other Information:

· Make an infusion and add to the bath water to aid relaxation.

· Marjoram tea and oil is good for tension headaches, muscular & rheumatic pains.

· Marjoram should only be taken internally in small amounts for short periods of time as it is a very strong relaxant.

Botanical Name: Pogostemon cablin

Common Name: Patchouli

Folk Names: Pucha pot

Habitat & Description: Zone 9-10, perennial, in other locations it’s a house plant. Well drained rich soil in partial shade with high humidity.

Planetary Ruler: Sun

Gender: Male

Elemental Rule: Earth

Parts Used: Leaves, oil

Culinary Uses: NONE

Medicinal Uses: Headaches, colds, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, varicose veins.

Magickal Uses: Passion, love

Other Information:

· Oil is an important part of perfumery.

· Patchouli assists in grounding and centering.

Botanical Name: Plantago p. major

Common Name: Plantain

Folk Names: Rat-tail, Plantain, Cuckoo bread, Englishman’s foot, Leafy Patrick, Patrick dock, Ripple grass, Snake weed, Way bread, White man root.

Habitat & Description: Zone 3-9, well-drained soil in full sun, evergreen perennial.

Planetary Ruler: Venus

Gender: Female

Elemental Rule: Earth

Parts Used: Leaves, flowers

Culinary Uses: Young leaves edible in salads, dried leaves as tea, seeds are edible as well.

Medicinal Uses: Internally: Diarrhea, hemorrhoids, lung ailments, digestive disorders. Externally: wounds, insect bites, ulcers, shingles.

Magickal Uses: Bind plantain with red wool to curb headaches, place beneath feet for weariness, guard against evil spirits.

Other Information:

Prone to powdery mildew.
Plants cut fresh in growing season.
Carrying a piece of root in pocket guards you from evil spirits.

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