~Witch Hazel~ Herb of the Week

25046Gender: Masculine / Planet: Sun / Element: Fire / Powers: Protection, Chastity

This Herb is most often as a large shrub, although it can attain easily over ten feet in height. It is a fascinating tree to observe, for it flowers only after the leaves have fallen in early autumn. The Flowers are yellow, and are followed by black nuts, which may be gathered and eaten.

Magical Uses – Witch Hazel has long been used to fashion divining rods, hence the common name. The bark and twigs are also used to protect against Evil influences. If carried, Witch Hazel helps to mend a broken heart and cool the passions.

Remedial – Both the leaves and bark may be used remedially, as they are very similar in properties. They are excellent in the treatment of pain, and an oil may be used to soothe most minor pain. Made into a tea or infusion, Witch Hazel is good for complications of both stomach and bowels such as ulcers and colitis. Witch Hazel has also been used for internal bleeding. Witch Hazel is one of the few herbs used in the treatment of varicose veins, applied with a gauze bandage, which should be kept moist regularly. The Astringent properties have also been useful in the treatment of swellings and external tumors.

Please consult a Physician before use or consuming

                                                                                            

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Magical Herbalism, Scott Cunningham

Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs, Scott Cunningham

The Magickal book of Herbalism, Paul Beyerl

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