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« Topic Start: November 16, 2008, 10:02:55 pm »

What's your favorite herbs to work with and why?

Mine would probably be Sage because of the way I feel when I use it in food and in smudge sticks/incense (although I have bought the ground sage and put it in a glass container with salt and burned it... doesn't smell as great as the sticks/incense). I feel like all the negativity in my life at that moment is leaving and that I'm being restored to a proper state of mind in which I can focus again.

I also like to use Parsley, Basil, and Rosemary in cooking just not sure of how I would use them in magic just yet... I do need to brush up on my herbalism since it's been a while since I remembered their uses.
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« Reply #1: November 16, 2008, 11:24:24 pm »

What's your favorite herbs to work with and why?

My favorites is probably lavender and eucalyptus. I love the clean refreshing smell they have, especially when combined. You can just feel all the stress and negativity wash away. Plus eucalyptus is good at opening up you sinus and chest if you are feeling a little stuffy.

I work with a lot of herbs and I have my own herb garden. If I can get it, I can grow it. I am about to finish my herb harvest for the year, it isn't too cold here yet (TX) but it will be soon enough, so I need to get all I can before they are done for the year.

Here is an old thread that you might find interesting on Kitchen Witch tips...

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Tons of useful information on there for your everyday life and practice.
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« Reply #2: November 17, 2008, 04:16:12 am »

What's your favorite herbs to work with and why?

For my environment, it would have to be jasmine, lavender and peppermint, though I do agree that sage is quite lovely, too.

For cooking, I would have to start with coriander (I use vast amounts of that) and I have a collection of different sorts of basil plants.
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« Reply #3: November 17, 2008, 07:44:02 am »

What's your favorite herbs to work with and why?

I love herbs!  I am also a lover of sage and grow several differnt kinds for my kitchen and my magical workings as well.  I just bundle a bunch of it together and smudge with that.  Other cooking herbs I love are cilantro/coriander, basil, oregano, thyme and rosemary.  For bath/body uses I like lavender, calendula, and peppermint.  For teas, I like peppermint, chamomile, nettle and red raspberry leaf.  For medicinal uses, there are lots of things - wild cherry bark, valerian, elderberry, hawthorn berry, arnica, ginseng.
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« Reply #4: November 17, 2008, 11:18:36 am »

What's your favorite herbs to work with and why?

Mine would probably be Sage because of the way I feel when I use it in food and in smudge sticks/incense (although I have bought the ground sage and put it in a glass container with salt and burned it... doesn't smell as great as the sticks/incense). I feel like all the negativity in my life at that moment is leaving and that I'm being restored to a proper state of mind in which I can focus again.

I also like to use Parsley, Basil, and Rosemary in cooking just not sure of how I would use them in magic just yet... I do need to brush up on my herbalism since it's been a while since I remembered their uses.

Lavender and Peppermint. The former because it is just fantastic for general healing, and the latter because I suffer with hay fever and cat hair allergies and Peppermint stops my sneezing fits.
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« Reply #5: November 17, 2008, 12:41:21 pm »



Rosemary, and mint.  Can't really say why, just have loved them for always.  And lavender, but that's not growing currently so I've had little ... "interaction" with it.
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« Reply #6: November 17, 2008, 07:43:46 pm »

What's your favorite herbs to work with and why?

Mine would probably be Sage because of the way I feel when I use it in food and in smudge sticks/incense (although I have bought the ground sage and put it in a glass container with salt and burned it... doesn't smell as great as the sticks/incense). I feel like all the negativity in my life at that moment is leaving and that I'm being restored to a proper state of mind in which I can focus again.

I also like to use Parsley, Basil, and Rosemary in cooking just not sure of how I would use them in magic just yet... I do need to brush up on my herbalism since it's been a while since I remembered their uses.

I use rosemary a lot, it's a good substitute herb for lots of things. I love the roses in my garden, I use them for a lot of things. Likewise the sage, peppermint and yarrow I grow. For some reason I can't get lavender to do well here. I got a new one last weekend, so maybe it'll go.

I like to use the plants I grow at home most, b/c I am attuned to them best. I mostly use herbs in charms, infusions, potions, all the kitchen witch type of things.
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« Reply #7: November 27, 2008, 10:53:05 am »

What's your favorite herbs to work with and why?


Another vote for Sage here.  I burn it for cleansing when there is an actual problem to address.  For general cleansing I usually go with something a little less stinky, often rosemary leaves or sweetgrass incense. 

I almost always use peppermint in sachets or "witch bags."  I find it stabilizes and supports the energy of the other herbs, and keeps things clean and free from unwanted influences. 

Lavender is my favourite for bath products, mostly because it repels mosquitos.  Wink

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« Reply #8: November 27, 2008, 11:10:04 am »

What's your favorite herbs to work with and why?

Mugwort, vervain and dittany of Crete - I grow and harvest all of these myself. Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) for fatigue, protection, dreamwork; vervain (Verbena officinalis) for sanctification, protection and inspiration; dittany (Origanum dictamnus) courage, love and divination.

(Warning: all of these should be avoided by pregnant women.)
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« Reply #9: January 11, 2010, 08:20:57 pm »

What's your favorite herbs to work with and why?


Lavender, mints, patchouli, and frankincense for me.   Grin  Lavender, because it's one of the most soothing herbs/scents for me.  Mints because of their digestive soothing purposes, and they taste great!  Patchouli because it always reminds me of Samhain, even in the dead of winter.  And frankincense because it's a "clearing"/cleansing herb for me.
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« Reply #10: January 11, 2010, 08:43:31 pm »

What's your favorite herbs to work with and why?

Mine would probably be Sage because of the way I feel when I use it in food and in smudge sticks/incense (although I have bought the ground sage and put it in a glass container with salt and burned it... doesn't smell as great as the sticks/incense). I feel like all the negativity in my life at that moment is leaving and that I'm being restored to a proper state of mind in which I can focus again.

I also like to use Parsley, Basil, and Rosemary in cooking just not sure of how I would use them in magic just yet... I do need to brush up on my herbalism since it's been a while since I remembered their uses.

Sage.  Just prepping it makes me happy.  The scent as you rub it is blissful and healing.  A cup of sage tea when I'm ill, sweetened with honey.  Burning to smudge the house during the Samhain rites...  It's just a great herb.

Broad leaf plantain.  A common weed that is a great healer.  If you get a bug bite, chew it and rub the spot and the itch goes away.  Make a strong extract in oil or lard and you've got a skin cream that will treat many skin issues.  Combine that with calendula, a little Vit. E and some beeswax and you've got a treatment for psoriasis that actually helps and it doesn't cost $200 a tube like the stuff my hubby's uncle was paying for the Rx stuff.

Mint.  OMG!  Always plenty to work with, so many flavors, great for both internal and external applications, and it is gorgeous in the garden, too?  Plus where it sneaks out into the lawn it makes mowing a pleasure.  Smiley  I love mint.  Does it show?

Parsley.  Ladies, this is the best diuretic I've found that doesn't have weird side effects and it has more vitamin C than oranges. 

Jewelweed.  If you get poison ivy, oak or sumac, this plant is your friend.  The juice neutralizes urshuriol oil, the part of the poison plant that gets you.  Nothing works better, and I do mean nothing.  Mom got a patch of poison mowing fence rows last summer.  Two weeks of treating with the stuff from the drug store didn't help at all.  Three days of treatment with jewelweed, rash dried up and gone.  Tim got it BAD on his chest shortly thereafter.  He came in right away and started treating.  Never got a single weep spot, the redness was gone that day and the rash was gone in two.  You can use it fresh, or you can extract in plain water at about 4 cups chopped plant material to a half gallon of water.  And you can can it to preserve some for use in the off season when you can't find the plants.  Half pint jars are the ideal size.  The opened jars last about a month in the fridge before they go stale and need to be discarded.

And Basil.  Powerful and tasty.  Garlic, lemon grass, raspberry leaf, rose hip, motherwort, nettle...  Okay, I could just keep going, but really, that's just silly.
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« Reply #11: January 11, 2010, 09:49:15 pm »

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I love my frankincense and myrrh mix. I also have a big passion for the Rowan berries I had purchased, but this mostly stems from the fact that my son is named after the sacred tree.  Grin
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« Reply #12: January 11, 2010, 09:54:14 pm »

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Datura is my plant ally. It tells me things.

Most of my herbal friends are on the Poison Path, but there's also agave (the fiery heart of tequila Wink), juniper berries (the icy heart of gin) and absinthe (which makes the tart grow fonder, lol).
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« Reply #13: January 11, 2010, 09:58:57 pm »

What's your favorite herbs to work with and why?

Mine would probably be Sage because of the way I feel when I use it in food and in smudge sticks/incense (although I have bought the ground sage and put it in a glass container with salt and burned it... doesn't smell as great as the sticks/incense). I feel like all the negativity in my life at that moment is leaving and that I'm being restored to a proper state of mind in which I can focus again.

I also like to use Parsley, Basil, and Rosemary in cooking just not sure of how I would use them in magic just yet... I do need to brush up on my herbalism since it's been a while since I remembered their uses.

Rosemary, hands down. I've got a beautiful plant outside my home that's been growing for years, and I've routinely used it in cooking and as offerings. Recently I've started to burn it, also as offerings and as purification. I actually strongly dislike sage, partly because of the smell and because none of my deities belong to cultures that would have used it. (At least, I don't think.) It's just got a good, honest feel and scent to it. You can't go wrong with rosemary.
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« Reply #14: January 11, 2010, 10:53:23 pm »

What's your favorite herbs to work with and why?

Nettles are amazing for food, medicine, and protection magic.  Gotta be the most versatile plant I grow.  My favorite flavoring herbs are rosemary, sage (common and fruit-scented), peppermint, savory, scented geraniums, lemon verbena, and thyme (esp. lemon thyme).  For just plain stinkies I love Corsican mint and pennyroyal (similar fragrance).  It brightens my mood just to brush up against them whilst weedin'.

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