Traditional Herb Lore

Plants have been used for food, healing and magic since ancient times. Our ancestors knew the power of plants and utilized them for food, life and longevity. You don’t have to believe in magic to benefit from the power of herbs. The turning of the seasons, the dance of dandelion seeds on the air, dew sparkling on roses; all of these are magical to me.

I’m listing some herbs here – certainly not all of them – with some of their traditional folklore uses. This list is a reference point and for informational and entertainment purposes only. I am not including any of my own opinions, advice, or recommendations that you use any of these herbs for any of the reasons stated, and just because an herb is listed here does not mean you should ingest it.

Anxiety: Motherwort, Skullcap, Valerian
Beauty: Avocado, Catnip, Flax, Ginseng, Maidenhair, Rosemary, Witch Hazel
Business: Basil, Frankincense, Hawthorn, Sandalwood
Courage: Cedar, Cinnamon, Mullein, Thyme, Tonka Bean, Yarrow
Depression: Catnip, Coltsfoot, Dandelion, Goldenrod, Hazelnut, Honeysuckle, Lavender, Mugwort, Saffron, Shepherd’s Purse
Employment/Jobs: Bay Leaf, Bergamot, Pecan
Fertility: Carrot, Daffodil, Dock, Hawthorn, Mistletoe, Oak, Olive, Patchouli, Pine, Pomegranate, Sunflower, Wheat
Fortune/Luck: Aloe, Anise, Basil, Clover, Daffodil, Hazel, Holly, Irisih Moss, Linden, Nutmeg, Oak, Pomegranate, Snakeroot, Strawberry, Violet
Friendship: Lemon, Orange, Passion Flower, Sweet Annie, Sweetpea, Vanilla
Happiness: Catnip, Hawthorn, Hyacinth, Lavender, Lily of the Valley, Marjoram, Morning Glory, Purslane, Saffron, St. John’s Wort, Witch Grass
Healing: Allspice, Barley, Burdock, Chamomile, Comfrey, Dock, Elder, Fennel, Feverfew, Garlic, Goldenseal, Hemp, Henna, Horehound,Lavender, Lemon Balm, Mugwort, Nettle, Oats, Olive, Peppermint, Plantain, Rose, Rosemary, Rue, Sandalwood, Thistle, Violet, Willow, Wintergreen
Intuition: Sage, Tobacco Leaf
Legal Matters: Buckthorn, Cascara Sagrada, Chamomile, Hickory, High John Root, Marigold, Skunk Cabbage
Love: Apple Blossom, Avocado, Basil, Bleeding Heart, Bloodroot, Cardamom, Catnip, Cinnamon, Clove, Clover, Daffodil, Daisy, Dragon’s Blood, Elm, Endive, Fig, Gardenia, Hemp, Jasmine, Kava-Kava, Lady’s Mantle, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Linden, Lovage, Marjoram, Mistletoe, Oleander, Orchid, Pansy, Periwinkle, Peppermint, Purslane, Rose, Rosemary, Thyme, Tulip, Valerian, Violet, Willow, Wormwood, Yarrow
Lust: Allspice, Cinnamon, Clove, Daisy, Dill, Foxglove, Garlic, Ginseng, Hibiscus, Licorice, Mint, Nettle, Olive, Patchouli, Rosemary, Sesame, Vanilla, Violet, Yohimbe
Money: Alfalfa, Allspice, Almond, Basil, Blackbery, Buckwheat, Cedar, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clove, Clover, Comfrey, Dill, Dock, Elder, Flax, Ginger, Grape, Honeysuckle, Irish Moss, Jasmine, Mandrake, Maple, Mint, Moss, Nutmeg, Oak, Oats, Onion, Patchouli, Pecan, Periwinkle, Pine, Poplar, Sesame, Trillium, Vervain, Wheat
Prosperity: Alfalfa, Basil, Benzoin, Buckeye, Chamomile, Clover, Myrtle, Nuts, Oak, Pennyroyal, Sunflower, Tulip
Protection: African Violet, Aloe, Angelica, Anise, Asoefetida, Barley, Basil, Birch, Boneset, Burdock, Cedar, Clove, Clover, Cumin, Curry, Dill, Dogwood, Dragon’s Blook, Elder, Fennel, Fern, Fleabane, Foxglove, Frankincense, Garlic, Geranium, Heather, Holly, Honeysuckle, Hyssop, Irish Moss, Ivy, Lavender, Leek, Lettuce, Lily, Linden, Mandrake, Marigold, Mint, Mistletoe, Mugwort, Mullein, Mustard, Nettle, Oak, Onion, Parsley, Pine, Plantain, Raspberry, Rose, Rosemary, St. John’s Wort, Tulip, Snapdragon, Valerian, Willow, Witch Hazel, Wormwood, Yucca
Purification: Anise, Bay, Bloodroot, Broom, Cedar, Chamomile, Fennel, Horseradish, Hyssop, Iris, Lavender, Lemon, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Tobacco, Turmeric, Valerian, Vervain, Yucca
Sleep: Agrimony, Chamomile, Elder, Hops, Lavender, Linden, Passion Flower, Peppermint, Purslane, Rosemary, Thyme, Valerian
Spiritual Strength: African Violet, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Gardenia, Myrrh, Sandalwood
Strength: Bay, Carnation, Mugwort, Mulberry, Pennyroyal, Oak, Thistle, Yarrow
Wisdom: Iris, Peach, Hazel, Rowan, Sage, Sunflower

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