Friday, June 22, 2012

One Eye of Newt, A dash of Sleepwort, pass the Bloody Fingers? I must finish this brew! Ever hear anything like this, and wonder just where and what people were talking about? Well would you be surprised to know that the things stirred into witches brews of old are still used to this very day? The "code" words for many herbs were used for different reasons. As we all well know Witches were hunted not so very long ago. Unfortunately because of this hysteria many innocent people were hung or burned as witches, Just for what they had growing in their own gardens. For example growing or using Foxglove could get you branded a witch, so many people because of this, began calling the herbs what they most resembled to the naked eye. Below you will find a few Old Herbal names, Craft name comes first, followed by the common name for that herb/flower/root.

Blood - Sap of Elder Tree 
Bloody Fingers- Foxglove
 Candlemas Maiden -
Candlewick Plant - Mullein 
Crown for a King - Wormwood 

Dew of the Sea - Rosemary
Dragonwort - Bistort 

Earth Smoke - Fumitory
 Elfwort - Eclampane 
Enchanter's Plant - Vervain
Eye of the Star - Horehound 

Eyes - Aster Daisy
Five Finger Grass - Cinquefoil 

Joy of the Mountain - Marjoram
Lad's Love - Southernwood 

Little Dragon - Tarragon
Love in Idleness - Pansy 

Love Parsley - Lovage
 Loveroot - Orris *
Maiden's Ruin - Southernwood
Master of the Woods - Woodruff 

Masterwort - Angelica
 May Lily - Lily of the valley 
Mistress of the Night - Tuberose
Password - Primrose 

Queen of Meadow - Meadowsweet
Ram's Head - American Valerian 

Seven Year's Love - Yarrow
Sleepwort - Lettuce 

Sorcerer's Violet - Periwinkle
Star of the Earth - Avens 

Starflower - Borage
Starweed - Chickweed 

Starwort - Aster
Thousand Seal - Yarrow 

Thunder Plant - Houseleek
Unicorn Horn - True Unicorn Root 

Wax Dolls - Fumitory
Witch Herb - Mugwort
Witches Asprin - White Willow Bark 
Witches Bells - Foxglove 

Witches Briar - Briar Hip
Witchgrass - Dog Grass 

Witchwood - Rowan

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