Caraway is a plant and an herb.
- botanical information
- part used
- astrological correspondences
- magick correspondences and uses
- health care
- cautions and contraindications
Botanical name: Carum carvi
Common name: caraway, caraway seed
Use the botanical name when ordering seeds (bulbs, etc.) or when looking up information in the library. Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.
History: Caraway was one of the ingredients mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus. The Ebers Papyrus (from between 1600 B.C.E. and 1550 B.C.E.), was discovered by German Egyptologist Georg Ebers in 1874 C.E. The Ebers Papyrus is the oldest known complete medical textbook in existence. Most scholars believe that it is copy of a much earlier text, probably from around 3100 B.C.E. The Ebers Papyrus includes information on surgery and internal medicine, including a list of more than 800 drugs.
Part Used: Each seed is half of a caraway fruit. The dried fruits are used whole or ground in cooking and herbal medicine.
Information courtesy of Mountain Rose Herbs
Astrological planet: Mercury
magickal correspondences and uses:
Gender: masculine (traditional western European magickal gender)
Western element: air
Magickal uses: Used for devotion and love potions. Used for Earth-healing.
Mercury spells: Caraway (as an herb) may be used in as an ingredient or substitute for magick spells and formulas related to Mercury matters (overcoming addiction, breaking bad habits, communication, divination, eloquence, intelligence, mental powers, psychic powers, self-improvement, study, travel, and wisdom). Be careful about substitutions for preparations that will be ingested or come in contact with the skin. These substitutions do not apply to medical uses. See the article on Mercury for a list of herbal substitutes for caraway.
Ritual uses: Used as a flavoring in celebration feasts after harvest (such as Thanksgiving). Believed to promote wisdom with the resources of the harvest.
Protection, Passion. Add to love sachets and charms to attract a lover (physical sense) Carry the seeds to strengthen memory. Especially powerful to Geminis. Protection, Lust, Health, Anti-theft, Mental Powers
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health care uses:
Health Notice: Attempting to be an amateur doctor is potentially dangerous to your health. This web page is not professional medical advice. Nothing on this website should be considered as a substitute or replacement for professional medical advice. Persons should seek the advice of qualified health providers. Self-medication should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care. Please confirm all self-medication with your doctor or health care professional. See the article on healing for recommended healers.
Traditional Medicine: While many traditional practices have been scientifically verified, some are now known to be dangerous. Seek the advice of qualified health care providers.
Traditional medicinal uses: Caraway was one of the ingredients mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus. The Ebers Papyrus is the oldest known complete medical textbook in existence. Most scholars believe that it is copy of a much earlier text, probably from around 3100 B.C.E. Note that not all traditional medications are effective or even safe.
cautions and contraindications:
Cautions and contraindications: Caraway is believed to be safe.
Wild gathering: Avoid wild gathering. Some plants are endangered species. Please grow your own herbs in your own goddess garden (or window boxes).
See also: herbs