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: Mandrakes were commonly grown in ancient Egyptian temple gardens.
Magickal substitutions:Rosemary usually may be safely substituted for any herb in magick spells and rituals. Roses may safely be substituted for any flower.
Magical Uses Mandrake (Mayapple): exorcism, fertility, love, fidelity. Place in the home for a powerful protective charm. The roots are used in image magic, as the American version (Mayapple) and the European version, resemble the limbs of humans. Grind and sprinkle in cupboards & Book of shadows to keep away prying eyes. Protection, Love, Money, Fertility, Health
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Ritual uses: Mandrake root or yarrow herb is tossed into fires as an offering to the Salamanders on the Wiccan Feast of the Fire Spirits (August 9).
health care uses:
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Roman surgeons used an anathesia made from poppy opium (morphine, numbing pain and limiting movement), henbane seeds (scopolamine, inducing sleep), and mandrake (slowing heart rate and deadened pain).
Some herbs may be poisonious under some conditions. Exercise appropriate care.
Wild gathering: Avoid wild gathering. Some plants are endangered species. Some plants can be toxic just by touch. Even experts can make deadly misidentifications of wild plants. Please grow your own herbs in your own goddess garden (or window boxes).
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