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Willow

Formal name: 
Salix alba
Other names: 
Osier
Pussy willow
Saille
Salicyn willow
Saugh tree
Tree of enchantment
White willow
Witch's aspirin
Withe
Withy

The willows are a large group of shrubs or trees from the Willow family found in wet places, with unisexual flowers in spikes called catkins.

Medicinal data
Part used: 
bark
Constituents: 
salicin
Dosage: 
1 cup 2-3 x daily
1 capsule 2-3 x daily
Health benefits: 

Headache remedy, reduces fever in colds and flu, relieves arthritic pain. Milder and slower than aspirin, with fewer if any side-effects.

CategoryCorrespondences
Body systemsdigestive, immune, nervous
DeityPersephone, Mercury, Hera, Hecate, Ceres, Belinus, Belili, Artemis
GenderFeminine
Herb actionanalgesic, febrifuge
Herb categoryspecific
Herbal energycool
Herbal preparationdecoction, powder
Herbal tasteastringent, bitter
Magical powershealing, love, love divination, protection
PlanetMoon

Wormwood

Formal name: 
Artemisia absinthium
Other names: 
Absinthe
Old woman
Crown for a king
Madderwort
Wormot

A large woody garden plant from Europe with profuse gray-green feathery leaves and sprays of small, yellow flower heads.

Medicinal data
Part used: 
leaf
Caution: 
contraindicated during pregnancy and nursing; not for long-term use; do not exceed 1.5 grams of dried herb in tea, 2-3x daily; tea much safer than tincture.
Dosage: 
20-30 drops in a little hot water
1/2 cup 30 minutes before meals
Health benefits: 

strengthens stomach and gall bladder; Europeans use for painful digestion; stimulates bile, increases the appetite, and expel worms; in Chinese medicine to clear summer heat, for lingering fevers, and for nosebleeds.

CategoryCorrespondences
Body systemsdigestive
DeityIris, Diana, Artemis
GenderMasculine
Herb actionanthelmintic, bitter
Herb categoryspecific, stimulating tonic
Herbal energycold
Herbal preparationinfusion, tincture
Herbal tastebitter
Magical powerscalling spirits, love, protection, psychic powers
Path27
PlanetMars