decoction

Ephedra

Formal name: 
ephedra sinica
Other names: 
Ma huang
Chinese ephedra
Chinese jointfir
A broom-like shrub in the Ephedra family, related to the conifers, ephedra grows in arid places but is also widely cultivated for its content of the stimulant alkaloid, ephedrine.
Medicinal data
Part used: 
stems
Dosage: 
1 cup 2-3 x daily
1-2 droppersful 2-3 x daily
2-3 tablets 2-3 x daily as directed
CategoryCorrespondences
Body systemscardiovascular, nervous, respiratory
Herb actionbronchodilator, vasodilator
Herb categoryheroic, specific
Herbal energywarm
Herbal preparationdecoction, extract, tincture
Herbal tastebitter, mild

Mallow

Formal name: 
Malva sylvestris
Other names: 
High mallow
Common mallow
Malva

A wild plant with stalked kidney-shaped, scalloped leaves in the Mallow family with prominent veins underneath and small pink and white flowers.

Medicinal data
Part used: 
herb
Dosage: 
1 cup 2-3 x daily
Health benefits: 

poultice applied for boils, abscesses, inflammation, bites and stings; decoction used for laryngitis, bladder infections, and respiratory ailments; greens excellent steamed or stir-fried before fruiting stage.

CategoryCorrespondences
Body systemsdigestive, respiratory, urinary
GenderFeminine
Herb actiondemulcent, expectorant
Herb categorynutritive tonic, specific
Herbal energycool
Herbal preparationdecoction
Herbal tastesweet
Magical powersexorcism, love, protection
Path16
PlanetMoon

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