bitter

Aloe

Formal name: 
Aloe vera
Other names: 
Burn plant
Medicine plant
Saqal
Zabila

A spiny succulent perennial. The long leaves are thick and full of juice and smooth except for spiny teeth on the margins.

Medicinal data
Part used: 
leaf
Dosage: 
external use
Health benefits: 

juice taken internally for constipation and to soothe ulcers, arthritis and colitis; fresh leaf or juice is applied for burns, sunburn, poison oak (can be used around eyes) and wounds.

CategoryCorrespondences
Body systemsintegumentary
GenderFeminine
Herb actionemmenagogue, emollient
Herb categorycleanser, specific
Herbal energycool
Herbal preparationfresh leaves
Herbal tastebitter
Magical powersluck, protection
Path22
PlanetMoon

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

Mugwort

Formal name: 
Artemisia vulgaris
Other names: 
Artemis herb
Artemisia
Felon's herb
Muggons
Naughty man
Old man
Old Uncle Henry
Sailor's tobacco
St. John's plant

An aromatic, erect herb with grayish-green toothed leaves and short sprays or spikes of tiny greenish flowers.

Medicinal data
Part used: 
herb
Caution: 
avoid during pregnancy; don't use the tincture for more than 10 days, up to several times a year; the tea is safer to use long-term
Dosage: 
1 cup 2-3 x daily
20-30 drops 2-3x daily
Health benefits: 

bile-promoting herb used as digestive tonic, aids in digestion of fatty or protein foods; aids in mild indigestion; used after influenza to promote appetite and restore energy; useful for amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea; fresh juice externally applied for poison oak; used in moxibustion to increase blood circulation and relieve pain.

CategoryCorrespondences
Body systemsblood, digestive, liver
DeityDiana, Artemis
GenderFeminine
Herb actioncholagogue, emmenagogue
Herb categoryspecific
Herbal energycool
Herbal preparationinfusion, tincture
Herbal tasteacrid, aromatic, bitter
Magical powersastral projection, healing, prophetic dreams, protection, psychic powers, strength
Path13
PlanetVenus

Rue

Formal name: 
Ruta graveolens
Other names: 
Bashoush (Coptic)
Garden rue
German rue
Herb of grace
Herbygrass
Hreow
Mother of the herbs
Rewe
Rota

A strong scented herb in the Citrus family growing to three feet with divided leaves and small yellow flowers and a strong disagreeable odor. Native to the Mediterranean region.

Medicinal data
Part used: 
leaf
Constituents: 
rutin
Dosage: 
1 cup 1-2 x daily
1-2 droppersful 2-3 x daily
Health benefits: 

useful for capillary fragility and varicose veins; used internally and externally for eye inflammation; internally for suppressed menstruation; used as gargle for sore throat.

CategoryCorrespondences
Body systemsliver
DeityDiana, Aradia
GenderMasculine
Herb actionanthelmintic, purgative
Herb categoryspecific
Herbal energywarm
Herbal preparationinfusion, tincture
Herbal tastebitter, pungent
Magical powersexorcism, healing, health, love, mental powers
Path27
PlanetMars

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