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AloveraAlovera
Aloe is one of the true heavyweights in medicinal herbs, and there is a surprising amount of good research regarding its benefits, which is not the case with many of the other herbs. If you dont have an aloe plant sitting on your kitchen windowsill, make it a point to pick one up next time you are out and about, because this is one truly amazing plant! Aloe has a nauseating bitter taste, rendering it unusable in cooking, but this very property is what protects it in the wild, as animals will move on to tastier treats. It is an easy plant to grow and requires little care, other than protecting it from frost. It resembles a cactus with its spiny, thick leaves, but it is really a member of the lily and onion families. Aloe requires temperatures above 40 degrees to grow properly, and due to this, most aloe plants are grown in containers that can be moved indoors when the cool weather approaches. It will tolerate poor soil and little water, and the growing conditions very much resemble those used for growing cactus, i.e. good drainage and as much sun as possible. In spring and summer, allow the soil to become moderately dry before watering, but in winter, let the soil dry completely before adding water. An aloe plant will survive in the same pot for many years, and it appears that aloes prefer somewhat crowded roots, so dont think you are doing this plant a favor by potting it up in a big, roomy container. If you must repot this plant, do it in the late winter or spring. Aloe can be propagated by seed or by removing the offshoots that grow at the base of the plant. The best way to remove these offshoots is to take the entire plant out of the pot, then separate the offshoots from the parent plant (they should have some roots of their own), returning the parent plant to its original container. Harvest the older outer leaves first and use to soothe skin problems. Alovera is an Excellent indoor or outdoor container plant and is a well known and wellresearched medicinal plant.

Magical Uses
Aloe is bound to the Moon and water. In Africa, leaves have traditionally been hung in doorways to attract luck and protect from evil influences. A charged Aloe Vera plant growing in the kitchen is thought to protect against accidents involving fire, burns or heat, particularly in the area of the kitchen. A potted aloe plant growing in the workplace is believed to bring good luck. Cleopatra is said to have used fresh aloe gel every day to preserve her beauty, and Napoleons wife, Josephine is reputed to have used a mixture of aloe and milk for her skin. The effects of aloe on the skin for cuts and burns have been known for centuries. No surprise, then, that aloe has been linked magically with beauty and healing. Snap a leaf and slice it open to use for either purpose, or mix with olive oil, milk, or vitamin E.

Medicinal Uses
Aloe has been well known for centuries for its healing properties, and both oral intake and topical dressings have been documented to facilitate healing of any kind of skin wound, burn, or scald - even speeding recovery time after surgery. Situations to try it on include blisters, insect bites, rashes, sores, herpes, urticaria, athletes foot, fungus, vaginal infections, conjunctivitis, sties, allergic reactions, and dry skin. The raw plant is best, but commercial preparations can also be used, especially for taking orally, as this plant tastes horrible. Other topical uses include acne, sunburn, frostbite (it appears to prevent decreased blood flow), shingles, screening out x-ray radiation, psoriasis, preventing scarring, rosacea, warts, wrinkles from aging, and eczema.

Internally, aloe is showing real promise in the fight against AIDS, and the virus has become undetectable in some patients who used it on a regular basis, due to its immune system stimulant properties. It also seems to help prevent opportunistic infections in cases of HIV and AIDS. It appears to be of help in cancer patients (including lung cancer) by activating the white blood cells and promoting growth of non-cancerous cells. The National Cancer Institute has included Aloe Vera in their recommendations for increased testing because of these apparent cancer-fighting properties. Taken orally, aloe also appears to work on heartburn, arthritis and rheumatism pain and asthma, and studies have shown that it has an effect on lowering blood sugar levels in diabetics. Other situations in which it appears to work when taken internally include congestion, intestinal worms, indigestion, stomach ulcers, colitis, hemorrhoids, liver problems such as cirrhosis and hepatitis, kidney infections, urinary tract infections, prostate problems, and as a general detoxifier. Lastly, many people who take aloe internally report just feeling better overall, which is in and of itself something of a testament to its remarkable properties.

Commercially, aloe can be found in pills, sprays, ointments, lotions, liquids, drinks, jellies, and creams, to name a few of the thousands of products available. Unfortunately, the aloe industry is virtually unregulated, and some products that advertise aloe content actually have little to none. Therefore, if you are embarking on a regimen with aloe, you should become an avid reader of ingredients. Look for the word aloe to appear near the top of the ingredient list first and foremost, then follow the guidelines below:

Sunburn treatments - 20% or more aloe content
Creams & Ointments - 20% or more aloe content
Juices - 95% or more aloe content
Beverages - 50% or more aloe content
Drinks - 10% or more aloe content
Capsules - 5-10% or more aloe content

As far as dosages are concerned, start small and work your way up to a therapeutic dose. Juices are a good way to start, and pills are probably the worst way to go with aloe. Aloe pulp is 95% water, and if you consider the process of drying this, then sticking it back together into a pill form, you can see why pills are probably not the best way to go. Also, give your regimen time to work. Sometimes it takes a couple of months for you to see the real effects of aloe treatments, so dont give up too soon.

Aloe is safe when used in moderation, but there are a few contraindications. If you have a heart problem and use any kind of digitalis medication, consult your doctor before using any aloe product internally, as the interaction may cause irregular heartbeat. Avoid aloe preparations if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or menstruating, as it can cause uterine contractions.


ArugalaArugala
Also known as Roquette or Rocket Salad, Arugula is mainly used as a salad green. It has an assertive, pungent, spicy, peppery, somewhat nutty flavor somewhat reminiscent of radish or horseradish. It is an annual herb, grown for its mustard-like leaves. Use it to add zing to salads and stir-fry dishes when the leaves are tender and young, and to add a tang to potato salads. Mature leaves (which are tougher) can be cooked along with other greens. Late summer planting will provide a good fall crop. Leaves can be kept tender by frequent cutting. Arugula is one component of mesclun, a mixture of young leaves of various mild herbs, lettuces, chicories, and endives. Arugula is a cool season crop. Its growth requirements are easy, and are similar to leaf lettuce. It has practically no pests, and matures quickly (2-3 months from seed). It has deeply cut green leaves and white or yellowish flowers with crimson or violet veins. It makes a good companion plant for other herbs and vegetables. Arugala is Mustard-like green which Grows in salad gardens and is used in salads and stir-fries for a peppery, pungent taste reminiscent of horseradish.


BasilBasil 
Basil is an herb that can be used fresh, dried, or chopped and frozen in ice cube trays. It is an annual herb originating in India. It has mild, spicy, somewhat minty flavor. It is a good container plant, and has small, white flowers that beneficial bees find attractive, making it a good choice for a Habitat type of garden. It is used in Mediterranean, Thai, and Italian dishes, and is also tasty when used with beef, poultry, lamb, veal, fish, pasta, rice, white beans, cheese, tomatoes, and eggs. Basil also makes a tasty, aromatic garnish for many foods. Basil is a warm weather plant that is susceptible to cold and frost. It prefers full sun and moist soil. It will wilt in excessive heat and dryness. It has yellowish to dark green leaves, and the seeds are dark brown. It can be harvested until frost, and makes a good windowsill plant indoors during the winter. It is a good companion plant for many other herbs and vegetables. See Companion Planting for more information. Basil is one of the most popular herbs grown by home gardeners today. There are a large variety of basils to choose from that will compliment whatever type of herb or flower garden you happen to be growing. Try the Purple Ruffles and Green Ruffles basils together for a frilly, ruffled look, or try Opal Basil, which contrasts nicely with marigolds and other brightly colored yellow or orange flowers.

Medicinal Uses
Basil is a member of the Mint family, and like most other mints, is mainly used in medicine for its digestive and anti-gas properties. Herbalists also recommend it for stomach cramps, vomiting, constipation, headaches, and anxiety. Basil is usually made into a tea for medicinal purposes. There is also some evidence that Basil has somewhat of a sedative effect, so drink some tea after particularly stressful days for relaxation purposes. Basil leaves can also be dried and ground into a powder for use in herbal capsules, which is more convenient when working or otherwise spending time away from home.

Magical Uses
Basil is bound to Jupiter and Fire. It is an herb thought to offer protection, purification, love, wealth and prosperity. The Italians have believed for years that Basil is the herb of love. It is said that if a woman puts a pot of basil outside her room, she is ready to receive her suitor. Burn crushed, dried basil while you announce your desire. It is said that if you want to prosper in business, place basil near the doorway to the business or in the cash register and the business will come to you.


BorageBorage
Borage has attractive, star-shaped blue flowers and dark green leaves. It is an annual herb. Its flavor is reminiscent of cucumbers. It has a scraggly, unkempt growth habit, so plant closely together so the plants will help support each other. Seed can be sown all season. It prefers full sun and fertile, moist soil. It blends nicely into flower or herb gardens. It is best used fresh, as it does not dry well. Its flowers are quite pretty, and are attractive enough to use in a centerpiece. The fresh flowers also provide a colorful garnish to salads, spreads, dips, and soups. Borage is a good companion for some other herbs and vegetables in the garden, and the bees love it. Borage flowers are used as a garnish in tall drinks, salads and dips. The petals, leaves, and stems add flavor to soups and stews if added in the last few minutes of cooking, and also enhance cabbage dishes. Candied borage flowers make an attractive cake or pastry decoration.

Borage will do well in most garden soils, but as with most plants, the better the soil, the healthier the plant. It is easily grown from seed, and will self-seed readily once established. Mature plants take up a lot of room, so thin seedlings to 1.5 to 2 feet apart. Seed can be sewn successfully in the spring after the last frost. Sometimes Borage will not flower until the second year, but often flowers will appear in the first season. Keep weed competition to a minimum by using mulch, and keep the soil moist for best plant performance.

Medicinal Uses
Borage has been used since early times in teas to relieve depression and reduce fevers. The flowers or leaves are helpful for relieving the symptoms of bronchitis, and also act as an anti-diarrheal remedy. Externally, Borage leaves can also be ground into a paste (add hot water or tea, and maybe a little oatmeal for consistency) and make a cooling and soothing remedy for sprains, swelling, and skin inflammations and irritations.

Borage leaves or flowers can be dried and pulverized to make into capsules for when it is inconvenient to make a tea to take internally.

Magical Uses
Borage is bound to Jupiter and air. It is legendary for its spirit-lifting and courage-inducing properties. Celtic warriors drank wine flavored with borage to give them courage in battle, and many of the most noted herbalists throughout history have considered it a very effective anti-depressant for the feeling of elation it induces.


CalendulaCalendula
Calendula is often referred to as "Pot Marigold." It is an Annual plant that blooms almost constantly when in season, and it is very attractive in the garden. It was originally thought to have serious medicinal and magical values, but today it is more of an ornamental and culinary plant. Having said that, it does still have some uses in medicinal and magical methodology. Calendula is easily grown from seed, but the seed has to be relatively fresh for success in the garden. Seed should be started when the ground is thoroughly warm, but once the plants are up, they are surprisingly resistant to cold and frost. In fact, they bloom better during the cooler weather. Calendula self seeds rather readily, and should come up reliably year after year in a weed-free environment. Soil can be rather poor, but improving the soil by adding some compost will result in better bloom. As far as placement - the sunnier the spot the better the results. Calendula petals can be used fresh or dried to add color to soups, stews, and custards. The petals are somewhat tangy and peppery tasting. The leaves are rather bitter, but can be used sparingly in salads and soups. Try fresh flowers as a garnish on any dish. Cheerful yellow flowers that bloom almost constantly in warm weather. Excellent addition to flower or herb gardens. Flowers often used as a garnish. Limited medicinal qualities.

Medicinal Uses
Calendula is not one of the major medicinal herbs, but it does have its place in the medicine cabinet. The petals or leaves can be used in a Tea to induce sweating, promote menstruation, increase urination, relieve stomach cramps, indigestion and stomachaches, and for relief from flu and fevers. Externally, Calendula flowers and leaves can be made into an Ointment or powder for a variety of common skin ailments, including cuts, scrapes, abrasions, scalds, blisters, acne, rashes (including diaper rash), chicken pox outbreaks, and athletes foot. For bee stings, rub the fresh flowers directly on the sting to relieve the pain. A powder for external uses can be made by drying Calendula flowers (See Calendula), then grinding and mixing them with cornstarch or talc. As a beauty aid, a Calendula rinse made of unsweetened tea brings out the highlights in blonde and brunette hair. Also try running bath water over a mesh bag full of Calendula flowers for a refreshing and stimulating bath that is good for the skin. Calendula flowers or leaves can be dried and used in capsule form for situations in which it is inconvenient to make a tea for internal use.

Magical Uses
Calendula has a long history in magical lore. It is bound to Sun and Fire. It is believed to be useful for prophetic dreams, protection, respect, and psychic powers, and to be of benefit when legal matters arise. For legal matters, carry Calendula petals in the pocket for a favorable outcome in court matters or meetings related to the law. Put a mesh bag of Calendula petals under the faucet when running bath water, and you will win the respect and admiration of everyone you encounter after bathing in it (it also highlights the hair - see Calendula in Medicine). It is said that if a woman touches Calendula petals with her bare feet, she will understand the language of the birds. There is also an old recipe that calls for mixing dried Calendula flowers, Marjoram, Thyme, and Wormwood and grinding them into a powder. Simmer in honey and white wine, and then rub over the body to induce prophetic dreams about your future husband or wife while chanting your wishes. If the candidate is good to you in the dreams, they will make a loving spouse, but if they treat you badly in the dream, they will be disloyal and uncaring.


ChamomileChamomile
Chamomile is an annual fragrant herb, the flowers of which make a wonderful, soothing tea. It originates in southern and Eastern Europe. It is a member of the daisy family and its flowers have a bitter taste. Only use the first 3-4 inches of foliage or the flowers of this plant. The rest is unusable. Other than for teas, Chamomile is mainly used for medicinal purposes. Chamomile fragrance is reminiscent of apples. It grows readily in less than perfect conditions and can be used as a Ground Cover. It has silver-white flowers with yellow centers. German chamomile is the most frequently used type for medicinal purposes. Chamomile can be sown in the garden in either fall or spring. Freezing and thawing increase seed viability, and therefore planting in fall is preferable. It appreciates full sun and evenly moist soil, and it will reseed freely if some flower heads are left on the plant. When harvesting for teas, pick the flowers for drying when the petals are at their peak and begin to turn back on the flower disk. Use only fresh flowers, as older flowers have lost most of their beneficial oils. Remove as much green material as possible, and dry on screens in the shade. Store in airtight containers and use as needed. Member of the daisy family with daisy-like flowers. Bitter taste and not usually used in cooking.

Medicinal Uses
Chamomile is a versatile herb medicinally that treats a plethora of common ailments. Generally, there are three categories of use - as an anti-inflammatory for the skin, as an anti-infective for many common ailments, and as an anti-spasmodic for such problems as stomach cramps and indigestion. Used in a Tea, or in Capsule form, Chamomile flowers are used internally for many common physical symptoms, including menstrual cramps, stomach cramps, indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea, fever, colds, congestion, headaches, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, stress, nervousness, and poor digestion. For babies, it is helpful with symptoms of colic and teething pain.

Externally, Chamomile flowers can be ground into a paste (grind with mortar & pestle and add some water or unsweetened tea - add oatmeal slowly as needed for consistency) and used to treat skin irritations such as ulcers, infections, rashes, and burns. The flowers can also be used in a bath to ease the pain of hemorrhoids and cystitis, and the essential Oil can be applied to combat neuralgia and eczema. To prepare a bath, put a handful of flowers in a mesh bag, hang it on the tap using string or whatever, and run the bath water over it. Use the same bath water, or an unsweetened tea, on brown hair to create golden highlights.

Lastly, Chamomile flowers can be used in a steam inhaler for respiratory and allergic problems such as asthma, hay fever, and sinusitis.

Magical Uses
Chamomile is bound to sun & water. It is used magically for money, sleep, love, peace, tranquility, and purification. Wash your hands or bathe in Chamomile if you are a gambler - it is said to increase your chances of winning. Place Chamomile in your pillow for peaceful sleep. Use Chamomile to attract money by carrying with you in charms or burning in rituals. Sprinkle the dried flowers around your property to protect from spells or curses.


Chervil Chervil
Close relative of Parsley, used mostly for flavoring other foods. Some medicinal uses, most notably for high blood pressure. Its fragrance is reminiscent of Anise. Its leaves are light green and its flowers are white. It can be grown indoors if care is taken to give it enough room in the pot. It prefers partial shade and self-sows readily.

Chervil can be used in flavored vinegars, and chopped for use in sauces, soups, stews, salads and vegetables. It can also be mixed with cheeses and butter, and can add flavor to chicken, fish, and egg dishes. Chervil can be used fresh or dried. If grown from seed, plant in its permanent location. This herb does not transplant well.

Medicinal Uses
Chervil has been used in the past as a diuretic, expectorant, digestive aid, and skin freshener. It was also thought to relieve symptoms of eczema, gout, kidney stones, and pleurisy. It is most widely known as a remedy for high blood pressure today. Tender, young Chervil leaves have been used in spring tonics throughout history. A combination of Dandelion, Watercress, and Chervil are still recommended today for rejuvenation of the blood and body after a long winter.


CorianderCoriander
Coriander is a member of the Parsley family and is completely edible, from root to flower. It originates in southern Europe. It is an annual herb that grows up to 3 feet. It is bright green with slender, erect stems. Two parts of this plant are referred to with different names. Coriander is the tan colored seed, and Cilantro is the leaf. The leaves can be used fresh, ground, or chopped and stored in ice cube trays.

Coriander does not do well in humid climates. It prefers moderately rich soil and full sun to partial shade. The roots are long, making it difficult to transplant, so sow the seeds directly in the garden after all danger of frost has passed. In milder climates, seed can be sown in the fall. It makes a good companion plant for other herbs and vegetables. Please see Companion Planting for more information. Harvest Coriander when the leaves and flowers have turned brown, but before the seed has had a chance to scatter. Cut the whole plant, hang it upside down, and thresh the seed from it for drying (use a big plastic bag). Seed that has not been dried is bitter. To harvest fresh seeds, cut when immature and dry. The leaves dry poorly, but the seeds can be kept in sealed jars.

As far as taste, Cilantro evokes strong opinions on both sides of the fence. Either people love it or they hate it, saying that Cilantro has a soapy taste and that the Coriander seeds have an unpleasant odor. It is used widely in Latin American, Indian, and Asian cuisines and can be used to spice up almost any meat or vegetable.

Medicinal Uses
Coriander is primarily used in modern medicine as a flavoring agent in medicines and as a stomach soothing addition to more irritating compounds For upset stomach and flatulence relief, chew on Coriander seeds or drink a tea made from the seeds. For relief from the pain of rheumatism, pound the seeds and combine with hot water or tea to make a paste, then apply to the affected area. Oatmeal may be added to this mixture to produce the desired consistency.

Magical Uses
Coriander is bound to Mars and fire. Since ancient times, it has been used as an aphrodisiac for love and lust. Use sachets carried on the person, or powdered seeds in warmed wine to attract the one you love - or to find common ground with someone you dont care for right now. Coriander is a gardeners herb, and growing it or hanging it in all four corners of the house is said to offer protection (try it for unwanted guests too). Crush and burn as incense for the same effect.


Dill
Dill is an annual herb, and is native to southern Europe. It looks like a smaller version of its relative, Fennel. It grows to 36 inches and has attractive, silver-green feathery leaves. The seed is sharp, and has a more pungent flavor than the leaves, which are mildly tangy. It is used to flavor vinegars and mustard-based sauces and dressings. It also works with tomatoes, fish (especially Salmon), eggs, pickles (obviously), salads, and vegetables. In the garden, Dill makes a nice, feathery backdrop for other plants. It also makes a good companion plant for some other herbs and vegetables, and bees are attracted to its flowers. Harvest Dill seed when the seed heads become thoroughly brown. A photograph of a cut stalk of ready-to-go seed is below. Store in a breathable container, such as an envelope, at least for the first few weeks. This ensures that the seeds are completely dry, after which they can be transferred to an airtight container without concern for mold.


GarlicGarlic
Garlic has been around since pre-biblical times, and has been the subject many a tale. It is an annual plant with an oniony and... Well...garlic taste. It adds aroma and taste to pretty much every dish imaginable - except desserts - and is a favorite seasoning herb in cooking. It has also been used in folk remedies for a plethora of physical difficulties through time.

Garlic originates in southern Europe, but various garlic species have been known worldwide for centuries. The Indians used wild garlic extensively before the settlers brought cultivated varieties into the mix. It can be started in the home garden by seeding or cloves. Garlic cloves or seeds can be planted in early spring for a fall harvest, and in more moderate climates can even be planted in the fall for harvesting the next fall. Cloves from the grocery store, if still reasonably fresh, will grow nicely in most gardens. Planting cloves rather than seeds is the preferred method, because it is MUCH faster. Garlic is quite cold-hardy and survives low winter temperatures in all but the harshest winter areas. The plants develop leaves while the days are short and cool, and develop bulbs in the warmer and longer days of summer. Garlic has beautiful flowers, so be sure to plant enough to let a few of the plants go to seed (the flower heads are unique additions to flower arrangements). Otherwise, when the plants start to flower, cut the flower stalks back so that they will put their energy into the bulb. When the tops eventually bend and start turning brown (mid-to-late0 summer if all has gone well), knock the plants down and leave them for a few days. Then pull the plants and let them dry on a screen in the shade. Once they are dry, shake the dirt loose and store. Garlic is well known in the pest control arena. .

Medicinal Uses
Garlic is an important medicinal herb. It is also readily available everywhere, unlike some of the other herbs. It is one of the safest herbs, and as such can be taken often. It does, however, have its drawbacks, as we all know. Bear this in mind when using remedies (especially internal ones), and cut back when family and friends start avoiding you.

Garlic does indeed have scientifically-proven medicinal properties. It contains a substance called Allicin, which has anti-bacterial properties that are equivalent to weak penicillin. It appears that cooked garlic weakens the anti-bacterial effects considerably, however, so dont count on cooked garlic with meals for much in the way of a curative.

Garlic appears to have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. The list is long when it comes to its uses as a remedy. This list includes wounds, ulcers, skin infections, flu, athletes foot, some viruses, strep, worms, respiratory ailments, high blood pressure, blood thinning, cancer of the stomach, colic, colds, kidney problems, bladder problems, and ear aches, to name a few. It is believed to cure worms in both people and animals - try giving the dog a clove of garlic daily. Externally, garlic is a known anti-bacterial and anti-infection agent. An interesting use for earaches is to slice a garlic clove, heat briefly in a small amount of virgin olive oil, and let cool. Then use a drop of two in the affected ear.

Magical Uses
Garlic is bound to Mars and fire. It has been thought to possess magical properties for centuries, and is widely used in charms and spells. Most of the believed magical properties of garlic are related to speed, strength, and endurance, and for protection and to ward off evil. It is said that if you carry a garlic clove with you when traveling over water, it will prevent you from drowning. Peeled garlic cloves can be placed in doorways and around the house for protection from illness and to keep evil at bay - especially in new homes. Try placing a clove of garlic under the pillows of children to protect them while they are sleeping. Legend has it that one can rid oneself of a lovesick former lover by placing a garlic bulb with two crossed pins stuck in it at a road intersection. Lure the lover until he crosses it, and he will lose interest. Eating and carrying garlic is believed to enhance speed, strength, courage and endurance, and soldiers throughout history have used it for these properties when going into battle. Garlic was also given to slaves in the past to protect them from disease and enhance their strength.


Savory
Savory is mainly a culinary herb that has been used to flavor cooking for over 2,000 years. It was one of the strongest culinary herbs before world trade brought stronger species such as black pepper. There are actually two different Savories, Summer Savory, pictured above, which is an attractive trailing annual with pale green leaves that grows to about 18 inches, and Winter Savory, pictured below, which is a woody perennial with thick, tough, and bright green leaves and grows to about 15 inches. Other than the obvious gardening aspects, both are used in essentially the same ways. Savory is native to the Mediterranean, but has naturalized throughout North America. It prefers full sun and light, dry soil. Summer Savory is easy to grow from seed and germinates rapidly. Winter Savory germinates less rapidly but is hardy to New York City, and tolerates less than perfect soil. This is a good herb for fresh indoor use during the winter. The harvest for Summer Savory can be extended if you keep the tips of the branches cut off. Winter Savory can be harvested as needed all winter. Both Savories can be dried and will retain their flavor and color. Savory makes a good companion plant for other herbs and vegetables. Both Summer and Winter Savory are used often in cooking. Summer Savory tastes like peppery Thyme. It blends well with many flavors and is used in creamy soups, chicken soup, beef soup, liver, fish, flavored butters and vinegars, beans, peas, asparagus, parsnips, squash, Brussels sprouts, and eggs, to name a few. Winter Savory has a stronger, more piney flavor, and is mainly used with strong game meats, and (because of the toughness of the leaves) in dishes that take a long time to cook, such as soups, stews, and for seasoning dried beans.

Medicinal Uses
Although Savory is largely a culinary herb, it contains oils and tannins that have mild astringent and antiseptic properties that can be useful in medicines. Summer Savory (pictured here) is the type most often used for medicinal purposes. Teas can be made for occasional colic, diarrhea, indigestion, flatulence, stomach upsets, mild sore throats, and as an expectorant. Diabetics to alleviate excessive thirst also sometimes use it in a tea. Capsules can also be made from dried leaves for internal use. Externally, rubbing a sprig of Savory on wasp or bee stings provides instant relief. Try using an Ointment made of Savory for minor rashes and skin irritations. Historically, Savory has a reputation for regulating sex drive. Winter Savory is said to decrease sex drive, while Summer Savory is said to enhance it.

Magical Uses
Savory is bound to Venus and air. The Latin name for Savory is Satureja - a derivative of which means Satyr, which is a half-man and half-goat creature of legend. The plant supposedly belonged to the Satyrs, who loved sex, drink and loud parties. The god Pan was a satyr. Theres not much else in mythology or modern magic about this herb that I can find, other than you can carry it, eat it, burn it, or wear it for intellect, creativity, and to maintain the good life.

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