One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi
(by Phyllida Spore)
Chapter 1 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Aylarah Scale)
Whether for use in potions, cooking, charms or decoration, herbs and fungi play a vital role in our lives. A simple sprig of a herb or fungus that was not meant to be included could turn a purifying potion into a poison, and herbs used for decoration can in fact influence your life with their magical properties, whether by bringing luck or maintaining health.
In this book are listed one thousand of the most common magical herbs and fungi, their properties and some common uses. Aiming to be helpful to both brewer and baker, I hope that this is a book that you will come to cherish and keep as an everyday aid.
The book is lain out as follows:
Chapter 1: Twenty Herbs You Have Already Heard Of.
Chapter 2: Fifty Herbs You Should Have Heard Of (but probably haven't).
Chapter 3: Thirty Herbs for Basic Healing
Chapter 4: A List Of 150 Herbs Commonly Used In Potions
Chapter 5: Herbs for the Hearth, Forty-Five Of The Chef’s Favourites
Chapter 6: Forty-Four Potent Poisons, Plants You Don’t Want To Ingest
Chapter 7: Sixty-One Herbs For The Home
Chapter 8: Fifty Fungi, A-J
Chapter 9: Fifty More Fungi (plus one), K-Y
Chapter 10: 200 More Handy Herbs
Chapter 11: Elementary Ruled Plants
Chapter 12: Herbs With A Heavenly Ruler
Chapter 13: Aromatherapy Answers
Chapter 14: Mythological Species
Chapter 15: The Author's Favourites
I hope this guide helps you with everything you wish to know, so let’s go straight on to the first chapter, Twenty Herbs You Have Already Heard Of.
Chapter 2 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Aylarah Scale)
Twenty Herbs You Have Already Heard Of, Part One
Almost everyone has a basic knowledge of herbs, but that doesn't mean they don't sometimes forget things or get information wrong. With this in mind, this chapter covers twenty herbs that almost everyone has heard of, and their basic properties.
Apple: Also known as Fruit of the Gods, Fruit of the Underworld and The Silver Bough, this plant's properties are love, healing, garden magic and immortality. Apple has long been a main ingredient of many love potions and is also used as an inflammatory agent in healing potions.
Bay: Also known as laurel, bay is a herb long used for its properties of protection, aiding psychic powers, healing, purification and strength. It is mainly used in purifying draughts and for ensuring protection, though it is also often used in strengthening solutions, for both the sick and those whose line of work is rather dangerous.
Burdock: Another potent herb for protection and healing, this is a herb known mainly for its taste when mixed with dandelion.
Chamomile: Both German and Roman chamomile are vital ingredients in sleeping draughts, but a lesser-known fact about Roman chamomile is that it is used in most major potions to remove spells and curses from the body. Due to this, many magical hospitals grow chamomile on the property.
Dittany: There are two main types of dittany, dittany of Crete and white dittany, both of which are used in healing potions. Dittany of Crete is known to be good for stomachaches or complaints of the digestive system, whilst white dittany secretes oil that has anti-inflammatory properties. This oil is what healers refer to when they talk of the dittany that is to be used to prevent scaring.
Flax: Flax seeds are often used in money spells, to either attract money or ward off poverty, although they are also included in some healing mixtures, and mixed with red pepper can be used in creating protection wards around the home. A potion made from the blue flowers can also aid protection against sorcery of evil intent.
Garlic: Also known as stinkweed, this herb was traditionally used in the Middle Ages to guard against the plague. Since then garlic has been found to be an invaluable ingredient in any healing potion due to its many medicinal properties. Due to this, it's also though to be very good for protection.
Ginger: Ginger is mainly used in love spells, although it also has the properties of success and power, which is why it is also used in brews such as the Wit-Sharpening Potion.
Hops: Hops is a very simple plant with two main uses, sleep and healing. As the two go together in most cases hops is a much-used ingredient by healers and their suppliers.
Iris: Iris is an ingredient of many purification draughts, for both the body and the home, however it can also be used for wisdom and so is often used in potions that give the drinker a clear mind.
Chapter 3 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Aylarah Scale)
Chapter 1: Twenty Herbs You Have Already Heard Of, Part Two.
Lavender: Lavender, also known as elf leaf and nard, has long been used to attract love, either in love potions or worn on the person. Because some of its properties include purification, happiness and peace, it is easy to see why it is often included in love potions. Lavender is also an excellent ingredient for sleeping potions, and can also be used in cooking.
Liquorice: Liquorice is another simple herb, used only in love potions.
Lily: This herb, unlike the previous two, is used for protection and in potions for breaking love spells.
Nettle: Nettle is known for its protective powers, which is why it is often used in potions to strip curses from the body. It also has healing properties which are used in potions to cure minor injuries, such as the boil-cure potion.
Peppermint: Also known as brandy mint and lammint, peppermint has long been used in healing lotions and potions. It also has a long history of use in protection spells and wards. Fresh peppermint can aid sleep.
Poppy: The seeds and flowers of the poppy plant are most often used in sleeping aids.
Rosemary: Rosemary is used in cleaning and purifying potions, to rid someone or something of negativity or dark magic. It can also be used in healing and sleeping draughts, and one of its properties is protection, so some believe that if used in a sleeping potion it will keep you safe until you wake.
Saffron: Also known as crocus, saffron can be added to love potions, but its main use is in healing elixirs and as a colouring in cooking. Drinking an infusion of saffron is meant to help with divination.
Sage: Sage’s properties include protection, longevity, wisdom, protection and wishes, which is why it is used in countless healing and luck potions.
Valerian: This rather ill smelling root is used in protection spells and sachets, as well as in potions to induce sleep. It can also be used in some love potions and in the past was hung to ward away evil.
Chapter 4 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Tarma Black)
Chapter 2: Fifty Herbs You Should Have Heard Of (but probably haven't), Part One
Here is a list of 50 Herbs that you should have heard of, but probably haven't. These herbs are not as popular as the ones previously listed - not because they are not effective but because fashions in herbs change just like fashions in clothing changes. What is 'in' today is 'old' tomorrow. But just as fashions come around again, so do the use of certain herbs.
Because they are not as well known as the previously listed herbs, the Muggle Latin name is also included for ease of research.
Aconite Aconitum Anthora: This is not the poisonous Aconite growing in fields but is a medicinal one. It is also called Anthora, the Wholesome Aconite, or Wholesome Wolfsbane. In medieval times a decoction of the root was used to wash the parts bitten by venomous creatures.
Amaranthus Amaranthus Hybridus: This plant has a multitude of other names: Flower-gentle, Flower-velure, Floramor, Velvet-flower, Prince's Feather and Love Lies Bleeding. It is classified as an astringent.
Angelica Angelica archangelica: It's said to resist poisons and comfort the heart, blood and spirits. It is widely used as an anti-dyspeptic and for flatulence.
Asparagus Asparagus officinalis and sativus: This is a plant most commonly used as a common vegetable but has been used for centuries to help with rheumatism and edema. It's a diuretic and will clear sediment from the bladder. It also has laxative properties.
Borage Borago officinalis: What would the 'stirrup-cup' be without the pretty borage flowers sitting in it? While used as a salad herb, borage also has other uses. Borage is renowned for being able to restore courage. It is usually classified as a diuretic and used for colds, fevers and lung complaints.
Burnet Sanguisorba minor: Burnet is also called Meadow Pimpernel, Sanguisorbia and Solbegrella, as well as Salad Burnet. It is used as a diuretic and also as an astringent.
Carduus Benedictus Cnicus Benedictus: Also known as Blessed Thistle or Holy Thistle, this annual plant is an extremely important medicinal herb. It's mainly used as a tonic but also promotes sweating so is useful in fevers.
Chives Allium Schoenoprasum: A lovely little plant which belongs to the Onion family, Chives is useful for culinary purposes. It has reputedly been used to keep vampires away.
Cleavers Galium Aparine: Cleavers is also known as Goose-grass, Catchweed and Bedstraw. It is a soothing and relaxing diuretic. It also has wonderful uses when dried, for being stuffed into mattresses and helping to prevent nightmares from entering the room.
Comfrey Symphytum officinale: Also known as BoneKnit or KnitBone, this wonderful herb helps to heal the most terrible of wounds, as well as hasten the healing of broken bones. It is a valuable demulcent and healing herb.
Chapter 5 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Rorey Padfoot)
Fifty Herbs You Should Have Heard Of (but probably haven't), Part Two
To continue out list of herbs here are more for you to learn about….
Dill Anethum graveolena: Dill is an extremely easy plant to grow. It usually reaches between two to four feet tall and had blue-green feathery leaves and small yellow flowers which are arranged in clusters called umbels. The best light to use while growing this herb is sunlight.
Elecampane: This herb can help attract love when worn. You could also se some of the leaves and flowers in a cloth (preferably pink in color) to make a sachet. You can then carry it for protection. If you smoldered it on charcoal this helps with psychic powers, especially while one is scrying.
Eucalyptus: The main property of this plant is to help keep good health. It is helpful with relieving colds. To do this ring a green candle with the leaves and pods, then burn them to the socket. You could also hang a small twig or branch over the sick bed, if you are not allowed to light candles.
Figwort: If worn around your neck this herb helps keep the wearer healthy and can protect against any evil eyes that may be watching. It can also be smoked over a summer fire and hung in a wizard’s home to produce protective powers.
Geranium:This plant can help clear the mind and body of bad spirits. It also stabilizes emotions and helps to calm the weary.
Ginseng: What a wonderful plant with so many uses. Its roots can be carried o attract love and guard the carrier’s health. It can also draw in money and bring beauty to all who carry it. You can burn it to ward off evil spirits or drink the tea leaves as a powerful drink. It can also be substituted for mandrake.
Grass: Yes you heard right. That green stuff you walk on daily has powers too. Grass is known to have psychic powers. Why do you think it feels so wonderful o lay in it and watch the clouds go by while daydreaming. It is powerful stuff.
Hawthorn: This is best known for its fertility powers. It is used highly in weddings especially in the spring time. Oddly enough if you carry some Hawthorn in a sachet while on a fishing trip it ensures you to have a good catch.
Heliotrope: This herb is an important one when making invisibility potions. Your potion is doomed without Heliotrope. It can also be used to enhance dreams, healing, and wealth.
Honeysuckle: This plant helps balance the right and left brains. It strengthens the mind and its memory for things. It also strengthens the body and brings flexibility to it. It can also help with headaches, sore throats, and even asthma.
Chapter 6 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Rorey Padfoot)
Fifty Herbs You Should Have Heard Of (but probably haven't), Part Three
To continue out list of herbs here are more for you to learn about….
Horehound: This herb is good for both protection and clearing your mind. Drink an infusion of this herb and it will clear your mind for quick thinking
Irish Moss: This is carried and placed under different objects to increase ones luck. It could be carried while you are traveling to add safe travels and protection on your trip.
Jasmine: This herb is best known for giving luck in both wealth and love. It can also rejuvenate skin with massages. It also put off a beautiful fragrance.
Juniper: This herb is best used for protection. Many a wizards hang this on their doors for protection against dark magic. It can also guard against ghosts and sickness.
Lemongrass: If you plant this herb around your garden it will help repel snakes, so they can’t surprise you while you tend to your garden.
Mint: This is an herb that can be over the top is overused. It can be used in potions dealing with love, money, travel, protection, or healing. Used at the proper amount can be fine, but over dosing can easily happen and will have bad results. Consider yourself warned.
Mullein: Protects you while you are hiking. Wearing this herb will keep beasts away from you. It can also be used in potions to help banish demons and negativity.
Olive: This is an must have ingredient for love potions. Be aware when a love potion calls for olive you must be prepared to marry the person you are using it on. It inspires security in love and family.
Pennyroyal: This is another herb used for protection. It causes a shield and repels negativity. It will calm the mind and nerves as well. This herb should not be consumed by someone who is pregnant.
Pine: To no shock to you or me this herb promotes cleanliness. It can also inspire enthusiastic feels and positive thoughts. It is best known for bringing harmony to a home. Its scent can be used in curing a cold or even bronchitis.
Chapter 7 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Adeliene Cromwell)
Fifty Herbs You Should Have Heard Of (but probably haven't), Part Three
To continue out list of herbs here are more for you to learn about….
Plantain: Plantain can be used in certain potions to help them taste better as it helps sooth inflamed throats and bronchial passages. Plantain can also be found in cleaning potions.
Pomegranate: Usually juiced or ground up to be used in strengthening solutions.
Psyllium: Psyllium is used to help thicken potions as well as helping in potions for the blood.
Red clover: Red clover is a type of herb to help loosen up the respiratory system. It can be used to help breathe underwater but not for long periods of time.
Red Raspberry Leaves: This herb can be used to help protect the baby during a pregnancy, as well as relieve muscle pains. It can also be an alternative form of calcium intake.
Rehmannia: Rehumannia is a type of flowering plant. It is commonly used in memory potions, especially potions used to recall memories long forgotten.
Reishi: This is a very rare Asian herb. This is an herb added to either one of the strongest strengthening potions or one of the strongest memory potions created.
Salad Burnet: This herb is used in blood potions (such as blood replenishing potions or tourniquet potions.
Skullcap: This herb has a tranquilizing effect on the nervous system, and can be combined with St. John's-wort to make calming draughts.
Slippery Elm: This herb can be used while working in the garden to ward off insects and pests. Can be combined with red raspberry leaves to make a creme to treat burns and scalds.
Sneezewort: A type of yarrow, in which the leaves are to cause sneezing if powdered. Involved in the inflaming of the brain, and used in confusing and befuddlement draughts.
St. John's-wort: This is one of the main ingredients in anti-anxiety potions, relaxing potions, as well as draught of peace because it increases melatonin in the body.
Tea Tree: Tea tree is used in hair thickening or hair raising potions. However, it should not be used in potions that are drank as even in small portions it can be fatal.
Turmeric: Similar to ginger. It is also used in love potions. Also one of the main ingredients in an anti-aging potion, as it helps prevent skin from aging.
Valerian: Used in sleeping potions. Valerian is especially effective if combined with St. John's wort or lemon balm. It is responsible for blocking the groggy feeling. Also used in Draught of Living Death
Vitex: Used in aging potions. It is responsible for beard growth and hair turning white.
White Willow: This herb is used in numbing potions, especially the potions for numbing against the unforgivable curses.
Wormwood: Used in Draught of Living Death. Said to also give the drinker psychic abilities (although this hasn't been proven.)
Yarrow: Used in hate potions, or to relieve pain in joints (when mixed with St. John's-wort.)
Zedoary: This herb is used in both potions that purify blood (potions that help get rid of venomous bites or stings) and skele-gro.
Chapter 8 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Adeliene Cromwell)
Thirty Herbs for Basic Healing
The following chapter list thirty herbs for basic healing. These herbs can be used for other potions or food, but their main purpose is in healing potions.
Astragalus: Astragalus membranaceus. Also called Goat's horn, Green Dragon, Yellow Emperor. Use roots in potions to help the respiratory system. Can help reduce sweating.
Blueberry: Vaccinium myrtillus. Use leaves (dried) or the actual berry.
Cajeput: Melaleuca leucadendron. Also called Weeping Paper Bark. Use essential oil. Used to treat bronchitis, gastric infections and roundworms. The oil has pain killing properties.
Dandelion: Taraxacum officinale. Use leaves and roots. Roots can be used to get rid of caffeine dependency. Used in potions to treat liver, kidney, and gallbladder issues.
Echinacea: Also known as Red sunflower. Use roots. Put in potions to help prevent infections and boost the immune system.
False Unicorn: Chamaelirium luteum. Also called Fairywand, or Star root. Use the dried rhizome (a horizontal stem of a plant that is usually found underground) and roots. Used for heart and circulation. Also for diseases in liver.
Fenugreek: Foenum graecum. Also called Greek Hay. Use seeds in potions. Used in birthing potions, or in potions to get rid of boils.
Ginkgo Biloba: Use leaves. Helps increase blood flow to the brain, and often used in potions to fight anxiety.
Hydrangea: Hydrangea arborescens. Use the dried rhizome and root. The leaves can be used to contain water. Hydrangea can be used for potions for little babies.
Jaman: Syzygium cumini. Also known as Black Plum, Indian Blackberry. Use the stems and leaves. Used in potions to help those with diabetes.
Kelp: Fucus vesiculosus. Also called Seawrack, Kelpware, and Sea Weed. Use the whole plant. Helps reduce swelling.
Lemon: Citrus limon. Use Fruit, juice, peel, essential oil. Help blood circulation, reduce minor fevers, and bronchial congestion.
Lime: Citrus aurantifolia. Use fruit, peel and essential oil. Used in potions for migraines, and in self cleaning potions. Can help with clotting.
Chapter 9 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Adeliene Cromwell)
Thirty Herbs for Basic Healing
The other half of the thirty herbs for basic healing.
Mandarin: Citrus Reticulata. Use the fruit. Used in the treatment of dyspepsia, hernias, lumbago, pain and swelling.
Mistletoe: Phoradendron Flavenscens. Use the leaves. Can help treat anxiety and when mixed with blackthorn, blackthorn, helps with sleeping. Can be used to help with dizzy spells.
Mugwort: Artemisia vulgaris. Also called St. John's Plant, and Felon Herb. Use leaves and roots only. Used for simple colds and sore throats.
Nutmeg: Myristica Fragans. Also known as Black Caraway, Flower Seed. Use the seeds or oil. Good for nausea and vomiting. Can be used to treat toothaches.
Oak: Quercus Robur. Also called Tanner's Bark. Use bark or acorns. Used to help inflame the brain, or rubbed in the mouth, can help bleeding gums.
Palmarosa: Cymbopogon Martinii. Also called Rosha, East Indian Geranium. Use the grass, fresh or dried or the oil. As oil, can be used to calm the mind and clear the muddled thoughts.
Ragwart: Senecio Jacobaea. Also known as Stinking Nanny, Staggerwort, and Stammerwort. Good for internal bruises and wounds, and can be used in oral hygiene potions
Safflower: Carthamus tintorius. Use the flowers. Good for spells that backfire and effect the skin (boils, rashes, etc.)
Sassafras: Sassafras Officinale. Also known as Ague Tree, Cinnamon Wood. Use the bark root and oil. Used in potions for skin problems (excellent with Safflower) and in potions for sight.
Shiitake: Lentinula edodes. Also known as Black Mushroom and Hua Gu. Use the fruiting body. Used in some potions to treat serious diseases or in allergy potions.
Tansy: Tanacetum Vulgare. Also known as Batchelors Buttons, Bitter Buttons, and Hindheel. Used in potions for animals' health.
Uva Ursi: Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi. Also known as Bearberry. Use the leaves. Use in potions for inflammatory diseases.
Verbena: Verbena Officinailis. Also called Purvain, Wild Hyssop or Vervain. Use the leaves and flowering heads. Used in potions for fevers, ulcers, and ophthalmia.
Wild Cherry: Prunus Serotina. Also called Virginia Prune Bark. Use the dried bark. Used in potions for coughs, bronchitis, and whopping cough. Can cause sluggishness after taking.
Ylang Ylang: Cananga Odorata. Also called Ilang-Ilang and Macassar Oil. Use the flowers and essential oil. Used often in potions during the time of the Black Plague, or to fight malaria.
Yucca: Yucca Schidigera. Use the stalk and roots. Useful in potions to stop growth.
Yellow Gentian: Gentiana lutea. Also called Gentain and Felwort. Used in blood replenishing potions and potions for liver problems.
Chapter 10 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Adeliene Cromwell)
A List Of 150 Herbs Commonly Used In Potions Part I
Aghada: Achyranthes aspera. Also known as Rough Chaff Tree. Use the leaves, seeds and root. Used in large doses for poisons or small doses fo wound-cleaning potions.
Agrimony: Agrimonia Eupatoria. Also known as Sticklewort, Church Steeples. Use the whole herb. Used in color changing potions.
Akarakara: Anacyclus pyrethrum. Also known as Pellitory, Spanish Camomile. Use the root. Used in hiccuping solution and hate potions.
Akebia: Akebia quinata. Also called Chocolate Vine. Use the stem. Used in love potions.
Alder Buckthorn: Rhamnus Frangula. Also known as Black Dogwood, and Persian Berries. Use the bark. Used in aging potions and skele-gro.
Alfalfa: Medicago Saliva. Also known as Father of All Foods, Purple Medic, and Lucerne. Use the stem, leaves, and sprouts from the seeds. Used to enhance hearing.
Arjuna: Termminalia Arjuna. Also known as Kahu, or Billimatti. Use the bark. Used in potions to help with heart break, and to sooth stress or being overly emotional.
Arka: Calotropis gigantea. Also known as Madar, Mudar, and Yercum. Use the root, root-bark, flowers and leaves. Used in memory potions and potion to help ease the pain of Crucio.
Arnica: Arnica Montana. Also known as Leopard's Bane and Wolfsbane. Use flowers and rootstock. Used in Swelling Solution and Shrinking Solution.
Asafetida: Ferula foetida. Also known as Food of the Gods, and Hing. Use the root. Used in cough potions and Confusing and Befuddlement Draught.
Ashoka: Sarca indica. Also known as Thawgabo, and Asupala. Use the bark and flowers. Used in truth serums.
Asthma Weed: Lobelia inflata. Also known as Gagroot, Vomitwot, and Bladderpod. Use the herb and its seeds. Used in coughing potions.
Atibala: Sida Rhombifolia. Also known as Country mallow, Sap-devi. Use the root and stem. Used in the Elixir of Life.
Atmagupta: Mucuna pruriens. Also known as kavach, cowitch. Use the seeds, roots and legumes. Used in calming draughts.
Autumn Crocus: Colchicum autumnale Also known as Meadow Saffron. Use the root and seeds. Used in the Draught of Living Death.
Chapter 11 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Rorey Padfoot)
A List of 150 Herbs Commonly Used In Potions Part II
Barberry: Berberidaceae. Use the bark of the root or the stem for best results. Gather the root in Spring or Fall. Only use the berries when ripe. Used in potions for healing
Basil: Ocimum basilicum. Use the leaf. This herb is used in many different ways throughout the world. Usually it is used to cure headaches, coughs, or other illnesses.
Balm: Melissa officinalis. Use the leaf. The volatile oil and polyphenols can be used as well. Is best known for it’s calming agents. This is a good herb to put in teas when one is ill.
Belladona: Atropa belladonna. Use the leaves, tops, and berries. This is a poisonous plant. If ingested it can cause paralysis by affecting the central nervous system.
Betony: Stachys officinalis. A flowering herb. The juice of this herb can be used to heal cuts, sprains, or external ulcers.
Birthroot: Trillium Pendulum. Use the rootstock. This herb is used as an antiseptic.
Blackberry: Rubus Villosu. Use the bark of the root or the rhizome. This helps with diarrhea and has been know to help treat Gout.
Bladderwrack: Fucus vesiculosus. Use the entire plant. Healers use this herb for witch or wizards with under active thyroids. It helps produce a more active thyroid.
Boneset: Eupatorium perfoliatum. Use the dried aerial parts. When mixed into a tea form this herbs help reduce aches and pains. It is also known to break down a high fever.
Chamomile: Matricaria chamomilla. Use the flowers. The oils of the flowers are used for medicinal purposes. It is especially good for the kidneys.
Cinnamon Twig: Ramulus cinnamomum. Use the branches or twigs. This twig helps promote the circulation of the blood for better brain power.
Clove: Caryophyllus aromaticus. Use the flower buds. Healers use this for indigestion, nausea, and vomiting. It can also help with the occasion toothache.
Coix: Coicis lachryma-jobi. Use the seed and squeeze out the juice. The juice helps to regulate fluid retention and counteract inflammation.
Comfrey: Symphytum officinale. Use the root or the leaf. This is an excellent wound healer. It cleans the wound inside and out. It is also known to speed the healing up process.
Corn Silk: Zea mays. Use the stigmas from the female flowers. The silk can also be collect for other non potion type uses. This when mixed properly can help hydrate the skin and make it smooth and soft.
Chapter 12 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Rorey Padfoot)
A List of 150 Herbs Commonly Used In Potions Part III
Daisy: Bellis perennis. Use these fresh or dried. Daisies may be used safely and freely. Daisy can be used for stiffness in the body or for coughs. Daisies work best with boiling water.
Dandelion: Taraxacum officinale. Use the roots or the leaves. Dandelions are rich with vitamins and minerals. The leaves are rich in potassium. Dandelions can also help reduce cholesterol and boost your metabolism.
Dianthus: Herba dianthis. The whole plant can be used. This is used for fevers. This plant can also help cure diseases that attack the blood. This works best when the plant is dampened with warm water.
Dill: Anethum graveolens. Using the seeds is best. Dill is the herb of choice to calm colicky children. It can also be made into a tea mixed with water or white wine for upset stomachs.
Dogbane: Apocynum androsaemiolium. It is best to use the rootstock. Warning; eating the leaves of this herb can kill livestock and cause severe illness in human. All parts of this plant contain a milky juice that is used in medicines. This is a complex plant and it is recommended to not use it unless you have the supervision of a Healer.
Echinacea: Echinacea purpurea. You can use the roots of this plant. This is a plant that can used by to treat venomous bites and wounds. It is also recommend for blood poisoning and fevers.
Elderberry: Sambucus nigra. You can use the young shoots, bark, leaves, flowers, root, and the fruit. This is an edible plant and can be used as food, when necessary. This plant highly promotes speedy healing in injuries.
Eluthero: Elutherococcus senticosus. You can use the root. This plant can induce physical endurance. It can stretch your muscles out to allow more oxygen to them. Of course you need to use this plant sparingly as the side effect is radiation exposure.
Ephedra: Ephedra sinica. This is an active ingredient in alkaloid ephedrine. It became a popular herb in the early 20th century as having the properties for helping decongestion.
Eyebright: Euphrasia officinalis. This herb Is primarily used for eye fatigue and eye inflammations. It also helps with relief from swelling, redness, and visual disturbances. Make sure it have it in a drop or thin cream form before applying to eyes.
Feverfew: Tanacetrum parthenium. Use the leaves. This plant helps with increased clumping of platelets and helps release certain chemicals when ingested. Can help with migraine headaches and improve blood vessel tone.
Fennel: Foeniculum vulgare. Can used for the seeds or root. It is know for a fever and pain reducer. It attacks a fever faster then any other herb and works best used in children. It can also be calming and soothe aches in your muscles.
Fenugreek: Trigonella foenum-graecum. Use the seeds. This herb is used for kidney problems and can be helpful in treating abscesses, bronchitis, arthritis, and wounds. It is high in dietary fiber and can be injected by itself as a spice.
Five-finger grass: Potentilla canadensis. Use the leaves and root. When made as a tea this herb can stop nosebleeds almost instantly. The bark works well on internal bleeding as well, but it must be ingested without adding any other substances.
Fumitory: Fumaria offinalis. This herb is used to treat skin problems such as acne or eczema. Used as an eye wash it can also ease the discomfort of conjunctivitis. This is usually made into some sort of soap or lotion form.
Chapter 13 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Rorey Padfoot)
A List of 150 Herbs Commonly Used In Potions Part IV
Gentin: Gentiana lutea. You would use the root of this plant. This plant is used for digestive problems and can help protect your liver from unwanted pesticides and germs.
Ginseng: Panax ginseng. You use the root from this plant. Ginseng is an herb that is known for its healing powers. It is also good for prevention from many diseases that can take over the body. It is known to be put in teas and best absorbed when in liquid form.
Golden Rod: Solidago virgaurea. Use the dried aerial parts of this plant. You would use this plant when having respiratory. The amount of the herb to use depends on whether the issue is acute or chronic.
Gravel Root: Eupatorium purpureum. Use the root mashed into a liquid form. This is used for accidental gravel swallowing, believe it or not. Yes, you use this herb if you eat gravel.
Green Tea: Camellia sinensis. The leaves are used for this herb and mashed into liquid form. This herb is extremely used for cardiovascular disease. It also lowers cholesterol and can reduce agitation.
Grindelia: Grindelia. Use the dried aerial parts of this herb. When drank this herbs helps with muscle relaxation. It is especially helpful when you have overworked muscles or tension in certain areas.
Guar Gum: Cyanopsis tetragonoloba. The seeds are used in this herb. When enough is ingested this herb works as an appetite suppressant. This herb is also used in hand lotions and washable creams.
Guarana: Paullinia cupana. Use the seeds from this plant. This plant is as potent as caffeine. This herb acts as a stimulate and ups ones metabolism. As a warning this herb does not affect brain function, so it does not help you learn more.
Gymnema: Gymnema sylvestre. Use the leaves from this plant. The leaves are mixed to form powerful hypoglycemia medicines. This is very helpful with controlling ones blood sugars.
Gypsum: Gypsum fibrosum. This works best in a liquid form. The herb helps with toothaches. Mouth sores, and gum pains. It needs to be served warm, and chilled will worsen symptoms.
Chapter 14 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Rorey Padfoot)
A List of 150 Herbs Commonly Used In Potions Part V
Hawthorn: crataegus oxyacantha. For this herb use the flower or leaves. This herb is good for strengthening the action of the heart. When drank in a liquid form it can help nervousness or tension and in some cases sleepiness.
Heartsease: viola tricolor. You would use the entire herb. Heartsease, when crushed into a paste form helps with skin diseases. It is for external use only, do not ingest this herb. You are to rub in on your skin and let your body soak it in naturally.
Horehound: marrubium vulgare. Use the leaves of this plant, but make sure to dry them out first. This herb is best when the dry leaves are mixed with hot water as a tea. The tea, like many others, can help with cold-like symptoms, and digestive system issues.
Horseradish: cochlearia armoracia. Use the root of this plant. This herb is very edible. In fact muggles use it as a add on to many dishes. It is on the spicy side so its best known for clearing out sinus and head cold.
Hydrangea: hydrangea arborescens. Use the roots (dried). This herb should be digested in liquid form and helps the body hydrated when fluids are being decomposed by the body, while fighting an infection.
Indian Atees: aconitum hetrophyllum. Use the roots when dried out. This herb is used in a number of healing potions. It is one of the most common ingredients in a Healer’s standard potion ingredients box.
Indian Bedellium: balsamodendron mukul. Use the resin of this herb. You need to make the herb almost into a gum type form. It is best known for serving as a patch or bandage over abscesses or cuts.
Indian Madder: rubia cordifolia Use the fruit and root of this herb. When mixed into a potion this herb helps to stop internal bleeding from a ruptured organ. It is often used when a person is harmed by Dark magic.
Isatis: isatidis tinctoria. Use the leaf or the root. This herb is used mostly when epidemics happen as it helps retain the potions life longer. It is used for other reasons of course, but this the main one.
Ipecacuanha: cephaelis ipecacuanha. The root is to be used. When used in as a higher dose this herb is used against poisoning. It helps the body fight against toxins that have entered he body.
Chapter 15 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Rorey Padfoot)
A List of 150 Herbs Commonly Used In Potions Part VI
Juniper: Juniperus communis. Use the fruit in a dried form from this plant. It works well for digestion issues or can help ease colic in the little ones.
Kantkari: Solanum xanthocarpum. Mainly found in India you can use the roots, flower, or stem of this plant. Healers use this herb in potions for those who have enlarged spleens or livers.
Katuka: Picrorrhiza kurroa. This is an extremely bitter herb. Thankfully it is mainly used as a lotion or scrub for those nasty boil hexes.
Kava: Piper methysticum. You need to peel the roots and used them boiled into a drinkable solution; usually a tea. Healers use this herb for helping calm now patients who are frantic, nervous, or stressed. This is a calming herb.
Kola: Cola vera. This plant’s seeds are used mainly in dark magic. When mixed into a potion the seeds help slow down ones nervous system, making it easier to be attacked or be captured.
Kudzu: Pueranria iobata. You would use the roots of this plant, though Healers have kept the use of this plant very secretive. We know it was used in old Chinese remedies, but if you ask a Healer now they quickly excuse themselves and refused to answer the question.
Lavender: Lavandula offcinalis. The flowers are the most used of this plant. Lavender is usually used for external use in lotions to help calm and relax people. It has been know to help wizards with depression as well.
Ledebouriella: Ledebouriellae divaricatae. This entire herb is usually cut and made into a potion to help with joint or muscle pain. Instead of a Healer rubbing this herb into the skin one drinks the potion and the herb works from the inside out.
Licorice: Glycyzrrhiza glabra. The root is used. Now this is not the sweet treat that children grow to love. This herb is boiled into a liquid form. It one of the best used herbs for calming. Of course it is extremely rare and known to cost a small fortune to purchase it.
Linden: Tilia europea. You need to pick the flowers from the plant at the exact right time during the month of October. It can only be harvested once per year. It is known to last for only six months if preserved properly. The scent of the flowers can cause instant relaxation, but if you smell it too often and for prolong periods you are at risk of forgetting what is going on and can go mad without having the scent near you at all times. This plant has been banned from many Hospitals in the world due to the risks.
Chapter 16 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Rorey Padfoot)
A List of 150 Herbs Commonly Used In Potions Part VII
Lungwort - You would used the leaves of this plant. This plant is exceptionally helpful when a person has bronchitis or any other upper respiratory conditions.
Magnolia - This flower is used in potions or teas for women who are having issues becoming pregnant.
Maitake - This is more in the fungi class and can help lower many of the most popular medical conditions in the Muggle world today.
Mandrake - You would use the entire root of this plant which is said to give a household protection. Many magical families place the root of this plant on their mantel for safe keeping. It can also be hung over ones bed while sleeping for protecting.
Marshmallow - You will use the leaf and root of this plant. This plant when consumed, is said to bring beauty to those that consume it. I’m guessing it brightens the skin and shines the hair.
Meadowsweet - This flower is smashed down to be made into a power for tea. When drank it will rid the body of any excess fluid it made be holding onto; must be used sparsely.
Mint - The leaves in this plant are very powerful. Besides making one have good smelling breath, they are also highly recommended for those with sore throats.
Mistletoe - Again the leaves from this plant are used. Ironically this popular Christmas plant is used for women who are trying to induce their contractions while in labor.
Mugwort - The leaves and roots are used of this plant. This is mostly used for as a laxative; mainly for those who are having digestive issues.
Mullein It is said you can wear this plant to prevent animals from smelling you while hiking or walking in wood like areas. It is also used in potions to help protect people from evil spirits or magic.
Chapter 17 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Rorey Padfoot)
A List of 150 Herbs Commonly Used In Potions Part VIII
Musk - No, this isn’t a cologne, for this plant you would use the root. When soaked in warm water and drank it cleans out the lungs, heart, and blood stream. It can also help with your self-esteem.
Mustard - The most common part of this herb that is used are the seeds. It can been used for making many different type of food products and spices, but they also help with increasing your mental agility.
Myrrh - You will use this herb in a different way. Instead of ingesting it you will burn it and inhale the scent. This is often used in ceremonies to bless the burners magical tools and items.
Neem - This herb can be used for many different aliments and because of it all of it can be used in some way or another. It can help with bronchitis, diarrhea, vomiting, and so much more. It’s almost like a Healer’s dream plant.
Neroli - This herb is best drank in a warm liquid version. It can help soothe the nerves and calm a person down. This would be a perfect solution for those students who are nervous about their exams.
Nettle - This herb contains a very high magic quality and has been used in magical potions for many hundreds of years. It has protective powers to it. It can help remove an evil curse for a person or object. It is often give to a person who is sick and placed right next to them for healing purposes.
Niaouli - Healers use this herb a lot in its paste form. It is helps with minor cuts and scrapes. It can also be taken in a liquid form for sore throats.
Nightshade - You would use the bark or the root of this plant. This is a very bitter plant, but when taken it can bring down the swelling of an area within seconds.
Oak - This trees bark can be used in many different protection and healing type potions. It can also help with money, but those type of potions are hard to find and are considered illegal in the Wizarding world.
Oats - When you hear of oats you don’t typically think of an herb, but alas it is a plant. You would use the seeds or you could use the entire plant depending on your need. This can be made into a paste and gives soothing to someone with eczema.
Chapter 18 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Rorey Padfoot)
A List of 150 Herbs Commonly Used In Potions Part IX
Okra - Though you can cook with this plant the health benefits it has is amazing. This plant has so much fiber in it, t can regulate one’s blood sugar in an emergency situation. This plant is one of the most health sufficient plants in the world.
Onion - Onion is one of those plants that adds flavor to whatever it is added to; food, potions, and healing methods. On it’s own it doesn’t do too much, but when combined with the right ingredients it can pack a punch.
Orange - The orange is best known for its fast amounts of Vitamin-C, but the peels/skim are used in a multitude of ways in potions. They can bring a calming odor and give a potion a gentle taste that encouraged emotional expression.
Orris - This herb is mainly used in love potions. Oddly enough it is good for treating acne as well. I don’t know if it is possible these two things can be linked together, but you never know.
Palma Rosa - This herb is best used in a drinkable form. It is used when calming a patient down, as it can “wake up” the mind for better self control. When used in a paste form it is extremely helpful for skin rashes and irritations.
Papaya - You might be thinking, wait this is a fruit not an herb, well the twigs and branches that make a papaya tree actually are used to ward off evil spirits. It says that you should hang these over your door-sill and it will protect you from people who enter yourself, whatever their intentions.
Parsley - This plant can nave two means. It is associated with both love and death. Some state if you cut parsley when you are in love you will be cutting your love away; some say it is a good herb for protection. It just depends what you need it for.
Passion Flower - Though the name of this plant would lead you to believe it has one meaning, it is truly used for calming ones troubles or problems. It is also used for attracting popularity.
Patchouli - This is a wonderful herb for woman. When in a drinkable form this can help calm a woman and balance her feminine aspects out during those rough times. It can help purify the body and cleanse the skin.
Pennyroyal - This herb is one of the best used for protection potions. The herb itself literally repels negativity. You could put some into your tea and it an even clear of the negativity in your body, meaning it works well on colds and flues.
Chapter 19 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Rorey Padfoot)
A List of 150 Herbs Commonly Used In Potions Part X
Phellodendron: phellodendron amurense – This is a good plant to use when one has a fever. The bark is used in liquid form to help purge away from the body. Healers use this on patients who have night sweat from a high fever.
Phragmites: phagmites communis or gramineae – This plant resembles bamboo and is also used for fevers, but of the lower grade variety. You would use the rhizome of the plant in a healing potion. It is said to also soothe the stomach of nausea.
Phytolacca: phytolaca esculenta – One would use the root of this plant and it needs to be ingested, either in liquid or solid form. The herb can help with congestion. The herb is most potent when freshly picked, but can still give some effect when picked a day or two ago. The herb can also me created in a paste form and used on inflames sores of the skin.
Pinellia: pinelliae ternatae – Another herb that is used for cold related symptoms. The rhizome is used of the herb in a liquid form to help clear phlegm from a person who has a cold. It is best to use some citrus when drinking to give it a better flavor. It is said to also work with swollen glands.
Playycodon: playycodi grandiflori – This herb is also used to help relief phlegm. The root from this is plant is more powerful than the above herb. This herb should be used for more severe cases of throat inflammation.
Poke: Phytolacca americana – You can use the berries, leaves, and roots from this plant. Cook all ingredients thoroughly as this plant should not be consumed raw or undercooked. You must boil the parts at least twice to make sure it is fully cooked. This can be used for the illness called mumps. It is also possible to make the parts into a paste and use it externally for scabies.
Polyporus: polypori umbellate – The fruit from this plant is used as a diuretic and anti-inflammatory. It also works wonders for diarrhea. Chinese herbalists believe strongly that this makes a good cancer treatment.
Primrose: oenothffa bionnis – This entire plant can be used and is typically used for those with mental health issues, mainly depression. It has a stimulating effect on the liver and spleen. This is a very edible plant.
Psyllium: plantago ispagula – Use only the seeds of this plant. It only grows in India and Iran. This is used as an intensive laxative and is known to be rich in fiber. It works even better when it encounters water.
Pyrgeum: Pygeum africanum – Use the bark of this plant. The bark of this plant has three active effects. It can be used as a decongestive agent, anti-inflammatory, and can increase the uptake of testosterone. The bark is crushed into a powder and used as a tea. This is typically found in central and southern Africa.
Chapter 20 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Kim Alting)
A List of 150 Herbs Commonly Used In Potions Part XI
Quassia : Quassia amara - Also known as bitter wood, the bark of the Quassia is said to be one of the best stomach bitters. It is therefore especially useful for cases of lack of appetite. Quassia bark is used by traditional healers of Brazil for malaria fevers and it is also used to treat liver and gallbladder problems, as a digestive aid and as an insecticide. Quassia wood is whitish, becoming yellow on exposure to air.
Quercus : Quercus infectoria - Also known as Aleppo oak. Abnormal growth of this tree (produced by insects) also known as nutgall, produces tannic acids which can be used as a topical preparation for cold sores.
Raspberry : Rubus idaeus - The leaves can be used to treat diarrhea, colds and stomach complaints. The leaves have been used in folk remedies, due to its rich content in vitamins and minerals. The fruit is said to protect the liver from all kinds of toxics .
Ravensara : Ravensara aromatica - The oil obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of this tree has a majority of health benefits. The benefits can be attributed to its analgesic, antibacterial, antibacterial and antidepressant properties.
Red Clover : Trifolium pretense - It contains a lot of vitamins and minerals in synergy with for example isoflavones. Isoflavonses act like estrogen and red clover is therefore used as a reliever of menopause symptoms. It also provides protection against osteoporosis.
Red Root : Ceanothus americanus - The root is proven useful in mouthwashes to relieve sore throat and to help reduce dental plaque. It is also used in the treatment of asthma complaints, bronchitis and coughs.
Rosemary : Rosmarinus officinalis - This herb stimulates the central nervous system and circulation, making it beneficial for low bloodpressure. It can also be used as an oil to alleviate pain of arthritis. Besides its medicinal uses it is commonly used in cooking.
Rue : Ruta graveolens L. - Also known as Herb of Grace, is used as a whole to improve eyesight. In small amounts it can ease headaches. In large doses it is toxic.
Chapter 21 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Teagan Falak)
A List of 150 Herbs Commonly Used In Potions Part XII
Rye : Secale Cereale – This herb is typically used in bread making; though some of the wilder Folk used Rye in brews to fire the soul of love; also used to promote fidelity and self control.
Sesame : Sesamum indicum – The notorious entreaty “Open sesame!” is in reference to this herbs power to uncover hidden treasures, expose cloaked doorways, and unlock magically sealed doors.
Snakeroot : Aristolochia serpentaria – Using Snakeroot in a tea has the capability to dispell an unwanted admirer's love for you. Also more generally as a “psychic divorce” herb; used in a tincture to be rid of a person or thing.
Solomon's Seal : Polygonatum officianle – This herb is also known as Lady's Seal. Used in protection magic to extract &/or exorcise spirits as well as to ward away unwanted influences and unwelcome demons. Could be used in a potion to anoint yourself with.
Sunflower : Helianthus annuus – As an ointment, the juice from the stem of this herb is said to make you virtuous when you anoint yourself with it. Also known for its enhancement of Energy, Protection, Power, Wisdom and Wishes.
Tansy : Tanacetum vulgare – This herb has the power to bestow health, grant invisibility, and award immortality & longevity. Place just a drop or two in the shoe or add to the bath in order to keep the law away.
Tarragon : Artemisia dracunculus – Mostly known for its herbal contributions to compassion magic, Tarragon is great for healing in abuse situations. Also used for consecrating chalices.
Tea Leaf : Camellia sinensis – Steeped in boiling water, the extract of the Tea leaf is used as a base in concocting lust potions. Also known for bringing courage and strength.
Thyme : Thymus vulgaris – The powers of Thyme include Courage, Healing, Health, Love, Psychic Development, Purification, & Sleep. Used in a cleansing bath with marjoram, Thyme ensures all regrets and illnesses from the past are extracted from the bather.
Toadflax : Linatia vulgaris – This herb has many other names, some include: Doggies, Dragon Bushes, Gallwort and Ramsted. Toadflax is most well known for its magical Hex-Breaking ability. You may also use as an amulet to keep evil away.
Tobacco : Nicotiana tabacum -Some shamanic practitioners drink tobacco juice to induce visions as part of their shamanic initiation. Used for Healing and Purification. Though this is a very popular plant it is also very dangerous, and in excess can kill.
Tomato : Lycopersicon esculentum – Good for Prosperity, Protection and Love; used on the mantle place above the hearth to bring prosperity home (Replacing your tincture every three days – also you can use the raw tomato itself). Protection is found by anointing the windowsill or any other entrance. When ingested tomato has the power of inspiring love.
Tonka : Dipteryx odorata – The Tonka beans can be ground into a coffee like substance and used to make a base for mixtures that can attract Love, Money and Courage, or make Wishes come true. Also these beans can be worn to ward off illness.
Tormentil : Potentilla erecta – Also known as Bloodroot or Earthbank; this herb essence is extracted to be made into potions that give protection to the user. Also it is served to a loved one whom you desire to keep the affections of. Mediums & Channels use this concoction to protect themselves from permanent possession by spirits.
Tragacanth Gum : Astragalum gummifer – An herb that is used in Bindings, and expansion of the subconscious. By using this in a dream pillow mixed with symbols of the basic elements you can bring the ethereal into your deepest dreams.
Trillium : Trillium erectum – A Folk name for Trillium is Indian Root. It brings powers of Money, Luck, and Love. Using the root in a tincture and keeping on your person can attract money and luck. The roots quintessence can be extracted and made into a potion that can then be rubbed onto the body to attract true love. Or just rubbing the raw root onto the body will bring love.
Chapter 22 for "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi"
(by Teagan Falak)
A List of 150 Herbs Commonly Used In Potions Part XIII
Vanilla : Vanilla aromatica – invoking the powers of Love, Lust, and the Mental prowess, Vanilla has many different potentials for uses in potions. In fact one known way of using Vanilla in love potions is to place the bean(s) in a container with some sugar and allow the vanilla to infuse the sugar with its love vibe; the sugar then is used in any beverage of your choice.
Venus' Flytrap : Dionaea muscipula – Used as an herb of protection, as is most common, the Flytrap can do wonders for helping to keep the pesky, annoying type of problems away. This herb, associated with Venus (of course), can also be used as a 'love attractant.'
Vetwert : Vertiveria zizanioides – This herbs other common name, perhaps more common, is Vertivert root (burned to overcome evil spells). The very useful powers of this herb include Hex-Breaking, and Anti-Theft; not to mention that it has the ability to draw money to you, as well as being useful for overcoming other obstacles, & repelling negativity.
Violet : Viola odorata – This herb induces prophetic dreams and visions, acts as muse to your creative endeavors, has calming properties for the nerves, and urges one towards peace & tranquillity. Violet leaf used in a tincture can be relied upon to give protection from all evil.
Walnut : Juglans regalia – A very interesting quality this herb contains is its ability to grant access to divine energy, bringing the blessings of the divine ones themselves. Also a wish granting potion can be concocted from the essence of roasted walnuts.
Wax Plant : Hoya catnosa – A folk name for this plant is Pentagram flower, named for the pentagram shape of the flowers. And oddly enough, this is a plant of protection. Particularly for the house or the bedroom.
Wintergreen : Gaultheria procumbens – Also known as Mountain Tea, this herb is used for Healing, breaking of Hexes, and Protection. It is also said that by placing fresh sprigs of Wintergreen on your magical work station that you will attract good spirits to watch over and help with your magic.
Wisteria : Hygrophila Difformis – A plant of prosperity, Wisteria can bring great fortune, but beware of letting it take you too far. Other great uses found from this herb include its enhancement abilities with vibrations, its ability to help induce psychic openings, and its uses in overcoming obstacles.
Witch Hazel : Hamamelis virginiea – This herbs other, more common, name is Hazelnut. The magic of chastity and protection are found in Hazelnut. It also aids in easing the grief of loss, reducing passions; and is used in potions to ward off evil.
Witches Burr : Liquidambar styraciflua – also known as Witch Balls; the “fruit” of the Sweet Gum Tree. This herb is said to add great power to spells as well as rituals. The mere presence of witch balls can defeat any kind of evil Force.
Witches Grass : Agropyron repens – Used for Exorcisms, Joy, Lust & Love. A potion extracted from Witch Grass can be used in all manner spells & rituals meant for hex-breaking or un-crossing. Sprinkling some of your concoction under the bed attracts new lovers.
Yucca : Yucca aloifolia – The main uses for Yucca include Protection, Transmutation, and Purification. An infusion of Yucca should be spread all over the body before performing magic to cleanse and purify, and if doing spells to heal illness, break hexes or remove curses you should spread the potion all over your body again afterwards. Jumping through a hoop of braided Yucca fibers will trans-mutate a person into a specific animal; this according to Native American Indian lore. Another method involves placing a wreath of yucca fibers on your head, thus allowing you to assume any form desired.