Lavender

Lavandula spp.

Spile, Elf Leaf, Nard

Native to

Mediterranean, Southern Europe, North Africa, and Northeast Asia including parts of India

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake and to ensure we recognize any appropriation that we may make in our use of a plant, we include it's nativity.


Parts Used

  • Flowers are harvested by picking the stems, typically prior to blooming - dry days are a necessity as mold will find a way with Lavender.

  • Antibacterial: Stops or slows the spread of bacteria

  • Antidepressant: Aids in alleviating depression

  • Antispasmodic: Relieves involuntary movements such as ticks and seizures 

  • (Note: many antispasmodics have the opposite effect depending on your neurology, consult your doctor)

  • Anxiolytic: Calms, soothes anxiety and mental distress

  • Carminative: Relieves gas... Farts, specifically

  • Circulatory Stimulant: Boosts blood and oxygen circulation

  • Nervine: literally calms the nerves

Holidays

  • Midsummer

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Mercury

  • Element(s): Air

  • Gender: Masculine

  • Sign(s): Gemini, Virgo

  • Chakra(s): Crown, Third Eye, Throat, Heart, Solar Plexus

Magical Properties

  • Balance

  • Chastity

  • Clarity

  • Divination

  • Drive out Evil

  • Happiness

  • Harmony

  • Healing

  • Joy

  • Longevity

  • Love

  • Luck

  • Moving On

  • Peace

  • Protection

  • Purification

  • Prosperity

  • Psychic Awareness

  • Reconciliation

  • Reduce Anxiety

  • Sleep

  • Spiritual Cleansing

  • Tranquility

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere 
with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?

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