Thursday, November 15, 2012

Aconite, Wolfsbane & Monkshood

Aconite's are perennials and grow to about 4ft tall on average. The colors vary, depending on the species of Aconitum, however the most common are yellow, blue and purple.
All members of the genus Aconitum are poisonous, as are all parts of the plant, including the sap. Wear gloves when handling and wash hands afterwards. It should never be grown around children or pets.

This is the plant that was used by witches as their "flying ointment" as it causes hallucinations. Arrow tips were dipped in this so they became poisonous. Most notably, said to protect from werewolves, hence, where the term Wolfsbane was derived.

Spiritual Correspondences
Gender: Feminine
Planet: Saturn
Sign: Capricorn
Element: Water
Deities: Hekate, Medea
Uses: Cleansing ritual space, cleansing away negativity, invoking Hekate

Medicinal Correspondences
Lowers the rate and strength of pulse, used for pneumonia, feverish colds, croup, and heart conditions.
Also used for rheumatism and arthritis as well as many others. A common herb used in homeopathic preparations and Chinese medicine.

CAUTION: Poisonous Herb

Aconitum vulparia; Wolfsbane
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Aconitum napellus; Monkshood/Aconite

Aconitum anthora; Yellow Monkshood


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