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Widdershin's Apothecary offers hundreds (around 400, check the Curio Page also) of herbs, woods, minerals and resins of high quality, for any magickal need for your own preparations, rites, or workings. All our botanicals are 100% natural and contain no chemicals. Herbs are either certified organic, organic, wild-crafted or grown locally. All items are sold by weight. Internet orders are packaged in convenient 1-ounce quantities in reusable zip lock Baggies.
We are always adding new items to our stock!
This list was updated April 2009
| Valerian 1oz.|
All-Heal, Amantilla, Bloody Butcher, Capon’s Trailer, Cat’s Valerian, Garden Heliotrope, Phu, Red Valerian, St. George’s Herb, Sete Wale, Set Well, Vandal Root.
One of nature’s most effective herbal tranquilizers, the root is used for nervous tension, anxiety and insomnia. Attractive to cats and rats. According to legend, the Pied Piper of Hamlin coaxed the rats to follow him not with his magick pipe, but by placing dried roots of valerian in his pockets. Powdered valerian may be used as a substitute for graveyard dust to repel unwanted presences.
Magickal Uses: Valerian is added to the chalice as an herb of peace. It is used to aspurge the ritual space and in incense for purification. Even though this is a rather foul smelling herb it is hung in the home as protection from lightning and the Greeks used sprigs of it at windows to keep evil out. Being an herb of peace, place some in the vicinity of a quarreling couple. Add it to love sachets and it is said if a woman wears a sprig of it, it will cause men to “follow her like children.” It will also help insomnia by placing it in the pillow.
| Vanilla Powder 1oz.|
Magickal Uses: This herb is a type of fermented orchid. Both the scent and taste are considered lust inducing, so add it to love sachets. To infuse sugar with the loving vibrations of vanilla, place a bean in a bowl of sugar. Then use the sugar to sweeten your beloved’s food. Wearing the oil will bring love. Carried, the bean gives energy and enhances the mind.
| Vervain, blue 1oz.|
Brittanica, Enchanter’s Plant, Herba Sacra, Herb of Enchantment, Herb of Grace, Herb of the Cross, Holy Herb, Juno’s Tears, Pigeon’s Grass, Pigeonwood, Simpler’s Joy, Van-Van, Verbena, Vervan
A very historic herb. Vervain was revered in Celtic and Germanic cultures, used by the Druids in the lustral water, and held sacred by the Romans. Vervain has long been associated with sorcerers and witches, bestowing them magickal powers, and is also called “Herb of the Cross”, or Herba Sacra, for it is thought to have been used to heal Christ’s wounds. Reputed to be an aphrodisiac and to “heal holes in the aura.”
Magickal Uses: Vervain is a profoundly magickal herb belonging to the sphere of Venus. A powerful herb of blessing and consecration when used to ritually “sweep” the altar or burned as incense. Roman priests and priestess used it as an altar plant—it was tied in bundles and used to ritually “sweep” and purify the altar. Druids place it in water that is sprinkled on worshipers as a blessing. Vervain is carried or worn to bring love and protection. It is used in the ritual bath and is scattered to bring peace and calm the emotions. Anoint your body with its juice to aid in wish manifestations of all kinds. Place some in the chalice. Any part of the plant may be carried as an amulet.
Vervain is traditionally gathered at Midsummer or at the rising of the Dog Star when neither sun nor moon is in the sky, just before flowering. It is taken from the earth with the sacred sickle and raised aloft in the left hand. After prayers of thanksgiving are spoken, the Druid leaves a gift of honey to recompense the earth for her loss. It is a sacred herb of purification and exorcism.
Vervain was once infused in wine and worn on the body to ward off the stings of insects and serpents. It is used in the bath as a protection from enchantments and to make dreams come true. Wearing or bathing in vervain places one under the influence of Diana. After washing your hands in the infusion, it will be possible to engender love in the one you touch and to turn enemies into friends.
To dispel fears, light a candle daily and surround it with vervain. Speak aloud a prayer to the Gods and Goddesses asking for release from your fear. Do this as long as necessary. On the night of the full moon, go outside with a chalice filled with water, vervain, and salt. Take also a candle and a piece of petrified wood. Dip the stone into the water mixture and then pass it through the candle flame. Touch the stone to your feet, hands, shoulders, and head. As you do this ask for the blessings of youth and beauty. Repeat the process seven times.
Vervain is worn as a crown during Druidic initiatory rites and as a protection for those who are working magick. It is sprinkled throughout the home or ritual area and burned as incense as a protection and to bring peace. Keep some in the bedroom to bring tranquil dreams. Keep it in the home to attract wealth and to keep plants healthy. Sprinkle some on the garden as an offering to the elementals and other nature spirits. Drinking the juice of fresh vervain is said to cut sexual desire. Ancient instructions instruct that to remain chaste for seven years, rise before the sun on the first day of the New Moon and gather the vervain until the sun rises. Then press out its juice and drink. Burn it to banish the pangs of unrequited love. Vervain is worn to recover stolen articles. Tucked into a child’s cradle, the plant brings joy and a lively intellect.
| Vetivert 1oz.|
Magickal Uses: Vetivert is used for spells to break hexes, bring love, luck, and money and as protection from thieves. Use it as incense to overcome evil, prevent theft, and to bring love. Add it to love powders and sachets, use the sachet in the bath to attract love. Add also to mixtures designed to draw money and place in the cash draw to increase business.
|Violet, Blue 1oz.|
Violet, Sweet Violet
The violet of song and story. The delightfully sweet scented, purple flowers of Sweet Violet are an old garden favorite. Homer, Virgil, and Shakespeare mentioned sweet violets frequently. The candied blooms are a delicacy, and an elegant addition to a salad. The blooms are an important ingredient of May Wine
Magickal Uses: Violets are an herb of love and protection. Violet crowns (chaplets) are said to cure headaches, dizziness, bring sleep, and calm anger. Violets are mixed with lavender, apple blossoms, yarrow and roses in love potions. The leaf is protective from all evil. Violets and periwinkle are used to decorate the graves and corpses of children. Custom says that if you pick the first violet of spring your dearest wish will be granted
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