Herb Brews

by Valerie Worth
(extracted from "Crone's Book of Charms and Spells")

"It is better than the herbs from our gardens or the wild woods and fields be taken in this way - drunk fresh in all their strenght - than wasted and weakened in flavorings for victuals, thus to comfort only the vain palate. These brews are true powers, whereas the same herbs cooked in food are poor wraiths of themselves. Honor them as they deserve, and they sall not fail.

"The fair leaves or other necessary parts should be gathered as young and fair as possible, and a handful placed in a plain brown teapot of good size. Fill the pot then with fresh-boiling water, and allow this tea to steep for twelve minutes by the hourglass or clock. Pour it out then straightaway into a cup; sweeten it with a teaspoon of honey, and drink the infusion while it is hot.

"A few of the well-known herbs that may be used fir such purposes follow here:

"Anise, the Amorous: The seeds, to strengthen passions.

Basil, the Courageous: Against faintness of heart.

Borage, the Inspiring: Against aches in the limbs.

Caraway, the Sweet: The seeds, for mental vigor.

Catnip, the Subtle: Against fever and chills.

Mint, the Comforting: Against afflictions of the stomach.

Nasturtium, the Pungent: Against the headache.

Parsley, the Stout: Against pallor and frailty.

Red Clover, the Succulent: The flowers, for good temper.

Rosemary, the Fair: To soothe the nerves.

Rue, the Mysterious: To assuage guilt and sorrow.

Sage, the Powerful: Against melancholy and distress of the mind.

Thyme, the Sovereign: Against coughs.

White Pine, the Healthful: Against colds and catarrh.

Wild Ginger, the Profound: The root, against lassitude."

 Worth, Valerie. "Crone's Book of Charms & Spells". Llewellyn Publications, 2007. 


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