Vetiver Lore

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Vetiveria zizanioides

Also, Known As:

  • Cuscus
  • Khas Khas
  • Vetiver
  • Vetivert

Vetiver (botanical name Vetiveria zizanioides) belongs to the grass family, which also includes sorghum, maize, sugarcane as well as lemongrass. This plant has had an irregular history, as it was given no less than 11 names in four dissimilar genera at one time. The generic name ‘Vitiveria’ is derived from the Tamil expression ‘vetiver’ denoting a ‘dug up root’, while the Swedish taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus gave the plant its specific name ‘zizanioides’, which is occasionally spelled wrongly, in 1771. The word ‘zizanioides’ refers to ‘beside the river’ and mirrors the fact that this plant is generally found growing the length of the water bodies, especially in India.

Belonging to the Poaceae family, vetiver is a perennially growing grass that is indigenous to India. It is also known as ‘khus’ in the northern and western regions of India. This grass has tall stems while the leaves are…

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Bee’s Wax Pearls of Plenty & Prosperity

The Witch & Walnut

PEARLS OF PLENTY & PROSPERITYBee’s wax pearls of plenty and prosperity are used as a talisman that can be worn or hung in your home.

These are to help attract and keep prosperity to you, whatever that might look like to you. We all have different ideas of how we view prosperity and what that means to us and how it can change our lives for the better.

These beads are made from 100% beeswax, that have been kneaded by my hands that I warm up over a candle flame. This takes a long time and it doesn’t happen fast! Patience and time is needed and well worth the effort if you want to make these for yourself. It is important that the wax piece itself not get heated directly over the flame, but rather heat your hands with the element of fire. Molding the wax with your own body heat and flame with…

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Vervain Lore

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Verbena Officinalis

Also, Known As:

  • Herb-of-the-cross
  • Ma Bian Cao
  • Pigeon’s Grass
  • Verbena
  • Vervain

The ancient Romans held all species of the vervain in admiration and used the ‘sacred’ herb to sanitize their homes and temples. In addition, they knew several therapeutic advantages of the herb and used it to treat numerous disorders. Incidentally, despite its multi-purpose use, the vervain is a commonly growing herb that does not appear to be different from many other plants. In ancient times, remedies prepared with the herb were often used to cure snakebite and diarrhea. At the same time, the root of vervain was chewed by people with a view to strengthening their teeth and gums. Interestingly, the herb served to diverse purposes – a love potion for the medieval witches and a substance to cure people of the influence of the ominous spell cast by these witches. In fact, vervain also finds a…

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