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Salvia officinalis - Sage
 
Its Latin name is Salvare, "to be saved." The Romans cherished the herb known to them has herba sacra, used to cure snakebites, depression and sterility and to promote long life. Sage has always held a magical aura most likely stemming from its unique healing and curative properties that were not fully understood long ago. The story of the Four Thieves Vinegar tells of the virulent plague that swept through Toulouse. Four thieves roamed freely among the sick pilfering what they wanted without fear of becoming infected. When finally captured they were sentenced to death. They were offered their lives for the secret formula that spared them the evils of the plague. A solution of thyme, lavender, rosemary, and - most importantly sage, that had been infused in vinegar had been rubbed over their bodies before entering the homes of the ill.

Sage is among the best herbal choices for killing bacteria, but it is also amazing for culinary uses. Italian cooks have used it for centuries to add a flavorful and healthful kick to vegetable and meat dishes. Americans all know sage from our traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinners. What would the holiday be like without the pungent scent of sage stuffing wafting through the air making our mouths water for the feast to come?

Get to know Sage and grow this wonderful perennial herb in your garden. Not only is it very useful in many ways, but it is a beautifully decorative addition to your landscape and grows in many variations of color and scent. To your health!

PROPAGATION:

Sage may be grown from seed but more easily from cuttings. Pinch a sturdy stem from a plant in mid-spring and push into moist soil in a shady spot of your garden. Keep soil moderately moist until roots develop.

GROWING:

Sages grow best in full sun in well-drained soil. They appreciate cooler weather and infrequent watering. Mulch well and prune hard in the spring to remove any dead wood and prolong the growth of new leaves.

VARIETIES:

There hundreds of varieties of Salvia, the most common being Salvia officinalis.

Common Sage (Salvia officinalis) has pointed grey-green velvety leaves with deep veining and a pungent aroma. Can grow to a height of 2 feet or more. Flowers in summer may be pink, purple or white. Varieties include Pineapple, Blue, Grape-scented, Tricolor, Golden Leaf and many more.

HARVESTING AND USES:

Leaves may be used fresh or dried. Mature leaves have the most essential oil content and are best for drying. Gather foliage when dry and bunch loosely together.  Hang in a cool dark location with good air circulation until dry. This will take about a week. Store dried leaves in an air tight container out of bright light.

RECIPES:

Lemon Chicken with Sage

Chicken breasts, legs, or thighs, skin on

3 sage leaves per piece of chicken

4 large garlic cloves per pound of chicken, slivered

Coarse salt

Black pepper, preferably freshly ground

1 whole lemon per pound of chicken, quartered


Wash and pat dry chicken parts. Rub outside of each piece with sage, then tuck the leaves under the skin. Layer in large dish chicken parts, garlic, a generous sprinkling of salt, pepper, and lemon quarters, squeezing juice out first over the layer. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours, turning occasionally. When ready to cook, allow to come to room, temperature. Bake, grill, or saute chicken and lemon quarters. Serve hot or at room temperature.


Sage Jelly

Ingredients

2.2kg/5lb Cooking Apples – cut into thick chunks (unpeeled/un-cored)
1.1L/40fl.oz. Water
8 tbsp Freshly chopped Sage
8 Whole Sage Leaves
1.1L/40fl.oz. Distilled Malt Vinegar
Sugar

A few drops of Green food Coloring optional

Instructions

1. Place the apples in a large saucepan together with the water and the sage leaves. Bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 45 minutes, until the fruit is soft, stirring from time to time to prevent sticking.

2. Add the vinegar to the pan and boil for a further 5 minutes.

3. Spoon the apple mixture into a jelly bag or cloth attached to the legs of an upturned stool, and leave to strain into a large bowl for at least 12 hours. Do not squeeze.

4. Prepare the jars

5. Discard the pulp remaining in the jelly bag. Measure the liquid in the bowl and return it to a saucepan together with 450g/1 lb of sugar for each 600ml/20 fl.oz. of liquid.

6. Heat gently, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved, then raise the heat boil rapidly for about 10 minutes.

7. Remove from the heat and test for a set.

8. Skim the surface with a slotted spoon then stir in the chopped sage and add a few drops of green food coloring. Allow to cool slightly then stir well to distribute the mint.

9. Ladle into warm jars, cover, seal and label.
Serve with pork, poultry or crackers and cream cheese.

GROWING SAGE

Culinary sage refers to a small group of the genus Salvia. These are evergreen perennial subshrubs with woolly grayish leaves that add an earthy freshness to foods. Spikes of purple/blue flowers appear in mid-summer.

Latin Name: Salvia officinalis

Common Name: Common Sage, Garden Sage

Zone: 5 - 9

Sun Exposure: Generally Full Sun. Needs some shade in higher Zones.
Mature Size: 1 - 2' H, 2 -3' WBloom Period/Days to Harvest: Blooms mid-summer. May bloom first year depending on size and site.

Allow the plant to grow unharvested for the first year. Then leaves can be harvested at anytime, although they are consider at their best before or just after blooming.

Design Tips: Sage quickly becomes a small woody shrub that can need replacing every 3-4 years. Frequent harvesting and pruning helps to reinvigorate sage plants. While a sage plant is in its prime, it makes an attractive addition to both herb gardens and ornamental borders. The purple, golden and tri-color varieties work especially well as edgers.

Varieties: Common Salvia officinalis is excellent for use as a seasoning and is undemanding in the garden. For variety and attractiveness, try one of the following.

S.o. cv. Tricolor doesn't get as large as S. officinalis, but the variegation of its green, white and pink/purple leaves make it as much an ornamental as a culinary herb.


S.o. cv. Purpurescens has deep purple young leaves that mature to a burgundy


S.o. cv. Aurea is a compact grower with soft yellow leaves and purple flowers.

Uses: Sage leaves are a popular poultry and meat seasoning. They can be used both fresh and dried. Sage also makes a nice tea. The leaves and branches are often featured in crafts, like wreaths.

Cultural Requirements & Maintenance: Sage plants can be started from seed, root cuttings or transplants. Sage seed needs to be sown while fresh. It does not store well and even fresh, is not terribly reliable and is slow to establish. Root cuttings can propagated by layering (Laying the side branches down so that they are in contact with the soil.) Fortunately, reasonably priced, small sage plants can be found in most garden centers in the spring.

Sage prefers a warm, sunny location, although it does not enjoy extreme heat. It is not particular about soil, except that it be well-drained.


Pruning after flowering will keep plants attractive and prevent them from getting too woody and leggy. Fertilize in early spring.


Sage is very happy growing in containers. If you want to try growing sage indoors, you will need to provide strong, direct light.


Few pests bother sage. It is done in more by excess water, not enough light and lack of pruning.


Harvesting: Harvest lightly the first year, as the plant becomes established.Harvest individual leaves as needed. Leaves can also be dried and stored for future use

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'Southernwood'
 
Please remember that you cannot simply stuff a bunch of herbs in your mouth and feel better. Some are taken orally, but many are taken topically. Incorrect dosage or application can be harmful. Once you have found a herb that appears to meet your needs, you should seek expert advice before attempting to use it!
 

Southernwood - Artemisia abrotanum

(lad's love, old man, crusader herb)

Description: Woody perennial shrub that grows up to 3
feet tall. Sprouts pungent grey-green feathery
leaves. Also bears inconspicuous yellow-green flowers
in late summer.

Uses: Use shoots and leaves that have been slowly
dried in the sun. Used medicinally as an infusion or
tincture to help regulate menstruation. Also useful
for antiseptic properties, and as an insect repellent.

Infusion: Used to prepare more delicate parts of plants. 3 cups of water to 1 ounce dry herb or 1½ ounce of fresh herbs; pour the freshly boiled water over herbs in a pot, cover the pot and let the herbs steep for at least 10 minutes. Strain and serve. Refrigerate unused portions, lasts up to 24 hours.

Tincture: A tincture is a good solution for long term treatment as will store for up to two years. 8 ounces of dried herb, 1½ cups of alcohol (grain alcohol like Everclear), and 4 cups of water; Chop your herbs up finely and put them in a glass jar with a good tight fitting lid. Pour the liquid over the herbs and tighten the lid. Keep the jar in a warm, dark place for 2 weeks. Shake the jar every two days. After the two weeks, strain the liquid off through cheesecloth into a clean colored glass jar and store away from heat and direct sunlight.

Medicinal uses: antiseptic, moth repellent, menstruation

Used in spells relating to: aphrodisiac

MAGICAK HERBS: SWEET FLAG (Acorus calamus) (Family: Araceae)
~~~Scott Appell

*Acorus calamus* is a hardy, rhizomatous, perennial, swamp or bog plant native to Europe and the United States. It is araceous, meaning that it belongs to the arum family (*Araceae*), and therefore is related to such familiar plants as calla lilies, philodendrons, and Jack-in-the-pulpits. Sweet flag bears spicy-scented, flattened, sword-shaped foliage that grows to two or three feet in length. The creeping rhizomes are covered with a brownish-red bark and creep over the surface of the soil.

Because of its pleasant smell, calamus was once considered a treading-herb; and was strewn upon the floors of churches and private houses to perfume the air when walked upon. This tradition is still practiced at Britain's Norfolk Cathedral on important festival days. Acorus has proven insect-repellent properties as well, and was oncew thought to fend off the plague. It has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb, and the active ingredients are asarone and beta-aserone. The rhizomes are considered to possess antispasmodic, gas-expelling (carminative), and worm-expelling (anthelmintic) properties. It was also used to treat epilepsy, chronic diarrhea, mental ailments, and kidney and heart ailments. American colonists employed it to treat colic.

Although sweet flag has long been employed in European witchcraft, its use in American Hoodoo is far more fascinating. In Louisiana and other southern states such as Alabama and Georgia, Voodoo, and its variant among black Americans, Hoodoo, is still widely practiced. Voodoo is the American interpretation of Haitian *vodou*. Hoodoo, on the ohter hand, is folkloric magic handed down through oral traditions and practiced primarily in New Orleans. They both share some similar attricutes, such as healing practices and strong Catholic roots, but they are not the same doctrine. Hoodoo uses Voodoo dolls, conjure bags (both *mojo* and *gris-gris*), potions, oils, incense, sachets, powders, floor washes, and herbs. In fact, the herbal inventory of Hoodoo comprises nearly two-hundred separate species. Part of the mystique of Hoodoo is the ability for a practitioner to conjure snakes, spiders, or other living creatures into the body of an enemy. Sweet flag is used to rid the body of these unwanted creatures - to do so, one must chew on a piece of the root and bathe in water containing potassium nitrate (salt-peter) for nine mornings.

Sweet flag prefers an aquatic lifestyle, and makes a wonderful herb for containers without drainage holes: jarjinieres, cachepots, soup tureens, buckets, basins, and pickle crocks. It requires a water depth of four to six inches and full Sun to succeed. It is cold resistent, and hardy to USDA Zone 3. It is a exuberant grower, and will need division every three or four years.
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Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius), also called American Saffron and Fake Saffron, is a laxative.
½ ounce herb to 1 pint boiling water, 1 glassful up to 2 times a day.
This flower is usually mixed in with jinx incenses to destroy enemies. Men can also rub this inside their knees to draw sexual attention. Gay men often use this to attract love, and when mixed with Echinacea, they will find a dominant lover. This plant has also been used in necromancy.

Sage, Clery (Salvia sclarea) aids in digestion and helps with kidney diseases.
2 ounces drunk as tea up to 3 times a day.
The scent of this herb will produce a kind of euphoria.

Sage, Common (Salvia officinalis), also called Garden Sage, Red Sage and White Sage, is mostly used to stop bleeding gums and excess saliva.
2 part herb to 1 part boiling water, drink 1 glassful up to 3 times a day.
The most important herb used to exorcise unwelcome energies from the body and home.

Sage, Diviners (Salvia Divinorum) is one of the most potent but safe hallucinogens, once taken by Aztec priests to foretell the future.
Chew on one leaf, burn for incense, or smoke.

Sage, Pineapple (Salvia elegans) regulates blood pressure, circulation, respiration, digestion and strengthens the endocrine system.
½ ounce drank as tea once a day.

Sage, Vervain (Salvia Verbenaca), also called Wild English Clary and Christ's Eye, is used to treat cataracts.
Fluid extract: 1 dram up to 3 times a day.
The most popular plant used in necromancy.

Sage, White (Salvia apiana), also called Cudweed, is applied externally to stop itching and to induce sweating.
2 part herb to 1 part water, boil and apply externally as needed.

Sandalwood (Santalum album) is used for chronic bronchitis, viruses and gonorrhea.
Fluid extract: 1 – 2 drams a day.
The scent of this wood is helpful in meditation to calm the mind.

Sandspurry, Common (Arenaria rubra) treats bladder diseases.
Up to 30 grains a day.

Sanicle, Wood (Sanicula Europaea) is good for the lungs, for sore throats and is a blood-cleaner.
½ ounce drunk as tea up to 3 times a day.

Sarsaparilla, American (Aralia nudicaulis), also called False Sarsaparilla, Wild Sarsaparilla, Small Spikenard, Wild Liquorices and Rabbit Root, is a wash for ulcerations, shingles and syphilis sores.
Fluid extract: ½ - 1 dram a day.
Carry this herb to increase vitality.

Sassafras (Sassafras officinale) is good for relieving cramps, but in the South root bark is made into tea for a spring tonic; deadly in large doses.
Fluid extract: 1 – 2 drams a day.
Keep a leaf in your wallet to make your money “go further.”

Saw Palmetto (Sarenoa serrulata) is used as a sedative, increases male fertility, relaxes an overactive bladder and promotes prostate health.
Fluid extract – up to 2 drams a day; herb: 5 – 10 grains a day.
This plant is used to attract snakes, but is also kept for vigor. This plant is also used in spells by wizards to make their female partners not utilize abortion options.

Scabious, Common (Scabiosa succisa) is a blood purifier, is used to wash the scalp for dandruff, stops fevers and pulls out venom.
Fluid extract: 1 – 2 drams a day.
Also called Devil’s Button, it was said that to pick it would guarantee a visit from the Devil.

Scabious, Field (Knautia arvensis) is used to treat scabs.
1 part herb to 1 part lard, boil and apply externally once a day.

Skullcap (Scutellarias), also called Madweed, is used to calm nerves.
½ ounce drunk as tea up to 3 times a day.
The scent of this plant helps give insight.
Put this herb and two white loadstones in a white flannel sachet and keep under your bed for fidelity.

Sedge, Sweet (Acorus calamus), also called Sweet Flag, Calamus Root, Sweet Cane, Myrtle Grass and Cinnamon Sedge, is used to stimulate the appetite, relieve flatulence, and stop spasms and lower cholesterol.
Fluid extract: 15 – 60 drops a day.
The scent of this plant is a stimulant.
The root is carried when one wishes to be dominant.

Senna, Bladder (Colutea arborescens) excites vomiting.
1 – 2 drams of seeds.

Senna, Common (Cassia acutifolia) is a powerful laxative and in larger doses excites vomiting.
Powdered leaves: 1 dram; fluid extract: ½ - 2 fluid drams once a day.
This plant is used for when one wants to be noticed more often.

Sensitive Plant (Mimosa pudica) is an astringent.
2 part herb to 1 part water, boil and apply externally once a day.
The scent of the flower is supposed to be used for those who are timid and shy.

Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia) is taken to aid digestion and stop excess menstrual bleeding.
Fluid extract: 1 dram a day.

Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris), also called Lady's Purse, Witches' Pouches, Rattle Pouches, Case-weed and Blindweed, is used to stop any kind of bleeding, lowers blood pressure and accelerates coagulation of blood. CAUTION: Avoid during pregnancy.
1 teaspoon drunk as tea once a day.

Shinleaf (Pyrola elliptica) is a gargle for sore throats and for cuts and canker sores in the mouth.
1 part herb to 1 part water, boil and gargle.

Sicklepod (Cassia obtusifolia L) is used exclusively to treat herpes.
10 – 15 grains a day.

Silverweed (Potentilla anserine), also called Prince's Feathers, Trailing Tansy, Wild Agrimony, Goosewort, Silvery Cinquefoil and More Grass, is used to stop bleeding hemorrhoids, for cramps in the mid-section, and to relieve lockjaw.
3 ounces drunk as tea up to 3 times a day.

Skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) is a dangerous narcotic.
Powdered root: 10 – 20 grains; fluid extract: ½ - 1 dram a day.
This weed is used to help in court.

Slender Rice Flower (Pimelea linifolia) petals are used to remove scars.
2 part herb to 1 part lard, boil and apply externally up to 3 times a day.

Smartweed (Polygonum hydropiper), also called Pepper Plant and Bloodwort, is used for coughs and colds, removes gravels, treats hemorrhoids, reduces inflammation and treats colic.
½ ounce drunk as tea up to 2 times a day.
This plant clears the mind.

Snakeroot, Button (Liatris spicata) is a diuretic.
2 ounce herb drunk as tea up to 4 times a day.

Samson Snakeroot (Psoralea psoralioides) is an immune stimulant.
Fluid extract: 1 dram up to 3 times a day.
The flowers are used to soften the heart.

Snakeroot, Seneca (Polygala senega) is an expectorant for an upper respiratory infection.
½ - 1 grain a day.

Snakeroot, Virginian (Aristolochia serpentaria) will induce sweating, stimulate the appetite, is an expectorant and suppress menses.
Powdered root: 10 – 30 grains; fluid extract: ½ - 1 dram a day.
This is considered to be one of the best good luck charms.

Snakeroot, White (Eupatorium rugosum) is one of the few supposed cures for snake bites.

Snapdragon (Antirrhinum magus) is applied to ulcerations.
2 part herb to 1 part lard, boil and apply externally.
The flowers protects from ill luck and witchcraft.

Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale) will cause people to sneeze uncontrollably.

Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) aids in digestion.
Fluid extract: up to 2 drams a day.
This flower is associated with hope.

Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis), also called Soaproot, Latherwort, Crow Soap, Sweet Betty and Wild Sweet William, is used to relieve itch.
2 part herb to 1 part lard, boil and apply externally.

Solomon's Seal, False (Smilacina racemosa) is used to induce sweating and urination and is sometimes used as a blood purifier.
Fluid extract: 1 dram a day.
The root is burned to calm hysteria.
The root is used to quell the insane.

Solomon’s Seal, True (Polygonatum multiflorum) also called Lady’s Seal. The root is used to relieve inflammation, bruises and helps heal broken bones.
1 – 4 ounces up to 3 times a day.
This plant is used to turn away or control malicious spirits.

Sorrel, Sheep’s (Rumex acetosella) is used to treat urinary and kidney problems.
Fluid extract: 1 dram a day.

Sorrel, Wood (Oxalis acetosella), also called Sour Trefoil, is used to cool wounds and strengthens the stomach and is eaten freely.

Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboretum), also called Sorrel Tree. The leaves are used to calm nerves, menstrual bleeding and indigestion.
Fluid extract: 10 – 20 drops a day.

Southernwood (Artemisia abrotanum) is mainly used as a preventative against worms.
1 ounce drunk as tea once a day.
This plant is used to attract the love of a young male.

Sow-thistle, Corn (Sonchus arvensis) treats inflammation.
2 part herb to 1 part water, boil and apply externally.

Sow-thistle, Mountain (Sonchus alpinus) is used to ease the stomach, alleviate wheezing and put a luster to the skin.
Fluid extract: 1 dram a day.
The plant is used to go unnoticed by enemies.

Spanish Needles (Clidemia hirta), also called Soapbush is toxic, but was once used to expel worms. The juice can be used for earaches.
Fluid extract: ½ - 1 dram a day.

Spatterdock (Nuphar polysepalum), also called Yellow Pond Lily, is applied to inflammation and is used to treat spasms and impotence.
Fluid extract: up to 12 drops a day.

Spearwort, Lesser (Ranunculus flammula) is a cure for ulcers.
Fluid extract: 1 dram a day.

Speedwell, Common (Veronica officinalis) is a simple, safe and effective treatment for skin disorders; it is also known to clot blood.
2 part herb to 1 part water or lard, boil and apply externally.

Speedwell, Germander (Veronica chamaedrys) is used to relieve itch, purify the blood and stimulate the kidneys.
2 part herb to 1 part water or lard, boil and apply externally; fluid extract: 1 dram a day.

Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) is used to treat GI problems and yeast infections.
500 milligrams a day.

Spikenard, Common (Aralia racemosa), also called Pettymorell, Old Man's Root, Indian Spikenard and Indian Root, is a stimulant.
1/2 - 1 dram infused in 1 ounce water, drink once a day.
The legendary substance Mary Magdelene used from the alabaster jar to anoint Jesus with; is buried every other month to assure fidelity.

Spikenard, Ploughman's (Inula conyza), also called Great Fleabane, is used to kill fleas.
The scent of Spikenard causes one to give-up.

Squaw Vine (Mitchella repens), also called Checkerberry, Winter Clover and Deerberry, is used to increase female fertility (roots) and is used externally for sore nipples.
2 – 4 ounces drunk as tea up to 3 times a day.
A pregnant woman may bath with the vine to protect her unborn child and it may be carried to prevent jealousy.

Squill (Urginea scilla) is used to treat coughs and kidney problems.
1 – 3 grains a day.
The root is carried to attract money.

St Andrew's Cross (Hypericum stragulum) is used for bladder and kidney ailments and is applied externally for skin disorders.
Fluid extract: 1 dram a day.

St Johns Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is used to treat depression.
457 milligrams a day.
Hang this plant in the kitchen to lessen the likelihood of a fire.

Staves acre (Delphinium staphisagria), also called Lousewort, is a very toxic way of killing lice, worms and fleas.

Steeplebush (Spirea tomentosa) is used to treat morning sickness.
½ ounce drunk as tea once a day.

Sticktight (Hackelia californica) is a pain killer.
½ ounce in 1 liter of oil; apply externally.
The scent of the flower is said to be an antidepressant.
The plant is used in binding spells.

Stone Root (Collinsonia Canadensis), also called Horseweed, Richweed, Knobweed and Horsebalm, is used to reduce spasms, urinary and rectal problems and is applied externally to reduce bruising. It is a diuretic and an antioxidant.
Fluid extract: 15 – 60 drops; herb: 2 – 4 grains a day.

Stonecrop, Common (Sedum acre), also called Biting Stonecrop, Golden Moss, Wall Ginger, Gold Chain and Creeping Tom, is used as a vermifuge.
1 part herb to 1 part lard, boil and apply externally.

Stonecrop, Orpine (Sedum telephium) has been used on bleeding hemorrhoids and to stop diarrhea.
Fluid extract: 1 dram once a day.

Stonecrop, Virginian (Penthorum sedoides), also called Ditch Stonecrop, is used as a laxative.
Fluid extract: 1 dram once a day.

Stonecrop, White (Sedum album), also called Small Houseleek, is used to cool painful hemorrhoids.
2 part herb to 1 part water, boil and apply externally.

Stork's Bill (Erodium cicutarium) is used as a wash for rheumatism.
1 part herb to 1 part water, boil and apply externally.

Strawberry, Common (Fragaria vesca) fruit is used as a wash to treat sunburns.
Perhaps because they are red, the fruits are used in love spells.

Strawberry, Wood (Duchesnea indica), also called Indian Strawberry, is a blood purifier, gravel diuretic and a wash for sunburns. The berries are known to fight tumors by inhibiting cell reproduction.
25 – 50 milligrams a day.

Sumac, Dwarf (Rhus copallina). The bark is used to stimulate milk flow, to treat blisters and bedwetting, but it is very irritating.
Fluid extract: 1 dram a day.

Sumac, Smooth (Rhus glabra), also called Pennsylvania Sumac and Mountain Sumac, is an antiseptic and antibiotic (bark) and cools wounds (berries).
Fluid extract from bark: 1 – 2 drams; fluid extract from berries: 1 – 2 drams; herb: 1 – 2 grains a day.
The berries are used to lessen sentences placed on one in a court case.

Sumac, Staghorn (Rhus hirta) is used to treat sore throats, worms and bleeding; may cause irritation.
Fluid extract: 1 dram a day.

Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) is used for any type of lung problem. It is an antibiotic, antiviral, an immune stimulant and is said to remove warts.
Fluid extract: 10 – 20 drops; herb: 2 – 5 grains a day.

Sweet grass (Hierochloe odorata) is a diuretic.
Fluid extract: 10 – 30 drops a day.
The scent of this grass puts one in a good mood.
This grass is used to call good spirits.

Sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua). From this tree comes gum benzoin, which is used for sore throats.
1 part leaf to 1 part water, boil and gargle.
The pods, called Witches Burs, are said to pass to the possessor great supernatural strength.

Sweet Annie (Artemisia annua) is used to treat night sweats, flatulence and is antiviral.
3 – 9 grams a day.

Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus) is very soothing to the skin, but is antibacterial.
2 part flower to 1 part water or alcohol, boil and apply externally.
The bloom is used in truth spells.

Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) is questionably toxic.
The scent of the flower is supposed to “open the heart.”

Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) will induce vomiting.
Fluid extract: 1 dram a day.
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