A sample ailment entry along with possible herbal remedies from the Ancient Herbs and Modern Herbs book by James K. Sayre, Copyright, 2001. All rights reserved.


Witches: folk protection against

In ancient European folk tradition, various plants and herbs were thought to be useful protection against witches, demons, vampires and evil spirits:

external: typically placed around doors and entranceways and on roofs of dwellings:

Avens - Geum urbanum

Carrot, Cultivated - Daucus carrot

Elderberry - Sambucus nigra

Fennel - Foeniculum vulgare

Garlic - Allium sativum

Garlic, Wild - Allium ursinum

Mullein - Verbascum thapsus

Parsnip - Pastinaca sativa

Periwinkle, Greater - Vinca major

Periwinkle, Lesser - Vinca minor

Potato - Solanum tuberosum

Pumpkin - Cucurbita pepo

St. John's Wort - Hypericum perforatum

Silver Fir - Abies alba

Strawberry - Fragaria vesca

Vervain - Verbena officinalis


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