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By Lynn Kirkland
Witching Herbs for Halloween

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Herb of the Week by Lynn Kirkland for 26th October

Witching Herbs for Halloween

New Zealand seems to be getting more and more into the celebration of Halloween although it is a long way from the huge occasion that it is in countries like North America and the United Kingdom.
I am not sure if I like the idea of door knocking and asking for sweets from strangers but Halloween is interesting and I enjoyed looking at the herbs that have been associated with witchcraft or have superstitions around them.

Some herbs are regarded as having protective powers and can ward off evil spirits or protect those dwelling in a home from lightening or other forces of nature.
One of these is the houseleek which was often planted on rooves with the belief that lightening would not strike a home with this succulent growing on the roof.
Plant a bay tree near your home and this also gave protection from not only thunder and lightening but from witches and devils. A powerful herb indeed and jolly useful for putting in the corned beef when you were pickling it!

St Johns Wort and wormwood were herbs used in spells to protect from the dark forces of ghosts and witches.

Vervain was a herb revered by the druids and used for good spells cast to negate evil ones.

The elder tree which is in full glorious bloom just now is regarded as having strong powers to dispel evil. If you need to cut down an elder tree you must ask permission as if a witch is living in it and you cut it down without warning then you will have a homeless and angry witch to deal with.

So with Halloween only a few days away you never know who you could get knocking at the door and a few protective herbs could be in order.
Making elderflower champagne with the creamy blossoms of the elder tree could be another way top bring some spirits into the home!

Thanks lynn another great read.

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