What is it Wednesday Herbs: Alyssum

Hello witchlings! I’m so sorry for the lack of herb updates! I’m afraid I have this thing called a life and it took over for a bit! But I’m back! Our next herb is a good one! Alyssum!

Alysum (Lobularia maritima)

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Names: Sweet Alyssum,  Sweet Alison, madwort, healbite

Planet: Mercury

Element: Water

Ahhh Alyssum. This is a great flower to give little witchlings wanting to garden. They are incredibly resiliant and self sufficient–not to mention they smell fantastic! I grew these in a house I used to live in, and I love the scent. It’s very sweet and fresh, and can be smelled especially well when its hot! They do well in very poor soil (mine had concrete chips in the dirt!) and intense sun. They can look raggedy and die off and you may think you have to get rid of them. But you don’t! If you let them be ( even if you cut them back) they self seed and will grow back just as green and brilliant as before! It’s a low flowering shrub, growing at most a little higher than your ankle.

These little guys aren’t just for scent or looks either! You can eat them! If only I had known that when I had them! They’re related to the mustard family and so have a slightly sweet and spicy flavor. Now these little guys might not look like much, but they magically (and garden wise) pack a punch!

Gardening: In the garden these little beauties attract a lot of beneficial insects, one of the best are the hover flies! Hover flies sound bad, but they’re not! They look like tiny, hairless bees, and they literally hover over  the flowers and drag pollen with them. And when you see hover flies you can bet ladybugs wont be far behind!

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Magical Uses:  Once upon a time in Greece, it was thought that putting this on a bite would cure rabies. I don’t think you should go around trying to contract rabies  to test this theory out, instead why don’t you put some in a spring salad and call it a day! In the mean time, here are some magical uses for this little plant!

-It’s excellent at dispelling anger. If some one is mad have them take a deep wiff of it to calm them down

-Its also considered a hex breaker. If you hang some in your doorway or plant it around your house it repels any hexes that might come wandering your way. Pretty nice huh!?

-You can also hang it around your house to keep from glamore or fascination from happening.

-If you’ve have a bad day and need to get rid of anger take a healing bath and throw in a good handful of fresh Alyssum along with some epsom salt, and lavender oil. (not, oil DOES make your tub slippery. Learn from my mistakes!)

I hope this has been helpful and if you have any extra information please comment below–knowledge is power!

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Links to read if you’d like: 

http://www.angelfire.com/de/poetry/Flowers/Alyssum.html

http://www.witchipedia.com/herb:alyssum

http://harvestsgardeningsecrets.blogspot.com/2006/06/sweet-alyssum.html

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