Posted on May 20, 2015 | 0 comments


Herbs & Plants by Names of Olde

Double, double toil and trouble
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble
Fillet of a fenny snake
In the cauldron boil and bake
Eye of newt, and toe of frog
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting
Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing
For a charm of powerful trouble
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble

Reading those lines from Shakespeare’s Macbeth sort of just roll off your tongue.

Doesn’t that sound better than saying:
Throw a couple of snakes, mustard seeds, twigs and some buttercup bulbs etc… in a pot!

Below are some “Olde Names” the Arcane herbal code, that make spell writing and rhyming a little more interesting.

Adders Fork – Adders tongue, or a snake
An Eagle – Garlic
A Man’s Bile – Turnip Sap
Bat’s Wings – Holly
Bear’s Foot – Lady’s Mantle
Beggar’s Buttons – Burdock
Beggar’s Tick – Cockhold
Bird’s Eye – Germander Speedwell
Black Sampson – Echinacea
Blood from a Head – Lupine
Blood from a Shoulder – Bears Breeches
Blood Leather – Reindeer Moss
Blood of a Goose – Milk from a Mulberry Tree
Blood of an Eye – Tamarisk Gall
Blood of Ares – Purslane
Blood of Kronos – Cedar
Blood of Hephaistos – Wormwood
Blood of a Titan – Wild Lettuce
Blood from a Head – Luoins
Bloody Finger – Foxglove
Blood of Hestia – Camomile
Blood – Elder sap
Bloodwort – Yarrow
Bone of an Ibis – Buckthorn
Bull’s Blood – Horehound
Bull’s Foot – Coltsfoot
Burning Bush – Fraxinella
Butcher’s Broom – Irish Tops
Calf’s Snout – Snapdragons
Cat’s Foot – Ground Ivy
Cheeses – Marsh Mallow
Chocolate Flower – Wild Geranium
Clear Eye – Clary Sage
Crow’s Foot – Wild Geranium
Cuckoo’s Bread – Common Plantain
Cucumber Tree – Magnolia
Cuddy’s Lungs – Great Mullein
Devils Dung – Asafoetida
Devil’s Bit – Starwort
Devil’s Plaything – Yarrow
Dew of the Sea – Rosemary
Dog’s Mouth – Snapdragons
Dogs Tongue – Conoglossum Officinale
Dove’s Foot – Wild Geranium
Dragon Wort – Bistort
Dragon’s Blood – Calamus
Earth Smoke – Fumitory
Elf’s Wort – Elecampane
Enchanter’s Plant – Vervain
Englishman’s Foot – Common Plantain
Erba Santa Maria -Spearmint
Everlasting Friendship – Goosegrass
Eye of Christ – Germander Speedwell
Eye of Newt – Mustard seed
Eye of the Day – Common Daisy
Eye of the Star – Horehound
Eye Root – Goldenseal
Eyes – Daisy
Fairy Smoke – Indian Pipe
Fairie’s Finger – Foxglove
Fat from a Head – Spurges
Felon Herb – Mugwort
Five Fingers – Five leaf grass
Flesh and Blood – Tormentil
Fox’s Clote – Burdock
From the Belly – Earth apple
From the Foot – Houseleek
From the Loins – Chamomile
Gazel’s Hooves – Quickset
Goat’s Foot – Ash Weed
Golden Star – Avens
Gosling Wing – Goosegrass
Graveyard Dust – Mullein
Great Ox-eye – Ox eye Daisy
Hagthorn – Hawthorn
Hair of Venus – Maidenhair Fern
Hairs of a Hamadryas Baboon – Dill seed
Hare’s Beard – Great Mullein
Hawk’s Heart – Heart of Wormwood
Heart of Osmund – Royal Fern
Herb of Grace – Vervain
Hind’s Tongue – Harts tongue fern
Holy Herb – Yerba Santa
Holy Rope – Common Agrimony
Horse Hoof – Coltsfoot
Horse Tongue – Harts tongue fern
Hundred Eyes – Periwinkle
Innocence – Bluets
Jacob’s Staff – Great Mullein
Jew’s Ear – Fungus growing on Elder or Elm
John’s Bread – Carob
Jupiter’s Foot – Houseleek
Joy of the Mountain – Marjoram
Jupiter’s Staff – Great Mullein
King’s Crown – Black Haw
Knight’s Milfoil – Yarrow
Kronos blood – Ocedar
Ladies’ Meat – Blossom of the May flower
Lad’s Love – Southernwood
Lady’s Glove – Foxglove
Lady’s Mantle – Nine hooks
Lady’s Slipper – American Valerian
Lady’s Tresses – Spira root
Lamb’s Ears – Betony
Lion’s Hairs – Turnip leaves
Lizard’s Tail – Breast weed
Maiden’s Hair – Maidenhair fern
Mother’s Heart – Shepeards purse
Mouse’s Ear – Hawk weed
Mouse’s Tail – Common Stonecrop
Negro Head – Vegetable Ivory
Old Man’s Beard – Fringe tree
Ox’s Eye – Marguerite
Queen’s Delight – Silverleaf
Pig’s Tail – Leopards bane
Pig’s Snout – Dandelion
Priest’s Crown – Dandelion
Rabbit’s Foot – Field clover
Serpent’s Tongue – Violet
Semen of Ammon – Houseleek
Semen of Ares – Clover
Semen of Helios – White Hellebore
Semen of Herakles – Mustard rocket
Semen of Hermes – Dill
Semen of Hephaistos – Fleabane
Semen of Horus – Horehound
Shepherd’s Heart – Shepeards purse
Snow Drop – Bulbous Violet
Snake’s Head – Balmony
Snake’s Milk – Blooming Splurge
Snake’s Tongue – Adders tongue fern
Sparrow’s Tongue – knotweed grass
Squirrel’s Ear – White plantain
Stag’s Horn – Club moss
Tears of a Baboon – Dill juice
Tree of Heaven – Chinese sumach
Toad – Toadflax
Tongue of Dog – Hound’s Tongue
Toe of Frog – Bulbous Buttercup
Unicorn’s Horn – False unicorn
Weasel Snout – Yellow Archangel
Wolf Claw – Club moss
Wolf Foot – Bugle weed

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