The Plants Resonate with the Planets

 

 

In the traditional medicine, the plants are associated with the planets, and they are prescribed corelated with precise astral configurations. These correspondences are based on the capacity of the plants to modulate and/or amplify the resonance with the various planets and to reduce their influence with opposed qualities.

Balancing the astral influxes (for instance the solar with the lunar, the Martian with the Venusian, the Mercurian and the Jupiterian) the person reaches the state of inner unity of the contraries, the harmony, regaining thus one’s health and well-being.

The famous English phytotherapist Nicholas Culpepper (1616 – 1654) was treating all his patients after he established the disturbed astral flux that was in fact the cause of the disease.

This method of treatment has not lost its effectiveness to this day, and it was used even in the modern, contemporary day by westerner phytotherapists such as Elizabeth Brooke, as well as by practitioners of the Hindu medicine, Ayurveda, such as David Frawley and Vasant Lad, authors of the original Ayurvedic guide “Yoga of the Herbs”.

SUN
CHAMOMILE – MATRICARIA CHAMOMILA
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SUNFLOWER – HELIANTHUS ANNUUS

Chamomile was considered in the antique Egypt the flower of the solar god. This quality is sustained by the beneficial effects of the Chamomile in a series of disorders caused by the disturbance of the solar flux in a human being: fever, weak sight, inflammations, head-aches, circulatory diseases, excessive irritability.

The correspondence is also suggested by the form of the Chamomile flower, bringing to mind the radiant solar disk. In the ancient traditions the form is considered as a manifestation of a certain type of subtle energy.

As it represents the force of life, the sun has the capacity of regenerating the physic and the psychic levels, destroying the evil and restoring the health.

Therefore, as it modulates the solar energy in the human body, Chamomile is rightfully known as “the universal cure” for all diseases.

Sunflower, in its tireless rotation after the sun, reminds one of the wise man who is ceasingly in search of God:

“A wise man is by definition a person who never choses. He or she does not chose between right or wrong. He or she acts intuitively in accordance to the universal harmony. Just like the Sunflower. When the sun comes up, the Sunflower is facing east. When the sun sets, the Sunflower faces west. All it does is to follow the sun.” (Osho – “The Science of the Soul”)

Just like the Chamomile, the Sunflower eases down the fever. Its flowers and leaves are also used in the treatment of the throat and respiratory disorders. The Sunflower oil strengthens the body, brings energy and vitality, because its ruler is the sun.

MOON
GALIUM VERUM

Galium verum is considered a magical plant in the medical folklore. The popular name of these flowers is in fact the name of certain fairies who can be seen dancing in the forests on a particular night of the year, 24th of June.

The most known of these fairies is Iana, the Sister of the Sun. Who else is known as the Sister of the Sun if not the moon itself, the patron of these sacred plants in the medical astrology?

Galium verum is also used in marriage rituals in Romania, rituals performed on the 23rd of June, the day previous to the fairies’ dances. The lunar energies carried by this plant symbolize in this context the call towards sexual union.

They also have the gift of protecting the people from evil spirits. Therefore the peasants prepare bouquets of fresh Galium Verum and decorate with them the doors and the windows from their houses.

From a medical point of view, Galium verum represents a basic remedy for limphatic disorders, which are causes by a perturbance of the lunar energies.

MERCURY
SWEET ANAIS – FOENICULUM VULGARE

Sweet anais or traditional fennel is offered to the young mother before her child is 41 days old. As a plant of mercurian type, the planet ruling communication, Sweet anais helps the establishment of a profound connection between the mother and her newly-born child.

The child who is breast-fed receives with his or her milk the subtle energy of the Sweet anais, represented by the energy of the maternal love.

Sweet anais stimulates the lactation and favors the process of communion between the two, mother and child, reason for which it is recommended that young women consume Sweet anais during their last weeks of pregnancy and while they are breadt-feeding.

Other indications of use: asthm and bronchitis, typical disorders for people in whose astrogram Mercury has bad influences.

VENUS
SAMBUCHUS NIGRA

Sambuchus nigra one of the Chelts’ sacred trees, was used by them in initiation rituals of the young girls in the mysteries of feminity. Sambuchus nigra is related to Venus and consequently it works with fenimine and masculine energies.

Its subtle energy suggests why it has been used in sexual magic. In Romania, the young girls say certain magic formula under a Sambuchus nigra tree, in order to attract the boys. The Sambuchus nigra flowers are also used by healers as cataplasms in the treatment of amigdalitis, a typical venusian disorder.

MARS
Mars
CRATAEGUS OXYCANTHA

Crataegus oxycantha is a small bush, with sharp thorns. It is regarded as sacred, because it is said that the “crown” of thorns placed on Jesus’s forehead on the day of the crucifixion.

This is how the Christian healers justify the property of the Crataegus oxycantha to heal the elimination of the thorns that got into the skin.

As a plant of martian energy, Crataegus oxycantha acts on the cardiac muscles and is very useful for people with heart disorders. This plant is also effective in other disorders typical to a disturbed martian flux of energy: hypertension, muscular spasms, colics, etc. It is used with caution in cases of ulcer or colitis.

JUPITER
TARAXACUM OFFICINALE

The people initiated in the vegetal esoterism say that if one rubs Taraxacum officinale all over the body, one will be welcome in all places and will reach well-being. This seems natural if we recall that Jupiter, the ruler of Taraxacum officinale is the planet of prosperity, comfort and success.

The plant is also known as a hepatic remedy, as all the liver conditions are caused by bad aspects of the planet Jupiter in the personal astrogram.

Taraxacum officinale is also helpful in other pathological situations characterized by a disturbed jupiterian flux of energy, such as obesity, chronic disorders of the skin, hemorrhoids and dispepsia.

SATURN
CANDLE LIGHT – VERBASCUM THAPSUS

The name of this plant is related to the use of its stem as a candle.

The candle light is the symbol of the ascending life, of the soul reaching up to the heaven.

Analogically speaking, the saturnian candle light (charged with Saturn’s energy – the planet of fidelity, renounciation, chastity and religion) can help us open up towards the superior, sacred aspects present inside each of us to a smaller or greater degree.

This plant is also useful in the treatment of various typical saturnian disorders: ear problems, excess of mucus in the lungs, tuberculosis, some skin problems.

A Perspective on Venus’s Position in the Zodiac, 2

VENUS IN GEMINI
They are characterized by a great amount of curiosity, which is the main reason for which they begin a relationship.

Their feelings can be compared with the images from a kaleidoscope, which can captivate us by their beauty but are not twice the same.

They have an inborn taste for love-plays, for flirtation, for short relationships, sometimes with totally unknown people.

They manifest the tendency to have very many relationships at the same time, to which they don’t pay much attention but which can make them feel good because they don’t have the time to get annoyed.

They are not especially preoccupied by the physical interaction in itself but by the novelty.

Their sentimental life may be compared with the image of a butterfly, flying from flower to flower, never stopping in one place. The faithfulness is not their forte, and they don’t like the possessive lovers.

They don’t bother to fight for a relationship if they are confronted with some troubles, and they tend to fly away from a serious relationship.

They generally posses a very good sense of dissimulation, which help them solve their conflicts in a friendly way.

They are also endowed with a lot of spontaneity, they like the surprises and they are very communicative and you don’t risk to get bored as long as you are in their company.

VENUS IN CANCER
This position endows the natives with a romantic disposition, which makes them look for their perfect pair and dream of the day when they meet each other.

They are very sensitive, very tender, sweet, well disposed, and they have a very intimate charm and grace.

They can be very shy at the beginning of a relationship, but if you approach them in a very delicate way, they will begin to trust you and they will show you their warm feelings.

This position gives the natives a very deep tenderness, the power to sacrifice their own desires for the well being of the persons they love and the ability to create a warm and intimate atmosphere around them.

They love very much their family and their home for which they do anything to better protect. They also love children and it is very easy for them to take care of their children.

Sometimes this position can give the natives a certain emotional instability, a very strong need for protection and a deep attachment to the image of their mothers.

When they love someone, they do almost everything in order to be with their beloved and are able to completely ignore their needs in order to make the others happy.

They are extremely devoted to their families and are faithful to their lovers.

They are very affected by the idea of separation and they will not leave from a relationship if there is the lightest chance to save it, unless you hurt them very badly.

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A Perspective on Venus’s Position in the Zodiac, 3

VENUS IN LEO
The persons who have Venus in Leo like very much to be admired, to be in the center of everybody’s attention and they manifest their presence in a very expansive way, needing much room in order to appear in their spectacular way.

Because of their constant preoccupation for their glamour they can often seem empathic and even artificial.

They have strong passions, but they don’t display them, letting the other perceive them only in a noble, dignified disposition.

They can be conquered by adoring them, praising their qualities and offering them gifts, and they can be approached by giving them the opportunity of manifesting their generosity.

When they feel in love, they use all their talents to seduce the person they love, looking better than ever, but they would not do anything explicitly because they can’t accept the fact of being refused. They just shine and expect the others to pay their homage.

When they agree to begin a relationship, they have the pretension to become the center of the other’s life, but in their turn they are very devoted to their relationship and want to make the other feel their regal nobility and generosity.

They are generally too proud to show their problems and they prefer to solve them alone. But if you are the lucky person of whom they fall in love, then you would transform your life into a great feast.

VENUS IN VIRGO
The feelings are more reserved, discrete, the person being rather predisposed to censure his emotions and rationalize them.

Sometimes they manifest a strong aspiration towards purity. They tend not to manifest either their feelings or emotions or their eroticism because they have a powerful need to mentally control the situation.

Even when they fall in love they don’t want to loose their control, compensating their feelings by a continuous analysis of their relationships, by a very keen criticism and an ironical behavior.

They have to understand that love can’t be understood with the limited mental abilities, it can’t be rationalized. Because of their reticence, they need much time to trust someone, but when they assume a relationship they tend to be faithful.

They don’t like the superficialities of the love play and they are not quite the romantic type, but with them you can be sure you’ll have someone to get you on earth and they have a very good capacity of sublimating low impulses into mental understanding.

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A Perspective on Venus’s Position in the Zodiac, 4

VENUS IN LIBRA
This position gives much charm and attractiveness, grace and kindness. The lovers of the person with Venus in Libra will be delighted by the way this native know to offer them peace, harmony and refined pleasures.

The natives love very much the courteous persons and they have a good sense of the human relationships.

Sometimes they use intuition and empathy in order to make the others feel well to such an extent that they can give the impression of a complete affective participation although they only want to create a harmonious atmosphere.

They know very well how to enjoy every movement and they fully live their privacy with their lovers.
They are predisposed to a comfortable life and they like to live in a luxurious environment.

They are remarkable by their aesthetic sense, their general sensibility to beauty and their life with their beloved and they are expert in bringing happiness into their couple. They seem to be created for union and marriage.

VENUS IN SCORPIO
In this case the lethal attractions are the keyword. The person has very strong emotions, and their intensity may determine her not to take care of the social conveniences and becoming unscrupulous when speaking about erotic issues.

They generally have very much sex appeal, but they are not a model in what love is concerned. They are full of passion, they live very intensely their lives and they are often extremist, passing very easily from love to hate and the way round.

They tend to become jealous and they have a revengeful disposition.
They don’t know any inhibition in lovemaking and they expect from the others to behave in the same way.

They are endowed with an inborn sense of eroticism and they are generally precocious in this field. For them, the erotic life is extremely important in a relationship and they tend to mix up the attraction with the love.

They can be attracted up to the point of becoming erotically obsessed and they like the relationships that can produce them very intense and unusual experiences in their erotic life.

For the persons they really love, they can be very good allies, sustaining them with the same passion with which they make love.

VENUS IN SAGITTARIUS
This position of Venus predisposes the natives to guide their relationships according to a high spiritual ideal, love being for them a way of manifesting the universal laws.

The principles and the intentions are more important for them than the exterior actions, and they guide themselves according to the moral values they accept and understand.

Sometimes they manifest their liberty as a disposition to adventure, and they assume the risk of experiencing new aspects of life they haven’t yet known, fully enjoying what life offers to them.

Other times their lives can be devoted to a principle in which they believe and to which they devote their whole being.

The physical relationships are not important for them unless it is based on a deeper soul communication and the sharing of the same ideals, although they are passionate and enjoy living intensely.

They have a very developed sense of friendship, and although they like the flirtation, they don’t guide their live on the erotic criteria.

They don’t like the possessive people or those too attached to the physical relationships and they aspire after a free and idealized relationship.

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Increase Your Sexual Appetite With Minerals

Zinc – is a very important element in preserving the masculine potency. It can be found in many aphrodisiac aliments, among which pollen, honey, mushrooms, onions, wheat germs.

Calcium – is a mineral essential in the good function of the central and peripheral nervous system. Among other things, the absence of calcium leads to the decrease of the libido, and in more serious cases it leads to an accentuated loss of the erotic vigor, even to faint.

Administrating calcium as synthetic pills or powder has a relative effect, as in some cases it is not assimilated, and in other cases it may occur an over dosage.

Therefore, the most appropriate thing to do would be to find to aliments that are richer in calcium: milk and diary products, eggs, beans, peas, carrots, celery, apples.

Potassium – is a mineral element of the greatest importance for the organism, as it has a significant role in the majority of the metabolic processes of the organism.

The required dosage of potassium for an adult man is 2-4 grams a day. The absence of potassium leads to serious disorders such as: nervous hyper excitability, muscular cramps, changes in the cardiac rhythm and in some rare cases even the death through cardiac arrest.

The influence of potassium on male sexuality and potency is indirect, reflected by its influence on the vital processes of the organism.

Potassium is useful in fighting hypertension, hyper excitability and in the treatment of diabetes. Aliments containing potassium are indicated in all cures of revitalization and rejuvenation.

Aliments containing potassium are: potatoes, tomatoes, vegetables in general, whole cereals, sunflower oil and seeds, fruits – grapefruit, pineapple, oranges, grapes.

Magnesium – has an important part to play in a series of vital processes in the human body, influencing the cell metabolism and certain hormonal processes.

It is useful in the treatment of vascular diseases, whose direct consequence often is male impotence, and in fighting certain urinary disorders.

In cases of psychic diseases and disorders, manifested through insomnia, trembling, and lack of synchronization of ones gestures we recommend an increased and balanced intake of magnesium, preferably from natural sources.

Phosphor – is a mineral on whose presence depend all processes of assimilation, and of cell metabolism from within our bodies. The daily portion of phosphor is approximately 1-2 grams per day.

The symptoms of the lack of phosphor are anxiety, hyper excitability, slowing of the mental processes, difficult control over the movements, deterioration of the teeth, muscular asthenia, severe weakening of the immunity. Phosphor is found and easily assimilated in milk, cheese, and spawn.

All the mineral and vitamins we presented here have a great impact on the activity of the sexual glands in the case of men, and not only men, women as well.

Some of them are directly involved in the hormonal processes of the gonads and hypophysis, while others influence indirectly yet powerfully the sexuality through the major action they have in preserving the vitality of the organism.

We also need to underline the fact that very many of the useful substances presented in this article have an extraordinary influence on the psychic, confirming the theories according to which the way we eat is significantly influencing the way we live, feel and think.

In the light of these fact, it is preferable a pure, balanced diet, as this is available to us in the fresh fruits, vegetables, and diary products.

The Anaphrodisiac Diet and Sexual Energy, 1

The anaphrodisiac diet goes by the principle “less, but better” and aims at a temporary decrease of the disturbed sexual energy, so that the person in question has the time to bring harmony on this level.

Through this type of regime, we do not aim merely at a decrease of the sexual energy, but at purification as well, gaining the time to redirect, to sublimate harmoniously the erotic desire.

This diet is recommended in the cases of sexual hyper-excitability, masturbation, bent towards perversions, frequent and draining discharges of sexual energy during lovemaking or through premature ejaculations.

The main effects targeted by this diet are:
The decrease of the sexual energy – performed through perfectly and healthy natural methods, which have no harmful influence of the human person and which have only a temporary effect.

Here are some recommendations:

  • Use anaphrodisiac aliments such as lettuce, pumpkins, and bitter vegetables, consumed in their raw state.
  • During the diet, avoid completely any spices such as pepper, pepperoni, curry, ginger, oregano, thyme, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves.

  • Decrease the quantity of salt by half.
  • Eliminate from your diet sugar, and the products that contain sugar, meat, and other products made with the above-mentioned ingredients.
  • Eliminate also the coffee and the alcohol.
  • Use anaphrodisiac plants such as valerian, hops, lime tree flowers, lavender.
  • Use infusions of lime, and lavender combined with mint and sage.
  • Physical exercises that help you have a great physical energy, burning away the fat in excess.

Under these circumstances, in which the food is not sweet, nor spiced, nor salted, can one eat and live experiencing at the same time great pleasure?

The answer is yes, because we do not live to eat, but we eat to live and to preserve our physical structure as fit as possible.

The aggressive taste of food is eliminated in order to be replaced with the natural, subtle taste of the pure aliments, which are an excellent means of purification and re-education of the taste.

Many of you will rediscover in the pure and “alive” food the genuine and long-forgotten pleasure of eating. It is known that the disturbance of the sexual energy is manifested through an amplified tendency to stimulate the sense corresponding to this center of force (SWADHISTHANA CHAKRA), in this case the taste.

Such persons will have to deal with a clear disturbance of the appetite, some eat too much, others will indulge in eating sweets, and others will get to alcohol as an instinctive tendency to stimulate all their senses.

Purification is a necessary stage because in its absence any anaphrodisiac diet becomes useless. The general problem is not that of a huge sexual energy, but that of a huge impure sexual energy, leading to strange behavior.

The Anaphrodisiac Diet and Sexual Energy, 2

PART 2
The purification process implies, among other things:
1. Brings the hormonal activity to normal, eliminating the disturbing factors, both internal and external.

2. Getting rid of aberrant ideas regarding sexuality and the privileged position of the man related to the woman.

3. The sexual appetite comes back to normal, and the subconscious is cleaned from bizarre habits and programs, which most often lead a person perversions, exhaustion, sadism and other strange and unhealthy behaviors.

4. All pervert, disturbing thoughts and ideas are gradually replaced with new, beneficial, and full of harmony ones.

The most effective and easy methods of purification are:
1. Diet based on raw fruits and vegetables and/or whole cereals.

2. Use depurative plants such as elder tree flowers, and laxatives such as castor-oil plant.

3. Vamana Dhauti – see also the contraindications.

4. Mental focus – see Shambhavi Mudra

REDIRECTING THE SEXUAL ENERGY
This implies in fact a greater and much improved capacity of sublimating and transmuting the energy. For a man to be able to transmute and sublimate his sexual potential energy it is necessary that he activates first of all his will and mental control.

Very efficient in this respect are:
1. The physical poses (asanas): Uddyiana Bandha, Sarvangasana, Halasana, Sirshasana, Chakrasana, Trikonasana, Nabhiasana, Brahmachariasana.

2. The activation of the subconscious with beneficial suggestions.

3. Fasting – enhances the will power and helps the inner fire to become active.

4. The creative visualization of the energies ascending through the spine.

5. Mental focus

6. Cromotherapy, or the color therapy. We mainly indicate yellow, violet, and bright white.

7. Plants that help the sublimation of the energies: Medicago sativa, cardamom, salvia, basil, cloves, etc.

8. Laughter

9.The increase of the Yang energy because it facilitates the control of the erotic energies.
This is mainly done through:

  • Yang alimentation
  • The use of solar colors (which we mentioned above)
  • Sun-bathing
  • Asanas
  • Mental focus

Winter Savory and Cowslip

WINTER SAVORY

SCIENTIFIC NAMES: Satureja montana, fam. Labiatae=Lamiaceae

DESCRIPTION: Winter savory is an aromatic perennial, low-growing, woody-stemmed, somewhat-shrubby, which is frequently grown in herb gardens for its stiff, linear to lance-shaped, pungent, glossy, dark green leaves (to 1″ long) and tiny pink, white-to-lilac flowers. This herb typically grows 6-15″ tall.

USED PART: the flowered aerial parts.

MAIN CONSTITUENTS: The aerial parts contain: volatile oil, tannins, resins, and bitter principles.

ITS ACTIONS ARE: general tonic, aphrodisiac. The tanines and the volatile oil cause a powerful dilatation of the peripheral blood vessels, rekindling erotic passion.

INDICATIONS: sexual asthenia.

RECIPES: For the aphrodisiac effect, take sublingually the powder made of the dried and grind herb, in quantities of 1 gram, every six hours, four times a day, for five months if you desire to obtain a long-term effect.

For an immediate result take as described above 3 grams, four hours before lovemaking. Keep the powder under your tongue for 15-20 minutes, then swallow it with some water, and maybe honey.

Macerate prepared of 5-10 grams of grind herb in 200 ml of spring or mineral water, left for 24 hours. Drink one glass of macerate sweetened with honey, twice a day, 20 minutes before eating.

The powder is used in cooking, as a spice.

As an aphrodisiac tonic, we recommend a small glass of savory wine, drank before the main meals of the day. The wine is prepared as follows: macerate 10 grams of winter savory in 100 ml of spring water, and then mix with one liter of red wine. Strain before consuming. Take three times a day 12-20 drops of winter savory tincture in a glass of water.

COWSLIP

SYNONYMS: paigle, peagle, peggle, primula, keyflower, key of heaven, palsywort, fairy cups, petty mulleins, crewel, buckles, plumrocks, mayflower, password, artetyke, drelip, Our Ladys keys, Arthritica, Herb Peter.

SCIENTIFIC NAMES: Primula Officinalis, Primula Veris, fam. PRIMULACEAE

HISTORY: In the popular tradition, the cowslip was appreciated and wanted because it was believed to awaken love, stimulate sensuality and generate a real love-magic.

DESCRIPTION: It is a herbaceous plant, a hairy perennial, with loose rosettes of oblanceolate to obovate, wrinkled leaves, 50-250mm long. The bright yellow flowers are funnel-shaped, 8-28mm across, with orange spots at the base of each lobe. The fruit is a ripe capsule.

USED PART: the rhizome with the roots (picked up before blossoming); the flowers.

MAIN CONSTITUENTS: the cowslip rhizomes and roots contain: saponin glycosides (including primulaveroside and primoveroside), flavonoids (including quercetin, luteolin, kaempferol and apigenin), phenolic glycosides, tannins, and about 0.1% volatile oil.

RECIPES: For the aphrodisiac effect, take sublingually the powder made of the dried root, in quantities of 1 gram, every six hours, four times a day, for five months if you desire to obtain a long-term effect.

For an immediate result take as described above 3 grams, four hours before lovemaking. Keep the powder under your tongue for 15-20 minutes, then swallow it with some water, and maybe honey.

The powder made of the flowers is administered as described above, but the quantities are doubled.

Macerate made of flowers or chopped root, one spoon in one cup of spring or mineral water, for six hours. Strain and drink 2-3 cups daily.

It can be used in aromatic baths, associated with rose petals, violets and orange (volatile oil), as this combination has a refined and intense aphrodisiac characteristic.

Goat’s Rue And Black Currant

GOATS RUE

COMMON NAME: French Liliac

SCIENTIFIC NAMES: Galega officinalis, fam. LEGUMINOSAE=FABACEAE

HISTORY: There are no ancient references to this plant, as it was completely ignored by the ancient people. It appears in the botanical literature for the first time in the XVI-th century.

DESCRIPTION: An erect glabrous perennial, about three feet high. The leaves are alternate, oddly pinnate, and stipulate; the leaflets are smooth, lanceolate, and mucronate. The flowers are in loose, with the axillary racemes longer than the leaves. A wild flower introduced from southern Europe, and found by road-sides and waste ground mainly in the south of England.

USED PART: aerial parts, seeds.

MAIN CONSTITUENTS: tannins, bitter substances, alkaloids, flavones, saponine.

ITS ACTIONS ARE: mainly on the ovaries and mammal glands, which it help develop. These actions modify the psychic state.

RECIPES: For the aphrodisiac effect, take sublingually the powder made of the dried root, in quantities of 1 gram, every six hours, four times a day, for five months if you desire to obtain a long-term effect.

For an immediate result take as described above 3 grams, four hours before lovemaking. Keep the powder under your tongue for 15-20 minutes, then swallow it with some water, and maybe honey. Drink 4 cups of macerate made of 20 grams of dried plant in 1 liter of spring or mineral water.

The macerate prepared of one teaspoon of crushed Goats Rue plant and seeds in one cup of spring or mineral water.

Goats Rue tincture: 1:5 ethylic alcohol 40 degrees, three times a day, 15-30 drops in a glass of water.

BLACK CURRANT

SCIENTIFIC NAMES: Ribes nigrum

DESCRIPTION: shrub, with wooden root, cylindrical stem and alternate leaves. The yellowish-green flowers, red on the inside, and the fruits are black berries.

It is often cultivated as an ornamental or medicinal plant, but it also grows spontaneously in the alpine and sub-alpine forests, in dump and shady places. The black currant is a native of the northern countries.

USED PART: the leaves when in blossom, dried in the shade; the mature fruits; the bark of the root.

MAIN CONSTITUENTS: water, organic acids, proteins, carbon hydrates, sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, flavonozides, vitamin A, B1, B2, and C. the leaves contain tannins, vitamin C, small quantities of volatile oil.

ITS ACTIONS ARE: general tonic, vitalizing.

INDICATIONS: sexual impotence, sexual asthenia.

RECIPES: In cases of sexual impotence it is recommended macerate of black currant 30 drops a day. Daily between meals drink 3 cups of the black currant macerate made of 30-50 grams of plant in one liter of spring water.

Revitalizing cures lasting three days during which we eat 500-1000 grams with natural honey. Prepare black currant syrup placing in a jar one stratum of fruits, one stratum of natural honey, until the jar is full. Cover it and leave for several months, agitating it from time to time. Finally, add a spice of cinnamon.

Giant Horsetail, Massette and Yarrow

THE GIANT HORSETAIL

SCIENTIFIC NAMES: Equisetum myrochaetum, fam. EQUISETACEAE

HISTORY: The giant horsetail is quite popular in Mexico and Guatemala, and it is used as a remedy in various diseases. The Lakanadon Indians take a macerate made of the fresh plant as an aphrodisiac.

DESCRIPTION: It is a horsetail species, tall up to 5m, which grows only close to the equatorial forests of the Central America. The resemblance between the giant horsetail and the regular horsetail is quite striking, except for their size, as the very name suggests.

USED PART: the fresh plant.

MAIN CONSTITUENTS: this plant is said to contain an alkaloid, although this was not observed yet.

RECIPES: Prepare a macerate out of 30 gr of the fresh plant in one liter of spring water. Leave for 8-10 hours and drink 3 cups a day.

MASSETTE

SCIENTIFIC NAMES: Typha rotundiflora, Typha angustifolia, fam. TYPHACEAE

DESCRIPTION: Plant spread in the northern hemisphere, on salted grounds, in sunny places. The plant is 1.5m in height, with lanceolate leaves. The masculine flowers, dark brown, are placed beneath the feminine flowers.

USED PART: leaves and flowers (powder).

INDICATIONS: frigidity

YARROW

SCIENTIFIC NAMES: Achillea millefolium, fam COMPOSITAE=ASTERACAE

HISTORY: Very famous plant, from the antiquity, sacred to most North American Indians. It was consumed as macerate, for sustaining the states of trance. In the ancient China it was used in geomancy, especially in the I-Ching. The Nauajo Indiens appreciated the plant for its aphrodisiac characteristics.

DESCRIPTION: Plant with characteristic smell and bitter taste. It has straight stem, less than 70 cm, alternate leaves, small flowers; the marginal flowers are white, the central ones are golden. They appear in flat-topped clusters.

USED PART: flowers, aerial parts, root.

MAIN CONSTITUENTS: volatile oil, alkaloid, tannin, resins, fat oil, magnesium salts.

ACTIONS: It enhances the erotic desire and individual magnetism.