Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mardi: Herbal-Wise

Marjoram, which is a fairly standard kitchen herb and even relatively easy to grow, is also a little powerhouse of metaphysical assistance.  Both in hoodoo and Wicca marjoram is thought of as a plant of protection.  Hoodoos also use it to bring conjugal bliss while other magickal practices associate the herb with attracting new love.

Most spiritual disciplines agree that keeping marjoram in the home and growing it in the garden will turn evil away.  Root workers place one leaf of marjoram in every room of their homes and businesses to keep bad luck at bay.  Wiccans do the same, and both agree that the leaves must be refreshed each month with the old leaves often being burned as an incense offering.

Root workers recommend marjoram in particular for those who work around electricity as a way to avoid being electrocuted on the job.  The herb is carried, often in a mojo bag along with feverfew, in order to avoid electrical mishaps.

Couples who are fighting frequently may be told to share meals laced with marjoram and basil to restore harmony to their relationship.  Marjoram leaves left around the home as indicated above will help the situation as well.  Teas made of marjoram are offered to people who are depressed, particularly if their sadness stems from the loss of a loved one.  A marjoram bath is also recommended for an unshakable blue mood.

An old wives’ remedy for winter colds advises the wearing a sprig of marjoram and sprig of violet together in order to avoid illness.  Wiccans advise serving a potential lover a home cooked meal laced with charged marjoram.  To reverse the attraction, simply serve the person the same meal again but this time replace the marjoram with lemon to sour their interest.  A lot of salt couldn’t hurt, either.  Bonne chance ~

Header: On the Threshold by Edmund Blair Leighton c 1900


Timmy! said...

So, I guess I'll know what it means if I ever get a really salty, lemony home cooked meal, Pauline...

Pauline said...

A good reason to at least distrust all those lemony desserts; the kind I personally hate.