Old wives had a simple solution in the form of an herb known to this day as feverfew. A form of chrysanthemum, the feverfew plant was carried in sachets, planted in window boxes and brewed into tisanes to keep away illness and injury or to cure those that had already occurred. This plant found its way into both Wiccan magick and hoodoo root work, and its properties for protection and healing are still widely regarded.
Scott Cunningham advises carrying feverfew to keep illness away, particularly those of the upper respiratory variety. It is also thought to guard against accidents. A sprinkling of the dried leaves and flowers can be carried in a muslin bag as a pocket piece for this purpose.
In hoodoo, feverfew is often added to warding mojos. Dried feverfew and comfrey root are placed in a bag along with a Saint Christopher medal; if the medal has been blessed, so much the better. Keep this in your vehicle to avoid accidents. The same mix, along with dried rosemary, is thought to be an excellent protection for people who work on or near roads and highways. A similar mojo filled with feverfew and wormwood should be carried while undertaking dangerous sports such as rock climbing, skiing, sky diving, etc. to prevent serious or life threatening injury.
As a final note, though feverfew was and is brewed into curative teas, one should consult an herbalist or other expert before trying that route at home. Feverfew decoctions can cause digestive upset and pregnant/nursing women should never ingest the plant in any form. Bonne chance ~
Header: The Skating Pond by Currier & Ives c 1862