The use of plants for healing, food and symbolic purposes has been going on for millennia, as witnessed in ancient and modern texts. All levels of society have consulted healers, wise women, magicians, and shamans for a variety of purposes, perhaps love being one of the major issues of concern. Even in modern times our thoughts are preoccupied with this all-consuming emotion and we will go to any lengths to be with the one our heart desires. Love isn’t always a thing of beauty people, it is suffering heartache which then turns out to be gastric upset; smiling seductively at the One not realising we have food stuck between our teeth. Sound familiar? The ancients had remedies to smooth the path of love. Read on and be astounded. CAUTIONARY NOTE. Apart from the obvious food plants and unsprayed roses, do not ingest any other item mentioned in the article.
12. Avocado (Persea Americana)
Folk names Ahuacotl (Aztec for “Testicle Tree”), Persea, Alligator Pear.
Powers assigned to plant are beauty, love, and lust.
Magical uses include eating the fruit to induce lust, which the Aztecs did. Grow the seed at home to bring love into it and carry it to promote beauty.
11. Basil (Ocimum Basilicum)
Folk names include American Dittany, St Joseph’s Wort, Witches Herb.
Powers include Love, protection, and wealth.
The scent of the fresh herb is supposed to cause good relations between two people. Added to love incenses and rubbed on the skin as a natural aphrodisiac perfume. The herb is also used to ensure your mate is true to you by sprinkling the power of the herb over you, concentrating over the heart area. Do this whilst they are asleep.
10. Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis)
Powers assigned to the plant are love.
To find out whether the object of your affections loves you, you crush the flower and if the juice is red they love you, if the juice is white they do not. If the plant is grown indoors it generates a negative vibration, to prevent that place a coin in the soil.