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HOODOO HERB AND ROOT MAGIC:
A Materia Magica of African-American Conjure
by catherine yronwode
The picture above is taken from a circa 1885 packet of MUGWORT,
packaged by Murray & Nickell Mfg. Co., Chicago, Ill.
J. M. Nickell, a partner in Murray & Nickell Mfg. Co., was the author of the famed
"Nickell's Botanical Ready-Reference," an extensive and still-valuable listing of herbs and roots used in the drug trade.
The text below is from "Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic" by catherine yronwode.
copyright © 2002 catherine yronwode. All rights reserved.
MUGWORT has two magical uses: to provide safe travel and to aid psychic work.
For Safe Travel: Worn in the Shoes, MUGWORT is said to prevent fatigue while walking and to keep off wild beasts and the spirits of evil beings who inhabit forlorn places. A red flannel mojo containing MUGWORT, Comfrey root, and a Saint Christopher medal is said to provide safety and protection to those who visit foreign places or venture away from home, and to make journeys more pleasant by eliminating interference in one's travel plans.
An Aid to Spiritualism: MUGWORT brings success to those who engage in psychic and visionary work. If kept in a red bag under one's pillow, it aids in the production of clairvoyant dreams. A tea made from MUGWORT is used by many to cleanse crystals. To bring forth protective and benevolent spirits, MUGWORT is burned on charcoal with Star Anise, Althaea, and resin incenses like Frankincense, Myrrh, Copal, or Benzoin.
Additional magical uses at: Ash Tree, Verbena
Botanical notes: Mugwort is related to Southernwood and Wormwood.
Further botanical notes at: Sage, Southernwood, Wormwood
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