Parrot’s Beak – Pedicularis racemosa

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Parrot’s Beak (pedicularis racemosa) is an exotic plant with beautiful cream or yellow flowers.   The petals of the flower are shaped like parrot’s beaks, thus giving the plant its name.  The leaves and flower petals are the portions of the plant that have herbal value.

Parrot’s Beak helps one relax.  It may be used for treating anxiety and emotional distress.  May bring a peaceful and at ease feeling.  Can also be used to help one quit smoking.

Parrot’s Beak is usually made into a tea or smoked.  It is used in many smoking mixtures.  Some societies prefer to use it as a tea.  The Best Herbal Smoking Blend is a site run by someone who is using Parrot’s Beak in a legal herbal smoking blend.

Indian Warrior

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Indian Warrior

 

Indian Warrior (Pedicularis densiflora) is a perennial plant native to California and Oregon.  It is a parasitic plant, deriving its nutrients from the roots of other plants.  Indian Warrior has been used as a muscle relaxant, sedative and for the treatment of insomnia.  It is often made into teas, used in herbal smoking mixtures or made into an extract or tincture.

When drank as a tea or smoke in a mixture, it causes a calm, relaxing effect.  The plant was known to the Native Americans in the area where it grows.  The plant is sometimes caused lousewort, because it was said to cure louse infestations.  There have been no scientific studies to support this claim.

The plant has dark pink flowers and produces dark purple buds.  The buds are the part of the plant that are usually made into a tea or used in a smoking mixture.  Indian Warrior is available from a several online herbal suppliers, including KT Botanicals and Bouncing Bear Botanicals.

Damiana – A Natural Aphrodesiac

Damiana

Damiana

 

Damiana (Turnera diffusa) is a shrub native to Southwestern Texas, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.  Damiana is a small shrub with fairly large yellow flowers.  It blossoms in early to late summer.  The blossoms turn into fruit which is much like a fig.  The plant leaves of the plant have a minty smell.

The plant has been used for a variety of purposes.  It has been used by the people of Central and South America for its relaxing effect.  The plant is often placed into smoking mixtures or made into a tea.  It is sometimes used in margaritas, particularly in the Los Cobos region of Mexico.

Damiana has also long been used as an aphrodesiac.  It is usually made into a tea for this purpose.  Their is some scientific data to support this claim, particularly several studies that showed it increased the libido of rats of both sexes.

Damiana is used in the United States in teas and smoking blends as a relaxant and aphrodesiac.  It is often one of several ingredients used in herbal smoking blends.

Skullcap Flower

Skullcap Flower

 

Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) is a member of the mint family that is native to North America.  It has been used since for over 200 years for a variety of purposes.  American skullcap is not the same as Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis), so be careful not to confuse the two.  They are used to treat different conditions and not interchangeable.

Skullcap is a mild relaxant, and has been used to treat anxiety, nervous tension and convulsions.  The plant derives is name from the helmet-like appearance of its blue or purple flowers.  It is a slender, heavily branched plant that grows to a height of 2 to 4 meters.  The plant blooms in July.  It grow wild in woods and meadows.

The plant was used by Native Americans as an ingredient in herbal smoking mixtures.  Normally, the dried leaves are used for this purpose.  The plant leaves can also be powdered and and placed in capsules.  It is also available in liquid form.  Skullcap can increase the effects of common sedatives, so be careful if you are taking sedatives and use this plant.  There are articles about using skullcap in smoking mixtures at this link.

Welcome to the Magic Herbals Website

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Blue Lotus Flower

Welcome to the Magic Herbals website!  We’re glad you are here.  The mission of this blog is to provide as much information as possible about herbs and herbal recipes.  There are literally hundreds of herbs, some of which have been used since ancient times for medicinal, ceremonial and recreational purposes.  Herbs are generally made into teas, balms, smoking mixtures, and are sometimes taken internally.  We plan to start with some of the common herbs and there uses, so check back often for updates.  Once again, we are glad you are here and hope you come back soon.

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