Oak

D~Duir~Oak The oak was a central tree to the Druids, and is the king of the forest. Our modern English word "door," comes from the Gaelic word 'duir' - the word for solidity, protection... and the mighty oak tree. Oak groves were sacred to the druids. The oak tree has always protected Britain, by providing wood for the building of ships, and as boundaries between one area and another. Ovates Bards and Druids preached under their branches, gaining strength from their strength. Legend tells us that "Faery folks are in the oaks". Oak trees are believed to provide safe havens and homes for many varieties of Faery. The oak is associated with the seventh of the thirteen Celtic lunar months. He is central, standing between Hawthorn and Holly, and presides over the celebration of Beltane, the spring FireFestival of fertility and renewed growth. The month of Oak (May) is one of celebration, and the rebirth of life and living things. Besides providing strong timber for building, the oak's bark produces tannin, which was used extensively in the leather industry for tanning raw hides. The oak is one of the longest living trees in the forest, often living for seventy to eighty years, even after being struck by lightning. Acorns can be used to make a powerful antiseptic, acorns gathered at night held the greatest fertility powers. The juice from crushed oak leaves can be applied directly to wounds for the same purpose. A gargle made from the inner bark is useful to relieve sore throats and a decoction of the outer bark can help relieve severe fever symptoms. Magick wands were made of its wood. The Druids and other magickal pracitioners listened to the rustling leaves and the wrens in the trees for divinatory messages.

Peony

Peony seeds were once used to protect children from fairies. A garland of the seeds were placed around the child's neck to keep them safe from kidnapping. In this day and age, with Faery contact so drastically diminished, I doubt that anyone would want to don this Faery banishing herb unless they were living smack dab in the middle of a circle of crazed Pillywiggins!!

Peppermint

Peppermint makes a wonderful tea to increase your psychic ability (drink some before reading the Tarot, consulting runes, scrying, dowsing, etc.). Drinking Peppermint tea is also useful for healing (especially stomach aches), producing visions, and helping with sleep. The herb can also be sprinkled around your home for purification.

Pine

Sacred to the Druids, the pine was known as one of the seven chieftan trees of the Irish. Burn the needles inside for purification. To purify and sanctify an outdoor ritual area, brush thr ground with a pine branch.

Poppies

Said to invoke the Faery into your dreams.

Lavendar

Wonderful for use in love spells. Lavendar has long been known to be a particularly attractive scent to men...Lavendar Flowers can be sprinkled around the house to bring peacefulness, and can also be burned as an incense to help you sleep. Lavendar has also been used for protection, chastity, longevity, purification, and happiness.

Mistletoe

Mistletoe the most sacred herb of the Druids, a traditional Christmas symbol, it was revered by our Pagan ancestors. It was so sacred it had to be cut with a golden sickle. Holly and other ever greens were also respected as they provided shelter for the woodland spirits as the other plants lost their leaves. Misteltoe is a  magickal activator. In Faery spells, use a dash of Mistletoe taken on Summer Solstice to empower your workings with Faery magick. POISIONOUS!  and it ruled Winter Solstice.

Moss

IRISH MOSS -- This herb is great to use in spells for money, luck, and protection. You can carry some with you or place some in your home to increase your luck and to ensure a steady flow of money into your house or pocket. Some place it under the rugs in their house for these purposes. Carry a little amulet filled with Irish Moss with you while travelling, for protection.

Primrose

When planted in a garden or hung dried on the front  door, primroses will attract the company of Faeries. If you have  them growing under your care, do not let them die! The Faery will be deeply offended by your carelessness.

Pussywillow

or Great Sallow - Deciduous shrubs and small trees of the northern hemisphere, of several varieties. They have downy leaves and twigs and bloom from March to May with fuzzy catkins that appear before the leaves. Pussy willows needs sun and good soil. They grow wild beside roads and streams, in marshes and at woodland edges.

Roses

Roses attract the Faery to a garden. Their sweet scent  will lure elemental spirits to take up residence close by. Roses  can be used in Faery love spells. When performing the spell,  sprinkle rose pet als under your feet and dance softly upon them

Rowan

L~Luis~Rowan
The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) thrives in poor soils and can colonize well in disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe, rowans are most commonly found around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 50 feet and are members of the rose family (Rosaceae).  Its seeds are poisonious!

The rowan, which presides over the month of December, has a reputation as a protector against enchantment and evil spirits. Rune staves, (sticks upon which runes were enscribed,) were cut from this tree. Rowan wood was also used to divine for metal, as hazel twigs are used for water.

Along with several other trees, the rowan played a central role in Druid ceremonies. Sprigs of rowan were hung over the main door of the house, and often worn to ward off enchantment or  "the evil eye." In Wales, rowans were  planted in churchyards to watch over the spirits of the dead. Sacred to the Goddess Brigit. A very magickal tree used for wands, rods, amulets and other spell objects. A forked rowan branch can help find water.

Rowan is the supreme tree of protection, and is used for the churn staff, distaff, the pin of the plough and in many other domestic and agricultural implements. It is common to plant a rowan near the front door of the house, or near the byre door.

Thyme

A Druid sacred herb. Repels negativity and depression. Wearing thyme will increase your ability to see the Sidhe. Sprinkle it at the base of your  door, and on window sills to invite the Faery to  enter your home.

St. John's Wort

A Druid sacred herb. The Celts passed it through the smoke of the summer solstice fire, then wore it into battle for invincibility. The people of Scotland wore it as a charm against faery influence.

Silver Fir

A~Ailim~Silver Fir

The silver fir, from the family  'Abies,' is a variety of pine that grows in the mountainous regions on the  upper slopes overlooking the lower  forests. Firs are known to grow to tremendous heights. Two silver firs planted by the Duke Of Argyll in the early seventeenth century stood untilrecent times, and reached heights of 124 and 130 feet.

The wood from fir trees is used in the making of furniture, and because of the straightness of the trunks, was used in the making of ship masts. It is a  source of turpentine, resin and tar, and a tea made from the shoots can be  used as a protection against urinary tract and kidney infections.

At one time, much of Scotland was covered with these great trees, but now  only small patches of them remain.