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Marshmallow flowersOrganic Marshmallow Root
Althaea officinalis

Some modern practitioners burn this root as an incense for improving psychic abilities and for protection, but these are unusual tasks for a Venus herb, which this is. In terms of protection, it would be effective against Mars-type attacks, including fire or fiery disease, since it is highly Watery and since Venus and Mars are typically counterposed. The mucilage made from marshmallow root and water can be used as a sexual lubricant, which accounts partly for why this plant is also considered an aphrodisiac; it was also a traditional treatment for veneral disease because of its soothing qualities. So consider marshmallow in love spells. This Watery herb has been used in Europe for two millenia to help with coughs, as a diuretic, and typically for a Venus herb, to treat wounds and issues of the skin. It's protective of mucous membranes. Typically, this root is not boiled but simply 1/2-1 teaspoon of shredded root is added to a cup of cold water (in late antiquity, they used sweet wine instead of water), which is allowed to stand overnight. Strain, and then 1/2 cup of this cold decoction is drunk three times a day for inflamation of the digestive system, including sore throats and bladder irritation, and for coughs. A mild drawing ointment can be made of marshmallow and slippery elm. Also known as mortification root and sweet weed.

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Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:

Love Spells
Psychic Abilities
Venus Protection
Venus/Water Herb

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