Eye of Newt and Wing of Bat....

Eye of Newt and Wing of Bat....

Ever wonder why witches are accused of using awful ingredients for our potions, spells, and brews?  Did "wytches" of "olde" really make use of "baby's fat" and "eye of dog?"  Lots of folks with their own agendas would like to believe that witchcraft is "evil" and so of course when private grimoires were found with these sorts of "ingredients" listed, people gleefully said, "See, see?  Consorting with devils!!  What did we tell you?  Witches are eeeeeevilllllll!!"  But alas, those scary words are simply folk names for common herbs.  Yep.  Nothing to see here, folks.  Move along.  Here are some common folk names for herbs:

Bile of a man...............................Turnip sap

Pig's tail......................................Leopard's bane (arnica montana)

Adder's tongue...........................Dogtooth violet

Bone of an Ibis...........................Buckthorn

Wing of bat................................Holly

Bear's foot.................................Lady's Mantle

Monk's beard..............................Chicory

Capon's tail................................Valerian

Eye of newt................................Spotted mustard seed

Devil's milk.................................Celandine

Crow's foot................................Wild geranium

Fat from a head..........................Spurge

Gall of goat................................Honeysuckle

Lamb's ear.................................Betony

Lucky hand................................Male fern

Toe of frog................................Buttercup

Tongue of dog...........................Houndstongue

Wolf claw..................................Club moss


There are many more folk names of course.  Makes all those "evil" spells seem a little less dangerous, doesn't it?

 

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Comments (2)

  1. mandamo85

    This was a fun read, thank you so much!

    November 19, 2012
    1. gaiagirl

      You’re welcome.

      November 19, 2012
  2. gaiagirl

    Thanks, norwegianmetal. Please feel free to stop by any time.

    November 19, 2012
  3. rebel62

    Interesting, now to my lab.

    November 24, 2012
    1. gaiagirl

      Thanks for stopping by. Best of luck at the lab.

      November 25, 2012
  4. villagemama

    I love this! Sweet! Thanks for sharing.

    December 31, 2012
  5. denniskgodoy

    Lots of stories are roaming about the witches meal and food just like the stories of superiorpapers.com scam. I do not know and I never met a witch at all. I only see them in movies and dramas. So may be you are saying truth about their meal.

    October 25, 2016