NAME : RAGWORT
GAELIC NAME : Buachalán
LATIN NAME : Senecio
COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Cocash weed
MEDICINAL PART : The Plant
PLACES OF ORIGIN : Found all over the world
HABITAT : Gardens, Fields and Waste Places,
mainly marshy wet areas.
DESCRIPTION : It has an erect grooved
brown streaked stem, and grows from one to three feet high. It bears
alternate oblong or lanceolate, pinnatifid or lyrate leaves.
There are also coarsely toothed basal leaves which
are cordate-ovate or reniform, long petioled and sometimes purplish
FLOWERING PERIOD : Flower heads with golden
yellow rays and brownish disks grow in terminal corymbs from May to July.
PROPERTIES : Diaphoretic
USES : Ragwort has been primarily used
in connection with female complaints, to bring on menstruation or to induce
labour in pregnant women.
herb contains toxic alkaloids which are known to be poisonous to
livestock. Do not take internally.
Do not ingest if pregnant as it
will cause a miscarriage.
GENDER : Feminine
PLANET : Venus
ELEMENT : Water
CELTIC GODDESS : Brigid
POWERS : Protection
Use Ragwort while calling on Manannan or Lír
for protection at sea. Call on Brigid while using for protection and
Ragwort can be worn as a
protection against evil influences. It can also be used as a ward against
spells and charms.
Stories and Myths
Field of Boliauns