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Ragwort

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NAME : RAGWORT

GAELIC NAME : Buachalán Buí

LATIN NAME :  Senecio jacoboea

COMMON / FOLK NAMES :  Cocash weed Coughweed Golden Ragwort Grundy Swallow Life Root Squaw 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 underneath.  

FLOWERING PERIOD :  Flower heads with golden yellow rays and brownish disks grow in terminal corymbs  from May to July.

PROPERTIES :  Diaphoretic Diuretic Emmenagogue

USES :  Ragwort has been primarily used in connection with female complaints, to bring on menstruation or to induce labour in pregnant women.

Warning:  This 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.

MAGICAL PROPERTIES

GENDER :  Feminine

PLANET :  Venus

ELEMENT :  Water

CELTIC GODS :  Lír Manannan

CELTIC GODDESS :  Brigid

POWERS :  Protection


RITUAL USES

Use Ragwort while calling on Manannan or Lír for protection at sea.  Call on Brigid while using for protection and healing.

MAGICAL USES

Ragwort can be worn as a protection against evil influences.  It can also be used as a ward against spells and charms.

Associated Stories and Myths

The Field of Boliauns

Mary's Cluricaune

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