NAME : HEATHER
GAELIC NAME : FRAOCH
LATIN NAME : Calluna vulgaris
COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Common
MEDICINAL PART : Flowering shoots.
PLACES OF ORIGIN : Ireland
HABITAT : Commonly found on poor soils and marshy grounds.
DESCRIPTION : Heather is an evergreen shrub. The prostrate, greyish, hairy
stem grows up to 3 feet long and sends up branches 1 to 1.5 feet high. The dull green,
sometimes gray, small, linear-lanceolate leaves grow in two overlapping rows.
FLOWER PERIOD : Branching spikes of light violet, bell-shaped flowers appear
in August and September.
PROPERTIES : Antiseptic
USES : Some people find heather useful for insomnia, and it has also been
recommended for gouty and rheumatic pains, stomach-ache, coughs, and facial skin problems.
Heather contains compounds that act to constrict the blood vessels, strengthen the heart,
and moderately raise blood pressure. They also stimulate the flow of bile and of urine.
Danes used to brew beer from the flowers of heather.
Preparation and Dosage -: Heather may be used fresh or dried.
GENDER : Feminine
PLANET : Venus
ELEMENT : Water
DEITY : Nechtan
POWERS : Protection
LETTER: U ura
Heather is carried as a guard against rape, sexual assault and other
violent crimes, or just to bring good luck. White heather is the best for this purpose.
Heather when burned with fern outside attracts rain. Heather has also long been used to
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