WOSSNAME - SEPTEMBER 2007 -- PART 6 OF 8 (continued)
====Part 6 - WITCHERY
25) MULTIPLE CHOICE WITCH QUIZ
26) MOSTLY HERBS
25) QUIZ: WHICH WITCH...?
by Agnes and Perdita Nitt
(1) ...isn't actually a witch?
a. Hilta Goatfounder
b. Mrs Drull
c. Granny Aching
d. Gertie Simmons
(2) ...suffered death by baking?
a. Old Mother Dismass
b. Granny Whitlow
c. Aliss Demurrage
(3) ...had a natural age of under 21?
a. Miss Treason
b. Goodie Hamstring
c. Nanny Annaple
(4) ...went a-Borrowing and forgot to come back?
a. Goodie Filter
b. Nanny Gripes
c. Granny Postalute
(5) ...pulled out one straw too many?
a. Goodie Whemper
b. Deliria Skibbly
c. Granny Hopliss
(6) Which soup is recommended for witches in the Magavenatio
a. Carrot and lentil
b. Carrot and oyster
d. Leek and potato
(7) What was unusual about the witch of the Gnarly Ground?
a. She had enormous warts
b. She was made of stone
c. She had a dangerous speech impediment
(7a) Which item of donated clothing worn by Granny Weatherwax
a. A short skirt
b. A demure pink dress
c. A cloak with a red lining
[Answers will be published in next month's edition.]
26) MOSTLY HERBS
by Deirdre Niblick, ane Research Witche
assisted by Mithtrethth Hania Ogg
Witching sometimes -- all right, often -- involves herbal medicines,
and it's not all just suckrose and akwa, no matter what Mistress
Weatherwax says! Here are some tried and tested herbs used to cure
all sorts of illnesses. If you're looking for herbs to treat
romantic not-quite-illnesses, you'll have to speak to Mrs Ogg (the
other Ogg). Quietly. Possibly with a bag over your head. But she'll
know who you are anyway.
[Note: these cures are not guaranteed to work in any universe that
lacks the element narrativium.]
Unicorn Root (Chamaelirium or Helonias): for irritability and
depression; low libido; gastric complaints including nausea,
indigestion, and morning sickness; PMS.
Life Root (Senecio aureus): used as a uterine tonic, diuretic,
expectorant, anti-inflammatory, and birthing aid.
Wormwood (Artemisia): claimed to remedy indigestion and gastric
pain; acts as an antiseptic, and as a febrifuge. For medicinal use,
the herb is used to make a tea beneficial to pregnant women during
labour. The oil of the plant can be used as a cardiac stimulant to
improve blood circulation, although pure wormwood oil is very
Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale): a potent diuretic; can
"purify the blood" and treat anaemia, jaundice, and nervousness.
Dandelion milk can be used as a mosquito repellent and is applied to
warts, helping get rid of them without damaging the surrounding
skin; also for treating liver and gallbladder complaints, infections
of the urinary tract, loss of appetite, disturbances in bile flow,
dyspepsia, haemorrhoids, gout, rheumatic disorders, eczema and other
skin disorders. Dandelion has a high potassium content and replaces
potassium lost in normal urine secretion, which makes it a healthier
alternative to non-herbal diuretics.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium): medicinally astringent; used to treat
inflammations, eczema and headaches. Yarrow infusions speed recovery
from severe bruising. The flowers are a mild stimulant and have been
used as snuff. The dark blue essential oil is used in chest rubs for
colds and flu; the leaves encourage clotting. Yarrow is prescribed
for high blood pressure, catarrh, chicken pox, cystitis, diabetes
treatment, measles, nosebleeds, smallpox, toothache, ulcers, and
varicose veins, and Yarrow tea is also said to be able to clear up
a cold within 24 hours!
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis): long used as a potherb, it also has
medicinal properties as an expectorant; it relaxes peripheral blood
vessels, promotes sweating, and is anti-inflammatory, anti-
catarrhal, and antispasmodic. Hyssop can be applied topically to
bruises to reduce swelling and discolouration. An old remedy for
cuts and wounds incurred when working in the fields was a poultice
of bruised hyssop leaves and sugar, to reduce the risk of tetanus
Goat's Rue (Galega officinalis): a galactologue, used to stimulate
milk production in humans, goats and cattle.
Smearwort (Chenopodium bonus-henricus): poultices made from the
leaves were used to heal chronic sores. Roots were once used on
sheep to remedy cough. Smearwort was used for fattening poultry,
and when taken orally it acts as a gentle laxative.
Horehound (Marrubium): largely used as expectorants and tonics, for
chronic cough, asthma, and some cases of consumption. Horehound is
sometimes combined with hyssop, rue, liquorice root and marshmallow
root as a cold and flu tonic.
Hawthorn (Crataegus pinnatifida): used primarily as a digestive aid.
Other species (especially Crataegus laevigata) are used to
strengthen cardiovascular function. Hawthorn is also used as an aid
to lower blood pressure, and treat some heart related diseases.
Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium): for reducing fever, and for
treating headaches, arthritis and digestive problems.
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale): some say that comfrey and garlic
taken together could almost halve the ills of modern civilisation.
An old name for comfrey was 'knitbone'; modern medicine confirms
that comfrey can aid treatment of bone ailments. Comfrey was used to
treat bronchial problems, sprains, arthritis, gastric and varicose
ulcers, severe burns, acne and other skin conditions; also, comfrey
baths were popular to repair the hymen and 'restore virginity'!
Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra): an effective expectorant, used
for this purpose since ancient times. Modern cough syrups often
include licorice extract as an ingredient. Additionally, liquorice
may be useful in treating both mouth ulcers and peptic ulcers.
Licorice is a mild laxative and may be used as a topical antiviral
agent for shingles, ophthalmic, oral or genital herpes.
Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis): for disorders of the stomach,
chronic constipation, hepatic congestion, cirrhosis, protracted
fevers, postpartum haemorrhage, gallstones and breast swellings
associated with menses. Modern herbalists recommend goldenseal for
gastritis, colitis, duodenal ulcers, loss of appetite and liver
Dill (Anethum graveolens): gripe water made from dill is given to
babies and children for colic or other digestive disorders. Dill oil
helps combat feelings of being overwhelmed and is helpful for
digestive problems in adults (flatulence, constipation and
hiccoughs). Said to calm headaches and reduce excess sweating due to
nervous tension, dill can also stimulate milk flow in nursing
mothers and promote the healing of wounds.
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata): the fresh or dried leaves are
used to make an infusion to treat insomnia, hysteria, and epilepsy,
and Passionflower is also valued for its painkilling properties.
Sweet sagewort (Artemisia annua): used, often as a tea, to treat
malaria. The plant has also been shown to have possible strong anti-
St John's wort (Hypericum): most widely known as a herbal treatment
for depression. In some countries, Hypericum is prescribed for mild
depression far more commonly than synthetic medication. Some other
"wort" plants and their signatures are:
* Lousewort (Pedicularis): for repelling lice
* Spleenwort (Asplenium) - for treating the spleen
* Liverwort (Marchantia) - for treating the liver
* Toothwort (Dentaria) - for treating tooth ailments
Dock (Rumex obtusifolius): Broad-leaved Dock was called Butter Dock
because its large leaves were used to wrap and conserve butter.
Containing oxalic acid and tannin, they are astringent and slightly
purgative. Dock leaves are a traditional and still widely-known
remedy for nettle stings.
Some herbs, although used medicinally, have their greatest value as
providers of vitamins and minerals for those living off the land.
These include Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), rich in calcium and
iron, and Cuckoopint (Arum maculatum, also known as Lords-and-
Ladies!), which has a mineral-rich root that is safe to eat when
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