Bear’s Throat (Carduus)

Name: CARDUUS spp.

Toxicity: not known

C. acanthoides (Welted Thistle)   Habitat: IV, V

C. nutans (Bear’s Throat, Musk Thistle)    Habitat: VI

C. tenuiflorus (Slender Thistle)   Habitat: VII

Continent: Eurasia

Applicable Plant Components: root, herb

Sanctificational: root, herb

Psychical: root, herb

Reconciliatory: root, herb

Theurgical: root

Vulnerary: root

Sanguinary: root

Ecstatic: root

Anecdotal: Carduus is a formidable agent in incantations that lead to an understanding of spiritual pain and endopsychic wounds. It is entreated to purge malevolent spirits that cause melancholy or stress. The seed heads of Carduus are used for carding wool and the fluff makes good stuffing for pillows. These items become imbued with the spiritual properties of Carduus.

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