Monkshood (Aconitum)

Name: Aconitum napallus

Toxicity: potentially deadly

Common Names: Blue Rocket, Aconite, Monkshood

Continent: Europe

Habitat: V

Applicable Plant Components: root, herb, flower






Anecdotal: I must emphasize that Aconitum is a deadly poison and handled only by astute and highly-qualified practitioners. As a readily available garden specimen I have included it in this compendium along with the magic associated with it. Aconitum is believed to be an ingredient in flying ointment when combined with Atropa belladonna, another virulent and potentially deadly species. In the past spirit handlers entreated Aconitum for the purpose of exorcising the malevolent spirits believed to be responsible for dire illnesses and grieving hearts, even those suspected of having stolen sacred songs. The root was carried to protect against these dilemmas.

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  1. pozycjonowanie warszawa January 25th, 2012 - 10:24 pm

    Amazing article, thanks, I will bookmark you soon.

    • I am glad that you like it. This blog will be huge; its a full length book I have decided to publish here. Beyond entries of about 420 species, there is a long text at the beginning, and an array of appendixes at the end, after all the entries are finally posted. Will require a pot of coffee and an armchair to read it in its entirety by the time its done. I have considered posting more than one entry daily as, at this rate, it will take more than a year.