Willowherb (Epilobium)

Name: EPILOBIUM spp.

Toxicity: considered toxic

E. angustifolium (Fireweed, Willowherb)

Continent: North Temperate Zone

Habitat: II

[There are many varieties of Epilobium indigenous to Eurasia. Epilobium angustifolium is the only one of interest here.]

Applicable Plant Component: herb, root, seed, flower, pith

Sanctificational: herb

Convocational: root

Psychical: root

Desistant: herb

Harmonical: root, herb

Pacificatory: root, herb

Reconciliatory: root, herb

Reversional: seed

Theurgical: herb

Transmutational: root, herb

Amoristic: herb

Preserval: root

Vulnerary: root, herb, seed

Providential: root, herb

Plenitudinal: root, herb

Plenarial: root

Ensurant: flower

Soporific: root, herb

Divinatory: pith

Affixal: root

Resurgent: herb

Anecdotal: The pith of Epilobium is sweet enough to ferment. Ritual intoxicants were often brewed from Epilobium and Amanita. Epilobium is Ram, Moose, Deer and Bull Medicine. The flower is a sign that the moose and deer are fattening. The silky threads appearing at the ends of seedpods (called comas) indicate that moose are mating. Both signs are vital to hunter-gatherer people who understand that specific species could only be hunted in narrow windows of an annual cycle and only when the health of herd would not be threatened. Epilobium is regarded as basket medicine. It enriches the medicinal properties of other plants. The spirit within Epilobium is invoked to address spiritual pain that has led to the loss of spiritual energy, personal shields, or self-expression. It is a formidable incarnant for reconciling endopsychic wounds. The exorcismal and empowering properties are entreated to address a complete loss of courage or promote supernatural courage when a situation requires it.

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