Bulk Herbs: Buckthorn Bark
Size: 1 oz package
Also Known as: Rhamnus frangula, Alder Dogwood, Arrow Wood, Black Dogwood, Buckthorn, Buckthorn Bark, Dog Wood, Frangula Alnus, Frangula Bark, Frangulae Cortex, Glossy Buckthorn, Rhamnus Frangula, Hart's Thorn.
The buckthorn is a shrub native to Europe, Western Asia, and the Middle East. It has been used as a laxative since the seventeenth century, and it was brought to the United States with early settlers for that purpose. Buckthorn is a popular ingredient in European laxative extracts, tablets, and teas, and, oddly enough, added to sun block. Buckthorn is never used fresh. It is collected in the summer, and then must be aged for at least a year to break down its anthrone chemicals. If the buckthorn is not aged, it is not laxative, it is purgative, causing intense intestinal spasms and vomiting. The herb can be artificially aged by heating or aeration, but some useful constituents may be lost.
Note: You should not use buckthorn internally or any other laxative if you have appendicitis, Crohn's disease, or ulcerative colitis. Not recommended for children under 12. Not recommended while pregnant. Avoid long term use, and discontinue in the event of diarrhea or watery stools.
In magick, Buckthorn bark has been used in protection spells. Add some to windows and doorways to protect yourself against enchantments and sorcery. It can also be used in legal matters, to settle cases in your favor. Buckthorn is ruled by water and Saturn.
Keywords: Protection, Exorcism, wishes, legal matters.
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