Also Known as: Harpagophytum procumbens, Unicorn plant, Grapple plant, Wood Spider, and Elephant Tusks.
Farming Type: Wild Crafted
Devil’s claw is native to eastern and southern Africa, specifically found in Namibia, Botswana, and most prominently in South Africa. It grows well in grasslands and tends to crop up along roadsides and in areas that have been cleared of other plants. Its distinctive name comes from its peculiar appearance, referring to the inner capsule of the fruit which splits open at one end. This takes on the appearance of two curved horns or claws.
The roots of devil’s claw are used medicinally after they are chopped and allowed to dry in the sun for at least 3 days. Devil’s claw is one of the bitterest of all herbs, making a very good digestive stimulant. The German Commission E has approved devil’s claw for supporting healthy appetite and digestion. Devil’s claw is used to alleviate joint pain as well as to support healthy joints. It may also be used to alleviate muscle pain and tightness.
Note: Safety during pregnancy has not been established. Not recommended for those who suffer from stomach inflammation, ulcers, or digestive disorders.
In magick, Devil's Claw Root is ruled by Mars and fire. As with all Mars herbs, a little goes a long way! It is a strong herb for purification and removal of negative energies. An excellent addition to uncrossing blends. It can also be used for protection, especially to keep negative energy from entering a residence or place.
Keywords: Purification, Protection
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