The Shamanic Herbal: Herbs for the Norns


[Verbena] (Verbena officinalis)

Names: Brittanica, Enchanter's Plant, Herba Sacra, Herb of Enchantment, Juno's Tears, Pigeon Grass, Pigeonwood, Simpler's Joy
Medicinal Uses: Infusion is a sedative for nervous exhaustion, a detoxifier, and is used to treat urinary tract infections. Tincture encourages milk flow and stimulates uterine contractions during labor and menstruation. Poultice is used for eczema and sores.
Household Uses: Infusion is used as a hair tonic, usually mixed with rosemary.
Traditional Magical Uses: An all-purpose powerful herb for protection, exorcism of spirits, healing, peacefulness, and (should you want it) vows of chastity.
Shamanic Magical Uses: Vervain is sacred to the Norns, and can be used to draw you to the Well of Wyrd. Brushed or sprinkled across a divination area, it helps in seeing more clearly the individual's wyrd.