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Metaphysical Properties Of Boneset

Official Name: Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum

Other Names: Agueweed, Crosswort, Feverwort, Indian Sage, Sweating Plant, Teasl, Thoroughwort, Wood Boneset
Gender: Feminine
Planet: Saturn
Element: Water
Metaphysical Powers: Protection, Exorcism, Ward Off Evil Spirits

Common Magickal Uses and Folklore of Boneset

  • Boneset wards off evil spirits. To do this, make an infusion of Boneset and sprinkle it around the house to drive away evil.

  • Many carry Boneset leaves in mojo bags with Angelica Root and Devil's Shoestring to Ward Off Jinxes.

  • Some like to use Boneset for ritual cleansing; to counteract Occult Poisons, they rub the dry leaves all over their body, then take the leaves outdoors and burn them with Uncrossing Incense.

  • Some folks make Boneset Leaves into tea and bathe to eliminate Enemy Tricks that have adversely affected their health.

  • Boneset can also be used as a floor sweep in the sick room by sprinkling it onto the floor and then sweeping it out the front door.

Boneset is used in herbal medicine and likewise has a magical reputation for preventing and curing unnatural illnesses.

Many practitioners of different paths consider Boneset good for protection and exorcism: they gather the herb and tie bundles over doorways to repel ghosts and get rid of spirits that might have become attached to people who have had contact with the dead. Chippewa hunters made a charm to attract deer from the root fibers of this herb--in other words, they used it to bring near instead of repelling.

The Iroquois had another take on this herb; it healed adverse physical effects caused by the presence of menstruating girls (darn those pesky powerful girls!), to poison someone by putting it in their liquor flask, or to cure someone of drinking (we can think of this as driving out the demon of drink). Still, of particular interest for us, Boneset was for their aid in divination and sorcery. Called "boneset" because it was used to treat breakbone (dengue) fever in the South and the bone ache of the flu in many locales, this magic herb is typically considered to be ruled by Saturn, who oversees bones. Saturn energy helps enforce boundaries and borders.

Protection, Exorcism, and Warding Off Evil Spirits

Sprinkle an infusion of Boneset around the home to rid it of evil and negativity. To curse an enemy, burn as incense with a black candle inscribed with the enemy's name (not recommended -- remember the law of threes!). The most potent Boneset is grown in graveyards.

Boneset is an anti-inflammatory, an immune booster, fever reducer, aids in treating the colds and flu, and helps with digestion. 

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