Metaphysical Properties Of Centaury Root
Official Name: Erythraea centaurium
Other Names: Christ's Ladder, Feverwort
Metaphysical Powers: Snake-Removing
Common Magickal Uses and Folklore of Centaury Root
The smoke from burning or fuming Centaury drives off snakes.
Centaury has been considered one of the most useful bitter herbs. It works on the kidneys and liver, purifies the blood, strengthens digestive function, increases stomach secretions to assist with the breakdown of food, stimulates the appetite, and increases bile production. Centaury has an intriguing history of uses, and according to legend, it was named because of the mythical centaur Chironia who cured a poison arrow wound with the herb. Because it is so bitter, the ancient Romans called it the 'bile of the earth' (fel terraae), and the Anglo-Saxons named it feverwort because they utilized it to treat fevers and snake bites.
In folk medicine, Centaury was employed to strengthen the bladder and prevent bedwetting, constipation, colic, anemia, gas, heartburn, delayed menses, lose weight, destroy head lice, gout, and digestion. Centaury was considered a panacea and was recommended for virtually any medical condition or disorder. Farmers historically added this herb to the fodder of their sick or emaciated cows, horses, and chickens and washed their wounds with a cooled infusion.
Centaury Root is said to have gotten its name from the Centaur Chiron, when used in rituals and spells it is said to repel anger allowing for a calm mind much like the teaching of Chiron to the heros in Greek mythology.
As an herb connected to the sun, using Centaury Root during rituals to Deities of the Sun such as Ra would be an option. If using Centaury Root in spells for clarity it is said to call on the Sun to light the way to that which you are seeking. Other Gods of the Sun that Centaury Root can be an offering to include: Apollo (Greek), Freyr (Norse), Garuda (Hindu), and Helios (Greek).