Herb of The Week

Raphanus sativus

Folk Name: Rapnus

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Mars

Element: Fire

Powers: Protection, Lust

Magical Uses: When carried , the radish protects against the evil eye. It increases lust when eaten. A type of wild radish was carried in Germany to determine the whereabouts of sorcerers. Reference from: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs page 214.

Medicinal uses: root is parts used and harvested in the fall. Radish stimulates the appetite and digestion. The common red radish is eaten as a salad vegetable and a appetizer. The juice of the black radish is drunk to counter gassy indigestion and constipation. Black radish juice has a tonic and laxative action on the intestines, and indirectly stimulates the flow of bile. Consuming radish generally results in improved digestion, but some people are sensitive to its acridity and robust action. The root is prepared “dried fryed” to treat chest problems. Caution: Avoid if gallstones are present. This is from: Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine page 261

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