Friday, June 24, 2011

Wildcrafting: Aster


Latin: Aster alpinus

Other Names: Bushy Aster, China Aster, Michaelmas Daisy, Starwort

Magickal Attributes: Calming, Faery magick, Feminine magick, Love, Soothing, Water magick

Medicinal & Other Uses: Animal poisoning, Bleeding, Colds, Coughs, Dysentery, Dyes, Ear ache, Epilepsy, Fevers, Hangover, Hemorrhages, Malaria, Pulmonary ailments, Teas

Deities: Faeries, Venus

Gender: F
Planet: Venus
Element: Water

Harvest Time: Late Spring - Early Summer

Garden Uses: Edging, Clumps

Culinary Uses: N/A

Other Uses: N/A

Parts & Their Uses

Flowers: Dried and steeped in boiling water for tea. Tincture with flowers & grain alcohol calm the nerves (more so than the root tincture).

Drying Flowers: These turn to fluff and go to seed almost immediately, so drying must be done by placing the heads in a bag before hanging, to catch the seeds & flower heads.

Leaves: Dried, may be smoked or used for smudging.

Roots: Macerate for several months in grain alcohol. Tincture drops placed under the tongue have a calming effect on the nerves (less so than the flower tincture).

Whole Plant: Burned for smudging.

Tinctures: Half dozen roots to tincture, 1:2, in grain alcohol. If the upper lungs seem very tight, hot & dry, use it combined with fresh Wild Lettuce tincture. Combined with Plantain, it addressed irritation in the windpipe that’s causing irritating coughing & throat clearing. It works well with Mullein also.

Oils: N/A

Infusions: A hot tea will promote perspirations to help address colds, flus, & fevers. 

Infusion Recipe: Handful of flower heads placed in boiling water for Aster Tea, add honey if needed.


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