Homeopathy vs. Lycanthropy
The herb called Angelica was revealed in a dream, so it is said, to be the cure for the plague. (I don’t think it worked to any large degree.) It is called the “Root of the Holy Ghost” and is associated with the Archangel Michael. Consuming it is said to prevent your being poisoned by a witch. (If it’s no more effective against witch poison than against plague, I’d be a tad reticent to trust it.) The Rowan tree, or Mountain Ash, is well-known for its protective and healing qualities. Rowans were planted near houses or in graveyards to keep evil spirits away, and carrying a walking stick made of Rowan wood was believed to protect the traveler. Spinning wheels were typically made of Rowan, and using a Rowan twig to stir milk would keep it from going bad. Alternately, it was believed witches sought out Rowan wood to make their magic wands. Agrimony served as a sleeping aid.
Then there is Mistletoe. We all know about the tradition of kissing under sprigs of Mistletoe at Christmas, but it was believed to have all sorts of magical properties, especially if found attached to an Oak tree, as this was more rare. Mistletoe, if placed in a baby’s crib, was said to keep the Fairies away. It was believed that it could extinguish fire. And, as with Wolfsbane, Mistletoe was believed to keep werewolves away.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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