COLOCASIA ESCULENTA

COLOCASIA ESCULENTA

FAMILY :: ARACEAE
TARO, ELEPHANTS EAR, DASHEEN: Easily cultivated tropical Asian herb grown for its edible tuber and young shoots which are eaten as a winter vegetable. Grow in rich, moist soil or in ponds in sun or part shade. Has large heart-shaped green leaves on long stalks.

HUMULUS LUPULUS

HUMULUS LUPULUS

FAMILY :: CANNABACEAE
HOPS: Hops are hardy vines that can grow to 30′ in length. They grow best in rich, moist soil in full sun. They are diÅ“cious (separate male and female plants) and the vines die down to the ground each fall and resprout in the early spring.

Aside from the well known properties of flavoring and preserving beer, hops are used to induce sleep, ease nervous disorders and improve the appetite. Medicinally, hops are: nervine, tonic, soporific, diuretic, anodyne, antibiotic and sedative. Hops also contain estrogen (don’t tell your beer-guzzling, macho buddies). The information floating around that hops shoots can be grafted onto marijuana roots is bull.

SAMBUCUS NIGRA

SAMBUCUS NIGRA

“The whole plant has a narcotic smell and it is not prudent to sleep under its shade.”
— Good’s Family Flora, 1854

FAMILY :: CAPRIFOLIACEAE
BLACK ELDER, RIXUS, IXUS, AKTE: A hardy shrub or small tree (growing to a maximum height of 15-30′) employed in medicine and magic since the days of ancient Egypt.

It has been used popularly as a diaphoretic, laxative, antispasmodic, diuretic and emollient. Practically, it has been used to make wine (from the berries and flowers), as a skin wash, in cosmetics, as a fine wood. All parts of the plant are said to have valuable uses. 8″ white flower clusters in mid-spring. The fruit, though small, is edible. Prefers rich, moist soil. Used in witchcraft. Also used in non-witchcraft. A great plant.

In selling poisonous, drug or witchcraft plants, I have often been criticized by “moralistic” members of the religious right and left, and have developed a considerable intolerance for the ignorance and hypocrisy of these people and their doctrines of superficial abstinence, apocalyptic license, martyred suffering and banal prudishness.

Perhaps I should explain a little further: In my life I have seen no evidence of the existence of a sentient superior being that commands worship. I believe that all beings are equal in a right to life and death. Beyond this, life can be a bitch… or not.

We are all being propelled blindly through space on this huge chunk of rock called Earth. Sometimes when I go to the top of a mountain and lie down, with my back to the earth, I feel like I need to hang on not to be spun off into space.

Religion, to me, is a coward’s approach to life: “If I make enough rules, then life will have meaning or at least easily recognizable guideposts and I won’t have to think any longer or figure it out for myself.” The tree of knowledge has been chopped down and burned to roast marshmallows.

It certainly wasn’t put to fire for the light.

It truly amazes me that throughout history, man (or woman) has constantly worshiped his/her “true” god(s) or goddess’ only to have it (or them) replaced by others as the previous are proven false. This has happened over and over. Apparently, there’s a lot of money to be made in religion.