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The stinging-nettle used to be called Donnerpflanze in German as a reference to …

The stinging-nettle used to be called Donnerpflanze in German as a reference to “thunder” and God Donar. When touching the plant the power of Donar and his hammer was bestowed upon you. The herb was used in brewing beer. Pilsen the city in the Czech Republic from where Pilsner originates. Hyoscyamus niger called Bilsenkraut is a intoxicating herb used in the brewing of beers until the 17th Century.According to German Anthropologist Dr. Christian Raetsch the German/Bavarian Purity law has to do with this. It was an attempt to get rid of the pagan devilsh herbs that Germanic speaking people have used in their brews to alter their minds. With deep etymological roots to Proto-Germanic “Bil” “to have visions and/or magical powers” Bilsenkraut was planted in gardens also in Pilsen to brew it. The Birch tree the first type of tree after the Ice Age and in Russia the infamous Amanita Muscaria/Fly Agaric often grows around the white barked tree. In some parts of Siberia among indigenous tribes the birch is the sacred world tree. In western Europe Birch/Birke/Berchta/Berkano/Brehtaz all go back to the Proto-IE word “Berehg” “to shine” the shining-white tree. Its bark and leafs have been used in teas. It’s the tree of Freya. The Chaga fungus is also known among the Saami in northern Scandinavia. The Elderberry Holunder was so sacred until the 17th Century that you were not allowed to cut it down. And in many rural parts the Elderberry was planted right next to the pile of manure on a homestead. Holunder is related to Frau Holle the bavarian Berchta the Goddess of the Underworld. She absorbs all that is dead ill sick through the tree deep down into her realm. Diseases and sicknesses were often believed to be worms that are eating on your soul and body the so called Krankheitswurm. The Merseburg Charms from northern Germany are the only written magic spells that give us an insight into the Germanic pagan beliefs and the 9 herb charms are testament to the sacredness of herbs used in folklore and witchcraft. Have you seen the flower wreaths during midsummer in Sweden? Every herb has a mythological background connected to fertility & rebirth. – thewickedgriffin.com

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