Uncle Rubus’s grimoire of MAGICAL HERBS: Senna





SENNA is a beautiful flower with bright yellow pea-like flowers that blooms in late summer adding color to the flower beds after many perennials have stopped blooming.   Senna or Wild Senna is a native of North America and grows wild in the eastern part of the United States. It grows 2-4 feet high and is most often planted in gardens as a ornamental flower.  In the fall it produces long black seed pods that are eaten by wildlife.  I bought a Senna plant several years ago when I was on a vacation in Michigan visiting lighthouses along the shores of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.  It freely reseeds often growing in large colonies and it is always fun to see where it will come up in the spring!

Native American Indians used the plant for used the plant as a laxative.  Today there are over-the-counter laxatives that use Senna as the main ingredient in their products.

As a magical herb Senna is used in love spells.  In one spell you write the name of a person you wish to fall in love and wrap a Senna leaf inside the paper and toss into a fire and the love will come true! Likewise Senna is used to increase lust within yourself  or another person.  To insure your partner will stay faithful to you have the person bath in a warm bath with Senna leaves.  I find it interesting medically Senna is used as a powerful laxative  and magically it is used to attract love or increase passions!

In my 415 Raspberry Picket Trilogy, Uncle Rubus, a powerful, ‘Wizard of the Green’  has a secret work room that can only be entered by passing through a magic portal.  He is an expert on magical herbs and has numerous magical herbs from around the world stored in alphabetized bins in his work room.  When out on a mission he carries a large leather bag of essential magical herbs to battle the evil entity trying to destroy all plant life on Earth. (415RaspberryPicket.com)

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