Magickal uses include divination, wishes and calling spirits.
Use in dream pillows & sachets for sleep protection.
Bury on northwest side of house to draw good luck.
Also Called: Blowball, Cankerwort, Lion’s Tooth, Priest’s Crown, Puffball, Swine Snout, White Endive, Wild Endive, Piss-a-Bed
It is especially effective and valuable as a diuretic because it contains high levels of potassium salts and therefore can replace the potassium that is lost from the body when diuretics are used.
All parts of the plant, but especially the root, are slightly aperient, cholagogue, depurative, strongly diuretic, hepatic, laxative, stomachic and tonic.
The root is also experimentally cholagogue, hypoglycaemic and a weak antibiotic against yeast infections.
Ate a can be made from the leaves or, more commonly, from the roots.
The plant is used internally in the treatment of gall bladder and urinary disorders, gallstones, jaundice, cirrhosis, dyspepsia with constipation, oedema associated with high blood pressure and heart weakness, chronic joint and skin complaints, gout, eczema and acne.
The plant has an antibacterial action, inhibiting the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, Pneumococci, Meningococci, Bacillus dysenteriae, B. typhi, C. diphtheriae, Proteus etc.
The latex contained in the plant sap can be used to remove corns, warts and verrucae.
The latex has a specific action on inflammations of the gall bladder and is also believed to remove stones in the liver.
A tea made from the leaves is laxative.