Nettle - (Utrica dioica) Folk Names: Ortiga ancha, Stinging Nettle|
Magickal Uses: Nettle is an ancient herb of protection. Use it to send back the evil or curse by sprinkling it around the home or stuffing a poppet with it or carry in a sachet or amulet. Burn it to avert danger; hold to keep ghosts at bay. Along with yarrow it keep negativity away. Place freshly cut nettles in the sick room to speed recovery. Mexican spiritualists and mystics recommend bathing in it for purification over other herbs. Nettle has even been considered a lust inducing herb because of its carnivorous aura.
Nightshade - (Solanum dulcamara)
A shrubby perennial growing to 2m or more, with ovate leaves, violet flowers and red berries. It is a poisonous plant, the medicinal qualities of which have been recognised since the Middle Ages. The raw berries are highly poisonous, but the substance partly breaks down in solution and is capable of affecting the nervous system. The poisonous stems are used to treat asthma, catarrh, rheumatism and bronchitis. In India it is considered diuretic and is used to treat syphilis.
Herbal Uses: Make nightshade into a salve with chamomile for swellings, bruises, and sprains. In a salve with yellow dock, it treats skin diseases and sores. Make the salve by covering the herbs with olive oil and simmering them for twenty minutes. In a separate pot, bring three or four tablespoons of natural beeswax to a simmer for every cup of olive oil used. When the oil and the wax are the same temperature, combine them, strain, and bottle.
Homeopathic Uses: Homeopaths use Solanum nigrum (the black nightshade) for violent headaches, convulsions, and meningitis.
Magickal Uses: Nightshade placed somewhere on the body will dispel the memory of old loves and protect against evil influences.
Norfork Island Pine - (Auricaria excelsa)
Magickal Uses: Grow in the home or yard to protect from hunger and evil.
Nutmeg - (Myristica fragrans)
Magickal Uses: Nutmegs are used to ward off rheumatism, cold sores, neuraligis, boils and sties. For a powerful herbal charm necklace, string nutmegs, star anise and tonka beads. Hang a nutmeg, from a string, around a baby’s neck to aid in teething. Add ground nutmeg to your candle wax when making candles to burn for prosperity rituals. A spell to ensure your beloved’s faithfulness is to take a nutmeg and cut it into four equal parts. Bury the first part in the Earth; throw the second one into the air from a cliff; burn the third section; boil the last quarter in water and drink a sip of the tea. Remove the last quarter from the tea and carry it with you everywhere, even to bed. Your beloved will not fall to another’s temptations.
Nuts - Nuts are carried to promote fertility, prosperity and love (especially heart shaped ones). Add to incenses and mixtures for these purposes. A double nut is a very lucky charm. See specific tree also.