Quassia - (Picraena excelsa) |
Magickal Uses: Use the powdered wood of quassia as a base for incense mixtures. This herb is a favorite for operations involving love, both attracting it and maintaining it. Use in love potions and sachets.
Queen-of-the-Meadow - See Meadowsweet.
Quince - (Cydonia vulgaris = Pyrus cydonia)
Legend sites this herb as an herb of Venus and was used in the worship of her.
Herbal Uses: The sour fruit of the quince is high in vitamin C. It is simmered to make an anti-inflammatory and pain relieving tea for back pains, cramps, abdominal pains, spasms in the calves, ligament pains, and blood congestion. Use one or two fruits per cup of water; the dose is three to twelve grams (about 5 teaspoons). The fruit is high in tannic acid, and a syrup made from it will help with diarrhea. The seeds may be soaked in water until a mucilaginous mass appears. This can then be taken as a laxative or placed on the skin overnight to contract wrinkles.
Homeopathic Uses: Homeopaths use Cydonia vulgaris to strengthen the reproductive organs and the stomach.
Magickal Uses: Quince is sacred to Venus/Aphrodite and, as an herb of love and happiness, is sent as a present to a bridal pair. Lovers may send gifts of quince to each other, and the fruit may be eaten by the bridal couple in the ceremony. Quince is served to a “significant other” to ensure fidelity and to a pregnant woman to bring brilliance to her unborn child.