Botanical name:Amaranthus spp.; especially Amaranthus hypochondriacus
Common name: amaranth, cocks comb
Use the botanical name when ordering seeds (bulbs, etc.) or when looking up information in the library. Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.
Eat at least one serving of amaranth per month, taking in account the season and local availability. For more information on healthy diet, see Goddess Diet Plan.
Amaranth is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration.
Gender:feminine (traditional western European magickal gender)
Saturn spells: Amaranth (as an herb) may be used in as an ingredient or substitute for magick spells and formulas related to Saturn matters (endings, exorcism, longevity, protection, purification, and vision). Be careful about substitutions for preparations that will be ingested or come in contact with the skin. These substitutions do not apply to medical uses. See the article on Saturn for a list of herbal substitutes for amaranth.
Magickal substitutions:Rosemary usually may be safely substituted for any herb in magick spells and rituals. Roses may safely be substituted for any flower.
Magical Uses repair a broken heart, healing, protection, invisibility
Some herbs may be poisonious under some conditions. Exercise appropriate care.
Wild gathering: Avoid wild gathering. Some plants are endangered species. Some plants can be toxic just by touch. Even experts can make deadly misidentifications of wild plants. Please grow your own herbs in your own goddess garden (or window boxes).
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