BINDWEED



Used primarily as a purgative but it helps reduce inflammation of mucous membranes & reduces fevers.
The extract of bindweed is believed to arrest the growth of tumors..

The root & also a resin made from the root, is cholagogue, diuretic, laxative & strongly purgative.
The juice of the root is used in the treatment of fevers.
The fleshy root of this herb possesses diureticdemulcent & febrifuge attributes & can be used in the form of a poultice.
Using formulations prepared from the root internally promotes the flow of bile.

A tea made from the flowers is laxative & is also used in the treatment of fevers & wounds.
Bindweed, especially its flowers, is believed to exhibit antibacterial & antifungal properties against a broad spectrum of microbes, including E. colisalmonella species & candida albicans.
Bindweed also finds its therapeutic use for treating the effects of stress.
Bindweed can be used to soothe & calm the mind & nerves.However, similar to other tranquilizers or antipsychotic medications, bindweed should be used with caution for treatment of depressionanxiety & stress.

A cold tea made from the leaves is laxative & is also used as a wash for spider bites or taken internally to reduce excessive menstrual flow.

Bindweed also exhibits actions similar to that of anti-diabetic medications as it is considered to inhibit the action of beta-glucosidase & alpha galctosidase. This, in turn, aids in lesser absorption of carbohydrates into the intestine, thus checking the blood sugar levels. Similar to sweet potato, the insulin-like compound in bindweed aids in effective diabetes management.

PRECAUTIONS:

Excessive dosage may result in constipation & other ailments.
People who are enduring stomach ache, problems related to the intestine, for instance, appendicitis, obstruction, Crohn's disease, colitis or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) should avoid using this herb. In addition, this herbal medicine should never be given to women during pregnancy or breast-feeding mothers.


RECIPES:

This herb is highly nutritious as it has rich contents of starch & sugars.
However, this herb should not be consumed on a regular basis since it may have a laxative effect.
Medicinally,bindweed is taken in three different forms - decoction, powdered rootstock & juice.

Bindweed tincture is prepared from 25 g of dried plant added to 120 ml of alcohol of 40% & it is then left to macerate for 12 days.
2-3 tsp of this mixture are consumed daily, mixed with syrup or honey to mask the bitter taste.
1 tsp is taken each morning on an empty stomach.

The fresh juice should be taken in small quantities only; in large quantities it produces constipation. Like all strong purgatives, hedge bindweed is not for extended use.

Bindweed infusion is obtained from 2 tsp of herb added to 200 ml of boiling water.
Take on an empty stomach.

Decoction: add 1 tsp of the dried flowering bindweed plant in 250 ml water & bring it to boil.
The normal dosage of this decoction is 1 tbsp taken once when required.

Juice: The juice extracted from the leaves of bindweed plant should be taken in dosage of 1/2 tsp 1-2 x every day.

Powdered rootstock: The powdered rootstock of bindweed needs to be taken in dosage of one level teaspoon, 1-2 x every day.


MAGIC:

It is used by the cunning for binding, containing, constricting & for keeping things in. Either the plant itself is used, or the oil made from it.

The seeds have been used in earlier times to induce hallucinations. They are toxic. Do not try this. Stands for insinuation & humility.
It is also used in charm & potions to ease childbirth & woman’s pains.

Bindweed’s magic lays in the places in between – thresholds & doorways – openings to the otherworld. It is a good ally for hedgecrossers & spirit workers.

Its persistent vines creating a connection or bridge to both worlds one is travelling between giving the safety of a return route.
Its flowers are too delicate to use, but the tangled vines can be put to work in binding spells for people, objects, or spirits.

The roots are the main part used in folk magic & Bindweed was one of the Native American conjurer’s roots. It is used as a substitute for High John the Conqueror Root & has the same magical properties of good luck, success, confidence in self, strength & commanding power.
It can be used anywhere in Hoodoo formulas calling for High John.

For binding another.
It smothers the intentions of others.
Used in both hexing & protection.
Bindweed vines can be used for binding spells (including handfasting) & for creating bridges & connections between realms.




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