Protection, luck, and immortality.
Dip in water and sprinkle it around in a circle to bring rain.
Carry in sachets or charms to protect against rape and other violent crimes.
Hang or use in home decorations to promote peace.
Burn with fern to bring rain.
Also Called: Ling, Scotch Heather
Heather has a long history of medicinal use in folk medicine. In particular it is a good urinary antiseptic and diuretic, disinfecting the urinary tract and mildly increasing urine production.
The flowering shoots are antiseptic, astringent, cholagogue, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, mildly sedative and vasoconstrictor.
The plant is often macerated and made into a liniment for treating rheumatism and arthritis, whilst a hot poultice is a traditional remedy for chilblains.
An infusion of the flowering shoots is used in the treatment of coughs, colds, bladder and kidney disorders, cystitis etc.
A cleansing and detoxifying plant, it has been used in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis and gout.
A homeopathic remedy is made from the fresh branches. It is used in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis and insomnia.