The adventures of the would-be kitchen witch continue! LOL. Today, while in the co-op, I spied a big glass jar with the words "horse chestnut" on it. I
will have to post pics of our co-op at some point. Lovely place. Jar upon jar upon jar from floor to ceiling in one aisle. In the opposite one there are
these tall containers with granola, nuts, dried fruit...you just push a lever
and out they come! I realize this stuff is probably all standard in places like
this but it fascinates me and I love the smells of all the herbs and food and
the store is tiny. I mean it is three rows deep with as much as could be crammed in them as possible. Then in the front of the store there are soaps and incense and hippy clothes and books and... It is the kind of place that makes me want to stop shaving my pits and wear only Jesus sandals on my feet. HA HA
Anyway, the horse chestnut. I should have horse chestnut right? I mean, it just sounds cool. So, I grab my little bag and scoop some in there. Surely I can do something magical or even mundane with such a cool sounding thing.
Horse Chestnut - Real Name: aesculus hippocastanum.
Horse chestnut is a plant. Its seed, bark, flower, and leaves are used to make medicine. Horse chestnut contains significant amounts of a poison called esculin and can cause death if eaten raw.
Oh. OK, so there goes the possibility of horse chestnut tea right? Whatev that sounds gross anyway.
Horse chestnut seed and leaf are used for treating varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and swollen veins (phlebitis).
Horse chestnut seed is used for diarrhea, fever, and enlarged prostate. Horse chestnut seeds can be processed so that the active chemicals are separated out and concentrated. The resulting “extract” is used for treating a blood circulation problem called chronic venous insufficiency. Horse chestnut leaf is
used for eczema, menstrual pain, soft tissue swelling from bone fracture and sprains, cough, arthritis, and joint pain. Horse chestnut branch bark is used for malaria and dysentery. Some people apply horse chestnut branch bark to the skin for lupus and skin ulcers.
Hmmmmm...process and separate the active chemicals. Where is Walter Bishop when I need him in my kitchen?
SOURCE 1: Associated with money and healing, horse chestnut is carried to help ward off backaches and chills. The nuts of this herb are also known as buckeye, (not to be confused with the Ohio buckeye tree - that is something completely different), place a nut into a charm to be carried to attract money.
Horse chestnut is also carried to bring success in all things.
SOURCE 2: Horse Chestnut – (TOXIC) healing, money.
SOURCE 3: Buckeye ~ Botanical name: Aseculus hippocastanum. Common name: Horse chestnut. Planet: Jupiter. Magickal properties: Attracts money, luck; wards off aches & pain.
OK, I get it. Can make you rich and heal you. Or kill you.
So, my uses for my impulse purchase will need to be revamped. However, I stumbled on something the day I purchases this item. First, this became a new way for me to incorporate my herbal goals into my life! Walk in to the co-op and see what speaks to me that particular day! Which herb, root or flower wants to come home with me and teach me something? I must say it is fun. Bringing something home I know nothing about and then digging into my books and the WWW and finding out exactly what I had gotten myself into. Second and related, I get this stuff home right? I should do something with it. It could lead to finding uses for stuff and therefore getting busy about being magical or at least just earthy.