BARBERRY ROOT – lay this root across the path of an enemy to undo or diminish their effect on you, “bars the way” of your enemies. Used in protection amulets for the home and for children and is also known as Holy Thorn. Used to free yourself from the power another holds over you.
Barberry, when included into an amulet, serves as a charm for children’s protection and is thought to help with teething. Barberry can serve as a countermagic and a shield against curses and evil witchcraft that are transmitted by magically prepared thorns when it is ritually harvested and sanctified. Use in magical rituals and spellcraft to draw luck, prosperity, or power. You can also use it to make protection sachets to hang over the front entrance.
Barberry is a tall shrub with gray, thorny branches, yellow blooms, and a red, tart, berry. Although the berry is high in vitamin C, the bark has been utilized for magic and medicine for generations. It was historically used to treat and prevent malaria, diarrhea, fevers, and to increase vitality and wellbeing. In Ancient Egypt, it was combined with fennel seed to prevent the plague.
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