VANDAL ROOT (VALERIAN) – use to end quarrels and create a peaceful household. Sometimes used as a replacement for graveyard dirt. Also used for darker magic to summon demons and spirits and as an ingredient in baneful spells. The planet Jupiter and the element of water are linked to valerian root. In Yule and Samhain celebration rites, it is also helpful.
The use of valerian root, vandal root, in spells to eradicate guilt, combat self-talk, and foster self-acceptance is beneficial. It is helpful with animal magic as well, particularly cat magic and calling on the spirits of animals. Additionally, for using unfortunate circumstances to one’s advantage and discovering the good even in seemingly awful circumstances.
Valerian, a clump-forming perennial herb that can reach a height of four feet, has a yellow-brown rhizome, hollow stems, deeply divided leaves, and tiny white or pinkish flowers that grow in flat-topped clusters. It is indigenous to Europe and Asia but has become a part of North American culture. It grows naturally in grasslands, soggy meadows, and by streams.
This European plant was popular in eclectic medicine as a short-term depression cure, which is consistent with its ceremonial use for reducing self-criticism and fostering self-acceptance. This herb works wonders for consecrating, purifying, and calling forth fatherly protection.
Vandal root is traditionally regarded as an excellent treatment for uneasiness, sleeplessness, and physical tension because it is a relaxant that is not addictive. However, it shouldn’t be used when pregnant. Since it is known for having properties that make you sleepy, it can be used in magical work to dull another’s senses.